Sometimes we get so involved with our day to day lives that we forget what is important. Since I have been dealing with my medical problems, I find I have sorely neglected to keep up with my food storage plan. There are large empty spaces on my canning shelves. I haven't dehydrated anything in months. There are at least half a dozen recipes for homemade mixes that are still 'in the planning stages.'
If I am to keep it honest, I need to own up to the fact that I have used my medical issues as an excuse to be lazy. I keep telling myself I can not do many of the things I did before becoming ill. Truth is, I can probably do more than I think I can. I just need to figure out how to manage it.
I keep a list of products I like to can and have on the shelves. I keep this list because my memory sometimes takes a vacation and leaves me here all alone and then I will forget something. Last evening I went through the list and compared it to the home canned foods on my shelves. There is a glaring need to restock several items.
Just because I have made the decision to get off my duff and back to my food storage plan doesn't mean I need to pretend I'm Wonder Woman and go nuts with it. Those of us with medical issues, depending on the problem, need to figure out alternate ways of doing things. I figure that if I do not do a canning marathon like I once did and if I stick to foods that I can prep at my kitchen table as opposed to standing over a stove or sink, I should be just fine.
Today my grocery order went in. I ordered 4 lbs. of frozen peas, 6 lbs. of frozen corn kernels and 8 lbs. of raw carrots. The frozen vegetables can stay in the freezer until I have a good day to can them. The carrots can be cleaned and cut up at my kitchen table, along with the filling of the jars. Very little standing time is required.
I know that many are not the least bit interested in coping with chores when dealing with the pesky medical stuff, but I thought that if I could be encouraging to even one person who is struggling with similar problems, then this post is well worth it. I'll let you know how it all works out. :)
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