Monday, July 6, 2020

Monday Message


"The counsel to have a year’s supply of basic food, clothing, and commodities was given fifty years ago and has been repeated many times since. Every father and mother are the family’s storekeepers. They should store whatever their own family would like to have in the case of an emergency … [and] God will sustain us through our trials." (James E. Faust)

If possible, try to get a little extra while getting groceries, don't hoard but try to get one more jar of peanut butter or a package of jello because we are not done. This ride will get a lot bumpier. Before the pandemic we used to talk about what would happen if you could not get to the grocery store, what would you do? Well, with everything that's happening we don't have to imagine those scenarios anymore, they're real.

It would not take much to cause more trouble so keep thinking what skills you would need to have right now.

Garden update. Here you can see I have tomatoes on. I think it was a good thing to do to move the garden out front. I did not expect the garden to do so well, I was hoping but figuring my soil might not allow things to grow any better but they seem to like it out front.



So I have been busy with the garden this past week and the raspberries are needing picked every day now, I wash them and freeze for a cooler day. In the fall I will make jam.

Of course, this post was written two weeks before you read it.  The cases of Covid-19 are rising in my state.

We continue to take precautions. I spray any packages and mail, we stay home unless going to the doctor or getting medicine which is a drive up. When getting groceries we do pick-up and when I get it home I wipe everything down...and I mean everything. This is a very hard chore for me with Fibromyalgia, I hurt all over and that is why it is such a chore. I limit my trips to do this and that means more to wipe at a time. Missy says she would help but things are too hard to hang onto when you don't have thumbs.


Tell us below in comments on what you are doing to stay safe.

Also, what are you working on?


Gus says he has been working hard on getting extra cat naps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m9DZkAO8xI - start a journal. This would be a good thing to do with your kids. I do keep a daily journal and in my journals there are thank you cards from people and obituaries of dear friends and receipts for garden plants that shows what I planted that year and how much I spent. I also write how much gas is. I write birthday letters for my family on their b-days and anniversary letters to my husband. 

Now is a good time to start a journal with all that is going on in our world right now and you could add things about you...like, I know what I was doing when the first man walked on the moon. I was walking to my friends Shirley's house for an overnight. I remember looking up at the moon wondering if they were looking back at earth...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyK4w3D6Zow - using t-shirt for a pot holder, this could work on a pot holder loom as well.


http://hangryfork.com/sewing-projects/upcycled-denim-potholders-tutorial/ I like this idea a lot. As there is no batting because denim is heavy enough. Also, it's no fussy sewing in case you are at a beginner level, you could also do with the kids.

I tried to find projects that you would likely have on hand as well as the items needed without having to go out.

Also remember www.freereadfeed.com set your preferences, these books are free and change daily. I have  gotten many free books that now cost money to get, so it's very frugal and safer than going to library right now.

https://www.paperscissorscraft.com/quarantinesummeractivities/ - okay, this is soooo fun looking, I like the idea of spray painting a tic tac toe in the grass and using paper plates, put x's on half and there you go.


15 comments:

  1. I have fibro too, which is why I always look for shortcuts to make things more doable.

    In this case, that means quaranting my shopping. The virus dies after 12 hours on cardboard or paper, and 3 days on plastic and metal.

    That means that if you have somewhere safe in the house to leave all the non perishables, you can put them there for 3 or 4 days (I do 4 to be on the safe side) without wiping them, and then you get them once they are safe.

    That way you only have to wash or wipe stuff that goes in the fridge or that you want to use sooner than 4 days.

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    1. It will soon come to that wipes are getting low how are you faring in all this with fibro?

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  2. We do the same with groceries. I call our laundry room 'the decontamination chamber' for that reason. We often discuss that when all this is over, we'll never complain about putting the groceries away again!!!

    As for mail and such, it all goes in a box, where it sits for 3-4 days. Then we look at it. Sometimes it's hard to see something fun and not be able to open it, but it's not worth the chance.

    We're stocking a bit at a time, as well, but not buying up cases or anything. I like having extra in winter anyhow, in case one of us gets sick. It's so much better not to have to go out. With Covid around, or even the flu, I'm sure everyone else is happy we stay home, too. 3 yrs. ago, we both the flu 24 hrs. apart and I'm so grateful we were prepared. We only had one trip to the doc (together for breathing treatments because we both ended up with pneumonia) and the drive thru' pharmacy, but were entirely prepared with plenty of food. We had frozen soup, canned soup, applesauce, eggs, toast, etc. to last us all 10 or so days. We took turns warming things up.

    Your garden looks great. We're getting a few things from our little salad garden, as well. Tastes so delish!!

    Have a blessed week!

