I moan and groan when it is hot and humid and I complain when it is too cold, so it is only right I mention the two perfectly fine days in a row here in the hinterlands of Minnesota. Sunshine for those who are out and about and for those of us indoors, windows open with a lovely summer breeze flowing through my apartment. Glorious!
As you know, my life is filled with drama and excitement. OK. I lied. There is very little going on here at present. I am deciding what I need to can or dehydrate next and think I really need to do another batch of baked beans. They are really good and the half pint jars are perfect for one person. Duane hinted that more beans might be a good idea. I sent a case of them home with him and I have a sneaking suspicion they won't last too long.
Has anyone noticed that grocery shelves, particularly the canned vegetable aisles, have been not nearly as full as they normally are? I have a high school friend who is a Vietnam vet and retired cop, and who keeps me informed about news that I might miss. I joke that he is plugged into the 'good old boy cop network,' but that may not be so much of a joke. He knew about the Somali riot at the local amusement park last summer before I did. He lives 100 miles away. I live just a couple miles from the park. Recently he emailed me about several people reporting signs hung on the canned veggie aisles of Walmart stores in various parts of the country, stating that due to the bad spring weather, Walmart was experiencing shortages of vegetables. I don't get out to check on that myself and I have not heard of that happening in my area, but it is curious. I know that some food shortages have been predicted due to the wet spring and the flooding that happened. I do know that most grocery stores would, in an emergency situation, have their shelves emptied within three days. I don't think I am willing to take a chance. Personally, I will continue to add as much as possible to my food storage - just in case.
After taking stock, I find I am all out of home canned chili, so that is definitely on the list. I think more half pint jars of meat for making sandwiches would be good as well. I think it might be a good idea to dehydrate more potato slices before the price of potatoes goes up.
This morning I heard an awful racket in the street outside my building. Turns out the city was removing half a dozen of the small trees that were planted along the boulevard. They had died over the winter and are now mulch. I hope the city replaces them. They attracted the small birds that I like to listen to in the spring and summer.
Later in the afternoon I heard a strange sound outside my living room windows. When I looked I saw a man at the window. This was something new. I live on the second floor of the building. Seeing someone at my window is not an every day occurrence. On closer inspection, I found he was on a ladder, painting the trim on the outside of my window. I haven't been anywhere to buy curtains, but decided then and there to just make some. I have several bed sheets of a cream color that I am sure contain enough fabric to cover all three windows. The frugal (read 'cheap') part of me likes the notion of curtains without spending any money. I come by the frugality honestly. My parents, children of the Great Depression era, were the king and queen of 'making do.'
That's enough blathering for now. Hope your day was as nice as mine was, in spite of the racket and pseudo 'peeping tom." :)
Keep on prepping!
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