This post is mainly me checking in to let you all know I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth. Because I live a simple, quiet life, sometimes there isn't much to report.
The dehydrating of vegetables from my last grocery order is finished. I have been going through the dried food on the shelf, determining what can be used as is and what needs to be put to better use in powdered form. I am working on that this week and this will give me more shelf space which, as you know, is at a premium here in my little apartment.
My next grocery order will be delivered Thursday. About a month ago the store was out of frozen skinless boneless chicken breast, so I am trying to get some this time. I have some freezer space so I am trying to fill that in.
Canning supplies are still scarce as hen's teeth in my area. Once a month I order lids and jars, so far without success. But hope springs eternal. :)
Looking back over my records, I see that an average amount of a twice monthly grocery order ran in the neighborhood of $120. I am in the habit of ordering multiples of most items in order to build up my food storage. My last two orders have been about the same amounts of food as previous orders, but boy howdy, have the prices ever gone sky high. My order two weeks ago and the one for this week have increased in cost of around $100 each. I don't see any sign that prices will decrease any time soon. I am still ordering what I can to increase my food supply, for it is a near certainty that prices next month will be even higher.
Oldest son has been working part time at two local restaurants. One of the restaurants tested employees due to a virus outbreak. Duane tested positive. He is now about half way through a 10 day quarantine. So far the symptoms are like those of a common cold. We are praying for a complete and swift recovery. In the meantime, Mom is baking chocolate chip cookies this afternoon to cheer him up. I think that the inactivity of not being able to work might be harder on him than the illness. To his credit, he has never been one to sit on the couch when he could be working.
The news reports are not looking good. Everywhere you look there is something nasty happening. Crime rates are rising everywhere, much of it due to the defund the police movement. 'Cancel culture' is doing it's level best to erase anyone who doesn't buy into their insane ideas. Others are busy working to get us to hate our neighbors. And there seems to be an elected official on every street corner determined to turn us into obedient servants and to gain more money and power for themselves.
I guess the ornery runs deep in me, for I refuse to comply and I refuse to give up on the country I love. I still believe that there is more good in this world than there is evil. And I am convinced that God is still in charge.
Keep on preparing, my friends, and keep on praying. Things may get more ugly before they get better, but we will win this one. Have faith!