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Most of this past week we had a slow, drizzling rain. Today it's clear, but it's 52 degrees outside and the wind is blowing enough to move the tops of the poplars back and forth. Not a day to be poking around outside.
The objective is to see if you are as prepared as you think you are.
Starting May 1, we have not bought any groceries, equipment, supplies, medicine, et. al. Nor will we, until 1 June. That's really the only way I can see if my calculations are right on what we should have stored away.
By going a month, I have a better chance of finding any shortfalls, and once I do that, I can multiple consumption by the number of months I want to project out .
The longer the period you do your test, the less mistakes should crop up in your calculations.
This doesn't mean we won't go into town, won't go to the parks. Nothing will really change except that once we run out of something, we go without it. Fresh vegetables and fresh bread are a case in point. If we had something growing we could use that to augment the vegetables, but at this moment we don't have a producing garden. My wife can make bread, we have all the components, and she can make cornbread, which is easier and suits me just as well.
If past experience holds true, my wife may run out of medicine. We get 90 day prescriptions, but she is less conscientious than I am about squirreling back a reserve. When and if that happens, obviously we will go buy more but I will give more thought on how to handle the problem. The easiest thing would be for me to just assume responsibility for her medicines, but that has negative ramifications for the inevitable day when I croak and she has to manage on her own.
We didn't run out and buy a lot of stuff before we started this, as that would negate the whole purpose. In cases where we can, we'll substitute for essential items that run out. For instance, if you run out of dog food, you can feed dogs rice with biscuits or cornbread. You can feed chickens rice. Cats will eat bread mixed with tuna. The only animals I have that absolutely have to have their own food is the ferrets. I'm mindful of that and I don't ever fail to keep a big reserve of their food on hand.
We won't eat out for this period of time. We do like to go to town for breakfast or lunch, and we always eat at the big buffet in the town where our doctors office is, but we won't for the month of May. That would skew the results.
Another positive aspect of an exercise like this is using up supplies of things like chicken feed, dog food, cat food, etc that are stored in the barn. It's a way of insuring rotation of perishable items.
I have enough dried fruit to make up for the lack of fresh fruit, but it's plums and apples I miss most. Other than that, I don't expect any real difference in life style except that we will cook a lot more, and most of the ingredients will be canned , long term storage, or frozen.
I'm enjoying it. I ordered a DVD and got free two day shipping. That's nice. I have watched a number of movies and tv shows, and that was fun too. The only thing I haven't figured out yet, is the books. I thought I would be able to find lots of post apocalytic fiction I could read. But I haven't. I click the category Amazon Prime on the book page, but then when I try to search it goes right back to "All". I haven't found many books available through Prime I want to read. There's another "service" that is $9.00 a month extra, and it does let you read a lot of books, but I'm not going to pay for two services. Not that there aren't a lot of books I could read using my Prime subscription, it's just that none of them interest me.
One of the shows I watched was Above and Beyond. It's about the founding of the Israeli Air Force. There's some great footage of early Israeli aircraft, and interviews with a lot of the surviving pilots who flew them.
I have several books on how the Israeli's obtained military equipment, and on the 1948 war. This augmented those books , and I learned things I didn't previously know from the show.
Just in the area of small arms, I saw combat footage that clearly illustrated the use of types of weapons I hadn't previously realized were involved in that war. There are segments that show Arabs using Enfield P14 rifles, and a wide variety of crew served weapons on both sides that must have been scrounged from WW2 battlesfields. There are lots of Mausers, Enfield MK.III, Springfield 1903, Thompsons, MG42, etc but I knew about those.
Motion picture footage of the aircraft in action is amazing. All in all , this was a great flick. I ordered the DVD I liked it so much.
That's about all that's happening up here. It's quiet, and we are just taking it easy while this wind is blowing.
Thought for the day:
Music to help you relax:
Just finished an hour or so of reading blogs. Lots of people are really stressed out right now.
This helps me relax when I am feeling that way.
Wait til nightfall. Light a candle or two in a comfortable room , turn out the lights. Don't have any noise to distract you. Then, have a glass of wine, some brandy, or whatever you like. Listen to the music, and try not to think about anything specific. Always helps me with stress.