Oh, mannn,--has mine changed! In two years, I will be surrounded by food unless the ambrosia beetle or something hits hard. So food-from-outside focus has turned to carbs, particularly carbs that are easy to fix like dehydrated cooked angel hair pasta and various kinds of rice. I have seeds of four kinds of rice too, though, and will be experimenting with planting those. I gave away the dried beans that were still good, and ground the oldest ones to add to the scratch feed. Once there's an actual garden, it will have corn and lots of beans as well as the nightshades and crucifers and all.
Canning, which I really can't physically manage right now, is giving way even in my thoughts to easier ways to put by, including fermenting, freezing, and dehydrating. The pressure canners are in the barn, not the kitchen. I don't need fruits and vegetables to last a very long time because new food will be coming ripe every week or two.
Get this! I have a freeze dryer, but it was delivered to the wrong building. To get to the place it needs to be, it has to be carried down some stairs and up some stairs. Which I can't do. Which DS1, who lives with me, can't do with HIS injured back. I can't do anything except stare at the box and read other people's comments to store up some secondhand experience for later.
I am working to get the back area back into a condition that I can call a pasture, so I can put some meat out to graze. First step is bush-hogging and grinding up some of the water oak saplings and overgrown wisteria vines into wood chips, which I can spread with mycelium and plant with nitrogen fixers. Actually, bush-hogging is second step. I've already scattered seed of sorghum, buckwheat, iron/clay peas, clover, and a few other items that should be nice and bulky and juicy in three weeks when the bush-hog comes through. Lots of chop-and-drop organic matter and nutrients. Give that a few weeks to settle, and if it's not too hot to breathe I'll scatter more of the same seeds. Plus black sunflower seed, if I can find a bag small enough to lift that doesn't cost a fortune per ounce. I understand this is a three-year project. Until then, I have barn stalls to clear out for producing manure and single-meal protein (cavy, bunny, poultry, worms).
I am still working hard to try to regain the ability to walk home. I can't do even a full mile without crying all through the last quarter mile and paying for it for days, but I can do a half a mile several times a day. Minus recovery time and time to search for water, it'd be a two/three day hike home from work. I need to be able to make it in one day (meaning one night in summer). My chiro looks at me sideways when I say I need to be able to walk seven miles. He's not going to say it's impossible because he's already seen me do things he didn't at all expect.
I have a clothesline again, a really conveniently placed one on the back porch right outside the laundry room. But I have no ability to lift a wet garment up to it. Lowering it to waist level is on the list.
The shower chair is something I never expected to need, since I've always been a bath person instead of a shower person, and who can't stand up for five minutes? Now that shower chair is my best friend. It has been ever since the day it took me more than twenty minutes to climb out of the tub (by which time I was all sweaty and stinky again, of course).
Walking sticks are stocked here and there and everywhere. When I need it, I need it suddenly and badly.
Bug-out never was a top choice for me. Now it's dead last choice.