Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Good News! Bad News!

 Let's start with the good news!  If you've been following A Working Pantry for a while you will know that we get a lot of power outages.   We've learned to live with them, not happily, but never the less we've learned how to survive power outages by trial and error.  

A couple of weeks ago our power company notified us that they would be burying the power lines in our area underground.  We were overjoyed as that would mean a lot less power outages ... that's the good news!

The bad news is that they started work on it this week and today they accidently cut our phone lines in two places!  I'm not sure how it all came about as someone from the utility company was in the area yesterday marking all the various lines.  Nevertheless, it happened and our phone service is out which means our internet is out also as we get internet service through our landline!

This all means that I'm not sure how much posting I will be able to do here on the blog as I'm having to use my phone and with my injured wrist and hand (from my fall) it is difficult. (My right wrist and hand are in a brace.)

I'll be back as soon as all the repairs are made and we're up and running again!

Update 6/22/22 ... still no internet and no sign of anything being done!

Patsi

A Working Pantry

Monday, June 20, 2022

For Such a Time as This, part 13: Start Doing This Now!

I’ve been thinking about the holidays we celebrate in October, November and December and have started preparing for them now … in June!

(picture:  this is the first block in the 'santa hat' quilt I'm making for my 'Christmas in July' month long project.  Instructions on making it can be found HERE. Yes, it's free!)

For the special foods, clothing, etc we like to have during each of the earlier mentioned holidays, I’ve been making ingredient lists, clothing needs lists and gift giving lists.  I've been purchasing said items and or making said items a few at a time and putting them away until the appropriate holidays.  I’ve set aside a lidded tub and am placing the shelf-stable ingredients/items, etc in it.  This will ensure that we have what we need and won’t run the risk of said items being hard to find or in some instances, completely unavailable when each holiday arrives.  For the food ingredients, they will be set aside and away from our 'working pantry,' where they'll be safe from being used before their intended time.

For such a time as this, we need to starting preparing for the holidays now so we're not left disappointed or frustrated over availability or in some cases simply unable to afford them.

If you find this series helpful, please share it with others.  If we all do what we can to help each other whether it be through writing, sharing, teaching, coming along beside each other or any other means, the world will be a better place!

Until the next post,

patsi

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

A Working Pantry is a way of life, a lifestyle if you will!

My pantry is intentional, purposeful, simple, practical, frugal and what works for my family.  It’s the food items and household supplies that keep my household running smoothly ready and available when they are needed.  It’s my contribution to our family’s economy and my work-from-home ‘job.'

You can follow A Working Pantry on Instagram. 

You can view my privacy policy HERE.

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders. I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked!

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Pantry Building Tip #3

Sharing pantry building tips from my years of experience ...

Here's the third one ...

What are your thoughts?  Can you add anything to this tip? Let's share and help each other learn to build a well-stocked pantry, one tip at a time.

Until the next post,

patsi

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

A Working Pantry is a way of life, a lifestyle if you will!

My pantry is intentional, purposeful, simple, practical, frugal and what works for my family.  It’s the food items and household supplies that keep my household running smoothly ready and available when they are needed.  It’s my contribution to our family’s economy and my work-from-home ‘job.'

You can follow A Working Pantry on Instagram. 

You can view my privacy policy HERE.

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders. I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked!

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

This Week's 'to-do' List: 6/18/22

Welcome to this week's 'to-do' list!  I haven't done an official 'to-do' list in about 2 weeks due to 'IT' and then falling this past week.  I'm recovering from the fall and since I've lost so much time due to illness and injury, I desperately need to get some things done!

(Picture:  Do you see the 3 apples on this apple tree?  We were so excited to find them, this is the first year that this tree has given us any fruit!)

Here's what my 'to-do' list for this week looks like ...

Bible Study:  work on lesson 2 of the 'Knowing Our Enemy' Bible study I'm writing

Exercise:  Get in 5000 steps a day.  I'm having to build back up to where I was before 'IT' came for a visit.  I'll do it slowly, so my body doesn't have any more trauma to deal with!

Harvest and preserve the rest of our cabbage  (picture:  I harvested these this morning but there are several more to be done!)

Plant watermelon and cantaloupe

Finish making over the table that belonged to my mama

Work on preserving potatoes

Stitch up a sample block for the 'Christmas in July' quilt I plan to make.  I like to make one block from start to finish so I can get a feel of how it all goes together.  Once I'm comfortable with the process I can work fairly quickly.

This morning I gathered some seeds and headed out to do a little planting.  Since my movement is better, albeit still a bit slower than normal, I felt like I could handle dropping a few seeds in the ground.  I planted: dipper gourds, birdhouse gourds, mixed decorative gourds, basket gourds, dill, zucchini, a third succession planting of cucumbers, and pumpkins.  Several of the things I planted were done so with fall in mind. The gourds are for fall decorating and the pumpkins are for fall decorating as well as for eating.

I made it fine doing the planting as I only planted a few seeds of each, but I was ready to head back in by the time I was finished.  I told hubby it's amazing the many ways a fall can or will affect one's body.  I'll pick up my pace this week but take time to rest often as well.

There was no 'He Shops, She Shops! post this week as we got hit with an unexpected auto repair yesterday.   In fact, there was no grocery shopping, or any other kind of shopping done this week, remember we are in survival mode and that unexpected auto repair didn't help!   I'm so glad that our pantry is such that we can still eat healthy and nutritious meals without having to go to the grocery store.  Maintaining a well-stocked pantry helps us absorb the hits that life throws our way!  We do plan to continue the 'He Shops! She Shops!' bargain hunting posts though whenever it's feasible and fits our budget.

That's it for this week, what's on your to-do list for the upcoming week?

Until the next post,

patsi

A Working Pantry

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27 

A Working Pantry is a way of life, a lifestyle if you will!

My pantry is intentional, purposeful, simple, practical, frugal and what works for my family.  It’s the food items and household supplies that keep my household running smoothly ready and available when they are needed.  It’s my contribution to our family’s economy and my work-from-home ‘job.' 

You can follow A Working Pantry on Instagram.  

You can view my privacy policy HERE. 

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders. I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked! 

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

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