Opinions and Encouragement

Yahoo Groups

Posted in Opinions and Encouragement on April 29th, 2011 by Wendi – Be the first to comment

I’m not sure if you’re aware of the vast amounts of information on the internet via Yahoo Groups. Yahoo Groups are essentially online clubs you can join with the luxury of staying in your pajamas to participate.  I belong to quite a few.

There, you will find people who are so knowledgeable in the subject of the group, that it will just blow your mind. Also, most of the groups have compiled extensive files that you can browse and download to add to your own library of recipes, techniques, skills and all around know-how. Many also have photos they’ve uploaded of all sorts of things like container garden ideas, canned food, food pantries and other efforts.

The best part of Yahoo Groups is the fact that they’re free. Some of them require you to “apply” for membership through a moderator, but that’s mostly there to keep out the riff-raff, and certainly none of my readers is riff-raff. :) Other groups you can join and have immediate access to the files and posts.

To join just go to yahoogroups.com and sign up. You can do a search for subjects you’re interested in. Below are a few that I belong to that I highly recommend. You can search for them directly.



food-storage (must include the hyphen)

preserving-food (must include the hyphen)




If you have any other suggestions for good storage skills type groups, please let me know. The more the merrier.

Hope to see you around. Even if you’re just a lurker on the groups. You’ll surely pick up something to add to your treasure chest of knowledge.

Something to Consider

Posted in Opinions and Encouragement on April 29th, 2011 by Wendi – Be the first to comment

As a mother, one of the things I think about often is my children. HA! Duh! More specifically, I think about them and how we’re (my husband included) preparing to be self-reliant adults. I see so many young adults either moving back home with their parents or never leaving. Are they learning anything? I know there are some extenuating circumstances but it’s happening a lot regardless.

Did I ever mention that I’m rather opinionated? I struggle with tact at times, so if something sounds little brash, I do apologize. I’m tired and just canned 78 pints of meat.

Back to the subject at hand.

One of my goals as a mother is to help my children identify talents and skills specific to the individual and help them grow in that direction.

Here’s my self-reliance thought. My sons will have the responsibility to provide for themselves their families when that time comes. My daughters may or may not get married. Their circumstances may change if they are married. My dad taught me many many years ago that I needed to have “aces in the hole” or money-making skills available to me regardless of my circumstances. I don’t know that data, but according to my dad 20 years ago, a woman will spend 30% of her life alone. Who knows if that’s true. Doesn’t really matter. The important part is to make sure all of our children are capable for providing for themselves financially.

There are many avenues to go from here. But, the one I want to talk about is encouraging your children and even yourself to start a business. Our economical and political world is a royal mess right now. It’s not going to be cleaned up for a very long time. That’s another rant. :) I firmly believe that one can make money during these times of financial challenges.

“Oh, Wendi, you can say that ’cause you’re a stay-at-home mom and don’t have to work to provide for anyone.” Ok. Thanks for sharing. :) That’s true for right now. But, I’m prepared with a number of different skills and a college degree to go out into the world and work if things ever change. I’d rather be home raising my children, but I’m very conscious of the fact that something could change over night. After I cried and moaned and groaned for a while, I’d get back up on the horse and figure out the answer and go to work.

I think I may be rambling. I’m sorry. I’m suggesting that we find out what’s lacking in your community or the world, for that matter, and make and effort to fill it. What’s that saying? “If you build it, people will come?” Yeh, that’s it. You may have to tweak it but you’ll figure it out.

I’m still rambling.

Children. Skills. Business. Back on track. For Christmas this year, I’m stealing an idea from a friend of mine. We’re giving our teenagers some books on business, ones that teenagers can handle. Along with the books, they’ll receive an unsigned check for a pre-determined amount of seed money. Once they’ve read the books and completed other such tasks, I’ll sign the check. We’ll help them also by encouraging them to attend classes at the local community college in the area of their interest.



Inspired Preparation

Posted in Opinions and Encouragement on April 29th, 2011 by Wendi – Be the first to comment

I feel the need to write something quickly about keeping your efforts in prepping as a matter of prayer and allowing God to inspire you in the decisions you make.

I’m not sure how many of you that stumble upon my blog believe in God, that’s fine if you don’t.  I do.  I believe that He lives and loves us and wants us to be successful in all things.

I’m convinced because of my own experiences that if you listen to your heart, gut, intuition…you name it, you’ll be led to opportunities that will allow you to prepare even during difficult times.  It’s my personal belief that this is God communicating with you through subtle thoughts and ideas.

A couple of recent examples in my life:

1.  I’ve been feeling VERY impressed to buy and save anything made from cotton.  So, for about two months now I’m picking up socks, t-shirts, underwear, towels and sheets.  No big deal.  However, I was actually kidded/mocked by people–who keep food storage– for my new focus.  I was a bit offended but just kept on doing my thing.  Not a couple of days later, an email came through on a yahoogroup to which I belong from a lady that is a seamstress.  She talked about the prices of fabric climbing quickly just in a couple of weeks.  At the end of her post, she made the suggestion to get out and start putting away anything made from cotton because the prices on fabric would rise to 150-200% by this summer and commercial ready-to-wear clothing would shortly follow.  HELLO!  I felt so very grateful that I had been listening to my “inner voice”.

2.  Right after this email came in from this seamstress, I got a flyer in the mail from Joann’s Fabric announcing a great big sale.  I emailed the seamstress and she put together that great document about what types of fabric, notions and patterns to stock.  Again, a great blessing for me and for you because she allowed me to post it on my blog.

3.  At the end of last week, I offered up a silent and silly prayer that I’d be ok if God let me rest a week from buying anything major for preps.  He laughed, actually it was more of a chuckle really. :)  I felt impressed to stock up on soap.  Different types of soap.  Laundry detergent as well as the type of soaps one can use to make homemade laundry detergent, and of course, body soap.  Lo and behold–sale big sale on laundry detergent at the local grocery store this week.  So, needless to say, I’m stocking up.

Everyone’s circumstances are different.  I encourage you to listen to your own “inner voice”.  You’ll hear the whisperings.  Act on them.  It may be an idea from someone else.  It may be that you just happen to run into an unadvertised sale or a store is clearancing out winter items or something like that.  I’ve had that happen to me a lot recently as well.  Stay within your budget.  But I can guarantee you that if you’re purposeful and grateful, your blessings will increase and you’ll be astonished at your abundance.  That I know for a fact because I’m living it.  Oh, you’ll still have trials….that’s the fun part. Maintaining your purpose and dealing with a few challenges.  God’s got your back though.  Believe it!

Oh and it doesn’t always have to be about buying something.  Could be you find some canning jars for free on Craigslist or Freecycle–that’s happened to me a bunch of times.  Could be some fine and dandy person teaches you how to can or garden or sew or knit or make soap.  Keep your options open.  And always remember to be grateful and pay it forward.  We’re all here to love and help one another.  You just might be the answer to someone’s prayer.

Good luck.  I’d love to hear your experiences with inspiration when it comes to prepping.