In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Great article. Thanks for trying to get a few more people ready. I pray they listen.Fern
In September of 1999 I lived on the bank of a river in NC. The house I was renting from a family friend had been built in 1943. The floor of the house was 4 1/2 feet above the ground, ostensibly so that the occasional minor flood wouldn't be a problem. It was not unheard of for the yards of the neighborhood to flood a few inches deep. In the 50 plus years the house had been there, never once did it come close to having water in it from flooding. Yes, that's right, "it can't happen to me." The night of September 16 hurricane Floyd taught me that it can happen to anyone, anytime. The house had 6 feet of water in it and was a total loss. Almost all of my material possession ended up in a pile of debris in the front yard. It's a terrible thing to see the memories of your life in a heap in your front yard. Or in Orange Jeep Dad's case, a pile of ashes where your house once stood.Don't let your confidence fool you. It CAN happen... to you... anytime... anywhere. Fortunately everything I lost could be replaced. Some weren't so lucky. Learn from MY mistake! Take precautions where you can. Do what you can in your own circumstances to mitigate whatever damages can visit you. Don't live in fear, but be prudent. Please.
Great stuff, Patrice. Well said.And as usual, Don's right.Be ready.A. McSp
Happy New Year! Patrice a great article as usual. You're advice is always so timely and full of practical and godly wisdom. I think one can never be too prepared. Thanks to you and other internet homesteaders, I've learned to appreciate the canning, sewing, starting a garden, buying tools, etc., and other self sufficient practices so those unexpected situations don't paralyze us. Since moving to a more remote area in east Texas, most of our neighbors chop their own wood, can, have large ponds, tractors, etc. It's so refreshing and important to be learning from each one of them. It can happen to us and I want to be ready when it does. Thank you again for the wonderful articles you write. God continue to bless you and your family in 2014. Hugs, Alicia