Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Lost in the 70s tonight

Oh, my feet are tired and I'm going to (gracefully) plop on the sofa as soon as I leave the office. I had e-mails I wanted to write and a couple of blogs to peruse but a day of grocery shopping has me ready to:
1) stop eating;
2) move even further into the country so I can have a cow, some chickens, and a huge garden;
3) watch an NCIS rerun and then read for awhile before going to bed early.

I decided #3 was the wisest choice.

While walking past the paperback book section of the grocery store, I noticed a familiar title... picked it up with anticipation, and yes... it is a REVISION of my favorite book about the economy from the 1970s. Now I know I am reliving those years over again when Howard Ruff has updated How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years (now called How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years in the 21st Century). It was THE book that first got me interested in emergency preparedness even though technically, it is a book about investments and finances.

Ruff is a Mormon who also wrote a great deal about food storage and what I call "deepening the pantry" as he believes having food and necessities on hand should the economy collapse is just as good (if not better) than other financial investments. Some financial people despise him, which is probably why I liked his book. He speaks to my level.

So... I did something you know I rarely do. I paid full price for a book. Even at paperback prices that hurt... a lot. But I really wanted to find out what Ruff has to say about today's economy.

I still haven't recovered completely from overdoing it a bit lately. I can always tell when I require an afternoon nap! However, I'm planning a few things for the blog in the upcoming near future. Perhaps even beginning tomorrow.

I want to recommend some other good materials I've located about deepening the pantry and I'll share what I purchased this week (can you BELIEVE the prices?). The batteries have been recharged for the camera but it has been too wet to take any pictures. I hope to take some outside pics soon, as well as pictures of the pantry area of my garage.

Then there is the graduation to share as well as ponderings about homeschooling (did I mention Christopher ended up with a 4.0 this semester?). How proud we were of him as he graduated from high school... with a year of college under his belt. Such is life with homeschoolers.

Now I'm off to relax this evening. I'm even too tired to brew some tea. Now that is tired. Thankfully I had already made salisbury steak for tonight's dinner (yesterday) and all I had to do was call home from the grocery store and have the guys pop it into the oven. It was ready when I arrived home. These were times for which instant potatoes were invented. :) The dishes have been rinsed but I'll wash them in the morning when I'm a little... um... fresher?


Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your future posts. Have a restful evening.

Having a pantry is the necessary thing to do these expensive days, isn't it? What a blessing it is to be able to have one, no matter how big or small.

Here's a little "pantry poem" to you from me:

Oh pantry, my pantry, how I am grateful for thee.
When gas is so expensive and nothing is quite free.

A can of this, a little bit of that, a saving grace I can tell.
You help to get through the days and to bless others as well.

Okay, maybe not profound, but I hope it makes you smile. :)

Heather said...

I do hope a night of quiet rest will refresh your body, spirit, and mind! We are having a delightful, but noisy thunder storm, but I plan to sleep in peace! Blessings!

cheri said...

I took some more baby steps toward deepening our pantry the other day. It set me back $138 (ouch) but I know I will be grateful in the long run.

Hubby and I were marveling last night at the fact that the food we had in stock lasted us two months before our move.

God is good. He watches over us and helps us s-t-r-e-t-c-h our pennies.

Rest well, Brenda. I do so enjoy reading your blog.

Anonymous said...

move even further into the country so I can have a cow, some chickens, and a huge garden... Ah... That sounds wonderful doesn't it?
But... I think that #3 was the wisest for one day!
Love it!!!

DebD said...

I hope you had a restful evening. That book sounds very interesting.

midge said...

I also have been doing my pantry up, and trying to stay in a limited budget.