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.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Organize Yourselves

The scriptures tell us - Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.

Today I want to chat a bit about a couple of these things and how they relate to being prepared.

First off, they tell us right up front, organize yourselves and prepare every needful thing.  A couple of keywords - Organize Yourselves, Prepare Every Needful Thing - okay well they are all key in this instance.  We, ourselves, need to get our lives organized.  

Organize definition - arrange into a structured whole; order  OR make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity); coordinate.

 So with using that definition of organize then we should be looking at getting our lives arranged into a structured order, one that functions smoothly.  We should be making arrangements or preparations for our lives, in any forseen or unforseen events that may happen.  We should be coordinating our lives with what God would have us do for our lives.

Next part.....prepare every needful thing.  

Prepare definition - make (something) ready for use or consideration  OR lead up to by means of preparation

Needful definition -necessary; requisite  OR  needed or necessary

 Prepare every needful thing then means - we should be making every aspect of our lives ready for use, or every aspect of our lives should be being prepared for whatever it is that we should be preparing for, which is everything that is needed, or necessary.  

What are the needful things in your life?  What is it that you should be preparing for?  I suggest perhaps that you look at this from all angles to see just what it is that is necessary or needed in your life, and prepare for it, for any event, whether or not you can forsee this event happening, create a plan, get organized for it, prepare for it, then IF or WHEN it happens, you will be ready.  It won't throw your family into a whirlwind, because your will have organized and prepared every possible thing that will be needed.

I know it can seem like so much work.  Where do you even start?  Start by answering a few questions, and when you find the answers, act upon the answers.

What parts of my life need to be organized and prepared for?  Am I spiritually, emotionally, and physically ready for.......?  If not, what can I do to get prepared?  

If you are looking at possible ways to become spiritually more prepared for what lies ahead, perhaps I could suggest going to this link and watching these couple of talks.  Have a pen and paper handy, because you will want to take notes, not only on what they are saying, but what your promptings are as you listen.  

If you need to get more prepared in physical needs, such as health, food, clothing, etc, then perhaps look around at this blog a little bit more and see what you can find to help with that journey.  I have lots of information here on how you can go and do that.  Check out my 52 weeks to preparedness in the sidebar.  Check out the labels of posts a bit further down and find helpful advice on how to get more physically prepared.

Whatever areas of your life you need to work on, I urge you to just go and get it done.  Time is a precious commodity right now my friends, let's not waste what little bit of it we have left to prepare, for I am worried that soon, some preparations may be out of our hands.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Garden Seed Catalogues

I must confess to you - I get through the long winter by first getting through Christmas, then I think I only have two more months of cold left, I can handle it because the gardening catalogs start coming!  I know it is pretty pathetic right?  I love to browse through the garden seed catalogs page by page, reading the little
excerpts of the new seeds, circling the ones I want to order, making my lists of what I want from each catalog.

I feel like a kid all over again.  I remember each fall the Sears Christmas Catalog would come to our house, and each of us kids would go through page by page and claim what we want, circle it and point it out to mom.  We would each pick out our favorite bedroom that we would have if we could have any set.  It was kind of fun and helped us get through some long afternoons I am sure.

When we were at my sister's for Christmas Dinner this year, I must admit I was a bit jealous, because I have had a few small catalogs for garden seeds come, but she had this huge catalog that her friend bought and gifted her for Christmas.  Yes, being the nerd I am, I actually sat and read it for quite a bit of the afternoon, remarking on conversations and starting my own by some of the things that were in the catalog.

I am sure we all have these quirky things we like to do and mine is definitely garden catalogs and magazines.  One of my favorite gifts was a gardening magazine from someone.  I tell you, it keeps me going through the snow and cold.

Okay, so my point of all of this is - get your garden seeds ordered.  I know it is only mid January, but I tell you I have a feeling in my gut that tells me times are looking to be pretty rough for the coming year in more than a few ways, so get them ordered and have your supply of seeds on hand to grow your own veggies, even if you have to grow them in containers or small spots.  Get them and get prepared to grow them.

