Whoopee! We finished our food buy today. Cleaned me out of cash but I damn sure feel like something has been accomplished. The Handmaiden feels good about it too. I bought her a couple of pretty good sized packages of sliced mushrooms from the fresh vegetable section of the store so she could run them through her dehydrator. The way mushrooms are, they should dry down to something you can put in a pillbox. We bought plenty of fruit and vegetables and some skanky stuff like "just add water" pancake mix. I don't even bother to read the labels on those boxes but I know they taste good and will fill people up if need be. Bought more pancake syrup. Got myself 25 pounds of sugar and 3 boxes of Splenda in the little envelopes. That Splenda will last me 6 months with no problem. Bought a couple more big containers of Decaf coffee to offer us a little comfort should the system crash. A cup of coffee is a nice thing when the world is falling apart. Got a flat of Grape Jelly top go with the flat of Strawberry Jam I got last week. We bought flats of Chicken and Salmon to kick up the protein stash a little bit. I am a real bear on keeping enough protein around to keep us sane. We got ourselves a pretty good selection of stuff we needed to balance out our stash. You need to keep your diet balanced. You can't eat junk food all day long. You need the meat, fruit, and vegetables of a regular diet. And I know that the fruit is packed in sugar syrup but if we move around a little more we can handle the extra sugar easy enough. My one thought is how do I get a chicken coop made for a layers? I will go nuts without my eggs and Cayenne Pepper in the morning. I just called my neighbor and she said she might be able to come up with a spot that could hold some chickens and a small coop. We shall see!
A local supermarket in Bedford has a table set up in the back with disaster and emergency relief info on it. It ain't much but it sure beats the hell out of nothing. I have several people who will want to cook on my new stove. Hot damn. The more the merrier. Two families are prepping now and that is a big leap of faith. One of them ran into hard times this last month and used up some of their preps but if their markets come back this Fall they will make it all back. The other family has a plan of a few cans a week along with their regular groceries. They are also canning and drying their garden this year. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, etc. Could be some mighty fine eating if the SHTF.
I just checked the DJIA and it is up almost $100 here late on Thursday afternoon as I prepare this post. Boy! Those guys on the Presidential Push Team really get a work out. Anyone who believes this market is good needs their head examined. But the government and the media just lie their asses off every day and tell us it is getting better. And we are supposed to believe it. According to what I read on George Ure this morning, Oregon has supplanted Michigan as the top state for unemployment. The real numbers put them in the "over 20%" category.
There really isn't much to talk about today. The Sun is shining and the weather is fair and all looks to be in fine shape in the heavens. I saw a bunch of stars in the sky last night and that surprised me. As cloudy as it has been this Spring and early Summer I have not had occasion to see many stars. Grow your gardens and store your food. Prep like hell and don't look back. And stay alive!