Saturday, March 25, 2017

Preparedness: 2nd Disaster Preparedness Class Registration!

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I'm going to go ahead and open registration for the 2nd disaster preparedness class as I'll be taking a break from the online world shortly and don't want to forget to do this!!!!

As a reminder here are some pertient facts you need to know before signing up ...

This second disaster preparedness class is a repeat of the first one.

The class is an online class.

The class size is limited to 150 people.  When class size has been met, the class will be closed to new members.  No one will be allowed to join after that.

The class is scheduled to begin on May 1st or earlier if class size is reached sooner.  The class will last approximately 4 weeks.

For the last class, we had numerous people wanting to join after the class had already started and were disappointed when they couldn't so I'm trying to give more time for word to get out this time.

Please only register for this class if you are serious about disaster preparedness and are willing to participate.  This is not a class for full time lurkers!

There is no cost for the class!

What did the members of the first class think?  Here's what some of them had to say (their comments are used with their permission) ....

It's amazing the amount of knowledge I gained from taking your class. Someone would comment on how they would handle the situation and it would be something I never thought of before. Seems like the class was just the right size too. thanks again.  Vicki

I really liked the class, gave me new insights on being prepared. Love reading everyone comments.  Coleen

I have loved the lessons, I think a smaller group allows us to interact with each other better than a larger group would. Now I have a list of things I need to do to prepare for most situations. Margaret

I loved the interaction and the fact that we were from different parts of the country / world. I got so many great ideas and things I would have never thought about. Took plenty of notes. I think you did a great job of setting up each day - I liked having the weekends off. (so to speak -from new things happening) The group seemed to really get in to it and try to figure out what works for them and where they stand on preparedness. Thanks for doing this.  Crystal

The class size was perfect. The subject matter was very thought provoking. Toni

I really enjoyed it a learned a lot from everyone. I also liked the pre class questions and discussions. This is a area that I need to work on. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I also liked the type of questions you asked. Lorie

I learned a lot from these classes and will continue to revisit my notes to ensure I am better prepared for any future events.  Sharlene

I want to Thank you for doing this class. It takes a lot of time and work. It is much appreciated. I think the class size was good. I think if it was any larger the discussion time would get complicated and hard to follow because of too many comments. I loved hearing from people from all over and various experiences. The questions were very thought provoking. Several I had to take my time to mull over in my mind. It did make me take A very serious look at my home pantry family and self. I did enjoy some of the light hearted answers. I enjoyed this time with these ladies and you and will miss it. I will look forward to your fall class. God bless you for taking this on. Bonnie

I found all the classes to be informative and thought provoking. Thoroughly enjoyed them and feel that I am much more prepared should some thing occur. Thanks for allowing me to participate. Deloris

I loved the class and the size was good. I feel like I got to know a few more ladies this way. I would be signing up for the next class for sure. I thought about many things and found things to implement. I feel I need to go back through the posts and take notes as going along I found things to implement but didn't write them all down.  Thank you very much!  Annabel

I really enjoyed this class. The class size was good. I've learned so much and hubby and son helped with what we would do. Christina

I really got a lot out of this and really appreciate you putting the class on. It really made me think and I learned many things from the whole group! I'm definitely in for the fall class!! Tami

Thank you for all the work you put into this. I think the class size was good.  This class has helped me to realize even more that I need to go through what we have and organize and get rid of what we don't use and prioritize what we have and what we need. Your check ins with for example batteries you had was so good. I had let our batteries go down and right after you asked a real good sale came on and I had the coupons. Now we have had the batteries we needed for the drill. I would like to get a check list of things we should have or look for at garage sales this summer that would help in a crisis situation. I am sure I'm not the only one sharing with others from the class so you aren't only reaching the people in the class but others as well. Be Blessed.  Lisa

As mentioned earlier, I'm getting ready to take a blogging break but you can go ahead and 
 click on this link to join the class now.   I will open up the group and do the approvals around the middle of April when my break is over.  This means that you will not get immediate approval.  Approvals will be done once my break is over.


I hope to see you in class!



Update 4/14/2017 ... I am now approving requests to join the class! 

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


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Assignment: Do You Need This?

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Let's talk about Benadryl!

Did you know that liquid Benadryl works faster than the pill or tablet form?

Do you have any in your pantry?

That's your assignment for this weekend, check your Benadryl supply.  It's one of those things that if you need it you need it immediately!




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


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 3/21/2017

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Happy First Day of Spring ... one day late!!!  I hope it is warm and pretty and that your yards are filled with spring flowers and plenty of spring color.

