Monday, July 2, 2018

Monday Message

"Concerning clothing, we should anticipate future needs, such as extra work clothes and clothes that would supply warmth during winter months when there may be shortages or lack of heating fuel. Leather and bolts of cloth could be stored, particularly for families with younger children who will outgrow and perhaps outwear their present clothes." (President Ezra Taft Benson) - this would be a good first project - part two - part three - part four - part five - part six - part seven - part eight

I know this is a lot of sites but she takes you from beginning to the end with lots of info. I got this pattern on sale so I can go along with her. - this would be a good beginner project and gift idea. - a great use of scraps - great idea, you will have to scroll down to the free tutorial

I want to give you info to further your skill building.

I know complacency is our enemy. It is very tempting to think, "why should I build skills or have storage?" I think that clearly the time is now to be working on these things more then ever. 

We see what is happening in other countries and we think that it cannot happen here... yes, it can. You just have to watch the news to see that it truly can happen here. Tariffs for instance. Someone on the news said that is what led to the great depression. Learning lessons from history is important. All you have to do is go to the grocery store and you can see the economy isn’t improving or the groceries would not keep climbing in prices. People wouldn’t lose their jobs by the hundreds and thousands plus.

Watching the news shows horrible things happening and we have no way to stop or change direction. So we need to be actively engaged in learning and building our skills. The tariffs will cause higher prices on everything affected, even items not directly affected, built with or using those items.

Get back to basics.

We might not have control to stop the bad things that happen to us but we have the ability to learn and try to soften the blows.

Learn to grow food. Learn to sew and mend. Learn to knit and crochet. Mostly learn to be frugal….live a frugal way.

A reminder to those in tornado prone areas - this is the season! The day before I started working on this post we had storms. I quit counting the tornadoes at twelve. Wherever you live, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding be sure you know what to do and have your emergency kits up to date. Make sure your first aid kits are current as well.

Your storage shouldn't just be about just food, think toilet paper, toothpaste, and hair brushes etc.

Remember sewing supplies and notions, knitting and crocheting supplies.

Do the best you can. Think what you can do.


  1. I love Mondays because I so look forward to your wonderful advice. You are such an outstanding role model. Your tatting is so impressive; don't think I would ever be able to master it. But preparedness, canning, cooking, sewing, knitting...right up my alley. Thank you for all you do to keep us on our toes. Mindy

  2. The news these days is incredibly unsettling. I can't believe how angry and irrational our own Americans are being and it scares me to think what might be next. Yes, we do need to prepare and we do need to believe that it can definitely happen to us!

  3. Do you ever go to the site ? G stands for Grandma. She and her husband are living like an earlier time. Simple. Back to basics and away form the hurry worried world. She also is trying to get people to realize a simpler life that is also a prepared one. They like to study history and she has many many posts you might like to read. I have learned so much coming to your blog I hoped to let you know about her blog if I haven't before. Sarah

    1. I will go check her out thank you

    2. is a fabulous blog, very similar to this one.

  4. My neighbor is downsizing and moving away. They have been offering us lots of goodies. I took 3 shelving units for storage and 3 hurricane lamps with 2 bottles of oil, and lots of wicks. I only had one so I was really happy to get these.

  5. Great I am glad you got the goods


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