Monday, September 7, 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)

It is a good thing to have enough to share in our storage because when the need is great so is the suffering.

We still are in clean up mode here, still branches to drag and big pieces of wood too big to mow over plus burning the burn pile has been hard as the wood is green.

Through it all I needed to keep working up the produce from the garden, before the storm and some after. Here you see I am using a tomato slicer, a neat invention. I put these slices of tomatoes in the dehydrator.

I won't lie, doing both are hard and I am pushing through but putting up the food is so important.

Gus is catching up on the news, he missed watching TV when we had no power. At first he used to be scared when I would watch a podcast on the tablet and would run away but he is a curious cat and now he comes running to watch the podcasts. He has watched me so closely that before I can stop, he stretches his arm out, spreads his paw wide out then like a flash he slides my screen.

Gus says if he could learn a new skill like the computer you can learn a new skill too...and he doesn't mean playing pick up sticks which is no fun at all but is all the rage now in Iowa. - I made up a double batch of this, it was time to. I do not add the Italian seasoning to mine though it was an option.

We are getting that heat wave so trying to eat meals that are cooler.

Pandemic, derecho, heat wave..I think it is time to be done with anymore heaping on trials.

I think each trial we have makes us learn more about what we can do to prepare for anything else that is heading our way.

Learning how to make-do in any of these things is a worthy thing.

Making-do means figuring out how to manage and using our brain to think up ways that would be helpful, ways that would streamline the chores at hand.

Things are never so bad that they can't get worse...

We need to be as prepared as we can and doing it safely. When your budget is tight and you cannot stock up, learn skills.

Can you make bread?

Can you cook from scratch?

Can you make repairs on clothing?

Can you stretch what you have?

Can you make some home repairs?

This list goes on and on...

So learn a skill that will help stretch your family budget. Be a student of how to do this. Again, in a challenging time is not when you want to be learning a skill.

Keep positive even though things are going to pieces around you. This can be hard but kids stress, this would be a time for my chocolate cake...

Click HERE then scroll down for my recipe!

Always keep on hand the ingredients to make stuff that would be fun for the kids and us as well.

You know I find with all that is going on we are stretched more and more but we all can make it through.

Missy says keep doing the things that make you safe!


  1. I enjoy reading your blog, and sometimes use the links, always very useful. What dehydrator do you use, and are you happy with it? Are you experiencing canning supply shortages? I have enough lids for some months, but can't find any, at all, to 'stock up'. I've heard that plywood is double what it was last year this time, and today at the store I looked for a 2 lb. bag of cooked shrimp (31-40 ct), and it was $29! Usually, on sale, it would be $12. Of course, I have gotten used to lower shrimp prices since so much of it is farmed, now. I believe you are scheduled for some cool rain after your heat wave, but Denver is 81 right now and will be 29 by Tuesday morning! Meanwhile, here in the Sierra in CA, we are 98 and are scheduled to lose our electricity due to high winds/fire danger, for 48 hours. Better that than more fires.

    1. Yes we are now 52 rainy dank reminds me of October. My dehydrator is a nesco I have two and bought extra trays so each have ten trays I am very happy with them. Yes canning supplies are in shortage here too I stocked up at the end of season last year I also save my lids to use the used ones on vacuum sealing and yes prices definitely up but I think more is coming in that area I just saw the crazy weather your way dust storm smoke fires wind and snow makes me think of the sign I saw it's 2020 next month locusts that sums it up as it has just been one thing after another we are still cleaning up from the derecho be safe try to stay cool when they shut down elec

  2. Gus is a computer expert. :) I am so sorry you are still cleaning up after the derecho. I am just still so angry y'all didn't get any federal help. I hope that things improve and next time this year will be all a bad dream with new blessings.

    1. I worry about the fires and Laura victims I hope they will get the help they need...a sad day here my mother in law has passed away from covid

  3. Sorry for your loss We lost my uncle to the virus, too

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your mother in law Becky. I pray God’s peace will sustain you and your husband.

    1. Thank you this virus is a sad thing indeed for so many

  5. I am sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. So much loss and pain from this virus. CindyD

    1. thank you it is really a bad thing this virus

  6. Years ago I had a psychology teacher who said "They say the Lord won't give you more than you can bear...but I have said 'Lord, my wagon is about full now.' " That's how 2020 feels, lol. Thank you for your weekly sharing. I sometimes share the quotes from your opening paragraph with my own readers because it's such good sound advice. Thank you for continually urging readers to be prepared.

    1. Thank you yes I feel my wagon is almost full too and yet the disasters keep coming for so many people.... We all just need to keep pushing on I am afraid.


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