The meaning of preparation seemed to have changed from the turn of one century to the next.
I don’t think most people in the early 1900’s would have thought twice about the need to be prepared. Few had electricity or a telephone. Gardening, preserving food, sewing and generally doing for oneself was the norm except in the most wealthy of households where tasks were either hired out or servants were paid to do them.
Through the years, department store and catalog shopping became more part of everyday life. More and more conveniences became perceived as necessities until people are barely able to function without packaged food products or electric appliances now. For instance, washing and drying laundry is a necessity. An electric washing machine and dryer are not. Many items of clothing still suggest hand washing and hanging to dry.
I love my coffee. I have this wonderful thing called a percolator. Mine is a stainless steel camp style percolator that I use regularly on our gas stove.
I can truly think of very, very little that anyone really needs that takes batteries. We even have a radio that has a little solar panel and windup handle on it to charge it. Flashlights are extremely convenient, but kerosene lamps and candles work.
I asked my OK Panhandle Preppers what their favorite non-electric household item was. I'm proud to say, my neighbors value their cast iron cookware. We also had several helpful ideas shared.
For more discussion on Prepping on the Prairie, check the latest Real Life on the Prairie podcast episode!
Paradise Praises has a new 2020 Free Printable Holiday Planner Calendar available now. This includes undated November and December calendars, menu planning sheets, shopping lists, along with gift lists, budget trackers and more!
Danielle Tate has some great Budget Friendly Kitchen Organization Ideas to help prepare for the big Thanksgiving feast. She also has a yummy sounding Nourishing Gluten-Free Crock Pot Granola recipe to share and some Low-Cost Creative Christmas Gifts.
My new friend Karen Logan from Yes, You Can Girl! is offering a nice, printable Christian Women's Weekly Planner to help get your year off right. It has space for prayer journaling, scripture, highlights of the week and more.
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:3-6