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Find Your Motivation For Preparedness

I think one of the hardest things, regarding preparedness, is becoming emotionally prepared, and staying the course, not giving up.  I feel like I am a fairly prepared person.  In my home we have food storage, and all kinds of other preparedness things to make life easier “if” something happens, or “when” something happens, but the one that always stops me in my tracks, is the emotional preparedness when crap happens.  I gotta admit, it stopped me again!  For the past couple of months, I was stopped in my tracks, emotionally, and even spiritually, it felt like I went into survival mode, but it wasn’t a good survival mode.  It was one where life kind of just stopped for a time.

Now, I am most certainly not telling you this, so you can feel sorry for me, because I am all good.  I am on the rebound again, but I tell you this, because it is something we all need to understand.  Stuff – crap – happens to all of us, and we can think we are prepared emotionally for it, and we think we will be able to keep our motivation moving forward, but reality is……… as I have found time and time again…………. it is darn hard!  It is hard to keep wanting to do Find Your Motivation For Preparednessthings, when you are in survival mode.  It is hard to do much more than go through the motions every day.  You have got to build yourself a firm foundation to stand on, so when the rain and floods build up around you, you will be able to get through. 

I have thought of a few things that maybe can help us to keep going, to build our foundation.  Things that will help us stay the course when life happens all around us.  These will help you figure out your reasons right off the bad, for staying motivated.  Is it your children?  Your grandchildren? Your spouse? Your own survival? Your faith? Your friend? Your what?  Why do you do what you do every day?  Why do you care?  You need to find this reason, or these reasons, because when you get kicked down hard, and it will happen, why do you care?

The most important one of all, I am going to say, is prayer.  I have come to know that God hears prayers.  I have always known this, but have seen first hand so many little tender mercies, tender miracles, to know that He hears every prayer.  Never doubt this.  It is really hard sometimes to want to pray, especially when you are angry, or sad, but do it anyway, and you will see little miracles happen all around you.

Now for another ten things I think will help you stay motivated and keep your head above water when life gets flooding around you….

