Saturday, July 28, 2012

Heart To Heart And Hand In Paw

Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw is a true tale of faith and the healing bonds of animals. Luanne’s story shares how our pets can love, comfort and teach us as we take our own journey through life.

Imagine my surprise when one of my bloggy friends asked me if I would consider reviewing her book. My love for my chickens assured her that I would enjoy her book~  and that I did.
Peggy Frezon is an author of a memoir Dieting With My Dog. She is an award -winning author and pet columnist, she is a regular contributor to Guidepost and Angels on Earth magazines, a staff writer at Be the Change for Animals. She is also a blog friend with a wonderful blog~ Peggy's Pet Place. 

This book is the story of her mother's life ( Luanne) and is dedicated to her. It was Luanne's dream to live a simple life. Much like our dream when we built Farming On Faith. They built their own home and learned to live off the land ~ filling their land with all sorts of critters. I couldn't help but laugh along the way while imaging some of the same things we faced building our own home. I loved hearing all the tales of the animals she adopted and helped along the way.

They soon realize that homesteading is not without its challenges for sure~ as Peggy put it so well.

  • The dog has separation anxiety.
  • The goose is afraid of water.
  • There is a fox in the pigpen.
  • There are raccoons in the hen house.
  • And the truck has slide into the pond.

My favorite part is how the building did not get done as planned and Luanne ~ a teacher~ lived in a school bus through an entire winter -no less. What a women!
Luanne learned that through the bonds she formed with God's creatures she found healing. She shares how our pets can offer us love, comfort , healing and even teach us a lesson or two along our journey through this life. 

Peggy~ thank you for sharing your mom's story with me. I so enjoyed reading your book. What an incredible story.

You can visit Peggy by clicking here~

Friday, July 27, 2012

What Can We Do About The Drought?

Not only can I not listen to the news without hearing about the drought but I can't walk across my yard without hearing the crunching under my feet. It is taking all the water we can muster to keep our garden~ new trees and flowers alive.

Here are the new statistics from the USDA and the United States Drought Monitor:

   55% of the continental U.S. is now under drought conditions
   1,297 counties have been declared national disaster areas
   88% of the corn crop is located in areas impacted by the drought
   87% of the soybean crop is located in areas impacted by the drought
There hasn't been a worse drought in the U.S. since the 1950's

I don't know about you but after hearing the gloom and doom long enough I get tired of it. I just hate laying down and declaring~ whoa is me. What can we do?

Well it is true that it will be bad news for consumers. First ~ I say PRAY for rain. I am rejoicing that we had a good rainfall last night. Second of all let us not forget that God is on the throne. Then ~ get moving!

There are not many foods that will not be impacted due to excessive heat and drought conditions. The wheat crops have failed. Milk production is down ~ meat prices will rise because of increasing feed cost and fruit and vegetables will go up because of smaller than normal harvest.

I did not just restate the facts to depress you. We have time to prepare for this. You know like God warned Joseph to prepare for the coming drought in the land. There are things we can do to prepare ahead. Much of what is on the shelves is from 2011 harvest. Start stock piling now. While meat and dairy products will start rising within the next couple of months~ many other increases won't reach the store until next year. (2012 harvest)

Here are some places to begin~

Load up on fresh produce when you find a good deal~ freezing or canning until next year.
Stock pile on cheese and butter when it is on sale. It will freeze just fine.
Meat prices are experiencing a temporary dip right now~ Fill your freezer.
Freeze a good supply of flour.
Stock pile now canned goods from the 2011 harvest.
Combine sales and coupons to stock pile a supply of cereal, pasta, oatmeal and dried non-perishables.

What to stock pile~
1.     Flour, 
Dried pasta, 
2.     Cornmeal, 
Corn starch, 
Any foods that contain corn syrup.(Don't eat a lot of this but need some for Holiday baking)
3.     Cheese, 
Powdered milk, 
Powdered buttermilk, 
Sweetened condensed milk, 
Evaporated milk, 
4.     Meat, (fresh) 
Canned meats, 
Chicken and beef broth
5.     Fruits, (fresh, frozen, canned and dried) 
Veggies, (fresh, frozen and canned) 
Canned/bottled tomato products, (sauce, paste, salsa, etc.) 
Beans, (dried and canned)

6.         Soy milk, 
Soy sauce, 
Other products containing soy

The grocery stores  often mark down meat the day before the new ad runs and when the expiration date is up. This is still good meat and needs to be cooked soon or frozen. I have been buying my meat like this and it cuts the price in half.

We don't have to be fearful~ we need to trust God!  This too shall pass~ keep the faith.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, 
the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Welcome~ So glad you stopped by!



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