Flowers, May to June

The flowers of Farm Grove appear in a play of several acts.  The tall orchid-like iris barely make an entrance as official narrators of spring before they are replaced by diva clematis.  Our chorus-line of white and pink peonies show off in ruffled petal tutus.  They droop and fall in show-stopping choreography. Orange poppies had a supporting role but were on stage for such a brief time, I hardly noticed.

I am waiting for the stars to make a grand entrance–the dramatic oriental poppies.  Their waxy sheen displays best in sunlight spots.  In a minor supporting role are the tiger lilies or ditch lilies, which are more humble but no less impressive in an ensemble role.

The final act occurs after a summer intermission filled with fruits and vegetables.  I admit the final act is my favorite–red rose hips, golden rod, bittersweet, zinnia, cockscomb celosia and marigold–all the colors of autumn.  It is quite a show.

Iris and Dames Rocket

Clematis

Peonies and Dames Rocket

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THRIVING SURVIVAL WORKSHOP

The Thriving Survival Workshop on May 26, 2018 was a great success!  We are excited to host the second workshop on June 2–still time to sign up!

Here are some candid shots of how we demonstrated preps for the next BIG event.  No, things will no longer be “normal” according to definition.  Christians are aware all things such as wars, disease, earthquakes, lawlessness, deception and social unrest will increase in frequency and intensity until Christ returns.  Although the Lord will return for His Church of true believers before the 7-year Tribulation, that does not mean the remnant will not have to occupy until He comes in trials and the increasing consequences of a fallen world.  We have already survived Katrina, Sandy, tsunamis and earthquakes–they will increase.  Prepare to shelter in place and be your own FIRST RESPONDER.

SUN OVEN

PLANTAIN IS EDIBLE AND TREATS BUG BITES

THE CHAPEL MEETING ROOM UNDER A RAINBOW–NOAH WAS A PREPPER!

 

CHECKING OUT THE DISPLAYS

OFF-GRID LAUNDRY

ROCKET STOVE DEMO

COST OF WORKSHOP IS $25 PER PERSON OR BUDDY COUPLE.  WORKBOOK INCLUDED.  BRING A SACK LUNCH FOR 30-MINUTE LUNCH BREAK.  SATURDAY, JUNE 2 – 2018, 10 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M. 

18886 SPRINGFIELD ROAD, GROVELAND, IL – GROVELAND CHAPEL MEETING ROOM @ FARM GROVE, GROVELAND

CONTACT:  SHARON L. CLEMENS – sharonlclemens@gmail.com

 

 

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Dirt Diggin’ Time

Tilling the Green Bean Bed

We may not always garden.  It is hard work, especially breaking ground in the spring.  But the green beans, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, kale, spinach, peas, corn, pumpkins and melons are finally in the ground.  Now comes the fun part.  Watching it grow and enjoying the  harvesting.

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Cooking with Fire and Sun

ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT BIG EVENT?  Thriving Survival Workshop is coming up on May 26 with a repeat on June 2 from 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.  at the Farm Grove farmstead, 18886 Springfield Road, Groveland, IL.  One segment is a demonstration of cooking with fire and sun–like camping at home.  I put together a fire pit with a galvanized tub and branch tripod.  Next to it is a 4-block rocket stove.  I will also be using my sun oven to cook ham and beans while cookies for dessert are baking in the tea light oven.  If the power ever goes out, I am ready.  Too much fun!  If you wish to register for a workshop, contact us at sharonlclemens@gmail.com

$25 per person or couple.  Includes comprehensive demonstrations, workbook, seeds, and samples.

HERBS AND WILDINGS FOR THE WORKSHOP

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GREAT AMERICAN GARAGE SALE!

On your way to the Tremont Community Sale, stop by our family garage sale at the Farm Grove Barn!!!  So much stuff the guys are complaining they are running out of tables–collectible plates from mom’s shop, reproduction plaques of my dad’s carvings, tools, CDs, DVDs [lots], electronics, storage containers, Victoria mags, cookbooks, and misc. too much to mention =  18886 Springfield Road, Groveland.   Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 – about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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Road Trip to Arthur

 

Hog House Garden Shed

If I cannot plant potatoes because of our capricious spring weather, I think a road trip to Amish country would be in order while I wait to garden.  I am hosting the THRIVING SURVIVAL WORKSHOP on May 26 and June 2, and a sourcing trip to Arthur, Illinois, would educate me on what is available for off-the-grid-living-if-we-have-to from those who are experts.

