22 Things To Do Around Your Survivalist Homestead When It’s Cloudy And You Don’t Have Enough Solar Power To Surf The Internet


We had an elongated “monsoon” season this year.  It rained about 4 weeks longer than usual. And it  stayed cloudy most of that time.  This led to precious little time available to run the Internet modem, since the batteries weren’t getting a direct sunlight charge during this rainy spell.  So we had to find things to do other than surf!

1. Play Cards

2. Scrape The Burnt Food From The Kitchen Wood Stove Top

3. Read A Book

4. Increase The Winter Woodpile

5. Pump water into the holding tank from the well

6. Butcher a chicken for dinner

7. Collect juniper berries

8. Paint the wood trim

9. Bake an extra loaf of bread

10. Bring the extra loaf of bread to a neighbor

11. Take the dog on a hike

12. Take a luxurious bath

13. Write another chapter in your novel

14. Make whoopee

15. Dust behind the pictures

16. Mend socks

17. Make a kitchen planter box for herbs

18. Decide what you want to plant in next year’s garden

19. Daydream

20. Sunbathe

21. Air out the pillows and blankets

22. You know what –  some times I just like to spend time with my husband and our son, talking about the day, talking about current events or the latest upgrade for Linux – not text messaging, not talking in quick spurts on a cell phone, not emailing each other… talking face to face.

Sometimes we forget what time it is and wind up talking late into the night.  Sometimes in the middle of a conversation we decide to cook up something unusual (sautéed ground chicken meat marinated in ginger, mustard, sugar, leeks and vinegar this week) and have a feed.

Truth is, there’s a lot you can do besides going to the mall or watching TV or playing video games on a cloudy day.  Maybe I’ll be lucky and it will be cloudy tomorrow.

Dan and Sheila are the authors of Surviving Survivalism – How to Avoid Survivalism Culture Shock and hosts of the free podcast, “Still Surviving with Dan and Sheila”, both available at http://survivingsurvivalism.com  For information about their survival community, or for other questions, they can be reached at surviving@lavabit.com

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