The picture to the left is my brother and I.
There are a lot of blogs on the net concerning being prepared. Many of them are very good, but they focus on survival, community. and family groups. There isn’t much out there for the single prepper, especially for those who are more mature. Most of what I share will be applicable to pretty much anybody, but my focus will be on the single, mature, person who wants to be prepared for whatever life throws in their path.
With that said, more about me:
I’m a 61 year old woman, who lives by herself, in a very rural area. I grew up in a prepared household. although I never actually thought of it in those terms. As a kid, I just knew we always had an overloaded pantry, with a lot of canned and packaged goods.
My parents would have never thought of themselves as preppers, either. If they were here to ask, either one of them would have just told you they were prudent shoppers and stocked up when they found good sales. Both my dad and mom were young children during the “Great Depression.” They learned at an early age about prudent spending and making use of what they had. Between the depression of their childhood and World War II of their early adult years, they learned shortages could arise at any time and, if you didn’t have something on hand, it could be quite a while before you could get it. They, also, learned to be very inventive in using what they did have on hand.
We always had a vegetable garden and we had several plumb trees and a drying shed. My dad was one of those very outgoing, extremely likable, people who never met a stranger. Many of his friends were area farmers who were always sending home bushels of fruits and vegetables with my dad. I spent a lot of my summer time tending the garden, harvesting, and canning with my mom.
Although we weren’t poor, we didn’t have a lot of extra money when I was growing up. Our vacations were always family camping trips. On those vacations, I learned to do things like fish, forage, how to build and cook over a camp fire, and a number of other useful skills that don’t require modern technology.
Once out on my own, I carried on with what I learned as a child. My pantry has always been full and, in more recent years, I’ve started adding more long term food storage items and barrels of extra water. To this day, I still prefer tent camping to traveling around spending time in motels. All that low tech camp gear comes in handy during power outages, as well.