Last week we had a cord of firewood delivered. We don’t heat with firewood, but use it for cozy enjoyment all autumn and winter. We do, however, count the fireplace as a backup heat source. Because we live in an area with a long winter, this is important.
David has started stacking the wood and will slowly finish it over the next several days as the hot and humid weather allows. We’ll call the chimney sweep this week to set up an appointment before he starts getting busy. We didn’t have the chimney cleaned last year so it definitely should be looked at this year.
It’s sometimes difficult for people to think about the chill of autumn and winter when it’s almost 90 degrees outside with oppressive humidity. But now is the time to take care of these things. After experiencing shortages, many people have had a permanent change in their thinking. They are now planning ahead in a way they never did before. This is a good thing for them, their loved ones, and our society as a whole. On the other hand, if you are one of the people who puts things off then you may find yourself scrambling for supplies and appointment openings.
Whatever your views regarding current events, it’s become clear that our system is a fragile one. In the UK, there are currently significant shortages in the grocery stores due to a lorry driver shortage. They are short literally tens of thousands of drivers. Whether this is a real crisis or one that is being created for nefarious purposes (pingdemic) doesn’t really matter if you can’t provide for your family. Similar things are beginning to happen here. Again, it doesn’t matter if it is real or manufactured. (That’s another post.) The result is the same with less available products in the store.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27 (BSB)
As I wrote in 3 Reasons You Must Become a Prudent & Prepared Homemaker, you have a responsibility to care for your home and loved ones. That post is the opening to an entire series in which I help you begin thinking about what it means to be a prudent and prepared homemaker. I encourage you to take this part of your responsibilities seriously. Do not be lulled to sleep right now during the summer sunshine.
Getting a load of firewood delivered is just one of the many tasks I have as a homemaker. As I think about the approaching seasons, there are other things that come to mind. This week I’ll be updating my prudent and prepared lists and worksheets in my Guidebook. I encourage you to open yours up and do the same thing.
One more suggestion before I go. Start thinking seriously about your Christmas shopping. If you read in my forums, you are already aware of this from something I shared in early July – Shop early for Christmas because product is not getting through. If you don’t read what I post in there, then consider this heads-up my early Christmas gift to you and your loved ones.
The Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible, BSB
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