Monday, December 28, 2020

Monday Message

"A cardinal principle of the gospel is to prepare for the day of scarcity. Work, industry, frugality are part of the royal order of life." (Bishop Keith B. McMullin)

There are so many who are suffering right now, keep them in your prayers and help if you can.

And so winter begins...

Winter is cold, long, and dark. It will be harder for us all to keep our spirits up with all that is going on. Look for things to make us smile...

These little houses I had gathered as I saw them. The one on the left is a music box, it plays Edelweiss, one of my favorite songs, and the water wheel goes around. The one on the right is like for a desk, it holds tape which is in the water wheel and has a place for pens. The one in the center and the one on right have a thermometer that tells the temp and given the humidity level, either the woman or the man comes out. At the time I’m writing this we had lots of snow (shown above) and both have the ladies out. These make me smile. If you look behind them you can see the Psych DVD's. I love them, they make me laugh. Gus is named after Gus in those shows, so I pull those out when winter seems darkest. They were a gift from our daughter though one I had found at a yardsale. We have only the one Monk first season I found used and behind the music box house is Gilligan's Island, so look for cheerful things you have.

In the picture at the top, the bunny is two inches tall. I thought I would use this picture to say that sometimes our worries can get out of control when really they are smaller than we think. Take a step back and get a different perspective.

Another thing I did was a lot of work but I moved around things in the sewing area so the sewing machines would be in front of the window to give more light. Behind the machines I folded a rug so the cats would have a good view...

Missy was first up there, her tail wagging, she loves it… Now Gus thinks he is the boss of everything and never hesitates letting Missy know but in this one thing she let him know it was her perch and he had to share.

What things will you do to cheer up in the dark days of winter??

When I asked Gus and Missy, they said this was their first idea... - this has some ideas.

What if you buy some twinkies and send some money with directions for the parents of your grandkids to get a box of twinkies with the groceries and hide the box with clues to find it. You can be skyping with them during this. When they find it everyone gets twinkies, even you, Have them hand you one and as they do you act like you are taking one and there you go fun for everyone. - I like the book reading together, one of my daughters reads a book with me every once in a while. It is fun to do. We actually are reading a who-dunnit now. is a site that posts free books daily. When I run across a book I know someone will like I forward it on. We have three books ready to read together that were free. - I like the puzzle idea of your family or child's artwork.

Gus and Missy remind you to continue to stay safe and even after getting the vaccine, continue to do the safe things till we are given the all-clear signal.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Monday Message

"We encourage members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings. We ask that you be wise, and do not go to extremes. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve." (All is Safely Gathered In)

I think slow and steady as I have said, just get an extra item when you do a regular grocery store trip. This works best with our budgets as well.

We should plan that things will still be hard for a while yet. We can do hard things! I think we all have shown that. Also, I am ever amazed with all the ingenuity that people come up with...we can make life fun for those we live with.

I watch a podcast where she set a goal of learning and also carving time out of her day every day to learn and/or do what she would like. I call it recharging your batteries. I know life is a lot harder now and if we ever needed our batteries charged it would be now.

We still are living our life just doing different things, so you cannot go out and do fun things but what fun can you do inside..?

I remember when the grandkids would stay overnight. Trying to get them to settle down for bedtime, I would crack out the flashlights and we would shine them on the ceiling and do shadow figures. Anything can be made fun, even dish washing. I had a friend who would wash and one of her kids would dry, whoever was assigned, now she said if they caught up to her they could quit. The race was on. - look at these different things for shadow puppets just using hands. Also paper and straws. - you could print off silhouettes and tape them to straws or sticks, shine light on a wall and tell the story.

You could bake cupcakes or cookies then have everyone decorate them.

You could have a backwards day… Have the kids teach you how to draw and paint. 

These can be done when everyone gets chores done. You can work chores into the fun.

Play Yahtzee over Skype with grandparents or any game for that matter.

Teach your kids some of the games you grew up with. - I like the snowball fight with scrunched up paper.

Have a baking day, make family favorites.

