I have been busy. What was once my bedroom is now a store room for my food storage and supplies. And it was an unorganized mess. And because it was an unorganized mess, I found I was ordering more of some items I needed and not enough of others. And at the rate grocery prices are increasing, I just can not afford to spend needlessly.
Due to physical limitations, it has taken me a considerable amount of time to set things to rights, but most everything is now in containers or on shelves, sorted and labeled. I now know that I need to get another 25 lbs. of rice and that I have enough cans of tomatoes for now.
I still need to do some organizing of the large shelves that hold my home canned foods. I have three sets of shelves, each about 6 ft. high, 4 ft. wide and 2 ft. deep - six shelves on each unit. Two units are in my store room and one unit is in my living room. All are full of food in jars.
Here is where the title of this post comes in.
Many of you know that I have home health care nurses that come to my home three days a week to do what is necessary to keep my lower legs as healthy as possible. At one time I was hospitalized for two weeks due to open sores and draining fluid on my lower legs. Thanks to the nurses, that problem has not reoccurred.
I usually have one nurse to deal with, but lately a second nurse arrives on Wednesdays, to give the regular one a break, I suppose. This past Wednesday a nurse arrived that I had never seen before. When she finished her duties, she got up to leave.
The store room door is close to the entry-exit door in my kitchen. I keep the store room door shut so visitors, with the exception of family, can not see what I have in that room. When I saw the nurse was reaching for the store room door, I told her she needed to use the other door. But instead of stopping, she went ahead, opened the store room door, took a good look around and said, "Oh my! You sure do have a lot of food in here. If things get bad, I'm just going to come here." To which I replied, "NO YOU ARE NOT!!"
I am completely amazed at how many people, at least in my area, are completely clueless as to what is happening around them. And the mindset that others will be happy to take care of them when they are too lazy to prepare for themselves, is astonishing.
There was a time when I thought that I would help people other than my family, but that time has past. The question has to be, which one of my grandchildren should I let go hungry in order to feed someone who couldn't be bothered to do for themselves. Not gonna happen.
Prepare. Pray. If you are paying attention, you know it is getting worse every day. And we are on our own.