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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.)