“Normal has flown out the window, never to be seen again”

Frank and Fern are a prepper couple who blog about their lifestyle and their perspective on current events.  Recently they took a long, hard look at the effects of the pandemic on our society – and they don’t like the implications of what they see.  On the other hand, they also see signs of hope for the future as people wake up to what’s going on, and realize that in many states and cities, Big Brother is trying to treat them as subjects rather than citizens.  Here’s an excerpt.

This is about the changes some people appear to be making in their lives. For instance. Why are the Mom & Pop mail order chicken hatcheries unable to fulfill orders until late summer now? Why are seed companies out of seeds? Why are gun and ammo suppliers seeing record all time sales and shortages? There are shortages of radios – alternate forms of communication. Why are the shelves at the store that hold beans, rice, pasta, flour and other staples mostly empty? Why are the news stories on the mainstream sites showing how to make bread, how to bake, how to cook?

Frank and I have discussed for years that if just a tiny percentage of the population of our country woke up one day and realized they would run out of food, went to the store and bought enough for a week that the shelves would be empty. Then along came COVID19. And it happened. And it continues to happen. And the prices of everything are going up, except for oil and gasoline. It appears they will continue to go up. Excuses for that? Supply chain disruption, it’s China’s fault, it’s…… It really doesn’t matter what caused “it” and what is going to continue causing our new normal to unfold. The fact of the matter is the future will unfold whether we like it or not, vote for it or not, or deal with it or not.

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… the whole world is in a time of change with no real sense of the direction it will take. A true time of cognitive dissonance where normal has flown out the window, never to be seen again. Where did it go? How did it leave so fast? Amazing, isn’t it?

Now people are searching for ways to manage, ways to provide for their families, ways to continue to be independent without leaning on the government, food banks, or other means of income. Will this lead to a new era of individual responsibility or an ever growing population that expects everything to be provided? … Will this be a wake up call for some that priorities need to be changed and focused on the real things in life? I think once the restrictions are lifted there will be a rush to regain the old normal, only to find it no longer exists.

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Control of the food supply can and will control you. Period.

What can you do to supplement, stretch, extend your food supply to the maximum extent possible? What do you need to learn to increase that supply even more?

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We’re all in this together folks. Some days it looks like we have fallen over the cliff of no return to soon crash at the bottom with a resounding thud. Other days? It just looks real dicey. We have yet to see if more serious food shortages and economic calamities are right around the corner. At this point, I think the virus is the least of our worries. I can only hope it is a new era of individual responsibility which will lead more people to step up and take care of their own instead of holding out their hand for more while they scream about someone not wearing a mask.

Pay attention. Take notice and take stock of your shelves and yourself. No one is coming to save you. If They show up at all, don’t get on the bus.

There’s more at the link, and it’s all worthwhile reading.  Recommended.



  1. Meh, there will be normal again. A hundred years ago the world was rocked with a killer virus. Got better. Normal is what everyone is used to. Sure the world will change, but it changed after 9/11 and it will change again in the future. Normal will always come back in some form.

  2. Normal IS NOT the bubble much of the world – most especially in the "developed world" over the last 3-4 generations has experienced by way of general improvements in (debt driven) prosperity, food supply, shelter, medicine, the relative insulation from true global conflict, and the resulting increase in life spans for those those so fortunate.

    Historically, normal is where we're headed now.

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