Monday, October 31, 2022

Monday Message

"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 remember back to when I started food storage, my husband was in the air force and we did not make much money. The neighbors on each side were in the air force as well. They would run out of food before payday so I started getting a few cans of tuna and pasta and soup so I could share and then I would get more and kept doing that, just picking up extra item or two.

It's just a habit now. By getting one or two items each time, you'll add to your storage and won't break the bank.

Did you know you can make your own items? They cost less and taste better. - there are lots of recipes here. - making your own groceries.

If you store basic ingredients you can make your own items. - I love this gal.

So think about what things you purchase, can you make them cheaper?

This week I have been working at deep cleaning the sewing space...

The green beans are dry enough for me to pick for seed for next year's garden.

I will save these for planting next spring.

This is one way to be frugal. It isn't one thing that helps, it is a whole series of frugal things that you do and skills that you learn that all add up to a frugal lifestyle. Keep doing the best you can.

Last week our sweet Gus passed away. He was the best kitty and a wonderful little buddy. We were so blessed to have him in our lives and miss him dearly. Gus loved you all.


  1. am sure you will miss Gus he looked to be a great companion

  2. Dear Becky, I read each week, but have rarely commented. I am so very sorry to hear about your sweet boy, Gus. What a precious kitty he was and I always enjoyed reading Missy and his commentary on things. I didn't realize you had had him a long time. I'm a kitty lover as well and have a few rescues. I think you said Gus was one as well. Two of mine came from a parking lot and I lost my one sweet black kitty last year. Still not over it.
    This is one of my favorite poems. I hope it brings some comfort to you. God's blessings,
    I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
    I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
    I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
    "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
    I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
    You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
    I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
    I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
    I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
    I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
    I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
    I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me."
    You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
    I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
    It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
    To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
    You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
    In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

    The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
    and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
    And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
    I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
    I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.

    Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.

    Author ~ unknown

    1. That is so beautiful thank you he was a stray and so was Missy ...missy was born under the porch I was having a very hard time when my last cat passed and was sitting on the porch crying and out of no where guys jumped on my lap I never saw him before and was really surprised when this cat just jumped on my lap and it was great ever since... He will be waiting for us along with all our pets. Loved the poem thank you

    2. You're welcome. I'm so glad you liked the poem. Strays are many times the very best pets. Our last dog was a stray as well and the best large dog you could ask for. God knew you needed Gus and sent him to you. Yes, all our pets will be waiting for us. What a comfort that is. I'm glad you still have Missy to love. God bless! Laura

    3. Hi Becky,
      I had come back to get the one link you posted and noticed my first comment with the poem has disappeared, though your reply back to me is still there. Not sure how that happened. If you wanted to save it and didn't get a chance I will be happy to repost it for you. Again, I'm so very sorry about your dear Gus.
      Blessings, Laura

    4. I wonder where it went yes I did not have a chance to get it I want to put it in my journal on that day. Laura my email is send a copy to me here and put back on here quite a few said they really liked it too I would want it to stay up for them as well..i hope I didn't touch something I am not the best with computer

      I want to thank you so much for the poem it helped me so much

  3. I will miss Gus and his sagacious advice. I'm sorry that he died. Life can be heartbreaking at times.

  4. Gus is gone? I am so sorry! He will be missed so much! My heart goes out to you and your family and Missy.

  5. I am so Sorry Becky…
    I hate it when my kitties “go away” and I can almost feel their presence as I bumble my way through life. Amazing little creatures, every One

  6. I’m so sorry about Gus. I loved seeing him in your blog posts.

  7. I am so sorry Becky! He brought a lot of joy to so many people, including me! I will miss him!

  8. Hi Becky,
    I was just coming to repost the poem for you and now I see it is back with my original comments. I'm glad. I hope you are feeling God's presence at this difficult time. Gus is safe with Him. Blessings, Laura

    Here are two beautiful pictures

    1. Thank you they are wonderful pictures I asked Sarah who does the tech part of the blog she thought maybe some part set off a flag and they took it out read it and put it back today I did not even know they flagged any thing. I printed it and put in gus' card from the vet in my journal.


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