Now and then we of a certain age and with a few body parts that seem to be failing us, need a quiet day to recoup and revive. Today is such a day.
Not that I am sitting, staring out the window. Nope. There are still things I can do on a quiet day.
Oldest Son was here yesterday and we went through my canning shelves and deep pantry, making decisions on what was needed and what we have plenty of. I've got lots of home canned meats and vegetables and soups/stews along with some fruit. I have more canning to do before spring. The shelves are more than full, with several cases of bacon, baked beans and ham and bean soup sitting on the floor in front of the shelves. Duane has already taken several cases of home canned food over to his apartment, but he said he would swamp out another area where he can store more. That will really help.
So we decided to concentrate on the staples like sugar, flour. powdered milk, etc. And we really need to ramp up the first aid supplies, for we don't have nearly enough.
So I spent part of the day making lists of what is needed so I will have a handy reference for my grocery orders and a future Sam's Club adventure. I am no longer foolish enough to rely on memory alone. After all, I can go from one room to another and forget why in the process. :)
I also spent time transferring recipes from my computer to index cards. It occurred to me that should we lose power, the recipes - especially the ones for canning or for dry mixes - would be lost. I do have a printer but am out of printer paper. Index cards take up less space than do binders filled with paper. I also have an external hard drive, but without electricity, that becomes a doorstop.
I also checked out some web sites dealing with the Coronavirus. There are a number of 'hair on fire - we're all gonna die' sites, but there are some that are taking a common sense approach to the problem. While the virus doesn't seem to be spreading here as quickly as in China, officially we have doubled in the past two days the number of known cases here in the States, to 12. One of those is in Wisconsin, which is too close to me for comfort. I am still of the opinion that the truth is not being told to the public, world wide.
All in all, it was a fairly productive quiet day and with any luck at all, I will be back to my normal turtle racing speed in the morning. :)
Take precautions to stay healthy and keep on prepping.
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