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Title: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: RandomSerenity on June 02, 2012, 09:09:06 PM
I have family members who do. My closest girlfriends tolerate my occasional prep ramblings. One even bought a 72 hr kit, and thinks about what to do in case of emergency. But mostly, I think it's a quirk of mine they accept.
It makes me sad. I want them to come around but know they won't.
What do you do? I'm ready for a real life friend who wants to get ready for if all hell breaks loose...
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: TexasGirl on June 03, 2012, 12:28:39 AM
Beckie,

It's a random thing.  Many of my long-term friends are sheeple, but some have awaken.  One sent me a link to the Builderburger article, and they put in a vegetable garden for the first time in 20 years!

I have one friend that is a Thrive Consultant, and another that heads the relief society (I think that's what they call it) at a LDS church.  It's safe to say they are both bigtime preppers.

I have to watch what is said around sheeplefriends, and moderate somewhat around the ones just waking up.  But that's no different than any other halfway controversial subject.

~TG
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: Morning Sunshine on June 03, 2012, 07:29:31 AM
living in the heart of the Mormon Corridor (idaho, utah, western wyoming, arizona), most of my neighbors prep in some fashion - we talk about gardening, canning, food storage, etc as normal everyday conversations.  In fact today at church I plan on cornering a few about their solar arrays.

but as far as a girlfriend who preps on purpose - I have one.  she lives about an hour or so away, and she is a prepper.  wish she lived closer.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: BadgerAngel on June 03, 2012, 08:24:47 AM
I'm pretty much a homebody.  I don't have any close friends around here since I quit working outside the home.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: cheryl1 on June 03, 2012, 08:51:58 AM
I feel very lucky. I can count about 6 off the top of my head that do some serious homesteading and prepping, and several more who are less into it.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: voyageur on June 03, 2012, 09:19:58 AM
None that I know of.  I wish I did!  Wait, actually - I do know one, but she's not a close friend.  I kind of steer clear of her because her husband is a little crazy.  And also her first cousin.  I think I'm saying too much.  Must.  Stop.  Now.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: BadgerAngel on June 03, 2012, 09:38:09 AM
Oh, wow.  Yeah, I'd probably steer kind of clear there myself...

One of my old friends from work is kind of a mountain girl type, I'd bet she may not can and put up these days, but she might know how.  It's been forever and a year since I've seen her.  Really ought to call her.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: voyageur on June 03, 2012, 09:45:24 AM
One of my old friends from work is kind of a mountain girl type, I'd bet she may not can and put up these days, but she might know how.  It's been forever and a year since I've seen her.  Really ought to call her.

It brings up a good point - I should be spending more time cultivating friendships like this.  Most people I know garden and can food, if they are able (rent vs. own).  But maybe I should make an effort to seek more like-minded friends.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: BadgerAngel on June 03, 2012, 09:53:03 AM
It brings up a good point - I should be spending more time cultivating friendships like this.  Most people I know garden and can food, if they are able (rent vs. own).  But maybe I should make an effort to seek more like-minded friends.

I'm starting a container garden because I rent.  I'm about three months late, but I'm in Georgia, I should be okay.  You being in the Great White North, your mileage probably varies.  :)
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: MightyRunt on June 03, 2012, 04:29:28 PM
My best girlfriend refuses to prep and states that if the poop hits the prop, she wants to be among the first to go and not be around to see how bad it gets.  So, whenever she gets in any kind of trouble, she just calls me. A friend I work with has a DH who kind of preps and she thinks it's just adorable of him. Could those be some reasons that I'm a hermit who lives in the woods?
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: RandomSerenity on June 03, 2012, 07:41:59 PM
Great to know that I'm not alone... Alone. Sort of. It makes me want to find a group. Or start classes. At this point we are barely prepared. Husband on board, but I am dragging him. I have to make him plan things like "where should we meet if the SHTF?" A few weeks ago, when Dallas had a few tornados, I was home with the kids in no time bunkered up, kicking myself that I had to go to four different places in the house before I had what we needed. And then I had no one to sound off to after.
I know people are waking up. It's just that I've been awake for years. Wow this sounds like a total pity party! I'm so grateful to know what little I do and be as smally ready as I am.

