Friday, December 28, 2012

Are You A Prepper?

 As I look back on the year, I see that I have become more of a prepper than I was before.  Are you a prepper?
   A few months ago I didn't even know what a prepper was, but I guess I have always been one.  I believe in preparing for any type of upset in my routine. I always have a stock of food  in case of a natural disaster.  Am I a doomsday prepper?  No, I believe in God.  If the world comes to an end, I will be taken care of in a most Heavenly place, free from all worries and strife. BUT while I'm here on Earth, it doesn't hurt to think ahead and help take care of my family.
   I have mentioned before that I have a generator with several cans of gas on the side.  We use well water and when the electricity goes out there is no water.  It happened a few too many times and we finally learned our lesson. We also have some large containers of water for flushing in case we run out of gas, and a case of bottled water for drinking.
   Whenever I go to the store I often buy two or more of something if it is on sale.  Yes, there is a stash of food in the basement, but we eat from it all year long and replenish when certain items get low. You never know when that blizzard will strike and leave us without something to eat. So far, you don't think of me as a fanatic, right?
   Recently it dawned on me, that if there is a major power outage, all forms of making transactions will be down, no gas for the car because the tanks are computerized, debit and credit cards will not work, banks will have to close. I don't think grocery stores are set up to accept cash without giving receipts that deduct from their inventory automatically. The cash registers will not even open without electricity.
   Snow is not my only enemy-- I also live near a large dam which produces current for all of Western Michigan.  There are regular meetings for the residents to prepare for evacuation in case the dam breaks.  Luckily, my house is high enough that I will never be flooded, but life as we know it now will be disrupted, much like what happened during Hurricane Sandy in the East.
   Now, here comes the fanatic part... What happens if it takes a long time to get all of this sorted out or maybe there is a very serious terrorist attack? Have you thought about the fact that all shelves will be emptied in a matter of days or even hours if there's panic?  That means my local farm store will no longer have seeds for my garden, so even if I wanted to grow my own vegetables, I couldn't.. I now keep a small back stock of seeds in the refrigerator, rotating them so they don't get old. But even if they are old, some of the seeds will always sprout.  Isn't that what our fore-fathers did when they settled this great country?  They prepared for the future as they traveled West looking for a new life, always looking ahead. I don't know about you, but being a prepper, on even a small scale, makes me feel safer and more secure.

You might also like to visit my cooking blogs at An Herbal Bedfellow and my restaurant reviews at Grabbin' A Bite

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Diane Kidman's Latest Herb Book

Have you noticed the new link in the sidebar?
   Diane Kidman came out with Nature to the Rescue! How to Build Your Own First Aid Kit recently, just in time for your Christmas gift money spending.  In my opinion one of the most important books she has written.
   One of the reasons I started to grow herbs was because I had been to an herb farm, and on that day I had a migraine, and trying to act as though nothing was bothering me  I'm sure I looked green around the gills.  I wasn't attracted to the dry-looking plants surrounded by mulch, on that very hot day, at all.  But suddenly my ears perked up when I heard a mention of feverfew and how it could stop a migraine.  The guide of our group said that since it was the end of the season, we could pluck any leaves we wished. Feverfew, she explained could be chewed or brewed into a tea, but it was quite bitter. Willing to try anything,  I promptly plucked a leaf and tucked it into my jeans pocket.  When I got back to the hotel, I chewed on it as long as I could stand to have that bitter taste in my mouth, then I closed my eyes for a short nap. When I woke up, there was no sign of a headache.  Gone!  I have used it many times over the years and always with the same desired effect.
   That began my journey and fascination with herbs.  As my daughters grew to womanhood, they both began to grow herbs in their own gardens, but Diane took her love of herbs to a whole new level.  She studied all facets of them, and became a certified herbologist  She is able to find them growing wild in the yard or deep in the woods, and she has a lot of knowledge on what to do with them. She loves sharing everything she knows.
   I think you will find her newest book fascinating.  It will also give you a sense of peace about how to take care of your family if you are not able to get some common over-the-counter medications.  And isn't it better to go natural whenever possible?
   If you received a new Kindle for Christmas or a gift card to Amazon, you won't regret spending some of your money on Nature to the Rescue.

You might also like to visit my cooking blogs at An Herbal Bedfellow and my restaurant reviews at Grabbin' A Bite

Friday, December 21, 2012

Mayan Calendar -- We're Alive!

Woohoo!  We're alive.  I guess the Mayans just got tired of working on their calendar.  Now  I can breathe again. My  herb and vegetable gardens will be there in the spring and needing my attention. My daylilies babies will be waiting for me, too.  Good to know.  The world is not done with us yet!  I feel at peace.  Now I can move forward to Christmas.  What a relief!!!

You might also like to visit my cooking blogs at An Herbal Bedfellow and my restaurant reviews at Grabbin' A Bite