Thursday, October 27, 2016

Weekend Assignment and an Update on Hurricane Matthew ... 10/27/2016

The water has receded from most everyone’s houses and the devastation is heartbreaking for many.

I talked to one woman who knew that water had gotten into her house but didn’t know how badly until she was allowed back in.  She told me with a break in her voice that it had gotten hip deep.  They had lost everything.  As I watched her struggle to put into words what she was feeling,  I made the remark to her that it was one thing to know that there was water in your house and quite another to see the devastation from it and that it was okay for her to have the emotions she was fighting so hard to control.  She agreed!

Yesterday, we learned, in the little town where we took supplies in our caravan last Monday, that there are 200 houses and business that have had their electric meters pulled.  They were told that they would have to have their houses and business rewired before their power could be restored.  (This is in addition to the massive clean-up of their homes and business' from the flood waters.)  This means lots of money and red tape (as in permits and inspections) for them to have to go through.  My heart goes out to them.

Clean-up is coming along, we see lots of trees and debris being cut up and hauled away along the roadsides.  We still have some roads or portions of roads that are closed due to needing major repairs.  One town still doesn’t have drinkable water which means not only homes, but stores and restaurants are being affected.

Life has returned to normal for some but for others a new normal is in the making.  I asked you to please continue to pray for those who are still dealing with all the changes that Hurricane Matthew brought to their lives.

Now, about that weekend assignment …

With the holiday season quickly approaching we need to check on our baking supplies … baking soda, baking powder, flour, sweetner, salt, etc.

It’s no fun to get ready to do some baking only to discover that you’re out of a basic ingredient so, how’s your baking supplies?

Are you ready for the holiday baking season?

That’s your assignment for the weekend, do a quick inventory and add anything you find that you need for your holiday baking to your grocery list.  By doing this now (and purchasing the items, of course), you’ll have the basics on hand when you get ready to do the actual baking!


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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A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Building a Basic One Month Preparedness Pantry ... part 2

Before I get started with this post I want to thank Mimi for her generous donation. You can find Mimi blogging over on her blog at A Tray Full of Bliss.   Thank you Mimi!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!   If you have found my writings helpful and would like to make a donation, you can find the 'donate' button at the bottom of this post.

Part 1 of this series can be found HERE.  The reason why I started this series can be found HERE.

Part 2 is all about non- electric emergency lighting...

When the power is disrupted in an emergency situation the lights go out as well.  If the power interruption happens in the evening or at night we are literally left in the dark with no warning.  No one likes stumbling around in the dark looking for a flashlight or a candle to light so part of our basic one month preparedness pantry is to have our non-electric light sources available and ready for use.

Here are some options:

Flashlight.  This is probably the first thing we all reach for when the lights go out so we need to know where we can find one ASAP.  Pick a location in your house and keep one there at all times when not in use, that way you will know where to go immediately when it’s needed.  Here's an option for a solar powered flashlight too!

Oil lamps.  (make sure you have oil for your lamps as well)  We keep our oil lamps displayed as part of our home décor so that they will be ready to light when needed.  We keep oil for our lamps in a safe place that is easily accessible to us.

Battery operated lamps/lanterns (make sure you have batteries)  Our battery operated lantern is stored on a shelf where all we need to do is reach and get it.  We also have a central location for all our batteries.  We know right where to go when batteries are needed and don’t have to spend time searching for them.  If power has already been lost, you don’t want to be searching around in the dark for batteries so pick one location and keep all your batteries together.

Head lamps.  I can’t say enough good about head lamps.  During our days without power during Hurricane Matthew I used a head lamp quite a bit.  It went with me where ever I went and left my hands free.  You can adjust the light up or down on the ones we have as well as the brightness or dimness.   It sure was handy when doing handwork or reading and of course when up and walking around.

Emergency candles.  Emergency candles are different from regular candles.  Emergency candles are meant to burn longer and put out a bit more light.  Make sure you have a safe way to burn them.   If they are single stand alone candles make sure you put them in a container that will not allow them to fall over.  You don’t want to have to worry about your house catching on fire while providing light for your home.

Solar powered landscaping lights.  If you have solar powered landscaping lights in your yard, bring them in and use them as a light source.  The next morning take them back outside to let them recharge.  It’s not a huge amount of light but it is better than nothing.

Fragrance candles can be used but they don’t give off as much light and you need to be aware of anyone in your household who might have allergies to the fragrance.

Store these items somewhere in your house so that you can get to them easily when needed, maybe a tub or tote labeled emergency lighting would work.  If you're storing oil lamps make sure they are empty of any oil.   The goal is to know where your emergency lighting supplies are and be able to get to them as soon as possible when needed.

