Monday, August 8, 2011

WWYD? What Will "YOU" Do?

Yep, the economy is a mess.

Some people want to blame it on the Democrats. Some people want to blame it on the Republicans. The fact is that our debt problems have been building since before most of us were even old enough to vote.

Blame it on whomever you wish, but if you sit around waiting for them to fix it, you're going to be screwed.

It's time that WE, the people, start to take control and really start to make some changes ... starting in our own homes.

So, what did you do, today, to make sure that as the economy continues to collapse, your family will be warm, fed, safe and comfortable?


  1. We stock pile blankets...until we can install a chimney and wood stove. We are waiting for that money to drop from the sky or some really handy friend to step forward and build us a chimney, since we already own a wood stove...that sits unused in our entryway. And this week I am preserving green beans for the winter! Perhaps not a high calorie food, but one that my daughter loves as a snack. Oh...and we joined the riot for austerity, we missed it the first time around :-)

  2. I ordered a grain mill. And bought my first bag of wheat. I know, late to the party.

  3. We added 2 more rain barrels, total now 4, so we can make sure our gardens - starting the fall plantings now which is our main planting - get enough water to provide us with veggies all year.

    Taking advantage of BOGO deals on olive oil, deordorant,aluminum foil. Stocked up on peanut butter, packaged salmon, sugar, flax seed meal, oatmeal, & spaghetti. Just filling in the holes in food storage.

    At the thrift store have been buying material, sheets for the yardage, yarn and books/magazines on knitting/crocheting. Using the library for books on thrift, gardening in containers. Always good to review.

    We are also selling off items we don't need or use to purchase things we do - like food stores.

  4. During, the last two weeks we have replaced an old vehicle with an almost new 4x4, finished out our 6 month supply of food, started on our water supply.

  5. :-) Harvested my potato crop for the season.

  6. Finally got round to printing off useful information I've book marked on the internet.

    Finally ordered a Berkefeld water filter plus spare candles.

    Went to a pick your own farm with children #2 and #3 and picked lots of plums for jam. Not a major food group, but hey, gotta have jam!

  7. Collecting books! I have a variety of new and vintage gardening, camping, cooking, preserving, and even herbal medicine books. One of the camp books even illustrates how to butcher wild game. I also just bought "Preserving the Harvest" and will hopefully get up the nerve to actually try canning something.

    Other than that? Not much I can do immediately in a rented house with no insulation (but a manufactured steel fireplace that actually throws quite a bit of heat!), poor soil, and woodchucks and deer galore. I did start a compost pile to try and build up the soil a bit and we're buying another cord of kiln dried split firewood. This fall we're building a bigger raised bed for the garden and putting up a fence, possibly electric (useless if the electricity fails, I know) to keep out the critters. We do keep lots of candles in the house and are particularly fond of wool. If only my vintage sewing machine I just got working was a treadle one instead of electric... Lol.

  8. @citygirlcountryfood, you can still do some insulating in your apartment. There's a product I love called Reflectix. It comes in rolls at places like Home Depot/Lowes. It is flexible and easy to unroll. You can easily cut it to create holes for windows or to fit your wall. You can tack it up to your wall along the ceiling line with tacks (I like to actually tack into the very joint where the wall and ceiling meet. Landlords would be hard pressed to notice the holes when you move out, but a dab of spackling in the holes would fix it).

    You could line each wall that has contact with the outside with it. It reflects heat back into the room and resists letting any cold air pass through it. You can duct tape sections of it together (like at the seams, if you're lining an entire wall of it). It's incredibly awesome stuff.

    Best of all, you can reuse it year after year after year. If you get a small hole in it somewhere, a piece of duct tape should do the trick (a larger hole and you could make a 'patch' with another piece of Reflectix duct taped over the hole). It folds or rolls up nicely and takes up less space than you'd think to store in an unused closet during summer months.

    I've had this bunch of Reflectix for 5 years now, and it still looks great. The duct tape will usually peel off fairly easily if you want to separate the pieces for easier storage (might need to cut it with scizzors if not, but I usually manage to peel it off without much of a problem) and then just re-tape it up again the following winter.

    I actually use it to create window inserts. I use flattened cardboard boxes (that are slightly larger in width than my window frame). I attach a piece of Reflectix using duct tape to one side of the flattened box. Then I push the box into place (Reflectix side facing outside) into the window frame. Some windows are taller than the box, and so in those windows I might need a 2nd box pushed into the frame above the 1st one. Then I just close the drapes over the whole thing and you'd never know what was going on behind them!

    These inserts work great on cold winter's nights. Then I can take the inserts out during the day to let the sun try to warm and light that room. I also keep these inserts in some rooms year-round, especially north-facing and rarely used rooms. They are easy to pull right out and open a window to escape a fire....and again, these inserts can be used again and again each winter to keep precious heat from escaping through the windows.