Life on the homestead; among other things

The fire pit at my son's homestead

I've been here on my son's homestead for three weeks now and am mostly acclimated to the lifestyle on the homestead in progress. It's definitely different than life in my hometown. The hardest thing for me to become acclimated to has been the weather. And, I don't know why. It's not like we don't have heat and humidity in the late spring/early summer where I live. But it sure seems a lot hotter and humid here. Maybe it's because of being surrounded by trees, which may produce more humidity. But, thankfully, those trees also provide a nice breeze.

Today, the weather is supposed to be in the upper 80s and the humidity is already at 75% (and it's just after the Noon hour). So, here I sit inside the RV with the AC on. Once again. I don't really mind that, as that's what I'm used to at home. It's just that there are so many things I wanted to do here that I haven't been able to do yet. For one reason or another. Okay, okay, many of you know that I do tend to procrastinate. Well, I think that procrastination is about to bite me in the butt, lol. You see, I only have one week left to spend here (this time around, anyway). I haven't practiced the bushcraft skills that I had intended on doing for that same reason. Once I got here, I just want(ed) to enjoy the time I have with my family here. I did practice starting a fire with a ferro rod and was successful at that. So, I won't be going home without having practiced any bushcraft skills.

The thing that has hit me the hardest in my time here and thinking about preparing for an emergency or SHTF situation is that I can't handle the weather very well. How am I supposed to make it if there is no electricity and no AC? The no electricity I think I could handle. But, the heat, or even the cold winters with tons of snow where I actually live? That thought is very discouraging. This is something very important to consider when prepping. As I've said before, prepping isn't just about food. It's about being ready for any situation that may come our way. What would you do? It's really something we should all consider.

One of the things I know I need to do to help me to endure heat/humidity is to get rid of some excess body baggage. I've mentioned this before. I need to desperately lose some weight!! I've been more active than usual in the three weeks I've been here, but I need to be even more active when I return home. I'm able to push my body a bit further than I could when I first arrived here, and I need to continue to push myself when I return home. That's the only way I will be able to accomplish my goal. Because thinking about it and knowing I need to do it isn't going to accomplish anything. It's in “doing” that we will reach our goals.

Speaking of goals, what are your prepping goals? My top 10 prepper goals are:

  1. To have enough water and food stored to last at least two years for myself and my family. (I'm not even half way there yet.)

  2. To have enough heirloom vegetable seeds to plant a garden big enough to sustain my family for an indefinite amount of time. I also want to have enough extra seeds to allow for some failures. (I may be halfway there.)

  3. To re-establish my gardening knowledge and put it into practice. (Working on that one.)

  4. To know how to set set up or build a shelter, using tarps, tents, and surrounding natural resources available. (Have the knowledge, but need to practice and learn the skills.)

  5. To know how to start a fire using matches, lighters, ferro rods, and friction. (Have the knowledge, but need to practice and learn the skills.)

  6. To know how to build said fire and keep it going. (Have the knowledge, but need to practice and learn the skill.)

  7. To know how to chop/saw logs, baton logs, and make feather sticks to start a fire with. (Have the knowledge, but need to practice and learn the skills.)

  8. To know how to find and purify water. (Have the knowledge, but need to practice and learn the skill.)

  9. To know how to hunt and forage for food. (Have the knowledge, but need to practice and learn the skills.)

  10. To get into good physical shape to be able to do all of the above and more. (Planning and strategizing stage.)

I have many more goals, but as I said, these are my top 10. I'm also working on learning navigation with a lensatic compass and map reading as well as knot tying. And, I need to get back into going fishing (one of my least favorite things to do). I know there's more, but at least I have a good start. Note I didn't add anything to my list concerning putting together and organizing my bug out bag. That's because that is one of my main goals that has actually been accomplished! Every prepper's top priority should be to have a bug out bag or emergency bag at the ready. As well as a medical bag (which I also have).

So, why did I jump from talking about the weather to my top 10 prepper goals? Because I wanted to emphasize that each and every one of these goals, except maybe stocking water and food will entail knowing how to do them, and being able to do them, no matter the weather. Whether the weather be hot/humid, cold/icy/snowing, or raining/storming. And, in order to do these tasks when the time comes, we will need to have the strength and endurance to carry them out. We don't know what the future holds, but we need to be knowledgeable and skillful for whatever situation may arise. And, ladies, we can't always rely upon the fact that there may be men available to carry out some of these tasks. We need to become self-reliant. That means that we can do things on our own when necessary. The same applies to men, you need to know how to do things that you might rely upon your spouse or significant other to do for you.

I also wanted to point out that it is good to write down your prepping goals. That way you can see if there's something you are missing that needs to be added. And, you can be proud to check it off the list when a goal is met.

So, I have been mulling it over in my mind what I can do to be able to handle the weather conditions in an emergency/SHTF situation. And, the only thing I've come up with for myself is to get rid of some of the insulating body fat that is on my body. And, in doing so, it will allow me to reach my goal of getting into better physical shape. That, and to spend more time outdoors at home. If you have any ideas of how I can train my body to better handle the heat and humidity, please let me know in the comment section below. Thanks :)

But, for today, I decided to put off the much needed task of doing my laundry and hanging it out on the line to dry. I chose instead to sit inside the air conditioned RV and write to you. I know, procrastination. Once again.

I hope I've given you a couple of things to think about today. Like thinking about how you would handle living/surviving in extreme weather conditions without electricity or power, and writing down your prepper goals and doing something to start working on those goals. I will expand a little more in my upcoming articles about my experiences here at my son's homestead and how I learned that I can (almost) live off grid; including what my son has done to accomplish that so far. I know I've learned a lot about homesteading, being prepared, and being self-reliant by just spending time here with him.

Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!