Sunday, August 14, 2016

Let's Be Realistic...

You got it!  Let's be realistic, in a few things today!  I can no longer sit still and not write what I am thinking, than I could go sky diving.  And believe me I would never go sky diving, I am terrified of heights!  There is just too much going on in the world to sit still and pretend that we can just sit back and enjoy life, when the fact is, inside of me is screaming out to people to get prepared!  Look around!  Get prepared!

Another thing to be realistic about, is that I love my blog Today While The Sun Shines, it being the first ever blog I started writing.  It has been a great place for me to learn and grow, not only in preparedness, but in my writing and blogging hobby as well.  It has spread far and wide and has been read in many places in the world, and I can't just quit and ignore her.  Chuckles here.  So I need to keep writing on Today, about what is happening Today!

But let's get realistic about what is going on in the world, for just a minute here okay?  Do you watch the news?  I know it is kind of depressing watching it, but perhaps next time you watch it, look at it with eyes to see the signs of the times.  Watch it with the attitude of watching for those signs, you know the ones that tell us what is to shortly come to pass.

Only a few short years ago, I used to like to sit down every few months and look back and make a list of all the crazy things that were going on in the world, and I could actually do it.  Now, being realistic there is so much chaos and destruction, and war, and everything going on, I would have to do it on a daily basis, just to try and keep up with what is happening, and there is just no possible way I would be able to do it.  

Every day we hear of wars, natural disasters, terrorism, disease, civil unrest, economic collapse, famine, wonders in the sky, and everywhere in the world, you name it, you will hear about it.  Without a doubt if you can think of it, you will likely hear about it happening that day, either on the news, or by a google search that would show you.  Without a doubt, we are seriously a world that is in chaos, a world that has reached a tipping point, a world that has ripened. That's realistic.  

Yet, still there are those whom I talk to who seem to want to turn a blind eye to it all and pretend it isn't really as bad as it is.  Open the blinders people, and look around!  It is as bad as it seems, and we had better get prepared, and quick!

Let's be realistic about history for a minute.   Throughout the history of the world, we follow civilizations that have followed the pride cycle, that's what I call it.  It is a rise and fall of civilizations.  Once a civilization has become so wicked and prideful, they get destroyed, either
Let's Be Realistic - Today
by war, famine, or some other way of the Lord cleansing them and compelling them to be humbled.  Then, they go on and live their lives for a few generations, doing pretty good, until all of a sudden they become prideful, selfish, and generally a wicked people again, and BAM!  They get humbled again.   

If you look at this cycle, it has happened over and over throughout the history of the world as we know it.  Now...........let's be realistic and take a big step back and look at the bigger picture of the world.  Where do we sit, not only as a civilization, but the bigger step back, as the world.  As a world of people where are we sitting in that pride cycle?  And.... more importantly.... what happened when civilizations became so wicked and prideful, selfish and corrupt?  They were compelled to be humbled by whatever means the Lord saw fit.  BAM!

As a world civilization, I believe we are there.  We are going to be compelled to be humble.  He is going to take care of it, if we won't do it ourselves, He will bring us to our knees.  And it is happening everywhere we look around us.  THAT'S REALISTIC!  The scriptures warn us of many things.  Some call it "judgement day" (I talked to someone just a couple of days ago that said this), some call it "the end of the world as we know it".  I don't really care what you call it, as long as you see it happening, and do something about it.  We are being warned, over and over.  

Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

 D&C88: 89 For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.
 90 And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.
 91 And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people.

Let's Be Realistic!
Get prepared!  Get ready!  And quit procrastinating, because it is happening with or without you!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Site

I am still posting on all things Preparedness, but have recently started a new site, for the purposes of my new church volunteer position, and to do it properly, it required that I start a new site.  I may occasionally return to post here on my very first and much loved "Today While The Sun Shines", but for now, you can find some great info, and much help, here on Inch by Inch Preparedness.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Family Preparedness

So excited to be gathering my extended family together over the next week to discuss preparedness.  I have been feeling it keenly, the need to get organized, and I am not sure where I am going with this post, but I am hoping to get some insight.  You see, I want to organize my family in such a way that when disaster or need strikes, we are all prepared to act, not react.

