Monday, June 6, 2022

Monday, Planning the week! and Thunderstorms!



 
This will be a very busy week and I am so glad I did not sew on Friday as I feel more energized for some reason.

We will have a lot of grandkid time this week as Braunwyn's schedule is M-F now for 6 weeks and she needs a sitter 4 days a week as opposed to 2 days.  Signe' is 4 days and Nate went to days.  

So, a lot of diving to pick up Schmills and this is his last week of school. I have to figure out how to get my sewing done and keep kids happy. Luckily Hubs is a big help in this area.

Hubs has gained some weight, and we are back to blah cooking.  I have love making pies and cookies.  But He lost 45 pounds the first year of covid and he was able to go off all meds for his prediabetes.  We want it to stay that way.  So back to cooking some kind of protein, and vegetable and salad. We will have a treat once a week.  We talked about it and when he got home from walking the dog, I found him slicing the last of the homemade sourdough and I asked him if he remembered our conversation?  He put the bread back. It is so hard as I crave carbs first and so does, he. I like cooking and just making a protein and a veggie, gets old for me.  Oh well, you do what you have to right?

We went to two different graduation parties yesterday, for old dance students and I must get graduation cards out this week for others. Also need to go pay all the local bills this week. 

I did an inventory of the shop and I have 9 wedding dresses to get out for July and assorted dresses.  I know more will come in but at least I have a grip on what is in there.  Now just to stay on top of it.

Hubs and I put 100 lbs of white flour in buckets for the rest of the year.  I just feel better, knowing that wheat may skyrocket. Even if it doesn't having staples like, flour, salt, wheat kernels, sugars, (white, brown, powdered), extra soda, baking powder, yeast, spices, oils of different varieties just makes me feel safe. I can make bread if I have to.  Even though Hubs should not be eating that much bread.  If push comes to shove we can still eat.

We had two really bad thunderstorms here yesterday.  So I think these last two rainstorms have taken us out of drought conditions.  This is a semi arid dessert region and the farmers that grow much of the countries wheat on the prairie do not irrigate.  Knowing that we have enough water in the soil is a great relief for this area. They rolled in fast and furious, with lots of lightening and wind.  We had some flash flooding in the area, and our lower lot filled with water.  (it is a drain field) I am so grateful we do not have the water problems here that we had at the other house. I bet you they are flooded.

So between kids, and sewing and a funeral I will have a busy week.

Have you stored any particular foods because of rising cost?  If so what are they? By the way in 1980 (during the Carter years) when we had gas prices rise from .56 cents to $1.20 it was a really bad recession. I remember 25 lbs of sugar was $12.00.  Today 25 lbs of sugar is only about $13.00.  So not a big difference.  Now flour is a much different story. You always want to look at your staples when it comes to rising prices.  There is no need to panic, just to be forewarned is to be forearmed. 

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Kim

23 comments:

  1. I keep about a year or two supply of dried beans. I will eat them and love them but my local son will not touch them. I keep about four months supply of rice, and a two months supply of spaghetti noodles and lasagna noodles. I have a six months supply of spaghetti sauce and keep about a years supply of Parmesan cheese. I keep a months supply of ground beef on hand. I have a years supply of pickles, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, Teriyaki sauce, soy sauce. I also have a years supply of canned greens but I am the only one who will eat them.
    I have a six months supply of canned corn because local kid will eat canned corn. I try to keep an two months supply of other canned vegetables but again it is for me because grown kid who lives near me is on spectrum and will only eat certain foods. He is better than he used to be and will eat fresh spinach sautéed now. So I buy that every week. He will also eat bananas and strawberries.He will occasionally eat potatoes but not much and only a small amount and that is mashed and at Christmas and Thanksgiving usually. He is not into bread except as hamburger buns so I don’t keep much flour at all. He also doesn’t like chicken much but will eat shrimp and rice so I keep a package of frozen shrimp. He hates cake so I keep ice cream, which he loves. Cindy in the South

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    1. Good for you. You need to store what people will eat. I know many who store beans and none of the family will eat them. Like that is going to work!

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  2. I only buy extra meat and freeze it when things are tight - I know I can make soups and stews from it, things that go a long ways. I'm glad your thunderstorms brought some much-needed rain, Kim!

    Gas here is insane - my husband paid $95.00 for HALF a tank yesterday!

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    1. Well, it just topped over $5.00 a gallon here so twice as much as it was before the administration change. Not that the old one was any good either.

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  3. Glad you had a restful weekend - you will need it. YAY for the rain.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. And we had more rain yesterday.

