Thursday, February 27, 2020

If I Had To Shelter in for 3 Months!

With all the news about the coronavirus I've been taking stock of my pantry.  I don't know what's going to happen, some days I feel confident that everything will be okay and others I'm a bit concerned about the possibility of where this could go.

Some say, 'prepare to shelter in for a week'

Others say, 'prepare to shelter in for up to 3 months'

Still others say, 'everything's being exaggerated'

If I/we had to 'shelter in for up to 3 months' would we have what we needed?  Food? 
Medicine?  Cleaning Supplies?  Etc?  I think we're in pretty good shape, but that's what I'm working on trying to find out.  I can tell you from personal experience that when you live exclusively off your pantry it takes a lot more than you think.  What about you?  If you had to 'shelter in' for up to 3 months, would you have everything you need?  What are your thoughts on the coronavirus?

On a different note, I harvested tomatoes from the greenhouse today and more calendula flowers from my herb garden (pictured).

I also made shower bombs, I'll share more about them tomorrow after they've cured/dried completely.

Our high temperature today was 53 degrees!

That's it for today, I hope everyone is having a great day!

patsi
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34 comments:

  1. Can't wait to hear about the shower bombs!

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  2. Hi Patsy, funny I was just discussing this subject with my mother...I have a couple of holes in my pantry and am going g to do another inventory to make sure I get those holes filled. To minimize waste incase of power loss I am canning up all the meat in my freezers. I will be making jam too since I found d some hidden or forgotten fruit I froze last summer ...I figure the more I can put on the shelf and get out of freezers the less risk my pantry will have if disaster strikes our area. I think we may have 3 to 6 months of food on the shelf...but like you said it goes faster if you are using your stockpile exclusively... Thank you so much for all your inspiration...Love Gaila in the NW

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    1. Gaila, that's what I'm doing, inventorying and filling in the holes … just in case. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement!

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  3. I know that we would be ok for about a month but the problem I am having is my husband, he has taken over the grocery shopping due to my health issues. So I need to know how I can fully get him on board? If I would get the flu I'm dead. I know what we need, before I got sick my pantry was huge and very well stocked and we had 5 teen age boys 2 teen age girls hubby and I. I knew with all of them we could have went for close to 3 months. Any tips on getting a spouse on board?

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    1. tealady, that's a good question and one that I don't have the answer for. Our news has just today exploded with all kinds of coronavirus 'breaking news' and of course the internet is full of the same kind of things. Maybe if your hubby tunes into some of these he would be more open to the idea of a bit of preparing. Good luck, maybe other readers will have some advice to offer.

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    2. If you are a Christian then make it a matter of prayer. God gave our men the place of head of our homes and so he is responsible to do what is best for his family. I know it is worrisome but just give it to God and trust your husband. Nagging gets us wives no where!!

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  4. So far in Canada, they seem to have it under control. That said, all it would take is for someone to contract the virus, not realize they did and expose a lot of people before they were diagnosed. So it's definitely a concern to take seriously and prepare just in case of a quarantine situation.

    Although I am not panicking, I am trying to find answers to questions I have if a quarantine was to happen. We take meds that need refills on a regular basis. My daughter's meds especially can't be "stocked up" ahead of time. So I'm trying to find out what we do in a quarantine situation. No clear answer yet!

    Food wise, if a quarantine was to happen, I would implement rashioning right away, to ensure our supply lasts as long as possible. After all, we know it could last months! I'm also aware our income would substantially drop, as we would not be able to work. So I'm mentally preparing for the financial juggling that will need to happen long after a quarantine ends. Our pantry would need restocking on a very limited budget, too. So many things to think about!

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    1. Rhonda, that's where I'm at, not panicking, but trying to find answers for similar things as you.. just in case.

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  5. When I look at what is going on in China and Italy I am pretty sure they are NOT exaggerating about what MIGHT happen. I can't dwell on it. Expect the best, prepare for the worst. The only thing I am doing is adding some more fever reducer medication to my pantry. (seems I used it and didn't replace it OR it went to camp and didn't come back. Regardless, I need a few more bottles)

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    1. Cass, that's the purpose of inventorying my pantry, checking on things I might be low on or out of and replacing them if possible.

