Prepping After 60

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Ever wonder how you will live if the SHTF? Ever try to answer all the questions that you ask yourself about how you will survive as a single, senior woman living alone with no family, no spouse, no other support other than yourself? I ask myself everyday as I grow older and a little weaker in body and strength. I used to be able to lift fifty pounds of feed or move a bale of hay easily but now it gets to be a real trial. But, since I am alone, I have to do it anyway I can and I usually do. It is the same in prepping for just myself, my livestock, and the homestead.

I live on seven and a half acres in a rural southern California area which is like a mountain/high desert mix when it comes to weather and vegetation. My well is a good one and does the job of watering the livestock which consists of chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, a llama, horses and assorted dogs and cats. So, I have a good start on being self-sufficient. I decided to not bug out but to bug in if SHTF ever happens. So, I have devoted my time and meager income to this place.

When you are older and alone there are a lot of things that go thru your mind when the subject of prepping comes up. A lot of the questions such as what happens if I can’t get to town, how will I get my medications, what happens if the grid goes down, how do I function as an older woman alone in a non-functioning world, etc., etc., etc. Yes, there are hundreds of questions and sometimes the answers are easy and sometimes they elude us. Being older and alone does pose many unique problems for the one facing this uncertain world. When faced with these problems, I decided to sit down and access my situation and made a lot of decisions and lists. The first one was to bug out or not. Being that I have some disabilities such as arthritis and a bad back, there is no way I could walk out of here or ride my horse great distances to get to…Where? I don’t have a bug out place and if I did I would never make it there alive. I found that most of what I needed to survive was right here in my home.

I used to be able to lift fifty pounds of feed or move a bale of hay easily but now it gets to be a real trial. But, since I am alone, I have to do it anyway I can and I usually do.

So, I took inventory and started my first list of what I had in the way of survival gear, food, water, clothing, medications, tools, and a second list of what I needed to get. If I did bug out, I could not begin to carry what I would need to travel to an unknown destination. I would be a moving target for those who would like to take what I had. And, what would happen to all my animals? I have a pretty good start on being self-sufficient here with chickens and turkeys for meat and eggs, dairy goats for milk, butter, cheese and, a horse for transportation, a llama for packing, sheep for meat, wool and milk and in the spring I will be starting to raise rabbits, one or two cows for meat and milk and guineas for an alarm system. I have all I need here. Why leave it? I am comfortable here and feel a modicum of safety and I know some of the people and the area. That is a big thing to consider in deciding whether to stay or go and how you will get there. It is not very safe for older women to go out alone now so just think of how it will be if things get rough?

I made a third list of things I needed in the way of tools for survival, building supplies and weapons for protection. I bought a few power tools and two small gas-powered generators to run them and a little chest freezer. I bought that so I can freeze meats, cheese and butter and make gallon sized ice cubes to use in the antique ice box that was used by the previous owner for a liquor cabinet. I have tried it out and it works like a dream. I have also made a list of things I want to learn to do and can now scratch off such as learning how to can with a pressure canner, use a chainsaw for cutting firewood, and I turned my front porch into a greenhouse so I will have tomatoes and lettuce in the winter. I had to learn how to butcher the chickens and will have to learn how to do the cute fuzzy rabbits. But, if it means I will eat then so be it. We all have to do things that are distasteful but will do them to survive. I do believe that the older generation is better at getting it done than the younger and we don’t need a cell phone for that.

As for protection? I believe that in the future people will revert to old-time weapons for protection such as bows and arrows and spears and such. If the grid goes down there are only going to be so many bullets and no one to keep production up and not everyone is adept at reloading. So, my weapons of choice is the long bow, a cross-bow, and several pistol bows. I practiced a lot to become proficient in archery and can hit what I aim at. Even being 65 I can pull 40 lbs. And, it is a silent weapon. Pretty good for an old lady! But, I also have shotguns and pellet rifles. I learned almost all that when I turned 60. I made me a practice range on my place between the silage corn I planted and the wheat where I could and still do shoot regularly.

I have also made a list of things I want to learn to do and can now scratch off such as learning how to can with a pressure canner, use a chainsaw for cutting firewood, and I turned my front porch into a greenhouse so I will have tomatoes and lettuce in the winter.

