Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A little survey

I think it is time to ponder this recession a little more. If you are interested in more recession ponderings and/or pantry posts... let me know.

I have links on the sidebar to those I have already posted but they were written before the worst of the "crash" began and I have a feeling we are going to see it get much worse before it begins to get better.

I've been hearing many "experts" say we could look like we're pulling out of this for awhile but the real pain is yet to come. That would make it like the beginning of the Great Depression, the worst stock market crash happened after a "sucker rally".

For those who recently began reading CTB&Me, my passion has long been emergency preparedness. I started out online in the 1990s as one of the administrators of a famous preparedness forum. Some of us have continued on a private forum where we've been sharing each other's lives now for over ten years. It's amazing the friendships technology can bring.

I've been working on some new posts about the recession and about deepening the pantry but they will be time consuming. I'm more than willing to begin writing about the subject more if that's what you want.

Well, that and a little about tea... and coffee... and, of course, books... and the antics of the people I call family. :)

Let me know. If you are interested, I'll start a series of posts about living in a recession and deepening the pantry.

51 comments:

Rita said...

Brenda,
I've heard that things will pick up in the spring regarding the housing market and have felt encouraged by that. Can you tell me what you have heard about it all? I'd like to know about recession type things especially cooking. Thanks! I read your blog every day.

Anonymous said...

Brenda,

I would be very interested in some posts on deepening the pantry and recession information. You have a lot of valuable knowledge that I would like to glean from.

I appreciate all you share.

Lori in PA

Janice said...

Please Please more recession pondering posts. I need any little bit of information anyone can share. Thank you for the wonderful posts you share all the time.
Janice

Rain said...

I would love to read more about recession proofing our pantry.
I'd love some ideas for creating wholesome meals on the cheap. I know our food budget is very little for our family of 7 and I am having a hard time preparing good food within this budget. I had a decently stocked food pantry that is slowly dwindling under the confines of our smaller budget. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to stock it while trying to feed ourselves a decent menu plan as well.
Thanks again for your lovely home on the web. It's very encouraging.
Blessings to you and your family!

Tammie @ Are You For Real? said...

Brenda, I am most certainly interested. I loved the articles you wrote before and I noticed that you got LOTS of comments from others who appreciated them, as well.

Also, I have a special request. I read through your archives a while back and found quite a few post where you shared wisdom along the lines of Edith Schaefer and how to minister to your family and others through thoughtful homemaking. I really enjoyed your wisdom in that area. Would you consider writing along those lines from time to time?

Suze said...

Yes - I am definitely interested! Of course, I like whatever you write about - this is my favorite blog - really!

Johnson Farm said...

Brenda - I read your postings quite often. You are on the right track to educate people about surviving and managing the recession. I grew up poor, so am aware of how to "make do", plus I am almost 71, raised a large family and was quite diligent to stretch the dollars. The one thing we did was to sacrifice and send the 5 children to Christian school. The remaining 4 of them all have the where-withal to cope. These trying times will be hardest on the younger families who have "always had what we wanted". Please post more about the current times that are a repeat of tougher times in this country. We all can survive, but a lot of people will have to reassess their thinking. Bless you! - Dotty

Rita said...

I too grew up on the poor side of things. My mom could do everything possible with potatoes and I do that today. I appreciate being taught some things and would like to learn more.

Amanda said...

I would be very interested in these types of postings. Especially when it comes to making sure I have enough food stored up for two adults, which is my situation. I work full time, so it is difficult to do a lot of canning and food preservation, but I am really starting to feel the need to make sure I make the most of this summer's small garden and farmer's market offerings.

Thanks for all your great wisdom!
Amanda

Anonymous said...

I'm interested, because I know nothing about how to do these things.
Anna

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Sure, I'm always interested in ways to live frugally, recession or no. Personally, I'm hoping that all this negative chatter we hear is a ploy by the "powers that be" to lower expectations as I don't believe that the answers the "powers that be" are offering will work, in which case, we really are going to be in trouble.

A. said...

I would love to see more of these posts. I heard on the news this morning that they are predicting this "down turn" to last until at LEAST 2013.

We are doing well, for a change. But, we suffered a LOT last year and I know that I learned a valuable lesson about keeping stocked and being prepared.

I love learning even more. I find the posts encouraging and in this day and age, I could use encouragement. Especially in making a home and a pantry on a budget.

