Do you have a homesteading item you would love to have? Are you having trouble deciding what that perfect gift for family or friends should be? That favorite prepping item you want is probably the same your loved ones or friends would want. Karen Lynn shares her wish list for her homesteading and prepping needs on her own lil’ suburban homestead and beyond!
During the last 3 broadcasts of “Preparing To Provide”, we’ve been discussing seeds, primarily vegetable seeds. But as important as seeds are for growing food, there are some seeds that I feel are much more important. So as we prepare for Christmas, I’d like to talk about the seeds that we sow each day by our actions. In everything that we say and do, we plant a seed. It can be as simple as saying hello to a stranger, paying for someone else’s meal in a restaurant, or calling the owner of a lost dog after seeing the phone number on the dogs caller. In each case, it’s possible that you may never see that person again. But you don’t know what the future holds. There may come a time or situation where you desperately need help, and one of those people remembers how you had helped them. Or they may show up at your door one day with a gift of thanks. You just never know how things will play out. But one thing is certain; you can’t reap a bountiful harvest without first planting the seeds. I have numerous accounts of harvests that showed up when I least expected them. And they are always right on time.
Now, I don’t want this to be all about me. I’d like to hear from some of you. It would be great if you could call into the show and share your experiences. Simply dial 347-202-0228 to talk about the little things that you did, and how you were blessed with a harvest later on. With so much negativity in the world today, encouraging stories can be really helpful. I think we all have plenty of instances where our acts of kindness have been rewarded and often many times over. If you’re unable to call in during the show, and would like to share your story, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll make sure that your story is heard.
We are hardly preparing for our Thanksgiving feast, yet we can hear the jingle bells, the soft tones of holiday music and the blatant advertising reminding us of how many days there are until Christmas!
In recent days, national retailers have reported that they are scrambling to get our attention as consumers because even they can see the writing on the wall. These retailers are vying for our dollars because they know this holiday season can either make or break them. They know that it is most likely the latter. The economy is at an all-time low, unemployment is at an all-time high. Some people believe that as a nation we are facing bleak and uncertain future.
All of this does not stop the fact that the holidays are coming and will be here soon. This week on the Homestead Honey Hour Noreen will be your host and the topic will be Handmade Holiday! Now, more than ever, is a time to reach inside ourselves. Put our talents to work and give from the heart.
They say it’s the thought that counts and I believe that to be true. Giving something that you make with your own hands, whether it is a tray of someone’s favorite fudge, a pair of hand knitted socks, scarf or a handmade journal, is the best gift of all. When I craft a gift I am thinking about the recipient and putting that energy into that gift. How could someone not like something you have made especially for them?
Also on this episode of “The Homestead Honey Hour” want to talk about changing the way we shop for the holidays. For some people the act of shopping for the perfect holiday gift is almost as important as the act of the giving. I would never take that away from someone. Myself included, but we need to get away from the big box stores and get into the local, mom and pop stores and small businesses that make this country great. We need to take the dollars out of the corporations and put it back into the hands of the hard working Americans who have so much to offer this holiday season.
Let’s come together and talk about ideas that we can use to make this a Handmade Holiday that our families and friends won’t soon forget.