Survival Buzz: Remembering The Ant and the Grasshopper

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A few days ago I casually mentioned the ant and the grasshopper.  It never occurred to me that this childhood story of the ant and grasshopper may not be familiar to everyone.

For those of you that are curious or that simply need a refresher course, today I bring back the tale of the ant and grasshopper, which, along with the story of Noah, is one of the all time classic stories of preparedness.

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Remembering The Ant and the Grasshopper

This Aesop’s Fable describes how a hungry grasshopper begs for food from an ant when winter comes and is refused. The situation sums up moral lessons about the virtues of hard work and planning for the future.

In a field one summer’s day a grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content.  A group of ants walked by, grunting as they struggled to carry plump kernels of corn.

“Where are you going with those heavy things?” asked the grasshopper.

Without stopping, the first ant replied, “To our ant hill.  This is the third kernel I’ve delivered today.”

“Why not come and sing with me,” teased the grasshopper, “instead of working so hard?”

“We are helping to store food for the winter,” said the ant, “and think you should do the same.”

“Winter is far away and it is a glorious day to play,” sang the grasshopper.

But the ants went on their way and continued their hard work.

The weather soon turned cold.  All the food lying in the field was covered with a thick white blanket of snow that even the grasshopper could not dig through.  Soon the grasshopper found itself dying of hunger.

He staggered to the ants’ hill and saw them handing out corn from the stores they had collected in the summer.  He begged them for something to eat.

“What!” cried the ants in surprise, “haven’t you stored anything away for the winter?  What in the world were you doing all last summer?”

“I didn’t have time to store any food,” complained the grasshopper; “I was so busy playing music that before I knew it the summer was gone.”

The ants shook their heads in disgust, turned their backs on the grasshopper and went on with their work.

There’s a time for work and a time for play.  It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

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Did you know what the number one disaster facing families in America is? Forget about storms and earthquakes. The most likely crisis that we should all be prepared for is a house fire.

Here is some fun history. On Christmas Day, 1776, George Washington re-crossed the Delaware River and attacked the Hessians, who outnumbered the American soldiers by about 1600 men. Despite the fact that Washington and his troops were cold, hungry, lacked supplies, and were dramatically outnumbered, they were victorious in that pivotal Revolutionary War battle. Read the entire story

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With everything going on this week, I took a break from both the Prepper Book Festival and Giveaway promotions this week.  Not to worry, things will be getting back to normal in a week or two.

Prepping Gear That I Love

Another flashlight?  Oh no!  Or is is “Oh yes!”

This one is the BYBLight TML-T6 and is extremely bright, casting a wide angle and, when zoomed, a very focused beam.  I swear that if there were a rattlesnake out in the desert outside my back yard this flashlight would find it.

It’s a sturdy thing with an aluminum casing that is not at all heavy.  It has 5 built in modes including the standard high, medium, low plus a strobe and SOS mode. It includes a rechargeable battery and a charger plus an adapter to hold AAA batteries.

The only thing I found wrong with it is that it did not have a manual which, being an RTFM type of person, was just a minor annoyance.  Still, did not take a lot of brain cells to figure out.

BYB Flashlight 250

Just to see it stacks up with my other favorites, here is a photo showing the differences in size and form factor.

How many flashlights do I have?  Don’t ask.  I stopped counting a long time ago!  Funny thing, though, is people keep giving me flashlights to feed my fetish.

Other Announcements

My Alaskan friend LeAnn, the Homestead Dreamer, has just released a sequel to her book, Aftermath.

Aftermath II, The Struggle for Independence continues the story of Jimmy Walker and fellow survivors as they face the first winter without any modern conveniences. After surviving the initial disaster, local gangs, and the United Nations gathering people up to go to their ‘camps,’ the focus shifts to making sure they have enough resources to make it through all Mother Nature will throw at them. As if that wasn’t enough, all the downtime proves to be too much for some people to handle. They also quickly learn that the United Nations is doing anything but resting in their mission to ‘oversee and guide the human population so this never happens again.

If this sounds interesting to you, take a peek.  I know she would love to get your feedback.

The Final Word

Did you notice something new?  A couple of months ago I started adding a “subject” to each weekly Buzz.  That has worked to give focus to each weekly muse which helps me as a writer.  I hope it helps you too.  With that, the time has come to also drop the numbering as well.  We just passed #200 so the timing was right.

These bits and pieces of change are small but important.  Much as our preparedness focus changes with time and experience, websites and blogs must also change to keep pace with the times.  All this is very difficult for someone like me, who likes being in a familiar comfort zone.  Change is scary.

So what do you think?  Do you like to stay with the status quo or do you constantly embrace change?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Bargain Bin:  Today’s focus is on lighting!

