I have been doing an experiment.
A life altering experiment at that.
And it has been a real eye opener for me.
For the last two weeks, everything that I made to eat (as in meals) I made on my gas grill – outside in the heat, cold, and yes even the rain (if I wanted to eat). This included breakfast, lunch and dinner; and anything in between.
Now we are not talking fixing meals on the grill as in a 'cook out' - but rather everything that I normally cook or make on the stove or in the oven was fixed on the grill. Spaghetti, pizza, steaks, chicken, potatoes, rice, veggies, and popcorn – anything I did on the stove top or oven was done on the grill.
Also, along with the cooking, I washed all dishes, utensils and, pots and pans by hand in buckets (no running water) - only using jugs of water using water I boiled – yepper you guessed it – boiled on the grill. And believe me its true … a watch pot never boils!
I groomed myself with water that was heated on the grill as well. This included washing my body, hair and brushing my teeth, just like they did in days of old in a basin (okay mixing bowl) with soap and a wash cloth and a cup for rinsing my hair.
No electricity of any kind was used - instead I used solar lights; a/k/a outdoor sidewalk solar lanterns, that I kept out in the sun light during the day, and disperse them throughout the house in the evening (its amazing how little light you actually need to get around).
Now this one I have to admit was a toughie for me (I know you thought the bath and hair would have been huh??)
I pulled out my never-before-used portable port-a-potty. (Ugh! - I can hear you now) and used it. Girls, survival is not going to be pretty. I did my business on the potty using scented bathroom trash bags and afterward poured in clumping cat litter (hey I figured, its odor eliminating and, if it is good enough for the wee-wee of multiple cats (as stated on the box) it'll work for me too! And it did.)
What I have learned from this experience is that if the world as we know it were to end today - the majority of us are going to be in a lot of trouble.
What I did was hard. It was time consuming and well, down right inconvenient. But I was determined to try to see what it would be like to survive BEFORE I really HAD to survive.
I'd like to now challenge each and every one of you to do this experiment yourself – at least for two weeks - you AND any of your family members or friends (you know the ones who will come knocking at your door should the ‘poo’ hit the fan?)
Keep in mind what I said, this will be hard, not comfortable and a lot of work.
A lot-of- work.
Most of you in fact, as is human nature, will probably cheat.
If you do, just keep in mind, you will only be cheating yourself.
If a disaster should happen and you are forced to leave your home you may find you will be doing these same things - only then you won't be able to cheat.
- Survivor Jane
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