An Unexpected Lesson (and grow room update)

So, I was watching Doomsday Preppers this afternoon and I guess this had never occurred to me. Now, I’m not a prepper, I really don’t think the world will end in a flash of economic collapse followed shortly by  social and global collapse, but I find it interesting to see what people are doing and some of them have really good ideas for building a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Today, however, I was shown some colors of American culture that make me sad to call myself American. One man and his entire extended family are stockpiling weapons and body armor for doomsday. What are they doing with all this? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not for hunting deer. They plan to hunt down and kill other preppers and steal their shelter and supplies. And they aren’t the only ones. We all know, in the face of disaster, some people tend to lose their minds and tend to rape, pillage and plunder anything they can find. When hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans the news was flooded with footage of people stealing from businesses. Now please tell me, what the HELL will you do with a t.v. in a flooded city with no power or transportation? Why are you stealing high fashion shoes from a store? Can you eat those things? No. Are they necessary? No. This really irks me beyond belief. All these people just faced a massive disaster and people’s first instinct is to steal and plunder whatever they can find whether they need it or not. Raiding a flooded store for food because you are starving is one thing, but stealing a desktop computer from the local flooded wal-mart is just stupid beyond belief. Now, on top of that, I have to worry about people literally hunting me down to take my preparedness.

On the flipside of that, the other guy on the show was building and aquaponics farm that was self-sustaining and self-powered by the sun. He was building and endless food source for his friends and family. That is commendable and really, if you are prepping for a doomsday, pillaging will only go so far until everything is gone, then what will you do?

So please, if you are a prepper, be the kind that strives to build something that will last and something that will help others survive.


Alright, enough of that. In other news, here’s my grow room update.

African Violet

The African Violets are blooming! They look so nice!


Propagating a new African Violet was successful! If you can see it, there are some more tiny leaves coming up! After  my cat knocked it off the table and almost destroyed it, I figured it was a good idea to have a couple just in case something happened to the main plant.

Bush Beans

Bush Beans look great and have started growing their second tier! Hoping to get lots of beans off of them!


The Lettuces got split up (10 plants in one container is too many!) and now they are growing like crazy since they got re-established. Should have some fresh lettuce soon!

Not sure what’s coming up next. I have some recipes planned and more knitting, but not sure what will be planted next. We just got our first decent snow (1/2 inch) so my plants outside are good and dead. Time to re-use the containers for other things!

As always, my the odds be ever in your favor!



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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Since you made the comment about preppres, you may want to take a look here: some of us are homesteaders/preppers/hippies and the list of what we are called goes on.

    1. I’m no prepper, I just want to live and let live. I’m not convinced in any way that the nation will collapse spontaneously. When it comes down to it, the gov’t and big business will do everything it can to stop this nation from collapsing because the american public is a cash cow. I also can’t stand to have that much conspiracy/negativity in my life, it will literally kill me (medical reasons).
      Thank you, but no thanks, I do not want to participate.

    2. And please don’t think I’m being rude, I’m not attempting to be. I will converse with the homsteaders and hippies all day, but not preppers. It’s just not something that interests me and not something I want to waste time worrying about. If this nation is going to come to an end, there will be nothing you or I can do about it.

      1. You are being honest, not rude. The link although labeled as preppers has a lot of homesteaders on it that would prefer to grow their own food & live off the grid.

      2. Agreed. That is something I would love to accomplish

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