Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Playing Catch Up and a Shout Out!

I've been out of my home a lot over the past couple of days and now I'm playing catch up!  Yesterday was errand day and I didn't get home until last night and honestly, I was just too tired to think about writing anything.


Today, I've been in recovery mode just trying to rest a bit and take stock of the state of things.  It has rained a lot here and we are predicted to get more.





I did finish 2 more dishcloths and started a third one.   


You know what I haven't done?  I haven't cooked one thing!  No, I haven't!  We've been eating things we've cooked ahead that were in the refrigerator, nutrition bars we have on hand or grabbing a sandwich on the run.  Oh, wait, we did cook Sunday dinner, but that's the last meal I've cooked.  Everything else has been grabbing whatever we could find while moving on to the next thing!  Please tell me we're not the only ones who have days like this from time to time!


Hmmm, that's enough of that!  Let's move on to the 'Shout Out' I want to do.  There's a new blogger that has joined the blogging world who inspires me in so many ways.  She is a much younger lady than I, but she and I enjoy some of the same things … building a pantry, chickens, gardening, sewing, crafting and more.  I was delighted when she emailed me to let me know that she had started a blog.  I hope you will go check it out ...




Our high temperature today was 69 degrees … and very humid!

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

patsi
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15 comments:

  1. Dear Patsi,
    Thank you so much for the shout out! I admire you and your blog so much so that is a real honor.
    Yes, we have no cooking days like that, too, when we are busy or away from home a lot. It does feel strange, doesn't it?
    Love, Kelsey

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    1. Kelsey, it does feel strange, I'm glad it doesn't happen very often! I like keeping my home and being in it!!!

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  2. Our new dishcloths are so nice! We had a similar weekend of grabbing meals and almost no cooking. I was ready to get back to eating regular meals by today. I am excited for Kelsey and her new blog.

    I am going to have a different kind of week. I was invited to a Swagbucks survey group that required me to deactivate my Facebook accountant for 7 days. I do still have Messenger. I will be compensated $47.50 in Swagbucks for this experiment and my feedback. I am interested to see how I feel about this, too.

    Our Sam's membership ran out mid February and we were able to rejoin in my husband's name this time and we got a $45 credit on his account. So it was essentially free to rejoin since we needed what we got for the $45 credit anyway. Another big freebie is that I am part of a group to receive free lighting products and review them for Kitchner. I received the most beautiful light fixture for our bedroom free of charge. This of course set off wanting to update other fixtures. But, for around $60 we will have updated our very out of date brass fixtures in both bedroom and bath. Some things are going to be spray painted. I am excited to have this huge change for so little.

    We have been talking of a pandemic and considering what we have on hand and what we might need. I bought shelf stable milk and alfalfa seeds for sprouts. We would be okay for a good while here but I wanted and easy source of raw greens since we are used to eating that daily.

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    1. Lana, you go girl! Just look at all those savings and earnings you accomplished this week! Way to go!!! We have been talking of the pandemic too and looking at what we would need to supplement our pantry with (thankfully, it's not much), shelf stable milk was one of them. I hadn't thought about sprouts, thanks for the idea! I sure hope it doesn't get as bad as it has in other countries.

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  3. What stitch are you using on your dishcloths? I made up a pattern and have been using it for the last couple years, but would like a new one. I think I tend to hold my yarn a little tight. I am a self-taught crocheter, so can't do really complicated things.

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    1. Nancy, I am a self-taught crocheter too and I don't do complicated things either. The stitch I use for dishcloths is the simple double crochet. It's nothing fancy but when worked up using the variegated yarns, it makes a pretty dishcloth … or I think it does. Simple and pretty, that's my style!

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  4. Wow, have I ever had weeks like that. Heck, I've had days where we are so busy with appointments and errand that we end up eating out for lunch and dinner, because we weren't even home to grab something! It always feels so good when you finally get to sit and breath afterwards though.

    We've been eating mainly from the pantry for several weeks now. However, recent sales have prompted some stocking up of low items. I am definitely thinking about what we need, should we be locked down in a pandemic situation. I think we are pretty good for the most part, but I will be stocking up on a few more essentials in the next week or two (like toilet paper, salt, and yeast). Hydro loss would be a concern, as we are on a well and need hydro for water. So I may stock up on extra water as well. Surprisingly, not having access to eggs is also concerning me. I may buy chia seeds or flax to use as an egg substitute in baking. It's not something I use normally, but if no eggs, it's a shelf stable alternative! I am not, however, getting too concerned over buying face masks. The health care workers will need them more than us. I plan to hunker down and stay home anyways, should a pandemic hit! Masks won't be necessary, if we follow the instructions of quarantine.

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    1. Rhonda, I am paying attention to the coronavirus as well. From what I'm hearing the masks are getting pretty hard to find at an affordable price. I'm praying that something can be found to stop this virus, it has already done way too much damage.

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    2. Rhonda, check your local Farmer's Co-op or other country hardware type store. They stock them for farmer's who use chemicals and I have heard many are still stocked. At present, most are made at factories in China and their government instructed the ocean barges carrying them to return back to China. Do be aware the mask is not enough because you can also catch the virus through your eyes and ears.
      Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

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    3. Jeannie, I really am not concerned with stockpiling masks. I don't think they are essential if a quarantine happens. Staying home is far more important in this scenario. So I'd rather focus on buying what we need to ensure we don't need to leave the house for as long as the quarantine lasts! Leave the mask supply for those front line medical workers who are treating the sick. We need them to stay healthy, so they can help people!

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  5. Dear Patsy,

    I have been looking for your 2017 Pantry Preparedness classes and 2019 Disaster Preparedness classes, but I can not seem to locate them. I wanted to share the posts with a. friend who is ready to prepare now. Have these posts been removed from the blog?

    Thanks,
    Laura

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    1. Laura, I had them on draft for a few days, but they are back now. Look on the sidebar under 'Topics' and you will find them. I hope they help!

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    2. Dear Patsy,

      Thank you so much! I appreciate your diligent work in researching and writing all of this information to share with us!

      Sincerely,
      Laura

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  6. Kudos to your shout out dear Patsy. It is always interesting to read about a day in another person’s life. As readers we are tempted to compared ours with the ones we are reading. I too have no cook days but I also have a family who understand that I too can get tired some days and require an off. Thank you for such an inspirational blog and I am already following you on Instagram.

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    1. Andrea, thank you for your encouraging words! My hubby supports my needing a day off from time to time and he will even cook meals occasionally, rather good ones too. I am also blessed to have a family that understands!

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