  1. Set realistic goals. Successful people are successful because they know where they are going / where they want to go.  Set your goals for your 72 hour kits, 3 month supply and longer term supply.  Set three realistic goals in each area and post them on your fridge where they are in your face all the time.  Review them regularly and revise them as needed.  Your goals could be things like, – get our cold weather foam clothing this year, – build up our toilet paper storage to a 3 month supply, and – replenish our long term wheat supply and build it to 200 lbs per person.  If you always have a list on your fridge with 3 goals……. you will always have something – a direction – to be working on.  When you accomplish one goal, cross it off and replace it with another.
  1. Create a team of like minded people.  Teamwork will help us reach our goals sooner rather than later.  Meet together regularly, buy things in bulk, build on each others strengths; teamwork can take us far.  I am a firm believer in working together.  It makes things so much more fun.  It spreads the work out, at least for the most part, if you have a team that helps you.  Be careful though, because sometimes teamwork, means you do all the work, while the team benefits.  Don’t let your team be this kind of team, or you will quickly suffer burnout.
  1. Plan carefully.  Lack of planning can usually be our worst disaster.  Plan, plan, and plan, then go and prepare.  Research and know what you want, and how much.  Planning will promote focus and will also reveal possible roadblocks that might lie ahead.  I am a planner.  I have calendars, books, notebooks, binders and all kinds of good stuff that help me plan what I am going to do.  If have found that I often stray from those plans, but when I get lost in the muddle, it is easy enough to get back to the plan that started it all in the first place.  Plans are then to guide us through good and bad, so make them, keep them handy, and move forward with them.
  1. Get enthused.  Without enthusiasm, we will do nothing.  Enthusiasm will bring success.  Teamwork will help keep us enthused.  This is where I struggle, because I am that person, who get super enthused about things, and then get bummed when I realize that I am alone in my enthusiasm.  Others will not always buy into your enthusiasm, and that is just a truth about life.  You will need to keep that enthusiasm, to keep you going.  Others will undoubtedly try to kick you down, and they may even succeed for a time, but if you can resurface that enthusiasm, dig down deep and find it gain, you will keep moving forward.  You will find your motivation to keep preparing.
  1. Stay focused.  Keep your goals in sight.  Change the way you think.  Start thinking in everything and every place………..what would happen if………?  It is really hard to stay focused.  It is a habit – I think – that we need to create.  I gotta admit, I am kind of like a squirrel on steroids.  I can easily bounce from project to project, and before long I have so many projects on the go, it is almost impossible to finish any one of them.  I have to constantly refocus my goals and habits.  That is one good reason why having them posted in plain sight helps us maintain those priorities.  Key word here being priorities.  Doing good things are great, but not if they are keeping you from the things that are the most important.
  1. Create your habit.  A habit will change your perspective and drive you to action.  Create the habit of preparedness………..again, change the way you think.  Making preparedness a habit, will only come with repetition.  It will come with doing things over and over long enough that it becomes second nature to you.  It will come from always asking yourself questions, to bring it to the surface in your life enough, that it will be at the surface in all you think.  I don’t think it means you need to be a radical prepper, or someone who never does anything else…….. nope, I think it means – preparedness has become a habit enough, that you look at life a little differently.  You look at buying presents and wonder what kind of things you can do to help someone else be a little more prepared.  You look at the news and wonder what you can do to be prepared if things like that were to happen to you.  You look at life around you – what others are going through – and you wonder what you can do to prepare for those kinds of challenges.  If preparedness is a habit for you, you will change your mindset, so it is a way of life for you.
  1. Do more than is expected.  Know your city’s emergency plan, share online your knowledge with others, use www.providentliving.org for help, keep small cash on hand (at least $500 in small bills), learn to date every food item that comes into your house, keep your preparedness organized………..well you get the idea, do more than just what you HAVE to do.  Do what will make life better for you.  Be the kind of person who is a doer, not one who sits around and waits for others to do for you!
  2. Discipline yourself.  Change your habits, your buying habits and your thinking.  In an emergency there are no second chances.  We get one shot to get it right, so discipline yourself right now so that when the time comes for us to use what we know, we will be prepared.  Emergencies are not forgiving.  They are no respecters of persons.  They don’t care where you live or how much money you have, or how big your house is.  They will hit you just like any other person, and most likely when you are least expecting it.  Be ready.
  3. Family communication.  Set a good example for your family and communicate to them the importance of preparedness.  Do you have a family emergency calling tree, a family budget, a family utilities shut off plan?  Do you have all of your vital family information in one book?  Do you have pictures of your home, and serial numbers of big items?  Think of things like this and make a family plan so they all know.  Never assume your family understands.  I have found, time and time again, we talk amongst our family, thinking we all have the clear picture of what should happen, while in reality, we all have our own clear picture, and it is different from each other.  This leads to confusion and frustration.  Communicate well, and practice often, in order to know who does what, when, how, and why.  Don’t expect that they will just know what to do.  This is a bad plan.
  4. Faith!  Again, I come back to the final point, with the beginning point.  Strengthen your faith through prayer and preparedness.  Faith combats fear.  The truth is the truth whether or not you believe it, so prepare and then have faith that you will be okay.  Don’t be scared, just be prepared, and never forget prayer, because God is on your side and is your best cheerleader, if you will let Him be.
 

I started my very first blog – Today While The Sun Shines – eight years ago, yuppers 2008, when the sun was shining and the air was warm.  I titled my blog after a song about preparing today for tomorrow.   I don’t know about in your area, or in your family, but right now…… you can pretty much pick your disasters, because any number of them could happen at any time, any where, and will happen to you if they haven’t already happened.  I am not just talking natural disasters, because it seems that man made ones, are just as prevalent today.

Eight years later, I believe we are at the stage in time, where the sun is setting.    I really enjoyed listening to a talk that President Russell M. Nelson gave, in which he clearly stated we are living in the eleventh hour.  We are living in the latter part of the latter days.  It was a great talk, if you want to go listen to it, you can here.  It is worth it for sure!  I have been feeling this for some time now, and decided to share with you, that I think the sun is going down on us.

Gordon B. Hinckley said, – There are seasons in our lives, seasons when we can prepare and work, when the sun shines and the air is warm.  Friends, I feel it that the seasons are changing and the sun won’t be shining for a whole lot longer.  The time for us to get prepared and work hard is narrowing.  All one has to do is to watch the news, and look around yourself locally, and it is pretty obvious that times are rough everywhere.

So what can you do about it?  Be grateful for what you have – whether it is a job, doesn’t really matter if you like it or not at this point, if it pays your bills be grateful.  If you have a healthy family and happy marriage – be grateful for it, for our family is being attacked on every side with heaps and mounds of dung.  If you have a home to live in, food on your table, be grateful for it.  This quote from President Nelson, tells us what he thinks we need to do.