Anonymous said...

Brenda,
Thankyou for all you have taught us thus far. Yes, I too would like any information you have on what you and your friends think is upcoming so as to be somewhat less surprised and prepared. The information along with the pantry ideas is welcome. I also liked when you mentioned earlier to add some books and games and maybe a movie or so to the list so the little ones {as well as us bigger ones ;) ) could have something new and special along the way. The library would of course fill that bill if you could not buy something at a garage sale. The list of sites on your side bar to visit and learn from have been very helpful. We have always done most of this but I have learned MANY new ways and things through them. Since you are still on your personal forum with friends in this field you can fill us in if you have any hunches. None of us has much more than that these days as to where this is all going! My husband only has a year till retirement so this plung in the markets has hit us very hard. We do not have time for recovery of our mutual funds like the younger ones do. I think to meet and get to know more of our neighbors is a help more than ever. We are all in this boat together, as always, and their wisdom and talents and yours could combine to be a help to all. We all have talents or tools or whatever we can share and help each other. Bartering one for the other costs nothing. A smile and a warm word of comfort costs nothing but is priceless. Prayers are always in season. Jody

Anonymous said...

Please do write about the recession and deepening our pantries. I look forward to reading your blog, you share some wonderful insights.
Babette in Alabama

Anonymous said...

yes, I would be interested in more pantry deeping and recession information. we are gloing to have a real need for all the information we can get. it is especially good learning from someone who has been though the school of hard knocks too.

scrappy quilter said...

I am definitely interested. The more I learn the better it is for my family. The more education we get, the better we can help our families and friends.

Shan said...

Dearest Brenda,

I think that anything you would be willing to write about this horrible recession would be wonderful.

I am very worried that many families are going to be ill prepared for the coming hard times. It is just that "making do" has never been part of their lives and they have not been taught the basic living skills needed to feed and clothe their families.

Thank you so very kindly,
Shan
Honey Hill Farm

Sandra said...

In a word...yes! I would like to hear more about the pantry and recession. I think it's something we'll all need to know more about. Thanks for taking time to write about such important things.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Sure, I'm always interested to hear what you have to say!

Personally, I feel like we're poised to come of it this year, maybe it's just wishful thinking. :-) But I'm feeling more optimistic than I ever have. Recession or not we all need to be better managers of our money.

Manuela

Anonymous said...

Brenda,
I just recently found your blog, have bookmarked it and visit everyday. It is usually the first place I go after BibleGateway. I even sent the link to my sister. I would be very interested in your ideas about deepening the pantry and the recession. I appreciate that you are willing to help others, like me, who need a bit more knowledge in these areas. God Bless, Julie

Veronica said...

I have learned quite a bit from reading your previous pantry posts as well as the sidebar links. I would love more posts on that as well as any other prep information you have. I love your blog!

Kim said...

Yes please Bren. I'm in the UK & things are diffferent in some ways, but Wisdom & advice are needed the world over.

Kim
Hereford uk

mom2six said...

I have enjoyed your pantry and recession information. Have your your sites on the sidebar. Am in the process of deepening the pantry here. Not only that but trying to purchase clothing and shoes several sizes up for growing children. Another other information you can give would be deeply appreciated. You are the first blog I usually read in the morning. Blessings - In Jesus,

Debra said...

Definitely interested! I've been making the most of every food dollar off and on for 30 years and I never, ever tire of learning new tricks. I am finding these days exciting, actually--I've always felt challenging times would arrive someday and that's partly why I've practiced 'making something from nothing' for all these years--to be ready. I'm finding it fun to put all the tricks into practice as I did, especially back in the days as a young bride and mother. Blessings, Debra

debbie said...

I have hope we can come thru the bad times. So yes I would be very interested in posts on living with the recession.
I'm also a daily reader even though I don't always comment.
I enjoy it very much.

Kim Stewart said...

Please do!!!

Marianna said...

I believe the information would certainly be timely.

Marianna

Kim Stewart said...

Please do!!! I have almost always been a frugal person and had a stockpile but sometimes feel like I am the only one in my area. Even people in my church don't seem to get it. It is so encouraging to read your posts and learn new ideas, to be reminded of other ideas and to know that there are other homemakers that are like minded.

Thank you Brenda for sharing not only your knowledge but also your heart.