I am hoping that we can each take on a different role in the arena of preparedness.  There are several main areas like:  food storage, heating, lighting, shelter, water, financial, communications, safety, and a few sub categories. What I would like to see is each adult take one area, do all of the research they can, and report back with information, bulk buys, how to projects we can do together, and this kind of thing.  In my mind I can see great work days, with bonding experiences ahead.  I am really actually stoked to be doing it.

I remember a few years back, I found a website of a family who had been doing a similar thing.  I have wanted to do it since that time, but never really got around to it.  Now it is time, and I have lost the website, so I am winging it.  Therefore, any ideas or suggestions would be of great help.

I want to create a blog or website where we can each share our information with each other and with any whom want to join or learn from us.

I am not sure where this is all going to lead, but as soon as I get it figured out, I will post it here and share. 

Seriously, any input or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Some Things to Think About

I know in the world today, extremes are the norm.  Extremes in preparedness are no different.  You have those who are extreme preppers, who believe in the zombie apocalypse, the end times, and all things that are extreme.  They have their bunkers, their closets full of munitions, and all thing doomsday.  I have been accused at time of being a fanatic about preparedness, but I won't go as far as saying I am an extremist.  But hey, I guess it depends on what you are comparing to.

There are those at the opposite end of the spectrum and are extreme the other way.  They don't believe
anything disastrous is ever going to happen.  Nothing will strike where they live, no natural disasters, no economic related stuff, no terrorist related stuff, no man made disasters, or anything.  I like to call these ones extremists too, because they believe all is well in zion and they don't have anything to worry about.

There are those who fall into the unprepared category on a different level, because they just go on living their lives, oblivious to what is happening in the world around them, and think that money will buy their way out of anything, or they don't see the need to prepare for anything.  These people are actually more the norm than not.  They count on the government to bail them out of disasters.  They think if they live with their blinders over their eyes, then they won't see it, and won't have to prepare for it. 

In all cases, these are extremes to some degree.  Then there are those of us, who live in the real world.  We see what is happening around us, through the entire world, and we are preparing for what will inevitably come our way, even though we don't know exactly what that might be.  We see a variety of scenarios playing out, and worst case scenario, they will all happen at the same time.  That is actually more likely.  Kind of like the ripple effect, one thing will cause another, then another, and before you know it, we have some pretty big issues on our hands.  I don't need to go into details on these things that are going to play out.  Just watch the news with open eyes, and you will see them.  Look around you at governments, economies, and life, and you will see them.  They are lining up to be a perfect storm of ginormous proportions!  Oh it is coming!

Where do you fit into the above groups of people?  Are you prepared for emergencies to evacuate your home?  I know people who have had to do this.  Are you prepared for unemployment?  Wowzers, that could happen to any of us at any time in today's economy.  Are you prepared to feed your family, if there is no food, or if the prices of food get so stinkin high we can't buy it?  Are you prepared for any medical emergencies your family may have?  I could go on and on, but sometimes I feel like I am beating this one to death.  Just get ready.

What if your water pipes break?  Or freeze?  Or the power goes out for a few days?  Or if there is a tornado and you need to get downstairs fast?  Or you should have a flashlight by your bed, but don't?  Or you forgot to charge your cell phone and now there is no power?  Or you forgot to keep your tank of gas on the top half full instead of the bottom half and now because of gas prices, there is a run on gas, or the trucks are not running so gas stations are running out of gas?  Or you kept thinking about calling a family meeting to plan a bug out location or meeting location outside your home in case of fire or emergencies, but you kept putting it off, and now your home is on fire, what is everyone going to do?  Or.....what if?