I am not one who loves to preach doomsday, or be one who loves to share bad news, – I am one who loves to be prepared and wants desperately to have those around me do likewise.  Friends, I encourage each of you to start asking yourself some what if questions.  “What if….?”

What if I lose my job?  What if the dollar drops?  What if the price of oil drops even more?  What if the economy shuts down?  What if a natural disaster happens?  What if a horrible disease cuts loose?  What if I can’t feed my family?  What if food trucks or tankers stop moving?  What if….?  The what if questions can be pretty much endless, so think about them?  Most of the questions also can be turned to say……… when this happens, then what, because they are happening, no doubt.

I am going to start asking a few of these questions over the next little while, for my own benefit, as well as for yours.  It is important to have a plan in place for these what if questions.  What if you are prepared?  What if you are not prepared?  Which would you rather be to ride out the storms of these days?

I want to be prepared.  I am praying for courage to get me through.  I don’t know what’s coming, but my gut feeling tells me it is going to be a handful of stuff we will need courage for.  We will need to know who we really are.  And we will need to be prepared.

“What if?”  Now go and do……  get prepared!

Hey there!  I hope you have been successful in your goals thus far!  I know it is only into January, but my goodness, it seems to be rushing right through.

I want to take a minute to remind you of the weekly goals for January.  I was not going to post them weekly, but have been asked to do that, so from now on, I will post a weekly reminder again!  I do also have them posted on the side of my blog for each month.  But for now, here goes the January weekly goals…… and keep in mind I have combined my original 52 Weeks to Preparedness, with some other goals, so this is what I have come up with for this year of 2018.  Take what you need from it, and leave the rest!  Good luck prepping!

January Prep Goals

Week One – keep in mind you are adding over and above what your normal grocery list – to tuck away and build your storage

8 cans soup – your favorite, or whatever is on case lot sales

8 rolls toilet paper

8 cans tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, etc

Obtain, clean, or organize your disaster kit containers.

Add Powdered milk and recipes to your storage.

Week Two

8 cans meat / tuna / chicken / etc

25 lbs sugar

3 boxes soda crackers

Create a healthy menu plan for emergency kits, or check and rotate your current.

Clean, organize, or add to your water storage, minimum 14 gallons per person.

Week Three

2 lbs salt

25 lbs pasta

2 gallons cooking oil

Post emergency numbers in easy to see locations around your house.

Add extra batteries and drink crystals to long term storage.

Week Four

2 months worth laundry soap

8 cans fruit

Battery Powered Radio

Flashlight in each room of the house.

Add Personal Hygiene

Week Five

25 lbs rice

8 cans meat

Extra seasonings

Plan and Practice Fire Drills

Add cereal grains like rolled oats to long term storage.  Add grain recipes to recipe binder.

There you have it!  Your January Preparedness Goals!  Have Fun and Stay Tuned!

Powdered Milk 101

I know exactly what you are thinking when you hear someone tell you to store powdered milk – you are thinking you will never use it so why would you store it, right? And you know what? I get it! I was never big on powdered milk, but then I don’t like or drink regular milk either. However, what I figured out, when my kiddos were just little, and we were dirt poor, is that powdered milk costs about 1/3 the price of regular milk! So I got my kiddos drinking powdered milk when they were young, and now, if we happen to run out of store bought stuff – they just whip up a jug of powdered and use it! You see it is all a matter of PRACTICE what you know!

Powdered Milk 101

Powdered Milk 101 and lots of recipes!

It is recommended for one person, for one year, 17 lbs of powdered milk!

Reality is, powdered milk is highly nutritious, far less expensive than $5 a gallon for store bought, and it should be a staple in every home storage program. It can be used to make any milk product like: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, baby formula, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, and lots of others. REALLY it can! I have tried so many different powdered milk recipes, and though some of them take a little time and patience, it really can be done. This is where the theme of my year comes in – you knew I would get to this right? We have the KNOWLEDGE (aka recipes), now we have to take the TIME, to PRACTICE what we know!

Evaporated milk – if you find it on sale, is another great thing to have in your pantry. In a pinch it is a great thing for baking, making baby formula, or even turning back into milk. It has a really long shelf life, and is even good for two years after it’s expiration date. However, I don’t recommend you run out and buy 50 cans of it, and leave it on your shelf til it expires. If you buy it, use it! Powdered milk is also usable for years after it’s expiration date. If the taste or smell is bad, then of course toss it, otherwise, use it up!

