Becky's Farm Life

The simple life, living off God's land, one day at a time.

Economic Situation – Recession- Life ahead

It’s time to take this serious. This is not going away any time soon. Those of you who thought this would blow over, well it hasn’t, it’s blown up. And now it’s effecting the whole world.  I’m not telling you to start worrying but if you have not started preparing, you had better start now. This will take years, yes years, to get worked out. Take a really good look around you, this is touching everyone you know.  Some of you might think that I’m just over reacting and that I’m trying to start a panic, well I’m not. I just want people to open their eyes before it’s to late for them to do anything.  And I’m sorry to say, I don’t think our government can fix it now, only the good Lord can. This is effecting more and more people, day by day, and around the world.  We should start helping each other, bring bartering back from the old days, start growing more of our food in the USA and in our yards, trade things, learn from each other, stop living outside our means, stop waiting for the government to help us as they can’t help themselves. Am I downing the USA and our government, no, I’m saying we all are human and even they make mistakes. And some mistakes are not made right over night.

 

What can you do now?

  1. pray
  2. get knowledge on every thing you can
  3. stock a little of something every time you can
  4. start reading up on growing a garden next year, look into a few chickens
  5. find ways to make do with what you have
  6. read , talk to people, learn something new

 

I am searching the Internet as often as I can, and I am saving the  information to my computer and printing it off. There will come a time when we will no longer be able to pay the Internet bill, which will mean I will really need the information I looked up. Yes, ink and paper cost money, but if you change the font to small, you can it a lot on one page and print on both sides. I have a new folder called “Making do in hard times”, when I print it off, it goes right into this folder.

Here are a few of the things I looking up: healing herbs, how to cook over a camp fire and in the ground with coals, homemade reusable pads and napkins and bath paper,other uses for things you already have, what wild plants are eatable, ways to store water and ways to make it safe to drink, homemade solar ovens from things around your home, washing clothes by hand, making clothes soap,  storing meat without a canner/freezer/cooking it,  make candles from candle ends and leftovers, what wild plants can my farm animals eat safely or what can I grow for them: if I can no longer buy feed for them,ways to keep food good without canning/freezing/ ice boxes, homemade tooth paste, the list goes on and on.

Will I ever need to use all these things? I hope not, but I can if I need too. ( and with them in the folder, my great grand kids might need the information). I don’t do all this now, but I do have the how to’s when I need them. Some of these, I have already started doing just to save money. 

Get the knowledge now, for when it’s needed later. Prepare for the very worse and pray hard for the best.

 

 In God We Trust,

Becky

 

 

October 10, 2008 Posted by | economic situation, ideas, making do, recession, Road Ahead, saving money, self sufficiency, Stocking up | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Lessons Learned

With our potato crop not doing well this year, we did not get enough potatoes to last us until next year, first time in ten years, I bought instant potatoes and the dried sliced potatoes in boxes. First lesson, when trying something new with your family, only buy 1 box, (I bought 10). The sliced potatoes(with cheese, seasonings, etc.) I fixed twice, the dogs would not even eat them. And I even doctored them up, adding more seasonings. They tasted awful to us. I know some of you really like these kinds of potatoes, but after you have lived on real potatoes for years, these are really awful, and that’s being nice. As for the instant mash potatoes, well we can eat them if I add enough butter and cream to them. I know you are supports to add milk, but I have a lot of cream, and the cream helps them taste better.  Store bought food is not looking good, we may not eat our usual  amount of potatoes this winter. Tommy says it’s my fault they will not eat these things as I have spoiled them with fresh home grown foods. Now it’s my fault, what am I to do?

 

Having to stay in the house to watch and listen for Tommy, I have knitted 2 pairs of house socks and working on my third. I cut a set of queen flannel sheets into 10″ squares to use as tissues and napkins. Second lesson, that’s a lot of hemming to do. And don’t think you can get it done in one day at the kitchen table. This is not possible, the sack is very tall, and took me a whole day just to cut them out.

Third lesson , the harder you try to be quiet, the more noise you make. This goes for old and young alike.

 

Fourth lesson, don’t try and feed your family store bought cakes or cookies, even if they are given to you. They make funny faces and weird sounds and want to know what they did wrong.

 

Last lesson, don’t spoil your family as this makes it really hard on you. An easy night in the kitchen is 1 hour instead of 3 hours. So much for store bought. Please don’t get me wrong, I love my family and love cooking for them, and will keep doing so. And at times I think twice about making something new from scratch as I know I will then always have to make it from scratch. But I keep doing it, just to see the smiles on their faces, and their big belly’s.

 

I really enjoy the way we live. To me it’s the best for all, a little work, a little good food, a little fresh air, a little fun, a lot of smile, a few tears, lots and lots of prayer, a little rain, a little sun, a lot of great friends. Boy, life is good, and God has blessed us all.

Well I better get this day started and see what I have to get into.

 

Becky

 

P.S. As an award to my family for having to eat store bought goods, I have to make a pineapple upside down cake today. Oh what a hard life I have.

 

 

October 10, 2008 Posted by | farm life, ideas, knitting, making do | , , , | 5 Comments