Living Like The Long Winter ~ Prepping

by Merissa on July 7, 2011

in Living Like Little House

"What was that about seven big snows?" Almanzo asked. Pa told him. The Indian meant that every seventh winter was a hard winter and that at the end of three times seven years came the hardesy winter of all. He had come to tell the white men that this coming winter was a twenty-first winter, that there would be seven months of blizzards." The Long Winter p. 62


Winter on the prairie is hard, there's no doubt about that. But an especially hard winter is more than what most people could handle. While I've seen several posts around the blogosphere about Christmas today and thinking about buying gifts already, I'm more focused on what they weather might be doing in December.

Yes, you might think I'm a little crazy since the weather has been amazingly warm this week, maybe you even have sweat dripping off your nose as you read this post. Yes, it might be 90F out but in the back of my mind I can still see the snow piled up over the doors of the house and the drifts so big you can't plow through them with a tractor no matter what.

In The Long Winter we read about the struggles the small town had to find any kind of food. I've written previous articles about:

Preparing for Winter

Stockpiling for Winter

Most of the things in the preparing article might be for a little bit farther on it the year but you can start thinking about stockpiling now, while there are good sales to be had on things you might need.

Sorry I don't have much of an article today, I'm having some pretty intense pain in both my my wrists and it's hard to keep up!

Do you think about being prepared for the winter before fall? What are some of the things you stockpile for winter?

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1 Valerie Z July 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I bought my first Christmas present yesterday. A toy from Target. But, no, I didn’t even start thinking about stockpiling for winter yet.. Thanks for the warning though, I will start looking out for those good winter needs q’s =)


2 Merissa July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

July is actually a great month to buy toys, alot of stores have them on clearance!


3 Lisa July 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

In the southeast we stockpile for summer! Hurricane Season. We buy things like extra cases of water, D batteries, granola bars, tuna, kool-aid mix, pb and crackers, sunscreen and bug spray. I have a bunch of crafts to do when there is no power. I want to be a snow bird!!! 🙂

Rest your wrists!


4 Lana July 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm

A second on that one! And those of us who prepare often end up helping others who did not.


5 Shannon September 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

I just want to say Thanks your blog is amazing! I have considered myself a prepper for a while now. Recently due to life changes and household circumstances, we have really went through a lot of our preps. Time to start building them up again. I am down to 50lbs of sugar and FREAKING out lol. I am throughly enjoying this blog.


6 Roberta February 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

When my first 5 children were little I would have my Christmas shopping done (except for the stocking-stuffers) by September 1st: The end of my shopping being done while I was back-to-school shopping. Now that none are at home and I have 6 grandchildren to shop for… well, I am a bit more relaxed about it… some here and some there, and the rest at the beginning of December (when their mothers finally tell me what they want, need or the size they currently wear).


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