- Changed out my 90 day furnace filter. I started sneezing, and thought maybe my filter was dirty. Not really - I had my doors and windows open a couple days! Oh my, allergy symptoms have already started!
- I went to the library
- Changed out my door decorations to spring items
- Changed out the chair and couch covers and table toppers to lighter and brighter colors. Laundered the winter 'looking' afghans. Changing up to spring look
- Put up my boots, heavy coat, ear muffs and gloves - got out lighter jacket
- I did tons of laundry (cleaning household linens) and line dried a bit of it
- I picked up tons of limbs and sticks from the yard - from past winds we have had
- I needed a new plant stake for a houseplant and I went out and chose the perfect one from those limbs and sticks - all natural
- Washed windows inside and mirrors
- Used up lots of leftovers and froze many. I made potato cakes from leftover mashed potatoes and even froze some for later. Froze containers of broccoli/cheese soup I made and froze half a homemade pizza for later easy meals
- Cleaned out the refrigerator and reorganized the frig freezer
- Got to air out the house on 2 days
- Talked myself out of shopping each day this week!!!! Didn't really need to go out, so money saved. No shopping on the weekend - too busy for me.
- Starting to work on the spring deep clean again. Didn't I just do fall???? LOL Always something needs cleaned
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
- When the economy gets bad - you need your community. Whether your community is family, friends, neighbors or your city/town - you may need them. You will need to have a community you can share and barter with. People you can help and who can help you. We definitely need other people - greed needs to go by the wayside and helping one another is in.
- Reduce your debts NOW. Get rid of as many debts as possible - so if income changes, you can still be OK.
- Prepare your pantries NOW. Have a stockpile of food and other goods that you use and need. If you have your pantries in order - not only will you be able to eat and survive, but you can help someone else. Try to have a minimum of 2-3 months of goods - preferably 6 months or more. You can hide it and find ways to store it if you try. Add a little each week - $5 worth of goods each week can make a huge difference!!!!! Trust me - this could save your life!!!
- Be ready to live on less. If you have to take a job making less money - do it! Some money is better than no money!!!!! If you have to take 2 jobs - do it. You do whatever you need to to provide for your family. No job should be beneath you - honest work is honest work.
- Be open to every opportunity that may come your way - sometimes help comes in mysterious ways
- Be prepared to face the fact that you may have to stop cable, internet, extra phones, etc. You won't be buying new stuff, clothes, cars, or taking vacations or taking holidays, eating out.........
- You will have to get creative in ALL ways. Learning to mend and sew will be handy. Cooking from home. Maybe garden. Learn about nature and what you have available in your area - that could help you survive. ie. - where are nut or fruit trees you can glean from, what weeds are edible or medicinal, who has animals that can provide protein that you can barter with, etc.
- Look at your skills and qualities NOW. What might you need to learn? What books might be useful to have on hand?
- Look at who, what and where you are - know yourself and your limits
- Get your spending habits in check NOW. It will be easier to spend less if dire times if you are used to budgeting now
- Plan for the worst and hope for the best
- Have cash funds on hand at home if at all possible!!!! You just never know what might be needed
- Be willing to make lots of changes - maybe some big ones!!!!!!
- Be willing to live much simpler - no frills - no extras - just the basics
- MOST IMPORTANTLY - Be positive and open minded
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Do you ever just sit some days and think back? Think of simpler times? Think of all those days that are long gone as well as the people? Think about times have CHANGED?
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
We are now in meteorological spring! Solstice comes latter in the month. The down under is now into fall. They are looking forward to cooler temps and relief from the heat and we are looking forward to warmer temps and less snow and frigid weather!
Sunday, February 28, 2021
- I refilled all the feed bins with supplies on hand
- Swept out the greenhouse, swept the front porch (a couple times), shook out door throw rugs. mopped kitchen
- Got to air out the house on 3 days this week (above 50*)
- Made new weather strip flaps on the greenhouse door. The others were brittle and broke after so many years of weather. I used Gorilla tape and made very sturdy strips myself - worked great
- I ate my LAST garden tomato!!! Yep - had one left from picking green in fall.