Now if you find you really can’t handle the taste of powdered milk, or your kids can’t, make up a batch of chocolate powder, (2/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa, pinch of salt, mix well and store) and add it to the milk. I would add it to a little bit of hot water to mix well, then add the milk, and it is much smoother.  Otherwise the cocoa doesn’t always mix smooth.  Or make a chocolate syrup recipe.  It then is a treat, and it is still offering all of the nutrition you need. Sometimes, I would mix a batch of powdered milk and add it to a half jug of store bought milk. The kids never even knew it unless they saw me. It stretches the dollar, and the milk!

Okay, in a nutshell, advantages to storing powdered milk:

  • It has an incredibly long shelf life if stored properly
  • It is cheaper than store bought milk
  • It needs no refrigeration
  • There is less waste because you only make what you use
  • It is easy to measure and make
  • It is low in fat and has only 1/2 the calories of whole milk

Here is a basic conversion chart to use powdered milk. I am talking about the nonfat – non instant, powdered milk. That is the kind that most of us have in our long term storage supplies. If yours is instant nonfat milk, then follow the directions to make it, on the bag or box.

1 Cup Milk = 1 Cup water + 3 tbsp Powdered Mil

3/4 Cup Milk = 3/4 Cup Water + 2 1/4 Tablespoons Powdered Milk

2/3 Cup Milk = 2/3 Cup Water + 2 Tablespoons Powdered Milk

1/2 Cup Milk = 1/2 Cup Water + 1 1/2 Tablespoons Powdered Milk

1/3 Cup Milk = 1/3 Cup Water + 1 Tablespoon Powdered Milk

1/4 Cup Milk = 1/4 Cup Water + 3/4 Tablespoon Powdered Milk

Sweetened Condensed Milk = Blend in a blender until smooth

1/2 cup hot water

1 c dry powdered milk

1 c sugar

1 tbsp butter

Evaporated Milk – Blend in a blender until smooth

1 – 1/2 cup water

1/2 cup +1 tbsp powdered milk

Buttermilk or Sour Milk

1 cup water

1/4 cup powdered milk

Add 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar and let stand for 5 – 10 minutes

If you are finding you can’t mix the milk well enough, there are a couple of options to making up a batch of powdered milk. What I usually will do, is mix the powdered milk with about 1/4 of the required amount of water, and I make the water hot. It mixes better with hot water. I whisk it really good, or even add it to a blender on low. Once it is dissolved and mixed well, finish adding the rest of the water (cold) to the milk. If you want to avoid so much of the foam on the top of the milk, don’t blend it too long. Or use the whisk. The foam isn’t bad, and it will eventually stir back into the milk. Store the milk in the fridge and use just like normal store bought milk. Here is what I found for directions as well: (Regular powdered milk doesn’t mix easily in cold water. With regular powdered milk, mix your milk with warm water the night before you plan on using it. After a quick mix with a wire whip, there will still be lots of lumps. Just put it in the refrigerator and chill. By morning the lumps will have all dissipated into the liquid. Before serving, give it another quick stir and serve. This will give the milk better flavor.)

I have a few recipes in my newsletter that I write, for Yogurt, Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, and then a Cheese Cake. I won’t repeat them here, but you can link over to the newsletter and check them out!

Here is also a link to a download I found somewhere along my journeys, which will give you much more info and details and tons of recipes on powdered milk, if you are interested in stashing it away in your preparedness recipe binder! It really has some great tips and ideas!

Okay, here are a few more recipes for you………

Whipped Topping (kind of like cool whip)

Put 1 cup of water into a large glass bowl to cook in the freezer. When it has small ice around the edges, add 1 cup of powdered milk. Use beaters to whip it until it forms stiff peaks. About 5 minutes ish! Once it has peaks, slowly add about 6 tbsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla while it is still beating. Yay! Simple cool whip from powdered milk!

Emergency Baby Formula

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp instant powdered milk

1 1/3 cup boiled water

Mix completely

Add 1 tbsp oil and 2 tsp sugar

Hot Chocolate Mix

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup powdered non dairy creamer (like a coffee creamer) you could even use a flavored one

1 cup powdered milk

3/4 cup cocoa powder

Mix is all really well together in a large bowl. Store in a container until ready to use. Just put 3 tbsp of powder in a mug and fill with hot water. Stir and serve.

