Living Like Pioneer

It's been more than a month since I have written a post and much has happened. Not sure anyone is still thinking about checking the blog but here goes…I have begun working for a fundraising company, some of you already know that, and I am very excited about that. It is a great company with huge potential for anyone trying to raise money for a good cause. I have decided it's time for me to do some fundraising of my own for causes I believe in. The first will be to help a hospital in Guatemala. I  will be posting pictures and information about how you can help in the next two weeks, at the latest. We have a cousin who is a missionary there and he has asked for his friends and family to help. The conditions are unimaginable. Using the new fundraiser I am currently working for you will be able to make donations without spending any money, really. You can also make cash donations. I'll fill in all the details soon but I hope I can count on you to help. As soon as we meet our goal  we'll move on to the next group that needs our help. If you have any ideas please share those with me so I can check them out and get things set up for when we move forward.

Our life has also been interesting as our dryer, dishwasher and heater have all been lifeless. I am sitting in front of the fireplace trying to stay warm as I write. All of this has been a great test of our General Store and preparations. I got out the rope and clothes pins and discovered I really don't mind hanging out the wash and I know I can save lots of money by not using the dryer. To dry a load takes an hour in the machine and not much longer on the line. Only problem so far is that is has rained for two days and the clothes are running low.  Washing dishes hasn't been bad  and I know I'm saving money there too so I think I may keep doing both for now. The heater is another issue…

I have decided to share with you my quest to become better prepared and more self reliant. With an economy on the rock and rumors of nuclear weapons in Korea and Iran I am trying to do something every day to improve my own self reliance. Join me. Today I started seeds for my garden. I harvested seeds from the heirloom vegetables I grew last year and now I want to see if they will produce. I know if I understand the trick for saving seeds I will be able to feed my family as long as I have a little soil to grow food. I think I blew it with my tomato seeds but I think I harvested the green beans correctly so we plant today and wait to see what happens. 

Please share with all of us what you are doing each week to become more self reliant. We all need some encouragement to keep going. 

If you missed Ready or Not this week we discussed building a safe room not only for hurricanes and tornadoes but also for home invasions and othe disasters. Part two in a few weeks. I'll let you know when.


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10 Responses to “Living Like Pioneer”

  1. Kris in NC says:

    I've missed reading your blog, so it's good to see you back.  Your fundraising endeavour sounds great!  I've also been working on becoming more self-reliant.  I've updated my food kits in my 72 hour kits and am taking inventory of my kits, too.  I also started a digital binder about preparedness for our ward.  It has tabs for many different areas of preparedness and self-reliance, and it is so easy to update.  I will share the link with you if you are interested.  Happy spring and good luck with your tomatoes.

  2. Carol Ann says:

    I, for one, have checked daily for your blogs. It has become a habit after following your advice, formatting, printing, and assembling Personal Preparation notebooks since 2006, when I first "found" you! Challenges come to all of us in one form or another. Surviving has taken on new meaning for many! This site has been an anchor for me in that I am not alone and can be more proactive in provident living. Thank you, again, for all your hard work in educating thousands of us!
    One thing I am doing is working to be more involved to help salvage our great nation! In preparation for such, I hope more Americans will seek to be more fully educated, step up, be heard, and vote in November.
    On Tuesday, April 17th, we will be participating in "The Great Utah Shake Out" to practice an earthquake drill. I have been going through some of my material and at least am thinking about what I would do. The news of devistating tornadoes in the midwest is sobering to say the least. May God bless us in all of our efforts and see us through these perilous times!

  3. Carolyn says:

    Kris, I would love to see what you have done. Please email me a copy at I can’t wait to get the fundraiser going. It’s such a good cause. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for checking in Carol Ann. I too am hopeful that people will do the research themselves and vote for the good of our children and grandchildren. If not we may need to live on our preps sooner then we thought. Good luck with the shake out. All we can do is share the info and the skills we know and hope someone will listen and learn.

  5. Jeanette says:

    When our dishwasher broke a number of years ago I decided that my youngest child and I could wash dishes by hand–it would prepare us for the future.  That child serve a mission in Africa and also had to wash clothes by hand.  I hope you have a good supply of rubber gloves.  One thing about washing by hand is that you learn what will also protect your skin and you have more supplies on hand to do the hand-washing jobs.  It is good to see your blog!

  6. Lisa says:

    I check the website daily as well! We miss you!!! Good Luck on your fundraiser. I have already planted my small garden. My husband & our neighbor & best friend are currently building a house boat. So that way we have someone to go if the SHTF.

  7. Carolyn says:

    A house boat! That is awesome.

  8. Janet says:

    I have also checked often for your blog — I've missed it!  Your PRN show and blog were one of my first and favorite sources of preparedness information.  As a novice prepper, I really need the knowlege you have to offer.  You have a great teaching style, so please keep sharing as often as possible.  We need and appreciate you out here!

  9. M. Dickey says:

    Hurricanes, tornadoes, etc., can come in different forms. My husband fell, broke his neck and had traumatic brain injury. Life can change in a moment. Suddenly found myself w/o income except for SS. Working on being prepared, get off the grid as much as possible, eat cheaper, cut heating bills, etc. Truthfully, I'm excited about living in a different manner. Just beginning food storage…planting tomatoes.

  10. Carolyn says:

    I am so sorry. Please ask questions and if you are not already a member take advantage of our yahoo group and ask questions of them. We are all here to help.

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