Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Voting Day……

Good morning friends. I’m up early this morning getting ready for a busy day. I have dry pack canning this morning and again tonight. People from our church come over to the cannery and put up food into # 10 cans or in mylar bags for storage. Our church believes in being prepared for whatever may come your way. An example of that would be Hurricane Ike that ripped through here last month, leaving us without power for 12 days. I had plenty of canned goods and other food that helped us through that situation. Last year, when TF had his gallbladder surgery and didn’t work for a month, we didn’t have to worry about paying for food. We had plenty set aside for an emergency and that was the least of our worries. With the economy in a down turn it doesn’t hurt to have a supply on hand in case you lose your job. The old saying goes, “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.” An example of what we “put up” is: wheat, rice, beans, flour, dehydrated apples, macaroni, regular and quick oats, sugar, potato flakes, dehydrated beans, hot cocoa mix, powdered milk and other basic items. We are advised to acquire a three months supply of “whatever you eat” and then work on long term storage.

Last week I went to a friend’s house and she taught me how to can chicken. I took lots of pictures and am really excited to give it a try myself. I will have to buy a large pressure canner and get some pint sized jars, but I am ready to put up some chicken and meat for our storage. I think canned tuna and spam will only go so far…..lol. We plan to do a power point demonstration on the procedure and get it out to others interested in learning how to do this. In the past she had put up, beef, chicken and pork and her family loves the meat. While we were there we all got to eat chicken tacos made from chicken she put up three years ago, wow it was great….She won me over.

OK, I side tracked a little……..After my dry packing, I will head over to our polling place to vote….I wonder how long the lines will be. I would have liked to vote last week, during early voting, but the lines were huge. I know this is an important election year and I am not going to miss my chance to vote for my candidate. Just so you know, I am voting for a free society, not a socialist one….. I have told that to several people and they didn’t even know what socialism was…..How can anyone vote and not even know the difference between the two? I have really been praying for our country…..

Frugal advice for today: Be prepared for whatever comes you way……….
Have a great day everyone……Get out and vote!!! Please make your voice heard.

17 Comments:

At 7:10 AM, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

Amen!

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

At our service this week, our priest advised to say our prayer for our country, then vote, then say another prayer. Sounds like you've heard him.

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger Oh great One said...

VOTE? You mean it's that time of year? LOL! I cast my vote a couple hours ago. We took the kids with us. Never to early to let them know thier rights and duties right?

I'm intrigued by the chicken idea. How do you keep it from going bad? Is it the same sort of solution in typical canning? I don't know THAT much about canning. I helped my grandmother years and years ago but tha was pickles, and apricots.....

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I voted two weeks ago to avoid the rush. I'm glad I did, because now I can watch the returns on TV. I'm ready for a long evening.

Canning chicken sounds pretty cool. I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes; it may be something I'd like to try.

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Hi Lucy, I voted this morning at about ten. There wasn't a line for the "H's" although the "S's" did have a short line. The Smiths all came at the same time.
The lady I talked with ("H" lady) said that over half of our precinct had voted early.
I don't like to sleep on busses either but I do when I'm tired or if it is dark.
..

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

I have a big pressure canner, but it's been a while since I used it. I've canned meats, fish, poultry, soups, just about everything over the years.

I voted last week, so that's behind me. No matter the outcome, in God I trust.

Love and hugs,

Diane

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger Marla said...

I had decided that I would pray for whoever took office, and I know that will be Obama now!

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger NoSurfGirl said...

Whoo hoo! Voting is the best.

I still need to learn to can low-acid stuff. Currently, my family buys most of our canned fruits and vegetables at caselot sales. Canning chicken would be amazing. Does it require a lot of salt?

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger NoSurfGirl said...

Gloating about voting... not about candidates. I love this time of year if only because everyone is so into government, and into making their own difference. :)

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Jess said...

I voted...didnt' do any good, but I did... now we all need to be praying like crazy!

Hope you have had a great week and have a good end of the week

Great post!

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

The sign at our church says to pray, vote, and then pray some more. So true!

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger Cecil said...

Hey Lucy... Thanks for stopping by my blog... Yes, our family is very close.. I bet your sister did enjoy the way you did her birthday! We have such a good time together and Emmy is right in the middle of it!! Cecil

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Ralph said...

You are so right when you said, "canned tuna and spam will only go so far"! I have never heard of anyone canning chicken. Let us know how it turns out. By the way you made those tacos sound I am quessing it will be good!
Ralph

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

You are SO right about being prepared for hard times.
They can come unexpectedly and harshly.
We do not have three months of food stored like you do, so we are not nearly as prepared.
Thanks for reminding us to think ahead.

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger Noelie said...

My dear: you are quite right. they don't know the difference. As I noted in my blog, one person at my work, deep in the heart of Provo Utah, voted for Obama, so that he would stop the "socialism" of the "big, rich, corporations"

He definitely didn't understand that the Obama/biden team deciding line of what is "rich" keeps changing and drastically downward. The last amount I saw is if you make 75,000 a year. That takes in a whole lot of people, that will have a goodly amount ripped from their hard working hands, and given to someone that is grateful that she won't have to worry about paying for her mortgage and gas now that Obama is in office.

The wealth distribution of the free market equals jobs and products. the wealth redistributino of government/socialism equals giving to someone that won't get off their duff and do something. It goes nowhere.

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I Voted and I didn't vote for a Socialist either. I voted for Barack Obama...!
And, he won!
Democracy is Alive & Well, Praise God!

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

We are well on the way to socialism old lady. If the plan calls for taking money from one part of society. (Money they have made by capitalism) And giving it to others....then it indeed is socialism. It takes away incentive every time. We will go down the tubes. I'm pretty sure we won't last the 4 years it will take to throw the bums out. Our lesson will have been learned but way too late.

 

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