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Thursday, April 21, 2011

$6/Gallon Gas?

As I watched the early show this morning, the anchor did the obligatory "stocks are up, all is good with the world" segment, followed by something that really shocked me.  Apparently the dollar index is at a 3 year low and some experts are expecting $6/gal gas by summertime. 

I was speechless.

I'd heard suggestions that $5/gal gas was right around the corner, and felt begrudgingly resigned to paying that price.  Now hearing expectations of $6 gas, I long for the days of $5 gas! 

Maybe that's how this ploy works? 

Step 1.  Introduce a bad idea.

Step 2.  Introduce a WORSE idea.

Step 3.  Suddenly idea #1 isn't so bad.

I told a friend last week that I feel like we're at a tipping point, our economy and our country, that is.  That we're balanced at the apex of a pyramid built on false money, inflated stocks and misinformation. 

You can only balance for so long. 

Then you slip.

I'm truly afraid we're about to slip. 

As a wife, a mama, a neighbor, I hope that you're putting food away.  Paying off debt.  Planning your garden.  Brushing up on skills.  Taking baby steps toward a simpler life.  These are the things that will make the difference between surviving and thriving. 


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Friday, April 15, 2011

Off The Grid News

Hey there, Buckeyes!  Hope this post finds you well and enjoying the lovely spring weather.  We've been quite busy around the homestead lately, trying to get things ready for planting and assessing damage from a rough, rough winter.  Thankfully we came through mostly unscathed, with only a few downed branches and a patch of strawberries that didn't survive. 

I just wanted to share with you a cool website I found this morning...it may be old news to some of you, but it's new and fresh and exciting to me!   http://www.offthegridnews.com/   Off The Grid News is sort of Mother Earth News meets FoxNews, if that makes sense!  There are lots of very practical articles with useful information on topics like gardening, self-defense, education with a bit of tin-foil hat stuff thrown in for good measure!  Whether you enjoy the politics or not, there is much information to be gleaned from this site! 

I hope you find it as useful as I did...and make sure you sign up for the newsletter to get the free e-book download "Food Shock". 


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