If you live in Central Illinois and have not yet registered for the workshop [$25 per person or couple], contact me at sharonlclemens@gmail.com

The workshop is in the Groveland Chapel, Groveland, Illinois.  10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch.

Although most will shelter-in-place if a natural disaster takes out our power, we still must cook, clean, stay warm, and do laundry.  The stores in Arthur sell to the Amish and supply equipment that does not require electricity.  I want to see what they have to offer.  For example, I can find no heavy-duty wringers for hand laundry for reasonable prices in our area or on-line.  There is a mop bucket at Walmart or Menards that sells from $45 to $60, depending, but it is not very efficient.  Fortunately my own needs were met because we found a vintage one stored in the chapel; but I would like to find a source that is reasonable for others.  Stay tuned…

 Someone has said:  Preparing for the worst readies us for the likely.

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Why I Am a Prepping Christian

 

Why I Am a Prepping Christian

An entire world of preppers, survivalists,
 end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it [EOTWAWKI], off-
the-grid people are getting ready for
the next big event.  I agree things are getting worse,
not better; this observation is scriptural.  We may
yet see adversity in our nation even before the Rapture
of the Church.  Believers also know that Armageddon is
coming and that a great deal of world change will
occur long before the final battle.  Personal
adversity is also a constant in the sinful culture
in which we live–devastating illness,
loss of employment, lawlessness.  
So, I am practical.  There are many reasons I cannot
consider going “off grid;” and I think sheltering-in-place
is more practical.  That is the best answer for most–
but few are even prepared to do that.  We cannot
depend on the government or FEMA  to bring help
if we are hit with extensive  national disasters. 
 
I would call myself a “practical prepper.”  I do not
wear camo but I do wear a lot of denim to work
outside in the yard and garden.  I do not raise
chickens because my husband detests chickens,
but I am trying to talk him into runner ducks.  He
likes ducks and their eggs are just as good if not better… 
But ducks would mean we would need our son to
be a duck sitter when we take off on holiday…
so that is another hurdle to overcome.
 
WHY I AM A PREPPING CHRISTIAN:
  • The end times leading up to the Tribulation
  • will become worse and worse [Matthew 24:4-8]. 
  • A believer waiting for the blessed hope of the
  • Rapture [Titus 2:13] occupies wisely until He comes. 
  • [Luke 19:12-13]
  •  
  • Knowing what is coming is half the battle.  We buy
  •  insurance “just in case” something happens. 
  • Why would we not make preparation for the
  • documented exponential increase in wars,
  • natural disasters, disease and earthquakes the
  • Lord revealed would increase in frequency and intensity? 
  • Walking into a dark room is not as frightening
  • when we know what is there.
  •  
  • Redeem the time as good stewards of what
  • God has entrusted to us.  [Eph. 5:15-16 —
  • “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise
  • but as wise, making the best of the time,
  • because the days are evil.” ]
  •  
  • Surviving and thriving in the midst of adversity
  • brings glory to God.  We live by faith [Proverbs 3:5];
  • however, we do not presume on the Lord when He
  • has already richly provided.  When the children of Israel
  • left Egypt, they took all of their flocks, herds and even
  • the dough in their dough bowls.  [Exodus 12:31-36] 
  • They did not “bug out” with nothing.
  •  
  • Surviving and thriving is a blessing for Christians
  • as we live in expectation of the blessed hope of the
  • Rapture.  [Titus 2:13]  [See Spiritual Prepping for the
  • Rapture].  Believers are to look up and lift up their
  • heads in expectation. [Luke 21:28]
  •  
  • The Lord is merciful and does not seek to annihilate
  • mankind.  He restrains His wrath, even in the T
  • Tribulation.  [Matt. 24:22]  Therefore there will
  • always be a remnant saved by grace in every age.
  •  
  • I will be offering a Thriving Survival Workshop on
  •  two upcoming days in order to share the information
  • I have been gathering for several years. 
  • This is a practical prepping workshop for those
  • who wish to be better-prepared to shelter-in-place.    
  • Here is some of the DIY equipment I will be demonstrating:

 

Here is my tea light oven made out of an old chicken rotisserie which was a freebie.  You can also make them from a broken
toaster oven.  I baked chocolate chip cookies and a small cake in it on Saturday.