When you are falling, it is too late!
I could probably sit here and write for a couple of hours some of the scenarios that could play our in your life today, but I think I would be preaching to the choir.  The choir is already converted.  How to we get those we love to get involved, and get prepared, without sounding like those extremists?  I don't know but I am going to be working on it from my end.  I am organizing family groups, and meetings.  We need a family plan, and I mean extended plan, not just my own little fam.  What do you need?  I need, for my own motivation, a group of like minded individuals that will work with me on things.  I will need to organize that as well.  It will help me keep motivated.

What can you do today to get motivated?  Do whatever it takes my friends.  Before it is too late and we no longer have time.  When the emergency or disaster, or event is upon us, it is too late to get prepared, it is time to act.  And how can we act if we are not ready for it?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What If The Grid Was Down?

Grid down?  What does that mean anyway?  It means much more than just a power outage.  The electrical grid is such a fragile thing.  There are a number of ways it could crumble.  A snowstorm, thunderstorm, hurricane, heatwaves, extreme cold, any number of natural disasters could easily bring down large portions of the power grid.

If there were a country wide event that brought down the power grid, it could take much longer than a localized event.  Imagine the manpower, the tools, the equipment, the resources that would be needed to rebuild the grid.  It would be huge.

Worst case scenario, what if there were an emp (electro magnetic pulse) that completely fried our power grid?  Worst case scenario.....we would literally be thrown back into the ages of no power, no technology of any sort, and we would completely have to rely upon our own preparedness and survival skills.  Factories would not work, so it wouldn't be a matter of getting resources and equipment out there.  We would have to start right from scratch and get factories up and running, find the resources, build the things needed, and then we could figure out a way to get out there and rebuild the grid.  It would take years to rebuild it all.

What if....a solar flare big enough to knock it down, a terrorist attack to shut it down, cyber terrorism, or a nuclear plant explosion of some sort?  What if?

Here is a great article that talks about different ways the grid could be taken down.  The more severe drastic ways that most of us don't want to think about, but are real none the less.  Take a few minutes to review this article and ask yourself some more what if questions.

Here is another article that talks about the same thing, but actually gives a bit of advice on what we can do to prepare for such a crazy event.  Some good links to follow and check out.  Again ask yourself what you can do if such an event were to happen.

What do you as a family need to prepare for if..... or when.... the grid comes down?

Think about it, plan for it!  What would you do?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Sun Is Setting

I started Today While The Sun Shines eight years ago, yuppers 2008, when the sun was shining and the air was warm - as Gordon B. Hinckley said in the quote on my front page.  Sure there was some craziness in the world, and it was important to be prepared for a disaster that might happen in your area, or in your family, but now......pick your disasters because any number of them could happen at any time, any where, and will happen to you if they haven't already happened.  I am not just talking natural disasters, because it seems that man made ones, are much more prevalent, at least where I live.

I chose to change the background theme of this page, from one where the sun was still shining and the air was warm and beautiful, to the current one, where the sun is setting over the ripened wheat field.  I really enjoyed listening to a talk that President Russell M. Nelson gave a couple of weeks ago, in which he clearly stated we are living in the eleventh hour.  We are living in the latter part of the latter days.  It was a great talk, if you want to go listen to it, you can here.  It is worth it for sure!  I have been feeling this for some time now, and decided to share with you, that I think the sun is going down on us.

Gordon B. Hinckley said, - as I have on the main page - There are seasons in our lives, seasons when we can prepare and work, when the sun shines and the air is warm.  Friends, I feel it that the seasons are changing and the sun won't be shining for a whole lot longer.  The time for us to get prepared and work hard is narrowing.  All one has to do is to watch the news, and look around yourself locally, and it is pretty obvious that times are rough everywhere.