Gus says don't forget to can read and learn or read to escape to far away places and more.

Stay safe and keep your spirits up! Let us know in the comments below what you're doing to have some holiday cheer!

Monday, December 14, 2020

Monday Message

"Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well." (President Ezra Taft Benson)

I think we all have seen the pictures of miles-long lines of people in food lines. There are so many people hurting right heart goes out to them and I am praying for everyone as well.

With Thanksgiving behind us we are now looking to Christmas, unfortunately new case counts of Covid are rising rapidly.

We need to stay the course that will make all safe.

We need to carry the wonderful feeling we get at Christmas time, love for others all year long. We can hold that feeling, we can promote this feeling we can. Our world needs that now more than ever.

This is a busy year with needing to stay home and cooking from scratch everything is harder so find time to rest and find things that will recharge your batteries. - this has some homemade Christmas ideas, just keep hitting that arrow at the right. this has lots and lots of ideas, I like the cootie catcher in Christmas theme, scroll down till you find it. ornament - how cute is this? - ideas for ornaments for kids to make, be sure to scroll down near the bottom - cute ideas! this is a good read, great ideas when things are tight.

One year I made this Angry Birds set for my grandson. Check out the post about it HERE.

The most important thing is not to feel sorry for yourself, these are trying times for many. Steer clear of guilt at not having the money to purchase gifts for the kids, there are things you can do...

My grandma had six littles during the depression...She once told me that out of an orange crate she made a little cupboard for my mom when she was little.

Try to tell the kids that this year we are having hard times, ask them for input like what can we do to make a happy Christmas? I think you will be surprised at their ideas. This will be a team effort and so long as you do things that bring fond memories that will be what they remember most. - cute ideas, yum! - too cute, I love pancakes. - yum! - yum, yum!

We may not have money but fun costs very little. I am sure if you had a different pancake each day fun would be had.

Write on a piece of paper the games you have, cut them apart and fold them in half. Then when things like this are needed, someone can draw and all play that one pick. I think having that could go all year as fun for all.

For young kids, go through your clothing, toss in a box, wild socks, jewelry, hats, shoes, and fun will be at your house as they dress up.

One time I was watching the grandkids, I always had a dress up box, always. Well we were all dressed up and going on a safari to find certain stuffed animals when the doorbell rang. I thought it was their mom, Grandpa answered the door and it wasn't her but someone from church. There we were in pith helmets and weird clothes as we were on a safari and looked like it. So with that pic in your head, remember it didn't cost anything and we had lots of fun.

I guess what I am saying is, think outside the box and be surprised what you come up with.

Times are hard, especially hard but make memories.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Monday Message

"Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program. We could refer to all the components of personal and family preparedness, not in relation to holocaust or disaster, but in cultivating a life-style that is on a day-to-day basis its own reward." (President Spencer W. Kimball)

This year there have been so many things that hit all at once. I think it is easy to see why it would be so helpful to have storage on hand.

At the time of this writing it is before Thanksgiving...I am so thankful for all of you. You have seen us through so much this year, the derecho, the pandemic, the passing of my dear mother-in-law due to Covid. It has definitely been the hardest year. I am so concerned about the spread of the virus and not enough healthcare workers who we are all thankful for. We all need to be loving to each other. We need to work together to win this fight with the virus. I thought since we all will be wearing masks for a while yet, make fun ones for gift giving this year. - here is an easy one.

I think giving masks is a good gift.

Well I am now weaving white on white. I wasn't sure how I would like it but I really do like it. I am trying to do different things, learning as I go.

I want to visit here a bit...the holidays are very hard, normally for so many but with Covid it will be so much worse. So check often with your family and friends. This will be the darkest Christmas and scariest of times. An email or phone call can do wonders to lift spirits that are low.

Also, think of your people in your house. This will no doubt be a scary time because things are not normal but consider yourself the cheer squad, the ambassador of happiness. Find fun for everyone in the house...make cookies or picture pancakes, everyone gets a turn.

Turn these holidays into the best they ever had. You can do it!

