Tis the season for egg nog and toilet paper shortages. It is becoming a seasonal tradition. First quarantine was in Spring and now we will be celebrating it again this winter…possibly. Shortages and drama have already begun. YouTuber channels are getting those views with titles such as “Food Shortages!” “Global Economic Collapse!” “Food Prices Skyrocketing!”
YouTubers have become like news channels, beware. They are getting views and making money off your fear. Turn away. There are some shortages, get over it. No toilet paper? Get a bidet, you’ll be cleaner than you’ve ever dreamt possible. No flour? Get ancient grains. No yeast? time for us to try that sourdough starter. No cream (that is the latest)? Make your own plant based creamer.
This is history. How do you think our grandparents felt with two World Wars, the Spanish Flu that wiped out towns, a drought called the Dust Bowl that lasted 10 years, Diphtheria, Polio, food rations, soup kitchens, and little government assistance until the end. quarantines, lack of necessities and food, death, malnutrition, struggle and hardship were par for the course back then.
Now we have refrigeration, advanced medicine, government assistance, sanitation, and better educations.
What we don’t have is the skills that our grandparents had. I see that some people are waking up and learning to garden and stock pantries but still so many are reliant on stores and the government. And we always will be to an extent.
Let’s go back in time and learn some self reliance so that the coming years of challenge can be easily managed, maybe even enjoyed. There are a lot of hidden gems in learning a little homesteading skills. It gives you a sense of well being and satisfaction. It creates abundance and some control over life.
Here are the skills we need: learn to stock the pantry well. Learn to garden. Learn to raise chickens if that suites you. Learn to mend holes (still working on that). Learn to live humbly, simply, on a smaller scale. Down size your life. Save with an intensity.
I have a well stocked winter pantry. This includes my toiletries, cleaning supplies, medicines, first aids, and vitamins. I have canning and dehydrating equipment thanks to a lady who was cleaning out her garage. I have prepped my winter garden with compost, horse manure, leaves from our yard, and wheat rye as a cover crop. I’m saving all my cans from gravy, green beans and such to turn into pots for my seedlings. I have some from last year but I intend to garden big come Spring.
As for money, we are earning less by choice. I’ve stepped away from YouTube for now and Patreon is not the same money wise but it’s peaceful over there. I took the ads off this site. Bali works less because we need time with him. I just produced a little book, the first in a year. My focus is on home and family and not working like a dog to produce content and books.
So, out comes the ringed binder to write out a new budget. My grocery shopping is different. I rely on WinCo and can’t do as much organics and fair trade for now. I returned my GoPro and all the gadgets that Best Buy sales man talked us into. That was eating at me, spending all that money for a camera I wasn’t crazy about. We put the money back in savings.
For Christmas we found a big sale on bikes for the boys at Walmart. $58 each and sturdy bikes. I spent another $150 on both of them and I’m done. I treated myself to some holiday scented waxes and now all shopping will cease and desist.
I spent $500 to finish stocking up everything.
We will only buy essentials from here on out. Shelter, food, water, lights, gas for car to get to work, seeds for the Spring, and that is it. I will read my books that keep me inspired; We Had Everything But Money, some Connie Hultquist, Mrs. Sharon White. People that live on very little but enjoy life and make it work.
We will spend the winter Christmas baking, learning to cook easy, inexpensive dishes, reading novels, writing books, playing outside, long trail walks in the woods, watching good movies, listening to spiritual talks, doing inner and outer work on myself, taking the boys to the park to play with their friends for hours, filling in my garden calendar, journaling about my homemaking, and economizing.
A humble life is peaceful, slow, and soulful. It takes time to adjust to this lifestyle but so, so worth it. Read books about it. Find people on YouTube doing positive things to save money. A new channel Bri told me about the other night: The Perfect Refuge or Il Refugio Perfetto: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6rWB83cxqfb72-HEagGv2Q
She does so many simple, affordable, delicious recipes. For us vegetarians, it’s easy to replace items with plant based.
Make your homes sweet, clean and cozy. Settle in. Find ways to enjoy your life at home. Get off line. Cut up the credit cards. Stock that pantry.
I’ll be posting a Pantry video on Patreon in the next few days. You don’t need to join but that is where I am. I left it open to donations. You can pay as little as a dollar a month. That is were I reside these days.
My Patreon link: https://www.patreon.com/shesdrinkingcoffee?fan_landing=true