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  6. So you can grow calendula during the winter? I'm in Florida and always wait til spring to plant them but they don't do well. The heat just eats them up. When do you plant yours?

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    1. Brenda, I planted these plants last spring and they grew but pretty much did nothing else all summer long. We have brutally hot and humid summers too. Then in the fall when things started cooling down a bit they started blooming and haven't stopped. I am amazed and harvest every flower that pops out.

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  7. Tomatoes from the greenhouse...yum!!!

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  8. Looking forward to hearing about the shower bombs.

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  9. My thoughts on coronavirus are similar. I'm honestly not too concerned about it right now, but it never hurts to be prepared and that goes for anything.
    With our pantry and freezers, I'd say we could make it for 3 months, but I'd still probably ration the food and plan our meals more carefully.
    And I would also need more diapers or John would be potty trained quick, fast, and in a hurry lol. I probably should buckle down and work on that anyway...
    Hopefully, it won't get bad here.

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    1. Kelsey, I'm in a stepped up 'looking well to the ways of my household' mode right now, alert and watching to see what this virus does. We are praying for discernment and guidance and for this thing to be controlled and eliminated.

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  10. I think we are pretty well set here. At this point I am more concerned about our extended family not taking this seriously than anything else. Our missionary daughter in Europe is getting ready. They have community transmitted cases in their region and a neighboring country has bare shelves in the grocery stores. The word for stocking up for a disaster in their language is translated 'hamster shopping'. She sent us a GIF of a hamster stuffing his cheeks with baby carrots and we all had a chuckle out of that one. But, I am so glad she is taking this seriously since she can only get a little at a time because she has to carry everything home over a mile from the store. I do not see any reason to think that we will have widespread power outages and other inconveniences that happen with natural disasters. I just sent Hubby out to check the garage supply of TP. I have no desire to use magazine pages like he jokingly suggested!

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    1. Lana, 'hamster stuffing' … that is cute! I'm glad your daughter is getting ready, the community transmitted cases concern me. There is still just so much that is unknown about this virus. Just for the record, the TP was one of the first things I inventoried … don't want to use magazine pages either!!!

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  11. Patsi, you are right. There are a lot of variables for our household that I need to take into consideration. The main thing is that Colton is a paramedic and exposed to sick people daily. In case of quarantine, I'm not sure he'd be able to come home. If I let my mind run away I will start to worry, so I will do as you say and pray for discernment and do my best to prepare for multiple scenarios.

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    1. Kelsey, focusing on what we can do is wise, not what we can't. It might also be a good idea for you and your hubby to have a plan in place if he isn't able to come home due to a quarantine … just in case.

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  12. For the past week I have been filling in holes in my pantry. I am only focusing on shelf stable items. We are blessed that we have an RV that we can fall back on if the power goes out. I can use it to can what I have in the freezer. I have also stocked up on medicines. People don't understand that 80% of our medicine ingredients are made in China. If you have waited to long to acquire gloves or masks there are some (not medical grade but would work double layered) at Harbor Freight still. Also think of the non food items if quarantined. Toilet paper, paper towels, bleach, hand soaps, Lysol etc. This virus spreads not only through respiratory means but can be acquired through your eyes. It also spreads (hard to put this delicately) through feces. Hand washing and cleaning your bathrooms will be key. Do you have the ingredients on hand to do that? Most of these items don't have expiration dates so even if you stock up and this all blows over (Good Lord willing) you can still use this stuff up over time. This is a pneumonia inducing virus. Do you have items on hand to help alleviate those type of symptoms? Read up on natural ways to treat as medicines will become very scarce. I have stocked up on elderberries, ginger, mint, turmeric and honey. Elderberry syrup has been proven to block the receptors in our cells that viruses attach to. Mint has been shown in teas to help soothe respiratory symptoms. Ginger also. Turmeric is great for inflammation. Make sure to also if you can make up some chicken stock. Once sick it is a good way to get fluids into a person. Anyway, I hope people take this seriously and prepare now before the shelves become empty. As it is even if the virus doesn't hit us badly there will be shortages. Shortages of medicines and any other item we have become dependent on China for.