- I had cabin fever and got out one day. I ran to Fresh Thyme and got my supplements I wanted and got a few fresh veggies
- Made a stop at Kroger as well just to look and got a couple good deals. That was all I got
- I then stopped at Big Lots to look for some flat cushions for a couple lawn chairs - they had nothing I could use. Found chips on clearance!!!
- Just doing all the normal stuff - vacuuming, laundry, dusting, cooking from scratch, watching You Tube videos, etc.
- Found a partial jar of home canned kraut in the frig. Don't know how that happened!! Usually if some is left I eat it straight from the jar within a day or two!! LOL I used it up
- Washed out a few baggies and a juice bottle to reuse
- Found a bag of faux crab in freezer that I used this week for 2 different meals
Thursday, February 25, 2021
This week I have been doing little things that just saves me some time or money or just makes life a little easier. I do them all the time, but got to thinking - maybe some might be new to others!
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
- FIRST - QUIT listening to corporations and politicians! Turn off your TV's. Corporations are trying their best to convince you that you can't live (well) without their products. You will be smarter, better liked, and better off to have their products. B.S.!!!!!!! Politicians are more than likely telling you what they THINK you want to hear. All it does is cause stress and more worry. Turn it off.
- Don't be a slave to a lender. Avoid debt as if it is the plaque!!!!!!! No loans. No charge cards (unless paying 100% off each month). No pay day loans. Pay off debt as quickly as you can. If you would experience a cut in pay - hopefully you can make it.
- STOP buying new stuff. Reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, make it over, make do or do without. Shop thrift and yard sales. Always look to buy "after market" first. If and only if you can't find what you need - do you buy new - and only after thinking long and hard on it!!!
- Be very frugal with utilities. They go up all the time, and the less you use the better.
- Grow some of your own food. Instead of flowers, plant veggies. Learn to can, and preserve in some way. Growing food is like growing money in your yard!
- SAVE something each and every month!!!!! $5, $10, $20 - something! If you are working and can utilize 401K (or similar) - do it. You will save and never miss the funds.
- Try to have AT MINIMUM 2 - 3 months (6 is better) worth of food and supplies on hand at all times. Prices go up and you need to buy when cheaper. Utilize sales, discounts, clearance, coupons, every option you can. Find a place to store extras - under beds, in closets, on shelves, under/behind the couch - just find space !! (seriously it could save your life)
- If you can find a way to make extra income - do it. Start a small side business. Mow lawns, sell veggies from garden, do landscaping for others, sew for others, bake for others, buy cheap and resale, teach classes, etc. DON'T fall for pyramid schemes!!!!! They never work out - make it a good and honest side venture
- If you have investments- don't touch them now! Hopefully you are far enough from needing them - to not bother them. Investments go up and down. You make an investment for your future - leave it alone! Don't panic and remove them. You may make the biggest mistake ever. Penalties and taxes can eat you alive!!!! Just hang on - the day will come - just be careful.
- Be careful about falling for the two income trap! Many say they need 2 incomes to survive and many may. BUT remember that comes with extra vehicle expenses, child care, extra clothes, food/lunches, insurance and on and on. It just MAY be cheaper for one to stay home and take care of things on that level and maybe even home school (important today).
- DON'T give in to despair and don't feel sorry for yourself. You aren't alone. Live more frugally and sustainably. Take your blessings where you can. It is freeing to get out of the consumer lifestyle. Your stuff is not you - it is time your realize that. Be a good person, do your best for you and your family and your community and the CRAP you have will mean nothing! You will see such a difference. Learn/develop a new self image.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
- Lots and lots of FREE exercise!!!! Can't tell you how many times I shoveled snow
- I recorded a bunch of older shows before the blizzard - figuring I would lose the DISH cable. But it blew so much, that it didn't accumulate on the dish this time.