Read The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was bad for them as well. Have hot cocoa and read a bit everyday from it or a book of your choice, it will be something to look forward to every day.

Times will be tight for a lot of people, just try to do things differently, like if there’s no money for a tree do something else. For example, I forgo the tree and just hang bulbs.

The worst thing for you and the kids is to feel sorry for one needs that.

Just sound excited about what you choose even if the kids color a tree on paper and make a game of coloring decorations and play pin the ornament on the tree. It might just be the best memory. make a bunch of snowflakes.

Whatever you do, be excited about it....if you need to cry take a shower and have a good cry, no one will know...but being excited is contagious and can help brighten up the whole family.

This is my favorite Christmas read. The kids will like it but at one part the mom asks the little girl what she would like for Christmas...they had fallen on hard times, the little girl wanted a doll but the one thing they could get her was a chocolate mouse. So when the little girl asks her mom what she wanted, the mother said she wanted a chocolate mouse and the mother tells all she would do with it, by the end the little girl wanted a chocolate mouse because it was all exciting. It really is a great story.

Gus and Missy say keep your spirits up and remember to be safe!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Monday Message

"Those families will be fortunate who, in the last days, have an adequate supply of food because of their foresight and ability to produce their own." (Ezra Taft Benson)

I will use toilet paper as an example - those who had toilet paper already stored you did not have to go out to find any while people were piling it in carts or worse, not finding any.

Even ten months later we still have a limit one package per order at the Walmart pick up we use.  I am amazed that these ten months there is still shortage, it’s the same number of bums being wiped as before pandemic.

So in full disclosure normally I would use half pecans so you would see the rings and cherries for pretty but I had some chopped I used up on this. 

Also, I drained the pineapple and cherry juices and used in place of some of the milk - waste not, want not. If pretty mattered you would see the rings with cherries better inside each one.

Funny story… When I was at girls camp long before we had kids, the girls I was in charge of had to separate into little groups to make a pineapple upside down cake over the campfire, then they had a judging of how they did. Well my girls scorched (okay, burned) the pineapples. When they flipped out the cake there were all those unsightly pineapples but they came up with a fix.. they turned the pineapple slices over and they actually got a prize for the most unusual fix.

On the weaving it took me quite awhile to figure out why my pattern for the second mug rug wasn't turning out but when I found the issue I went on without any more troubles.

You only see part of it here as I have advanced it to get ready for the third one. I didn't really like this last pattern but I like the other side. I have my bobbins wound up to start the next one. It is the same white as the warp. These will all be little samples so just experimenting and learning lots in this online weaving class, mostly hard knocks learning but learning nevertheless. - this has info on how to use dehydrated tomatoes.

Well it looks like we are heading into winter still needing to be safe. As we here in the US hospitals are starting to get overrun. We all need to be more careful. As the holidays come and families get together things could get worse way worse. Wear those masks, wash hands, socially distance! More than ever we need to be doing these things. Also, keep praying for those dealing with the virus around the world and those who will be going into the holidays without loved ones.

Missy says… Continue to stock up, we do not know what is yet to come. - too cute!

Gus says be safe, truly safe!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Monday Message

"Start now to create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan. Watch for best buys that will fit into your year’s supply. 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. The instability in the world today makes it imperative that we take heed of the counsel and prepare for the future." (L. Tom Perry) - healing power of gratitude, so important, especially this time of year.

I'm grateful for my mother-in-law. Today would have been her birthday, she passed from Covid and is truly missed.

It will take a lot of work to get this pandemic under control so we must all be willing to pitch in and do what is required and that will be sacrificing, whatever it takes.

We do not know what lies ahead so keep putting in storage as you go and keep learning skills.

It has taken days for this next step in the weaving class.

If you look at the bottom stretch, nothing I did would change it. Every time was the same mess, I spent days trying everything that could be done. I looked at it from every angle. I finally started again with the first lesson but it was wrong too. Now I thought what could it be? So I undid it, crawled under the loom yet again. It hurts a lot but I redid the tie up, checking carefully I found one tie up was wrong. So I started the first pattern again and it was finally okay. That made me think, could this have been the same problem with the second pattern (AKA the one on the bottom). So I took it out and crawled back under to change the tie up for it and back up and tried again… success! Now it was working and the part on the top was achieved but it was days in the making and lots of pain. Did I ever learn a lot about the loom though, so it was educational.

