Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Emergency Preparedness...Part 2

Last Month our Emergency Preparedness was geared towards our 72 hour emergency backpack contents.  I posted all the medical supplies and personal papers that needed to be inside our emergency bags.

This month our 72 hour emergency backpack list continues, giving  you a list of the amount of food & water and the cooking supplies needed.

1. Make sure the food you insert inside your emergency bags are all light weight…example, instead of tuna or meat cans try purchasing the tuna and meat that comes already packed in a pouch and do the same for fruit and treats. Pouches or bags are lighter to carry than cans.

2. Pack only food items you like and food that will sustain you for 3 days. Try to make sure you have a good amount of nutritious carbohydrates, protein and vegetables. Also make sure these meals are ready to eat or lightly warm up foods only...remember this is only to sustain you for 3 days.

These are just a few photos of what I have in my backpack.

Recommended foods to pack:

-3 small peanut butter cups
-3 small ready to eat pouched of tuna fish & 3 pouches of meats
-3 packages of dried fruit or fruit in small cups
- 1 packages of fruit roll ups
-3 small boxes of raisins
-2 small ready to eat pouches of rice
- 2 small ready to eat pouches of pasta & 2 small boxes of soups
-6 small plastic bottled water 
-3 small boxed juices
-several small packages of condiments (salt & pepper) like the small packages you get from McDonald’s
-3 or 4 "small" ready to eat pouches or canned vegetables of your choice
-2 small packaged cheese
-3 protein bars
-camping cooking pots with utensils

All of these items are essential to have inside every backpack you prepare. Some of these items you may already have them somewhere inside your homes.

-small tea candles or camping fire candles or fire logs & matches. 

(to put under your cooking stove)
 -3 small boxes of matches, 2 small boxes of waterproof matches and 1 butane fire lighter

You can also include in your fire gear 2 baggies full of dryer lint, dryer lint is great to start a fire 

If you do not have any of these items, please try to gather them as soon as possible. 

For April"s purchase of the month I suggest buying:

Camping cookware with utensils 

& waterproof fire logs, You can find them in any camping store.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Emergency Preparedness...Part 1

 Emergency preparedness is so necessary. This month I want to share with you a list of needs that are essential to have on hand inside every 72 hour emergency backpack.
First, it is very important that we all have copies of all our important personal & legal papers for every person that resides in the  home. I do advice that once these papers are copied they should be shrunk to a smaller size in order to fit either in a small binder, a medium size cosmetic bag or quart size Ziploc bag. Shrinking the size of these papers uses less space inside your backpack.
These are the important papers you should have copied and shrunk:
-Living will
-Healthcare living will & medical living will
-Power of attorney papers
-Car titles
-Social Security cards & birth certificate
-Marriage or divorce papers
-inheritance lists & Driver's license
-Life insurance policies
-House mortgage & home insurance papers
-Health care insurance policies
-Rental Car, apt. or house insurance policies and rental agreements or leases
-All cemetery papers & plot deeds
with identifying plot registration numbers  
-Funeral Home “planning” papers and funeral "purchases" planning contracts
-Funeral programs
-Health insurance cards
-A list of all our doctors names, address & phone no.
-Personal list of health problems with all surgeries we may have had and allergies we suffer from.
 -Lists of medicines we take & any important medical results and diagnosis should also be included.
-Name of banks with account numbers and any other information like other people's names who are in authority to write checks, make deposits and withdraws. Also include in these papers 6 withdraw & 6 deposit slips
-List of Utilities with phone numbers & account numbers.
-A list of all the website s you need to enter into with your usernames & passwords.
Credit Cards
-A list of all your credit cards names, addresses, phone numbers & account numbers.
-Some amount of cash in small bills (ones & fives) to use if needed.
Here are the items you need to gather for your backpack:
Medical needs:
-(10) adhesive band aids (various sizes)
-(4) 5x9 inch sterile dressings
-(2) conforming roll gauze
-(4) triangular bandages
-(4) 3x3 sterile gauze
-(4) 4x4 sterile gauze
-(12) cotton balls
-(1) small roll of cotton
-(1) roll cohesive bandage
-(2) small germicidal hand wipes or alcohol base hand sanitizer
-(10) antiseptic wipes 
-(4 or 6) medical grade latex gloves
-(6) tongue depressors
-(1) roll of medical adhesive tape
-(12) small (squares) antibacterial ointment  
(12) small (square) antibacterial wipes
-(2) instant cold packs
-(2) instant hot packs
-1 ace bandage
1 soft elbow brace
-1 soft knee brace
-1 soft shoulder brace
-(1) small pair of scissors
-(1) tweezers
-1 small bottle of eye drops
-1 small tube of diapers rash cream
-1 small tube of poison ivy cream
-1 small anti itch cream 
-(12) assorted size safety pins
-(1) oral thermometer
-(1) small tube of petroleum jelly
-(1) sunscreen lotion
(1) Deet mosquito repellent lotion or Avon Skin so Soft bath oil spray
(This Avon bath oil is the best mosquito repellent)
-(1) CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
-(1) first aid manual & a small first aid kit
-(1) bottle of aspirins and (1) non aspirin pain reliever
-(1) small bottle of liquid antacid or Tums tablets
-1 small box of Alka Seltzer
-1 small box of allergy pills
- several assorted vitamins (enough for 3 days)
-1 small tube of muscle rub
-(1) small package of laxatives
-personal prescriptions-enough for 3 days

