Sunday, November 28, 2010
During the week prior to Thanksgiving and following Thanksgiving, I felt impressed to update our preparedness supplies after hearing what Glenn Beck on the Fox News program had to say. He predicted significant price rises on food and other commodities in the coming months and urged us to get prepared for this by laying by food storage and getting out of debt. We're OK on debt, but we needed to replace some food items in our existing supply. So guess what! I bought all the great meat specials I saw that we could use and pressure canned them in pint bottles. I did up some beef, turkey, chicken, ham, and white beans with ham. I also did beef stew and turkey ala king. Now we can make up main courses using up our staples like rice, pasta, and potato flakes combined with the meats I put up. Now, if I can just learn how to use my cast iron dutch oven properly and be able to cook without gas or electricity, I will feel well prepared to do meals in an emergency or shortage situation. I went to the local preparedness market and looked at a sun oven and hand wheat grinder. I need a hand wheat grinder now in order to make cracked wheat. My electric mill only does fine flour, not cereal, and we like hot cereal. The sun oven looked really good because we have lots of sunny days down here in Southern Utah, but it cost over $200. I can buy lots of charcoal briquettes with that. This may sound a little "over the top" to many of you, but it was actually fun for me, and I feel more secure doing all I reasonably can to be prepared for hard times ahead.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Right now in this stage of our life, we find ourselves more and more on the outside looking in during holidays as our children and their children gather for their own holiday observances as families. This is partly due to the great distances involved during the difficult and frequently hazardous driving conditions at this time of the year, and part is due to each family's need to have their own time and space to enjoy. We understand this, and now look back upon those times we have enjoyed being part of these gatherings with deep nostalgia. It goes without saying that we need to always be mindful of the blessings we enjoy and sometimes take for granted as we go thru life. Those moments often pass, never to return, without our even realizing it. We are deeply thankful for the many years we enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas with family. We have been blessed with wonderful memories and a heritage of family values which are now being passed on to our descendents.
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