Sunday, March 8, 2009
A Good Read
We picked up this book a few weeks ago while browsing the book store. It is loaded with information on mostly everything you need to know about living off the land. You can learn how to make candles, soap, train a dog, weave, sew, raise chickens, gardening, preserving, build a root cellar, make cheese, home repair, etc... Most of these skills have been lost in modern times, where now all you need to know is how to get to the nearest Wal-Mart. No, we are not ready to unplug from the electrical grid and live like Laura Ingalls. We like technology too much. :-) But we do think it is important to learn some of these homesteading skills in case of an emergency and just for our own enjoyment. As anyone who preserves food understands the hectic and time consuming ordeal of canning and freezing, but then can relish in it when you can eat your own bounty in the middle of the winter and not have to buy a bag of frozen beans from who-knows-where at the grocery store. I think you can derive some sort of satisfaction from being just little more self-reliant. Especially in these uncertain economic times, it is just the comfort you need.