Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quiet on the Home Front

I am super busy trying to help aged family members and other such fun, but I wanted to check in.

I'll be back!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thrive/Shelf Reliance: A Starter Idea (A Kathi Post)

Some of you read my post of a couple weeks ago on the benefits of Thrive/Shelf Reliance and starting up your own "Q" to begin building your own home store.

I was thinking about how I cannot seem to shop at a certain bookstore here in town. They simply have way too many things and I can't focus down to purchasing a book or two. I go in, see a bunch of books I like, get overwhelmed, and can't buy just a thing or two, so I walk out with nothing.

The Thrive/Shelf Reliance "Q" can be overwhelming. There are a lot of foods to choose from and a lot of sizes to choose from, too!

For those who did not see my other post, the "Q" is like Netflix for food. You will receive a shipment of foods each month that you have selected, based on your budget. It's a way to build your home food storage, as well as food that everyday people use every day. 

There is now something called "Smart Start." It's a 3-month commitment at just $150 each month (current sale price, down from $179) that will provide you with a large variety of foods. You also get a recipe book in case you aren't  confident about how to use the food.

That is so cool because you are starting your home pantry, but you don't even have to think about it!

This is not something you need "extra" money for. Simply reallocate some of your grocery budget to get started. I think you will find that at the end of the three months you will have tried so many things and will see that this is versatile, high-quality, good-tasting food!

You gotta go see everything you get! It's a very good value.

Go to my Web site: http://yourhomepantry.shelfreliance.com/yourhomepantry

The click on the link that says "The Q" (at the top)
Then select "Main Website" from the drop down list
At the bottom of that page is a green button on the right that says, "I know what I want: Let's shop!"

Click on that button and it will take you to the place where you can build your "Q"

The first thing you should see is the "Q Starter Packs". Click on the link and you will see detail of everything you get for each month.

You will have SO much fun when your foods arrive.

I can't wait to hear what foods and recipes you like best!

Just let me know if you have questions. . .

Monday, October 22, 2012


Enough already!

I'm tired of all the political phone calls. We received FOURTEEN of them the other day. What gives? We have an unlisted, unpublished phone number, but the calls keep coming!

AND don't let me get started on ALL of the political post cards and flyers in our mail.

I've come up with a idea or two for the flyers and cards. I'll get some spray paint, any color, and paint the cards and flyers. Next, I'll take some tape or a big black magic marker and draw targets on them. Ta-da -- we now have some cheap homemade targets to take to the range.

Or get some clothes pins (do they even have these anymore?) and your scissors. Cut up the cards and the flyers to the size of playing cards. For those flyers that are a bit flimsy, you might have to tape or glue them together to make them a bit thicker. Now, you need to find a bicycle. Take the cut up flyer or postcard and a clothes pin. Place the card or flyer so that it protrudes into the spokes just a bit then clothespin it to the frame. Now, when you ride your bicycle, it will make like a put-put sound. Hand them out to everyone in your neighborhood. Help them attach them to their bikes.

Or fold them and make a few cuts. Unfold and you have a decorative, homemade snow flake to hang from your window or on your Christmas tree. Or, if you can figure out where in the heck all of those cards and flyers came from, take them back and deliver them back to whomever sent them. Or drop them off in the middle of the night to the campaign offices of the people running.

It's enough to drive a person nuts.

It's enough to make me want to pull my hair out (if I still had hair to pull).

Do you mute your television when the political ads come on? I'll bet a lot of you do.

ALL OF THEM -- EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM -- should only be allowed to do their politicking two weeks before election time. I'm surprised that they don't make all of this election stuff a holiday, like Halloween, or Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Give everyone time off for election vacation! That way, we can ALL give it our FULL attention. Hee hee.

Yeah, enough is enough.

I've already mailed my ballot in!

Friday, October 12, 2012


I can't find a place to get waxed that is willing to give me a discount. And, boy, is it expensive!

I still have not found a place to get the thong.

So, I'm still looking for both. Who knew that this would be such a pain! How hard can this be? How come no one told me that my head would freeze once my hair is gone?!

Besides that, all of my hats no longer fit. I think I need a fur-lined doo-rag. At least then I can keep my head warm. Maybe a Elmer Fudd hat is in order. Maybe I'll see about wearing Kathi's chicken hat, if she will let me.

