How Are You Faring?

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Last Updated on October 8, 2020

There’s no doubt that the Coronavirus and COVID-19 are having an affect on what used to be a normal life. Hopefully, it’ll soon return to that. For some, anyway.

I happen to fall into one of the high-risk categories due to age and some related health issues, so for the moment I’m holed up with very minimal (physical) contact with the outside world. I honestly don’t know how this will play out.

As you might expect, we’re pretty well stocked on supplies to get us through the near term. As long as I treat everyone on the outside as a “zombie” I need to avoid, I should be OK for awhile.

I just thought I would check in to see how you are all weathering this.

I don’t care if you think it’s “just the flu” or if this is a conspiracy by the Illuminati to impose martial law. That’s not my question.

How are you doing? Comment below.

(Note: unfortunately, the ‘reply’ feature in the comments isn’t working for readers…I can still reply in comments using the site’s admin section. You’ll have to start new replies. We’re still trying to figure this out.)

  1. So far so good here, I’m in lower peninsula of northwest Michigan, US. Not a prepper personally, so I probably only have about a month or so of groceries stocked up between my freezer and my pantry, for a family of 4 (2 teenage boys, so they eat more than most demographics). My spouse and I have made it very clear that everyone asks before grabbing food, so we can track what we have. Plenty of spices and cooking oil too.

    Fortunately I have been self isolating all winter (as has my spouse) because that’s just normal for us in the winter. Barely going out, and having our groceries delivered has been our norm already. He is a self-employed mechanic and has only been working for 1 guy who runs a taxi cab company, and the guy brings his vehicles to our house to be worked on so spouse doesn’t have to leave. He wears protective gear already. And since he’s a mechanic we are already in good supply of various types of respirators, as well as disposable gloves.

    We have plenty of TP for now 😛 As well as a handgun and a shotgun, and a decent amount of ammo for each. Finding buckshot anywhere in town is impossible right now.

    I’m also lucky in that my job is 100% remote work and has been for a few years. So this hasn’t been too much of an adjustment for us so far. Both our boys were already homeschooled. Thankfully I don’t live in a city, and am near bodies of freshwater and my family, who also all have guns and gear, as I come from a family of hunters and fishermen.

    We’re considering starting a garden but aren’t sure what we can do to get going this time of year…which is what brought me to your website. Stay safe!

  2. Doing good have everything we need for 2 months. Already cook at home alot. No work for now. Learning to make homemade bread.

  3. I live in Europe and Covid infection was confirmed in my workplace week before we got sent to home office. Now we are at home, my wife is sick (hopefuly with normal flu, symptoms so far confirms it) and kids are bored but fine. Indeed it might change in next weeks, due to incubation and possible further exposure to virus.

    We have what you here would call at best some short term supplies (I would estimate them to last 2 further weeks before any real need to shop), but for next week I plan a shopping trip (I have my FFP3 respirators unlike most of people around) even though we do not especially need it, but to get some specialities to – improve our “locked down time” as some “treats” should improve morale, especialy for kids.

    I wish every one good luck, fine morale and good health.

  4. We’re in Vegas and doing good so far. I moved my elderly parents (Mid 80’s) into our house last year because I felt like we needed to be close so we could make things easier for them. It’s funny that the whole time we were buying things and saving it for the potential of needing it in the future, it never sunk in to them that something like this could possibly happen. They feel very comfortable with us and our prepared situation. There is no panic and we don’t have to go out and potentially risk exposing them to something that might end their lives too soon. We hope everyone finds themselves in as comfortable of a situation as us. We’re good for a few months if need be. Hope not but we’ll come out on the other side and I can guarantee you that people won’t look at prepping the same again. Reality has slapped us all in the face. Good luck to all.

  5. I live in the UK and it’s not too bad at the moment. Numbers of infected still appear to be very low although we have had a few deaths – mainly older people. The shelves in shops do look more and more empty with even local stores struggling to keep up with demand. No toilet paper, hand sanitizer, hand soap, pasta, tinned veggies for weeks now and as soon as they go on the shelves they are gone in minutes. I’ve been out (with a mask on) every day and I’ve only seen a handful of others with a mask on. The numbers don’t suggest we should be taking drastic action but if you look at how Italy and Spain are deteriorating then they should be used as an example of what you don’t want to happen. I think people are slowly starting to get it and I’m sure it’s only a matter of days before the UK is in total lockdown. Had a dream the other day where I was watching the news and there was a breaking story about the virus mutating and younger people were beginning to be affected a lot more – hope it doesn’t happen! Stay safe everybody and keep posting. Peace out.

