I am 50 years old. I have medical issues and still have much to do prep wise. Something like having enough prescription meds is one task I am working on slowly.
I was doing pretty good with food planning until recent changes. We took on a few more mouths to feed. We have some neighbors that were going hungry and having hard times due to a recent passing in the family (minus one soc. sec check for food). What I have discovered is that those that need social assistance the most, often do not have the capacity to access it. Enough said.
Anyways, things are not real bad yet so I hear, but for us, we feel the pinch and I feel a sense of urgency.
I have a some fire power and some training, but need and desire more. I did poorly with the garden last year. I am a caretaker to my 81 year old husband. He is very limited with mobility due to stroke. I started the garden late and then became busy with hospitilation issues, plus the weather was very hot. I don't know how to can or hunt yet. I hope to can some butter before the year end - 2012. I plan to start learning about preparing game this year by assisting other hunters.
One of my biggest challenges is in the area of paying off debt.
I reside in a simple 1920s, 2 bedroom home with little to no closets. I don't have a traditional oven stove set up. I used my husband's money to purchase a freig, icebox, microwave, washer and dryer when getting married 10 years ago. I use a electric skillet and crock pot for cooking meals most often.
I live on a 120 acre farm with a hand dug well - 25 ft. I have no back up power for when the electricity goes down, and down it goes for weeks at a time during ice storms.
Well, that is a summary about me. I am the one with the sense of urgency. My hubby does not feel the way I do, but tolerates me. He has concern I will be wasting the food stored up. I eat what I store, and store what I eat, so I see minimal risk there.
I have lots of concerns in relation to caring for my husband. I desire to be a better prepper so I can care for him better during harder times that could happen during his lifetime, and mine in the life that could follow.
Thanks for the nice web site. I hope this entry takes, this is my fourth attempt since first finding the site a couple weeks ago.
P.S. I was raised in Southern California. Had goats and horses in back yard when living in a Village outside of LosAngeles, but still in the county. I do not have the same skills that many Kansas women have at my age.
Edited by Sunflower, 08 January 2012 - 05:07 PM.