Preparing for the Future

A few of you may have noticed that I haven’t posted on the solar oven project in a while.  It’s merely been paused while I work on some other things, and I will resume work on it shortly after New Year’s.

So what are the other things?

Well, for starters, Christmas is coming.  We don’t go crazy for Christmas, preferring to keep it a bit more low-key and respectful, but there are still things to be done.  One BIG thing is the family calendar.  Every year, we take copious amounts of pictures, and in November and December I select the best and put together a family calendar.  Each month has a collage of five or six pictures (mainly of the kids), and most of the pictures have captions.  I print them myself (about 24 calendars) because I haven’t found an office store yet that can print them as well as I can.  I put a lot of effort and time into it, and it gets rave reviews from family.  :)

We’ve also had some medical issues lately.  My mom developed shingles, and I wouldn’t wish this very painful resurgence of the chickenpox virus on my worst enemy.  My son, Bunny-Wan Kenobi, got a couple of eczema patches on his hands, which I fought and fought.  Finally, I had to take him to the doctor, and it turned out the eczema had gotten infected.  So he got an antibiotic, as well as a topical steroid that’s stronger than OTC hydrocortizone.  Then he had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic after a week of being on it, which prompted a prescription for a strong antihistamine to fight the hives.  I also ended up pulling out some long-unused Nystatin to treat a yeast outbreak in the eczema.  He’s also been having to have Aquaphor (I got the generic!) put on his hands and up his arms, and he’s wearing long socks on his arms to bed.

Poor child!  He was delighted to finish the antihistamine today (apparently it tasted pretty vile — “imagine that it tastes like grape, but then make it very, very sour…”), and he’s counting the days until he can stop the topical steroid and the Aquaphor up his arms and the socks.  I’ll continue the Nystatin on him, and start him on Benadryl since the rash isn’t completely gone yet.  He’s also supposed to apply a small amount of Aquaphor to his hands every few times he washes them.  It’s like being back with him as a baby, when his skin would just go haywire and I’d have to use a prescription eczema cream, Nystatin, and Bactroban all together to get it back to normal.

But another thing that has been taking my attention is something that has to do with preparing for the future.

With the way things are going currently, and the legislation that has been passed and is still coming down the pike, we believe that the hard times in this country have only begun.  The numbers that show there is a recovery going on are the result of a big shell game.

With that in mind, it is only wise to prepare.  This is why we raise meat rabbits.  But another thing we are working toward is starting a vegetable garden.  That takes money, especially in our case.  The yard regularly is wetter than it ought to be, because we live at the bottom of a hill and our yard was engineered (why?!?) as an overflow for heavy rains.  This means that any vegetable gardens I have will need to be in raised beds.

Okay, so where to get the money?  Well, when we moved in here with my uncle, this house was already packed to the gills with stuff.  My grandmother and grandfather bought this house.  My great-grandmother lived here for years.  My uncle moved back in to help care for my grandfather, then my great-grandmother, and finally my grandmother.

So there are many things around the house that are no longer in use.  Clothes, shoes, etc.  Most of the sizes are smaller than any of the three girls (myself, my mom, and my daughter) that live here now, so there is no one to wear them.  My uncle is graciously allowing me to sell a good bit of it on eBay to raise money for garden plots.  I’ve been at it for a couple of months now.  Shay has also sold some of his model trains to help out, and we’re doing pretty well so far.  It is going to take a while to go through everything and have it all posted and sold.

In whatever situation you find yourself, please do what you can yourself to prepare.  Any food you can produce on your own is a step toward immunity from hard times.  In the Great Depression, the people who were least affected were the farm families and others who had large gardens and kept chickens and such.  Even if you live in an apartment, there are things you can do… just do some searches, and you’ll find there are others who have figured out ways to grow vegetables at their apartments.  Even if you end up not needing everything you produce, you will be in a position to help others.


Preparing for the Future — 7 Comments

  1. Oh, goodness, this is just where I am! I have been busy trying to figure things esp for little kids which isn’t much on the web, maybe I’ll make a site or something…

    Anyways, times are sure getting scary. Esp for those who see it, but are unprepared.

    • Yes, you are right. We have been doing some preparation for some time, a little at a time. We couldn’t do much to produce our own food until recently, though, because we lived in an apartment. We did start the rabbit thing up there, but there was only so much we could do to raise vegetables.

      Having a yard is really good now, so we can produce more food. I want to start getting it going as soon as possible, because it’s so hard to see what’s going to happen next.

      I see grocery prices go up now every time I go to the store for my major shopping (about every two weeks). Stuff that had been the same price for several years is suddenly rising, and not by a few cents, either. I feel like I want to buy everything now, before there is any more inflation, but I can’t. I just have to trust the Lord to take care of us and help me do what I can.

      You are right that there isn’t much on the web about preparedness with small children. I did find this, about babies, which might give you some ideas, at least:

    • I forgot to mention that one thing that I’ve been doing, that might be good for you to do, is I’ve been shopping at thrift stores for larger sizes of clothing for my kids to grow into. Bunny-Wan Kenobi is 9, and I have some clothes for him into size 16. ILoveBunnies is 14, and I need to get some clothes the next size up for her. I was thinking maybe she was just going to get taller at this point, but she is really built like an Amazon, and so she may need things a bit larger as well.

      You may see if there is a Freecycle group in your area ( You may find clothes and toys there. A couple sizes of balls, and some other sturdy toys. Empty plastic plant pots, dollar store kitchen accessories (measuring cups, colanders, funnels, etc.) can make great toys. I used to have quite a collection of kitchen things that the kids used as tub toys. They had a blast with them!

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! Those are really. Oh and thanks for the link. I have decided to do a site about kids specifically. Something I can work on as I learn and aquire. :)

    The prices of things are nuts. I went to safeway once and bought almost $100 worth of food in four bags, and it wasn’t expensive food either.

    And I actually started raising rabbits in an apartment, too. :) They were the only livestock I could keep under the managers radar, lol. :D

    • I think your site idea is wonderful! As things go downhill, more and more people are going to need information to help them meet the needs of their small children. :)

      I forgot that you had started your rabbits in an apartment! :D We kept ours on the screened porch. Well… until they had to rebuild the porch above ours… then we kept them in the bathrooms! LOL

  3. Lol, we had our upstairs. A bunch in a room we weren’t using, one in the hall, and a couple in the master bedroom. Even some in the bathroom at one point (severe rabbitosis) No balcony. Boo. :)

    And then we became managers and moved them out back from our apartment. :) That was a relief.

    I am really liking building this site. Maybe something I end up getting into, I LOVE it. :) I know I have been looking for about a year and a half for sites with info on kids,,,but the most I have found is a couple of good articles. So I hope this ends up being a great site, :)

    • LOL… that is definitely severe rabbitosis!

      I’m really looking forward to watching your site grow. I think it will be a wonderful resource for people with small children! :)

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