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Top 10 Reasons to Live the Self-Sufficient Life

First, let’s say that being self-sufficient and living an alternative lifestyle  means different things to each of us. It’s both a journey and a destination and begins with small steps.

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It starts with a dream of being independent and then we develop that dream into reality. Yes, it does require motivation and hard work. But don’t be fearful, it’s not as hard as you think! If you are fed up being stuck in an overcrowded city, where you’re surrounded by people speaking every language but English, where criminals roam the streets freely, and the noise and stink never stop, well then….Read on…

  1. You’ll regain your freedom:

Freedom from being a wage slave.

Freedom from constantly having to worry about your job.

Freedom from an unpleasant overbearing boss.

  1. You can say good-bye to long commutes. No more snarling traffic and road ragers. No more breathing the fumes of cars and trucks. No more wasted time which you could use for your own benefit.
  1. No more dress codes. Dress the way you like and the way that expresses you best.
  1. Forget about going to a gym and paying dues. Forget training for marathons or running down hard pavement. Get… Continue reading

What We Learn from the Amish

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I live in SW Missouri in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. Near me are a number of Amish communities. The state of Missouri says there are over 9,000 Amish from several sects living here at the present time. Their numbers are growing rapidly as Amish from other parts of the country are moving to Missouri.

One of the highlights of visitors touring our area of Missouri is seeing an Amish family in their plain clothes traveling slowly down the road in their old fashioned, horse-drawn buggies. There are often cars stopped in the middle of the road photographing Amish homes, farms, and people. They desire privacy and anonymity, but the tourists don’t respect their wishes. It’s quite common to see the tourists laughing and pointing at the Amish folk, and their lifestyle. It reminds me of the way that most of society views people who live alternative lives, or the prepper community. We often make fun of those who are different, or things we don’t understand.

These tourists tend to romanticize the Amish and believe that they live totally independent from the world around them and that their life consists of churning butter and taking warm, fragrant loaves… Continue reading

Keeping Kids Calm and Happy in Emergencies

Hey there-This is the Mountain Mamma and I have a thought. Please let me know how you feel about it.

We all know being prepared means food, water, and other necessities to varying degrees. However, we don’t always think of entertainment. You know, Entertainment.

It’s something to help us forget our situation for a moment be it tornado, flood, tsunami, earthquake, terrorists, or the dreaded zombie invasion (our sons vote for the zombies). We have children and grandchildren of all ages and all need a break, yes the adults too.

In my truck I keep a small bag of “goodies”. At home I keep a large bag ready to go. Be sure to have LOTS more than you need.

Once we had to go to a shelter because of a tornado warning. The kids were terrified. Heck, the adults were terrified! That’s when I learned I needed things to get everyone’s mind off of their worries.

All I had with me that time were things I always carried in my purse:

  • Dice in a small bottle (think empty medicine bottle).
  • A notepad and pencil for scoring.
  • A small deck of cards.With just those the kids were entertained. The older kids… Continue reading
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