Wednesday, March 23, 2011

e-foods, check them out, not your grandma's long term storage

What do you think of when you think of food storage?  To me it conjures up memories of the water bath canner, sterilizing jars and lids on a hot August day (really it reminds me of labor since I was canning peaches on August 16, 1993 and Nathan was born on the 17th, 3 weeks early).  Canning is a wonderful thing, growing your own food to help supplement your meals though the winter... but, looking at the every growing problems nationally and around the world we need to think a little further ahead.  That's where long-term storage has the advantage over canning your own.  Having food that is useable for years to come, able to hold its nutritional value, and requires very little to effort to create a meal (anyone who can heat water can use these). 

We are planning a garden, and are planning to can what we grow (if the kids don't eat it all before we get to that point, they are veggie fiends).  But, we are going to invest in our family's long term survival, being the ant and not the grasshopper. Creating a storehouse of sorts to sustain our family of 10. 

God calls us to be aware, He calls us to care for others and share our knowledge.  I care for you and your wellbeing.  I hope all my friends understand the importance of what is going on in the world and how it will effect you and your family. How it IS effecting us now, with higher gas and food prices.
Don't be caught unprepared, a little investing and preparation now can be difference between relevent comfort and hunger/malnutrition. 

I pray God's blessing on our country and our leaders but we can not put our faith in them.  Plan now, reap the benefits later.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Don't be caught unprepared!

I've spoke of gardening and preparing for an upcoming crisis.  I've reviewed books and still have many to go through and summarize for you.  But with the eminent decline of the dollar and many wars and natural disasters in our world right now I want you to consider having some long term storage in your self-sufficiency larder.  Check it out, get the samples and try them.  Everyone needs to have some food to carry them through a crisis. 
Also, have you thought of gold and silver?  With our paper money losing it's integrity and around the world they are refusing to accept it, how long will we be able to use it as legal tender? will give you the information you need to put away a nest egg for a time of need but also create a legacy for your children and grand children.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Cleaning

We have less than a week until spring is actually here but the spring cleaning has begun.  Today it was bedrooms, dusting, vacuuming, going through closets.  It's amazing how much "weight" we collect thoughout the year in junk.  The dressers are emptied of clothes that are too small, the trash has been tossed, the mess is gone.  Oh, if we could just keep it that way!  I'm terrible about cleaning, being a MESSY by nature it is very hard for me to see the mess.  I've got to make myself look through my husbands eyes to see it as a problem.  Today was one of those days, I kind of feel sorry for the kids, I wasn't always nice (probably as far from nice as night is from day).  I will try to make up for it tomorrow as we move on to other parts of the house.  Tomorrow is a new day and a good nights sleep will bring a nicer mommy.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Live Bald Eagles webcam... BEAUTIFUL!

You've got to check this out!  The eagles have at least 3 eggs in the nest, the parents are so attentive, we can learn so much from them.  Love & attentiveness.  Can't wait for the eggs to hatch.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Your health matters...

In a time of crisis there is nothing more important than keeping healthy.  Staying clean, eating well, staying hydrated and making up the difference in nutrition with quality vitamins. 
If you have water it isn't hard to stay clean but if water is scarce what are you to do?  Having unscented baby wipes on hand is a great way to keep everything except your hair clean, a little hand sanitizer goes a long way at keeping germs away.  Having adequate food storage (enough for 3 regular meals/day and a variety to satisfy the palate) for each member of your household.  You can live several weeks with very little food if you have water (it will not be a happy existence) but only a few days without water.
You will need to have a water plan, rain barrels area a great way to start. *Make sure you have unscented bleach in your long term storage.
It is not hard to stock up on vitamins and OTC meds, you can buy them at the grocery, from an online supplier or co-op.  **Making up a good first aid kit is also important.

Don't get overwhelmed, one step at a time will get you where you need to be.  Evaluate what you already have. Assess what you need.  Keep things in perspective, don't do anything in a panic.

*1 Gallon water is disinfected by 8-16 drops of regular household bleach (visually about 1/4 of a teaspoon) - double that for cloudy water. Shake and let stand 30 minutes. One teaspoon will disinfect 5 gallons. Immediately after treating, water must initially have a slight smell of chlorine. If it does not - repeat the process.

**hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, antibiotic ointment, 1% cortisone cream, digestive remedies (antidiarrhea, antinausea, antacid), antihistamine, pain medications (ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, aspirin), cough and cold medication, toothache kit, thermometer, band-aids, gauze pads, first-aid tape, butterfly closures, elastic bandages, slings, splints, instant hot/cold packs, cotton balls, tweezers, safety pins, small scissors, suture kit, flashlight, magnifying glass, sanitary napkins (these are great as pressure bandages), disposable gloves, electrolyte replacement therapy (in liquid or powder).
Long term food storage ideas
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Writing book reviews

I've been totally blessed in many ways but recently I was contacted by Off The Grid News to write book reviews for them.  Check them out at my review should appear on Wednesday.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Homesteading, not just for the pioneers.

    This is an excerpt from the preface from a book written in 1934, A Living From the Land by William B. Duryee, "Homesteading days are here again.  The present movement of people back to the land is of a different type and has different objectives from those whick prevailed when a continent was to be conquered and exploited.  Today we know that many urban industries will operate on a seasonal basis and we know too that periods of unemployment and shorter working days incomes for hundreds of thousands of families.  The utilization of this leisure thime to supplement incomes, to raise the standards of living and of health, and to attain some measure of economic security will tend more and more to settlement on the land.
     In these days of rapid transportaion and all the attributes and conveniences of modern country life, the hardships of the earlier period of land development are non-existent.  Although urban industrial development has reached a point which will not be exceeded for many years to come the individual who needs additional income may adjust himself to such circumstances by establishing a country homestead.".
     It is now 2011, and here we are again... many are choosing to ignore the signs and are just "rolling with the punches", soon there will be a punch that is too hard to "roll" with.  We all need to make sure we have the supplies, knowledge and skills needed to survive any circumstance this world may throw our way.  The loss of your income, are you prepared?  A large scale natural disaster, are you prepared?  An economic collapse, are you prepared?  All of these are possiblities, BE PREPARED!  I'm going to list some books that are a necessity for being prepared for just about anything.
Back to Basics / Readers Digest / ISBN 0-89577-086-5
A Living From the Land / William Duryee
Passport to Survival / Esther Dickey
Five Acres and Independence / M. G. Kains / ISBN 0-486-20974-1
Project Readiness, guide to family emergency preparedness / Louise Nelson / ISBN 0-88290-036-6
Natural Foods Storage Bible / Sharon Dienstbier & Sybil Hendricks / ISBN 0-88290-066-8
Practical Homesteading / John Vivian / ISBN 0-87857-092-6
Kelsey's Rural Guide / David Stone Kelsey
Raising Rabbits the Modern Way / Bob Bennett / ISBN 0-88266-067-5
Raising Poultry the Modern Way / Leonard Mercia / ISBN 0-88266-058-6
Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way / Jerry Belanger / ISBN 0-88266-576-4
Husbandry / Nathan Griffith / ISBN 0-9665103-0-5
~ some of the books may be out of print, and are great resources ~

I'm hoping this will be a blessing to you and your family.  Don't wait, looking back and saying "I wish we had..." isn't the position you want to be in.  Here are some tools to help you be prepared.