And there's here, right? Wishing I'd logged on sooner;)
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: Morning Sunshine on June 04, 2012, 06:33:35 AM
RS - you now have a plethora of girlfriends who prep.  ;D  can we get together IRL and have a canning session?  no.  but we can discuss canning and tornado preparedness and gardening with other people who "get it".  It is nice to have other people in my life, even if online, with whom I can relate.  I would love to have more IRL friends who do, but honestly, preppers are busy people, and getting together a lot is not as easy as a quick note here for encouragement.  Welcome to the forum :)
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: LvsChant on June 04, 2012, 07:05:27 AM
I have one friend locally who is a big-time prepper, too (although my parents are also nearby and are very encouraging and willing to go along with nearly any crazy thing we suggest!). It is nice to have someone around who gives encouragement, shares experiences, etc. We can help each other.

We (the three of us) have developed our own little tradeoff of hair care stuff. We meet up at Mom's about once a month and do haircuts, perms, frosting... whatever. It's a lot of fun and gives us a chance to chitchat about all sorts of things at the same time. Tomorrow's our day, so I'm getting a little bit of frosting done (the pull-through cap method). Mom's getting a trim and frosting... the friend wants a perm.

Maybe something like this would be an option for other folks. Saves big bucks and is a great time to talk about home projects.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: TexasGirl on June 04, 2012, 09:10:42 AM

We (the three of us) have developed our own little tradeoff of hair care stuff. We meet up at Mom's about once a month and do haircuts, perms, frosting... whatever. It's a lot of fun and gives us a chance to chitchat about all sorts of things at the same time. Tomorrow's our day, so I'm getting a little bit of frosting done (the pull-through cap method). Mom's getting a trim and frosting... the friend wants a perm.


Awesome!

~TG
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: Ronin4hire on June 04, 2012, 10:07:44 AM
Methinks after slowly getting my bride onboard with our prepping efforts having a girlfriend into prepping (or not) is sorta unreasonable...      :-X
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: Morning Sunshine on June 04, 2012, 10:49:51 AM
Methinks after slowly getting my bride onboard with our prepping efforts having a girlfriend into prepping (or not) is sorta unreasonable...      :-X

wise man.  on the other hand, maybe finding her a girl friend with whom to prep might be advantageous :D
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: RandomSerenity on June 05, 2012, 08:36:04 PM
My one gf who actually bought some stuff and made a worst case scenario budget found out today her husband was laid off. She asked questions. My heart was filled with joy:)
And you're right: I'm not alone here!
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: LJH on June 16, 2012, 01:40:15 PM
living in the heart of the Mormon Corridor (idaho, utah, western wyoming, arizona), most of my neighbors prep in some fashion - we talk about gardening, canning, food storage, etc as normal everyday conversations. 

I don't have any actual 'girlfriends' being essentially a loner and with zero interest in most female-type stuff, but I'm smack dab in the middle of the above-mentioned Mormon Corridor too and virtually all my neighbors and acquaintences are born preppers, it's simply what you do. In these parts you'd be a bit of an odd duck if you didn't have a house full of guns & preps.  ;)

Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: herewego on July 30, 2012, 01:35:41 PM
I think it's so great that some of you have girlfriends that prep...I have one...kind of. She is my good friend, but she only kind of preps. Some things are more important than others to her, but doing anything is better than nothing. I have often found myself thinking "Gosh I wish I had a good friend that I could talk to about this stuff..." It's funny because I love my girlfriends, but it's almost like they only love me as long as I am in line with the way they think...it gets pretty frustrating because prepping is a lifestyle that I'm passionate about. It involves being aware of your surroundings all the time (among MANY other things), and that seems to be a burden too many of them don't want to be bothered with. I always feel like they look at me like I'm nuts when I bring stuff up.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: Freebirde on July 31, 2012, 09:32:22 AM
A random thought or two to throw out, you may have more prepper friends than you know.   Some may be secrete preppers.    Some may be quiet about it because of non-prepper family members or because of Op sec/paranoia(Are you paranoid if you are right?).
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: snickers on August 05, 2012, 04:38:58 PM
Most of my friends are 25 or younger... I suspect that the brains of my generation don't work all the way. I have some very intelligent friends, but most of them, male and female, are pretty useless in DIY/emergency situations.

