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Books n Pamphlets

Riddle:  What Numbs Pain, Kills Germs, Helps Time Go By and Lasts Forever? 

*Answer to follow after general ramblings.

I am not certain when I began to think about hoarding for some unknown crisis.  Maybe it was when Mom stocked up for oncoming hurricanes.  We lived in Florida.

Or maybe it was the time Bill and I in younger days, carried everything we owned in an old Chevy (2 knives, 2 spoons, 2 plates, etc.).  Could this have triggered a deprivation syndrome?

Then there was the pandemic threat – avian flu you know – and anyway, my favorite books were (and still are) “doomsdayers” like about the plague, the Great Influenza, the Perfect Storm,  the devastating 1900 hurricane in Texas, etc.

I am not a survivalist, so forgeddabout collecting guns or building a bunker (although such thoughts tend to drift in and out from time to time).

Instead I began collecting reams of ideas on What to do IF.  It’s all about “storing” (hoarding is such a negative word isn’t it?) and the ideas are filling up a big notebook.  I am not an actual hoarder either – but some things just make sense, like the notebook of course and knowing WHAT to hoard when it seems necessary.

Having experienced jocular ridicule, this notebook is only shown to serious visitors who promise not to laugh, and of course now sharing it with you, in short spurts (for impact) with no guarantees re your reactions either

There is a big section in the book about Food Hoarding Storage though!  And at least one of you INTELLIGENT bloggers has asked for more info about that.

Store Indefinitely

Food Item #1 if you may recall, was FRUITCAKE.  Do plan to stock up on edible tinned fruitcakes this winter since they are supposed to last forever!  Never mind shellacking them for doorstops.

Today’s Thought is re Item #2 for Practical Hoarding (remember the Riddle above?):

*What Numbs Pain, Kills Germs, Helps Time Go By and Lasts Forever?   


I heard (but have no real proof of course) that HARD LIQUOR will keep forever!  But it is said that all distilled spirits such as vodka, rum, whiskey, gin and tequila are “ever-afters!”  

I, myself, am not a regular drinker, but can see why one might turn to Southern Comfort in certain terrifying conditions. Think “Hurricane Parties!”

In addition to having potential nutritional value, there have been movies where alcoholic beverages served as antiseptics as well as superb pain relievers (anesthesias) for mortally wounded film heroes, to say nothing of mind altering drunkenness in the face of impending amputations.

Thus, from a rather sober point of view, hard liquors may definitely be construed as  hard working multi-taskers with endless longevity – the perfect items for hoarding.

Now I hope you will stay tuned for more Practical Hoarding tips.  You might be surprised.

And I can’t wait to tell you all the things you can do about WATER!

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The Way Out - Untrodden

Last Winter was Bad Enough!

Daily Prompt:  Ready, Set, Done

Today, write about anything – but you must write for exactly ten  minutes, no more, no less.

I am writing for 10 minutes.  There is nothing to say but I am writing anyway.  It is a cool, sweet morning promising that autumn is around the corner.  Autumn used to be my favorite time of year and I still feel that surge of excitement when there is a chill in the air.

The animals seem to feel it too.  A squirrel finally got up enough courage to trespass past our garden gate to forage for things he could store for winter.

People are saying this will be a horrible winter filled with snow storms and bitter cold.

I keep telling Bill to refill the wood pile.  Our wood stove can be a lifesaver in weather like that.

The worst thing that happens around here in winter is the loss of electricity.  Not being able to see in the dark is only one problem.

The worst problem is the lack of water.  We are on a well system and it needs electricity to keep going.  So when it’s off, we can’t flush toilets (and it’s too cold to go in the woods).

We have a little generator though and if there is enough fuel, that can keep us going for a few days until we need more fuel.

Why am I worried about the onslaught of a bad winter?  Well, I love studying survival tactics.  I made a book of things to do in weather emergencies or pandemics.  If you want to know some of those secrets, just let me know.

Friends tend to laugh at me because the pantry is always so full.  You will never go hungry here they say… and it’s true I guess.  Although I am not hoarding food so much anymore I do believe in stocking things up that promise to last for years.

I especially like the one about fruit cakes.

Fruitcakes in tins literally have no expiration date.  This holiday season I plan to buy several fruit cakes. 

They should last until I die.  Right?  Then I will leave them in my will to the people most important to me.  I will conduct a poll first though to see who really loves fruitcake.

My friend, Janet, makes them every year to give away, and one of her friends had his fruitcake gift shellacked to make it into a doorstop.  That would defeat my purpose of survival by saving a non perishable food.

I doubt anyone will ever read this but I will publish it anyway just because it is a fun exercise and I would recommend it to fellow bloggers.  It will give you an idea of what to write about in a regular post.

Like I am now going to write something about what is in my “Survival Book” for those who are as paranoid as I am.

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