Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Next Great Depression

History Through A Lens - Migrant Mother
History Through A Lens - Migrant Mother

MSNBC recently done an article called "Stocking up for theNext Great Depression" Stockpiling in general has always been part of living the country life. We stockpile when we can our garden produce and orchard fruit while it is in season, we stockpile when we fill our cellars and basements with root vegetables that will get us through the winter. We stockpile when we can or freeze a butchered animal from the farm or from game hunting. We also stockpile when we see a good sale at the store and will call our neighbors to tell them so they can stock up too. We also stockpile cut wood for the winters heat.

Now I know that not everyone likes to stockpile and I even know a few brave souls that fly by the seat of their pants and go to the grocery store on a daily basis to get only what they are going to fix that evening for supper. But as for me, there is a peace that comes after fall arrives and you know that your winters wood is in, your garden and orchard bounty is put up and you can rest well for winter. It is during this time I like to pull out my needlwork, knitting or quiting and sit by my woodstove in the evening time and relax.

I do stockpile food - don't get me wrong but I don't go to an army surplus store and buy ready to eat meals or buy 100 pounds of beans at a time. I know what my family will and will not eat.

Our garden is over and the last of the apples are being canned. Black walnuts are being gathered as is the wood supply. I think with all I have in my larder I should focus more on stockpiling money.

7 comments:

Barbara said...

Unfortunately, more and more it feels like only a matter of time.

Caroline said...

Yes it certainly does Barbara. The dow jsut keeps dropping and dropping and the prices keep getting higher and higher.

Nancy M. said...

Stockpiling is more like a necessity these days. I don't have much money to spare, but I will do what I can. I hope to be able to put up my own food next year.

Christy said...

I agree with you...as a farmer/gardener it is only sensible to "stockpile"...now if I could just figure out how to grow money so that I could stockpile it as well!! :) It's fun for me to put up apples, green beans, etc. etc. etc...but as for money..that's a little harder for me. :)

Christy said...

I agree with you...as a farmer/gardener it is only sensible to "stockpile"...now if I could just figure out how to grow money so that I could stockpile it as well!! :) It's fun for me to put up apples, green beans, etc. etc. etc...but as for money..that's a little harder for me. :)

muralimanohar said...

I adore stockpiling..except, I don't actually get a chance to do it much. :( Suburban life, no garden, and lean periods between paychecks which means everything I start storing up gets eaten so we don't starve. Wah. One of these days I AM going to do it properly!!

Homemaker Barbi (Danelle Ice) said...

I agree that it can be a comforting feeling to know that the pantry is stocked. If for some reason our grocery store was not available, my family would be able to get by on the stockpile we have already.

Great article - I love the photo of the mother... so moving.

Homemaker Barbi (Danelle Ice)