BYBLight TML-T6 Rechargeable Flashlight:  I like that it includes a powerful Lithium Ion rechargeable battery plus an adapter for using standard AAA batteries.  When Tucker the Dog needs to go out at night, I can easily track his wanderings from the door.

Coast HP1 Focusing LED Flashlight: Yes, at $10 this flashlight is more expensive than some of the MiniCrees out there.  On the other hand, it is a bit slimmer and lighter.  Where it really excels though is in brightness and range.  I actually prefer it and carry it with me when venturing out at night.

UltraFire Mini Cree LED FlashlightANOTHER FAVORITE!  At the time of this writing, this one is about $4 with free shipping.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

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Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: This light is awesome. I use mine downstairs as well as on my stairway and when I get up in the middle of the night, they come on automatically. They are quite unobtrusive and give off a ton of light.  Runs for a year on 3 D size batteries. About $20.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own eight of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

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Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight:  This little flashlight is extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, it will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.  By the way, it is current #1 on Amazon in the category Key Chain Flashlights.

4 Inch Premium Glow Sticks – Assorted: These 4” glow sticks are fantastic!  Each stick glows for 8-12 hours, and comes with a pre-attached hook and lanyard.  They are well priced and hold up well when packed around in a pocket or handbag.  For more information about glow sticks and chemical lighting, read 10 Reasons to Add Glow Sticks to Your Survival Kit.

10 Pack Mini LED FlashlightsThe Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127 Backdoor Survival:  What a great deal on 10 mini flashlights on a key ring – button batteries included.  I happen to like a more sturdy ring so I remove the one that comes with and use a small bit of tie-wrap (zip tie) instead.   The included battery seemingly lasts forever and at this price, you can stash them in the car, purse, pocket, tool box and by the circuit breaker box, and still have some left over for other uses.

As of this writing, all 10 are under $4.00 in red and even less in black.  Shipping is free.

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Survival Buzz: Remembering The Ant and the Grasshopper — 11 Comments

  1. well, I can attest to the fact that your statement “Did you know what the number one disaster facing families in America is? Forget about storms and earthquakes. The most likely crisis that we should all be prepared for is a house fire.” is true. I am currently dealing with the aftermath of a house fire we recently had. It wasn’t a total loss but as close as you can get to it. We have been dislocated from our home while the major structural damage is being repaired. We are definitely learning many valuable lessons related to preparedness.

  2. The Ant and the Grasshopper? What child, of today, could fathom such craziness? Now, if it were Squidward preparing for the winter in bottom and Sponge Bob was out, skylarking, now that, they could understand.

  3. There are a couple of versions of this Aesop fable. I seem to remember a cartoon version where they made a gentler ending (a la Disney’s Little Mermaid). The ants had pity and let the grasshopper into the hill, and fed him while he made music for them all the long winter. There’s something in that…he may have been useless at gathering food or forethought, but his skill was still useful and made a long dreary winter bright and entertaining for the ants. I’d like to think there’d be some of this going on come SHTF. Of course then there’s the National Geographic version where the ants pick up the dying grasshopper and carry him into the hill to put him/the corpse into storage with the corn for the long winter! Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that ~snicker~

  4. Sadly I think the story is foreign to many children now. Fables are not being read to children any more. I see so many kids left to sit in front of the Youtube screen on their own. Granted I was mostly raised on TV but I was read fables growing up. Thanks for sharing

  5. I have spent my adult life being the ant and now worry that people like me are far out-numbered by grasshoppers looking for my stashes. When the SHTF, there will be opportunistic grasshoppers swarming the ant hills and trampling us.

  6. I doubt that Iran is hacking our grid. Most likely it’s the country that continually spies on us, has taken over our government with its dual citizenship operatives, killed our servicemen on the U.S.S. Liberty, orchestrates false flags in countries that don’t do as it demands, and is in general the biggest troublemaker in the Mideast (and the world, for that matter). Iran is on that country’s hit list and so gets blamed for all sorts of things.

  7. If you think that interview with the so-called refugee was chilling, this ought to scare the crap out of you, it did me:

    Never Forget … Your Country Admits to False Flag Terror

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/09/remember-your-country-admits-to-false-flag-terror.html

    Don’t stop reading at the first part, thinking it’s ancient history, it’s a time line to the present.

    Also, I’m more partial to the story of The Little Red Hen.
    Imho, it’s a shame the younger generations have no clue about that story, or the one about the ant and the grasshopper. I feel sorry for the younger generations (or the older ones who paid no heed) I pity them, but I’m not going to cut them any slack when push comes to shove. …They have no excuse, no matter how lame their parents were,… they can read.

  8. I remember a verse from scriptures (I believe in proverbs)…”Go to the ant, you sluggard… And observe her ways… and be wise!”

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