This is my quiet time this year. Everywhere I look around me, there is drama. Some of it has to do with the upcoming elections. Some of it has to do with the virus. Our bonehead of a governor seems determined to keep all of us fearful at least until the election. To listen to his reports, you would think the streets were littered with bodies.
Here in my little apartment, I prefer to stay as drama free as possible. I still check the news so I can keep track what the enemy is up to, but my life goes on no matter what the current insanity is.
I was happily surprised to receive my grocery order this past Thursday in full with no substitutions. That hasn't been the case for the past couple of months. Since then I have dehydrated 6 lbs. of frozen corn and 6 bunches of celery. The dry goods I ordered - sugar, flour, pancake mix, etc. - have been transferred to Ziploc bags and stashed away. I have never had a problem with bugs or rodents here, but knowing that both like cardboard and paper packaging, I find that putting the food into Ziplocs and then into buckets or tubs insures it stays that way.
The canning is on 'hold' until the middle of November when my beef is ready and when, with any kind of luck, Youngest Son will have some venison for me and his brother. Whenever he has a successful hunt, he shares with us. We enjoy some venison fresh and I can the rest.
As many of you who come here often know, I have Home Healthcare Nurses who come in three times a week to treat my legs. They are doing a bang-up job, for I have gone from having several open, draining wounds to having none at all for a long time now. Anyway, my favorite nurse, Caroline, brought me a gift last week. Her sister had a garage sale where she sold lots of fabric. Knowing that I sew, Caroline brought me what was left from the sale and wouldn't let me pay a dime for any of it. There are three pieces of nice, plaid flannel and two pieces of pretty cotton print, each being three yards in length. I am not sure what to use the cotton print for yet, but I think the flannel will make some nice, cozy pajama pants, or as the more sophisticated than I call them - loungewear. Bless her heart for thinking of me with such a nice and useful gift!
Sometimes I am not completely pleased with being housebound, but this week I am grateful that I don't need to stick my nose outside. We are having record breaking cold for this time of year in my part of Minnesota, accompanied by about 7 inches of snow earlier in the week. The local news reported over 700 vehicles involved in fender benders or sliding off the roads into the ditches.
Times like these make me especially glad to be a prepper. I sipped a cup of coffee and watched the snow come down, knowing I already have everything I need right here to weather the storm.
Keep on prepping!