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As I was canning the broth that Irish Woman and I made from the Thanksgiving turkeys, something occurred to me.  All of this ‘prepping’ that we’re doing is not much more than how my grandmothers conducted their lives.

  • Homemade is almost always better than store-bought.
  • A few essential ingredients will make 90% of what you need.
  • It is always a good idea to know the farmer who grows your food.
  • Waste is a sin.
  • It is better to repair a good tool than to buy a new one.
  • Take care of essentials before you even think about luxuries.
  • Coffee is an essential.
  • It is better to work hard than to spend large.
  • Always put away excess for lean times.
  • Charity should rarely be asked, but should never be refused.
  • Always provide for yourself so that you are not a burden on others.

40 or 50 years ago, the stuff we do to be prepared for emergencies, which a lot of people seem to look at as abnormal, was just considered good sense.

I consider myself fortunate that I have the example of two extraordinary, hard-working women to follow.  I hope that my grandchildren look back at me the same way.




  1. Stephen

     /  November 29, 2012

    So very true…and your grandchildren will indeed.


  2. I have often thought that what we now think of as “prepping” was just a way of life for my great-grandparents. We’ve just invented new names for a lifestyle that we should have maintained, but instead abandoned because of “progress”. My great-grandparents and grandparents were what would now be called “sustenance farmers” and “preppers”. They called it survival, and it the fact that they lived through the Great Depression probably had something to do with it.

    I have lots of memories of gardening and canning, but was far too young to have learned much more than a healthy respect for the pressure cooker. That’s something I’m going to have to remedy.


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