posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 09:52 PM
Not a problem... Heck, back in 1996, I actually lived like this for 9 days after Hurricane Fran came through NC.
Then, 2 years later, I lived like this again when my wife and I seperated and divorced. Really roughed it for a couple of months until I saved enough
for a wood stove. It was late winter and early spring.. cold as hell and winter just would never end. I used to sit by the camp fire for hours in the
evening eating nothing but cornmeal patties fried in grease. To switch it up, I would take wild garlic/wild onions and mince them and add to the
batter for flavor. Got my water from a well... the old way... with a bucket... lived in a small horse barn I converted eventually into a cabin.
The day I got my box wood heater and finally had heat and fixed me some hot bath water... better than a million bucks.
I did it then and could easly do it now. The key is to go ahead and accept life and a lifestyle like our great grandparents had... cooking on a fire,
rising with the sun and working all day to survive and resting only as the sun set and night falls.
Cast iron cookware is essential, a good axe, good butcher knife, an old fashioned coffee pot that sets on a stove, lots of toilet paper, a shovel to
dig your out house with, and knowledge. Lots of knowledge and practiced skills. The Foxfire Series is essential.
My biggest challenge and my next essential purchase is a cross cut wood saw... the old fashioned kind you generally see hanging on someone's wall as
decoration. Long, curved heavy toothed blade with handles at each end. It is easy to guess the chainsaw gas will eventually run out, so this saw is a
must have for firewood, lumber for building and repair.
It is also good to have candles or oil lamps to read buy and mend clothes by in the dark hours of winter.
Oh, and mucho mass matches. This is the God's honest truth... I just opened the last 6pack bundle of wooden matches I amassed for Y2K. I stored them
in surplus ammo tins and they lasted me 12 years... and my wife smokes and we have burned wood in our farm house since we married 11 years ago.
Just think of it as a very long camping trip.