Slightly Different Twists Around the Subject of Prepping – A Single Woman’s Perspective

Slightly Different Twists Around the Subject of Prepping

–  A Single Woman’s Perspective, Guys welcome


By Summer Rose July 4, 2013



Apparently the government has come up with profiles of people who hoard (store more than seven days of food), and those of us who do that, fall under a category of mentally ill. Yes, that was a comfort to find out. By being judge and jury, and declaring one mentally ill, there is yet another way for the “government” to come in and take complete control over one’s life. Tyranny is such a joyful prospect.


Now that I have started with that baseline, and you know that I do go “out there” (or not), I would like to present some small, random perspectives that may be of use to others engaged in this relentless process of preparing. Once in a while an article includes a helpful way to look at things.  I think we need to get more of it. Prepping can take a toll, and can be rather a lonely pursuit.


For reference, I am a divorced, single woman, heading fast to age 59. For reasons outside of prepping, five years ago, I moved from a nice suburban neighborhood outside of Washington DC to a rural area of West Virginia. I landed with a house on four acres of land. I was fortunate enough to take the house in town and be able to pay off a house in the country. As I have gone through the culture shocks and adjustments of letting go of what used to seem important, I continue a transformation that is an amazement to me.
All of us who are inclined to prepare, or are should I say , driven to prepare, have our reasons. We all have to decide to what extreme we go in this process, as it is impossible to really know what we may actually be facing. I spend time reading articles that range from gentle nudging to the fairly hard core views of what reality could be. I find sorting the lines between realistic possibilities and fear porn can be difficult to discern. In any case, I have to be at peace with the fact that it is impossible to prepare for any eventuality. I am not going to be building an underground shelter and outfitting it any time soon. Doomsday Prepper, I am not. No, I will not make it  if a commando unit who wants what I have, storms my house.

A few of my many rain barrels…


How much do we sacrifice now, for what may not occur in the future? I find I have to deny myself something else I might need, want or enjoy so that  for example, I can buy a gun and pay for training. I argue with myself. Do I really want to buy a weapon, hunt down available and expensive ammo, and train? Of course not. But being able to defend myself if necessary, and putting in under the category of life insurance, is what wins the argument. I start private lessons with an excellent teacher next week. I will not be getting a manicure anytime soon. But I will not be just handing over my stores to the first hungry group that comes by, either. This from a girl who couldn’t stand her ex-husbands guns in the house.



I buy soil, seeds and garden equipment instead of the gorgeous pots of annuals that used to be a hallmark of my porch and property. While I might have hoped for a pair of cute summer sandals with extra income even five years ago, I am over it. Now I am aiming for a good work shoe. Now that could just be age.





I have gone through plenty of anger and rage and disillusionment and asking why we have to shape our lives because of some nutters wanting total control of the planet. Most of the population has not even gotten to denial. So carefully are they cocooned in their make believe, fragile worlds. Let me not waste time with examples.


I read all the lists of “Must Haves” for any prepper. I am always checking what I have against these suggestions. There are several things I picked up from taking Mike Adam’s “Don’t be scared, Be Prepared” course, that I almost never see mentioned in any of these other many articles. For example, if you wear glasses, buy back up pairs. How would you manage if you lost or broke your only pair? If you wear contacts, maybe an extra box or two would be good to have. But then when they run out, what then? Mike Adam’s mentioned Zenni Optical. One can literally order a pair of glasses online for as little as $6.00 plus shipping. I have done it. At that price, don’t miss the opportunity. Not being able to see could make a dark world even more troubling. Randomly , I seldom see 2 cycle oil mentioned as a necessity. But how will you use that chainsaw without it? In addition to gas reserves, how about the oil? Stock up.


