And I have plans to leave my bugout location? In the middle of it all?
In case you haven't noticed, we (the entire world) are in a SHTF situation. I guess you could call it a "global SHTF" situation. This is one of those times that we have all been preparing for. Some have been planning for years, some for months or weeks. It's not like we wished it to happen, it's just that we wanted to be prepared "if" anything like this were to happen. To what am I speaking of? Quite obviously, I'm speaking of the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020. (The date reference is for those who may read this years from now.)
Even though the grocery and big box stores are being re-stocked on a daily basis, most are only re-stocking after hours. Thus leaving a lot of shelving space bare by the time some of us get to the store. Unfortunately, some items are not even being re-stocked. Speaking of which, what was up with the toilet paper run? Was that the preppers saying, "oh sh#t!" and running out and grabbing the TP they intended to stock up on and hadn't? Or was it a panic reaction from those who had heard of prepping and never felt the need to do so? Or, was it just because of some crazy rumor somewhere? Whatever it was, I hope you were already stocked up! Okay, back to my original point in this paragraph...even though it may appear that we, as a country, are running out of foods and some necessities, we are not. Yet. So, if you don't have to risk going out in public to purchase foods, please don't. The more we can stay out of the public and the less interaction with others, the sooner this virus will have no where to go. If you have food stored, please stay home and eat that. People, S has HTF. This is why you've stored the food. Please take care of yourselves and your families by voluntarily quarantining yourselves and your family as much as you can.
And yet here I am, in the middle of a pandemic, packing and preparing to leave the homestead (my bugout location, nonetheless). And, unless I am stopped by a ban on road travel I will be leaving this weekend. I am heading back to where I lived just a few months ago, before moving to the homestead. It's only a temporary move, but still one that must be made. Please note that this move is not due to anything bad happening, nothing is wrong, I'm not in any kind of trouble, and it has nothing to do with my health. It's just something that I need to do. I'm sure I will share with you my reason for making this temporary move sometime in the near future...such as when I return to the homestead.
So, I will be moving back in with my daughter for a couple of months, and possibly staying over the summer. This plan was set in motion before the pandemic of 2020 broke out. Just barely. I don't know what's up with the timing, and I'm not the happiest about that. However, I am trusting The Lord that He knows what is happening in my life and that He is guiding me according to His will for me. The decision to move to the homestead came up just as quickly (and unexpectedly) as the decision to go back to my hometown did.
I had just started a couple of YouTube video series' before this decision to move was made. One was for the raised garden beds we would be putting in and planting. I will still prep for that garden for my son before I leave. And, I will be doing what I can with putting in a garden at my daughter's. The other was the new baby chicks that we had gotten. With my son's help, I will also still keep everyone updated on their growth and progress with videos he will take for me. Already in plan for the warmer months was also to work on some bushcraft skills and share videos of those with you. That is something that I can still do. As well as new recipes for meals in a bag or jar. I'm still working on one for chicken fettuccini alfredo with broccoli. I'm determined to get that one perfected! And, of course, as always, I will post blog articles when there's something I need to share with you!
Anyway, once this move has been made I will be taking advantage of staying home by working on and practicing some new skills: bushcraft, prepping, survival, and homesteading. And, I will definitely be going through the pantry and using up some of my food stores there. If I get a chance to get out to the grocery store, I will hopefully find some frozen veggies that I can dehydrate. Please note that I will not take all the veggies unless there are only one or two bags. I will leave plenty for others. That is, if I even go to the store. In other words, I will continue to prep when I can. Just like I have before; buying an extra here and there. Not hoarding everything I can get my hands on. Trust me, it's definitely tempting to do that! But, we are NOT at the end of the world, and we do want others to survive through this so that our economy can strive.
It is my prayer that you and your family will stay safe, take the necessary precautions, and not purposefully be the cause of someone else's death. And remember, God will provide all your needs, according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19).
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
Psalms 91:10-11, There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.