We had moved into this house and I had a small cellar which I never used. I began to feel a strong prompting that I should be using it and get prepared. And ever since that is what I have been doing!
It is truly amazing how much you achieve when you just keep at something even when you do it in lots of really small ways.
The main things we achieved this year were adding a rainwater tank and buying a bigger, more powerful, generator. We continued to build up supplies and I learned how to make many more things myself from sour dough bread and yoghurt to essential oils for fending off germs.
Also we are working on other things like bartering more and establishing extra streams of income.
These things are going to be high on my list in the new year.
In many ways this year wasn't easy! I was sick the first half! I just had one thing after another early in the year then the spider bites which made me so ill. I will never forget it!
We did two lots of renovations which means we now have a beautiful bathroom and new floors in half the house. I love both! But the removing lasted a few months and as anyone who has renovated knows it throws you into a mess that cannot be described! It is pretty stressful!
Andy has had times of plenty of work and times of none. He has then had clients who pay their bills and are thankful and clients who don't pay.
My daughter Lucy has suffered migraines that become constant giving her no days off... now she has two neurologists and we still aren't sorted out although some progress has been made...
BUT the year had many blessings and I am celebrating those! Firstly, Scarlett was born! A second Granddaughter!
She is such a happy baby! Everything is funny!
Harper was besotted with her from day one. This is GreatGrandma putting Scarlett to bed ever helped by Harper...
This was an early photo that is my favourite and I have shown before. Scarlett's constant companion...
Then Scarlett started to grow and they could play!
This was exactly how Chloe and Lucy were! It is so lovely!
Our other great celebration is Chloe and Luke's engagement.
Now we are planning a wedding for next year!
So we have a lot to be thankful for. And a Christmas of all being together next Monday!
How have you increased your pantry and your preparedness?
Are you in a better place than you were at the beginning of the year?
Start thinking seriously about your goals for the new year as that is what we will be talking about next!
Last week we were talking about using the Christmas sales and the season as a way to build up your pantry. This week I am working on that as I am already seeing sales. Usually I am too busy now to really notice and investigate. But this week I am checking several places as if I can fill the freezer and re start my gift cupboard at amazing prices then that is what I am going to do! I will probably have more success straight after Christmas though. But either way it will send me into 2018 well ahead! That is the aim!
Have a wonderful week. Enjoy this very special time. Make Christmas joyful. Bless others and help them. Watch out for someone you can help... there will be someone right under your nose...
See you on Wednesday for last minute gift ideas! xxx