Having said that, I do have a few girlfriends who are into prepping and homesteading, but they live far away and are LDS. I could be wrong but I think being prepared and taking care of your community is a big part of the LDS culture. My coworker is in her early 30s and farms for fun and has a prepping mindset. So yes, there are definitely lady preppers out there, if you don't know any this forum is a good place to meet them. :)
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: TwoBluesMama on August 05, 2012, 05:29:05 PM
I think it's so great that some of you have girlfriends that prep...I have one...kind of. She is my good friend, but she only kind of preps. Some things are more important than others to her, but doing anything is better than nothing. I have often found myself thinking "Gosh I wish I had a good friend that I could talk to about this stuff..." It's funny because I love my girlfriends, but it's almost like they only love me as long as I am in line with the way they think...it gets pretty frustrating because prepping is a lifestyle that I'm passionate about. It involves being aware of your surroundings all the time (among MANY other things), and that seems to be a burden too many of them don't want to be bothered with. I always feel like they look at me like I'm nuts when I bring stuff up.

Mama advice:  Who cares what anyone else thinks about what you do?  If it's important to you just keep doing it. Your gf's may not listen actively but I've learned they do listen.  I've been prepping for over 30 years (yep I'm married into it with the hubby before that I could barely open a can of soup).  I love to hunt, can and process in various ways our garden's great bounty. I've been called a Bambi killer, a wacky survivalist and more.  BUT when it comes down to it - because I stayed with it - those who ridiculed (some were just in fun) have starting turning to me for help.  They see a shift in where things are headed and it's suddenly popular to grow a garden, hang your wash on a clothesline, can tomatoes and green beans, store extra food (and bullets and band aids).  Once I was an oddity - a throw back to a different era - but now I am valued because of my beliefs and knowledge.  I'm sure there are still some who think I'm weird because I'd rather stay home and can produce from my garden then to spend the day at the mall (not that I don't like to shop  ;)) but my priorities are different.

and Herewego you have this forum.  The people who hang out here are of a like mindset.  We encourage one another.  We help one another with questions and problems and if you or anyone else ever feels alone in the prepping world just pm me - I love to share what I've learned and pass it on to others. 
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: jm_sol on August 05, 2012, 09:01:08 PM
need to find some ladies to prep with. so far i have the DH. brother and his work buddies. some of the DH friends from work. as of yet the  guys are the ones talking and prepping hunting, fishing, guns and the like.. I am the one gardening. canning. storing away preps. would be in for a houston area ladies prepper meet up. any one else?
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: TexasGirl on August 06, 2012, 08:09:22 AM
need to find some ladies to prep with. so far i have the DH. brother and his work buddies. some of the DH friends from work. as of yet the  guys are the ones talking and prepping hunting, fishing, guns and the like.. I am the one gardening. canning. storing away preps. would be in for a houston area ladies prepper meet up. any one else?

Sounds like a great idea!  Can you make a post under the Texas meet and greet heading?
*Here* (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?board=163.0)

~TG
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: jm_sol on August 11, 2012, 08:12:16 PM
thank you texasgirl  i may have to give it a whirl. yall know how hard it is to herd cats. ha  or show your preppin colors when most of the sheeple are judging. I would be up for a meet up in sept. perhaps around the 99 and 59 area. sugarland?? area.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: FromScratchWoman on August 11, 2012, 08:52:01 PM
 :( not a one.. don't even have one i could wake up! one male friend who is living on my BOL that is very serious and i am so glad he moved back.. but it is lonesome even with the forum.. i have never had many female friends due to my..enjoying gutting a kill and being covered with dirt and shat half the time..murrmering about real life things..makes em run! so any of you in NE OR or SE WA? ;D
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: callmesarah on August 11, 2012, 09:01:50 PM
None at all (I'm in with the 25-30) yr olds so yah, good luck.  :P
All of my old high school friends are total sheep, which I don't even really talk to much anymore only with the face stalker. ha ha
My close friends kinda sorta know we prep but they are not interested in the least bit.
We are acquaintances with a couple (staring to get to know them) who are preppers and we do have plans with each other to meet up if anything goes south. They are older than us but don't act like it! No gardening at all with them, or canning. But I have a decent garden and do can.

