Where to Start: Why Are We Doing This???
That's a good question...let me explain. (pause.) No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Lots of people out there in the blog-o-sphere, joined recently by various Governments, have been advising civilians to stock up/prep/homestead/whatever you want to call it. But after you've dutifully secured your can-o-seeds, your 5 gallon pails of bacon and beans, and your stash of ammo to fight the zombies...well, then what? No one really talks about how to cope with limited or no food, clothing, gasoline, or electricity.
In other words, how do you cook your bacon and beans? How do you get to work when there is very little gasoline available? How do you cope when the store shelves are empty? Do you know how to grow your own food? What happens when you can't get new clothing? Can you cope with a very limited diet of very limited food?
Inquiring mind wanted to know.
Of course, I researched food rationing first. Because...food! I loves me my food!
Everyone (at least, everyone who didn't sleep through history class) knows about WW2 Britain, Keep Calm and Carry On, ration books both in Britain and the USA, Rosie the Riveter, and all that. One thing I didn't know was that the population of Britain was healthier during the years of rationing than before or since. Infant mortality dropped, non-combat deaths dropped, obesity was nonexistent: People were just healthier.
Turns out not eating huge amounts of food, walking or biking to save gasoline, and having a purpose in life are good for you! Who Knew???
I could go for "obesity non-existent". I could really go for "healthier!" And as an added bonus, the less food I buy, the more money I save! What's not to love about that? And...and...I could actually practice practicing my preps!! Sign me up!!!
But wait! There's more.
Food wasn't the only thing rationed. Clothing was rationed. And fuel.
Well, I guess I could do without new clothes for a year (with a guilty glance at my stuffed-to-overflowing closet.) But, wait! I haven't bought this year's Christmas dress yet! And if the "rationed food" thing actually does lead to the "obesity nonexistent" thing, I'm going to want some new clothes! But then, war time civilians would have gone through the same thing. If they coped, I can cope. And once again, fewer clothes bought means more money in our pocket. Okay, sign me up. (sigh.)
Bo-ring! As part of the house rehab, we switched from cooking on an electric range to cooking on a kerosene stove. We get Jet A (Kerosene) for free from my husband's work. Free is good. Turns out kerosene stoves is good, too. And kerosene heaters. All I'd have to worry about with fuel rationing is electricity and gasoline. Pfft. Shut off a couple of lights, not run to town that often. How hard can it be? There probably wont be much of that "less fuel equals more money" thing, but hey, I could be wrong.
Okay, I'm in. Husband says he's in. Daughter says she's in.
(Looks around.) Now what?