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Counting it down, are you prepared??

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why the Zombie Apocolypse could happen...

doctor studies zombies

And you ask what homesteading has to do with the zombie apocolypse?  Well, think  about it, in all the zombie movies, they end up with out power and fuel eventually runs out.  you need to be prepared to survive without electricity and fuel.  And that is relative to the goal of homesteading: living off the grid. 

So here I will take a minute to recommend some reading material for you:
Surviving the Apocolypse in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown
Where There is no Doctor

And depending on how far you wanna take it, I suggest learning how to make your own candles and soap.  My friends and I are working on amassing a library of how-to books on subjects like blacksmithing, preserving meats, and tanning hides, and making bows and arrows, anything we might ever need and then some and maybe some things we don't.  But better to be prepared right??

So, we are preparing for the apocolypse; are you??

Many of the skills needed for the ZA are also common disaster preparedness/homesteading skills.

Preserving water:
Always wondered how to bottle your own water?  Well, I can tell you, because I do it.
Only use empty sterilized soda bottles.  Milk jugs and juice bottles are not usable because they don't fully come clean. 
Once you are done drinking the soda, rinse the bottle.  Then wash it with hot, soapy water making sure you  cover every surface of the bottle and rim.  Rinse till there is no soap residue.  Next, pour in one capful of bleach and fill the bottle about half way (for a 2 or 3 liter bottle, less bleach for a 20oz). Put the lid on tight and shake making sure the bleach  water touches every surface of the bottle. Drain (when I do this I pour the bleach water over the inside of the cap to sterilize it also).  Rinse bottle till you can  no longer smell the bleach.  Fill bottle with clean water and close lid tight, making sure not to touch rim of bottle or lid with your fingers.  dry the bottle and write the date on it.  Shelf life = 6 mos.

Monday, April 25, 2011

So I finally did it

I finally did it, after months of promising I was going to, I started a blog.  Here it is, I hope it doesn't disappoint.

I hate to have negativity in my first post, but I  am gonna jump right in with what's going on here.  The weather...enough said.  for the past couple weeks we have had strong storms with tornadoes and hail.  Not good conditions for little seedlings.  my sugar snap peas drowned.  Thankfully my raspberry bush made it through and my trooper of an apple tree survived the straightline and tornadic winds.  Not sure if my blackberry bush is gonna make it through though.  Everything else is still in pots and doing well inside.  With more storms predicted for the next few days, there is no telling when I can get them in the ground!  GRRRR

Now then to the more pleasant stuff.  For those that aren't quite sure what homesteading means, here's what wiki had to say.

We are doing this to get back in touch with nature and save some money on our utility bills while we are at it.  That is definitely an added bonus; as it lots of home-canned summer veggies and jams in the winter time. It will also prove useful when the zombie apocolypse comes LOL

Saving rain water is also a good change for us.  We don't have a rain barrel yet, but it is in the works.  We use the saved rainwater to water the plants and man do they prefer that to tap water!! 

Let me close with a few tips to get you started:
1.start a veggie garden.  Not only will this save on your grocery bill, but fresh food tastes so much better and usually has more nutritional value.

2.conserve energy by turning off lights and appliances when not in use.  Also take advantage of natural light when you can.  My house usually doesn't use lights till around 7pm in the summer time.

3.If you are crafty and have the time, try making your own clothes.  Start simple with a skirt or halter top (ladies) and a basic tshirt or shorts (guys).  There are many very simple patterns on the net.  Not only is this fun and a stress reliever, it's very rewarding when complimented to tell teh person you made it yourself.

4.canning and preserving.  Whether this be with homegrown veggies or farmers market specials, you are guaranteed have yummy healthy food year round.

Now these tips aren't for everyone, but remember these are just a few changes you can make and there are many more not listed.  Figure out the time and resources you have to commit and figure out what homesteading practices you can incorporate.

thanks for stopping by and happy homesteadin'