When we lived up in the mountains above Madrid we did have frequent power cuts when we first bought the house and one or two times were were snowed in. In the summer water could become scarce on occasion and so I always had five or six 5 litre water casks, dry food staples and candles etc. Not very usual around here but I will admit to having a go bag. If anything happened to a member of our family and we had to dash off at a moment’s notice we have everything we need to hand and can be out the door in five minutes.
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie takes this to the next level, which is planning for a disaster scenario and is particularly important if you have children. Most of us could go a week or so without eating much food but a child cannot.. nor can we survive long without fresh water.. Here is just one of the areas she covers which is vital if you are cut off for very long from outside help. Madelyn also covers more everyday events that we should be more prepared for.
Available online are lots of lists of necessary supplies and foodstuffs in the event that some BIG “Stuff Hits The Fan.” I’ve linked a few in the Related ‘Round the Web section, found at the bottom of almost all of my articles.
As comprehensive as some of them are, only a few go much beyond what the average Joe or JoAnna needs to gather to be ready for the kinds of emergencies that seem most likely to occur at some time in future.
Those of us with ADD/EFD (and cousins) must add our own symptom-specific needs to those lists.
The most obvious of these is MEDICATION.
Many of us take medication that is Scheduled, and our not-so-wonderful, short-sighted law-makers have made it impossible for us to have a month’s back up (or even an extra week!).
We have to get a new prescription every single month, and no sooner (and often have to wait as long as a week – or TWO – for our pharmacies to get it together to order our medication!)
Have you asked your doctor what you will do to remain medicated in the event of a national emergency?
Find out what else you should have on standby and how to prepare for regular unexpected events: https://addandsomuchmore.com/2017/09/08/emergency-prep-for-lives-that-have-a-lot-of-them/
I think most of us are aware how emotionally charged reading can be and take full advantage of our tottering TBRs… Apart from millions of people around the world who have never been taught to read, even those in our own worlds never pick up a book or read a short story. Some of us were lucky enough to have family and teachers who ignited our love of books early. Janice Spina points out all the great benefits there are to reading and it is a reminder of what an amazing gift it is we have.
Books for all ages!
When we read a book it is like traveling around the world, or to outer space, or to a land that only exists in a writer’s mind, or into the mind of a killer, or into the animal kingdom, or on a visit to an exotic location, or into the world of faeries or science fiction.
We can go wherever we choose to go! All we need to do is pick up a book about whatever interests us. There are millions of books online, in book stores or libraries to choose from. We can escape for as long as we choose to read.
Did you know that reading is good for you? It not only increases your word vocabulary and stimulates your mind, but also gives you a feeling of wellbeing and promotes good health, dispels feelings of loneliness, improves your memory, promotes better patterns of sleep, and don’t forget – it brings families closer when they share and read books together.
Head over and read more about this gift we already have: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/reading-is-good-for-you/
Since we are on the subject of reading, I thought that this post from the Non Smoking Lady Bug might just get you thinking, and I hope you will head over and share your views on the subject matter. Having been an Indie author for nearly 20 years I have now little expectation of being picked up by a mainstream publisher. That is okay, and I do believe that those who have reviewed my books have enjoyed them which is a great reward.
Whilst I would love one of my books to make it into the film world, I understand that there are thousands of titles written by far better authors than I am waiting in the wings. But, I have been a reader for 60 years and have enjoyed books by many of the bestselling authors of our time. And I have also read books by Indie authors who I have equally enjoyed. Many are bestselling authors who have created fan bases who keep coming back for more. They are well written, edited, formatted and designed for both print and eBooks and that is key for any book, Indie or otherwise.
I will leave you to head over and read all the article, and the comments, which are also interesting.
Many bloggers publish their own books these days. I wanted to help, wanted to support my fellow bloggers and bought many -too many- of the so called Indie books. I always left nice reviews, because that’s what we bloggers are supposed to do. We don’t want to lose a reader and a follower, with that in mind, we stretch the truth as far as possible. We praise, and leave polite comments, even if we don’t care for something. Blogging politics at it’s best.
Indie writers and Indie books! I didn’t even know they existed before I entered the blogging world. The number of bloggers who promoted their own books overwhelmed me at first and took me by surprise. “Surely, they must be good, or they wouldn’t do that.”
But then if you think about it. If a book is good, a publishing house would be interested in it, or not?
When I just started blogging, I felt surprised, when the first “Author” followed my little blog. I felt star struck, couldn’t believe my luck. It was just logical for me to order her book; it felt like it was the right thing to do. After all, she was following my blog.
I love books, love to read and couldn’t wait to read some of the self-published books. I read the first, then another, and another after that. Different books, different stories…same result. I didn’t care for it. The books never even made it in the donation pile.
Read the rest of the post and leave your views there please: https://nonsmokingladybug.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/rotten-tomatoes-for-indie-books/
That is it for today and the last Blogger Daily for about 10 days as I get on with my WIP… thanks Sally