I have been neglecting this blog lately. I have no excuse, really. I can truthfuly say that stuff gets in the way and consumes my time and attention.
My dehydrators have been running and I have added potatoes, spinach, onions and more eggs to my food storage. This past Thursday my groceries were delivered and they included 8 one pound boxes of strawberries that were on sale. In order to freeze them along with 4 lbs. of butter, I had to remove several bags of frozen peas to make room. It made no sense to run the pressure canner for just peas, so I dug deeper. When all was said and done I had 9 pints of peas, 3 pints of celery and 25 pints of meat - hamburger, pork and chicken.
I haven't been overly concerned about the power blackouts discussed on various preparedness YouTube channels, but when the local news put out the same warnings for my area, I figured it was time to clear out the freezer as much as possible. Taking stock of the number of empty jars I have left, I am thawing out enough food to fill them.
It has been suggested that perhaps people would take being prepared more seriously if politics were not discussed here. I understand the sentiment, but it is my belief that the two are intertwined. We see gas prices, grocery prices, any number of prices on other goods and services headed skyward. Many parts of the country are finding empty shelves in stores. And if we are honest, we can see that these problems are mostly caused by the decisions our politicians make.
The way to be fully prepared is to know what is happening around us. I don't mean that we have to immerse ourselves in the daily theatre that is DC. But in the same way we watch the weather so we know when a storm is approaching, we need to know what new horrors our representatives have in store for us.
Unless something changes soon, it is my belief that we are in for a really rough time in the coming months. Pray. Prepare. Pray some more.