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Hi, I live in the Shenandoah valley of northwestern Virginia, I am a 24 year old female, single, Christian (Baptist), I believe in a small government (I’m not an anarchist–I believe the government must have some control, but that our current government has taken on too much). I’m not interested in being a hermit. In a TEOTWAWKI scenario, I think it’s important to hold onto one’s humanity, and that includes rebuilding “civilized society” after it falls.
Here are further facts about me, positive and negative:
I am an intermediate/advanced loom knitter, I can weave on a pin loom, I am a novice sewist, I have this ability to design some textiles without buying a pattern. I love to bake, and am learning to cook. I have a strong desire to homeschool my future children. I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher (a pen-on-paper art form, easy to do, it can have anti-anxiety effects on the person using the method). Depending on when SHTF happens, I may have some book knowledge on psychology and counseling by then; currently I have some innate talent for giving sound counsel, and I’m constantly learning.
The negatives: I am currently unable to work a “real” job due to Aspergers, a sleep disorder, and psychiatric issues. (So in a SHTF scenario I’d need to explore natural ways to combat depression and anxiety before my meds ran out). I am currently on government assistance and live with my parents. I will always need gentle reminders to do certain things, but I don’t usually need direct help to complete tasks I’m capable of accomplishing. I’m out of shape. I have started a bug out bag and a more extensive bug out box that I can easily put in the trunk of a car, but otherwise I have no tangible preparedness items.
If I were to join a group with a BOL, I would soon ask that, if SHTF, would my mother, dad, brother, and his family (if he has one by that time) could join me at the BOL. Below is a short list of their skills and limitations:
Mom: expert crocheter, can teach crochet, can supervise older children. She is physically disabled with chronic pain.
Dad: handyman, maintAins our cars, house, knows when to take shortcuts and when not to, safety conscious, decent carpentry skills, excellent work ethic. Has type 2 diabetes, some back issues (monthly chiropractic visits take care of it) otherwise in very good health.
Brother: young adult, has interest in becoming a gunsmith and possibly doing some blacksmithing, has much book knowledge on firearms. Has POTS (look up POTS in children) but has slowly been improving. Hoping he grows out of this chronic illness within the next few years. Insanely smart.
We as a family do not currently prep. We do not have the space to store extra food or supplies; daddy is so busy at work and home that he has no business adding “prepper” to the mix; we are financially strapped. I am a follower, not a leader, else I’d take charge of some measure of prepping.
If you’ve read this far, then you or your group are capable of dealing with the disadvantages to including me. I DO have something of value to bring to the table, but I’m very frank, and I don’t want to make myself out to be this perfect prepper lady when I’m not. Thank you for reading my post, and have a nice day.
You can reach me at sghluchy (at) Gmail (dot) com.