'The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.'While I don't often write about history, politics, economics, demographics, or current events, I am intensely interested in them. There are much better-informed and more logically and eloquently-written sources for this type information and philosophy than I could be, so I won't try to fill a niche that's already being well-filled. However, I will be writing about different policies that will affect us here at home and how we're planning to respond to them.~Thomas Jefferson
As we see by the signs that a storm is coming and prepare accordingly, so we must keep an eye on our world, not so that we become frightened (after all, our trust is in the Lord and his loving sovereignty), but so that we can prepare. Better to keep watch and prepare ahead of time when possible than to scramble and try to figure out what's happening when the winds blow, lightning strikes, and hail pummels you.
- We're cooking more from scratch. (This includes the yogurt recipe previously posted, and making granola instead of purchasing boxed cereal - recipe coming soon! - baking more bread, making mayonnaise, and I've gotten our sprouts grower out again.)
- We're working to get the garden to produce again. (We started a compost bin this weekend - Arizona soil isn't so good and we'd rather use our own free scraps and yard waste than purchase compost.)
- We're sewing more of our own clothes (with fabric purchased at low prices on sale).
- I'm going to study pattern-making to give us more flexibility in clothing design and save money on expensive patterns.
- We've been using fountain pens for years, but we'll be purchasing more for the whole family (a bottle of ink can last for years and costs less than other pens which don't last as long).
- We're cutting back where we can in order to purchase tools that will make our family more productive and less dependent on public policy (for example: a knitting machine, a clothes line, wood-working tools).
- We're learning new skills. (The girls are learning to crochet; I'm re-learning to knit; I'm teaching the girls to sew; we hope to learn to embroider and draw and even paint; as well as the above-mentioned pattern-drafting, and Drew is teaching the boys wood-working skills.)
- We made many of our Christmas presents this year and will continue doing that for birthdays.
- Drew and I are going out for dessert for our date night, instead of eating dinner out. We're also going to the movies less often.