Cream of Something Soup Mix

2 cups dry milk powder

3/4 c cornstarch

1/4 cup bouillon chicken, vegetable, etc

2 tbsp onion flakes

1 1/2 tsp garlic

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp pepper

Combine and mix well. Use 1/3 cup mix and 1 1/4 c water in a small pan over medium heat. Stir well while bringing to a boil. Boil and stir until thick. Remove from heat and use in recipe calling for cream of something soup. Add seasonings according to what flavor you want in the end.

Example: Cream of celery soup – add dried celery, or saute a little celery and add, or add mushrooms, or add chicken, broccoli, etc. You get the idea!!!

I could carry on and on now with recipes, but seriously ………… go here and grab this pdf which is full of recipes you can use your powdered milk for. Cheese, fudgsicles, ice cream, baby formula, and tons more!!! Seriously, cheese from powdered milk! It just might make you want to store some powdered milk, or grab some of yours off the shelf and see what you can do with it! Oh ya, there is that PRACTICE word coming into play again!!!

Happy practicing for 2018! Use that powdered milk. Take the TIME to try it!

Practice What You Know

I know we all set goals for New Year’s that we are gung ho at, then life hits us flat in the face with all kinds of crazy challenges, and well…. just life.  We don’t plan for those things, they just happen.  I know I always have grand ambitions to learn and do so many things, yet only a small portion of them actually get crossed off my list.  Preparedness is no exception to this.  In some ways, I am really prepared, and yet in others, I lack.

I often feel, as I am writing the posts for Inch By Inch, I don’t really know where to start because I am sure you are all in such different places as well.  Here is what I have decided to do this year.  You will see in the side bar, Weekly goals to work on for January and each month after.  You can do them weekly, monthly, or not at all, depends on where you are at.  Then with those goals in mind, I will work on other posts.  For example: In the preparedness goals for January, one of them has to do with gathering some powdered milk.  Now I know you all are saying, why in the world would I gather that???  Well let me tell you and show you, – Monday – just how many things you can do with powdered milk!  You will never want to be without it in your storage!  That post is coming – Monday.  So with that in mind, I think I will have a great line up of information for you – hopefully things that you might not even know.

Practice What You Know

2018 Make the goal to practice what you know.

Now here is my next challenge, if you do “know” that info – then your goals this year should be to “practice” what you know.  It does nothing for you if you have powdered milk, and know you have a recipe to make cheese with it, but have never practiced it!  Do you think when the need comes for you to make cheese to feed your family, using powdered milk, or the need comes to make baby formula with your powdered milk, you think you will just be able to whip it up and it will be perfect?  We would hope right?  But unfortunately, that isn’t the case.  Practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to things that might take a little tweaking!  So “practice” what you know this year!

One of my flaws with preparedness – I am confessing here – is I am not an organized person.  I am a paper junky, with lists, notebooks, recipes and stuff all over the place.  One of my goals this year is to really buckle down and get it all organized.  I want my binders and files to be easily accessible where I can find anything, at any time.  Some of you may not think this is a big deal, but I assure you, it is a huge deal!

Thus, I have prepped some binder covers and dividers to help with the recipes and inventory challenges some of us may have.  I am working on a few others, so they will be posted in the side bar as well, for free, for your use as you might see fit.  Good luck and have fun!

One of my other flaws – is TIME – which is my word for 2018.  TIME.  I have a problem, in that I just can’t seem to find TIME, take TIME, make TIME, have TIME, or organize my TIME.  You will likely see me scatter thoughts about TIME, throughout my posts.  I feel keenly that TIME is spiraling forward in a whirlwind, and it is all I can do to keep up, at least most days.

Okay, so all said and done!  Watch my side bar for goals and updates throughout the year!  It may change and grow as to our goals and life from time to time, but it will be there!

January goals are there now – so have a look at them and see what you need to work on.  Watch Monday for lots of tips and ideas of what to do with Powdered milk!  And most of all, have an exceptional New Year!!!

 

Tis the time of year to sit back and reflect on the past.  The past year, what did it bring for you?  Was it great?  Was it stressful?  Was it memorable?  You know, I tend to get a little sentimental when I think back about the small memories made, and I pray and hope others remember them as well.  The family moments.  The friend moments.  The work moments.  The extras……….

