Sunday, January 13, 2008

Some Sunday Mornin' bits & pieces...

First off, THANKS DIRK and everybody else for the input on the savings account. I had considered (and have tried) having some money stashed IN the house, but I generally wind up spending it on frivolous things (not that frivolous things are always a bad way to spend some spare $$, but when that's all you use it for, and don't save for the proverbial rainy day....). So I figured that if I'm going to truly save, I need to get it (or, most of it) out of my house. Not that I don't have a small stash of cash in the house, but I can't count on my will power to leave that alone.

The current financial state of our country does worry me greatly. I hope and pray that we don't go any further down than a recession, but I'm not counting on it. Thing is, when it comes to it, I don't believe that 200 or 300 stashed in a boot under my bed (not where I REALLY hide my cash-stash) is going to save my butt. With the US $ lossing ground so quickly, it may wind up that all the money I've got winds up being useful only as toilet paper. I hope not. But whether I stash the cash here at home, or in a bank, that's not going to make a bit of difference in the quality of my cash if it comes to that. The option, of course, is to periodically pull a set amount back OUT of my bank account & use it to buy precious metal coinage. When I've got anywhere near enough, I may consider doing just that. We all know (or should) that precious metal coinage is ultimately worth more than paper that somebody "guarantees" is worth a certain amount. Cash isn't really worth the paper it's printed on, if that's all the more that's backing it. Gold and silver, on the other hand. With or without a mint-stamp, gold & silver are actually WORTH something. And that's been the case through almost every culture down through history, until our own.

And absolute worst comes to worst, open polinated seed stock, bolts of fabric, needles & thread, stock of TP, matches and candles, and a bit of property to grow some food for one's self & one's family will wind up being worth more than gold & silver, at least in local terms. These are some things that I've already started setting aside if the worst were to come. (Though, toilet paper is dreadfully hard to keep stocked, as it IS something that gets used exceedingly frequently.) I figure that if it comes down to it, I may not be fully prepared for a depression with these things lurking in my house, but maybe I'll be somewhat more prepared than my neighbour across the street who's only stashing cash that'll be worth as much as my TP.


Anyway. On to other things. I did get my exercise done this morning. I did a bit of boxing (and yes, I'm going to be sore again tomorrow morning), but not as much as I did the other day. This time I only did 3 competitors, instead of six. I hope the lesser time spent boxing means I won't be as sore tomorrow. *grin* And, of course, I finished off the last several minutes of my exercise time with some walking in place while watching TV.


Let's see.... Our menu for this week is:

Saturday: (last night) Chicken Tortilla bake and radishes for veggie

Sunday: Roast beef with potatoes, carrots & rutabagas (I've never had rutabagas, but have been trying to add more veggies to our diet and this one looked like something that would go well with other roasted root veggies.)

Monday: Burgers (Whether the DH grills them or not, I don't care. I just want a burger.)

Tuesday: flounder fillets baked with lemon pepper & butter, and a box of pasta or riceAroni

Wednesday: Cheddarwursts & Mac & Cheese

Thursday: BBQ Beef Sandwiches (using leftover roast beef from Sunday, and the second half of the bag of burger buns from Monday)

Friday: Chicken Stroganoff (just like beef stroganoff, but with chicken instead)

Saturday: Clam chowder


I think that about covers it for today. Gotta get the kiddo some breakfast, wake up the hubby, and start getting ready for work.

Have a Blessed Day!


Tori_Z said...

I don't think anyone could be fully prepared for a depression (or something else that could happen). Still, with all the bits you're stashing away you'll be more prepared than most people.

Keeping your boxing to just three competetors (for now at least) is a good idea. Get used to the three, then gradually work up. That way you're still getting the excercise but not straining yourself or shocking your system too much.

Haven't gotten around to actually writting a menu these last few weeks. First I didn't bother 'cause of the holidays, and last week I just never got around to it. Not doing so well on the whole "getting back in to a routine" thing as yet.

Anonymous said...

Your doing a better job at your exercise than I am at mine! Keep up the good work!

Your menu sounds yummy. I haven't been doing menu's in quite a while now. I just never seem to find the time....

Brightest blessings


whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I agree with Tori, there is only so much a person can do to prepare. I think whoever wins the election is going to have a huge mess to clean up.

Good for you for keeping up with the exercise!

DirkStar said...


Clam chowder...

I'll trade you three rolls of T.P. for a small bowl.

Three and a half if you throw in some of those little crackers...

Celticspirit said...

Good idea on putting that stuff away in case the need arises. I need to do that myself.
Way to go on the exercise! I got the bright idea that I'd try to do Yoga yesterday. I have this dvd called Kundalini Yoga. Ouch! I didn't know it would be so hard.

Your menu sounds good. How did you like the rutabagas? I love them.They are very similiar to turnips in taste. They are good chopped up in a beef stew, like my Grandma used to make.

Robin said...

You don't usually go this long without posting. Everything okay?

DirkStar said...

I had a dreadful evening last night and sure could use a hug...