Good morning to all of you. It is raining and miserable here but the weather forecast is saying that it will be snowing and miserable pretty soon so we get out of that rain stuff. Good fortune I guess. The Handmaiden has gone off to take care of old Fred and see that he eats and that his scrape is not getting wildly infected. He will mind her or she won't take him to visit the Amish on Saturday and that will make him disturbed. But that is how it rolls so we await the morning results. But if it snows I ain't going to let her go anywhere anyhow. I only have one wife and I don't want to risk her to some damn snow.
Yesterday's results were an eye opening look at the workings of Wall Street. The market went down about 27o points, I believe. No big deal but if it happens again today then you had better fill out your preps rather quickly. The thing I find interesting is that no one is predicting a "floor" on this downturn. A support floor is when certain buyers have standing orders to purchase a certain stock when it reaches a certain low. The wisdom here is that if stock A is selling at $100 per share and it falls to $80 per share then a huge buy order is issued because $80 a share is considered extremely cheap for what the stock is really worth. But I have not read of any floors being set. It pays to keep in mind that this is a bear market and not a bull market and so buying floors may not be part of the ritual at this point. But it is still interesting that we have no floors being mentioned. You would think that no one cared. Hah!
Reading hard core preppers while the market is dropping like a stone is just goes to show you how much we think of that damn thing. I don't own any stock and I probably never will. What happens on that market is meaningless to me. I have no horse in the race. But preppers keep an eye on it because it is a harbinger of things to come. It would seem that the stock market will tell us when the collapse is here. And it just might. And it might be the sign we need to find out when things will be getting scarce in the market place. We don't have any gravy in our preps and we, that is the Handmaiden, wants to take care of that. Apparently you are not supposed to can anything with floor in it. I never heard that before but I have now. You see, she read this account by a woman who lived three years through the war in Sarejevo. The woman made it by eating a lot of rice and beans but she acted like she would have killed for some gravy to put on the rice. This rang a sympathetic bell within the heart of the Handmaiden and she now wants gravy for her rice. Go figure. But I was all for the idea until I read the no-no's of people like Jackie Clay. You gonna argue with Jackie Clay? Not I said the Michael. People would talk about you behind your back and swear that you had taken leave of your senses.
But the point I am making is that it might be time to put some finishing touches on your preps. You don't want to go through the embarrassing moment of trying to buy food at some store that has already been gutted by hungry folks. How could you call yourself a prepper? You have to get it now! And flavoring to add to your main prep items can make or break your happy home. Like the gravy thing. We are going to can stock (broth) and put up oil and salt and flour to make the grave. Lard can be stored for a long time if it is kept reasonably cool. Pretty simple and something that might be very beneficial in the future. You have to think for a moment as to how you are going to make your food preps taste good. We are going to stock up on powdered milk for one thing. It is versatile as all get out and you can use it for lots of dishes you cook. You might get some packets of dry yeast while you are at it. It will keep awhile and it sure comes in handy for baking bread and making wine and beer. Maybe not gourmet wine and beer but at least something drinkable. And a merry heart doeth good like medicine. It pays to be merry once in a while. Just don't get so merry your head hurts in the morning.
That is all for today. Stay alive.