Every time Lowes has good soil on a half price sale, I am loading up the car and hauling it home and setting up new raised beds that I found at Sam’s Club. I started with these last year, and have been adding when I have had the money. I think that bringing in good dirt and compost  is critical. I am buying and getting it while I can. I am going to be ordering worms and buying a worm farm as part of this process as well. For what my friends might pay for a dinner out, I am calculating how many cubic feet of Miracle Grow I can buy. I think it is kind of funny that instead of two entrees at Olive garden, I will be buying 1000 worms. Worms at the top of a wish list? That’s an irony.

What beautiful things shall I eat today?


I don’t tell my girlfriends back in town most of what I am doing, I can tell you. While they are checking brochures for a next vacation, or eating in nice restaurants, I might be thinking about how I would manage to kill a chicken if I have to, or picking up manure from a neighbor’s. To say I am in different kind of space is an understatement. But when I look at my accomplishment, it all seems priceless.



By the way, pay cash for items when you can. You may prefer not to be pegged as having bought rain barrels, soil, blueberry bushes, guns and ammo in the same six month period. Who wants be to shouting enemy of the state?



I have found in some ways, that preparing has actually freed me in regards to spending. My own personal belief is that economic collapse and hyperinflation is a given now, and that is what drives me. While I might never have bought certain items because of cost, I now think of these things as cheap compared to what they will cost, (if they are even still available) , and I buy them to put away. I have decided that if things are going to get very grim, I would like to have some bright spots to look forward to. I have bought cappuccino and chai mixes and excellent sauces and seasonings. I have bought jam preserves, and salsas. These are special luxuries I might never have allowed myself before. I don’t plan on dealing with “appetite fatigue”. Currently, “buy while you can, and while you have the chance” has become a kind of permission. It is not my original concept to claim, but I like the idea of “Don’t Just Survive, Thrive”. I find some comfort in it. I would like to think I may even get to live well under tough circumstances.



I used to try to save more money. That has changed. Now I think, why save money that most likely will be worth nothing?  It may be a bit of a gamble, but it might be better to have the things I will need now. I don’t know what the future bring will bring for finance, but if survival basics, it will count for something.  I am certain I have valuable barter items. I don’t spend money on coffee out. I buy extra toilet paper. Would I rather save that few hundred dollars, or have the supply of food from Efoods? I can not buy servings of food elsewhere at the cost they still offer.  I am in trouble because I have pet rabbits. As a result I will never be able to raise them as a food source. Too bad. They would be the thing to have when the Efoods beef stroganoff runs out.



Being a music teacher has forced me to be practical with finances, and I am grateful. A boyfriend once called me frugal. I was insulted at the time. Now it would be high compliment.



As some of you read, I know you will be thinking that I have more money than you might. This may be the case, or not. Most of you are not as poor as you think. You just have to learn to allocate money differently. I consider every trip into town as so much in gas money. If I skip a trip or two in a week that I don’t have to make, I have now saved money for something else I need.


If there is no power, the idea of entertainment , comes up. I do often find the suggestion of having books, decks of cards and games to help pass time in the event of short or long term emergency written about. It’s  clear that is if one has not put food and water away, or one’s house has been destroyed, or if all has been stolen, the following are all moot points,. BUT, here’s a different idea for you. If you have a piano, how about getting it tuned (while you can) in prep? How about buying an extra backup set of strings for a guitar, or in my case, a harp? Maybe it could be your last chance. Playing a musical instrument and being able to play for one’s self or other people could be a godsend through otherwise awful circumstances. I would hate to think my piano would possibly never get back in tune, if things hit the fan. I am spending the money now. Remember. What are we preparing for? Economic collapse, EMP attacks, and earthquakes all have very different ramifications. Music is on the list of things I want in my life. Who knows how lifesaving it might be in a time when hope is needed. I have taken music into hospices. I have seen the power. I want to be foreseeing, finding and carrying beauty through to the end of my life, whenever that happens to be. I don’t want that light going out. (Just for the record however, there is permanent ban on anyone ever singing Kumbaya in my house.)



