Friday, January 09, 2009

Two "deepening the pantry" links

Did you think we were lost in our garage, overtaken by boxes and "stuff"? It is well on the way to being back to normal and organized. Hubby worked on one part of the garage and I organized the pantry area. There continues to be a couple hours worth of work but it is so cold right now, I'm waiting for a January thaw.

I have always found when the house is getting cluttered, there is a bottleneck somewhere. In this case, it was a combination of a variety of bottlenecks... all but one originated in the garage. (The other is an ongoing challenge... stacks of books.)

Thank you to all who have commented about the new header. This picture was taken last May when the deck was um... "all decked out" (pun intended)... for Christopher's graduation party. I was prepared to spend some time in devotions, reading, sipping tea, and nibbling on the cinnamon toast (served on a pretty vintage plate) and realized it was a "Kodak Moment".

I am so sorry that I have e-mails backed up since Christmas and a couple snail mail thank you notes waiting to be written. I appreciated everything so much but fatigue had overwhelmed me so that sitting at the computer and doing something simple like writing a note was difficult. I am hearing that even people with no chronic illness are having the same challenges in overcoming these symptoms. Strength is returning... just slowly.

As you know, I have many links on the side bar (scroll down a wee bit) about preparing for difficult times and deepening the pantry. All of them on the sidebar are excellent but two of these bloggers have begun new instruction in deepening the pantry (and preparing for difficult times).

Granny Miller is blogging again (yeah!!!). If you have time, leave a comment about how happy you are she decided to continue blogging. There is a wealth of information from this site, especially for those desiring to learn more "back to basics" skills.

Casaubon's Book is a new blog/site for me. A new series has started about deepening the pantry, whether you have been doing this for years or you are just starting.

There is always something new to learn! Thank you again for (hopefully) being understanding about my tacky lack of e-mail and snail mail writing.


Abounding Treasures said...


Glad that you got some of what you wanted to do accomplished and I can fully understand wanting to wait for a January *thaw* ...

Your health and strength are the most important thing right now ~ take it as easy as the Lord indicates to you is necessary and don't fret :o)


scrappy quilter said...

Ooooh a January thaw would be wonderful. We won't get one until end of March, early April. It's so cold here.

Your health is important so go slowly. Things will get done at some point.

Thanks for the links. I'll be looking at those later.


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Yes, I have some recycling to do and I am waiting for a 30° day at minimum. Glad that you've had such good success in that garage of yours.

I'm off to encourage Granny Miller...

gail said...

Hello Brenda,

I also am in need of a bit of sorting out as I have just retired. Thankyou for the two links, times are tough and by all indication its only going to get worse so we need all the help we can get. Hope you're feeling a little better now.

Blessings Gail

Tammie @ Are You For Real? said...

Wish I could send you some of our mid 70s weather ... you'd be smiling and singing a song again in no time! I'm SO glad to hear that your strength is returning ... I've been praying for that. And Brenda, I think we all understand about the backlog of note writing. During this busy season it's hard to keep everything on track.

Sue said...

Thanks, Brenda, for the new links! I have a feeling there are gonna be quite a few "belts buckling" in the near future!

Don't overdo and don't catch a chill. I don't know about you, but this winter is affecting me worse than usual...must be my age catching up with me.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Niki RuralWritings said...

Praying your strength returns quickly ~ I read both those blogs and they are really good, I especially like Granny Miller.