So it’s snowing for the first time this season in my part of Maine. It’s such a beautiful sight, big flakes drifting down from the heavens, landing on the grass, trees and building. It kinda makes me think . . . of TEOTWAWKI!
No, this light dusting of snow is not the end of the world as we know it, but it does bring to mind preparedness. Living in Maine (or anywhere else that’s cold in the winter) one has to plan accordingly. S could HTF AT ANY TIME. Maybe it’d be a slow culmination of events that leads to collapse, or maybe it’d be an overnight event. Either way, when a solid 5 months of the year can be quite cold, necessary preparations are key. Maine is also a state (among other New England states) that’s highly reliant on heating oil – not good. I burn the black gold and I also burn Maine’s own “oil” – FIREWOOD!
Each spring I purchase or cut the necessary 4 cords (or so) that I’ll need for the coming winter. This way, if SHTF, I’m either 1) in the middle of winter with a winter’s worth of firewood dried and ready, or 2) in some other part of the year with a winter’s worth of firewood drying outside. Assuming SHTF in the middle of the summer, I could then scramble (with everyone else) for firewood, but I’d be one up. I’d be securing the NEXT year’s fuel source, while everyone else was scrambling for the coming winter. Advance planning – it’s crucial. All one has to do is picture small children with blue lips and cold toes saying, “Mommy, Daddy – I’m soooo cold”.
Are YOU using a readily available, renewable resource for your home heating needs? Sharpen the axe, sharpen the saw.