hello and welcome to our blog.
to begin - i would like to explain that this blog is firstly a chronicle for US. we want to record our daily thoughts, projects, ideas and works here. but this blog can also serve as a vehicle to share what we are doing with all of our friends and family. but, please keep in mind, that first and foremost, this is our daily chronicle. we welcome all comments, whether positive or negative, but we do not want to write for an audience. we wish to record this chronicle simply for ourselves.
allrighty, now that all of that has been explained, please re-read the paragraph above to fully understand our position (teehee).
on to much better and more important things. we BUGGED OUT. after years of learning about survivalism (firstly from Mr. Saxon (we will never be able to thank you enough for teaching us about tire gardening!), from Riverwalker, the most amazing survivalist, at Stealth Survival (thank you RW for all of your advice and help!), from Mr. Rawles' awesome website: www.survivalblog.com and many others), and learning about food storage and growing your own food, etc. from jambaloney's Mom and Stepdad (thank you for all of the books and info that you gave us! and thank you for coming here and planting veggies and building decks and digging trenches!), and from all of the incredible info that we have gotten from our Uncle Gerald about a vast myriad of subjects (and thank you for all of the books! and amazing talks!), and from our involvement with the incredibly helpful people at the Canadian Preppers Network, the American Preppers Network , the American Preppers Network Forum, and other like-minded preppers (such as Patrice at Rural Revolution ), we finally found ourselves in a position to BUG OUT.
some of the circumstances surrounding that decision were our own choice and some of it was foisted on us. during that incredibly difficult time, we felt that the control that we had in our lives was disappearing at an incredible rate. so we made the jump, left lucrative careers in the city and BUGGED OUT!
we spent about 2 months getting our old house staged and then sold it to the first people who came to our first open house. yes, that's right - we had no real estate agent. however, those first people wanted the house immediately. they wanted it for December 2nd. so we bought a 30yr old camper-van (1980 Chevy Vandura - many pics to come!) to transport ourselves, some of our belongings and 2 cats over 1,000miles (1,600kms). in December. during some of the worst storms and worst winter that no old timers here have ever seen. yada-yada.
we got to our BUG-OUT location, BOL if you will, and it was then that we remembered that is was a 3-season cottage. oops. oh ya - and the beautiful and incredible "Manor" that we remembered, the "Estate", turned out to be a ramshackle little 3-season cottage! and we landed here in an antique van! i will tell more about the details of getting here later as just thinking about it makes my blood boil!
anyway - we are here! we have completely changed our lives and our outlook on life! we no longer worry about when TSHTF because we feel much safer here on our almost 10 acres. we have spent the last 9 months trying to put this place together so that we can live comfortably.
a big thank you goes out to our friends jimmy and barb - we bought this place 2 years ago and they have done an incredible job of taking care of it for us. jimmy ripped out the entire bathroom and replaced it, put in a huge picture window in our living room, replaced the window in the bathroom, installed a new water heater, built us a deck and most importantly - built us a 1000 ft road down to our waterfront on the river. barb helped with all of those jobs but most importantly, painted the entire house for us and made it beautiful. she also added many sweet touches and accents so that when we landed here, the crappy little house was at least pleasing to the eye. we can never thank our friends jimmy and barb enough for all that they have done for us.
continuing on in this long drawn out post - you can expect many updates in future posts. i love taking pictures. and have learned from my new friend Arsenius how to add a bunch of pics in the header and down the sides of the blog. and i have learned from my new friend Stephen that it's okay to put up recipes! expect many recipes with pics to come!
this blog is for me and jambaloney. it is to document our life as we are living it. we welcome everyone's advice and opinions. to our old friends at the CPN and APN - we welcome you and hope that you understand the hows and whys of why we disappeared the way that we did, and we hope that you understand that our current lifestyle and situation does not allow the time for the networks the way we used to have. to our friends Tom, Jennifer, Alonna, Sci-fi Chick, Phelan, Sue and MMpaints to name just a few - you were an inspiration for us to make this amazing change to our lives!
lastly - please check out the blogs we follow. our bloglist contains a mish-mash of homesteaders, weirdos, amazing people, preppers, survivalists, friends and people with skills, or who are learning skills of the old ways. strong, intelligent people. and nutjobs. we love all of them for who they are and what they have taught, and keep teaching us.
welcome to our blog. welcome to our life. welcome to the craziest journey that we have ever been on.
yours very sincerely,
kymber and jambaloney