Do look up Marjorie Wildcraft  if you dont know of her, for lots of reasons. Here is a link to her interview of a woman who talks about getting through dramatically difficult times in Cuba. One of the things that got her family and friends through awful times and being desperately hungry, was finding ways to have some bit of fun together. They look back and remember those times fondly even now, and are grateful for the ways they found to get through quite depressing circumstances.



My mother was on a convoy crossing the Atlantic Ocean during WW2. Each morning as the sun would rise, the passengers would rise see how many ships had been lost in the night. Out of twenty boats that started the crossing, my mother was on the only ship to complete the journey across. At night everyone on board would sing and put on plays and tell stories together. This was a way of handling or coping with the fear that hopefully most of us will never have to know. Otherwise, how utterly unbearable would that experience have been?


If I was an artist, I might want to buy some extra supplies, and put them away. After maybe being able to eat, secure the perimeter and fight off an angry mob, maybe there will be time to paint a picture. If things are not going to be available for lengths of time in the future, get them now. What would you be wanting for solace? Even a little box of watercolors, a brush and paper might be a blessing. Would you want this for your children? In a time of darkness, being able to paint a rainbow could be a great source of light, and just the thing to lift the hopelessness from a spirit. Prepare for there to be bright spots. Set up possibilities now. Plan to have some fun, or you will just want to give up.


I did read an article where a man wrote he had ordered backup needles for his wife’s sewing machine as a prep. Assuming power availability, of course, there is another good idea. Sewing is a great skill anytime. But being able to make and mend will be a good thing. How about having a few remnants or fabrics available for patching or creating later on? How about some pretty ones?  Or does it all have to look like such a dull chore? I for one am thrilled that I can darn, and quite nicely. I always felt if I had two socks that matched, I should work to keep them together.



I read a very insightful article on “35 Reasons People Don’t Prepare”. I would like to put forth another reason people don’t prepare. I have several  friends that are choosing not to prepare because they believe that if they put energy in the direction of believing things are falling apart, that they will contribute to that circumstance coming about, and it could become a self fulfilling prophecy. I got over worrying about creating the events, when it seems inevitable that some will happen regardless of my thoughts.  I have decided that first and foremost, I don’t want to be a statistic, if what I do now can prevent it.  I would hate to die, literally, because I went for a pretty pair of shoes instead of the Berkey Water Filter. Discipline is required.  I just don’t see people believing anything will happen.


Through the mourning process of coming to terms with the world not being quite what I may have thought it was, or would be, I have started to find these creative ways to see the future as more gentle and I am mitigating fear.  In a dark moment, who wants to imagine a future where a truck full of guys with guns come to your door and forces you to be chipped, or carts you off to some camp, or confiscates all you have because of some Agenda 21 or whatever else provision set up by the psychopaths on their crazy drive to seize total control?  Everyday, thinking can be like a horror movie if one is not careful.



Preparation is a great counter to fear, along with a little faith, and hopefully some laughter, love and people who are on board with these same ideas. I have gone through thinking that I will just give up and die if things get really hard. Now I want to stay strong and healthy .  We can not simply roll over and lose this war. I don’t want to let the gift of this life go so easily. Why should I give up to maniacs, who in have made it their life’s mission to depopulate the planet and rid it of all the “useless eaters” ? (Hey, their  term, not mine.) While we can, let’s make sure we let politicians know that things need to change course.



I mentioned that, as we all do, I have many friends who think nothing about ANY of this. Sometimes I envy them. Would I take the blue pill or the red one? But then I see the huge cracks and warning signs and snap back to getting in gear to become more self sufficient. I get back to working on my rain barrel system, and how to keep the deer from wiping out my fruit trees. And then I think about the tin of Walker’s Shortbread I have in my stores. I will NOT touch that box before any suggested expiration, unless there is an emergency. Like Christmas, I will have some things to be looking forward to. And I look forward to those cookies, no matter what the circumstance. I will enjoy every bite. If we are at some kind of end, it will all be easier being able to eat Walker’s and not give a second thought to calories.





