Thursday, October 27, 2016

Weekend Assignment and an Update on Hurricane Matthew ... 10/27/2016

The water has receded from most everyone’s houses and the devastation is heartbreaking for many.

I talked to one woman who knew that water had gotten into her house but didn’t know how badly until she was allowed back in.  She told me with a break in her voice that it had gotten hip deep.  They had lost everything.  As I watched her struggle to put into words what she was feeling,  I made the remark to her that it was one thing to know that there was water in your house and quite another to see the devastation from it and that it was okay for her to have the emotions she was fighting so hard to control.  She agreed!

Yesterday, we learned, in the little town where we took supplies in our caravan last Monday, that there are 200 houses and business that have had their electric meters pulled.  They were told that they would have to have their houses and business rewired before their power could be restored.  (This is in addition to the massive clean-up of their homes and business' from the flood waters.)  This means lots of money and red tape (as in permits and inspections) for them to have to go through.  My heart goes out to them.

Clean-up is coming along, we see lots of trees and debris being cut up and hauled away along the roadsides.  We still have some roads or portions of roads that are closed due to needing major repairs.  One town still doesn’t have drinkable water which means not only homes, but stores and restaurants are being affected.

Life has returned to normal for some but for others a new normal is in the making.  I asked you to please continue to pray for those who are still dealing with all the changes that Hurricane Matthew brought to their lives.

Now, about that weekend assignment …

With the holiday season quickly approaching we need to check on our baking supplies … baking soda, baking powder, flour, sweetner, salt, etc.

It’s no fun to get ready to do some baking only to discover that you’re out of a basic ingredient so, how’s your baking supplies?

Are you ready for the holiday baking season?

That’s your assignment for the weekend, do a quick inventory and add anything you find that you need for your holiday baking to your grocery list.  By doing this now (and purchasing the items, of course), you’ll have the basics on hand when you get ready to do the actual baking!

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

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  1. Dear Patsy, I would be so heartbroken if water came through out house. I understand it is not just clear water usually it is filthy and stinks! I can't even imagine...
    My baking supplies are pretty reasonable. But I am having a pantry re arrange and clean out. I think I need baking powder as I am on the last one. It is a big blessing to be able to whip something up on the spot. Have a good weekend! With love

    1. Annabel,you are right. The water flooding the homes is very dirty and stinky and full of all kinds of bacteria. It is so sad. I was thinking just yesterday that I need to do a fall pantry inventory!

    2. The city I live in had a massive flood a several years back. I wasn't living here at the time, but most of our family was (parents and all our siblings family). Our family members were very lucky with no major issues. However, about 80% of the homes in the city were affected, some much more than others. At the time, my mother was still working at a nursing home. They were doing renos that were almost complete when the storm hit and all the renos were completely destroyed. They had to move all the elderly residents out for several months until they could repair the building.

      On top of the dirty water destroying parts of the homes, many people end up loosing very personal items. Most things can be replaced, but old photographs, personal or important documents and family momentos that were stored in cardboard boxes on the floor of main level closets or in basements were destroyed and were pretty much irreplaceable. It's another hard lesson to be learned from flooding. Always store those family photos or irreplaceable items in plastic bins and, if possible, up on shelves at least a few feet off the ground (not the bottom shelf)!

  2. Patsy, I have empathy for people stuck in situations such as this. "Hope deferred makes the heart sick." Thankfully, there is an answer to every mess and every problem. May eternal treasures come of this debilitating experience.

    As for baking, I have the basics - flour; sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar for mixing baking powder; raw sugar; butter; eggs; .. - for bush baking, as well as a good supply of mulberry preserves and last year's preserved pears.

    Loving home baking,
    Rachel Holt

    1. Rachel, it sounds like you are in good shape with your baking supplies! I join you in praying that 'eternal treasures come of this debilitating experience.'

  3. What is sad too is that for those in areas of the state not affected by the hurricane it is really just about forgotten while those at the coast struggle to rebuild. All we can think about here in the western part of the state is the severe drought we are having and seeing mature trees that are dying and such. Praying for those who are hurting today in those flooded out areas.

    Thank you for the reminder to check our pantries! I think that all is in good stock there but it is best to know for sure. Have a good weekend!

    1. Lana, it is easy to forget the devastation when the media moves on to other coverage, but whether your dealing with flooding or a drought, all involved need our prayers. May your area get some much needed rain soon.

  4. Although my baking supplies are in relatively good shape, there are definitely some holes for Christmas baking. I'm watching for sales on things like chocolate chips, coconut, pie filling, shortening and sweetened condensed milk. The sales should be starting soon. In fact, I just bought some white sugar on sale this week!

    1. Rhonda, I need to start watching the sales closely too! Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Hi Patsy,
    I have been praying for the people that were affected by Matthew. I pray that in Jesus
    name their needs would be met. That neighbors would begin to help neighbors. That relief
    would begin to pour into that area. When it flooded in La. It was still warm and people
    could sleep in tents. Is it getting cold there? I pray everyone would have shelter.
    My pantry is good. Lots of sugar,flour,baking soda,baking powder,salt ,vinegar,dried
    fruit,Jams and jelly.Tons of cake decorating stuff a neighbor moved out and gave be about 4 bags of Wilton and assorted cake decorating supplies. Including melting chocolate cake mixes, Andres mint chips and more. What a blessing. Now if I could just stop eating the chocolate chips It would be great :)I could use nuts but they are not in the budget unless they have them on super sale.
    Blessings and Hugs,

  6. I have sympathy for those affected by the storm and flooding. One year we had a couple of inches of water in our basement, it is incredible how much damage just a couple of inches can do. The drywall soaked up the water, mold set in, and we had to remove drywall. And yes, cardboard boxes of old photos were ruined! I have everything that is irreplaceable in plastic stacking storage bins, they're the only way to go. As for baking, I just pulled out a bag of chocolate chips that I bought on sale months back... I too will check sales for baking ingredients.

    1. Yes, Joy, houses are not built like they used to be! We like hardwood exterior ply for wall linings. It can survive water! Also, during Queensland floods, it is said that photos can be soaked in water with a little dish washing detergent to rescue them, before drying.
      Rachel Holt

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by natural disasters! I was reminded to check my 'larder' the other day when I found I had no more sugar for canning apples because I had made an unplanned batch of sweet pickles and forgot to write it on the list!! Check and double check!! Thanks for the reminder!

  8. I am so glad that you are giving me a glimpse of the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. I agree that it is too easy to get our minds turned onto our latest "crisis" at our homes and forget about the bigger picture elsewhere. I love having a pictorial reminder, along with your descriptive words. Thank you.

    As for my pantry, I was able to get quite a few things this weekend, such as brown and white sugar, a Costco bag of chocolate chips (which is stored in the shop freezer so they don't get eaten too soon), 4 pounds of butter for a little over $2 per pound, and more. I finished up my October grocery money at Costco and bought a few treats, but mostly stockpile items and basics. I also did Bob's Red Mill with a gift card I had and got various gluten-free flours. I hope to find sales on baking items in November and get some more.


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