  And everything fits well in quart size Ziploc bags and inside my backpack. Part of surviving any emergency is being prepared.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday...A day To Remember

Good Friday...
A day of sadness, tears, strength, humility, torture, pain, love, compassion and forgiveness.
Jesus died for all of us.

Today it is finished...
But He shall live again to give us the the ability for us to also rise again.
Blessed be thy name Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

We Are All Queens

Many times in our lives we do feel inadequate and unloved. We tend to sometimes push ourselves down while others do the same towards us with criticism or envy. But no matter how bad we may feel, we are all queens in God's eyes. God created women with an honorable standard, with beauty, they are long suffering, intelligent, smart, great, perfectly created, hard working women with strength and filled with a heart full of love. He created them to be strong, sensitive, soft and nurturing to raise more beautiful heirs like her.

So if you ever feel less then what He made you to be, take a moment to straighten out your crown and walk proudly because you are a queen in God's Kingdom. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Home Organization...Part 3

Well here at home the organization continues. This Monday I tackled my bedroom closet. For some reason I think the bunnies come out when I am sleeping and they mess up my closets all the time. But I really needed to purge out clothes I wasn't using and really organize this closet. So I did. This is the bulging closet full of stuff and I could not even enter into it.

What a mess

too many toss pillows and so much stuff I did not need

So I organized all the gift wrapping paper, boxes and ribbons in one container, nice right.

And all the fabric pieces I wanted to keep went in one container

Up they went, out of the way.

Then I got rid of 4 trash bags full of clothes I did not wear anymore and now my clothes could breath and not get wrinkled from the compression of so many clothes.

They are now organized by like color, so now I can find the item I want by finding the color I need.

Got rid of 6 toss pillows and the others only took 1 small shelf.

Look at all the empty hangers...fabulous!

Nice organization for my purses, all in 3 drawer bin, 1 for wallets and cosmetic bags, 1 for purses and the other for large purses and clothes bags.

All my hair stuff in one 3 drawer bin.

And all the blankets and some bedspreads in one container... Now I can walk in the closet easily, I am in happy.

One more task completed.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Organization, A Never Ending Task

My Winter days are being used very well. My "To Do" list is slowly getting smaller and I am working hard to finished the list by April 1st. Yesterday I organized all the small pieces of fabrics in a 3 drawer storage bin. These fabrics are pieces that were left over from sewing. There were 1 to 2  yds. left over and some smaller pieces i know I will use in future projects. 

I organized them all in one storage bin.

I also organized all the gift wrapping needs in one storage bin...wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags and curling ribbons.

Fitting them well on the top shelf in my clothes closet.

I am so happy this task is completed.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Let's Get Organized...Part #1

"Lets Get Organized”

Well we are in the middle of February and are you tackling the junk, the piles of paper and the closets yet?

How many of you currently have a well organized home?
 If you do that’s fabulous, but if you have a junk drawer…your house is “NOT” organized.

In Millie’s home organizational theory, junk drawers do not exist.
A junk drawer only houses junk and junk is for the trash. 

My first lesson in organizing is to get rid of your junk drawer COMPLETELY…this drawer no longer exist.

Another thing is let’s not confuse neatness with organization.
Neatness…is keeping a pleasingly clean condition
Organization…is having a formal place for everything in your home and life.

Today I hope I can help someone out there to organize their homes and to keep it organized by using my PBC outline. 

1. Prepare
Prepare every area you plan to tackle in your organizing project before you start. Make a list of every project you wish to tackle and organize. Then make a list of the things you need to buy to complete your task. Finally set a starting & finishing goal date.