Remember if you are interested in doing any kind of seed saving, or in other words, growing stuff next year from this years seeds, make sure you order heirloom seeds, not hybrid sees.  Heirloom seeds are the only kind of seeds that will grow seed from produce.  Hybrid seeds may offer great produce or a bountiful harvest, but you can not save seeds from year to year and use them.  Every catalog will tell you which seeds are heirloom or not.

Here are a few links that will take you to some good heirloom seeds places online.

Heirloom Seeds

Heritage Harvest Seed

West Coast Seeds

And from there, I say - just google heirloom seeds, and if you can, your specific location and you will find things close to you.

Again, get your seeds!  Things are looking pretty rough out there in the world so we need to get our houses in order!  I will talk more about that next time.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Preparedness Library

Today I thought I might talk a bit about building your preparedness library.  First off, my disclaimer, I am a book fanatic!  I love books of any shape, size, genre (well almost all genres), you get the picture.

a very very small collection of a few of my books
I think it is of utmost importance that we gather any and all kinds of preparedness books we can that will help us learn and understand more.  I know you think, well I save all of my stuff on the computer, and I can always google what I need to know when the time comes.  Wrong answers!  If your power is out, you won't have a computer, and there are dozens of scenarios that could cause your power to be out, so never count on your computer to show you how to do something in case of.....  That is just a bad plan.

Your preparedness library should include many different types of books.  Of course books on being prepared, like cooking with beans, homesteading principles, food storage, emergency preparedness, and that sort of thing.  It should also include multiple recipe books, with your favorite recipes tagged in them.  It should include home canning and food preservation books.  It should include alternate cooking method books, like dutch oven cooking.  How about things like growing a garden, raising chickens, building an outhouse, etc?

Your library should include alternate health care ideas, like healing with herbs, and essential oils and first aid
alternate medicine books - I have many
ideas.  You never know when you will not have modern health care immediately available, and you will have to figure it out on your own, without the use of your computer!

Your library should include spiritual uplifting books.  Trust me when times get tough, we are going to need to have some positive uplifting spiritual books to get us through.  Heck, forget when times get tough, we need them now!

Your library should have some educational resources, especially if you have children.  For any type of an extended disaster, you will want to continue on with some sort of normalcy, which includes education for your children, or grandchildren.

In my library, I have binders full of information that I have gathered from various sites and sources, and have organized it so that in a pinch, I could find what I need.  I have even created my own books, mostly for my own information, like my dehydrated meals recipes that I can have ready and just add to boiling water to have an instant meal.   

If you don't know what you would do in a disaster situation, find a good book, read it, mark it up and add it to your library.  I firmly believe that our libraries will save our lives some day.  And though I absolutely love Google, he is often my best friend, he WILL NOT be around when the time comes to desperately need him, so use him now, download, print, organize whatever you need, and don't count on him to come to your rescue, because as much as he would like to help you, and as much as we will desperately miss him, he will not be able to help us no matter how much we beg and plead!

It is all up to us.  Create your library of resources, including good novels for some entertainment and education, and you will be set.

Thursday, January 7, 2016


Well I thought I was going to do a bit of a round up of inventory helps to get me, myself and I together, as
Here is what you will find at her site.  Click on it.
well as you, and get our inventory more up to date.  I know mine is way out of date.  Time to do the dreaded..... so then I went searching once again for the best options and spreadsheets and food storage calculators, and guess what I found????  The perfect post of someone who has already done this for me. 

I want to share it with you here.  You really should check it out.  She really does share some great tools to help with this process.  Again here is the link.  The website is and they do have some great info. 

So without further adieu, I will let you do some browsing over on her site today.  Have fun!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

English Muffins - Food Storage Recipe

One of my all time favorite go to books when it comes to cooking with food storage and making things from scratch is Marlene's Magic with Food Storage, and you can find it here on Amazon, or click on the picture and it will take you there if you are interested.
She has some really great recipes one of which I have found is this one below.  I really love an English Muffin toasted with lots of butter melted on it.  It is one of my favorite breakfast things, and her recipe makes them really nice.  It isn't even that difficult!  Give it a whirl.

English Muffins 
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dry yeast
1/2 c warm milk, powdered milk reconstituted can be use just as well
1 cu warm water
3 tbsp sugar
1/4 c butter, softened
corn meal

Sift flour and salt together (I never sift anything, just mix it).  Combine yeast with warm milk and set aside for 5 minutes.  Mix in water and sugar.  Work in 2 cups flour mixture and let stand 1 1/2 hours. 

