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.