What will 2018 bring for you?  I remember a quote from a song by John Lennon – Life is what happens when you are

Find the balance between planning and enjoy life

Don’t be too busy making plans to forget to enjoy life, but find the balance!

busy making other plans.  Wow, that is the truth!  Life is what happens…….

There is a story behind why I chose the beautiful Mexican blankets for this picture!  About 22 years ago, I had the fun opportunity of going to San Antonio, to visit family.  I was totally stoked, and the one thing from the trip that I really wanted to bring home was one of these blankets.  I totally love everything about them!  So, we went to the part of San Antonio, I think called Little Mexico or something like that, and spent a good part of the day shopping and experiencing life.  Now if you know me, you will know that I love all things Spanish, and hot peppers, and I just love the culture and language.  I had the time of my life!  Well except one thing……..  One of the first places we went to that day, they had stacks and stacks of these blankets for only $20.  My dear BIL (figure it out), told me that was way too expensive, not to buy one there.  He assured me there would be others we would see, for less expensive, so, I consented begrudgingly to trust him.  Well our day progressed, and we had tons of fun, great food, and experiences – you have to go to San Antonio to understand, but one thing…. I never saw another blanket for sale.  Guess what?  22 years later, I still don’t have one of those darn blankets!  I kick myself, because I should have just spent the 20 bucks and got one, but I didn’t because our plans were to find one cheaper!  Don’t be too busy making plans, that you forget to enjoy life.  There is a balance!  Plan yes, but be able to adapt and find that balance of enjoying life as well, or it will pass you by!

What will your plans be for 2018, and what will really happen, are probably very different things.  I know this blog is all about preparedness, however, I believe planning is a huge part of preparedness.  Preparedness in life, for life, because of life!

How will you be prepared in 2018?  And………… what will the world throw at us, that we need to be prepared for?  It seemed like 2017 was rocked with event after event that kept us on our toes, and hanging on with all we had, wondering what would be next.  I can only imagine what will come in 2018!

Let’s not get too busy making plans, and ignore the fact that life is happening all around us, whether or not we are alert to it.  I speak for my own self here, because I am the greatest at making fabulous plans, and then life gets in the way of my plans.  Many times through the year I have to course correct, get myself back on track.  I think that is part of life.

I have some great plans for you, for preparedness efforts.  I will start posting them next week.  Week by week, month by month, we can get a little more prepared, as life happens all around us.  If we can create that habit, then when the unexpected happens, it won’t be such a shock to our systems.  Work with me, getting a little bit more prepared each day of 2018.  You don’t have to be that crazy person who builds a bunker, goes off grid, and eats squirrels!  Unless you really want to eat squirrels!  All you have to be, is the person who cares enough about their family, to get prepared, in your home, for things that happen every day all around us.  On the outside, nobody even needs to know you are “that” person!  There are many, many, of us “preppers” that go about our crazy lives, silently preparing for any eventuality, and people don’t know who we are.  That’s okay!  Hat’s off to you for being one of those people!!

So, whatever 2018 brings for you, may it bring peace in preparing!  Life will happen.  Disasters will happen.  Emergencies will happen.  Trials will happen.  Things will happen that will test you to the deep down core in your soul, and while these things happen, don’t lose track of the things that are important to you.  Life will bring you peace if you are prepared, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and economically.  That is my hope to help you do, a little bit more in 2018. Let’s get a little more prepared, for the things that will happen to us, regardless.

God bless you in your efforts for 2018.  May it bring you peace and prosperity!  May it bring you a little closer each week to preparedness.  May you find it within you, to take that little / big step into the world of becoming prepared!

I am excited for new things and look forward to new ideas, and new ways to keep preparing.  Each day as I move forward, my eyes are opened to new things………..  You think you know it all, or at least enough, Never!!!

Hang in there for more…………..  2018!!!

Preparedness Goals

Okay, for the rest of this month, I am not even going to mention $2 or water storage, because I think you got that by now.  Right?  Good deal!  So here is what I am going to mention to you, and one of your assignments over the next few weeks – watch for the sales.  I don’t mean all the sales, but I do mean the sales of the things that you use all the time, and throw a few extras on your shelves.  Don’t go and buy something just because it was a great sale, if it is going to sit on your shelf and never get used.  It wouldn’t be a wise spending of your money, then would it?

Preparedness Goals

Remember one of the preparedness goals is to give a gift of preparedness this year!

