Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #2

(This picture is just one of many scenes of Huricane Matthew's devestation to our area that I'll be sharing throughout this class.  I do not remember where I got this picture so I can't give credit.  I took many photos myself and others were shared with me so please understand if I can't give the proper credit for each photo I'll be sharing.)

This is the day that your imaginary world changes. Whatever resources you have right now is what you will have to work with during this disaster. For some this imaginary disaster is occurring in the summer, for others it’s in the winter and for some it’s between the two. Whatever season you’re in, that’s your background for this scenario. Whatever your weather is for each day of the ‘scenario’ is the weather you will be dealing with. Also, nothing is coming in, what you have is what you have to work with.

Okay, let’s go …

It’s the middle of the night and a massive storm is blowing through. Everyone is in bed sound asleep and you are suddenly awakened by something, but you don’t know what. In your groggy, half asleep mind you realize that something is not right … it’s too quiet and the house is completely dark. Your first thought is that the street/yard light must have gone out and then you realize your night light is not working either. Somewhere in the recesses of you groggy, sleepy mind you vaguely remember hearing the weather person say something about a front moving through that could possibly bring some heavy rains, so you chalk it up to a temporary power outage and turn over and go back to sleep.

The next morning you realize it was not just a temporary power outage. Looking out the window you see your yard is full of water. You open the door to get a better look and see trees down and realize, for the time being, that your family is trapped in your home … and it’s still raining … hard!

The family is starting to get out of bed and want to be fed. Is your house cold? Then they are cold. How are you going to get the house warm? If you have children they are full of questions about the water and the rain and the downed trees and about why there is no electricity. They are scared. What's the first thing you're going to do? What are you going to feed them and how are you going to reassure them about the weather? What are you fixing for breakfast? What about lunch and dinner?
patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #1

(This picture is just one of many scenes of Huricane Matthew's devestation to our area that I'll be sharing throughout this class.  I do not remember where I got this picture so I can't give credit.  I took many photos myself and others were shared with me so please understand if I can't give the proper credit for each photo I'll be sharing.)
The inspiration for this class came from our experience with Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016.  Every scenario or something similar we will encounter in this class either happened to us or to someone we came into contact with who had been affected.  All during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew I found myself continuingly going back to this thought … ‘a good part of this desperation could have been prevented if only people had been better prepared.’ This class and all the preparedness articles I have written since then have been geared toward helping people prepare.  I hope you take this class seriously; the things you learn just might be the difference between you and your family surviving on your own or with minimum help or having to depend on someone else for your survival in a disaster situation.   Please don’t think these type things won’t or can’t happen to you, a lot of the people we encountered once thought that way too.
A couple more things, I’ll be posting on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Fridays and without your comments, this class won’t work so please comment.  And finally, no comments of a political nature will be published; this includes any mention of any president past or present.  Thank you for understanding!
Okay, let’s get started!
Welcome to the first day of our Disaster Preparedness class!  We’re going to start the class out with an assignment … I promise it won’t be hard!
The purpose of this class is to learn how to be better prepared for natural disasters so the first thing we need to do is to assess where we think we’re at right now when it comes to preparedness.
On a scale of 1 – 10, rate your preparedness level.  Write it down somewhere where you won’t forget it because we’ll come back to it when the class ends.
Here’s a breakdown of the scale so you can rate your preparedness level … which one are you?
Level 1 - 3:  Polly Put Off  (I know I should but …)
Level 4 - 7: Cathy Can Do (I’ve got a plan and I’m working it!)
Level 8 - 10: Confident Connie (I got this under control!)
Are you a Polly Put Off?  If so, which level, 1, 2 or 3?
Are you a Cathy Can Do? If so, which level, 4, 5, 6 or 7?
Are you a Confident Connie? If so, which level, 8, 9 or 10?
Let’s have some fun with this because in our next class we’re going to leave our comfortable little worlds and get dumped right in the middle of an imaginary disaster that is going to test our preparedness.
Which one am I?  I think I’m a Cathy Can Do on a level 7.  We are prepared but there are still things we can fine tune or improve upon to make getting through a disaster easier and more comfortable. 

Now, it’s your turn … which one are you and what level?
patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Disaster Preparedness Class is a Go!

I've read your comments and emails requesting that I do the disaster preparedness class here on the blog, so I've decided we'll give it a try.

The class will begin on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.  There will be daily posts until the class is completed which will be 3 - 4 weeks.

Here are some comments from some who took the class the 2nd time I taught it ...

I have loved the way the disaster scenario made me apply the effects the disaster would have in a much more real and personal way, much more than just information given to us every day ever would! ~ Rebecca

This class was so informative! It really made me realize that I am not nearly ready enough for a long term emergency.  ~ Joanna

It made me do a lot of thinking of what is really important to have on hand in case of an emergency. This class and the responses were extremely valuable for my future preparedness. ~ Carol

This class has been fantastic and so informative.  ~ Laura

This was an amazing class. Patsi Norwood has a gift for explaining scenarios in such a way that they are very realistic. I learned a lot about myself and how I would respond in a disaster. ~ Sharla

And you can read some of the comments of those who took the class the first time I taught it HERE.

Feel free to share with others about the class.

I'll meet you back here on Monday!  Get Ready!!!!

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


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Interrupting My Blogging Break to Ask a Question ...

I just finished teaching the 2nd Disaster Preparedness class in a closed group setting.  I've had several to contact me with comments of wanting to take the class but not being on Facebook, so I'm posing a question ...

Is there enough interest for me to do the class here on the blog?  The class is written and has been taught 2 times so it wouldn't require a lot of extra work for me.

Are you interested in me doing the class here on the blog?  If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  The class would run approximately 3 - 4 weeks and the starting date would be within the next couple of weeks.

To read what others have said about the class, go HERE.

It's up to you ....

One more thing: Many of you have expressed concern for my husband's injury, thank you. He goes to see an othopedic doctor this up coming week so we should have a better idea of what our next step will be.

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


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class Registration

(A picture I took from a recent trip to a Mennonite community!)

I have a really busy week ahead of me and the only blogging I will be doing (this week) is my Pantry Building Challenge on Friday.  

I do want to remind everyone though, about the second Disaster Preparedness Class I'll be teaching starting May 1st.  Many of the things we will discuss can be appled to long term preparedness as well.

You can read more about the class HERE ... and find the link to sign up as well.

Update: 5/12/2017 ... this class has been completed and is now closed.


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


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Saturday, April 15, 2017

My Favorite Books for Learning about Herbs, Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils

If you've been reading A Working Pantry very long you'll know that I keep a portion of the medicinal part of my pantry stocked with herbs and essential oils. I am learning how to use them through reading and research.  I have by the process of weeding through several books, found some that suit my style of learning ... which means they are easy to read and understand.  

Since I've recently been asked what my favorite herbal and essential oil books are again, I thought I would share the ones I use the most.

These are my absolute favorites and the ones I find myself going back to time after time.






Alchemy of Herbs is the latest addition to my library and thus far, I am finding it easy to use and understand.

Update:  I had Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails on my bookshelf but had not dived into it yet, but yesterday when a reader suggested it I went and pulled it from the shelf.  I now know why I purchased it, it is full of suggestions and ways to help treat specific illnesses using essential oils.  This book will join the others listed above as my 'go-to' resources when needed.  Thank you Allegra for your suggestion!

What are your favorite go-to herb and essential oil books?


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



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Friday, April 14, 2017

Gift Giving: Easter Treats

The picture is of a couple of 'Easter treats' I pulled together for some very special little people in my life.  I had so much fun making them!  

I just had to share!!!


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


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?





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


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