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My oldest Manling is fond of zombies and the apocalypse and took notes as he read the Left Behind books. He jokingly refers to all things in a time frame that ends with 12/21/2012. In an attempt to keep him under control (and also keep that little voice in the back of my OWN head quiet), I've made an effort to keep informed on items like this.
Just a bit of a rant before I get to the list: I can understand people scoffing and making fun of "random dates" and "conservative Christian mumbo jumbo". As it says in the Bible, no one knows the date or time or even the hour. Not even Jesus. God will do His thing in His own good time...which I know from experience to be...well, whatever "His own good time" really is.
I take in stride the people who ask me what I'm buying mass quantities of food for when there's plenty on the shelves. (I DO have four growing Manlings, people. See them rooting through the cart behind me???) If I put some of that excess into jars or the freezer at home, well, call it "foresight". It's not about the apocalypse or the possibility that our government could fall apart any day now. It's a situation far scarier and more real. We've Been. There.
You know Where. Where the bills run too high, and the money runs too short. The only thing standing between you and a bunch of people calling, screaming to be paid is a prayer that God keep providing "just enough" every month. (And He always has, I might add.) If we hadn't had "extra" in the house, I'm not sure what would have happened. I'm sure I don't want to find out.
I should add that, when we were in the midst of this crisis situation, I had only STARTED looking into prepping. Better late than never, right? Yes, well. Not again. I swore I'd have a viable plan in progress within a year or two...just in case.
You know the Just In Case too. Just in case: someone loses a job or gets "down-sized"; someone leaves or gets sick or dies... Or there's even the Just In Case of when money just can't make ends meet for The Way We Used to Live. There's a whole lot of that going around right now. The people who had Lots of Everything have almost nothing of anything. Granted, a lot of those people should have planned ahead, prepped, read, and realized that tomorrow is just as fluid as everything else. But hindsight is always 20-20, as my momma used to say. It is heartless and worthless to berate millions of people for their lack of planning. I'd venture to say that sort of reasoning still applies to even some diehard preppers in one area or another of their lives.
It should be no stretch then, to point to my life and say: This? Is where your goals ended up.
It took another trip to the hospital for my husband for me to realize that I had not gotten as far as I had hoped. But even if we're not There yet? We're much closer to the goal than we were before. I think most of the pieces are physically in the house...just not organized so well as I would have liked. Cleaning The House will be Emergency Prep too--getting everything put in its place.
The Prep List then, for today:
1. Get the Emergency Prep Plans printed off and ready to go. (I've started using Food Storage Made Easy You can sign up for a free emergency binder of ideas. It gets emailed piece by piece every two weeks for a year. I haven't had time to do much more than skim the lists and print them off for my Housecleaning Rampage next month, but I'm going to be ready when I get there! I'm sure that MY list probably differs from theirs...and yours will differ from mine. But this is a great jumping-off idea--they give you the basic framework; you fill in the holes.)
2. Update my "Alien Abduction Notebook". I'm sure there's other names for it--but I love science fiction so the idea makes me giggle everytime I open the book. And that's the point, right? To OPEN the book...and work on it...and make sure The Family knows where it is. This is what holds the Keys to Life As WE (The Family) know it. Copies of birth certificates and SS cards and whatever else might need to run out the door in a hurry if we have a fire or a flood or a Zombie Apocalypse. Stuff the Guys will need to know if something happens to...me.
3. Man-handle my actual Planners into submission. This was my one Big Project for the month of December, and I'm getting close. The Homeschool Planner actually went together far easier than I thought it would, most likely due to the fact that, even though it's my first Official Planner, I've been doing this gig for seven years. I know what I need and what I don't...and that will change next year! The Household Planner on the other hand... *sigh* It's not that I don't WANT to do it. It's that every time I open it up, I see the last four years of not being organized; and it flattens me. Once I'm in the full-on Rampage, I'm sure my planner will be very handy. Right now it's giving me a Massive Inferiority Complex! I also have my little Day Planner that I got down at "Ken's Educational Joys" in Ephrata a couple months ago. I love writing things in it! It's a whole new year!
I think that's enough for today. Three items may not seem like much; but when you're dealing with a Full-on Household Cleaning Rampage, this is more than enough. 'Sides, I just need to be Ready by the end of the month, not Started. That will come soon enough.