Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A few years ago I started a series called Recession Ponderings (the link to them is on the sidebar). I think it is a good idea to start a conversation and call it Pantry Ponderings and I'm sure your comments will be just as valuable as anything I can say. :)
It has been in the back of my mind for awhile but a conversation this past week with my good friend who lives in New Mexico brought it from "perhaps I should" to "yes I will" status.
We first met on the emergency preparedness site where I was an administrator in the 1990s (many of my very best online friendships started there with some becoming "sister friends"). So you must understand that we both have leaned toward the TEOTWAWKI mode (The End of the World as We Know It) for decades. Blame it on growing up in the shadow of "The Bomb". ;)
Anyway, we started talking about the increase in the cost of gas and how that affects our food prices (not to mention how the crazy weather in some parts of the country caused increases in cost). Then I brought up what is going on in the Persian Gulf right now and she wondered if the nation as a whole realizes what would happen if (and some experts are saying "when" not "if") there is even a minor confrontation.
Then the cost of gas will sky rocket and everything affected by oil... which is just about everything these days... will first become more expensive and then will probably result in shortages as it did in the 1970s... and worse if it turns into a full scale Middle East war even if the United States and Europe are not directly involved.
How can one just chat away for an hour over doom and gloom predictions? Well, we've been talking about such things as deepening the pantry and preparing for emergencies for eons now... since the world was in the cooling stage. Okay, not quite so long but long enough.
We aren't afraid for two reasons, the first and most important being a deep and abiding trust in the Lord. We are both firm believers that we are living in the exact time and place in which He planned. We also have been through a lot of stuff through the years and we've seen Him provide miraculously.
The second reason is also what we have learned, that developing a pantry lifestyle and preparing the best we can with limited funds available... helps us to face whatever God allows in our future.
Neither of us can have the very deep pantry we did years ago but we have the next best thing (perhaps even better in some ways)... we have experience. Both of us can go into the kitchen on any given day and whip up dinner from what is available. It may not be steak and a locally grown salad but we can add herbs and spices to make it tasty.
We both have learned how to do so many things ourselves instead of paying others to do them as circumstances forced us to stay with the program through the difficult learning curve days. Our lessons were different in some ways as she lives on a homestead in the desert and God once placed us just a few miles from Metro Detroit (where we lived on 9/11!).
I was pondering this idea of experience being as important as say... stocking up... this morning after stopping by the grocery store. I passed by the refrigerated aisle that contained premade sandwiches and such when I saw a bag of eighteen (18!) hard boiled eggs which had their shells removed.
I was curious about how much they were asking for the eggs and was quite shocked to see a price of $4.99... for 1 1/2 dozen eggs!
Now, I do understand that many of the people who would shop in this store are most likely two career couples who need fast instead of frugal. I've been there myself so I feel their pain of time restraints. But I also know how very difficult it was to change from buying mode to doing mode when the money became an issue.
Soooo... I plan to do a few pantry posts for awhile even if it means going back and reviewing some past posts.
By the way, so many readers asked why I don't participate in some of the fun tea time events on other blogs (many I read and enjoy) but it is for this very reason. I used to take part in such links for tea time and books and other "close to my heart" subjects but Coffee Tea Books and Me jumps all over the place... it is about my entire life!
My numbers would jump by a lot and then plunge within a week as I went from tea time to deepening the pantry and then to books and taking a few days for decorating and then showing off pictures of grandchildren along with chatting about my cat and my family... etcetera.
So now I just write about my life and stay in wonderment that anyone reads at all (it has to be the pictures of Miss Victoria!).
Oh... this question always comes up when I do a pantry post... no, I am not a Mormon. They have great preparedness information, though!
Picture: Housewife Checking Points for new Rationing System