Saturday, July 31, 2010

Time to Load Up the Pantry ... Past Time, Actually

Do any of you remember talk of stockpiling food and ammunition as a means of surviving “troublous times” back in the early 1970s amid predictions of famines, globe-girdling wars, and an imminent breakdown of society? 

How about the responding argument that went something like this ... “As for me, I’ll trust in the Lord.”


I found an article from two years ago in the Wall Street Journal that does not suggest that we Load the Pantry as a response to coming tribulation.

The logic the article laid out was an "economic suggestion" instead.  

The author, Brett Arends, was saying that food prices were rising at a much faster pace than the potential returns on short-term investments.

And though we optimistic Americans were hoping that the recent spikes in food and fuel inflation would soon pass, Arends laid out logic to support a likely acceleration in the trend ... which has turned out to be an accurate assumption.

No, the Wall Street Journal was not suggesting that we hunker in our bunkers with an AK and a six month supply of canned goods because TEOTWAWKI was fast approaching ... they were simply suggesting that non-perishables were cheaper then, at that time, than they will be later.

Later like now ... like, right now.

Do you carry a flashlight in your car?  You do!?  Is it smart to throw in a blanket, sleeping bag, some food, matches and a lighter when you drive over snowy mountains or the desert?  It is!?

Why?  Don't you trust God?   


We have a God-given responsibility to look after the needs of our families and friends, and to help others in need.  

The Bible says a righteous man lays up in store for his children and his children’s children ... that means we should prepare for all kinds of eventualities, and make sure that those who depend on us do not suffer as a result of our carelessness or neglect.  

Whether it’s a road trip, life’s journey in general, or these particularly unsettling times we face ... the principle is intact.

Brace yourselves.  

There are numerous fear-mongers out there who will seize on nearly anything to get people to cough up money, and the unsettling times we are living in give them plenty of opportunity to create panic.  

We’re beginning to hear more and more discussions of the “end of days” and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy now on national radio and national television ... but does this mean it is time to get wild eyed; act in panic or hook up with some pretense of a prophet?  


It means it’s time to fulfill our responsibilities to our families and friends, use our available resources wisely, and above all ... keep our wits about us.  

Is that inconsistent with trust in God?   


I am reminded of an analogy we've probably all heard, and so here is a shortened version:  There’s a man clinging in the top of tree with floodwaters rising around his ankles.  When a helicopter shows up and lowers the rescue harness, he waves them off and shouts that he’s waiting on God to save him.  

Trusting in God, yes, will be the only way we will be able to endure this deteriorating environment while remaining confident and in good spirits.  

A large stash of food and an AK won’t do it.  

But it’s no time to suspend use of our greatest possession ...  and THAT is the power of sober discernment that resides in the mind God designed and gave each of us.

With Love,
Your Faithful Prepper 
(where autonomy and faith collide)

Og Mandino- The Scroll Marked VII

I will laugh at the world.

No living creature can laugh ...
except for man.

Trees may bleed when they are wounded,
and beasts in the field may cry in pain and hunger ...
yet I have the gift of laughter,
and it is mine to use whenever I choose.

Henceforth I will cultivate the habit of laughter.

I will smile and my digestion will improve;
I will chuckle and my burdens will be lightened;
I will laugh and my life will be lengthened ...
for this is the secret of long life, and now it is mine.

I will laugh at the world.

And, most of all, I will laugh at myself ...
for man is most comical when he
takes himself too seriously.

Never will I fall into this trap of the mind.

For though I be nature’s greatest miracle
am I not still a mere grain
tossed by the winds of time?

Do I truly know whence I came
or whither I am bound?

Will my concern for today
not seem foolish ten years hence?

Why should I permit the petty happenings of today
to disturb me?

What can take place before this sun sets 
which will not seem insignificant
in the river of centuries?

I will laugh at the world.

And how can I laugh when confronted
with man, or deed, which offends me
so as to bring forth my tears and curses?

Four words I will train myself to say
until they become a habit so strong
that immediately they will appear in my mind
whenever good humor threatens to depart from me.

These words, passed down from the ancients,
will carry me through every adversity
and maintain my life in balance.

These are the four words: 
“This too shall pass.”

I will laugh at the world.

For all worldly things shall, indeed, pass.

When I am heavy with heartache
I shall console myself that this, too, shall pass.

When I am puffed with success
I shall warn myself that this, too, shall pass.

When I am strangled in poverty
I shall tell myself that this, too, shall pass.

When I am burdened with wealth
I shall tell myself that this, too, shall pass.

Yea, verily, where is he who built the pyramids?
Is he not buried under sand?
And will the pyramid, one day, not also
be buried under sand?

If all things shall pass
why should I be of concern for today?

I will laugh at the world.

I will paint this day with laughter.
I will frame this night in song.

Never will I labor to be happy ...
rather will I remain too busy to be sad.

