Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Update/Preparedness At Our House

Not a whole lot got done at our house this last week. I wish we could have gotten more done! I did decide that I was going to combine these two posts, Preparedness Update and Weekly Update, because they are so closely intertwined! This blog is still getting tweaked, but someday I will get it organized in a good way.

Jordan's closet did get put up! Yeah! This was made much easier by having the right tools on hand. Do not underestimate having a good toolbox, hacksaw, and drill! I only needed to make one trip to Bomgaars to get a drill bit that would go through plaster and lathe. Thanks to Jim for his excellent advice there!

I also canned 4.5 pints of pear sauce yesterday. I can't wait until this winter when opening one of those jars will remind us of the good flavors of fall. I did not get to the potatoes or squash yet, but that is coming soon! The little kitten at our house thinks the small potatoes are great toys to chase around so those will get done sooner than later.

I have all but one onion dehydrated. That will be done tonight! Woo hoo! I like having my own onions on hand to throw into browning meats and soups. I did get the peppers done too and should have a good supply on hand for that. Those I will probably rehydrate before putting into dishes.

I also got bread made for the week (maybe two?). I got my oat flour in at Fresh Connections and made a batch of granola bars. These were a big hit, but I need to tweak the recipe a bit. It contains Karo corn syrup and I am not sure how good that is for us.

I did get to a couple of garage sales on Friday, but all I bought was some clothes for the kids. I am starting to get clothes for Dane in size 10. That is a few sizes too big, but nice to have on hand when he gets to that size.

Not much progress in the way of preparedness. I am a little depressed about that, but coming to accept that I need to study some of the areas more and decide what is best for our family. I am still reading How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times by James Wesley Rawles. Excellent book! I am also getting my LDS Preparedness Manual in order. I bought more printer ink on Saturday so I can print the rest of the manual and get it into a binder. 

Both the book and the manual have brought to my attention that I just do not have enough water stored. I need both potable and non-potable water on hand and need to get that done straight away. That will be my focus for the next few weeks. 

This week's goals include:

1. Make granola
2. Store more water
3. Clean up basement so I can start getting the walls cleaned and sealed 
4. Can potatoes and squash
5. Continue to research generators and heaters
6. Clean up garden and plant garlic

What did you get done last week? What are your goals for this week?

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

This has been added to the Barn Hop at the Homestead Revival!


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