While most people feel they are “stuck” at home due to the COVID-19 craziness, this is actually our preferred daily lifestyle.
“Social distancing” has been our norm for 20+ years since we’ve worked from home every day with our businesses (Fedhealth and now FSC), and volunteer with the U.S. First Responders Association.
We might go out once a week or so for supplies or to visit Bill’s doctors as needed, and like to piddle around the yard and garden over past few decades.
After we came back to Texas, we got to help Mom with her chickens and gardens, and enjoy having fresh eggs and veggies. Even though the chickens are gone now, we still enjoy fresh eggs from our local feed store.
With Bill’s various health issues (including celiac disease) we don’t go out and eat so we cook everything from scratch. We buy food and supplies in bulk breaking them down into smaller amounts, and rotate things out constantly so stuff doesn’t get outdated.
And since we fulltime in our motorhome we can relate to those of you with limited space, but we try to keep at least a month or 2 of supplies on hand at all times.
Something this pandemic showed everyone is food, toiletries and supplies run short during a crisis so consider using this time off to learn some preparedness and other life skills.
- Download a portion of our preparedness and first aid manual and sit down with loved ones to make a family plan, disaster kits for home and vehicles, learn what to do before and during certain types of disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, wildfires, etc.) and more at Fedhealth.net
- Take an online introductory course about CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) covering basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations) on fema.gov
- Check out some Educational and fun preparedness links and resources for families & kids on our blog
- Learn how to cook using tips from Cooksmarts.com and Sheknows.com and find some recipes on USFRA.org’s Let’s Eat group
- Find tips about dehydrating foods here and here
- Grow sprouts (and put sprout kits in disaster kits as a food item) – more at Sproutpeople.org
- Plant a garden outdoors and indoors using tips from Almanac.com and WindowFarms.org and Lifehacker.com
- Learn how to can and store foods for short or long term storage from Millers Grain House and Preparednessmama
- Learn how to sew and maybe start with making DIY cloth face masks – more on CDC.gov
- Read more about preparedness, gardening, homesteading, tools, gear & more from…
- PREPARE magazine and blog posts (we’ve contributed articles over the years that appeared in both free digital and paid print issues – join to gain access to their archives and other features at www.preparemag.com )
- The Survival Mom has great, uplifting blogs, videos, webinars and free resources for moms and families (plus Lisa has a great book called How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios) at http://thesurvivalmom.com
- Gaze at the night skies and find the Milky Way, specific stars and constellations (esp. if you have a telescope) – NASA.gov and Space.com have some great resources to get started
- Snoop at beautiful views and critters at our National Parks using NPS’ virtual park finder site
If possible, limit news and focus time and energy on positive things (esp. if you have 2 and/or 4-legged kids!)
Read, color, play board games or cards, play in the yard or take walks, build indoor forts, organize closets and drawers, learn skills, pray or meditate, enjoy nature and this precious time with family as much as possible.
And one final and very important note …
THANK YOU first responders, military, healthcare workers, farmers, truck drivers, grocery, big box store and restaurant workers, delivery people, and everyone else across the public and private sectors who continue to keep our supply lines open and support those in need during this coronapocalypse!
We’ll get through this together and all be stronger for it.
Share your preparedness and homesteading tips, photos and resources in the comments below and stay safe and healthy out there ~ j & B