So what can you do about it?  Be grateful for what you have - whether it is a job, doesn't really matter if you like it or not at this point, if it pays your bills be grateful.  If it is a healthy family and happy marriage - be grateful for it, for our family is being attacked on every side with heaps and mounds of dung.  If you have a home to live in, food on your table, be grateful for it.  This quote from President Nelson, tells us what he thinks we need to do.

I am not one who loves to preach doomsday, or be one who loves to share bad news, - I am one who loves to be prepared and wants desperately to have those around me do likewise.  Friends, I encourage each of you to start asking yourself some what if questions.  "What if....?"

What if I lose my job?  What if the dollar drops?  What if the price of oil drops even more?  What if the economy shuts down?  What if a natural disaster happens?  What if a horrible disease cuts loose?  What if I can't feed my family?  What if food trucks or tankers stop moving?  What if....?

I am going to start asking a few of these questions over the next little while, for my own benefit, as well as for yours.  It is important to have a plan in place for these what if questions.  What if you are prepared?  What if you are not prepared?  Which would you rather be to ride out the storms of the latter end of the latter days?  I want to be prepared.  I am praying for courage to get me through.  I don't know what's coming, but my gut feeling tells me it is going to be a handful of stuff we will need courage for.  We will need to know who we really are.  And we will need to be prepared.

"What if?"  Now go and do......

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Why Store Wheat?

I often am asked "What can I do with wheat?  And why would I store something I will probably never use?"  My answer is.......we store it because it has so many life sustaining values, and because we have been asked to store it.

Let me tell you a story about a young Bishop who had asked his congregation to learn to eat their food storage, and he himself decided that he would live off food storage for a time.  He quickly came to realize that not having vitamins, especially vitamin C would be a problem, a hole in the storage plan.  He decided to pray about it to see how he could solve this problem using the food storage basics, and his thoughts were to use the wheat and sprout it.  It would provide enough fresh vitamins, including vitamin C that it could stave off any vitamin deficiencies.  Wheat is an amazing grain.

It is inexpensive to purchase, stores for years and years under proper conditions, can be ground, soaked, cracked, made into gluten, flour made into breads, pastas, sprouted and eaten as sprouts or wheat grass, or sprouted then dried and ground into a nutritional flour.  As you can see, the possibilities for the wheat, that is sitting in your storage area in your basement, are endless.

Here are some of the things you can do:
Grind it - make breads, doughs, pastas, crackers, gluten / wheat meat, hot cereal (rough ground), cakes, pastries, muffins, cookies, etc
Soak it - make cereal, sprouts, meat substitute for hamburger, and others, used in any meal as a substitute for meat.  It really can, I have tried it for many substitutes and it is amazing
Cook it whole - use it in chili's, soups, casseroles, and as cereal

Wheat is full of proteins, which when combined with a legume or dairy, form a complete protein.

Have I convinced you yet as to why you would store wheat?  Here is the bottom line - are you ready for it?  Here you go.....


Let me say that again.  Wheat can and will sustain your life for a long term if need be, if you just learn what to do with it.  

If of course, you never learn what to do with it, and how to make it delicious every day in your diet, definitely you will wonder why you ever stored it.  Don't let a valuable grain such as wheat, sit in your basement on the shelves and never learn how to incorporate it into your diet.  What a shame and a waste of storage space and money.  Use it!!!

Here is a post I did a long time ago about making and using wheat gluten as a meat substitute and for other cooking.  Check it out there are a ton of recipes and gluten making tutorials. 

Here is a tutorial about how you can use sprouted wheat to make wheat burger.  It is so easy and delicious.

When using ground wheat in any bread or other baking recipe, the rule of thumb at first is to try substituting 1/3 of the white flour for whole wheat flour.  As you get more familiar with using whole ground wheat, you can adjust according to what you like.  Or google some recipes using whole wheat flour.  There are lots of them out there.

Don't let the wheat you have stored go to waste, and if you don't have any stored, get some and learn to use it.  It is one thing you will not be sad you learned how to use.