Oh, but life DID get insane last year. My husband was hospitalized and unable to walk, so I had him and an infant and a three year old to care for, as well as a garden and ducks. My daughter's was hospitalized for an infected cyst and was on antibiotics for over a month, which made her reflux so bad that she barely slept at night. My son was tantrum or almost tantruming almost every second of the day, and his behavior was continually getting worse due to the all the craziness in our life. There was no way he'd plant seeds or help out--I was happy if he played by himself so I could get work done, but usually instead of playing he'd scream for me to help him or break things. It was horrible.
And, the fact of the matter is, I was not able to survive like it was the end of the world. I tried to just keep the garden going and the ducks from being eaten. But, really, we didn't eat that much from the garden last year--maybe 10% of our diet. And, I only held the homestead together because my parents--who are in their 60s--are still in good health and both are retired, and so were able to come and help. They cut up the trees and chopped up the firewood. They mowed the pasture and fixed the broken things in my house. If it had been "the end of the world," and/or we didn't have my husband's income (thankfully his Crohn's didn't get bad enough that he was unable to work), we would have starved. Because, in the end of the world, you can probably be assured there will be sick and disabled people--even more than there are now. The stress from everything tends to set off chronic illness, like it did for my husband.
So, yes, I adapted, and we technically survived. But the whole time I was putting out "fires." No one in my family was getting the care they needed. Everyone was getting worse. And, if we'd had no income to buy food that we couldn't grow (and to get the hospital care we needed), we wouldn't have made it. I was already doing all I could, and I couldn't grow all our food.
The time I'm on here is the time I have my daughter in my lap nursing to sleep, because that's the only way I can get her to sleep with her reflux. I wouldn't be able to spend time in other ways other than researching and learning...which is what I'm already doing here on permies!
Nicole Alderman wrote:So often, I tend to think/fantasize about what I'd do if society collapsed, there was some horrible disaster, I got suddenly broke, etc. I think things like,
I would make sure to maintain my tools so they last a long time I'll have lots of sunchokes, kale and daikon radishes to eat I'll eat those random dried noodles I've kept in the back of the cupboard for umpteen years--better keep saving them I'll make sure to oil and paint and protect everything so it doesn't rot/erode I'l chop up plants as fodder for my ducks so their feed costs are lower I'd form a community with my neighbors and we would all work together
But, our budget is already tight. Life is already kind of hard. In many ways, it's already half-way to an "end of the world" scenario in my life right now. And, well, I don't do any of those things. I would be able to save money and get by better if I did. But, I don't. Some of that is because, well, no one really likes kale or daikons. And, a large part of it is because I just don't have the time while wrangling two kids.
Why in the world, then, do I think I'd have time in "the end of the world"?!?
Seriously, things would be harder and there would be less time. If I really wanted to be prepared for those times, I would be doing the things now to make my life more secure and to build the skills. The habits and skills and mindsets we have now are the ones we'd be bringing into a crises situation.
I think, far too often, preparing for disaster turns into kind of an escapism fantasy, and, well, escapism is probably not the coping strategy you want in a crisis situation.
(And, I think I'm probably preaching mostly to the "choir" here, as most permies are actually living their lives largely in a sustainable, prepared way, even if they're not "preppers." And, I'm probably not the only one getting my escapism fantasy bubble popped frequently. One of my mottos recently is to "Live like it's the end of the world, because in many ways it kind of is almost there!" Sometimes this mentality makes things like filing my shovel head fun. I just pretend I'm a character in a dystopian novel, and it's suddenly more epic to be maintaining my tools, LOL!)
john mcginnis wrote:
Jen Rose wrote:
Good fodder crops include yellow dock, sunflowers, sunchokes, radishes and turnips (fast and easy to grow), and mustard. They,l eat just about every inch of every plant, including rootstock. dock root has been a bunny delicacy here, and it’s packed with minerals and nutrition! It can be dried and saved as well. The dock is chronically prolific and rabbits do good justice to thinning its ranks.
Spring seed pods on trees and fall leaf drop provide abundance.
Having a clean dry place to poop allows rabbits to do what their wild counterparts do; chew their pellets. They will eat s portion of their own poop for extra nutrition. Usually during the new moon phase. They store more pellets in a full moon when it’s bright and safe enough to forage at night. New moon is time to stay by the burrow and lay low in the poor visibility.
What is the trick? My rabbits won't touch sunchokes at all.