2. Buy
Buy only what you need for the room you will be working on.
Here are some items you may consider:
Plastic see thru storage bins (all sizes)
3, 6 or 8 plastic drawer storage bins
Filing cabinets
Decorative Boxes
Shoe Hangers
(Hanging one on the inside or outside of each door in your house will organize & store many small items other than shoes)
Shelves & brackets
Coat Hangers & large hooks
LABELS!…almost everything should be labeled. 

****Do one room at a time and once you start that room do not answer the phone unless it’s an absolute emergency. If you must answer the phone, remember to multi-task…speak as you work…do not stop.
Also do not start another project until the project you are working on is completed.

3. Clean
It is very important to clean out the room you will be working in of all unnecessary items first.

Lets begin….
Before you tackle the house I suggest you tackle first the garage. By cleaning out and organizing the garage first it allows you to put all the donate boxes and trash bags inside the garage before sending them to their destination as you work in the house.

***Get lots of medium & large boxes 
Mark 3 of them as:

1. Donate
2. Save
3. Trash

Here are just some tips & ideas that will help you in your organizational quest.

1. Use a cleaning caddie ( you can buy these caddies for $1 dollar at any dollar store) to carry all your cleaning supplies and rags to clean and you purge.

2. Start on one end of the room and work yourself around the room slowly until you end up where you started from and don’t forget to go through everything, fold everything and organize everything as you go.

3. As you start put everything into their designated box...Save, donate or trash.

4.  Put aside all the “save” items in their box for when you are put the room back together. Before you save these items go through them again and PURGE some more!!!! 

Remember to PURGE…PURGE…PURGE!!!!

5. Throw out the trash into a trash bag when the trash box gets full and reuse that box over and over up all the donated items and move them into the garage right away. Then tag another box as "donate"and continue.

Next week I will give you some more great ideas for each room. Happy Cleaning.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Remembering Our Lovely Family

Our Family is the greatest people in our lives. They may not be perfect, funny, wise, professional or outgoing, but no matter how they are, they are our treasure. A treasure we love and care for very much.

Here is my family. Humble people from the mountains of Puerto Rico. Not rich in money but rich in wisdom, farm land and unconditional love.

This is my Mother Maria at 20 years old when she met my Dad. A lady with a mind to write beautiful poetry. She has written over 800 poems and is currently on her 3rd daily devotional spiritual poetic books. She published 1 poetry book after receiving her award for The Golden Poet of the Year in 1983. She is currently in The Poet's Hall of Fame and she was also inducted into the National Library of Poetry. She is an avid runner and currently at the age of 78 she is still running 10 miles a day. She has won many medals and trophies in this sport. She is my Mom and she is my hero. 

This is my Dad Quintin when he met my Mom. He was 19 years old. My Dad was an army man in the Korean war. He was also very wise man with money. He could make money grow in many ways. He owned his own grocery store for over 40 years and yes he made tons of money, so much that he had money in 4 different banks at once.

This is my Dad when he was 15 years old.

Here is my Mom and I when I was about 1 years old.

and here is Mom and I when I was about 7.

 This is my maternal grandma Carmen, I didn't get to see her very much since she lived far away from me, but the times I did see her, she only gave me hugs. Those to me are treasured memories. I did meet my grandfather Pedro, he was a farmer and a very hard worker. He grew coffee, plantains, sure cane and potatoes. That was the way he earned his money. They were very poor, but they were very much in love, not only for each other but for everyone else also.

This is my paternal grandma, she was the light of my eyes and the lady I loved dearly. I never got to meet her husband but my grandmother Maria was one of the sweetest and most loving grandma anyone could ever desire. She had no education, so she did not know how to read or write. While I living with her in Puerto Rico for 7 years, I got to know who this lady was and I even taught her to write her full name. I spent many afternoons making her write over and over her name in print like a first grader until she learned it by heart. She loved to write her name and her notebook was full of her accomplishments...she was so proud of herself. I would read to her the scriptures every day in Spanish and I would also read to her many Spanish first grader books she understood well. I remember how she shared with me so much of her life and the hard strict upbringing she experienced from her parents. Today I treasure those stories so much that I am writing them down on a journal to pass them down to my son. I miss my beautiful grandmother very much. 

