Saturday, May 23, 2020

I started my Autumn stocking early

I started to say fall stocking but considering I just got the results back from the second more detailed xray I am not using the word FALL. Just a FYI... what the Urgent care thought was a hairline break was actually an old break (that is common to show up as a new one) BUT it is broke at the capitate which is in the wrist at the bottom of the middle finger. They were surprised there was nothing else broke as it usually doesn't break by it's self. Now I have a different splint that Velcro's so I can take it off to rub the arm or wash. No lifting or pulling... of course I have tried to open the dishwasher twice now and immediately STOP. OUCH.

We turned the furnace back on when the temp in the house hit 66. Hubby can't handle that cold after 30 plus years of working around furnaces in the die shop.The wind is from the north east and that sucks the heat right out of the house. By Saturday afternoon it should be warm again and hopefully stay there.

Sorry side track there..

I decided since we were going to Sidney to my bone doc appt that we would stop at Aldi's. I let M know and she gave me her list but it included diabetes test strips from Walmart (right behind Aldi's) since she is having issues with her sugar during her pregnancy, her 9th. Hubby went to Walmart to get the test strips and a few other things we know Aldi's doesn't care while I was at the bone doc appt. Which worked out well.

We went to Aldi's... Hubby got M's list. He found out at check out that he could only buy 2 five pound bags and she needed 25 lbs.  Another person bought 2 of the other bags for him and the cashier took the 5th one back. I found out that I can only buy can goods at 4 at a time... really? Even my girls open 6 at a meal for their families. I understand setting limits but there is no acknowledgement of the larger families. I am glad I started my stocking up NOW.

We stopped at the IGA to get my pepperoni. I usually buy the whole stick?LOG? I was allowed a pound as they haven't gotten any in a month and are looking at another 2-3 months before they start getting pepperoni.I do not eat what comes in plastic bags. My Italian grandmother spoiled me, the other tastes off and like old grease to me. I grabbed another 5 lb bag of flour for M.

We unloaded at M's and then unloaded ours at home and while I taking things out of bags Hubby mentioned he noticed everything was costing about 4 times a much as it used to. Yep.

We sat down and reworked the budget. Made some changes so we can get to next year. Shifted some things. I told Hubby I was going on line to finish out stocking. We won't have as much as we like to have, won't have all the varieties we are used to  having but we won't have to worry about going to the store.

I priced out Sam's club, (that will be sugar and flour in bulk) Target,Krogers, Walmart and Amazon. I ordered from Krogers, Walmart and Amazon (through the Prudent Homemaker) Now we aren't running all over trying to find stuff, aren't taking a chance of getting sick especially important with me having a colonoscopy on Tuesday (sucks no cook out for me on Memorial day as that is a liquid diet day).... and it's being delivered free from all of the places.

About 3 more weeks I will have radishes, lettuces, green onions, spinach, Chinese mustard and kale for salads so we won't be buying that at the store.

 I have 1 1/2 deep freezers of different meats, I have canned meat.

I have pastas, rice,beans, lentils,dried and canned potatoes and I am growing potatoes and sweet potatoes.

I have veggies canned and in the freezer and more that with prayers will grow well in the gardens.

I have rhubarb for our fruit. We have berry bushes that won't make for another year or two and just planted 12 fruit trees. We have 2 apple trees that haven't done well even after pruning and spraying so they might only be cider apples. But I know where I can get apples for a good price along with peaches. We planted 8 grape vines as the old one is concord and good for juice and jelly but we got nothing off it last year. I am going to try to start a new vine off of starts from it next spring. We will also be splitting the asparagus as it's not growing as well. Too crowded.

I bought canned fruit.

We won't buy anything but dairy from the store.... might get red bell peppers and fresh mushrooms, two things I don't grow nor do any around me grow.

Are you planing to stock up ?


  1. We have the same Aldi limits but prices are the same as before. We just pick up.four each time we go of any needed canned goods. Sam's here has a limit of one bag of flour period. Doesn't matter which or what size. Others in other places have said it is the same in their store. Once again we get one bag each time we go. We are fine with those limits since everyone needs to be able to buy some and most cannot afford to stock up. We primarily eat fresh of everything so canned goods are for when we cannot get fresh or have run out. We were well supplied when it all started so for the most part we are just replacing what we use.

  2. do you ever sell your asparagus starts?

    1. We have not due to they are only 3 yrs old. Next spring we have 3 Amish families that will get starts as we have bartered with them for produce this coming fall we don't grow.

  3. I am, but not so much as you because I cannot afford it. And, I have no freezer. If I am stopped by limits, I will get Tommy's credit card and dl and try to use that to get some for him/us. It may not work. I think I would have canceled that colonoscopy for all the good food. Rather, I would not have agreed to that day. Too bad about your arm when you need to do so much.

    1. it didn't click with me that it was the holiday or I would have. It's just the two of us and he worked all morning.

  4. I don't stock up like you do, but I usually have a month's worth of pantry food. If that doesn't do us we'll go visit our chef friend in Ohio, she's very generous and would probably take us in. :D

    At one new baby every year or two I don't know how some families ever keep their heads above water. Controlling family size is a good step towards economy. But, to each their own.

    1. Yes I would take you in LOL.. We have fed many we didn't know. Amish raise the majority of their own food and the food of their animals. Several of the women do "road side stands or green houses" some do quilting or rug making. They sew all their clothes and the "church" buys fabric bulk so it's a lot cheaper than if I went to the fabric store and bought it. They don't have heat bills, water or trash bills, or electric bills.E sells horses and trains horses and also does construction with his brother in law. Makes enough so M doesn't have to take on any employment.

  5. Ouch on the break. Do hope it heals quickly.
    Thanks for the reminder to stock up. I didn't think about the limits for canned goods going past summer. I will try to buy some each week.

  6. Where I live in Australia, most limits on grocery items have now been removed. But at the time when we could only buy 1 or 2 of any item at a time I, too, wondered about large families. I mean 2 litres of milk or 500g of pasta don't last long and wouldn't be enough for larger families. This means larger families would either have to take several people shopping, with each person shopping separately and/or visit multiple shops and/or shop every day to be able to buy sufficient groceries just to get by, thus risking greater exposure to the virus. The main reason for the grocery shortages here was people being greedy and buying huge quantities of items, far more than needed, before restrictions were implemented. Also, some people decided to try and make money buy selling basic groceries on ebay at inflated prices, until ebay shut them down. Fear and greed, not preparedness, caused most problems here.

  7. I'm a pantry stocker, like you! We got things really stocked up at the beginning of the shut-downs because we had been gathering before it started. I was waiting for my tax return to re-fill my bulk supplies, it came, and we started stocking, as planned. We did get side-lined by the shortages once the pandemic took hold, but over time managed to find what we needed, mostly at places like Costco and Cash and Carry. They sell in large bags.

    I've got a huge garden going, and will can more than ever, since we've been eating more than ever from my supply. My mom and one sister have used all their tomatoes, so I will send some extras their way, meaning I'll need to can even more this summer. I love canning, so I'm not sad.

    I put pictures of my garden on my blog:

    I'm very sorry your wrist is broken and still causing your trouble, and will be happy for you when the colonoscopy is OVER! I've only had one, ever, and once the prep was over, it was a great day. They put me to sleep and once I woke up, it was the best. day. ever. since my family felt sorry for me and waited on me hand and foot for the rest of the day while I laid around. I hope yours goes as well for you.

  8. Becky, totally with you on the colonoscopy. The prep is darn near unbearable, but the day of, is a walk in the park. I just love medicinal drugs. :D