First, for my records, there are 19 more pints of hamburger on the shelf. Actually, 16 pints on the shelf and 3 pints in the freezer. My pressure canner holds 16 pints and it is not worthwhile to run a second load of only 3 pints, so into the freezer they went.
Now about this "Do as I say, not as I do" thing.
I had 10 lbs. of apples to can. I got set up to start the process and found my sugar bucket in the kitchen was empty. So I went back to my closet pantry for another bucket of sugar.
Yep, you guessed it. Five buckets. All full of flour. No sugar.
This from the person who preaches constantly about being prepared. It was my own fault. I didn't pay close enough attention. I hang my head in shame.
So now what! Well, I suppose I could just call a kid and ask them to bring me a bag of sugar. I have four of them - kids, not bags of sugar. I am sure that at least one of them would take pity on me and do a store run for me.
But then I got to thinking about it. What if there was nobody to call. Not everyone has family close by who are willing to help. And what about the staying as independent as possible thing. That is important to many of my vintage. Just how independent is it if I call and whine over a bag of sugar.
So I decided to wait and add sugar to my next grocery order. These apples will be made into apple crisp and fried apples and maybe, just maybe, an apple pie.
I need to do a little better at taking my own advice. Do as I say and not as I do just doesn't cut it.