My husband and I are "getting back to basics". He pretty much knows how to do everything. If we were shipwrecked on a deserted island, I'd be in good hands.. as long as he was there!
We've been really looking into and preparing (mentally, spiritually, financially, physically) for harder times. They are coming, I know they are. I feel the skills our grandparents and great-grandparents have now become "lost arts" for most of our nation.
So, while we are beginning to slowly (very slowly) set back items (food, charcoal, toilet paper, etc), we're also beginning to learn things that will benefit us "just in case" something happens.
Of course, for my husband, a lot of what he is learning is a refresher course! (Cajun men like him are good ol' country fellas that could live life from "scratch" and love it!)
One of the things I wanted to learn how to do was knit. I know how to sew, and I even know how to weave, but I've never learned how to knit. So I set out to do that today. So far I've mastered casting on, but haven't quite figured out how to knit a row. My book isn't very clear (it should be more clear than it is- it's written for kids!), but I've received a lot of help from knittinghelp.com (great videos) and learntoknit.com.
I forgot how fun it is to learn something new- just just a little bit of information, like a new recipe- but a whole new hobby or task. It's awesome!
It made me think, what if we didn't have any electricity and had to survive without so many of the things we are use to? The Amish are accustomed to this. (I may have to become Amish!) But, me? What if we had to do things the "old fashioned way"? I
I've never been camping. I mean, I've stayed in a tent at a church convention a few times when I was a child, but bathrooms were nearby and every meal was provided... so that's not really camping... is it?
I've never wanted to go camping, but now I think.. maybe I should.... in a safe environment- like with my three cousins who seem to know what they are doing, and my husband who is pretty useful as well.
By the way, I also learned how make a hut today. And tomorrow I'm learning how to make fire.
Me woman. Me make fire.
HARRRG. Ooga Ooga. *Pounds chest*
Who is being homeschooled here?
(Btw, Brandon is reading a book about how to make bow and arrows and tan/smoke a hide... in case you were wondering.)
Oh, and if we should some how escape Depression Era #2, at least I'll be prepared when the next hurricane hits... and I'll be able to knit while waiting for power to be restored. Then I can build everyone in Galveston huts to live in while they rebuild their homes.