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My Y2K Silver Bullet

My suggestion as the year 2000 approaches is to order the books below, read them, re-read them, study them, memorize them and ACQUIRE what you feel are the best solutions to replace your techno-lifestyle appliances with self-sufficient living accoutrements. Then, get thee hence to the living history pioneer museums in your neighborhood. Pay attention to what they used to accomplish their daily tasks b.e. (before electricity!)

Roust thyself off thy duff and couch potato lifestyle and take the family to a re-enactment this summer. While there, go through the campsites of the participants. Speak to these strangers. Ask about their equipment. Take notes. Take LOTS of NOTES. Go home and follow up by purchasing your own equivalent!

IF, and it's a big IF, nothing horrid happens at y2k rollover, then you've made a wonderful investment in your knowledge bank. However, if electric grids and natural gas companies are unable to deliver, then you are all set. That's my Y2K silver bullet! Not so simple. You need to get informed today!


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If you can only order one book,
then I'd suggest Carla EMERY's book,

The Encyclopedia of Country Living.

The one Y2K book everyone was raving about even before Y2K came into politically correct speaking circles! Not really a Y2K book at all, it will give you the how-to knowledge to get back to prepared living. If you can only order two books, then add James Talmage STEVEN's Making the Best of Basics.

Even so, you'll need to get the proper equipment for your household to continue functioning if an emergency should occur. Please don't just read about this. BEGIN PREPARATIONS TODAY! If you will work at Y2K/Emergency Preparedness at least one hour a day you'll be able to get alot accomplished before the clock rolls over.

Will you be laid off tomorrow?
Will you be in a major accident?
Will we have another ice storm, tornado, hurricane, or flood?
Are you PREPARED?

Who is this kooky person telling you that the sky is falling? I'm a country girl gone city, homemaker, third generation 12 grocery franchise owning person whose telling you in my biggest loudest voice...."GET SOME FOOD, alternative HEAT/COOKING SOURCE & WATER in the house before 01 Jan 2000!" Yes, I'm afraid for my family in the city, that's why the house is for sale and farmstead is being secured as we speak! Afraid of what? NO WATER source is my biggest concern at the moment, plus the fact of others who aren't prepared who might become dangerous when hungry.

Yes, I believe things will get bad. Maybe not everywhere, maybe not everywhere at once. I do believe that there will be major disruptions in the food chain and in the supply of energy to many, many parts of the country. I've been researching this crisis for over two years now and have spent hard-earned $$'s getting my supplies together. Do I want to create panic. NO! I want to create reality based thinking. Go outside...look up...see that skinny little wire that hooks your family to the electric grid? That flimsy little wire maybe all that stands between you and your family being in the dark and cold. Drive by the gas station. Think. If the computers don't work that pump gas out of the ground, how will I, or the truckers get gasoline to continue driving the groceries to my friendly Stop & Shop Grocer? Seen any manual gas pumps lately?


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My friend and yours, Bill Gates

See Bill Gates? Hi Bill! See Bill smile. See Bill's money? Bill ain't gonna fix IT. Bill can't. Get real, please think about the infastructure of our country. Bill's software monopoly doesn't mean that he knows all about the other hardware, software and embedded chips out there. See Bill? See Bill's bodyguards? Bill will need them. Cause folks are gonna be mad when Bill didn't get it fixed. Run, Bill, run! Hide, Bill, hide! See Bill duck? See Bill get shot by some loony fringe thinker who thought Bill or the government was gonna fix it for him while he sat on the couch drinking a Bud! Wave bye to Bill. Don't look at Bill. Bill's just not there for you.

See You? Hi You! See You Smile. See your family? You need to fix IT! You need to get your 'home systems' ready. What's a home system? Got a bucket? Got an oil-lamp? Got a manual can opener? Got a clothesline? A home system is what Granny did & used without you ever thinking about it. It's the washtubs and scrub boards, the non-electric coffee perculator, etc. Know how to bake? Have the recipes? Whatcha gonna do if the grid's not there? See our OVENS & BREAD section at OVENS.

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GRANNY'S DAYTIMER
Ever thought about what Granny's day looked like? This is the simple outline that many women followed:
Wash on Monday
Iron on Tuesday
Mend on Wednesday
Churn on Thursday
Clean on Friday
Bake on Saturday
Rest/Worship on Sunday

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The following poem was sent to me on a homeschooling forum a few years back. I see it also in Carla Emery's 'Encyclopedia of Country Living'. I think it sums up what a typical day of self-sufficiency can look like. BTW, Grandpa was busy too, out behind the old jenny getting the field plowed and planted with corn. Don't forget, though, Mama's Mama had a nice feather bed to sink into at night. Enjoy!

Mama's Mama

Mama's Mama, on a winter's day,
Milked the cows and fed them hay,
Slopped the hogs, saddled the mule,
And got the children off to school.

Did a washing, mopped the floors,
Washed the windows, and did some chores.

Cooked a dish of home-dried fruit,
Pressed her husband's Sunday suit,
Swept the parlor, made the bed,
Baked a dozen loaves of bread.

Split some wood and lugged it in,
Enough to fill the kitchen bin,
Cleaned the lamps and put in oil,
Stewed some apples she thought might spoil.

Churned the butter, baked a cake,
Then exclaimed: "For Mercy's sake,
The calves have got out of the pen!"
Went out and chased them in again.

Gathered the eggs and locked the stable,
Returned to the house and set the table.

Cooked a supper that was delicious,
And afterwards washed all the dishes,
Fed the cat, sprinkled the clothes,
Mended a basket full of hose.

Then opened the organ and began to play,
"When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day."

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Close your eyes and think about your latest ice storm? Did you hear about the runs at the grocery store? Heard about the latest hurricane? Did you hear about the lack of bottled water at the grocery store? Did you hear about the latest floods? What about the Red Cross taking up to 12 days to get to some areas with help? Let me assure you that the Red Cross is warning people to make Y2K preparations. Why? They won't be able to help everyone who needs it! Can you and yours survive such events, layoff, natural disasters, or a y2k meltdown? This is me, this is me waving goodbye. That is you running out the door to your local camping, hardware and grocery stores. Good for you. Before you go, why not stop and see what some folks who've been working and thinking about this for awhile think? Read up on the subject. Order a book or two. Read the links. Then, get thee hence and get started making you and yours more self-sufficient. Okay?

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Remember my suggestion to visit pioneer museums? Here's one great museum to get you started.

THE FOXFIRE MUSEUM

The Foxfire Museum houses a treasured collection of Appalachian artifacts, many documented in the Book series, given by or purchased from the folks Foxfire featured in its books and magazines over the years. Located in a small cabin, built with student help, two large rooms contain some 150 artifacts and crafts of early Appalachian life, including the works of an old grist mill. The museum is located on Hwy. 441 in Mountain City, Georgia and is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The museum also houses a gift shop where books, folk art, music, and other Southern Appalachian books and crafts are available for sale. If you would like information on visiting the museum, send by e-mail your postal mailing address to foxfire@foxfire.org, requesting a sales brochure.

The mountain property, better known as The Land, includes a collection of historic log cabins and replications of traditional construction designs. Many of the cabins were endangered prior to being relocated to the land. It was through the efforts of Foxfire students, staff, and community members that these historic log buildings were saved from destruction. The land is devoted to the preservation of southern Appalachian culture. Numerous artifacts and the Foxfire Archives are housed at this location.

There are numerous museums of this nature throughout America. Visit one this month!


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