One more thing … store enough for a month!   You’ll be surprised how much you'll use and while no one anticipates being without power for an entire month, having what you think is a month’s supply will ensure that you actually do have enough to get through several days without being left completely in the dark!

Being prepared with non-electric emergency lighting means the difference between sitting in the dark and as one person put it, ‘looking at the four walls and doing nothing’ and being able to function.

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




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.


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home ... #9

In the last post I left you with this question ... but there's another room that has to be done before we can move in ... can you guess what it is????  If you guessed the bathroom you were right!  We had to have a place to sleep and a bathroom before we could move in, so we set to work ...




Insulation installed, OSB board on the walls and advantech on the floor ... that's part of the shower unit on the left waiting to be installed and of course there's the wiring to be done!




Shower base installed, tile laid (still have to do the grouting) and sheet rock hung.


My husband built the vanity ...


The shower walls installed and trimmed out ...


Window trimmed out, pluming done and base boards installed.  


The finished product except for a few little things like a door knob, a little painting, a commode lid and a good cleaning!

It would seem like we were ready to move out of the garage we were staying in and into our bedroom and bathroom combination wouldn't it????  Oh my, were we ever ready but there was just one little problem ... and it would take lots of digging, money and another permit!

That's what I'll share next week ...

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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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.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 10/23/2016

We finished with the first phase of the disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Matthew after caravanning to and delivering to one of the hardest hit areas with supplies on Monday. We continued to deliver and distribute through Wednesday to other areas that were hard hit as well.  So many people have lost everything!  

Here’s how my week shaped up …

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

I needed to free up some freezer space in our refrigerator freezer so I pulled out the ‘T-Bone steak bones’ I’ve been saving and made a big pot of bone broth.  I used some of it to make a pot of beef stew for supper and then canned 7 quarts for my pantry.  Saved $14.56.

I harvested cayenne peppers, jalapeño peppers and bell peppers.  I’ll chop these up using my handy dandy non-electric chopper and freeze them in ¼ cup increments.  Saved $15




I also harvested plantain, rosemary and comfrey.  I have the rosemary in a couple of paper bags drying. I used a hole-punch to punch holes in the bag for air circulation.  The bags are sitting in the window that gets the most sun in our house.  It’s the best non-electric food dryer!  Saved $8






While unloading and loading trucks for delivery of disaster relief aid this week, a lady and I were talking about various things and we got on the subject of fire ant bites.  She told me that as soon as possible after you were bit, if you would rub a bar of lye soap across the bite really good, that the bite wouldn’t blister.  I filed that information away in the back of my mind until I could get home to write it down.  After writing it down I forgot about it until … I got bit by a fire ant!  Immediately, I remembered what this lady had said and headed inside to get a bar of lye soap.  I rubbed down the bite really well and the area around it and waited.   The next morning I got up and checked it.  If you have ever been bitten by a fire ant you know that they make a hard blister so that’s what I was looking for … guess what?  There was no blister!  There was a slight pink spot but no blister!  This remedy will go in my herbal/homeopathic book as a keeper!

We were able to reduce our auto insurance monthly premium by $21/month.  That’s a savings of $63 for the rest of the year!

I had a few ends and pieces of bread left over from eating sandwiches during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew so I’m making bread crumbs out of them.  Right now they are torn into small pieces and lying in a flat dish in the same window that the rosemary is sitting in.  (I have a really wide ledge for this particular window and it is perfect for drying herbs and bread crumbs!)

I found this post on how to use garlic as a natural antibiotic.  It has some really good basic information, some of which I’ve used on more than one occasion.   I printed it out and added it to my herbal notebook. 

I used the clothes line instead of the clothes dryer this week to dry our laundry:  Saved $6

We saved $14.80 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.  (We’re not spending much at the grocery store right now, I’m so glad our pantry enables us not to have too.)

I earned $27 from affiliate links.  Thank you to everyone who shops Amazon through my affiliate link.  Every little bit helps!

I added compost material to the compost bin. 


I’m back at my 100 Day Crocheting Challenge after having to take a break due to Hurricane Matthew.  I am now at day 37.   It sure felt good when I was able to pick up my crochet hook again and get back to it.   I now have 2 more washcloths waiting to have grub roses embroidered on them.  Then they will be ready for my gift trunk.

Did you notice that I mentioned 'grub roses' above?  I’m learning how to embroider them.  I simply love the way these little grub roses look!  I’ve learned the technique, now I just need to continue practicing. I hope to be able to show you some of my work in next week’s ‘the ways of my household’ entry.  Thank you Annabel for your tutorial HERE and HERE and for  the package of straw needles and threads you sent to help get me started! 

Not working a job outside my home savings $100. 

