Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home: #12

(You can read previous entries in this series HERE.)

After a long break it's time to pick back up with our journey ...


In our last entry we put the siding on the outside of the house and painted it ...




This week we're going back inside.

While we were living in the bedroom there was a whole lot of work going on in the big room ...



Advantech on the floor, windows put in and a nailed up door.


Insulation going up in the ceiling/attic crawl space and in the walls ...


Insulation installed and hardy board going up on the walls.  Sheet rock up on the ceiling (the hardy board was put in the ceiling too before the sheet rock was installed).  See the wiring hanging down from the ceiling?  We would later install a ceiling fan/light combo there.


Another view, this time of the opposite wall (this was after we had cleaned up the area one day) ... there was some serious work going on in this room and it was a challenge to keep things up and out of the way!

Stay tuned ... there's more to come!


Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


 Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My 100 Day Crocheting Challenge Summary

Last fall I began a 100 Day Challenge to learn how to crochet.  The rules were simple.  I would work for at least 15 minutes a day for 100 days learning how to crochet.  The days did not have to be consecutive.

Last week I completed the 100th day and as a way of wrapping it up I thought I would do a summary of the projects I completed.





my first project .. edging on a washcloth ...



edging on a bath cloth ...



edging on another bath cloth plus grub roses ...




this edging on this hand towel ...




 dishcloths ...



edging on a baby blanket ... I actually did 2 of these ...



edging on a muslin baby wrap ...


more dish cloths  ( I have actually done quite a few dish cloths) ...



and the big project that I'm continuing to work on ... a blanket/afghan.

This has been a most enjoyable challenge and let me just say if I can teach myself to crochet, you can too.  My tools for learning were Youtube, a basic crochet for beginners book like this one and lots of patience!


Patsi
A Working Pantry
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27






Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Building A One Month Preparedness Pantry ... part 6

You can read previous posts HERE along with an explanation of why I'm doing this series HERE. 

In this post we're going to wrap up this series talking about food. I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this as building and maintaining a well-stocked pantry is what A Working Pantry is all about.  

Let me just say this, we saw many people and distributed food boxes to many people who did not have food due to the after effects of Hurricane Matthew.  Some of it was not preventable, most of it was.

Keeping a well-stocked pantry will prevent you from having to live on junk food or whatever else you can find that doesn't have to be cooked until help arrives.  

How long could your family survive on your current food pantry?  Would your family be among those who were helping provide food to others or would your family be among those waiting for someone to help them?

The difference could very well lie in whether or not you have a well-stocked pantry? A well-stocked pantry along with the other things we've talked about in this series would enable you to weather most natural disasters, which is what this
series has been all about.

I hope this series has been benefical to you and that you can take the things I've shared and learn from them.

Patsi
A Working Pantry
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


 Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Preparedness: Evacuation List!

In our Working Pantry Classroom I've been giving the class some 'getting them ready for class' type stuff to think about and discuss.  (You need to know that the class is on Disaster Preparedness so this question will make sense.)  A recent question I posed to them was this ...

If you had to leave your home immediately for a period of time, what would you take with you? You have 30 minutes to evacuate ...

Here's a list I compiled of everyone's answers ...

Bible
Pets, pet food and any medications needed
Important Paperwork  (ID Documents, Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Property Titles)
Water
Food
Money ... as in cash
Phones and charging cords
Blankets
Children’s needs and something for them to do
Baby needs
72-hour bags
Family pictures, photo albums, negatives
Medications and list of doctors along with their phone numbers
External hard drive (with back-ups of photos and important papers)
Purse, Wallet, Billfold
Clothing
Keys
Tools (Screwdriver, Hammer, etc)
Flashlight
First aid kit
Radio
Batteries
Toiletries
Laptop, Kindle or Ipad and their chargers
Something to read
Pen and paper
Paper products
Special Projects such as genealogy, etc or small things that have sentimental value
Guns and ammo, Pepper spray
Eye glasses
Sewing, needle work or some kind of handwork

Think you won't ever have to evacuate your home ... I know of quite a few people who once thought that too!  In an emergency situation where time is limited it might be hard to think about what needs to be done.  Having a master list would help greatly! 

Can you add anything to this list?

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


 Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Daybook: January 16th, 2017

Outside my window ...  it is an overcast day!  Temps are in the upper 50’s.  It really is kind of a dreary looking day outside!

I am thinking ... that running water is a most marvelous thing to have in your house!

I am thankful ...  my husband was able to repair our well pump himself!

I am sewing/crafting/crocheting ...  Valentine treat bags for the little people in my life!

I am reading ... The Forgiven by Marta Perry!  

I am seeing … the blanket I am crocheting!  It is lavender in color and I’m using Bernat Blanket yarn to make it.

I am hearing … my dear husband as he hollers my name from outside!

I am learning ... how to machine quilt!

In my kitchen … supper preps are underway!  Hamburger steaks, sweet potatoes and cabbage!

A picture to share ...  the Valentine treat bags I stitched up.  I have more to do only they will have a black band around the top instead of the pink.  The girls will get the pink banded ones and the boys will get the black banded ones … and of course they’ll be stuffed with some Valentine goodness!  Finished size is 4.5 inches wide x 6 inches high.


Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


 Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.


To read Day Book entries of others go HERE.
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