Saturday, April 25, 2020
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - A different way of thinking
I am finally beginning to come out of a pain induced fog. This has been the most challenging season of back spasms that I've experienced in many years. It only takes a couple weeks of pain to remind me to be more careful when lifting anything heavy again.
Yesterday was the first day since last week that I able to spend any time on the computer. Even then it wasn't for very long. I am way behind on emails and didn't even attempt any mid-week blog updates but the last few days have been free of spasms. Only a little back pain remains and I'm being very careful.
We decided this week to renew our Sam's Club membership. The reason behind our decision not to renew was that we could stock up at the grocery store instead. Obviously, that has changed significantly in the past couple of months as it has taken going to three different stores to locate what is needed and at times, none of them had some food items available.
For instance, I have tried to purchase the large container of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats but stores have been out of them since almost the beginning of the pandemic. It is one of those items I didn't realize would go off the shelf as soon as it was restocked. This week, when my husband renewed our membership, he found a box that held two huge bags of the oats. I can make granola again!
I have learned so many lessons from this pandemic about what food and supply items are often out of stock. They tend to be different than what one finds sold out with a weather emergency, which is what we have most often where I live. If it is going to be a short lived emergency, people tend to go for bread, milk, and comfort food. Now we find flour and yeast sold out.
I have been able to find a couple bags of my favorite King Arthur AP flour but no yeast has been available. I thought about buying yeast from Amazon even though it was on back order until late May. When I decided to make the purchase the next day, it was no longer available at all except third-party. I have enough for now in the refrigerator but when it is available again, it will be a priority.
I've also learned to think out of the box to find what I need. For instance, while my grocery store was out of every kind of egg, the health food store had plenty of the good free range eggs from the Mennonite farmer. They cost more but 1) they are worth it, and 2) we are supporting local farmers.
That is the kind of lesson that I'm writing down for revised pantry lists. I don't know what the future of the country and the world holds but whatever it is, we all now see the importance of having "extra" put back. I don't want to forget anything I've learned in all of this.
I'll be back (God willing) next week with more pantry ponderings. Ummm... pondering was hard with the pain but I'm looking forward to be able to put more thought into next week's pantry post.
I thought often of Ravi Zacharias, who has been in intense pain after back surgery and now cancer treatment. I prayed for him a lot during this time. It certainly makes a difference when we can empathize with someone as we pray for them.