(flowering quince in the photo)


Before we get into this week's 'the ways of my household' post here's a little FYI kind of information for you ... Beginning this week I’m going to pull the pantry filling part of this post out and go back to giving it it’s own post again.  Look for the first Pantry Challenge post of 2017 later this week.


Frugal is as frugal does, so let's see how we did last week ...



We lowered our cell phone bill by $70/month starting in April.  This is a savings of $630 for the rest of the year.   We’ll take it!

Downloaded 4 free patterns for 18 inch dolls over at Pixie Faire!  Thank you to the lovely person who told me about this site.  I’m sorry I don’t remember who it was!   



(yellow bells or forysthia in photo)

My husband needed new dress pants. Belks had a sale buy one get two free, so we purchased 3 pairs for the price of one.  Savings:  $160

We are enjoying fresh eggs from our chickens on a daily basis.

I finished an afghan, a doll blanket and a doll quilt.  I have no idea how to value price these items so I’m going to guess and say $125 after cost of supplies were taken out.  You can see pictures of them HERE.  

We ate leftovers for several meals last week.  Waste not, want not!

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

(hydrangea waking up after it's winter nap in the photo)

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $5920.35, add this week’s amount ($1015) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $6935.35.


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




Monday, March 20, 2017

The Best Books ... Learning About Essential Oils in 100 Days

I'm on day 18 of my 100 day challenge of learning about essential oils and am learning so much.  I have read lots of things online as well as looked at several books.  I can usually tell by thumbing through a book if it is a good fit for my style of learning.  I'm not into anything really technical and deep but I do want something that gets to the point and tells me about essential oils.  I have found that in the following two books ...

Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic use of Essential Oils (8th edition)



The Essential Life - 3rd edition



They give you the oil and some possible uses, including medical, for each.  They also give you ailments and some oils that might be able to help.

These two books suit my learning style perfectly and have become my go-to resources for essential oil information.

Do you have any go-to resources for learning about essential oils?


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


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Gift Trunk Additions

This winter I have been steadedly working on items to add to my gift trunk and over the past couple of weeks I've been able to bring a few of those projects to completion.  Want to see?  Good, because I want to show you ... 0:)



This is the blanket/afghan I've been working on all winter. It measures 52 inches x 55 inches.  I crocheted it using this Bernat Baby Blanket yarn and a size P hook.  The stitch is row after row of half-double crochet with  the edge being chain stitching crocheted into loops.  It was very easy and went fairly quickly.

And the smaller blanket beside it  ... well, that is a doll blanket!  It is crocheted out of this Bernat Baby Blanket yarn and measures 26 inches x 26 inches. I used a double crochet stitch to make it with the same style of loops only I placed them a bit closer together to give it a ruffled look.  I know some little girl's who's dolls are going to enjoy their new blankets!


Here's another view.  There is a possiblity that I might gift this blanket/afghan and this doll blanket to one little girl.  You know, a blanket for her and a blanket for her doll. Not sure yet, but that is a possiblity!



This is a doll quilt that I made and machine quilted. It measures 26 inches x 26 inches too. One side is ponies and the other is little butterflies. The edging is jumbo rickrack.  I'm thinking a quilt for another little girl and one for her doll as well, what do you think?

What have you added to your gift trunk lately? Have your hands been busy, too?





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


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Preparedness: Extreme Conditions!

Yes, I'm still knee deep in tax preparation but Vicky, the same Vicky who wrote this post, sent me the following.  Vicky is the voice of practical wisdom and I wanted to go ahead and share her thoughts on surving extreme conditions.  Thank you Vicky!

Whenever we are preparing we need to have the thought in mind that we may be under some extreme circumstances. Now the term extreme may mean different things to everyone, but we should always try to glean what we can from any scenarios so we have that bit of information tucked away in case that situation could possibly be one we're in.

Weather is a big culprit against us these days and when preparing you want it to be as affordable as possible and your resources to last as long as possible. When everyone else in the same situation is competing for them there is often little left. We don't always know how long a situation will last so it is important to be good stewards of what we have during those times.

One of the biggest things I see people over look is the fact that they are trying to use what they have for the whole house be it heating or cooling. That may not always be the best thing to do. For example last year here there were issues with propane and people went weeks without being able to get their tanks filled and it was during a frigid time. They were wearing coats and hats and gloves inside their house plus covering up with several blankets too. And they used a whole tank of propane within a week because it was so cold instead of trying to make it last a bit longer and were in the same situation again not long later of being cold, having a cold house and having to bundle up inside the house.

