Friday, May 1, 2009

The blog turns one!

Well, 120 posts, many friends, several recipes, and 1 woodstove later, the blog marks a year....

Some highlights (not practical to list all of them :) ...

--The fact that when asked, one of my children said that I was a "five star cook" because--get ready for it--I make rice and beans and make bread. Yeah, all things I didn't do a year ago today.

--The friends I have made over the internet--with some I don't even know their real/full/first/last name, but I consider them my friends nevertheless. And I actually worry about them if they don't post/comment/show up elsewhere on the internet for awhile. A little weird, perhaps, but it is the truth....

--The things I have learned from other people--through their blogs/comments/links/etc. I have said it before and can definitely see myself saying it again in the future--I find that I often get a lot more back in information through comments than I actually give out in my posts. So thanks everyone!

--This blog has motivated me to do a lot of things that I might still be procrastinating about if I didn't think, "Well, if I do make that recipe, it will be something to blog about..." Yeah, for me, at least, the blog has provided a good deal of motivation, though I'm still procrastinating on some things (oh, sprouting, for example....).

--The comment left by someone who wrote that he hadn't considered food storage before, but after reading on my blog, he was thinking about it now. Those aren't his words verbatim, but that is the gist, and I hope that he has some storage in now. I hope that more people were able/are able to get storage in. I started this blog because I wanted to learn how to better use my long-term food storage. I don't want my children to go hungry in an emergency situation. Thing is, I don't want anyone else's children to go hungry in an emergency situation either...

There are a lot of preparedness blogs (more than when I started) out there now, and I have learned quite a lot from reading them. You may have noticed that I link to other blogs/articles/websites quite often. I still am not a professional, but I feel better prepared in some ways. What's that saying about education? Something like, "Education is finding out what you didn't know you didn't know." I keep finding out more that I don't know, but I keep learning as well...

Thanks to everyone who made this year great! I would make a list, but not only would it be lengthy, if I left someone out, I would feel terrible. I'm pretty sure that you know who you are, and even if you just wonder, consider yourself on the list....

10 comments:

preparednesspro said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! How rewarding, hearing someone get motivated to start his food storage after reading your blog. It's been encouraging seeing folks getting their homes in order due to the flu.

Anonymous said...

well Marie, Carl is actually part of my real name. I really like the way you have done this and the Idaho Blog. My wife and I are thinking of moving out of the Socialist Peoples Republic of Wisconsin and Move your way in Either Idaho, Nevada, Utah or Montana.


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Ginger said...

Happy Anniversary!! I enjoy your blog and am glad you share your knowledge.

Angela said...

Congrats on the anniversary and more importantly your progress! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your first year anniversary!

There's a great resource you might want to add to your list:
http://www.internet-grocer.net/product.html

They have a huge variety of products, including canned meats, cheese and butter.

Best regards,

Donald Kuntz

Marie said...

PreparednessPro--It was nice to read that comment, because I can't afford to have food storage for everyone, though that would be nice... :)
I agree that it's a good thing that so many now have more storage/supplies in preparation for the flu situation--hopefully they won't need it for that, and they'll still have more storage for future emergencies. Thanks for your comment!

Carl-- Thanks! Wisconsin's loss would be the west's gain! Thanks for your comment and all the information that you have provided to help make my emergency preparation better!

Ginger--Thanks for your kind words, and for taking the time to comment!

Angela--I am far from where I would like to be, but every little bit counts, right? :) Slow but sure...thanks for your comment!

Donald Kuntz--I checked out the site, and it looks like there are many, many, helpful products available. If people want to check it out for, as you say, the variety, they'll find a lot to choose from--thanks for your comment!

Julie said...

Congrats on your year anniversary! As a beginner, I've enjoyed your blog. :)

Marie said...

Julie--Thanks! I still am a beginner when it comes to a lot of things, but at least I can do a few things with the very basics now, and that's a relief...thanks very much for your comment!

Kymber said...

Congratulations Marie!!! You must have felt incredible when one of your children called you a "five star cook" - wow - what a title!

I just found this blog from the Idaho Preppers Network (I didn't realize that you had a personal blog - so sorry!)

I cannot wait to get caught up on all of your posts - I love your posts on the IPN and am sure that I will love your posts here just as much!

(oh and one last thing - your point about internet friends and worrying about them when they don't show up/comment, etc. - I completely agree and feel the same way!)

Congrats girl!

Marie said...

Kymber--I think that the best part of the "five star cook" experience was that my children don't complain about rice and beans, which is a big relief when I think about having to live in a food storage only situation... :)
If you start reading this blog from the beginning, you will see that I have had my share of "learning experiences" in using my food storage and getting prepared for emergencies, and continue to do so. I'm just glad that I'm having these experiences before an actual emergency...less stress that way. :) Thanks so much for your comment!