Welcome to the blog, Colorado Preppers. Prepping doesn't mean we think the apocolypse is coming or the earth will blow up. It simply means that we are preparing for any eventuality that may strike here in Colorado (USA) ... from swine/bird flu to blizzards to global financial collapse to loss of income and more. // Come learn with us about things like water purifying and collecting, inventory checks and more. However, we are NOT political and not affiliated with any specific religion or group. // FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO WWW.SURVIVAL-COOKING.BLOGSPOT.COM OR TO FIND OUT ABOUT MY BOOKS ON THESE AND OTHER TOPICS, GO TO WWW.VIKKI-LAWRENCE-WILLIAMS.BLOGSPOT.COM

Legal Marijuana in Colorado

Yes, marijuana / pot / weed / maryjane / etc is now legal in Colorado. Of course, you can't have tons of it around, but you can now legally grow a few plants or buy marijuana products and paraphenalia.

How does this effect you?

First, the sales tax collected so far in 2014 has vastly over-met expectations! This will help our schools, roads and much more.

Second, become good at growing 2 or 4 plants at home. If you don't smoke it or eat it, then perhaps you can put some away for a rainy day. Or to barter. Um, legally, of course,

Third, marijuana can help and/or fix medical problems you or a family member might have. My son has epilepsy with autism, ADHD, OCD and other problems. Some strains of marijuana make him super-hyper. So, we are experimenting with different kinds of oils and edibles to help mitigate his meltdowns and seizures.

This is an herb that needs to be in your barter box. Or medical box. Look into it. Research research research. Experiment. Grow.

Because when the SHTF, people won't suddenly NOT have epilepsy, autism, glaucoma, etc.

And please do it legally. Don't need the popo at your door.

Attention Colorado preppers

My family and I live on a tiny farm on the eastern plains of Colorado, not far from Denver. We raise much of our meat, veggies, fruits and other things. Always looking to add more. To learn more.

I am rejuvenating my blog, www.survival-cooking.blogspot.com because between the horrid economy and severe weather problems, the info is valuable. (Not just cooking information.)

Please hop on over, visit regularly, and subscribe/follow.


When you can spare a moment, also visit my author blog for book releases. Thank you.  www.vikki-lawrence-williams.blogspot.com  .... THANK YOU!

MORE CHICKS

At last count, we have 17 girls outside (from 3 months to 2 years) with their 1 rooster, and a rooster run with 6 boys we hatched ourselves.

INSIDE, however, we have 31 chicks (mostly black australorp and red star) in our garage. Most are almost 2 months old but there are 2 a little older. Thank goodness for pine shavings! Whew!  And in our kitchen, we HAD 20 easter egger chicks (day-old) but 3 have already died and another 2-3 look kinda bad.

We're ready for almost any storm we get out here but still wish we had a solar pump on our well and solar panels on our roof. However, with my kid's medical expenses mounting and brain surgery looming, it's just not feasible.

Please keep us in your thoughts.

Vikki at Rosemary Ridge

BELIEF?

Do I believe the world "will end" on Dec 21 2012? No. That's absolutely ridiculous. Do I prep? Yup.  Why?

Because we live out in the boonies. The closest corner store is about 5 minutes away driving BUT the closest grocery store and town is about 30 minutes away. I can't just pop in and get something I've forgotten. It's not cost effective and the wear and tear on our cars with these back-country dirt roads is ridiculous.  We do have plenty of food, our chickens lay a few eggs a day, and we're still getitng milk from our goats.

When we lose electricity, we also lose heat and water. We do have a fireplace, but the propane furnace needs electricity to move the warm air (stupid, isn't it!). We have a well but the pump is electric, and we can't get anyone to help us find a manual backup pump and can't afford a solar generator for backup, what with my sons' medical bills.

I meant to learn canning this year but couldn't get to it. We have plants growing inside but if the electricity goes out, the plant lights and heat does too.

My son's uncontrolled epilepsy helps me believe we're not gonna end any time soon. He has malformed neurons, lesions and a tumor. All the herbs and homemade remidies have NOT effected his seizures at all so we need pharmaceuticals and surgery and EEGs and other tests.

So, we're KINDA ready for disasters like snow storms (got one last night) but thankfully, I choose to BELIEVE that we're not due to the end of world any time soon. It just can't.

COLORADO IS BURNING ... ARE YOU?

Unless you live with your head in the sandy loam that we call Colorado, you know that we've had an unprecedented amount of wildfires this year. Too many acres have burned. Too many homes. Too much livestock and wildlife is gone.

The closest wildfire was about 30 minutes away, and a former home is now gone.

Are you prepared for a wildfire in your area?

First, make a plan with the members of your household ... what to do if a wildfire becomes uncomfortably close to your home. If it happens while someone is at work, where would them meet you? Nearby Wal-Mart? Grocery? School? Be specific. Hubby and I discuss just last week, and we know exactly what will grabbed, and who: leaving the livestock and taking the service dog plus child. We know where we will meet, to the exact row of the specific parking lot.

Second, the grab-and-go bag. I'll admit, we've let our bug-out bags languish and become out of date, mice-eaten and chick-feather-dusty. We need new ones, and need to repack them. My kid has grown, and his food allergies are different. Plus, now that he has epilepsy, I'd need to grab his big bag of meds and some of his health records. I also need to stock the service dog's vest with some extra bones and poop-bags, and probably should include a day's worth of food, and some bottles of water... heck, I'll just leave the food and water in the car!

Third, I have several boxes of very old family photos and records that my family would probably kill me over, if they were to be burned. I need to get cracking on scanning them onto a flash drive, then make hard copies of some of my favorites, sending the boxes back to family members in a less dangerous state. I can't imagine not having these pictures in the family due to my neglect and procrastination.

Just use your common sense. Prepping can help save your life, but stocking up on all the bullets, bandaids and beans in the world won't stop that fire from consuming your home.

Take care.