2021 Book List

I really enjoy reading other people’s book lists and sharing my own. The following is a list of the books I read in 2021.

If you’d like to peruse my past book lists, you can do so as follows: 2016 is a series of four posts at the following links – Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four. My 2017 book list is at this page, my 2018 list on this post, and my 2019 list is here. My 2020 book list is on this post.

  1. JANUARY: When the Peace is Gone – Glaspy
  2. The iRest Program for Healing PTSD – Miller
  3. Beyond Labels: A Doctor and a Farmer Conquer Food Confusion One Bite at a Time – McCullough & Salatin
  4. Odessa Strikes – Akart
  5. Warrior Goddess Training – Amara
  6. The Winter Sisters – Westover
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Are Books the Next “Supply” Shortage?

An interesting news trend on my LinkedIn feed this week is a potential book shortage for holiday shoppers. Apparently there’s a perfect storm of paper supply issues, labor concerns, and transport problems that could affect how many copies of print books your bookseller receives. This particular article has a very good breakdown of the situation.

This article in The Atlantic goes a different direction though, really only mentioning books in a bare bones way (which is why it’s trending on LinkedIn with the book supply issues). Other takeaways Continue reading

National Preparedness Month: Week 4

Since September is a five-week month, I decided to hold over the week four tips from FEMA to split the difference on weeks four and five. This week’s topic is teaching youth about preparedness. Oh, be still my heart! Right up my alley.

I had the distinct pleasure of teaching an emergency preparedness course for our homeschool co-op during the spring 2021 term, and I think it went over well. We started with general emergency preparedness information, with a large resource bundle from the offerings over at FEMA; then moved into a Stop the Bleed class where the teens learned and practiced wound packing, tourniquet application, and more. We finished out with select portions of the USCCA Emergency First Aid Fundamentals course, including putting together their own first aid kits for home, car, and more. I think their favorites were using the tourniquet on me and going over first aid kits with a “tour” of our kits and my car – since many of them are learning to drive or about to, that really seemed to hit home as they asked questions about the storage spaces, spare tire, and other supplies too.

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Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 12 Aug 2018

Happy Monday, all! Here’s my contribution to Frugal Accomplishments (hosted by Brandy, The Prudent Homemaker) this week.

*Daughter attended a free teen summit at a local college; attendees were provided with lunch and given a free T-shirt, but she was also given a reusable cup. She also got lots of great information for the future.
*Son was given a muzzleloader kit by our friend, who is a gunsmith. It was partially completed by someone else and he felt it would be a good learning experience for son (who would like to be a gunsmith), helped by my husband.
*I have been reading e-books from the library and on Kindle Unlimited.
*Husband has been watching shows on Amazon Prime (prepaid earlier this year).
*Son has been using our Great Courses Plus membership (prepaid earlier this year) to watch a physics course.
*I became a chapter leader for The Well Armed Woman late last month; I was able to affordably purchase some items at Hobby Lobby for our chapter’s information table.
*I purchased a large set of Sharpie markers at Staples on clearance ($4.75 less than original price). I actually only wanted a purple one for TWAW range days, and did not want to buy a multipack to get one marker – until I found them on clearance. The package included two black Sharpies, which are always handy anyway, so it was an acceptable option for me.
*Ordered pizza with a coupon and husband picked it up, saving delivery fee and tip.
*Husband filled both vehicles at half a tank with Kroger $1 off fuel points.
*Organized and inventoried our freezer and made a menu plan for this week reflecting what is on hand. This next payday we will only need to shop for juice, cheese, and some spices.
*Made use of Facebook for free marketing for TWAW chapter – this is so helpful since we are a new chapter and really need help getting the word out. The moderator of our military spouses’ group allowed me to share our event listings, which helped immensely.
*Entered several giveaways for items our family would make good use of. Fingers crossed! 😉
*Watched some training videos on YouTube.
*Repurposed an old, barely used binder of my daughter’s for my TWAW forms, guidebook, etc. She went through a phase where her favorite color was purple, so all the school supplies she picked were purple. Lucky for me, that’s the signature color of TWAW too!
*Finished my NRA Refuse to Be a Victim course, during which I learned ways organizations can apply for grants to cover the costs of this awesome safety training. Not frugal for me, personally, but it will be a big budget helper to others who want to attend the seminars I teach in the future who might otherwise think they can’t find funds to come – I find that really exciting!
*Received a box of magazines and coupons from my mom; which were passed on to a frugal friend after I snagged a few coupons and read through the magazines. She’ll do the same and hopefully lots of folks will get to enjoy them and save some cash.
*Received several magazines from subscriptions previously purchased with travel rewards. After I read these, they will move on to friends and family for further enjoyment.
*Daughter babysat for a few hours, adding cash to her move-out and CNA school fund.
*One of my neighbors has become vegetarian and very generously offered me a bag and a half of salmon fillets. I used the half bag for our family for a dinner, which was enough to even give the dog a helping (so good for her coat!). I traded the full bag to my frugal friend neighbor, who had offered me a bag of protein shake mix she didn’t want. Win-win!
*We were given some extra targets when we asked about making a copy of one for son to practice his rifle skills to work up to competing. Our friend’s generosity meant we all got to give it a shot. (Haaaaa….. see what I did there? )
*Found a spare queen flat sheet while changing things around in the linen closet; used it to replace the other sheet I use as a couch cover, but the dog had torn badly.
*Husband and son traded some video games son no longer wanted, toward one he has wanted to try out for a while – he lucked out and the store had a used copy in when they went in.
*Attended our homeschool group’s “back to school” meeting at a community center – free play time for my son and the other kids while the parents did paperwork and an orientation.
*Set aside a seltzer bottle for reuse for water storage.
*Husband and son attended a birthday party for the child of one of husband’s colleagues; they had hours of fun (apparently even grown-ups can’t resist bouncy houses LOL) and had pizza dinner while there.
*Did NOT buy the house we were looking at – that totally counts, right? 😀