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Preparing For The Storm – Maintaining The Storm Shelter

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I have a healthy respect/fear for tornadic storms! RancherMan arranged to have an underground storm shelter installed for me so I can feel safe when those winds start blowing. How much do I love him for that!!?

I’ve written about the installation of our Storm Shelter. So if you’re thinking of having an underground shelter installed be sure to check that post out to see some of the considerations we made.

I also published another post about what we decided to Stock In Our Storm Shelter. If you already have a storm shelter this post shares what we decided to store down there. (and what we decided NOT to store).

But now that the shelter’s been installed & stocked, what kind of upkeep does it need?

C’mon & I’ll show you what I’m doing now to prepare for those spring storms!

Storm Shelter Yearly Maintenance Checklist. Come see how I prepare for dangerous storms. #TexasHomesteader

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Recipe: Potato Soup For an Inexpensive Bone-Warming Meal

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The weather is very raw today – blustery, damp & cold. So I’ve got on my thinkin’ cap making plans for a bone-warming supper for RancherMan & me. 

What’s my motto, y’all? That’s right, “Use WhatCha Got!”

So I’m pulling out the ingredients I have available to work with, including leftover smoked sausage from a larger package of sausages, some of my home-canned chicken broth and the last of our fresh potatoes & onions.

The big soup pot is at the ready. Today I think a comfort-foody kinda meal of meaty potato soup is in order!

MEATY POTATO SOUP For An Inexpensive Bone-Warming Meal. This Soup Cost Just Pennies But There Was Enough Left For Us To Eat Several meals #TexasHomesteader

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Safety From The Storm – Part II: Outfitting Your Storm Shelter

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Last week I wrote about how important it was for me to have an underground storm shelter installed. It’s close to our home at the ranch to be able to stay safe when tornado season hits. 

There were many considerations for us to make for the actual installation. If you’re considering an underground storm shelter I urge you to read Safety From The Storm – Part I: Seeking Shelter.

But now that our shelter has been installed, what do we stock it with? I polled our wonderful  Facebook followers and they were so helpful (as they always are). Using their suggestions as a guide, here’s what we decided would be stocked into our shelter.

Now that we have our underground storm shelter installed, what should we stock in it? Read how we decided what items should be included #TexasHomesteader

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Safety From The Storm – Part I: Seeking Shelter

by Texas Homesteader

When RancherMan & I built our home here on the homestead, I was pretty adamant that I wanted an underground storm shelter.  I mean, I was born in & spent much of my childhood in Central Oklahoma.

Although I loved it there I considered it tornado ally.  I remember many stormy tornado-warning nights that my parents would awake me and my siblings and place us in the hallway for safety from the potential hazards should a tornado come too close.

And it’s funny how those emotions carry with you into adulthood.  Even today although I absolutely love the rolling thunder and am awestruck by thick dark clouds. But when the wind kicks up I nervously pace.  And if it kicks up a lot I’m almost inconsolable.

Thankfully RancherMan can soothe me most times. But when you hear your tiny city mentioned on that radio followed by the words “Take Cover IMMEDIATELY”…   Well, I needed more than soothing – I needed SAFETY from the storm!

When bad storms hit I needed SAFETY from the storm! So we bought & had installed an underground storm shelter. #TexasHomesteader

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A Day At the Homestead

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I’m often asked what a typical day looks like when you’re both living and working on a Homestead. Well I can say in all honesty that it’s NEVER boring!  It’s funny how it’s near impossible to plan with certainty what a day in our lives will look like. There are so many variables like weather, cattle illness, fence issues, etc.

But c’mon and tag along today & I’ll show ya what a typical day looks like for us here in our Texas paradise.

Wonder what it's like to live & work on a Texas homestead? Well c'mon down & spend the day with us! #TexasHomesteader

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