I thought this would be easy, a piece of cake. I did not know that it would be hard to get this all done. (Though I am finding out otherwise.)

The Chip-In is still open to give a few more donations. I'll keep on trying to find a place to get the waxing done. If not, I guess, I will have to just shave all the body hair.

I wonder what it's like to have five o-clock shadow, all over your body? Hmmmm. . . .

Friday, October 5, 2012

Shaved head, beard, and mustache -- it's done (A Kathi Post)

Jim had his fall shearing today.

A nice man at Tom & Jake's Barber Shop in Lakewood, Colorado, did the work.

Here's a photo, and I taped the entire thing just to you (or ya'll/ all ya'll if you're in the South).

Thank you all for supporting in spirit, with donations, or in prayer.

Jim is about $500 shy of his goal for Bob, so if you know someone who might be interested in helping a veteran with a part of his chemotherapy/medical expenses, please send them by!

Thank you all.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage - (A Kathi Post)

Jim and I have always had a pretty full pantry, compared to most people we know. If we are stuck at home because of a blizzard or something, we are not going to starve. In fact, we could eat well. And for quite awhile!

Jim's dad and mom always had a big garden and put food up when they had 120 acres in Arkansas. His mom even canned meat, which I had not seen before. I remember once his mom sent me a picture of their garden and their pantry, and it was a sight to behold -- so many jars and so many colorful things! Lots of good stuff to eat. If I had to guess, I would think they could have lived at least a year on their stores.

My Grandma Lovey had a couple of larger gardens at her house. She grew strawberries in one, and cucumbers for picking in the other. Then she had smaller sections for other things, as well as a nice rhubarb plant. I remember her making jars and jars of garlic dill pickles, as well as jams and jellies from the strawberries (if she could keep ahead of what we would eat right from the garden!), as well as concord grapes from the neighbor's yard, and anything else she would find and buy. She kept her stores in the basement, where it was cool and dry. She had a lot there.

I guess you could say that we both have family histories of stocking up with food and supplies.

However, I have seen the pantries/cupboards of some of my friends, and what they have won't even get them through three days. They eat out, eat with relatives, or pick up what they need to make their dinner for that day. But they do not have food to rely on for everyday, let alone in case of emergency. They are the ones who have to run to the grocery store for milk before the blizzard starts, and they are the ones who help deplete the store shelves because they need to buy cans of soup to get through a few days in case they can't get out.

I feel scared for them. Truly scared.

When Jim and I went to the Self-Reliance Expo in Colorado Springs in May, we found a lot of food and food storage options. But the one that really "spoke" to me was Thrive/Shelf Reliance.

Not only does Shelf Reliance have extremely tasty food, they have excellent food storage and rotation systems, much of what they have is GMO-free, there are gluten-free options (they have a gluten-free certified food processing room), the sealed cans have an average shelf-life of 25 years (until opened), and 5% of all profit goes to charitable giving to feed those who need it. They also have emergency supplies available. And lots of vegetarian options!

One awesome feature is that you don't have to lay out a bunch of money to start building your home pantry. They offer "The Q" which is a way to build your home pantry at your pace, on your budget -- delivered right to your home!

I invite you to visit my Web site to learn more if this is something that interests you.  You can shop right there, too, if you'd like. Shelf Reliance is also now available in Canada in addition to the United States.

You will always get the lowest price possible when you shop through me or my Web site. Click on the Shelf Reliance logo below to go to my site. The links in the text above will take you directly to the pages I referenced.

Thanks for your support of me in my new venture!

Kathi's Shelf Reliance Web site


Monday, October 1, 2012

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 10/1/12 (and a fundraising update)

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."

Corrie ten Boom
Dutch writer
Thanks to you, we have raised over $1,500 for my friend Bob's chemotherapy/medical expenses.

I plan to get my head shaved on Friday, October 5.

I am making the arrangements to get my chest, back, belly, and legs shaved/waxed.

Watch for pictures/video on my blog!

I'm taking the money to Bob around the first of November, so we still have some time to reach the goal of $2,000.

Thank you very much to all who are concerned and even if you can't help financially, please add Bob to your prayers.

THANK YOU to those who have already contributed and prayed. God bless!