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  4. I am going to buy just five pounds of flour and five pounds of sugar. I don't need to be baking. Hopefully, I won't need more. Of course, the hummingbirds will get most of the sugar. I have lots of canned vegetables and some fruits.
    The freezer is full of meat. And, I have canned meat. Remember the Hormel Roast Beef and Gravy? Well, I intend to order more. I ran out of tuna in the kitchen and need to make sure there is more in the bedroom. I need oil. I use little, so will buy only a couple of bottles. I did make sure I had plenty of cocoa and chocolate chips. We have a few chips when we need a treat.

    I have plenty of spices, including salt and pepper, plenty of cinnamon. I buy packets of items we eat like taco sauce. I have odds and ends of stuff. There is brown and powdered sugar, Swerve, Kool Aid, tea, just stuff. I squirrel away any item I might use, maybe only one or two.

    It is good you rested while you could.

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    1. PP - if you have so much stocked food why do you keep taking from food banks? The ones in your area at churches specifically advertise they are for people in “immediate need of going hungry”

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    2. I am replying to “anonymous” making the ugly and uncalled for remark to PP. You must be a scammer so go take your nasty attitude and fly away. Go get a job if all you have to do is harass social security age people. Cindy in the South

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    3. Not at all a scammer or unemployed but funny how that’s where your mind goes. Food shortages for those in need is a REAL problem. People taking from them when they have an ABUNDANCE in home is wrong. And none of that has to do with social security. It’s wrong no matter your age or status. Don’t have an urgent need? Don’t take food to stock your stock pile. Period.

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    4. She takes it when they have to throw it out. If no one else wants it is when she gets it. Otherwise, it’s tossed.

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    5. We know that’s not the case from posts. Anywho. It ain’t cool.

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    6. Really? This blog is for the positive. I see nothing wrong with stockpiling some food from a food source when you have mobility issues and health problems.
      What if there is a fall, or Tommy has a serious issue? Now taking so much that it goes to waste would be a problem, but I am not seeing that. I work at two food banks and often take left over produce and items they are forced to throw away. I also give these items to people I know would appreciate them or who are struggling. Some people are poor, and the Savior said we would always have these to be with us. Poor can take on many definitions. Poor in spirit comes to mind from your comments. It is not our place to judge, it is our place to judge righteously.

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    7. I have to chime in on this hot topic. Taking at the end of the day is different. Taking from a food give away for those in need of going hungry when you have an abundance is not ok. That’s taking advantage. I have to agree this seems a recurring habit the bible also condones taking this type of behaviour.
      - Carol.

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    8. Out my Window I so agree with you. PP has mobility, cardiac, and health issues that keep her bedridden sometimes, and her husband is on a walker. I also happen to know the general area they live, and it is not the safest at all, so I assume they are doing the best they can with food and with their issues they cannot always just run to store I mean, they are not stockpiling filet Mignon and caviar for goodness sakes!!!!.I just am baffled anyone would be jumping on her, of all people, for getting from a food bank. By the way, I happen to know the food banks in that area have difficulty getting rid of food that has to be cooked, as well as fresh fruit. The processed stuff seems to go more quickly however, PP seems to be getting a lot of the “real food” and cooking it when she has the energy. I am sure the food banks are appreciative of not having to throw the real food away at the end of the day. Really, no one should be judging her, or anyone, bc we don’t know the total circumstances of anyone. I have seen folks drive up to a food bank in very fancy cars because they just lost their house/job/ etc. It was emergency bc they needed immediate food for the kids. So we never know what someone’s full circumstances are in life. Cindy in the South

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  5. I'm not stocking up on anything in particular, but at least trying to keep my pantry and freezer meal ready. I really am low in proteins so that will be a focus in my next shop, but I'm trying to use more plant based proteins, beans, chickpeas, lentils. Hubs will be thrilled- not so much, but he's better if it's very delicious. You are both gems helping your kids. Got to be there for them, right? I've got no grandchildren yet, but they all need me a bit anyway.

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    1. I love how invested you are in your children's lives. You are such a good example of a great parent and that is why you have the kids you do.

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  6. Do you put the flour in ziplocs then the bucket, or just the bucket? I just stocked up and am trying to figure out best storage! Thanks.

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    1. I always invest in food grade buckets, and I just put it right in the bucket, but if not food grade I would double or triple bag with a garbage bag a large amount of a staple.

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    2. Thanks. I have food grade buckets and my grains and beans are stored in sealed (with an iron) Mylar bags….but that seems like a LOT of prep for flour as it goes all over so I was thinking ziplocs would be easier! Thanks!

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  7. I always stay stocked up but have been adding a bit extra. I worry about shortages this fall/winter. Glad you had a restful weekend.

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    1. Thanks Lori. I just think having a small stock pile is smart and thrifty.

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