After planning the menu for the week, so we know what to buy and what we need to supplement for our meals. I realized that we were going to have to go fishing. The week has been short on work and my wife and I are running low on protein for our dietary needs. So I am going to take some time on Saturday to go to the lake and put a line in the water. By now Kansa must be sick of fish but while the strike is going on we must do what we can to survive.
I turned up the flower bed and planted potatoes, carrots, beans and cabbage, to further off set our demand on our food storage. I am so grateful that the Mormon church that we belong to, has talked about the need for food storage from the beginning. Much of what I am learning from the Boy Scouts of America is being applied at home. Like the Mormons the Boy Scouts believe in being prepared for every little thing that may come up.
Today I helped teach a group of boys what is important to pack for a camping trip. One of the boys brought up that if you are going to bring a flashlight it may be good to bring extra batteries. Common sense right? Well you might be surprised.
My wife and I work for the port of Portland as temps. The strike ended last night at about 6:00 PM and we are to go back to work today, but the Staffing Service did not tell us that the start time was moved back from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. So the entire temp staff showed up and was sent home until 11:00. Now we are back at home, the time is 6:43 AM and Kansa went back to bed while I work on my books. About five people are not going to have a way back to work because the bus line only runs twice a day. On the flip side, Kansa are up two days on on food budget due to our use of Food Storage and still have some left over Pasta that will be eaten at work. It is Thursday and we still have $35.50 to be used for the food budget that cycles over on Friday. Anything left over goes into bills and savings.
My wife and I are in desperate need of a new mattress, so saving money has a goal this time. But what do I care, I work 20 hours a day any way. If I am lucky I hit the pit around 3:00 AM only to wake up at 5:30 AM to start all over again. This is how I believe a hard working family man should act. There are no complaints from me about not making enough money, I just look for ways to make more. If there is not enough food in the house, that is my fault. You would never see me swiping an EBT Card. By Gods grace and the sweet off of my brow my family stays above water. It is this kind of work ethic that I try to teach the scouts and portray to my readers. In my mind success is not about how much money you make, but rather who much you have made on your own. It is not up to the government to feed my family.
Kansa did not marry Uncle Sam, she married me and the moment I said, “I do…,” I took on the role of the provider. If you can’t take care of your family you should not have on in the first place! I will put my self in the grave before I ask for help from the tax payer. My family enjoys freedom that would be lost one we start taking money from the state.
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