I believe that if there is a will there is a way. Just because you are older and maybe not so strong physically does not mean you just lay down and die. I think that because I am older and alone it drives me to want to survive anything that is thrown at me. The instincts to survive are there and all you have to do is use your head, do the research, organize, learn, learn, learn, …and maybe, join a self-sufficiency /prepper group for moral support. When I needed gutters put up on the eaves of the house to catch rain water for the livestock, I looked on the internet for DIY instructions and got it done. When I needed raised garden beds for my gardening, I designed one and got it built. Now I have many of them. It wasn’t too hard but still there are things I wish I had help with but with a little ingenuity I usually get it done.

After my dad died, I had to decide where to move my 84-year-old mother and myself. I have always wanted to move back to the country and live out my life in a rural setting, so that is where I landed. That was four years ago and since then the outside world has grown more violent, unpredictable, and totally dangerous with rumors of war, terrorists and possible financial collapse and EMPs. I have not been able to ignore it any longer. Something big is going to happen and soon. I feel it in my bones and not being prepared made me start making lists, reading about emergency preparations and being more aware of what has been going on around me. Then my mother was diagnosed with third stage dementia and since early this last year has had to make the transfer from here to a nursing home. I found myself turning 65, needing back surgery and losing income from taking care of my mom. I kept making lists of foods, household goods, clothes, weapons for self-defense, first aid and medical stuff, tools, livestock, and a lot of other things including what I already knew and what I wanted to learn about. I read, searched the internet, read blogs and always ask questions. As time has passed I felt overwhelmed with the stuff I needed to get done and for the first time in a while felt completely alone. It took a good talking to myself to set me right on the prepper path and now I find myself making great strides in becoming totally self-sufficient and ready for anything. And, I don’t feel my age is a hurdle anymore but actually has been a blessing.

I know that living in the country is very different from living in the city. I have lived in both and when the time comes and the grid goes down, preparing oneself with food, water, and the tools you need to have to survive are almost the same. You still need warmth, a roof over your head, a way to cook, and protection. You still need to be ready to hunker down where you are and have survival items unique to your circumstances. I know that it can be a bit overwhelming and lonely when having to make decisions concerning your safety and comfort especially when you are by yourself. But, if you have studied, learned and listened to the rumblings you will be prepared and will survive. After all, you have made it this far so you can be called a senior citizen.

Something big is going to happen and soon. I feel it in my bones and not being prepared made me start making lists, reading about emergency preparations and being more aware of what has been going on around me.

Not everything in prepping for one is dreary. One thing I realized while making my shopping list the other day for my food storage was that it contained foods I really liked and I got to pick and choose what to purchase. No one else had a say in what I bought. That was a bonus since I lean towards comfort foods and not gourmet stuff. The pros definitely outweighed the cons like not having to share my favorite candy bar with anyone. Do take an inventory of all the items you have now and build on that. Don’t forget to prep for you pets and do splurge on some good books, puzzles and crafts supplies to keep busy if you ever have any free time. Make sure to store up batteries so you can play your cd player and listen to music. It is a treat for yourself after a long day of working to keep yourself alive. This can be true today before the SHTF. And, don’t feel sorry for yourself for being older and alone. I don’t believe Karma gives us more than we can handle and hard work and challenge build character even in seniors.

As for being a senior, you should be able to draw on that vast supply of experience on keeping yourself healthy, active, sharp and for learning new things. Just remember, it is not how old you are or how infirm you might be, don’t think you cannot do it. You can if you believe you can. You will find a way. Even not having a lot of funds for purchasing items for your survival shouldn’t deter you. Get creative and go to garage sales, second-hand shops, Good Will and Salvation Army. I shop a lot at the dollar store and have saved tons of money on paper goods, canned goods and other household items. Personal items are a good buy there as well.

I found out a long time ago, when my kids grew up and all moved away, and I divorced my husband that you only have yourself to rely on. No one is going to look out for you and it will be really true when the SHTF comes around. I found out there were things I didn’t think I could do but found out that I can. Being alone lets one really get to know yourself. Being older doesn’t mean that your world has come to an end. I believe I have every right to survive as the next person. Maybe more. That I have worked harder, learned more, done more and have earned the right to live with my own two hands by being more creative, smart, knowledgeable and resilient than the younger generation who can’t get the cell phone out of their face. Sit back at the end of the day and think of all you’ve accomplished all by yourself and be proud of it.

So, let’s get busy and quit thinking about how old we are and how much those joints hurt and start getting ready for that uncertain future and let’s survive. After all, we’ve lived this long, I’m game for twenty more years…are you?

