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Today is Better

August 31st, 2017 at 02:43 am

My mental state is better now. I do appreciate all the words of support you gave me when I was totally overwhelmed. I am doing okay now. It looks like DH's company did not get the approval for what they wanted to do, so DH's job will run out in October. There is still no word on the other job yet. Or any other job. I don't know what we'll do at this point.

The rabbits are still paying for themselves. I sell just enough each month to cover the costs of their food and the ducks' food. So the meat and eggs we get from them are basically no cost.

I happened upon a great deal today at the grocery store. They had a bunch of chuck steaks and top and bottom round steaks that were marked down for quick sale. I know we have beef in the freezer, but this worked out to 19.6 pounds of beef for $1.40 a pound. I came home and cut every steak in half and we ended up with 14 steaks in the freezer. I know the stuff we butchered will keep for a year the way it is wrapped, so this can be used more quickly.

What I really need to find is chicken, though. Sometimes they have good markdowns on those, too, but not nearly as often as they have beef and pork in there. I want to get as much inexpensive chicken in the freezer as possible before we go into a possible time of no income. It really helped last time to have so much food available and we had to buy very little, just fresh fruit and greens and dairy through the winter.

I bought 20 pounds of potatoes to can from the local garden I get produce I don't grow myself from. That'll likely give me two canner loads. I will probably end up canning a total of 60 pounds of potatoes this month. Maybe 80 if I don't run out of steam and my arthritis doesn't act up too badly. The new medication has been working wonders though so hopefully it will continue to do so and I'll be able to peel and chop a boatload of them.

I am going to can carrots, too, but I am going to use those 5 pound bags of organic baby carrots from Costco that are already peeled and nicely sized for canning. They are very cheap and I can save myself a couple steps, so why not? I only need to do 10 pounds or so.

I don't think I am going to do green beans. I didn't grow them this year and I still have about 50 quarts so I don't think it is necessary. I will do pears, though if I can get a good deal on them. I'd like to get some more meat canned, too, but that'll come with our next butchering.

Having enough food to get through the bad times makes me feel I can be a lot more in control of at least one part of the situation.

6 Responses to “Today is Better”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm glad you are feeling better! And making a plan for the time without work is a great way to make the best of the situation.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Glad things aren't quite so grim. You are smart to stockpile food you can freeze and can in case you don't have a huge income coming in. Let's hope DH finds a wonderful job in the meantime.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Glad you're feeling better! It's so smart to stockpile for the future; I would do the same.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Sounds good to save money canning for the future.

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Anything you need to plan for before his job runs out? Medical things? Any benefits you can use? Cheering for you!

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    MEC, yeah we are making sure we all get new glasses and have gotten most of the dental work needed done, have a bit more dental to do though. We're going to get a check up on the car done as well as update the GPS maps in it as well. And I have to buy a phone. Mine died after 7 or 8 years.

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