This is a simple rocket stove made from 3 cans:  a large popcorn tin, a coffee can
and a #10 large vegetable can.  The fire is fed through the outside can and it acts like
an internal combustion heater/cooker.  This is a simple, effective, practical alternative to loss of power.
 

My favorite prep is the Buddy Burner.  It is a Girl Scout/Boy Scout hack.
It requires melted wax, corrugated cardboard and a tuna can to create
a super effective candle that will heat and cook and can be used inside. 
Above I am melting wax in a double boiler–never over direct heat OR
in the microwave–no no.  Wax is very flammable. 

Buddy Burner:  Tightly as possible, roll cut corrugated cardboard into your cans.

Pour melted wax over cardboard making sure to completely saturate the
paper.  You may add a small strip of cardboard in the center as a wick.
It is not pretty but boy do these work!  I am experimenting with putting 4 of
these in my old wood burning stove oven to see if it will bake bread with candle power.
Too much fun!  Save old candles for this hack. The only expense is for wax.
These are just a few tips for THRIVING AND SURVIVING! 
Join us at Farm Grove for the workshop on May 26 or June 2, 2018. 
We look forward to seeing you!
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SPRING THRIVING SURVIVAL WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018 – 10 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M.

OR SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018 – 10 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M. 
 

The Farm Grove Meeting Room – Large Chapel

18886 Springfield Rd., Groveland, IL

~ Are you ready for the next big event? ~

  • WAR
  • CIVIL UNREST/VIOLENCE

  • STORM OF THE CENTURY [Sandy, Katrina, Tsunami, Tornado]

  • EARTHQUAKE [San Andreas, New Madrid, Pacific

Northwest]

  • VOLCANIC ERUPTION [Yellowstone Caldera]
  • EMP – Electro-magnetic Pulse/Failure of US Electrical

Grid/Dirty Bomb/Sun Spot
  • NUCLEAR ATTACK [Terrorism, North Korea, Russia/Syria]

  • ECONOMIC COLLAPSE/2nd Great Depression

  • DISEASE/PANDEMIC/EPIDEMIC

Being prepared is half the BATTLE

In the event of a national disaster, we cannot depend

on FEMA or the government.  Join author, Bible teacher, and
practical prepper, Sharon L. Clemens, for a comprehensive
workshop on how to shelter in place:
  1. Have a plan and a community/the buddy system
  2. Alternative methods of water purification

  3. Alternative methods of energy

  4. What to stock and practical cooking

  5. Practical gardening

  6. Practical foraging – What’s edible in your back yard? –

It is incredible the resources in God’s creation.
  1. Alternative medical treatments – Herbs and essential oils

  2. Basics of hygiene

  3. Spiritual/mental health—do not wait to prepare.

THE SOONER YOU BEGIN, THE MORE FRUGAL YOU CAN BE.

  • Things to quit throwing away –
One man’s trash is another’s treasure!
  • Foraging at yard sales
  • Good stuff at the $$$ Store

  • What to make/What to buy


  • COST of WORKSHOP$25 per person or couple-

-[$20 for workshop and $5 applied to facility rental]. 
No children under 12; one set of materials per registration fee. 
Class size limited.  PLEASE REGISTER AT sharonlclemens@gmail.com
and specify Spring Thriving Survival Workshop, May 26 or June 2 
and number of participants.  Fee required at time of class. 

INCLUDES:  Workshop hand-outs, demonstrations, seed samples,

4-hour workshop – 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  There will be a 30 minute
break for lunch.  Please bring a sack lunch to enjoy in our
gardens & facility.  Water and coffee provided. 
Samples of survival meals for tasting.  Tour the gardens and
chapel area to see our homestead. ~


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