23 Comments

  1. Loa

    December 1, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Wow! I really enjoyed reading your article, Prepping after 60″ It gave me HOPE! I’m single, senior (about 20 years older than you) and live alone. I too am planning on “bugging in” although I’m not in a great position to raise animals. I live on a little over 1 acre. However, I’m going to at least start with chickens soon…and maybe a goat. So what if my neighbors think I’m crazy? Right? Thanks so much for your article. It’s the first one I’ve read that addresses MY situation!

    • Ole Grandpa

      December 4, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      LOA,
      Do not limit yourself or your thinking! Here is a link for you to check out and research! There is a lot of information here and on your one acre there are a lot of options. Here is the link: http://www.hostilehare.com/
      Look the entire site over there is a lot to learn there. My great-uncle taught himself how to weld at the age of 65 and did it daily until he couldn’t at age 90. So anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
      To your learning!!

      Ole Grandpa

  2. Teresa

    December 2, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Thank you for your article. Like you, I’m in my 60’s and would like to be prepared for whatever may come. I’ve been through several times when being prepared was important. (hurricanes, floods, blizzards)I like how methodical you were in your prepping. I’m going to use some of your ideas. Unfortunately, I don’t have the support of my husband and daughter, it makes it so much harder. I also live in a small city which limits my ability to have animals. I do a lot of vege and herb gardening as well as canning. I’m hoping to get a shotgun for Xmas, but I’m not holding my breath, and like you, I would love to have a crossbow. It’s nice to know that it’s not too late for me to learn and improve on my preps.

    • Vee Dubya

      December 6, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      you might consider a .22 carbine, like the ruger 10-22, it has a rotary 10 rd magazine, buy 2-3 extras. the ammunition is inexpensive, compared to other larger calibers, you can afford to practice and get good, and it will handle any problem that may arise with proper bullet placement; and stocking up on ammunition is a snap, it takes up very little space. two .50 ammo cans full should last anyone in their 60’s a life time. a decent riot gun (20 or 12 ga)can fill out your compliment..

  3. Evan Lay

    December 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    When you stock up on batteries I recommend you buy the rechargeable ones. They’re more expensive initially but much cheaper in the long run. Then get a solar recharging kit for batteries.That way you will have battery power for years to come if the grid goes down. Eventually the rechargeable batteries will give up the ghost but I’ve been using the same set of batteries in my metal detector for over 10 years. Also,if you use the regular alkaline or zinc chloride batteries when you discard them the casings will start to leak in a couple of years and they will contaminate the soil.

  4. Farmer

    December 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    What the heck am I doing and what’s wrong with me?

    I can’t seem to walk into Sam’s these days without throwing a 20 pound bag of Basmati rice and 12 pounds of dried pinto beans into my cart. I get numerous emails advertising great deals on water filters … I have half a dozen now …. but will buy more just because they are a good deal. Walmart … forget it …. I always walk out with two more 12 packs of toilet paper and 6 boxes of pasta! I have now put away 600 pounds of rice in vacuum sealed bags, unknown bags of dried and dehydrated beans … and more hot sauce than should be legal to own.

    So what’s wrong with that? Well for starters, my kids are grown, have their own families, and live many hundreds of miles from me. I have a small rescue farm and raise chickens, ducks, goats and the usual smattering of dogs, cats and wild critters. The driveway is ¾ mile long and we have maybe a dozen neighbors spread out over several miles. Still no problem? Well … it came to me one night in a vision ….. I’ll be 70 years old next year. I have enough toilet paper to last a lifetime … for a 20 year old with bowel dysfunction. Maybe they can line my coffin with it instead of that expensive fake silky stuff they use. At least when TEOTWAWKI arrives, I’ll be able to take comfort in knowing the bathroom is properly outfitted. Never mind that the septic tank is full and I forgot to have it pumped out … I forget a lot these days.

    I cannot stop putting stuff away. They call it “hoarding” on one of those TV shows made to embarrass people who are frugal and save stuff to be fixed one day. Maybe it’s wishful thinking to buy freeze dried canned food with a 30 year shelf life at my age. I like to think I’ll eventually eat it in peace, in the brightness and comfort of electric lights and the warmth of the propane heater while watching reruns of Red Skelton on the wide screen TV.