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    1. Cindy, you shared some really good ideas and suggestions, thank you! I'm going to make note and work on them as best I can.

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  13. We had this talk, part is Hubby is an EMT so it's been brought up. Yesterday we stocked up on some otc meds. But we can eat from the pantry, I have my seeds so I can grow fresh. Hubby is talking of building a small hoop house this summer for winter greens. I have plenty of cleaning supplies especially since I make my own laundry soap which it something all my kids seem to run out of. I stocked more tp LOL

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    1. Chef Owings, Let's hear it for the TP, no one wants to have to use magazine pages!!! Sounds like you are in pretty good shape, that should give you a bit of peace of mind … should things get crazy.

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  14. It seems that they are getting much better information in Europe. My daughter said they are telling them that soap and water is the best way to combat the virus because it is in a lipid that breaks down with soap. But, she also said the cleaning isle at the grocery store is completely cleared out. They are in the cleanest country in Europe and they are fanatics about cleaning and washing hands there. They did have six cases in their city this week but they were all tested and negative.

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    1. Lana, that's good to know about the hand washing and about the cases testing negative!

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  15. I've been filling in some gaps over the past couple of weeks and figure I could do at least 6 to 8 weeks - although there might be some interesting combinations towards the end of that time.
    I have bought more OTC meds and vitamins and cleaning supplies. I take prescription meds and just renewed a 3 months supply - I'm lucky in that with previous changes etc. I've got another two weeks at least over that amount. If it looked as though replacing them would be difficult I could go to every other day or so with one or the other,
    This weekend I plan on restocking fresh fruit & veg and dairy - I'll monitor what I use each week now and will replace items rather than running down the pantry as I would normally do at this time.
    I'm doing my best to stay healthy and follow guidelines but feel that you just have to get on with things and hope for the best. In my work & volunteering - and living in a huge city - I am exposed to people from all around the globe on a daily basis so there is only so much I can do.

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    1. Margie, you're right, we can only do what we can do. We're basically doing as you are, filling in the gaps and replacing what we use out of the pantry instead of eating it down.

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  16. My husband and I were eating supper tonight and he asked me a couple of questions that just about knocked me off my chair!!!! #1. What is all that water you've got downstairs? Do I need to get more? #2 We do still have all that freeze dried food we got, don't we? Answer to question #2: Yes, all the freeze dried food is in my closet. Answer to question #1. We need to stock up on more drinking water. The rest of it is water for the dogs and cats and to flush the toilet. We DID learn something from the ice storm a few years back that left us without power for 8 days!

    HIS ASKING these questions really SHOCKED me. I usually don't even bring up stuff like this because usually he just poo=poos me and walks away. We were actually discussing the virus at the table while eating! So this is my cue to start doing things I have to do like canning more chicken, beef and vegetable broth. Clean out most of the frozen raspberries in the freezer and can juice. Dehydrate the oodles of peppers in the freezer to free up more room for other things. Little by (very) little I'm making him aware of my way of thinking. I've got him taking elderberry syrup, eating Kimchi and fermented foods. I also need to make up a batch of fire cider. I'm getting into the Herbal end of wellness and found out I love Dandelion root tea and have discovered they are not all created equal! I should have started thinking this way 30 yrs. ago - but then again, I don't think ANYONE (or not very many)were thinking like this then.

    People who have blogs are starting to mention how the price of groceries is going up. I've got a year's supply of corned beef in the freezer, enough rice to feed a Vietnamese army for a year LOL! I feel fortunate that we live on 80 acres and I don't feel the need to go out all the time. I'm looking to expand the garden also. I'd rather be safe than sorry! I've studied how to use "weeds" from the garden such as dandelion, plantain, lambs quarters, violets, etc as an addition to food. so much more to learn!!

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    1. Kris, It's always easier when husband and wife are on the same page and in my opinion, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Love your comment!

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