Keep in mind preparedness items for presents.  Now maybe you are not like me, and you have all your presents purchased or made, and you are sitting back and enjoying the season, but if not, and you are like me, things get put off til the end, because it hasn’t made the top of the priority list yet, but now we are down to crunch time.  What are you going to do.  Well Amazon has some amazing things like paracord kits and what not, that I think would be great for some guys, but we are at the point where ordering something online isn’t going to cut it, so now what?  Well think of creating our own preparedness gift baskets, and personalizing it to the tastes of who you are buying for.  A basket full of chocolate might make a great comfort food gift!  Just sayin!!  Haha.  Then you could create a paracord gift basket full of odds and ends that have to do anything to do with paracord.  I also saw this, and I am sharing here, because I love it, and it would make a great gift –

If you click on the picture, it will take you to the link and more info on just what is in it.  Seriously, I want one!!  Here is the list of what is in this one.  So if you need a quick fix of a present, I think guy or gal would love this one.  Oh my heart be still,  haha,  I would love one like this.  That’s it, I am going to make some.  Personalize it to whom you are giving it to, and you have yourself a pretty nice gift!

Now relax and enjoy the season again.  Don’t go all crazy and overboard, because years from now, they are not going to remember all the fluff and stuff, they will remember the memories made.  Make some memories this year.  Make it a year of memories and traditions.

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We are winding down the year now.  Less than a month and it will be 2018.  Where does the time fly?  I am shocked at how life passes by so fast, and we blink and we miss it.  Might I suggest this Christmas, you take time to really savor the precious memories you make.  And as you look to the New Year, give some serious contemplation on what you want to accomplish, because before you know it, you will be knocking on the door of 2019, and will have to look back and wonder what you did the entire year?  I always set goals, I am great at getting them down on paper so they look and sound great, but my follow through is not always great.  I tend to get too many things on my plate and the ones that I really wanted to do, never really get done.  My goal for 2018 is to be a little more selfish with the time I do have, not let others distract me quite so much, and really focus on my own goals.  I know it may sound a bit vague, but believe me, I have it written down in much more detail.  But that’s not really what we are here to talk about today, now is it?

$2 is a small amount to add, and even though Christmas tends to make us spend money we don’t have, or money we should put elsewhere, or money we don’t want to spend, make sure you keep your priorities and do what you need to do first.  I didn’t realize until last year, that one of the Monday’s in January is always named Blue Monday, because it is one

Preparedness Goals

Yes we are getting closer to Christmas, but keep on pursuing your preparedness goals anyways!

of the most depressing days of the year.  It is the day people realize they have over spent at Christmas, the day they realize they are not going to have enough to pay their bills, the day they realize they are not going to keep their New Year’s Resolutions, and on and on.  Don’t follow suit this year.  Don’t over spend so you get that blue depressed feeling in January.  It is a real thing, so be aware of it, and stay away from it.

2 litres water should be easy to set aside this week and all through this season.  I am sure you are buying pop, or cranberry juice in the big jugs, or some other form of this.  Once you drink the goodness of sugar, rinse out your bottles well, fill them with water, replace the lid tight, and stash them somewhere.  Perhaps in the back of a closet, or on the top shelf of a closet, or at the back of the pantry.  You need to put it somewhere it won’t be in the way, and you don’t need to access it regularly, because you want to forget about it until you need it some day.  I know people say you should rotate your water, and if you feel you need to do that, by all means have at it, but I think it is a waste of time, especially if you have stored it properly.  When my grandma passed away, years ago, she had a root cellar.  As kids we were always afraid of going down there, because of the spiders.  But when she passed, they puled out bottle after bottle of stored water in her cellar, which was perfectly good water.  She had stored it in old vinegar glass jars, you know the jug type.  I didn’t keep the water, but kept many of the jugs for memorabilia, and I thought they looked cool.  I have since passed most of them on, but point being, water can store for years if stored properly, and will be perfectly drinkable when you need it.

Here is your list of other things to store this week.  Add cornstarch, salt, candies, matches and lighters to your supplies.  Cornstarch and salt are cheap, but vital to cooking, so make sure you have ample on hand.  Both have an indefinite shelf life as well, so don’t worry if you over do it.  Buy in bulk and save all around.  Christmas time is abundant with candy of all kinds.  Watch for sales of your favorites and stash them away in a bucket somewhere.  Candies, if stored properly, will store for a long time, and I am meaning hard candies, like candy cane type.  Soft ones not so much, they will turn hard.  Which I guess isn’t so bad, you could still suck on them.