    I can no longer lift the ammo cans full of 5.56 and .45 and 12 ga. 00 and my grand kids aren’t around to help. So the cans sit where I left them 5 years ago and I just live my life around them. I love to shoot and have a wonderful open range with a terrific backstop for any caliber … but find it harder everyday to walk down and back up the hill from the shooting position. Gunfire doesn’t bother me much these days since my hearing is so bad!

    Today I finally cut that annoying dead pine tree that I’ve been staring at for a year. Hauled the 20 foot trunk up in the yard with the tractor and chainsawed and split it into 18 pieces for a friends camping fire. Won’t he be surprised that somebody 15 years his senior is doing the work. No neighborhood kid with a man bun and LL Bean woodsman shirt came over to help … I know they could hear the chainsaw or…. maybe it’s the dozen or so “no trespassing” signs – but I’m guessing. Nonetheless, a youngster missed a great opportunity to learn something.

    I used to make my own laundry soap and spend 35 cents to make 2 gallons … but the didn’t like it because it didn’t smell right. So now it’s back to a $15 jug of chemical laden goop that smells pretty. OK, I didn’t win that one, but got some bargaining chips for when I see a “can’t pass up” deal on water filters. I know I don’t have enough filters. So 6 filters, each of which will last for 11 million gallons is a good deal for a guy who needs (according to the experts) a gallon of water a day … the same guy has a prostate the size of a grapefruit and only pees a teaspoon at a time… so 11 million days of water is probably enough. How much is 11 million days in dog years, anyway?

    I’ve tried to share my limited wisdom gained over 70 years of life with some of my neighbors. The idea was (I naively thought) that if the S did hit the F one day and the local gas station raised gas from a respectable $2.25 to $15 a gallon … that the neighbors might participate in a ‘let’s all get together and save ourselves’ party. When I found out that most of these folks could name all the Khardashian family members out to 3rd cousins, and didn’t know the each state has some Senators … my idea of community unity fizzled. Probably just as well in the long run since mouth-breathers talk an awful lot of trash and I only have enough toilet paper for the immediate family … and not enough of anything to share.

    Have to stop now … there’s a big sale on at Walmart.

    • Cheryl

      December 6, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Your comments are awesome to say the least…born in 1949 I know where u r coming from…THANK FOR YOUR IMPUT AND THE HUMOR…LIVING IN AN AREA WHERE RETIREES ARE COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK…IM A YOUNG 1949 FEMALE…AND IM A PREPPER, TOO.

    • sargintRock

      December 7, 2017 at 3:49 am

      Farmer! love yer wit and true Grit! Fight the good fight! God bless ya!

    • Rod

      December 14, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      That was a great comment(s)! I’m 74 and in pretty descent shape for my age, my wife is not that healthy at age 67. We will shelter in, we ain’t movin’ nowhere! She doesn’t like my prepping-too many guns and food items. I don’t feel I have near enough food items. Must get more! Take care, Hey, this was a great article.

  5. jimmy USN ret

    December 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Excellent attitude, pma (positive mental attitude) is a great aide to overcoming any challenge. I think I can is good , I know I can (somehow) is best. You are never alone , dogs, cats, squirrels , birds , there are many different types of friends in life. I have survived 66 years a couple of wars and two x-wives, and I’m still not gonna roll over an die. “NEVER give up” “NEVER” my gramps taught me. Glad to see others living life, doing what they wish to do. Keep up the great work gal, and spoil yourself in the doing, you deserve it ! Be safe n GOD bless you and yours.

    • sargintRock

      December 7, 2017 at 3:47 am

      Take two salt tablets and drive on. Airborne!