Bright blessings,
Kim

Anonymous said...

antics???

-Stephanie

tam said...

Homemaking has become a lost art and I for one am here trying to learn new tricks, and this old dog is having difficulty mastering them. I really dont know how to sew(I do have a sewing machine), knitting (purchased looms), or baking from scratch, which would all be frugal. We need a Titus woman to teach us, especially during these times. Your help would be a wonderful god send. Thank you for your ideas.

Anonymous said...

I would love some info on this topic.

Cheryl (copperswife) said...

Your previous posts have been a wonderful blessing to many gals. Though we've been through this before, I would love to be reminded of things I should be doing and learning a few new ideas too.

I, for one, appreciate the amount of time these sorts of posts take from your day. Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

On yes, Brenda. I know I need the help. I just skimmed the comments , and I'll just had a "second" to all that commented.

Thanks for taking the time and concern to do this for others.

Anonymous said...

There are two things that concern me about this coming depression: This time people will TAKE what they want rather than share. (Break-ins, etc.) The other thing is that I cannot seem to find any other person taking this seriously. I know people who have plenty of money but they seem to think the groceries will always be available when they need to purchase them.(they might have a week's worth of groceries in the house.) I wonder how many of my church friends I will be able to help with my reasonable amount of pantry stock. This depression is going to be a mean one. Ultimately, our trust must be in the Lord. Still, we are to recognize what's coming and prepare for it. These are just some of my thoughts.
Mrs. L.

cheri said...

Yes,please. :)

Jackie said...

I would love to read some recession ponderings! I have always tried to live a frugal lifestyle but encouragement and ideas from others would be very interesting and helpful. I love your blog! Thanks!

~~Deby said...

Brenda
My vote----YES on the subject. you are so practical and name brand names and such and do some of the footwork for us and just encourage us to be Godly homemakers...you go for it..those kinds of posts are some of my favorites.
Deby

Anonymous said...

I would love to have more post on the recession/depression.

I would also appreciate any websites/forums you wouldn't mind sharing regarding this subject also.

I think we are in for a long and rough ride. Unemployment gets worse every day and I don't see it improving anytime soon.

judy said...

Hi Brenda,

Yes, please continue with your recession/depression ponderings. I am especially interested in sharing efforts with other women. Thanks so much for the offer. judy

Susan B said...

Brenda,
I truly have appreciated your previous posts, and would be interested to learn more about how to deepen my pantry, and any recession posts. Thank you so much sharing the information!

Cherrie said...

I am very interested. I was laid off in Nov. I need all the help I can get.
Thank You!
Cherrie

Carol said...

Brenda: I too would very much appreciate your thoughts about the recession and the pantry.

Carol
MD

Patty said...

Yes, please do more. You have shared such valuable insight with us already. Thanks!

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Yes, count me in on wanting to read more about deepening the pantry and living in a recession. You are so wise and have worked miracles with being frugal. Trips to the store are so depressing, but we have to purchase our food and other necessary items. I say."Bring it on,Brenda." I look forward to it.

Gumbo Lily said...

Yes, please. I have a feeling that we'll all be sharing more about these things.

Jody

Sibyl said...

Brenda
I am always looking for things like that. It doesn't matter if the nation is in a recession/depression or not. It is always a good idea for us to be prepared for just about anything. You never know when things happen and you need to be prepared.

Sibyl

oma aka meme said...

this sounds like a awesome idea
looking forward to the blog-
hugs from Meme

Anonymous said...

Brenda,

More please! We have spent the past week putting up steel shelves in our basement in our whole-house organizing project for this year. We purposely put in more shelves than we need right now just for "deepening the pantry" and disaster planning. I can use some suggestions.

Janet

Beth said...

I'll join the throng asking for more posts about living through the recession and deepening the pantry!

It's not something I really WANT to think about, to tell you the truth. But I know I NEED to. I've already done a lot to deepen our pantry and to be careful with our finances. Where I find it difficult is the uncertainty...not knowing what things might cost more, not knowing if we should try to refinance the house, not knowing what could happen with my husband's job, etc.

Anonymous said...

I am interested in hearing about deepening the pantry and the recession.I love your blog!
Monica

Barbara said...

I would love to see more of your recession ponderings and all things having to do with getting by on less. My husband lost his job yesterday and we've already been living frugally so any help is appreciated.
Thanks.