- Figured out my Blogger problem!!!! I guess they count all info in your files including your email. I opened a g-mail account strictly to set up Blog and have never used for anything else. Haven't looked at it in eons (you have no idea). Tons of emails - it seems when many people post to Blog it also shows up in email (I had no idea). I cleaned out email and now have lots of room!!!
- Made a butter cake - had a mix and some eggs that really needed to be used up. YUM
- Made up a new jug of OJ from concentrate
- Put together a new bottle of shampoo and one of dish soap (with water and vinegar)
- Shopped my pantry and freezer for meals and snacks
- Used all leftovers
- Did NOT leave the property at all
- Propped door of oven when used to add extra heat into the house
- Wore layers all week. Today is the first day for over a week of not wearing long john's (leggings) under jeans
- Did basics - dusting, vacuum, laundry (lots), cooking from home, just all the normal stuff
- Changed out ALL the bedding this week - put out a different comforter for a change in view!
- Made a list for Fresh Thyme. I haven't been in ages and need to go and stock up on my herbs and vitamins. Inventoried all my medicinal items
- I have a sedum plant that I have babied for almost 2 years now, that is blooming indoors! Nice to see something coming to life in these snowy white days
Thursday, February 18, 2021
- If you see piles of scrap wood - it can be used to make raised flower beds, bird feeders, animal pens, crafts, borders for garden/flower beds, etc.
- Old pails or buckets - use for container gardening - compost, feeders for larger animals, etc.
- Old clothes - if not able to donate, scraps can be used to mend or make quilts, rags, keep buttons and zippers for repairs, remake material into new clothes items
- Tree branches down after a storm? - Use for natural garden stakes, make into a border around the garden or flowers (use as fence posts for mesh or screen), use in camp fires
- Trash bread or veggies/fruit - feed for animals (no mold). Heck when we had a bread outlet I would get trash bags of bread called "feed" for a $1. Some I kept for us as it was fine and the rest went to feed nature cheaply
- Food - leftovers --- make into new dishes, get creative. Freeze for another day. Give to a neighbor or family member. Just don't waste it!!!
- Old pop bottles - can turn into creative craft items. I use 2 liter and indiv. size bottles that my neighbor gives me for water storage. They last a long time and work perfectly.
- Even old cement or bricks or blocks can be used. My neighbor tore up a cement sidewalk years back - all cement scraps were flat - he put them in the alley. I got several pieces to use to raise up some container garden pots out back where it can flood. My neighbors got a bunch and made themselves a fire pit in there yard
- If you need a new item - think about getting an old version. Older kitchen gadgets are made better and have lasted for years - and will last for many more. Go to yard sales or thrift stores to bet that stuff. Don't buy plastic and foreign made garbage that will end up in the landfill in no time.
- Heck even the TP rolls can be used to start seeds in (homemade peat pots) or stuff them with drier lint and use as fire starters. Cover them in peanut butter and roll in birdseed and hang for a easy and cheap bird treat!
- Water - whether tap or rain - save it. Water is a limited resource and we need to use it wisely. Keep and catch for plants, animals, gardens, flushing, even drinking (rain if boiled), hand washing, etc.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
I swear most of the U.S. has found that they were teleported over night to Alaska or the Artic!!!! LOL That is sure how it seems. We got very comfortable having a decent winter season and BOOM, Mother Nature decided to show us a thing or two. It aint over till it's over.
There are many simple things that we can do to stay warm and safe when it gets so iffy out. Simple things that just make sense and that we often forget about.
- Always have ice melt on hand to use for slick walks and steps
- Carry some cat litter or sand in your vehicle - it sure helps it you get stuck! Also have a small shovel with you
- Turn on ceiling fans (in a clockwise motion) to push warm heat down into the room (remember heat rises)
- Wear layers when doing jobs outside instead of one super heavy item. Many jobs cause the body to sweat - and on a super cold day this is dangerous (can cause hypothermia). With layers you can remove excess items
- Always use lotion on your hands and face. The get chapped, frosted, and wind burned easily - lotion is essential. Lotion for your FEET as well - for some reason they dey out so easily in winter
- Make sure you use lip balm (or equivalent) on your lips. They chap and hurt - tender skin.