Yes, even as we are forced to shelter in place in connection with yet another false flag event, or pandemic is raging outside, I am going to pull out the blackberry brandy that I use for my healing elderberry medicinal potion that combats that pandemic, and cookies, and I am going to look at my rainbow picture. And I will enjoy and savor the available blessings for a moment, and remember that times will not always be like this, and there is a better world out there somewhere, or it’s coming.



And even as I rail about why do things have to be this way, (It isn’t supposed to be like this!) I realize I would not trade the sexiest pair of summer sandals in the world for the experience of sitting down for a meal today that will include beets, broccoli, herbs and lettuce from my own garden, that I started from seed. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are almost in. If fear of the creeps taking over and collapsing the economy, dumping chemtrails, poisoning the water and food, and controlling weather is what brought me to this special plate of food in front of me that I thank God for, there is something to be said for that. Would I have done all of this if there were no worries? Maybe part of the divine plan is to shake us up so that we find our way back home and to what’s real and what’s important. Maybe we will get a chance to start over from that place. Wouldn’t that be a beautiful answer to prayer?



What an interesting set of experiences await us in this life. And if we don’t make it through in this body, I know there is a greater adventure ahead, in a very amazing place.



Whatever happens, life is definitely uncertain. Make sure you put away some dessert or something special you can really look forward to.  Make it something you really love.


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  1. Oh, what I would give to bring Summer Rose into my circle!

    Thank you for a beautifully written, transparent picture of yourself, and what you have learned. Someone once said, “we are too soon old, and too late schmart” (I’m sure they were Yiddish!).

    You are proof positive that there is “life” after divorce (and so am I!). Sometimes, we find ourselves in that process.

    Art: great idea! Creative people can become very frustrated when there is no “vent” for their creativeness.

    Sewing: use a treadle sewing machine. My 1920’s White Family Rotary will sew through steel, and it’s tons of fun to play with!

    Your friends are using the excuse of self-fulfilling prophecy to avoid admitting they are in a state of denial – frozen by fear. I see it on a regular basis. If I pretend it is not, it never will be. WRONG!!!

    “Everyday, thinking can be like a horror movie if one is not careful.” You are SO very correct. It is important, however, that we maintain equilibrium – balance – between not giving in to the fear mongering and not being “in denial”. I believe you may have just found that place. Well done!

    Take all of those special foods you are saving for just the right time (including the Walker’s – I have some, too!), drop them down in a mylar bag with a 500cc OA (oxygen absorber), seal them, and they’ll stay good for much longer than the printed date. I use a black marker to write contents and “expiration date” on the outside of each.

    As you said, “Maybe part of the divine plan is to shake us up so that we find our way back home and to what’s real and what’s important. Maybe we will get a chance to start over from that place. Wouldn’t that be a beautiful answer to prayer?”

    You have been made in an amazing way by an Awesome G-d! You ARE a work of art; still in progress, as are we all, but a work of art, nonetheless. You are beautiful! Thank you.

  2. This smart and prepard woman is story and inspiration too us all. Her life was changed forever , by circunstances that have made her see other ways of life. This is one of the best accounts of showing others that we need to seek our own independence and freedom regardless of our circunstances. I applaud Ms. Rose and pray for her success in the future. Thank God for people like her….that move on , overcome and succeed.

  3. Summer Rose – love, love, this article. Not many I read are uplifting, positive and inspirational as prepping articles go. I feel that we could be close friends, sharing many of the same ideas. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing much more than just the normal stuff. I’m certain that if the bad day happens, you will be a leader in your new community. Blessings to you.

    Roarke – if I get to vote, I give this 2 AK’s up as the contest winner.

  4. I wish I had 10 friends like you. . . . I have 2 or 3 that even think about prepping. Invest in a good semi-auto .22 rifle and stock up on ammo when it becomes some honey- it lasts forever and is a great curative. Just make sure you get local grown honey, not the mass produced Walmart crap.

