Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!
Funny thing about hurricanes, you have to prepare as if the world may end after the storm, but then you also have to be prepared for the world to not end. There’s always that chance that the storm will turn and you won’t get hit and life will just go on as normal the next day. That’s what my area has come to expect with regards to hurricanes. The storm ends, we’re still alive, and we’re expected to go back to life as usual. It hasn’t been quite that simple since Irma, and it’s been interesting to see the public’s reaction to that fact. People started complaining when they were without power for one day. They had to clean out the contents of their fridges and freezers. They couldn’t find fuel, couldn’t take a shower. I can assure you that the population of Florida would be a whole lot smaller without air conditioning.
Now, I can’t say that we were exactly roughing it. I may not have been as prepared as I wanted to be, but we had a generator. We didn’t have air conditioning, but we had fans. The weather was decent, so we spent a lot of time outside. We couldn’t run the stove, but we had a propane grill. We could run the well, but it only got up to 10 psi and couldn’t be run at the same time as the fridge and freezer, so it was only turned on when we needed to refill water containers. It was inconvenient, but manageable. In total, we were without power for 5 days, but I really didn’t think it was that bad.
What we didn’t expect was how long it would take for life to get back to normal. All in all, our area really wasn’t hit that hard. Granted, there are a lot of uprooted trees, broken telephone poles, and general damage in the area, but nothing like what it could have been. I was expecting a category 3 hurricane. I had prepared myself to come home to a flattened house. We aren’t even missing a shingle. However, I still know people without power. Grocery stores still have empty shelves. Schools have just started to resume within the last couple days. Some people still can’t go home because a nearby river is flooding. And we have the potential threat of another hurricane, plus 2 1/2 more months of hurricane season. We’re not unpacking our emergency supply kit just yet.
Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.
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from the Last Homestead Blog Hop
Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:
1. Orange Cinnamon Hard Lotion Bars from The Crafty Cat
2. Felting Wool from Learn the Legacy
3. I Can’t Wait For Autumn Pumpkin Loaf from Olla-Podrida
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- Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
- Link up to three posts each week.
- Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
- Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
- Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
- By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
- This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.
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