What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?

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By Bev,

What did I do to prepare this week? Well I have finally accomplished putting back a store of 6 months of my prescription medications. How did I do it by not paying anything but my co-pays? First off, I figured out that you can get your prescriptions filled early and thereby accumulate a bit more at a time. Then I figured out that everytime the doctor makes a change in the medication you get a new prescription, even if it is a “when to take it” change. Then I got him to change all prescriptions to 90 day dosages. Then I found out if I “lost” my prescription, they would issue another one. And finally,  I talked to my doctor and pled poverty. He agreed to double the dosage and I can cut the pills in half! Some nifty ways to save on prescription medications!

Fitness being a prepping priority, I have been diligently on the treadmill and this week noticed something rather interesting. My doctor has set a heart rate limit for me when exercising and the treadmill measures that. I have been practicing breathing deeply through my nose and exhaling through my mouth when walking and this week noticed a significant drop in my heart rate at the same speeds and distances that used to send it up to where I would have to back down on pace and incline.  Hmmm, I think I am getting fitter at least in exercise versus heart rate.

Thought you might enjoy this old log cabin picture. Imagine raising a family in that!

Thought you might enjoy this old log cabin picture. Imagine raising a family in that!

 

I have been oh so busy “dotting my i’s and crossing my t’s” on a grant that I am writing that went into the mail yesterday. “Fossils in Art” for $2,500. Will I get it? Stay tuned as I will find out within 45 days. Grant writing is a pain, and you never know if it will pan out or not. But since I have more time than money, why not try, right? Many small, off-grid homesteads write creative art grants and get them for any number of things: wool in art, theatrical plays in the loft of a barn, creating jewelry with horse tail hair, etc. Most small homesteads are existing on incomes of less than $10,000, so a grant of $2,500 can be a huge boost in income and you have the opportunity to explore new avenues of creative, potentially income producing, hobbies.

Only 10 degrees below zero last night with “light winds” of 20 mph, only -30 wind chills. On the very bright side, only 26 more days until March 1st. And the days are getting longer. The snow pack is good, so we should have adequate moisure for the beginning of the gardening season. That doesn’t mean we can’t get sub zero and another 15 inches of snow in May, but hey, spring is coming…!!! And with thoughts of spring come thoughts of gardening and I have some intriqueing posts coming up on winter sowing of flowers and vegetable in milk jugs as mini-greenhouses!

With the bitter cold of January came a heating bill that was double my budget – Yikes! What to do? Well, you can either make more money or spend less money. Since I’m on a fixed income, my only real choice at this point is to spend less money. So Bob and I compromised on a 65 degree setting on the thermostat and I am exploring inexpensive solar options to try and raise the temperature in the house a few degrees. Since I have no windows facing directly south that get full sun (a porch covers them) I am playing with east and west facing windows. I put some videos up last week on some of my research into solar window boxes – more coming!

 

Barn Quilt

Barn Quilt

Rourke has prodded me to write an article to submit to the Prepper Review. Given the winter heating bills and what I am hearing from YOU through the comments and personal emails, I have put together a 3 part series on “A Personal Shift Situation and You”. Ways to save money and ways to increase income. I rather like “shift” as opposed to “SHTF” –  they mean the same to me. But I NEED YOUR HELP to fill this out a bit more. So please put ideas in the comments or email me directly with your ideas on saving money and increasing your income!

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Okay Patriots, how did you prepare this week?

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Proverbs 27:12

A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions.

The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

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