|Beautiful pine tree after the frost.|
Prepare- Oct/Nov was rotate month for us. All of our canned goods that we keep on hand for emergencies like snowstorms and bad roads and power outages (and EMP's - we are those kind of people!) need to be rotated in and out of the storage. We like to pull them out before they get to the use by date. This has become an annual thing and it works well to do it in November as it helps to kind of save money on food in December when something always comes up! So we have eaten a lot of canned veggies and some canned meat. We buy new all during the year so it is not a huge expense to replace. Each year we have less and less store bought emergency food and more and more home canned and preserved. During this last storm when it fell so hard and fast the road crews never caught up, we didn't want to brave the treacherous icy roads and didn't leave the house for a week. What a good feeling to know we didn't have to worry about food (and toilet paper - always have extra of that) and just concentrated on staying warm and snug!
Reduce- I am going to share a little of what my mother is going through right now and for that last couple of weeks as a cautionary tale. My mom and her two sisters have to go through Grandmas house now to get it ready to sell. They are cleaning out every nook and cranny and it turns out Grandma and Grandad may not have ever thrown anything away! Canceled checks from 60 years ago, a bank book from before they got married in 1931! So there are my mom and her sisters going through all this collection of stuff - Mom says she will go home and immediately start going through her drawers and only save things that are valuable from a monetary or sentimental view AND she will write down why they are important! Let this be a lesson - make it a habit to look at all the things you keep and imagine someone going through your house saying "Oh my - why do you suppose she kept all this?!" :)
|This is the barn on my great grandfathers farm!|
Grow- Although growing season came to an abrupt end this month I managed to get to my friends house as she was going through and thinning her flowers, she gave me peony roots, day lily bulbs and hollyhock, morning glory and sunflower seeds! We expanded the garden this year so next year I am hoping we will work more on landscaping and adding some flowers.
Create- The creative process is all secret this month as I have no time to do anything but gift work until it all gets done!
Discover- This month I am reading "The Makers Diet" by Jordan S Rubin and his journey from health to illness and back again. It is a real eye opener on how sick processed foods can make you if you are susceptible!
|Daddy (holding her), Miss Lily and Uncle Niel are dancing!|
Well that about catches me up and be sure to check out the other blogs at this link HERE and see what everyone is doing. Onward to December, and it is now time for Christmas Carols!