Feather your Nest Friday, 19th February, 2021.
What a week! It has been a week of "101 reasons to be prepared". I just checked on Kelsey (Bluebird from Texas) and she and her family are doing ok. She has a proper wood fire place and a very well stocked pantry. But she said it has been shocking as this is just not normal for them. And she knows of stock losses in her area. So many people are in all sorts of trouble but Kelsey and her family and babies are ok.
For us the supermarket shelves were low. Australia had a series of border closures. My Grand daughters could not go to school. I have been thinking a lot about how fast things can happen. The time to prepare is now. Then you do your best as the circumstances present themselves. But generally once the storm is upon you, your window of opportunity to prepare is over. The storm coming might not be the one you expect! But really many preparations cover a multitude of situations. A stocked pantry, back up ways to cook and boil water, medical supplies and so on... they could all help in so many situations.
Someone was saying that as soon as the power came on they would boil the kettle for some hot drinks. I told them to do that and fill every thermos, insulated coffee mug etc so if the power goes off again at least you have hot drinks for a day. In a crisis I want my cup of tea I can say that for sure!
The nicest thing for me was several ladies wrote and said that because of the blog they have been prepared and done well. And helped others! This was the best thing I could ever hear! 💗
Over at my old blog The Bluebirds are Nesting I have a whole series on preparedness. Here is a starter...
Mainly I think to just learn, learn and learn. Take every opportunity! Watch the Ants, Bees and Squirrels. They know to put up food. I felt that nudge to get going a few years ago and we haven't stopped. And as it turns out this week I had many opportunities!
We had a guest and he arrived with a box of beautiful Nectarines and a box of Tomatoes! I was thrilled and got to work! When people come so stay on the farm they often ask what they can bring? I changed my answer from "I don't know, don't worry" to "produce never goes astray if you see any at a good price." And this was the result.
I roasted two big baking trays of tomatoes then added some onion powder and herbs. From the first batch I made pizzas for dinner. Then the rest was divided up into portions and I froze these for future meat sauces etc. I never peel or seed tomatoes. So this is what I do. Roasting them is a good way to make soup too.
Mum also gave me meat for Scout and grain for the chooks.
I did just a little bit of sewing and finished up my pot holders.
Chloe was quick to point out she loved these ones so I let her pick three.