I will enjoy today’s happiness today.
It is not grain to be stored in a box.
It is not wine to be saved in a jar.
It cannot be saved for the morrow.
It must be sown and reaped on the same day
and this I will do, henceforth.

I will laugh at the world.

And with my laughter all things will be
reduced to their proper size.

I will laugh at my failures
and they will vanish in the clouds of my new dreams.

I will laugh at my success
and they will shrink to their true value.

I will laugh at evil
and it will die un-tasted.

I will laugh at goodness
and it will thrive and abound.

Each day will be triumphant
only when my smiles bring forth smiles from others ...
and this I do in selfishness, for those upon whom
I frown are those who purchase not my goods.

I will laugh at the world.

Henceforth will I shed only tears of sweat ...
for those of sadness or remorse or frustration
are of no value in the marketplace
whilst each smile can be exchanged for gold
and any kind word,
spoken from the heart,
can build a castle.

Never will I allow myself to become so important,
so wise, so dignified, so powerful,
that I forget how to laugh at myself and my world.

In this matter I will always remain as a child ...
for only as a child
am I given the ability to look up to others.

And so long as I look up to another
I will never grow too long for my cot.

I will laugh at the world.

And as long as I can I laugh
never will I be poor.

This, then, is one of natures’ greatest gifts,
and I will waste it no more.

Only with laughter and happiness
can I truly become a success.

Only with laughter and happiness
can I enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Were it not so, far better would it be to fail ...
for happiness is the wine
that sharpens the taste of the meal.

To enjoy success I must have happiness,
and laughter will be the maiden who serves me.

I will be happy.
I will be successful.

I will be the greatest salesman
the world has ever known.

I will laugh at the world.


Friday, July 30, 2010

This Is What It Is All About

My baby brother has been "home" for a month now ...
after having spent the last nine years in Europe.

He just recently got back from visiting our sister
in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Bo has been quoted as saying, repeatedly,
while the following photos were taken ... 
"This is what it's all about."

I will let his captured body language,
and facial expressions, reveal what he
might have meant by that


I would like to thank Kaysha, a dear sweet girl, for
sharing these photos with me ... and for
allowing me to share these photos with you.


"This is what it's all about."
Brayden Donovan Brookreson
aka Bo


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Silly Girls in 3D (Edited)

I removed the first and last 
sour-pussed faces of my middle miracle 
because the "look" that was on her face
gets her in serious trouble
in real life.

I realized those two snapshots of her
weren't silly at all ...
they were sassy, and Mama doesn't
 DO sassy.

Nuh-uh ... nope ... and, so,
I removed and replaced them.

But, my oh my, check out
the green eyes!




And, then, here is a recent one of
the oldest miracle:


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Whirlwind Trip in Pictures: Part Two

Monday, July 26

After the interview,
the girls and I ate at the hospital cafeteria ...
The Grill at 1705.

This is not your ordinary hospital cafeteria ...
local people actually want to eat there.

The atmosphere is opulent and trendy ...
and everything is fresh made per order ...  no processed foods.

The only typical menu item was a hamburger and fries, and
a Psychedelic Chicken Sandwich ... which was a chicken breast
marinated in balsamic vinaigrette
with grilled portabella mushrooms and provolone cheese
on a toasted croissant.

Their main offerings consisted of simple meals like: 
Beef Burgundy, Beef Wellington, Chicken Cordon Bleu, 
Fajita Caesar, Rack of Lamb, Shrimp Dijonnaise Pasta, etc ...

I kid you not! 

After we ate our hospital cafeteria lunch
we spent the afternoon driving around Elk City
and looking at apartments.


Then We Went
Back to the Land


The Following Pictures Were Taken
From Within the Oval Part 


And this snapshot was taken from the road
looking toward the "oval."

Laura's Frog ... aka Prince

The Land's Sunset
As We Were Leaving
To Head Home


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Whirlwind Trip in Pictures


Sunday, July 25 
Crossing the Red River 


Driving into Elk City


Elk City Park


All Day Swimming ... $2.00

Old Town Miniature Golf ... $1.50

Covered Centennial Carousel ... $1.00

Twice Around the Park on a Choo-Choo ... 50¢

Playing on the Playground ... Free

Watching the Family of Ducks Stroll By
As You Get Back Into Your Car ... PRICELESS



Getting Close to Our Land

The North Side of the Property
The northeast corner of the property on the east/west road ...
looking down onto the natural gas platform.

The northeast corner of the property looking
south ... you can see the north/south road on the left.

Driving down the hill ... from the corner ... heading west. 

The Middle of the Property 
Heading south (downhill) from the northeast corner ...
but Laura is looking somewhat back to the northwest. 


South Side of the Property


Sunset on the South Side


What is Left of the Original Crow Homestead
Would like to use this aged wood as paneling,
or something, when we build.


Heading Back to Elk City

How About a late Night Swim?
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