Monday, April 3, 2017
“As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. . . . I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With the events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness. . . . Create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan . . . We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we’re putting away.” (L. Tom Perry, in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 47; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 36).
I find this quote is very direct with information we should pay attention to. I find it interesting that it doesn’t say when convenient or when you get around to it.
I think with famine in one country and people having trouble getting food in others, these things would stand out to us. We do not know what things will come or affect our neck of the woods.
What I think is you don’t want to be in that situation and have to be worrying how you will feed or help your family. If you find you are prepared you will be able to help others. And help will be needed.
I know life in our time has stores everywhere wanting your money, selling everything one could want.
How are you coming on the checklist as it just isn’t about food?
Can you mend any part of you or your families clothes?
Can you bake bread?
Do you have supplies on hand to do the bread? Flour, wheat, grinder, salt, sugar or honey, yeast needed in storage? If you store wheat and do not want wheat bricks you could sand a boat with, be sure to store vital wheat gluten. Have you learned to make bread your children will eat??? If not, get practicing. On this note, it takes time… are you too busy to find time? I had a doctor say to me after I told her I make our bread, she said, good if people would do this we would have a lot less mental illness.
Do you have bread pans? I have had friends who needed to save the money to bake bread but did not have pans.
Pans - do you have muffin tins, bread pans, cookie sheets, cake pans, pie tins, sauce pans, frying pans, any other you may need? If you don't then start hitting thrift stores till you get them.
I have a friend and in the area she lived many did not own one pan because they ate out for their meals and when hard times came, and they did, they had not what they needed. My friend helped them get used pans but then she had to teach them how to use them and there were many who were in that same situation.
Have you collected the basic needed items? Sewing machine, iron and ironing board. A water bath canner, pressure canner, dehydrator,vac sealer with canister, wheat grinder plus a hand grinder, canning jars, new lids, used or new rings, etc.
There are many things you can get used you just have to haunt thrift stores and yard sales. You can ask for needed items on freecycle. Ask relatives if they are done canning.
I know you cannot get everything all at once but make a list and keep it with you. Also, say a prayer to have help in getting these.
Same with working on your food storage, pray for help to build your storage.
If you only make freezer jam, learn to make regular jam too - this is a great skill.
Concentrate on getting in groceries and the basics and supplies. You will be blessed as you work on it.
Go back over the blogs, see if there is something you would like me to cover.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/05/monday-message.html - a huge skill is learning to can meat.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2012/06/easy-striped-dishcloth.html - skill of knitting.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2016/07/monday-message_18.html - skill of gathering supplies, these are all used. Sewing is a skill on our list too.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/141780720@N04/26309817461/ - skill of dehydrating.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2016/10/monday-message_31.html - skill of gathering supplies.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2016/01/monday-message_11.html - skill of preparedness.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/07/monday-message_27.html - skill of storage.
I WANT you to watch these YouTube clips of Wendy's seminar. I painfully got them in order just so you can see them in order. Food storage with chocolate in it? Whaaaaat? Yep! :)
Skill building - watch all these clips then ask yourself, what are you waiting for?
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/08/monday-message_17.html - skill of canning.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/07/monday-message_20.html - skill of jam making.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/07/monday-message_13.html - skill of DIY scratch cooking. This has a recipe for maid-rites like eating out but you saved lots.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2016/03/monday-message_14.html - skill of frugality.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2013/07/monday-message_29.html - skill of making bread.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2017/01/monday-message.html - skill of budgeting and organizing.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2014/03/monday-message_24.html - skill of making yogurt.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2014/03/mixes-for-easy-kitchen-prep.html - skill to make mixes.
We have covered a lot on storage and skill building over the years, please get your family ready.
Do the best you can.