~Sarah
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: PorcupineKate on August 12, 2012, 11:34:06 AM
I guess I am lucky.  I have a bunch of friends that do.  Most of them make me look like a serious slacker....

Te great thing about my friends is we share knowledge.  We teach each other what we know.  Canning has been this summer's adventure.  8)

We also will help each other out in good times and bad.  I am very lucky to have an amazing group of friends.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: soupbone on August 12, 2012, 05:34:41 PM
I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that my wife of 41 years is an excellent shot.

soup
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: TexDaddy on August 13, 2012, 12:08:33 AM
I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that my wife of 41 years is an excellent shot.

soup
I will answer. I do not have any girlfriends, preppers or otherwise because my wife of 20 years would hit me on the head with a 4 lb. hammer.  ;)
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: LJH on August 13, 2012, 12:47:17 PM
Soup & TexDaddy take the Fifth ...  :rofl:
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: eronious on August 14, 2012, 11:39:05 AM
I don't really have many GFs that prep per sey either.  I once had a girlfriend call me because she wanted me to come sit in her car with her because she was scared, which I did of course.  She had a flat and her husband hadn't picked up the phone and she didn't know how to change her tire... I suggested that since we both had the whole interwebs on our phones, we should look up a youtube video so she could see how it was done and then take a crack at it ourselves.  I figured it was a great teaching moment, but she wasn't in a receptive mood because she was too pissed that her hubby hadn't come to rescue her yet.  So yeah.  Me?  I try to be a self-rescuing princess.   ::)

Did you guys listen to episode 916 I think it was?  the guy is a consultant that talks about disaster recovery.  Anyway, he talks about in major disaster scenarios there will be a lot of injured people and how as far as prepps go, some people are "green tags" (like toe tags first responders put on the injured) which means that they're going to be ok with minimal care, then the tags progress through yellow, red, and finally black for people that you probably won't be able to help.  He applies this principle to who he talks to about prepping.  I think most people are probably only red tags and given the right situation might be open to learning SOMETHING but there are a few black tags around.  Unfortunately, I think that particular friend might be one.  However, I have another friend that is now growing a few veggies and making her own baby food.  I got to her through talking about the yuck on most grocery store produce and overly-processed jarred crap most people feed their babies.  Now she's a total evangelist to other mothers in her stroller strides group.  Win!

The other things I've done are equally sneaky.  I went on Meetup.com and found some urban homesteading groups.  These folks are already open to the idea of producing their own food and are pretty open to other ideas like wildcrafting, fishing, hunting, canning, etc. if you are willing to host a meetup.  Then there's Christmas.  What a great oportunity to show off your mad skills with some homemade apple butter as a gift.  Or pickled asparagus, or homemade soap, or the ingredients and an instruction card for how to make laundry detergent with some fresh herbs from your garden to sweeten the deal, or a nice jar of raw sugar with lavendar, again from your garden to sweeten the dried cookie mix you put together to use up some of that flour in your food storage that needed to be rotated... again, tons of oportunity to share how easy some of this stuff is.  It's one of the reasons I insist on Homemade Christmas for the grownups in our family.  Not only that, but it's usually cheaper and I think we can all use a financial break around the holidays.  Anyway, that's how I evangelize AND find friends that are into at least part of what we do around here.  Don't be afraid to look for component skill set groups and build from there.  Someone who quilts or likes to make stuff with wood or has a beehive or pet chickens or whatever are far more likely to share a few interests with you.  And yes.  Some of them will be girlfriends.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: hedgewitch on September 02, 2012, 09:31:41 AM
i have a great group of friends but no preppers, i suspect one is a Big prepper but a secret one, but i got my Mom on board and that is wonderful, i finally have someone to talk to and discuss issues with my husband is not a prepper but lets me do my thing:)  until my Mom got on board it was a lonely project i had
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: TexasGirl on September 02, 2012, 02:06:57 PM
i have a great group of friends but no preppers, i suspect one is a Big prepper but a secret one, but i got my Mom on board and that is wonderful, i finally have someone to talk to and discuss issues with my husband is not a prepper but lets me do my thing:)  until my Mom got on board it was a lonely project i had

