She awakens early in the morning to the frantic cries of her offspring. Her babies are hungry and whine at their mother to feed them. To judge from the amount of blubber on her frame, winter must be swiftly approaching. Her hide bears the marks of having born numerous children. She lurches to her feet and waddles away to get breakfast for her babies.
No, that's not a transcript from a nature program. That's a description of an average morning at the Harried Homemaker Acres.
Needless to say, one of my preps this month is to start exercising three times a week.
Five years ago, I was nine months pregnant with Mini Me and even so, I was able complete a rigorous aerobics class. Four years ago, I was extremely fit and the lightest I have ever been in my adult life. Since then, life has been hard on my body.
All the survival gear in the world is useless if you don't have the capability to use it. In my current state of fitness, a SHTF or even minor emergency situation could severely test me.
I have a dedicated exercise room that has been gathering dust. I'm going to hit the treadmill, do an exercise video or lift some weights at least three times a week. I'll increase my cardiovascular capacity, regain some of my lost strength and improve my overall health.
I was once pretty clueless when it came to "prepping". Follow my journey towards self-reliance as I explore gardening, food storage, canning, animal husbandry and other homesteading and survival-related topics.
Our Sad Harvest stats for 2012 - The Year of the Big Drought
1,645 chicken eggs & 124 duck eggs
-4 large bundles of oregano
-40 heads of garlic, some of which I dehydrated and processed into garlic powder
-1 bushel of onions
13 half-pints of blackberry jam
1 gallon of green bell peppers
4 pints of frozen blackberries
2 heritage turkeys (and after we ate them 8 pints of turkey bone broth)
Harvest 2011 (not counting what we ate fresh)
16 family-sized packages of green beans 4 gallons of green peppers 1 gallon of jalapenos 1 gallon of poblano peppers
9 pints of blackberries
Several batches of basil pesto
5 c. pumpkin puree
24 half -pints of blackberry jam 5 pints of dilled green beans 1 half-pint of dried parsley 3 pints of dried oregano leaves 8 quarts and a pint of spaghetti sauce 5 half-pints of salsa jam 5 pints of salsa