  6. Circe

    December 7, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Bit older than you, but in same situation. And it does seem like we are getting close to a war. Strength training daily. Couple of things I have done to throw in for your planning for consideration: Purchased an old RV for cheap, mostly for the propane refrigerator and stove and instant hot water propane heater. All expensive to buy as stand alone items. I converted my generators to propane and am slowly purchasing 20, 30 and 100 lb propane tanks (already have a 500 lb for house). Propane lasts forever, so I don’t have to stockpile as much vunerable gas/fuel except for my lawnmower (also got old fashion reel lawnmower). I store propane in outside sheds in different locations for safety. Also purchased a Coleman DC “cooler”. Not really a refrigerator, but will keep food/ milk for a few days if needed if I chose to cook in “volume” to save fuel. Runs off of my portable solar “generator” I made myself with panels, controller, inverter, etc. Made solar oven. Ask your doctor of extra meds (3 months worth at a time) and learn about herbal alternatives and plant as needed. Also storing food in buried used commercial “bulk vinegar” heavy plastic containers purchased for $10 (go to your local BBQ place) around property. Some used for root vegetables packed with straw and others for canned goods double protected in plastic. buried in different locations around property and hidden by “dumped hay/mulch or plants”. Also hiding basic 25 yr. “freeze dried” food (butter, milk, quick meals etc.) in walls of house where I cut open the sheet rock in a square between studs, made shelves and patched/painted back up. Just put in a “Flojack” hand pump down the same well as my electrical pump so I can hand pump or “backflow” into my holding tank in the house and down to barn. Handmade Faraday cages to protect generators from EMP with wood,aluminum screening and aluminum tape and took metal trashcan, lined with cardboard as a faraday cage for extra batteries, inverter, controller, radio, scanners, etc. All instructions found on internet. Good luck to all!

  7. Carol Major

    December 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Can’t tell you how much I appreciated you opening this topic for discussion. I’m 70,single,female. Aside from arthritis and a bit more weight than I should have. I’m in OK shape and manage solo on 70 acres(mostly wooded) in the blue ridge region of Va. can’t ride aside any more so converted to driving a cart pony. Had chickens. When they died out took a break for a year but plan to start up come spring. Good farm dog. I’ve got propane emergency generators(300gal tank) a solar powered generator and lots of smaller solar chargers,rechargeable batteries. Stockpiled a years worth of 25yr emergency food,dried beans and some canned goods/spices. Heritage seed bank good for 10 yrs.
    Question-would like to be able to use diesel tractor for heavy work but how do I store diesel fuel long term?
    The older I get the smaller my garden. Any suggestions

  8. L. A.

    December 16, 2017 at 2:29 am

    One year would be about max for diesel fuel, no matter how you store it. Best solution for fuel is your liquid propane, which literally will last forever, but you would have to trade-out your tractor for a gas engine with a dual fuel carburetor to do this. Doesn’t get any better than the Blue Ridge!

  9. Bunny Marcus

    December 30, 2017 at 4:42 am

    At 65 I’m into stealth. Silent weapons (knives, bows, slingshot, bear spray, dog), camouflage, acting stupid/using the opponents msiconceptions against them. A lifetime of living outdoors and knowing how to forage for food, use wild herbs, build shelters Five years Tae Kwondo, special forces knife training, intense nasty self-defense. Lots of street fighting/defending, Three four-week canoeing trips into wilderness, many many shorter ones. Well trained service dog. Hazmat gas mask and clothing. Im ready with my 2007 CRV, offgrid teardrop, and solo canoe. I am ready to drop anything Im carryng to go on foot, horseback, by water, etc. All tested thoroughly. I’m prepared to be moving.

    How does a woman like me barter? What could I carry of value? I decided on heirloom seeds. I have a full complex covering all nutritional needs even fruit trees. Takes up practically no space. I keep the most valuable items spread out in all my posessions. Fire starters should be everywhere. Ditto food. Rope. Seeds. You get the picture. I have spent the last five years going off all my meds. (You can do it, one at a time. Start with the least needed and go from there.)

    Please consider oil of oregano. This amazing product is antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral. It’s being used for MRSA infections now. This is going to be a very valuable medicine. Im stocking up. It puts antibiotics to shame. Im looking for property where I can hunker down, but for now Im ready to take to the road, water or on foot. I am relying on a lifetime of skills and knowledge. I have lived through many disasters and extremely unfriendly situations. Being observant and keeping your wits goes a long way at any age. Be psychologically and physically ready to defend yourself and make the first move if necessary. The kids with their faces in their phones will be the first to go unfortunately. We must do what we can to pass on our skills. We are the last generation to know how mechanical and analog (natural) systems work.