The one good thing about not having friends to talk to about prepping, is that you don't have to worry about others hearing that you are a prepper.  The more people that know, the more the word will get out.  Some day that might not be a good thing. 

Alternately, "homesteading" has become more popular, as well as traditional food storage and cooking.  It's much healthier to get away from prepared foods and such, using whole foods as a basis to avoid synthetic fats and nasty additives.  While the tasks and results can be virtually the same, the stigmas attached can be better.  Who knows, some of those folks that might not ever consider "prepping" might be excited about cooking and stocking up on healthy food choices.

~TG
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: hedgewitch on September 02, 2012, 09:55:42 PM
so true, texasgirl, i am also from Texas but in central TX, and homesteading is a much more acceptable term, i will start using it and see if i get any bites:)
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: Nemesis on September 06, 2012, 12:51:29 PM
I don't have any friends IRL that prep to the extent that I do. I have one friend online and we are really similar in our prepping styles (focusing on sustainable prepping).

I have a girlfriend who buys in bulk and has a pretty good food storage.. but it's all grains. Not really much of anything else. I think she just likes to get a good price! :)
 I have another friend that puts up a lot of stuff for the winter and worries about the safety of food from the store.

Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: ktmae1229 on September 06, 2012, 02:13:39 PM
I don't have any local friends who prep, but my parents (in Texas, of course!) are preppers and I enjoy talking to them about what they're doing and vice versa. I live in the suburbs & the normalcy bias is seriously thick here, even four years into a recession. In my circle of a dozen friends, I think I'm the only one who even has a garden. If they're prepping, they're FANTASTIC at secret-keeping ;)
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: Mary in MN on October 08, 2012, 05:02:54 PM
I have just one.  She isn't as into it as I am but at least she is there to talk to.
My husband finally got on board and that sure has made for some interesting discussions and shopping sprees.  It sure is a lot easier now. :D
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: Nicodemus on October 08, 2012, 09:07:37 PM
At least the spouse is on board.

Mary, when you get a chance please drop by The Intro Thread (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=89.5460) to introduce yourself to the TSP forum members.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: Nemesis on November 27, 2012, 07:05:44 PM
I have just one.  She isn't as into it as I am but at least she is there to talk to.
My husband finally got on board and that sure has made for some interesting discussions and shopping sprees.  It sure is a lot easier now. :D

Where in MN are you, Mary?  I am in NE ND. :)
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: prepgal on November 27, 2012, 08:02:51 PM
I would like to find a girlfriend, boyfriend...anyone to share my prep interests with.  I am happy I found this forum  :)  Sure interaction with a computer is still lonely, but better than being alone.
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: RitaRose1945 on November 28, 2012, 06:37:53 AM
None of my friends are into it, though one might as well be one.

She had a pretty rough childhood (splitting a burger between 4 people, for instance) and she's just not going there again, so she tends to naturally stockpile.  She and her husband are fairly successful and they also have a "just do what needs to be done" attitude.  Though she's not a prepper, I think she'd do better than most.

Oh, and a warm "Hello" to all of the ladies here!
Title: Re: Do you have any girlfriends who prep?
Post by: RandomSerenity on November 30, 2012, 07:17:13 PM
I've been MIA for a bit... Divorce, blah. My new neighbors are preppers. Yay...  :)