It has been a strange day here in Minnesota. A normal March includes a blizzard. Today we had heavy rain, complete with thunder. The rain turned to ice after dark and then it snowed on top of the ice. Warm, sunny beaches are looking good about now.
But instead of heading to the tropics, I will be canning turkey. My grocery order goes in Monday for Thursday delivery. The sale ad featured whole turkeys at 99 cents per pound. Turkey wasn't that cheap even at Thanksgiving or Christmas. There is a limit of two and because my freezer is full to the brim, the turkey will go into jars.
I am finally able to move about on the knee I popped last week. Thank you all for your prayers. But because I spent several days babying the injured knee, I have some catching up to do. So between now and Thursday grocery delivery, things need to be scrubbed and dusted and all that kind of exciting stuff, Sigh.
But even with all of that, there is still some fun to be had. I am probably the only person in western civilization who doesn't own a cell phone. So my son gave me an iPad. I can now send and recieve texts and I can FaceTime with my family. Now nearly every day I get a photo from my son of his dog, Oreo, a black and white Aussiedoodle. I now know that she lugs around a purple hippo toy and she sits on a bench in my sons home office and watches the world go by. And I have a video of her at the dog park, sniffing squirrel tracks and doing zoomies. She gives me a smile a day. :)
I have always enjoyed phone calls from my kids and grands, but it is even more fun to see their smiling faces. I now know that grandson eats cheese crackers doused in hot sauce and granddaughter likes homemade malts. And their sister gave me a tour of the neighborhood where she lives while attending college. I really am having fun wth this!
On a more serious note, I am not sure what to make of the Russia - Ukraine thing. The truth seems to be a scarce commodity. Some are showing horrifying pictures and videos claiming to have been taken in the middle of battle, only to be proven to be from years ago. Others tell us to get ready for nuclear war. I can't change anything about the situation, so I think I will just wait and see what happens and continue on as I always do.
One thing I do know for certain is that prices of goods and services are not going down any time soon. And some of the reports I have heard about farmers having to pay huge prices for fertilizer this year if they can get it all, and that fuel prices are getting to the point of being totally out of reach for many, tell me that there is the possibility of grain shortages. Whatever I buy today will cost less than it will tomorrow.
Last night I opened a jar of chicken breast that I had canned 5 years ago when I paid 99 cents a pound on sale. The same chicken is now over $7 per pound. Who knows what the cost will be in a year. Even if we are paying more than we did before, it still is a good plan to stock up as much as possible.
I can't change it. But I can be as ready as is possible for whatever 'it' is.