  6. Switzerland, Europe: We are doing well, started with 5 months of food by the end of February. Now that the hamstering has calmed down I started restocking again. The goal is to get it up to a year of food in case of a recession. The plants are growing well. I don’t have a garden so I am growing on the balcony and there is a new aquaphonics setup again. Good that I keept the old filters and the plant lights. I managed to get fresh seeds on the weekend before the lockdown so I could help out a neighbor with seeds too. He was very happy. He just had surgery. It could be all honkeydory from our side. Only of course it isn’t:
    My family in Asia didn’t prepare and didn’t listen when I told them that it might get dangerous where they are. We sent them lots of money so so much for our savings (we are just students and it was a pain to make the savings and the prepping, so I am quite angry to see it gone because our dear old dad never plans for anything). The gouvernment did a huge repatriation but they didn’t take the offer despite living in the third world (that spoiled old toddler is still in denial of the first food riots in his new country and we are worried sick). Also most of the emergency items I ordered for them never made it but what arrived was better than nothing. I really wonder how you could be living on the door step of China and not prepare anything for months. At least his new wife was realistic. I tried to transfer as much prepper knowledge as I could especially regarding security. If people get hungry it will be a safe bet that elderly foreigeners from Europe will make a fine target as will anybody living with them. Anyhow, I did what I could. It is his choice now. Regarding our own country: Germany, Italy and France are stealing medical supplies where they can. So most masks the gouverment ordered from China never made it as our country is landlocked. Not that it bothers me, we are set but the rest of the population didn’t stash masks in the “Notvorrat” as the gouverment told them to do. Theoreticaly all citizens are required to have this emergency supplies called “Notvorrat” (you can find it on the website of the Swiss gouvernement: . A few years ago the army boss reminded people to stockpile inclucding masks and gloves. Back then people where mocking him as a paranoid army guy. Nobody is laughing now. Not that the civilian officials where better than people in the streets. Turned out that a lot of cantons didn’t do the stockpiling they were legaly required to do. Yet, despite botching the headstart they managed ramped up testing suprisingly fast and even masks are now finaly given to grocery stores by the gouverment to be sold to the public at a decent price. All in all it could be worse. I am glad my country is stockpilling food, salt, fuel and coffee for emergency situations (especially the later). It let’s us sleep well a bit better at night. All things considered the situation could be worse.: As always the only chaos stems from those who don’t prepare (if they are family members, local officials or entire countries nearby) and then feel that they have a right to get their grubby little hands on things for free. In the case of Italy it is understandable that they are flat out desperate but rich Germany has simply no right to go stealing: they still had soccer and mardi grass (Fasching) when our gouvernement had long banned big events). Not that ordinary folks are better: many even got angry at people who prepare as it is legaly required. I even got declared a hamsterer despite preparing long before people stormed the stores. How ever apart from my ego nothing got hurt so far. The only mayor worry are the economy huggers who demand to end the lockdown. The fat cats even managed to reverse the ban of high risk patient workers in essential jobs imposed by the goverment. At risk workers had to return for jobs labled as essential even if thing worked quite fine without them in the weeks before. And Big Money isn’t giving up anytime soon. In their greed they don’t see that an even bigger second wave would hurt the economy much more than a few more weeks of lockdown. It wouldn’t be the first time in history to happen. They don’t understand that a little more hardship now can safe us from a lot more hardship later. But well, longterm thinking isn’t what the stock market is good at. They prefere short term profits. Sometimes one has to take the lesser of two evils and it’s not like we couldn’t afford a few more weeks of lockdown. Other countries in Europe have the double of our unemployment figures even without a virus, so we are still very very lucky and in the position to hold out a bit longer. There is no need to rush things and make it worse. Patience will safe us a lot of money in the long run. Anyhow, so much for Switzerland. I hope you are healty and well where ever you folks are! Stay save and keep your loved ones safe too!

  7. No issues here. Doing about half my work from home. 24×7, on-site department, so I do go in. Strict measures in place regarding social distancing and disinfecting at home and work. All supplies including food, cleaning and disinfecting, masks, toiletries are good at home and work. Family and staff morale good.

  8. I live in the UP of Mi. This communist governor is going to destroy what’s left of Mi. economy. Hopefully the lawsuit against her will come to fruition. Her and the festering pustules that have her back, born stupid and been losing ground ever since. Mi. has always been a can do economy every since the late 50s and early 60s when I was coming of age. This economy has to be opened back up. No matter what happens we are all sunk if this goes on much longer. I have ample prepper supplies, freeze dried food, guns, ammo, everything I need to survive.No pity for those who think they can get by taking from anyone who is prepared.

  9. Alive & well in the Texas Hill Country. Forced early retirement suites me, getting alot of projects completed before we hit 100 here. Same as you, hunkered down, getting ready for more? Enjoying every single day, knowing we’ll have to get back at it for another couple years when it settles down a bit. Be screwed if not had been preparing over the last few years.

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