You should also add your favorite candy recipes to your binder.  I remember as a kid, we made so many different types of home made candies each year for Christmas.  There was caramels, almond rocca, stretch candy, fudge, sponge toffee, home made chocolates, and so much more.  I have many of these recipes collected, and now need to add them to my own binder of recipes.  Yuppers, I need to do it too.  What fun having those memories and traditions that carry on from year to year, and generation to generation.

I have decided to do away with the Table Top Discussions for this time of year.  I think our discussions should focus more on the positive things of life, like the life of the Savior, and the importance of Christmas.  We can resume the prep discussions after the New Year.  For now celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!!

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Preparedness Goals Week of November 27

Okay, so now we are officially less than one month before Christmas!  28 days to be exact!  No, I am not that person who gets excited over Christmas.  I love the time we get to spend together with family and friends.  I love the good food.  I really don’t love spending money.  So dang much money.  Well not really, because I don’t spend a ton, I just can’t bring myself to do it.  I am trying to rethink Christmas again this year, wanting to make more memories instead of presents that we forget about a year later.  Any suggestions would be fantastic!

In your preparedness efforts, mixed with Christmas, keep in mind things that could cover both areas.  Are there things you could give that would help others become more prepared as well?  Think about it!  Maybe not as hard as this suggests, but give it some serious thought!

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Now onto our preparedness goals for this week.  I am positive by now, that I shouldn’t have to tell you to put $2 away per person in your household.  Right?  You should just have that as a given by now.  I shouldn’t have to tell you why again, especially if you come back to read more each week.  If you are new here, then browse back, to learn why you need an emergency cash on hand fund, and nope it isn’t for those date nights out when you want to go to a movie and can’t afford it.  Even though a movie once in awhile is nice, this emergency fund is not for that!

This week, instead of adding more water to your storage, maybe you could add one water filter or method of purification.  I think this might be a good place to throw in a Christmas present by purchasing a water b

Preparedness Goals Week of November 27

Treat yourself to a really good preparedness book for your preparedness goals this week. You can even wrap it up and put it under the tree! I love those kinds of presents!!

ottle for each member of your family.  Not just a regular bottle, but one that filters water as well.  You can pick them up most places for right around $20, and they would make a great stocking stuffer, or present for your family.  You know then at least you can each filter quite a bit of water and have something to drink.  Many of them filter 1000 gallons of water before you have to replace the filter.  Pretty sweet tool, and gift idea!  You could also add a bottle of bleach, and a bottle or two of water purification tablets, which are pretty inexpensive.  Find them in the camping section of any store like that.  Quick, inexpensive and valuable.

This week, we are going to add to our cooking and baking supplies again by adding vanilla and other extracts, and cooking spray for baking.  Maybe look at adding in some parchment paper as well.  I don’t use it a lot when baking, but have heard that is the best way to go.  I may have to experiment with it a bit more.  I however love cooking spray, it is quick, easy, and no mess.

To your emergency supplies this week, add batteries and one flashlight per bedroom.  If you already have a flashlight in each bedroom, add extra batteries for each kind.  We are the society who would say “I have a flashlight on my phone, so don’t need another one”, but when our power went out last time, it was karma because not one of us in my house had our phones charged up.  We were all watching our batteries to conserve what we had.  I do have a phone charger that is a crank thing, but we never reached that desperate point.  Haha.  We had flashlights, and most of them worked great, candles coming out the wazoo, and plenty of lighters.  I did end up throwing away 3 of my big camping flashlights because they just wouldn’t work any more, no matter what I tried.  So, regardless if you have a flashlight on your phone, you should also have a flashlight in each room in the house.  You can pick up those little led babies for cheap and they are amazing, so just go grab a few packs of them, and strategically place them in each room, so you will have light always.

Well done, with all your preparedness efforts!  You have had a great year of preparing, so now, go out and purchase a good preparedness book for yourself for Christmas.  Yes, I really mean buy yourself a good Christmas present, that will be valuable for years to come.  One of my big weakness’ is books.  I love to learn, I love to read.  I am going to get myself a good book as well.  We can compare notes later, okay?  Maybe even find a good one, and give it to family members for Christmas!

Now relax and have a great rest of your week!  Christmas is coming whether we want it to or not, so just breathe.

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