- Wear sunglasses when outside in the snow - soooooo important for your eyes!!!!!!!
- Make or buy door buddies for the bottom of your door if there are any gaps or cold air coming in. You can make a tubular form with material or a towel and fill with rolled newspapers or magazines or even sand or even pool noodles. Tie off ends with yarn or rubber bands. They sure do stop drafts.
- If you have any gaps along the door jambs - tuck some paper in those areas to prevent air from coming in until you can replace the seal.
- Make SURE your furnace and dryer vents are free and CLEAR of snow piles. This could be deadly. My furnace now vents out the side of the foundation (not chimney) - if blocked it would put carbon monoxide back into the house. This is so IMPORTANT
- Wear a hat or cap - heat flows from the top of your head
- If you drive just short distances and in the city - you are usually close to help - but still keep an extra pair of heavy socks, gloves and a hat in your car. If yours get wet - you will need to change. If you live out - keep those things and blankets in the car as well as snacks. Maybe a flair. Shovel. Cat litter or sand. You can use snow for water. If you get stuck and are running the car to stay warm while waiting for help - make sure your exhaust is clear of snow!!!!!! Life saving
- Open curtains on sunny days to allow suns warmth to help heat your home
- If you have a cell phone - keep it charged and on you - even if just working outside. You may need it in an emergency to get help
- If your water pipes freeze - you can melt snow to drink. Boil 3 minutes to make sure it is safe. Also open cabinet doors to allow room heat to enter around pipes. Think about insulating your pipes if the are in a vulnerable area for freezing. You can get pipe wrap or even think about using pool noodles cut to fit your pipes
- They don't recommend using your oven for heat source - but after baking, prop open your oven door and release excess heat into your rooms.
- Keep your gas tank topped off. Good idea to use a bottle of HEAT in your tank - to prevent any moisture that may be in there from freezing
- Think about having a generator!!!!!!! This will at least enable you to have some electric heaters during a power outage.
- I keep all blankets - don't get rid of any. If I don't need them - they come in handy for animals - even neighbors in need
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
- I have a winter candle scent I love and I had one candle burned down as far as it would go. So I chipped out leftover wax and have been using it in my melt warmers. Still smells wonderful.
- I have moved snow almost every day this week (probably 5 times). Free exercise
- Been using up all the leftovers in new ways
- The arm on my glasses broke this week. I have it repaired for now - until I can get in and get another 'spare' pair
- Made a bowl of s/f pudding to snack on
- I felt I should warm the Blazer engine (as it had been sitting a week in the cold). Well if warming up - might as well drive a bit!!! I ran to the feed store and used coupons, got in store discounts and used an in store credit I have earned over the past many months and got $86 worth of product - peanuts (squirrels), 2 kinds of bird seed and cat food - for $0!!!!!!!!
- I made a batch of squirrel 'cookies'/treats with older products from the pantry and freezer
- NO groceries purchased again
- Been using my pantry and freezers pretty much exclusively for the past many weeks - and really don't see any difference in them! Maybe a little more space in freezer, but still full.
- Dusted off the crockpot and made a small pork loin with potatoes and carrots. The pork will be used in several meals in different ways
- Just doing all the normal stuff.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
- There is no one to work things out with - no one to toss ideas around with - no one to help make decisions
- You have to deal with HARD things alone
- You need to be in control of money management, banking, investments, financial decisions of all sorts
- You need to be safe and secure. Whether it is re-thinking how you live in your home (windows, doors open/close), locks, security systems, or other means of security (self protection)
- You need to take care of yourself if ill. Always aware of being safe and healthy
- You have to be the problem solver
- You prep alone - you also learn there are several meanings to SHTF!!
- Repairs are on you - or you hire it out. Car maintenance, home maintenance, appliances or HVAC or yard equipment
- Yard work is yours
- Have to take care of all the legal stuff - taxes, insurances, changing names/ownership of things, designating benefactors, wills, funeral prep (for you)..............