Beat in softened butter and remaining flour.  Place dough on a board which has been covered lightly with cornmeal.  Cover and let rise.  

Roll out dough 1/2 inch thick on the cornmeal covered board.  Cut in 4 1/2 inch circles (tuna can size).  let stand for 20 minutes.
This is what an English Muffin looks like.  Delicious

Heat a lightly oiled fry pan or hot griddle.  Place muffins in fry pan and cover with lid.  Fry for 5 - 7 minutes.  Turn and fry second side for another 5 - 7 minutes.  

Easy peasy right???  Give it a whirl.  It costs pennies to make these compared to purchasing them in the store.

Seriously if you are looking for ways to use your food storage, her book is a good one.  It is not new and exciting, but old, tried, and true.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

You Are Not Alone

There is power in numbers, and when it comes to being prepared, there is great power in numbers.  It doesn't really matter what the disaster might be, when the band of prepared people gather together to help out, there is a strength and power there that cannot be found anywhere else.

Thinking of preparedness as a set of rings on a target.  Your inner most ring and strength is of course within your family circle.  This includes not only your immediate family but you extended family as well.  I remember reading a blog quite a few years ago (I wish I would have book marked it and paid more attention), and this family were very much creating their inner circle of strength.  Each adult member had their own responsibilities, for example: 

One sister was in charge of food storage orders and organization - learning anything that had to do with food storage and sharing her knowledge with the others to help them get prepared.

A brother was assigned the task of learning everything to know about heat, light, and shelter resources.  He had arranged for them to be self reliant with heat by finding great deals on wood stoves which they all installed, and then they cut a ton of wood so they had well more than a years supply of wood for their entire family.

Another brother was tasked the responsibility of learning anything he could about raising animals and sustainability with everything that went along with that.

The mother and a sister were in charge of gardening resources and so on and so forth.  Each had their responsibility - even the little children - some included communications, some sanitation, and every aspect of survival and preparedness was taken care of by one member of the family.  This member then came back to the rest of the family - they met at least once a month to do big projects or have meetings - and they would be taught by whoever learned new things.

It was a great system.  I hope to implement something like this in my own family this year.  I wish I could find this other family on the vast world wide web again, but for some reason they seemed to have disappeared off my radar.  Probably smart for them.

When we branch out of our inner family circle, we next look at our local neighborhood and / or community with it's resources and like minded people.  This would also include church members, and friends who may be like minded in their thinking and prepping.  What resources do you have there and who can you depend on?  Is there a way to meet regularly with these people and create that strength within yourselves, and the motivation, to keep moving forward and take better measures to prepare your neighborhood or community.  It will be a huge blessing when the time comes for knowledge, action, and supplies for you to not be alone in your efforts.  Trust me you are not alone, there are many others out there who feel the same, but are probably like you and want to just sit back quietly and see what happens.  Time for sitting back quietly has passed, it is time to take action and get things done.

Branching out from this second circle may lead you to various websites, online friends and neighbors, others who live a ways away, but who think as you do.  The world of preppers - as we get called - is actually pretty big, offering a wealth of information to share with each other.  There are forums, blogs, websites, you tube videos, and on and on, of resources available.  Reach out to these people and glean from them what you can, then take it back to your two inner circles, share and prepare.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE! 

I met another very nice couple the other day who think just like I do, in many aspects of preparedness.  Unfortunately they don't live in the same city as I do, but they are close enough.  We can learn from each other and help each other.  I look forward to meeting many more.  I know that I have been sitting quiet for a couple of years just watching and quietly preparing my own family.  It is now time to strengthen my inner circles of preparedness. 

What can you do to strengthen your inner circles?  Do you have a family / extended family plan and do you work together to make things happen?  Do you have an extended circle of like minded friends and neighbors who you get together with often to discuss plans and prepare?  If not, what can you do to make something like this happen.  Again I say, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, so find those others and make things happen.  Learn from each other......AND......Share your experiences with me.  I would love to hear of them.  I can be part of your extended circles and I would love it!