- Jul 15, 2020
- Temperate (all seasons)
I always call myself a semi-prepper, because I am not "hard core" about the whole thing. I was thinking about it today, as I was transplanting a wild rose and thinking that a "real" prepper would not be wasting time on flowers. I realized that I practice self-sufficiency because I really have fun doing it, not because I feel like it will save my life some day. I am on a couple of sites where I think people are way too wrapped up in stressing about TEOWAWKI to enjoy their homestead and the practice of figuring out how to do things that take advantage of the free resources all around us (wild edibles, rain water, etc). I was almost surprised, when the shut downs hit, to realize that I was just fine, because I have ample supplies of what I need around me, and some spare to give to friends and family. I hadn't been planning for it, it just happened organically because I like to have such systems in place. Today, I am working out how to finally set up a rainwater catchment system for this winter, not because I am worried that my well will run dry (I am actually thinking about having a new and better well put in, since this old dog was put in about 50 years ago and pumps an incredible 2-3 gallons per minute. [And no, I did not forget a zero in there.]) but because I like to experiment and want to see how much rain I can catch and use in my garden next summer. No stress, no worries, no sense of urgency, just having fun with the process. I am not sure if my attitude makes me less genuine as a prepper, or more genuine, but either way, I think it keeps my blood pressure down.