  10. Robert Tocci, Sr

    January 4, 2018 at 3:13 am

    I want to Thank all of you for your input. Our next generation is not concerned about the future. When I mention about being prepared for future disasters of whatever, they just laugh. I was being to think I was the only one crazy to be prepping for the future, which I honestly believe it will happen in my lifetime. As being 72 years old, I have been preparing for over five years. Because of my location in Pennsylvania and my distrust for a large portion of my neighbors, I made the decision to relocate or bug out now to Maine, where I have property in a country setting with 7-3/4 acres of wood land. It was peace of mind that I obtained and the ability to defend myself in the wide open spaces. I made the move in August of 2017 and went through some setbacks, but nothing comes easy at our age. But being a positive minded person, and the attitude that I can do anything, I will be starting in the spring to build my homestead. The only regret, was that it was too late in the year to get started and a early winter of sub temperatures and mounts of snow. But I made my decision and I will stick by it. Thank you again for all your positive words. It was great to read from like minded people. Take care and be safe. If your worried about being alone, you might want to join the United States Freedom Army. We believe in the protection of the constitution and some day we will be called upon. We are growing in numbers and have broken out into Divisions. It always good to have a fellow (s) located in your area in the event you need help.

    • Karl Huber

      March 22, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Is there a special website
      Where we could network ??
      Strength in #’s
      Also, why duplicate let’s compound!!

  11. Graywolf12

    February 17, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Power tools are fine IF there is power. Get a brace and bit, wood bits to drill holes in wood, hand saws, and others that we used before power tools. Remember if we have an EMP your Johnny popper will not run. Gas can only be stored for a short time. Good luck. This 82YO is /has to bug in, so we are well armed with lots of ammo, even for guns we do not own. Think barter. Garage sales are treasure troves for Preppers.

  12. Sharon Otteson

    March 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I am single 65 yrs young female , in the state of Washington. Have been replacing all the electric gadgets I have with manual labor type., got a noodle maker the other day. Would like to communicate with other prepped seniors from this area.

  13. Karl Huber

    March 22, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Let’s network!!

  14. Mike

    March 22, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Wow. How encouraging was this. I am 63 and you know you can get into a funk when you get more “mature” as I like to say. My favorite show is Shawshank redemption. My favorite line is “Get busy living or get busy dying”. My choice is to live. Nice to know also that California isn’t all just snowflakes. Thanks for encouragement Good luck in the future.

  15. Barbara

    March 22, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Well, I’m older than most of you, going on 78 in a few months. I live in a city in Florida close to the Gulf coast with a cat and a dog for companionship. I buy in bulk at Sam’s as often as money will allow. I live on less than a quarter of an acre but I have a small garden in a fenced in back yard. Most of the neighbors are close to my age. One neighbor who would be my biggest threat has a garage door opener but instead of asking for it, I rigged the garage door so he can no longer get in. His house is paid for and I still have a mortgage. He has told me that if a problem ever came up, he would come in and take what I have. I have guns and know how to use them. I agree with Farmer, can’t have too much pasta or toilet paper. ;-)In my area, all of the utilities are electric, So I bought a butane burner and many bottles of butane. It’s safe to use in the house. If you cook on a grill, people around you can smell it cooking. I’m somewhat handicapped and overweight. At home I use a walker to move around the house. At the grocery stores, I park where there’s a shopping cart to hold onto. Bunny Marcus, thanks for the reminder about oil of oregano. Robert Tocci, my granddaughter’s attitude is the same as most youngin’s. She lives in a BIG house with her husband and two little boys. When her aunt and I tried to get her to prepare, she thought the whole idea is foolish. So my little great-grands will have to starve, I guess. I enjoyed reading all of the comments. Thank you. Knowledge is power.

  16. Becky Gray

    April 7, 2018 at 11:23 am

    What a great article. I’m 69, live alone in the Rockies, and we have a lot in common. I have an older John Deere with a front end loader that does a lot of my lifting. But I thought you would enjoy the story of my 90 year old mother’s great aunt. During the depression, my grandfather lost the farm in Kansas and took the family West to find work. They stopped in Wyoming to visit “Great Aunt Rose”, who was in her 90s then. My mother was about 8. Rose lived alone far from town in the mountains. She served them home canned bear (tastes like pork) that she had shot, butchered, and pressure canned on a wood stove. She was just recovering from a broken arm. She had tried to start the Model T with the crank. It had kicked and broken her arm, so she set it herself and waited a couple months before she could go the 40 miles into town.
    I’m careful out here by myself (no climbing ladders), and I did have a bear force it’s way into the house while I was pushing on the door to keep it out. But I have a dog who chased the bear out and a gun, so I’m just more careful now before I open the door.
    So I’m also pretty much ready for the Zombie Apocalypse, other than I’m still looking at solar for my roof. Good luck to all.
    Great post! Aunt Rose would be proud.

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