Missy says, “do I need to inspect those treadles??”

This I tell to you to show you learning isn't always easy but keep trying and eventually you will get it.

If you look at last week's post you will notice the bread recipe (I make this in quart jars as a mix). Here is what I made out of one of those bread mixes today...

These are yummy and would be great on a cold winter day!

Gus says now is the time to stock up as holiday sales are here and this will save you money.

Remember winter is coming. You might want to study up on hygge, it will soothe our nerves after this very hard year. Find fun things to do at home...

When our kids were little we would set up our living room to be a carnival. We had a ring toss, bean bag toss races, and yummies to eat. We also had game areas with treats.

Make your house hygge using what you have around!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday Message

"Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to ‘prepare every needful thing’ (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors, and support bishops as they care for others." (All is Safely Gathered In pamphlet)

We can see all the changes and the virus is climbing rapidly, we need to be responsible...wear masks for others, we can all be heroes by wearing masks! Doctors are saying the worst is yet to come. We need to do our part, it isn't about rights...we all can work together as humans, is that a worthy thing? Yes, it is!

Look to our history. People worked together, sacrificed together, it is what we do, we help each other. We are all God's children. We need to be loving and kind to each other and set examples, it is the right thing to do.

This is the first of twelve. I now have set up for the second one. This was a lot of learning and patience and pain. I pushed on and I am glad I made it through the first one. This was a free online class my sister and I are taking. You saw the supervisors in the last post. If you missed it here is the top supervisor inspecting my treadle tie ups...

We need to be working on preparing for a hard long winter with the virus.

What things are you doing to be prepared? - make a list of fun activities you and your family can do.

There isn't a kid alive who wouldn't want to put on a play for a captive audience. - I am not a drinker so I would not be interested in that part however, I am a hot cocoa drinker and it would be fun to see how many flavors one could come up with. - helpful ideas - people have great ideas. - more ideas - more ideas - more ideas - lots of ideas

When things are hard and you feel overwhelmed, it is a good thing to start new traditions. it will help make different not so scary.

Gus says it is very important to stay safe.

Missy says, the end!

Monday, November 9, 2020

Monday Message

"Start now to create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan. Watch for best buys that will fit into your year’s supply. 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. The instability in the world today makes it imperative that we take heed of the counsel and prepare for the future." (L. Tom Perry)

Preparing for the future is so necessary. We never know what is coming around the corner. If we are prepared as much as we can, we will be better off than if we didn't.

The one constant this year is that everyone is living in a disaster movie and things are constantly in flux.

The virus is getting worse. We just all need to wear masks, steer clear of crowds, wash hands, do what you possibly can to not get it and not spread it. Also, prepare for unknown things coming around the corner.

Winter is early this year in my neck of the woods. So planning for that is also prudent.

Are you working on your skill building??

I am taking a free online class with my sister. It is a weaving class and I needed to hurry to get the table runner off the loom.

Once off the loom it needed to be inspected for quality...

I needed to finish it to prepare the loom for the class.

So once the loom was empty lots of things needed doing...

Missy was guarding the loom. She said, “no one shall pass!”

Once the loom is empty I measure the warping. Then I start dressing the loom.

Armed with the warp that was measured and chained, I then have to start dressing the loom.

So here you are seeing the loom starting to get dressed.

With the new bookshelves that my husband built for me it freed up this bookshelf. When turned sideways it now is used to house reeds and weaving shuttles.

At some point work has to be done in the back involving threading the heddles. I was concentrating so hard doing this that I hadn't notice the supervisor checking things.

And yet the supervisor of the supervisor was keeping an eye on it all.

They all said it was done right though so that's good.

Keep picking up skills and learning new things.

And Missy says, "wear a mask if you want to pass by me!"

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