Monday, July 12, 2021

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)

Make a plan for sure. What if we all went back in lockdown again, would you be ready??

I saw the W.H.O. say, "there is not a country on earth that is out of the woods. We have to be very diligent.”

At the time of this writing it is the Fourth of July weekend. People will be all over my little town. The noise alone is going to be awful… the carnival has been setting up all week across the street and I mean literally across the street.

We’re still in drought conditions, there’s not enough rain and the grass is still crunchy.

We have been getting a few zucchini, yum! Our favorite way to have them is to melt a couple tablespoons of butter in a frying pan, wash the zucchini and cut in coins (in other words slice), then put in the pan with garlic salt and dehydrated onions and a bit of pepper. Cook till tender (just starting to get brown) and top with a little shredded cheddar cheese. Serve when cheese is melted… so yummy!

Of course, ask me if I am tired of it at the end of the season as we have three healthy big plants...

There are so many things going on all the time, one disaster after another, that it would be prudent to have a storage that you use and replace and add to.

Let's say you have a can of green beans and you use one, you'll have to go to the store to get another to replace it. But if you have two cans of green beans, you'll still have one left and can go to the store to replace it whenever you're ready instead of right away. If you have three cans of beans this lengthens the time between trips to the store even further. 

I have seen people get let’s say a case built up of green beans. So they use them and don't replace or add to it and then it is gone and they have to start over and this is not good. You must replace and add to it until you have enough, then just use and replace as you go but make sure you’re always rotating.

Then I have seen where people get storage in and never use it, saving it for ???? Then when they do need it, it’s no longer any good.

You can apply the three pigs story to this. So we all need to be like the wise pig.  

With so many things happening now we need to step it up - especially to be of help to others.

Food isn't all we need for storage… we need toilet paper, medical items for first-aid and health, items for home maintenance, etc. Take time to ponder what you might need.

This week I have been making a sheep dress for the sheep I made. Doing color work is part of bettering that skill. Note the bunny wanted in the pic, I made her a couple years ago.

Did you notice the little jumper I got done (which was not an easy thing)? I took the bottom from one pattern and top from another pattern and worked them up. When I got it done, I wished I had done a few more rows. So in the middle of the body I took it apart, separating it in the after-thought heel way... - this is the method I do when making socks on the sock machine.

Only instead of a heel, I totally separated the top from the bottom, added the rows (I think I did six rows, I kept notes), then I put them back together using the kitchener stitch. This really was a skill builder.

Building skills this way on small things is faster than learning on human size clothing.

I have another mask underway as well.

Even though it’s been a busy week getting medical appointments out of the way (just regular ones) and getting the groceries - which at the beginning of the month, I do the month-long one then just fresh things later in the month. So that really eats up time and energy but doing it this way saves money. And, of course, hamburger being on sale because of the holiday meant getting it which is in ten pound tubes. I got two as there was a limit of two, then I repackaged them for the freezer. It costs more to have them sell it in smaller packages even though it wears me out to repackage them, plus it’s a hated job. But I stretch the budget by doing it this way.

I know I work hard to stretch the budget but every little thing helps. How have you stretched your budget this week?

How are you coming along with skill building??

Missy decided to take over the stand for the tablet, no doubt looking for the mouse she heard goes with computers... haven't the heart to tell her it is a touch screen, no mouse needed.

Gus says he is in nap mode but if awake he would say for us all to stay safe, it ain't over till it's over. Also, have a great week and find nap times wherever and as often as you can.


  1. A carnival directly across the street would be hard for us, too. I hope it is over by now and your nerves have recovered. I hate that hamburger repackaging job, too. I always go off to the store so happy to get it on sale and then when I get home I just kind of wish it would disappear! We got great deals on beef which was a blessing. We got sirloin steaks for 3.99, NY strips for 5.99 and stew beef for 2.99#. We eat small amounts of steak so we froze that in packages for two and will love having a treat now and then. A #10 can of Heinz kosher dill slices was 1.50 and 3 pound packages of Kraft singles cheese for 4.99. We are very well stocked tight now. We try to keep four cases of what we use the most of canned goods. This gets us through times when there is a limit or high prices. Have a good week!

    1. Great job thanks for sharing

    2. Lana, interesting comment about the four cases of goods you eat often. I had increased my canned items to six cans of each item we normally eat, but was considering going up to 12…now you have me really thinking about more than 12. Thank you,

    3. Getting things on sale really helps the chicken broth pictured was 25 cents a can some weird sale I ran across while I was getting them in my cart the other lady there getting some was trying to get a few but her husband said you only need one and that is what she got and I thought buddy you should have let her get it...i have never seen it that cheap again since and it is serving me well.

  2. I am constantly amazed with all the things you can do! Your an amazing lady and so talented! I enjoy seeing everything your working on. Your are so right about needing to be prepared.

  3. Hi Becky,
    Thank you for the blog comments today, right on topic as always. I laughed at your comment about your one cat looking for the mouse ;). Your continuing topics of learning skills and being prepared are so valuable, thank you for taking the time and effort to write your blog! No matter what age we are, there are always new things to learn.

    1. Thank you..yes for some strange reason she started getting on that funny kitty. Yes always things to learn I say too

  4. Debby in Kansas USAJuly 12, 2021 at 5:55 PM

    Hi Becky!
    It seems we all dread the giant mound of newly purchased ground beef!! We had great grill weather over the weekend so I made up a bunch of hamburger patties and my husband grilled them all outside. I packed them up in pairs so we have lots of dinners in the freezer. I took the rest and cooked it. Separated into containers and froze them. Lots of meal starts there, too. Makes dinner prep a breeze.

    We keep about a case of each thing at a time. About 4-6 of condiments, except mayo. We always keep canned meat like chicken and tuna. And of course, a lot of water stored in the basement. And plenty of dog food and treats for Mr. Spoiled!!

    We moved my craft room upstairs and I'm thrilled to be able to see or create every day, even just for a few minutes. With you tube, there's no reason to not learn anything! I learned some new embroidery stitches and the woman was speaking Russian! No clue what she said, but her skill and demonstration were perfectly understandable!!

    Give Gus and Missy a chin scratch for me!

    1. I sure will. I think I watched that same video and I know lots of stitches but learned quite a bit just from watching her do it so yes we can learn a lot. I am glad Mr spoiled is spoiled give an extra treat to him and a scratch behind his ears. That is great the things you have at the ready when I cook jamb or chicken I always do more and put in freezer for fast fix meals. Great on the craft room move is it in main level or second floor?


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