Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday Message

President J. Reuben Clark (Church News, 1953) –
“When we really get into hard times, where food is scarce or there is none at all, and so with clothing and shelter, money may be no good for there may be nothing to buy, and you cannot eat money, you cannot get enough of it together to burn to keep warm, and you cannot wear it.  You can’t eat money, but you can eat your three-month supply of food – IF YOU HAVE IT AND KNOW HOW TO USE."

This always reminds me of Dick’s grandma saying “the next depression will be different. it will take a wheel barrow of money to buy a loaf of bread.”

I always think of this and wonder what could happen to cause this????  I don’t think one could guess or predict because things we see all the time seem to be crazier than the one before. 

So how do you counteract that? Well, the only thing I can think of is to be as prepared as you can.

Knowing how to make bread and having supplies to make it would put you ahead of the curve. There is a peace knowing no matter how hard times get you can always make bread, that’s pretty good. - cooking from scratch, yummy and frugal. - since we have so many new people they might like to see our Relief Society cookbook.  Fun wonderful recipes here. - so we saw people lose power lately haven’t we. do you have aluminum in storage?  I admonish everyone to watch her videos, if you have already it is time to rewatch and rewatch again!!!!  This is her handout she refers to. I have it printed and in my food storage binder.

Wendy DeWitt has a great way of breaking down a basic approach to getting in your storage I always suggest her approach to beginners and old pro’s alike. So please read and watch the videos and get busy on your food storage. What are you waiting for??

Next pay check?? Just pick up little things like jello so you are doing something.

Bigger house?? Forget it, there is always a space issue eventually so find ways to store. I guarantee if you bought a brand new couch you would find a place for it and food storage is way more important.

Time?? We are all busy even when you are sixty you are still busy but what is more important than tending to the welfare of your family?

Worried about what neighbors say? Hmmm our neighbor’s daughter once asked if we were poor I asked what made her think that, it ended up she saw the food storage too cute.

No money for it?? Then look at your budget, are you eating out???There is the money. Once we went to the church cannery afterwards several bought a sandwich at a quick food place. I asked how much was the sandwich. When she told me I said she could have gotten twenty-five more pounds of wheat. How much did you pay for that disappointing meal at fast food place? Ask yourself, does it taste better then your food? Is it as healthy as your food?? What food storage could I get instead??

Now I am not telling you not to eat out but letting you know the choices. It is always your choice but if you can’t find the money for storage that is the first place to look. On the flip side, if trouble hit what would you have wished you had gotten instead??

Sometimes you can use your storage in your decorating. My oil lamps fit nicely into my home’s decoration but when people come they like the look but actually they have a place and purpose in my storage.
Many times they were used to light our house in a power outage so that people in town wondered why our lights were on and others were off.
Basket full of emergency candles

Pitcher of knitting needles

Spinning wheel

Bread pans are on shelf and in something decorative

Laundry stuff doubles as useful items if needed

Woodburning cook stove has been useful in power outages
Cookbooks and jars of food decorate but useful items. 
Jars of mixes attractive but have stuff I use in them
Treadle sewing machine if needed
Knitting machines decorate but are used to make useful stuff

Baskets of yarn are everywhere in my home

I bet I could show you more like cookie cutters displayed in a jar
Baskets full of roving to spin
Blanket trunk full of first aid

So look around your house especially if you are having trouble finding room for storage.

Email me if you have questions till next week try to watch all videos and read thru this blogpost, do the best that you can.

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