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    1. The garden Pic is about three weeks behind you cannot even see the ground now except by tomatoes and then only a very tiny spot

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  3. I've been busy picking blueberries and freezing them for later. Another thing I'm doing is gathering/organizing a shelf with cards, games, coloring books etc for this fall/winter as I feel certain we will be home a lot. I found a beautiful baby embroidery quilt kit regularly $40 for less than $10. A good value but still expensive. I put that back as a special project to start this fall for a future (hopefully, no signs yet) grandbaby. Per your suggestion I have my list of needed items to refer to whenever I happen to be out. My cat Shimmer says hello to Missy and Gus.
    Ginger

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    1. They say hi back to shimmer you are doing a good job yes I don't see this getting better for a while

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  4. HOLA QUERIDA BECKY: COMO SIEMPRE, ESPERO TU PUBLICACION DE LOS LUNES, SIEMPRE CON TANTAS IDEAS BUENAS Y AYUDAS, GRACIAS. ESPERO QUE ESTES PASANDO UN BUEN TIEMPO, DENTRO DE TU CASA PASANDO EL VERANO DEL NORTE, LO MEJOR QUE PUEDAS. AQUI, SEGUIMOS CON MAS Y MAS CASOS, ES TERRIBLE COMO SE PROPAGA ESTE VIRUS, MUCHOS MUERTOS, MUCHOS INFESTADOS. ESTAMOS EN INVIERNO Y ESTE ES BASTANTE FRIO, COSA QUE NO ES MUY HABITUAL AQUI EN BUENOS AIRES, YA QUE EL CLIMA ES BASTANTE HUMEDO Y LOS INVIERNOS SON LIVIANOS, AMO EL INVIERNO, NO SOPORTO EL VERANO, LOS DIAS SON TAN LARGOS Y CALUROSOS, MAS LA HUMEDAD PROPIA DE MI LUGAR. ¿HAS LEIDO EL MENSAJE ANTERIOR ANONIMO? QUE HORROR LAS COSAS QUE ESCRIBE ESTA PERSONA, ¿A QUE SE REFIERE? DA PENA SU ESCRITURA. ANTES DE QUE ME OLVIDE, FELIZ DIA DE TU INDEPENDENCIA, AUNQUE NO HUBO MUCHOS FESTEJOS, LA LIBERTAD ES ALGO QUE SIEMPRE DEBEMOS DEFENDER, AQUI NUESTRA INDEPENDENCIA ES EL 9/7, TAMPOCO HABRA FESTEJOS POR PARTE DEL GOBIERNO O LOS CIUDADANOS, NO QUIEREN QUE NADIE SALGA, DEBEMOS PERMANECER EN NUESTROS HOGARES EL MAYOR TIEMPO POSIBLE. ME ENTRETENGO COSIENDO Y TEJIENDO MUCHO, NO HE PUBLICADO LAS FOTOS DE LAS MEDIAS QUE LES TEJI A MIS 3 NIETOS PEQUEÑOS, QUEDARON HERMOSAS, TODAVIA ME QUEDO LANA PARA HACER MAS MEDIAS PARA MIS OTROS NIETOS MAS GRANDES. ESTOY AGRADECIDA A MIS TIAS Y ABUELAS, QUE DURANTE MI INFANCIA ME ENSEÑARON A TEJER Y A COSER, HOY ES UNA BENDICION PODER HACERLO PARA MI FAMILIA EXTENDIDA. BENDICIONES AMIGA.

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    1. The translation did not help me figure out what you were saying about my writing and penalty? I never read any of the nasty I just delete it as I know it is just a machine generated thing. We are having those hot days now. The pics of the garden are three weeks ago when I took them now only a very tiny spot of ground can be seen today it finally got some rain water it was short lived but I was glad it got that much. The virus is bad here and getting worse

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  5. Can you just put the non refrigerator/ freezer stuff somewhere for a week? The virus can only live on surfaces for a few days so if you don't need that stuff, leave it alone for a week. The fridge/freezer stuff you would still have to do but it should cut down how much you are doing. At the beginning I was doing everything. We had a good system set up but it took a long time. My doctor is the one that told me to set stuff aside so I believe it.

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    1. I will soon enough be doing that almost out of wipes...the virus getting worse this doesn't look good I say. The garden Pic is three weeks behind almost all the ground is covered tho I have had two bunnies little little ones they are only interested in eating carrot tops which only five carrots came up I figure it's ok unless they decide the rest is nibble worthy

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  6. I sympathize when it comes to the groceries - the biggest complaint amongst all my friends is about how long it takes to deal with the grocery shopping. I too have fibro so I tend to deal with anything for the freezer first - then the items for the fridge. After that I usually make a cup of tea and sit down for an hour! If it's not urgent some of the other items may just have to wait for the next day.

    No panic buying here but I always pick up a few extras whenever I do shop and I'm not doing too badly. My province is reopening very slowly and our infection rate is under 1% now. We must wear masks on public transit and any indoor public space - plus other venues can require it. Everyone I know has been wearing them from the start and most even just wear them outdoors as its simpler and then you don't risk forgetting one (a friend had to go back to her car this morning before she could head into the drugstore as she'd forgotten to wear it out) - luckily she kept extras in the car.
    It's nearly 40C (about 105F) out there at the moment so there will be a lot of salads over the next few days.
    Take care.

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    1. Heat wave is to be two weeks long. Since we high risk we are told to only go out for what is needed so we wear masks I made we do Walmart pick up not everyone wears them but we do we saw face aprons on Walmart workers did not fit snug just hung off the nose little ruffled aprons ours are snug fit.our stat numbers are on the rise I feel it might get so bad we just don't go so I too am picking up what I can for that might happen

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