reply to post by jimmiec
I grew up in the same way, just a few miles north of where you describe Alice as having lived. A cabin in the hills, no running water - well, you
'ran' outside to get it! Took baths in a tin bathtub that hung on the side of the house when not in use. Heated the water for them in a two bushel
galvanized tub on a wood fired stove. Had an outhouse out back. Dark nights were not as unpleasant as winter nights were for outhouse visits!
Those were NOT the days!
My dad taught me how to farm with horses and no machinery. main source of heat was a wood stove in the living room. We hunted, fished, gathered wild
plants stuff (greens, fruit,roots, etc), and raised food critters, mostly hogs and chickens. Mostly chickens. I hate eating chicken to this very day.
We built a small forge, and did our own blacksmithing and farrier work. Everything from making the horse shoes to putting them on.
It never fails to amaze me how badly people now freak out over a little thing like a power outage. What the hell would they do if they could EXPECT a
power outage every time a stiff wind blew? I did a lot of homework by an oil lamp. How many houses even have one now?
I wouldn't want to live like that again, but I know that I can if I have to. I already have. Most folks, around here where I live now any how, will
die when the crunch comes. They will die of sheer stupidity. Notice I said stupidity, and not ignorance. Ignorance can be cured with just a little
learning. Stupidity can not, and is very frequently a fatal condition. That's ok, though. It will improve the gene pool, raise the general
intelligence level, and leave more resources for me, and others who know what to do with them.
I just hope my share of the resources isn't chickens. If it is, however, I'll eat the damned things. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Here's the immediate area where I grew up. The site of my cabin is in it, but don't bother trying to find it. You won't.
edit on 2012/10/9 by nenothtu because: (no reason given)