Spoonie Retirement week 4 — Winter Preparedness and Old Hippies

Autumn’s tempestuous lover
the North Wind
begins his scourge
sending Summer’s leaves
scattering at his ferocity
Temperatures drop
like needles from pines
as he struggles to clear
the land for his mistress
and sweep away
the last vestiges
of Summer

Life continues on, as life is wont to do. The weather has been unseasonably warm this past week, too warm for my liking. The previous week’s cold and wind have dropped all the leaves and the grass is greening up again. It’s striking, the barren trees against the green grass, but also, odd. That’s life here in the great plains. The warm weather has brought out a veritable cloud of gnats. Tiny flying insects that irritate the *$&%*# right outta me. But I digress.

In my younger years I was an “earth child” and lived off the land for a time. As much as I long to return to that simple way of life, urban subsistence farming is tough for a couple of elderly spoonies. I’ve decided to return to my roots by going as simple as possible given the restrictions of my current life circumstance.

This week, I’m going to take a couple of paragraphs to talk about emergency and winter preparedness. We live in a small RV 5th wheel trailer. We are pretty well set up for winter with our trailer skirts up and large propane tank hooked up. Winter storms are a constant here in South Dakota. We’re located close enough to a large (ish) city that when the storms hit, we’re seldom out of electric power for more than a few days. Still a few days is a long time when you’re talking daily high temps that are below freezing. Emergency requirements vary but here’s my short list:

*Reliable source of backup energy
*water for 7 days
*food for 7 days
*way to cook said food
*a nearby emergency shelter/water/heat source

We have these covered in spades! Yeah, go team spoons! Our car and a long set of jumper cables will recharge our deep cell batteries to run very basic functions (furnace and refrigerator) indefinitely. We have a 40 gallon fresh water tank, our actual food stock pile is over 30 days, our range/oven runs on propane (yes we have small backup tanks of propane as well) and, if push comes to shove, the lodge here at the resort is open with emergency backup heat, power, and water available. I’ve got my snuggly jumper and flannel sheets all ready.

What are your best winter/emergency preparedness tips?

Next week I’ll delve into simplicity and seasonal eating.

Til next time ~Peace out fellow scouts ~JP

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