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I'm with you on the cushion - I try to keep a stock of staples and toiletries in case of who knows what.
My nephew told my sister "If something "bad" ever happens, you get to (winencandy's) house! She'll be prepared!"
"Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
"Moderation sucks." Suse
"Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
"Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield
Oh yippeee!! I am so happy for you guys!! Excellent news indeed! I always try to have extras of the basics - I was a missionary for a while and went without a lot of stuff for a while, think shampoo and soap, toothpaste etc. If I have the money I try to keep a stash 'in case'! Right now I am trying to build a little cushion for us too. Been so long without enough money that it takes time to catch up on the things that had to wait and wait and wait. DD needed new pants - her old ones all had holes and were several inches too short, we all need shoes, that kind of thing. But little by little I am getting a slight cushion going again. And we'll be able to have a Christmas and birthdays this year - both kids have their birthdays in December too Now I am rambling on your journal - just so happy for you! We have all been holding our breath and praying and wishing we could do something 'real' for you.
I thought I had a reasonable stash of extras, but I see my definition has changed. A two month supply is no longer enough! And when you are not eating the 'luxuries' that you buy weekly, your stock of 'basics' goes down much more quickly. I hadn't thought of that.
My primal exercise right now is bailing out our washer. The outflow pipe for our house is having problems, and can't handle the large volume from our washer, without water spilling all over our garage floor. So, we're draining into an extra tub, and bailing into the kitchen sink, which CAN handle it. It's a mini-workout, and, as I have told Honey, much better than having to haul water from four miles away. Can you imagine having to walk for your water every day? Easy access to clean water has to be one of the best benefits from modern civilization/infrastructure.
We're also getting the bonus of water conservation, since it is easy to save the rinse water of the previous load, for the start water of the next. The only thing is, you have to be alert to when it is bailing time. We haven't missed -- yet!
I'll have to put Winencandy on my list, if we're ever in Canada. I have a friend who has a small hobby-farm, and other friends with essential chicken-, weaving-, spinning-skills, who know they will be fetched and taken out to 'the land' if bad things ever go down.
I'm starting to jot down various lists: urgent, important, nice to have, back to normal.
Just realized I never did say what was our last catastrophe. Okay, short version. Our vehicle broke down and we decided that it HAD to be fixed, for getting to interviews and basic kid transport, so we scraped the barrel and paid for a new radiator, using money that was supposed to pay down another bill and all our 'extra'.
That wasn't the catastrophe.
That came a couple days later, when the vehicle started leaking again! Turns out the improved pressure from the new radiator, was blowing out other parts of the system, which were too old/worn to take it. $1200 to fix the new thing, with no guarantee that something else further down the line wouldn't blow next. Aaughhh! If only we had known, we could have not spent that $800, sent it to where it should have gone, and just kept filling up the old radiator until it collapsed, which is essentially what we are having to do now, except with some other part.
Except of course, you can't know.
The daughters' friends are helping them with rides, and we are using the van only for the REAL ESSENTIALS- any money making opportunities, that is selling plasma and going on interview things, filling it up with water, checking the oil, and praying. One of the items on the important list is trading in the van while it is still running against a smaller, fuel-efficient vehicle. We have wanted a better vehicle for a year or so, but it never seemed urgent enough. Now, it definitely does.
Wonder how Pebbles' opening night went? Think I'll cruise over to her page and see.
What with all these items from the food bank, I am planning some meals we haven't had for a while.
Last night we had chili with beans, topped with guacamole, and cornbread on the side.
Tonight will be potato salad with bratwurst. I used to make my potato salad a couple times a month. Since I went low-carb it has gone to only twice a year: Independence Day and Christmas. But now we've got these beautiful white potatoes, apples, and tomatoes staring at me, plus a jar of mayonnaise, so potato salad it is.
I also mixed together some of the canned goods to make bean salad: black, kidney, garbanzo, navy, with corn, tomato, and cucumber, tossed with some Italian dressing. We have literally not had this for several YEARS. It should be tasty, but I am certain there will be gas. Oh, well. None for Honey after tomorrow: don't want him to make a bad impression at his new place.
Did I mention that one of our free items was a blueberry pie from Trader Joe's? I love pie, but I cannot believe how sweet this one was! And this is after a couple months of poor eating, which I had been assuming made me acclimitized to sweetness. Apparently not, or else this pie was really off the charts. Their Spicy Hummus, though: wow. Some seriously tasty stuff.
SOOOOO happy to hear things are on the upswing! What an impressive list of "thanks" Looking forward to reading more good things from your side of the world!
1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
2. Eat to heal
3. Move to live
4. Embrace today
5. Live with intention
6. Respect my body
7. Cultivate joy
8. Find my passion
9. Meditate on peace in my soul
And I grew up eating corned beef hash. Yum. With fried potatoes and onions and cabbage.
5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again
More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
- Lewis Mumford
I will be in DFW over Thanksgiving, if that offer to hang out is still good. Thursday is a no go, but Friday is good, as is Saturday morning.
I didn't try corned beast until Geek had me try it back in college (22, I think.) I love that stuff. I've never made it, but I probably should.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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Naiadknight- I'll pm you later today with details, and you can choose which works best for you. Getting ready to take Middlest to the airport for a college visit right now, so I'm too rushed and nervous to be accurate (but not to get on MDA to peruse the journals!).
Well, she's off. I hope she has a good time. I would like to see the campus (time for that if she goes there, I guess) but I am pleased that she is doing this on her own. I think it will give her more of the taste of the college experience, than if she were schlepping around with her mom.
Uh-oh. Big crash in the garage. Need to-- just a bin. Whew!
Well, ate large quantities of potato salad last night, and more this morning. It is just too good. I think my twice a year plan is probably wise. Tonight will be beef heart stew with butternut squash served over rice. And added in from the food bank, canned asparagus with Trader Joe's Hollandaise. Yes, you read that right, Hollandaise. I know!
One of Honey's friends picked him up and is taking him down to L B Houston Park in Dallas to go riding. There are clouds overhead, but I think any rain will be well to the north of them. Right here, we are just having a delicious breeze being blown in that SMELLS like rain, without the peskiness of actual moisture. Up in Ohio, Middlest will be getting mid-40s. She's being brave about it, though. She is a definite delicate blossom when it comes to cold weather.
Okay, WHAT is cvv, and why are people (or ppl) selling it on MDA? Can it really be that popular?
Last night's dinner was somewhat disappointing. The beef heart was tough, not tender, melting goodness like last time, and the canned asparagus, was, well, canned asparagus. Littlest expected the Hollandaise to be magical, and was surprised to find it is just like warm, zingy mayonnaise. We are going to have some as Eggs Benedict this morning, though(we got English muffins from the food bank, too). But it filled out tummies with calories, and our sink with dishes, so I guess it performed its function.
Yesterday I rode my bike to the grocery to get Middlest a pack of gum. It was early, about 6:15, and still dark. Being Sunday, there was NO ONE on the road. The weather was mild, so there was no shivering or sweating going on, just me, riding my bike on empty streets through the dark.
I really liked it. I should get out by myself in the night more often. Usually I have the dogs, and there's a sense of hustle. This was beautifully peaceful and private.
Oh! No more bean salad for me. It is just not worth it. I felt unacceptable for human consumption, and yet I still had to be with people. Very embarrassing.