#7 Successes & Failures
2020 was a pretty ridiculous year; murder hornets, COVID-19, new strains of COVID-19, vaccine rollout, unemployment, election drama, asteroid warnings, toilet paper shortages, civil unrest, Tiger King came to Netflix, government announces (sort of) that UFOs are real, mask-wearing controversary, and home schooling becomes a thing. That doesn’t cover the events around the world or geopolitics that could come back and bite us in the you-know-what. Were you prepared for any of this?
My first six prepper posts made suggestions on what you should be collecting. Go back and read over these if you’ve lost sight of what you need to be doing. Just a reminder; prepping is not a one and done kind of activity. It is something you need to do every time you shop. As the last year has shown us, expect the unexpected. My mentor sent me an updated list for you I want to share.
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM ROLLAND.
I’m in the camp that believes this is the calm before the storm and the window of opportunity is getting smaller every day. At this point I would suggest to anyone who is just starting to prep to go to the store today. If you wait until tomorrow you’ve already wasted a day. Every time you go to the store buy a case of water, package of toilet paper (100-150 rolls as the target), a case of canned veggies and fruit, package of rice, flour, sugar, pet food etc. This is in addition to your normal weekly shopping. The amount of supplies you’ll have stored will be amazing. Store it under all the beds in the house, closets, wherever you can find room.
Thanks, Rolland. I’d like to share how prepping gave me some calm during a difficult time. I did add to my grocery list each time I shopped online. I keep a magnetic pad of paper on my refrigerator to write down what I’ve used a couple of times so they can be replaced. Eggs. Soup. Condiments. Dressing. You get the idea. We don’t drink milk but sometimes you need it for recipes. I solved that by buying a case of evaporated milk. Comes in handy if needed for baking or prepackaged items. Another success for me was investing in food like instant mashed potato packages, 90 second rice packs, and even some organic canned chili, which is actually really good. I’ve also learned to buy meat when it is on sale, freeze it or make slow-cooker recipes for the freezer. Then when I’m busy writing my next thriller and hate the thought of cooking, I pull out one of those meals.
Successes that actually saves me time, like the slow-cooker recipes, I like to double the amount I cook. I do this several times a week. You never know when the power will go out or you run out of propane for the grill. (oops! I need to get more.) If push comes to shove, you can always build a fire outside to warm it up.
Here are a few things I’m proud I invested in during this pandemic:
- Boosted my medical supplies
- Solar flashlights
- Solar batteries (can use for phone and computers)
- Two-way radios
- Regular batteries
- Solar lanterns (also pretty in the garden)
- Gifts for future birthdays and Christmas (this time of year is great for that)
- Sales on personal items (use your imagination)
- Five-gallon container for water if needed
- Rain barrels
- Heritage seeds for the garden
Here are some failures I need to get better at:
- Where are my important papers?
- Create a Faraday Cage (look it up if you don’t know what this is.)
- I get lazy with my pantry stocking and things get messy
- Keeping the laundry done up (sigh)
- Keeping the car gassed up (oh goody Powerball cards!)
- Reevaluate my stay safe plan each month
- The picture below is not my canning shelves. I only froze a few things. Plan to do better in the future.
This is probably way more than you wanted to know early in the week. But as the news continues to give us pause and concern, there is nothing like knowing you have an edge. Don’t sweat it if you’ve done nothing. Start making a list today of what you use the most and go to places like Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Walmart, Sam’s and Big Lots for great deals. A little prep each week can go a long way. Oh and don’t forget booze, coffee and ammo are good trade items if civilization actually collapses.
There are a list of previous ideas on my prepper blogs to the right. Go back and read them to see what you’ve missed. In the comment section let me know what interests you and things you’d like to learn more about.
Resources: www.4patriots.com The 2021 New Year’s Catalog is out with fresh meals, battery and solar needs. I’ve liked the few things I’ve ordered.