Sometimes it is best to choose one room for these times and just use it. You can easily block the room off and retain heat or cooling easier and not use all of what you have for the whole house which can get costly. Especially if you would have very little to work with. One room is easier to heat up and keep warm than a whole house in an extreme emergency situation.

If the power goes out it is easier to light one room.

We won't have to wear 5 layers the whole time.

It is better for kids than sending them to bed in a cold room. Plus the body heat helps keep the room warm.

It will save a lot in the cost of heating fuel whatever source it comes from than trying to heat the whole main part of the house.

Being comfortable goes a long way in an extreme situation.

Back in the day during blizzards or times of flooding some older people lived mainly in their kitchens. They would block it off with a sheet or blanket and the Mrs. would cook or bake and that was part of their heat source for the day. There is a lot to be said just for the willingness to try.

Are you prepared enough that you would never have to use just one room to conserve your supplies? Do you have supplies that you will have to use wisely to make sure they last as long as possible and you get the most out of them? Do you have a room that would be the best place to hunker down if you had to? 

Would you be willing to for an extended period if needed? How would you do and what would you need?

Vicky

Vicky has given us something to think about hasn't she?

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


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

How I Treated a Respiratory Issue ... Learning About Essential Oils in 100 Days

I was sick with respiratory issues for 2 days this past week!

First, let me say that I am not a doctor so take what you're about to read with a grain of salt. Consult a physican or other medical personnel for the appropriate treatment needed for medical issues. 

I am learning about herbal remedies and essential oils and having just come from the doctor for a well check-up the day before I got sick, and having a history of dealing with respiratory issues, I felt like this was something I wanted to try to treat myself.  Please note that I would have gone back to the doctor had the following treatment not worked or my symptons gotten worse.  

Here's what I did ...

I started taking cider fire in orange juice every 4 hours

I used Breathe essential oil (from Doterra) in a diffuser.  I was suprised at how well this worked!

I rested, I mean I really rested and did only what was necessary

I drank lemon essential oil in water (1 drop oil to 8 oz water) with a donk of stevia.  I had already been drinking lemon juice in my water but since I'm learning about essential oils I thought this was a good time to try lemon essential oil.  It was more lemony and had a better taste (in my opinion) than bottled lemon juice.  (I've read that lemon water is good for detoxing and respiratory issues.) 

... and it worked!

In 24 hours I noticed a huge improvement. I continued to run the diffuser and drink lemon water for another 24 hours.  I will continue to be on alert for any returning symptons but for now I am sympton free and feeling fine!

What herbal and/or essential oils do you use to treat respiratory issues?

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


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Learning About Essential Oils in 100 Days ... some basics!

If you are a regular reader of A Working Pantry blog you know that I set challenges for myself.   I taught myself how to crochet through a challenge, I’m learning how to machine quilt through a challenge and now I’m also learning about essential oils through a challenge.

Here are my rules … It’s a 100 day challenge and the days don’t have to be consecutive.  I am using all means of social media, the online world, books, person-to-person conversations, etc to reach my goal of completing this challenge.

I am on day 12 of the challenge and have been very impressed with what I’m learning thus far, and since some of you are learning along with me I thought we’d start at the basics.

I asked my go to essential oil person, Laura, these questions and she graciously gave permission to share her answers.

Which diffuser do you recommend?

Laura’s answer:  she told me about the 3 that Doterra sells and the one that most impressed me was the one that would run all night.  That was what I was looking for …one that would be safe to run for long periods of time ... it’s called the Aroma Lite.  If you’re interested in one, you can ask Laura about it here.

And then Laura gave me this tip … this is one of those things that is going to be so helpful in my venture into essential oils … are you ready, here goes …

Use a rolodex , the old-fashioned kind, to keep your oil blend recipes in that you use in your diffuser.   Now, how neat is that!  As Laura pointed out … thrift stores are great places to find them!!!!  Guess what’s going on my thrift store shopping list???  I love this tip, thank you Laura! 



Do we need to be concerned about keeping essential oils in a cool, dark place?

Laura’s answer: It is best, like we do with herbs, nothing extreme.  (She told me she keeps hers at room temperature.)

Do essential oils have an expiration date?

Laura’s answer:  Yes, there is an expiry date, however, that is ONLY for potency...they will NEVER expire...unless you make a product where you're making, say lotion or facial products...think of all the ingredients in a homemade product, and the shelf life of the least expiring item will, of course affect the product.

Thank you Laura for answering my questions! 

Now it's your turn!  What are some basic tips or information about essential oils you know about that you can share?

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


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