I hope everyone can take many moments of their busy lives to unite themselves with their grandparents. They would not only learn how precious those moments of love and learning would be, but to know who they really were can be a gift they will treasure forever. Once these relatives are gone, its too is the day to call and visit those lovely grandparents. Take the time before its to late and if you can record every conversation you have with them, it will be a treasure for you to pass on to others.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Remembering 1816...LDS Pioneers

1816: A global climate catastrophe

200 years ago, our ancestors experienced what historians call "the last great subsistence crisis in the Western world" - food in both America and Europe became scarce, resulting in widespread famine and economic crises in many areas.
Agriculture struggled because the normally stable summer temperatures of New England, Central Canada and Western Europe were highly abnormal in 1816. Overall, global temperatures fell significantly and the aforementioned areas experienced frost, snow and cold temperatures during the prime crop-growing months of the years.
The world was already in a long period of global cooling since the 1300's, known by climate historians as "The Little Ice Age." This larger period in history was already causing agricultural trouble for humans and in 1816 the issues were exacerbated to an extreme degree.

Mysterious red fog plagues America

In the spring and summer of 1816, many throughout the eastern United States observed a strange "dry fog" that persistently hung around. The fog dimmed sunlight and bathed everything in a strangely red light - it wasn't moist, and couldn't be dispersed by rainfall or wind.
The price for a bushel of wheat increased over 700% from 1815 to 1816
All throughout New England, temperatures dropped below freezing in May, June, July and August. The grounds froze and the fields were as barren as they were in winter. Towns located at high elevations - where farming was difficult even in good conditions - suffered the most.
Early residents of New England struggled to survive even in good years. In 1816, it was nearly impossible.

Corn was hardly worth harvesting, and many wheat crops were devastated, making bread-products very scarce. This resulted in sky-high prices for food and many from the lower classes risked starvation. For instance, a bushel of oats cost the equivalent of $1.55 today in 1815 but increased to the equivalent of $12.83 today in 1816. That's an increase of over 700%!
An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people emigrated from Vermont, including the family of Joseph Smith.
While the western United States did not suffer, transporting food at this point was very difficult - the country had yet to be linked together by reliable rail transport, forcing most communities to rely on local production for food supplies.

How Joseph Smith and your ancestors were affected

The struggles in New England caused a mass emigration from the area and greatly sped up Westward expansion in the United States. If your family migrated west around this time, it's very possible that they moved due to these agricultural struggles or food shortages.
Western New York and the Northwest Territory (now the Great Lakes region) were very popular destinations for families with ruined land. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people emigrated from Vermont, including the family of a young Joseph Smith.
The Smith family moved to Palmyra, New York, to join other members of their family. It was here that Smith began his path to founding the Latter Day Saint church - in a strange way, this climate disaster played an indirect role in initiating Joseph's journey.

Beautiful sunsets and Frankenstein: Cultural positives

Interestingly, in the same way high levels of air-born pollution today can produce some marvelous sunsets, the mysterious dry fog that covered the land did the same thing. English landscape artist J.M.W. Turner likely drew inspiration for some of his work from the sunsets of this year and elevated landscape painting to prominence through his brilliant paintings, paving the way for Americans like Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School.
The amazing sunsets and sunrises of 1816 likely inspired some of Turners most famous paintings, like this one.J.M.W. TURNER, THE 'FIGHTING TEMERAIRE' TUGGED TO HER LAST BERTH TO BE BROKEN UP 1838-39

Elsewhere in Europe, the dreadful weather resulted in the creation of an iconic literary monster. Mary Shelley and her future husband Percy Brysshe Shelley were visiting Lord Byron in Switzerland in the summer of 1816, and the constant rain and cold precipitated a chain of events that led to Shelley writing an initial draft of Frankenstein.

What caused the climate change

Climate historians and climatologists hypothesize that this change was brought on by a massive volcanic eruption in 1815 in the Dutch East Indies (modern day Indonesia). The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora was the biggest the world had seen for 1,300 years and resulted in between 70,000 and 100,000 deaths in the South Pacific due to the immediate effects.
This enormous eruption brought on a volcanic winter (a reduction in global temperatures due to volcanic ash and sulfuric acid in the atmosphere obscuring sunlight) that resulted in the disaster of 1816. In addition, global weather patterns were affected, ushering in wildly different seasonal temperatures:
A 2014 depiction of the 1816 weather patterns by Dr. Nicholas Klingaman at the University of ReadingDR. NICHOLAS KLINGAMAN, 2014

In tracing your family's journey through time, don't overlook major events like the Year Without a Summer when constructing their story. Understanding this climate phenomenon may give you some explanation for the migration of your ancestors.