  5. Summer Rose, THANK YOU. I feel like you are my kindred
    soul prepping friend. Thanks for the reminder on the2 cycle oil. YOU expressed so much of what I feel- the anger and frustration of a tyrannical unfair gov system
    that should be thrilled that people are preparing because we will be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
    We do have some yummy treats for special times and Walkers is one and it does keep for a few years if in an unopened tin package.
    I do believe that our Divine Creator is churning up the
    weather so we will turn our efforts toward caring for our earth and its inhabitants-human and animal/birds etc. and that with positive prayer and actions we will
    have a better world. You have your values in the place that will help you survive and be centered and grounded no matter what disaster occurs.
    I wish you lived near us. God bless . If you ever want a supportive e mail friend ask Rourke for my e mail. YOUR entry hopefully will be the top winner ! Arlene
    PS Yes I wish I could see our country- take a long road trip but I will have to see it from eternity because we need the money and time to prepare and I don’t wish to get stuck somewhere far from home.

  6. a very moving statement rose!!!!i would like to tell you one thing about buying and stocking up on soils for your gardens, earth worms hate miracle grow products and i have noticed this my self. i know some people will argue this but last year i built several raised beds and put in all new soils in each bed. i ran out of dirt and went to the local hardware store and bought several bags of miracle grow and put in my worms and went on my buisiness. a week later while turning soils and planting seeds i noticed that the bed with the miracle grow had alot less worms in it. after some research come to find out that miracle grow is in business with monsanto. and after more research come to find out that monsanto really is the “monster” company that people say they are. anyhow, if you are trying to stay more to the organic side of things you might want to research miracle grow products for your wonderful gardens.

  7. Ms. Rose, I do believe you have your act together. Keep prepping and pray we do not have to use it, it is better to have and not need than to need and not have. I also have friends and family who think I loony in that I am preparing but, they all say if something does happen they are coming to my house.

  8. What an inspiration you are -Summer Rose- I think I know, if just a bit, the life change you are dealing with. My wife and I have been walking a similar path and though difficulties are many, the benefits have been … dazzling… Others have said it, and I will join them….. wish you were my neighbor…. and friend…

  9. Ms. Summer Rose, I concur with all the comments. You have beautifully articulated what I have gone through spiritually the last 4 years. That being moving from a typical suburban wife mentality of the next cute shoes, etc. to focused on “coming home” to the way I was raised.

    I struggled very hard at several places in this transition; with His grace and patience with me, I continually find permanent satisfaction instead of temporary gratification. Such as: the recent chicken palace built by DH and 10 barred rock chicks. 5 years ago this slightly uppity gal would have revolted at the thought. Today, I not only see them as a ‘best’ investment, but as a security I could write a short book about. I don’t even recognize that woman of 5 years ago.

    As a hammer dulcimer player, I firmly agree that should we grind slowly down to depression like conditions it is a firm truth that music has always been a gift to all.

    Thank you so much for the article that plucked my heart strings, and Rourke for providing this wonderful website.

  10. I have been touched deeply, and honored by the warmth and kindness of this group. I want to thank you all so very much and tell you that I am very grateful. I had no idea of what to expect when I sent this article in, but of course now, I am so glad I did it. I would have said that nothing would have surprised me, except I would have been wrong. I don’t think I could have imagined such across the board warm support. You are one very special group. With a Lot of Love for All of You, Summer Rose

  11. You wrote from the heart and it shows! I truly hope you find many like mind friends near you and enjoy your new Internet friends as well.

    Please her win!

  12. Bravo! In all my years of prepping your article is the best I have read. I found myself nodding in agreement as I read your words and thoughts. Having been divorced young, widowed in my late 30’s and now happily married for 21 years; I truly understand prepping and being wise. Thank you so much for sharing.

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