Saturday, January 17, 2015
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - Reading (online) to know you are not alone
I wrote last week that I was writing about preparing for emergencies in the 1990s. At that time I started researching how other people prepared and how they kept a pantry. But almost all the information available was either on survivalist websites (and not the more gentle preparedness oriented website I was a part of) or Mormon websites that mostly depended on storing wheat and two or three other items in case of emergencies.
There was some information available from homesteading magazine sites. Among the best was (and still is) Backwoods Home Magazine, which is written by people who live the lifestyle.
But something began to happen as more and more people began to get a nudge from God that they should keep a deep pantry... at the same time more households were owning personal computers and the Internet was becoming more popular. Websites and forums began to pop up written by everyday people sharing their experiences. Then about ten years ago people started writing something called blogs.
Since you are reading these words, you are one of those of whom I write (and consider myself among you) who enjoys learning more and something else... knowing you are not alone in your desire to deepen your pantry.
For what began in the 1990s and flourishes today is a community of people and resources around the world that provides not only information... but also a knowledge that God is speaking to everyday people that very need to set aside some today for tomorrow.
You may be the only person in your family and neighborhood who has heard that call to a pantry lifestyle. Others may scoff and what happens so often (unlike what Reality TV indicates), most people who live such a lifestyle do it quietly. So being able to read online that there are thousands just like you was... and is... quite amazing.
I don't know about you but it was proof to me that I really was receiving a nudge from Him. I am certain my nudge began long ago so I could learn a lot to write a lot and share as much as possible. And to assure you that you are not alone.
I will continue to share websites and online articles as I find them. You will have noticed I haven't been sharing many links lately but that is due to lack of computer access to research them as I once did. But I do have a few today!
One of my newer favorites is The Bluebirds are Nesting and if you do not have it bookmarked or on an rss feed, do it now! I also have it on my list of Favorite blogs on the sidebar and I signed up to receive updates through e-mails.
You will not only find great pantry and preparedness information there but also the latest on Laine's Letters. I think that is how we met, through correspondence about Laine.
The Bluebirds are Nesting can be found in Australia (where it is currently Summer) and here. There is a link on the sidebar to follow if you only want to read about preparedness and one for the pantry... and one for Laine.
To read the article archives of Backwood Homes Magazine, click here. If you are not Libertarian, just ignore the more political links. But I have to tell you there is some darn good stuff there (and some humorous writing... one has to laugh or cry).
Stan and Holly Deyo have been longtime friends. Although we are not in contact much these days, they are still an e-mail away when I have a question. While they have entire books on the subject of preparedness (with Dare to Prepare one of my favorite such books, mine has a sweet note written in it so it is especially wonderful), they also have plenty of free information... here. The links are on the left sidebar, you can bring them full page by moving the bar (that allows you to scroll up and down) further to the right. Try it and you will see what I mean.
Someone had asked me about water purification, you will find information on their website!
If you click on "Home", it takes you to their website Home Page. I love to read what they think about what is going on in the world but it is not for the faint of heart. ;)
I have a lot of links on the sidebar here, too. Just scroll down... a lot. I need to go through them again as the last time I did, some were now unavailable. Especially the very old articles from the Internet. But most are still available with a plethora of good information.
I will continue to keep an eye out online for good, recent information.