"I wish to urge again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual Church member and family. None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment may affect any of us. We have a great welfare program with facilities for such things as grain storage in various areas. It is important that we do this. But the best place to have some food set aside is within our homes, together with a little money in savings. The best welfare program is our own welfare program. Five or six cans of wheat in the home are better than a bushel in the welfare granary." (President Gordon B. Hinckley)
I feel like I did when the pandemic was still in China as our country is now closing some borders to slow the spread of a new variant, Omicron. I knew it was coming when it was still in China. So I assessed what we would be needing. I now have that same feeling.
What did we learn? Can we do better this time? It sounds way worse than Delta. How can we adapt? How can we be encouraging to others?
Remember what items were hard to get in stores in the beginning of Covid. Do you have these items on hand now?
Gus say be sure to have lots of good things to eat on hand.
It would be good to stock up before the snow flies.
Missy says she is trying to build her mouse catching skills. Are you working on skills too?
Take time to go through what you have on hand. Is there anything that needs beefing up?
I always think of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder and how they had such a long time of that winter and limited food stores. In that story, they had friends who moved out to a claim too and a lady brought over popcorn and since there wasn't any there yet it was a nice treat. The lady said her husband did not think they could take the big bag of popcorn as their wagon was full, she took it and sat on it all the way. So, do you need popcorn? If not, you might want some on your shelf for family movies or game nights.
I wonder, is there a young girl or boy out there that will write about our times?
I think one should definitely have ingredients to make cookies, especially chocolate chip.
https://www.favecrafts.com/Christmas-Crafts/352-Homemade-Christmas-Decor-Ideas-Gifts-and-More - lots of ideas here, just scroll down.
Remember hygge! Have candles and blankets and hot cocoa, just cozy things about.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is crunch time for Christmas. Remember to not stress. Take time to rest and enjoy everything you do. Stress is not healthy for our bodies.
https://www.frompenniestoplenty.com/blog/frugal-fun-christmas-activities - keep in mind we are in a pandemic and adapt accordingly.
https://thehappyhousie.porch.com/20-elegantly-adorable-ways-to-fill-clear-ornaments/ - I think it's best now a days to use the plastic clear ornaments, that way there's no breakage.
https://www.pinterest.com/rangerjeanette/gifts-ideas-for-shut-ins/ - great ideas for those who have to stay home to stay safe.
https://www.graceforsingleparents.com/12-days-christmas-gifts-ideas/ - this can be for anyone, scroll down to the ideas. One time we did this for a husband and wife. We did not say who we were till the end. We had so much fun thinking up the gifts, like pineapple rings for the golden rings and Dove soap for the doves (this was before Dove chocolate). We had fun as a family sneaking it to the door and hide so as not to be seen...it was great fun!
https://livingwellmom.com/25-diy-advent-calendar-ideas/ - here are some great ideas. I watch some knitting podcasts where they have a different yarn and treat and stitch markers in little bags. One does a bag of fun little treats for her husband for each day. She has the yarn ones and they buy like a Harry Potter one for one son, a Lego one for the other, so they each open that day after supper. In another one, her and her husband get little treats, same idea but are in little socks hung across a wall.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/270356783854080445/ - some more ideas, the main point is be creative and find inexpensive ways, being frugal doesn't mean awful.
Gus and Missy say have happy holidays and keep being safe, they love you all!