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $12,763.81, add this week’s amount ($248.36) and I/we have saved $13,012.17.

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, care for your household or live frugally this week?

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!

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.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Weekend Assignment: 10/20/2016

Hurricane Matthew roared through our area on October 7th, it'll be 2 weeks tomorrow.   Roads had to be closed due to flooding, destruction and downed trees which resulted in food delivery trucks having a really hard time getting to the stores in our area.  (Several of the roads are still closed and impassable.)  After the worst was over, store shelves started emptying and there was nothing to put back on them.

Yesterday we had to go to one of the hardest hit areas and while there stopped in at Sam's Club.  This is what the meat areas looked like ...



look at all that empty space ...



there was nothing in the back to replenish the shelves with ...


... it wasn't just meats either ... (You can see the reflection of the food from across the isle, but these shelves were empty.)

We asked why there were so many empty shelves and were told that they were waiting on trucks.  This is almost 2 weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit!

Down the road at Walmart they were only letting 100 customers in at a time due to not having water restored yet.  Sam's Club didn't have any water either ... bathrooms at both places were closed.  This meant fewer people could get in the store to shop, they were lined up outside waiting for their turn.

Our weekend assignment this week is a little bit different but is one that I hope you will take seriously ...

What would happen if you went to the grocery store and the shelves were empty or you had to wait in a long line to even get in the store?  Don't think it can't happen in our modern world of transportation and travel, it can and it is!

Your assignment is simple, truthfully answer this question ...

Look around at your pantry, what would your life be like if you were limited on what you could get at the grocery store and when you could get it?  

This should be a sobering question!

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.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Building a Basic One Month Preparedness Pantry ... part 1

Before I get started with this post I want to thank Martha J. and Vicky S. for their generous contributions.  Your donations were literally an answer to prayer!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! 

Previous posts in this series can be found HERE.

(Photo is of some of the many boxes of food and basic supplies that were distributed to victims of Hurricane Matthew in our area.)

We’ve spent the last week recovering and helping others recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.  In some ways this past week has been surreal.  I’ve seen so much and learned so much and it is the experience of that ‘much’ that I want to draw on and share with you.

I hope you take this series seriously, the information I’ll be sharing and the things I’ll be suggesting you do could very well someday make a big difference in your life.  I want you to be able to take care of your family's needs in an emergency instead of having to stand in long lines for several hours just to get the basic necessities.  

Okay, the first thing you need to do to build a basic one month preparedness pantry is ….

Assess what your needs would be!  If you had to depend solely on what was in your pantry for one month, without electricity, what would you need to have?

Remember that your pantry is more than just food.   It’s the food and household supplies that keep your home running smoothly readily available when needed.

Everyone is in a different season of life so our lists are going to look different, but getting prepared starts with assessing and making a list.  Here is what ours looks like …

Medication (over the counter and prescription)
First Aid-Kit
Nourishing food
Comfort food (don’t underestimate how important this is)
Batteries
Non-electric lighting
Paper products (disposable plates, plastic wear, paper towels)
A non-electric way to cook/prepare meals
Drinking water
Household/bathing water

BOB … Bug Out Bag (in case we have to evacuate our home at a moment’s notice), also known as a 72 - hour emergency kit

Remember this is your one month preparedness pantry; it won’t work for you if it’s not tailored to your specific needs.

So, what does your ‘list’ look like?

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

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.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.



Monday, October 17, 2016

Our Journey to A Mortgage Free Home ... #8

In the last post I shared the sudden dilemma we found ourselves in and left you with this phrase ...

"Next, the rush to get one room ready for us to live in!"

        Well, we actually had to get more than one room ready ... but let's start with the bedroom which was our first 'one room' ...





The floor had some major issues in the big room so we opted to cover it all with hardwood flooring  ... first came tar paper, then we installed advantech board.
  


Next came the insulation ... in the ceiling and walls!



We put OSB board on the walls over the insulation to have something sturdy to nail the drywall boards to.  You can see the advantech board we installed on the floor in this picture.  We also installed the windows which was a gift to us from a couple in the community.



Next came the drywall and lots and lots of sanding!  It's beginning to take shape isn't it????



My husband did the window casings!





And a very dear friend installed our hardwood flooring for us free of charge. (So many people helped us in this journey, especially during the time when we were living in the garage, and we are forever indebted to them.)  We painted the walls and window framing.


We did the ceilings and put up a ceiling fan. (Sorry about the fuzzy picture.)   The strike plates went on over the electrical outlets (not shown)  and the bedroom was complete enough ... but there's another room that has to be done before we can move in ... can you guess what it is????

That's what I'll share about the next time ...

One more thing ... Here's a before and after shot of the bedroom ... what do you think???


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.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

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