Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What's YOUR game plan?

Every good coach takes his team into a game prepared. They make a game plan.
They map out what plays they will use and what circumstances will make them change their plan.
They have options mapped out. Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and so on.

Now, do YOU have a *game plan* in place?
If forced to evacuate?
If you have to hunker down and stay in place in the event of a crisis?
Have you planned for the future...near future, mid-range and far future?

I realized recently that my own *game plan* was sorely lacking.
"Plan A" was okay, but my mid and long range future plans were a bit on the *fuzzy* side.
Okay, my long term future game plan was WAY fuzzy!

This week, that changes.
I have started a loose-leaf binder and within it's pages--some printed, some hand written--my game plan will come together.

One section will focus on Emergency/Crisis Procedures.
One section on Food Storage.
One section will be my mid range plans.
One section on Long range plans.
I already have a loose leaf binder for First Aid (I strongly suggest everyone have this!) It includes a list of all the first aid supplies I have, how and when to use them, etc.

My long range plans include having a homestead of my very own. I am quite sure of what I want to have, etc.
However, without a concrete plan, it will turn out to be nothing but a pipe dream!
I have the skills and knowledge to live on a homestead and operate it. I have lived and worked on farms before.
Within two weeks, I will have my *game plan* on paper. Having it on paper will help me focus and work towards my goals.

Wish me luck on working on my game plan...and make sure to work on your own!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

From John at PioneerLiving.net...PASS IT ON!

The idea whose time has come. For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn't pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.) While ordinary citizens must live under those laws.

The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is ...in all of its forms upon us. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. This is a good way and time to do that. It is an idea whose time has come. Have each person contact a minimum of Twenty people on their Address list, in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around. Either it is passed or "We the People" vote them all out.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States."

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Has Sprung!

In my neck of the woods, anyway.
No more frost, plenty of sunshine and, of course, rain.
All the garden places have gorgeous bedding plants sitting out and I drool at them everytime I pass by.
If I could, I would take them all home and fill the yard with them!

My big deal this week is sorting through my wardrobe and weeding out the clothes that I no longer wear, no longer fit me, are beyond reasonable repair and just plain worn out.
Most women I know hang on to clothes WAY too long!
We all have that one pair of jeans that fit us "when I was 10 pounds lighter" and look just perfect on us, if only we could get back down to the weight we were when we bought them.
The lovely plum blouse that matches absolutely NOTHING else we own, but we bought because it was on sale and such a good deal...except it has been hanging in the closet for two years and we have NEVER worn it!
The dress we bought to wear to a friends wedding--but never wore again--and said friend now has 3 kids...in school!
Time to weed those wardrobes, ladies!
I make three piles...
One to take to Goodwill, One to cut up to use for quilts or other projects--I also save the buttons and some zippers and other notions. Last pile is for the trash bin. I remove all buttons and other useful notions off of them as well.

I find that I always have way more shoes than I need. People seem to give me shoes, or I pick up a pair or two at Goodwill or another thrift store. So, I try on every pair I have, walk around in them a bit and decide if I should keep them. My criteria for keeping a pair boils down to comfort and practicality. Do they fit well? Can I walk  a mile in them? Do they match my clothing?
Shoes that do not fit well are tossed or given away immediately. The *walk a mile in the shoes* test weeds out a few more pair. I am not hung up on the *matchy-matchy* thing, but I *try* not to wear, say, bright purple sandals with an orange dress, lol!

Next...purses, handbags, pocketbooks. My nemesis. I love purses. Don't know why. I can rarely bring myself to throw one out. This year, I am DETERMINED to reduce my purses by 1/2.
 This one is gonna be difficult. All my purses are in great condition, all are useful. But I really, REALLY have to weed them out. I'll let you know how that goes....

So...here I go into weeding out my wardrobe...hopefully it will free up lots of room in my closet!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Pause That Refreshes....

Been taking a bit of a break because just so much has been going on here.
I have so much to do every day...it seems the lists of "should do today" and "MUST do today" keep getting longer and longer.
I do have a new reciprocating saw which has given me much entertainment...and a few moments of WHOOPS! here and there. Still have all my fingers and toes at last count. Of course, as I embark on yet another construction project tomorrow that is subject to change...
"MUST do's" this week include reorganizing my pantry, fixing up my room in preparation for my darlin' man coming home, doing laundry, and cleaning up around the house.
My "should do" list includes a million things...sewing a dress, finishing a quilt, starting another quilt, sewing some curtains, and so on and so forth...
So, excuse me if I don't add to my blog here or over at Lambykins (my other blog) for about a week...just so much to do and only so many hours to get it done in!