Wednesday, 1 April 2020

More Meals Made.

So, last evening I cooked up a storm and did a smaller batch of my frozen meals. Again, not great, but at least it keeps me alive.
  

So, there are eleven meals all portioned out. Again I measure out my meals at 10 ounces per meal (just because that is about enough for me).

What is in there is:

1 can of chilli
1 can of corn
1 can of peas
1 can of beans in maple syrup
2 boxes of mac n cheese
A healthy amount of hash browns fried and seasoned.

The only thing I may add next time is a can of Spam diced up and fried up just to add a bit more meat. 

A pound of ground beef would also be good, but I am trying to do this with only things that I can dry store and not have to refrigerate.

This concoction when done I let sit in the fridge for a day to let the flavours mix. After portioned up it goes in the freezer.

So, we shall see how this goes but this way I can still last longer with less need to refrigerate or freeze my food. 

Sure I have to freeze my meals but since it is a smaller batch, I still only need my small freezer and it the batch doesn’t take the whole thing up.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Another Handy Item

Okay, so when the height of the fear of this pandemic hit, I will admit to buying a few items just in case I might need them.

I am convinced that one way or another we, as a society and a people will be fine. We will get through this and the economic fallout afterwards.

What I did buy was this.
  

So the large box is a gravity fed water filter with a spare replacement filter, a few water treatment tabs (for treating suspicious water) and seeds.

I have heard that there is a bit of a run on seeds, but I bought this a couple of weeks ago. (Shipping was slow and I get my mail once a week).

That water filter will mean that I could . . . if I needed to, go find a nice spot out in the wilderness somewhere not too far from a mountain stream and be okay.

I have solar panels to charge my batteries, I have the filter to filter the water, and I have propane to cook and heat with until that runs out. 

After which it is switching to open fire and not refrigerating anything (other than the old putting it in the running stream trick).

There are a few more books on the way, and all in all, I am okay, and I do believe that everything will turn our okay, that this pandemic will pass as well.

I am doing my social distancing and isolation . . . as I have always been doing. So, thing just haven’t changed much for me.

As always, Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday, 30 March 2020

Three Day Weekend & 4 Day Workweeks

So, this past week was the first time I had a four day workweek and a three day weekend in quite a while. 

What I mean is that this is the first time that I am doing this as the new “normal.” As in I will have more of them coming up in the future.

Boss has decided to close us on Fridays, and so that makes the shorter workweek and the longer weekend. Not bad, but it is still an odd thing to get used to.

Just like the considerably slower pace at work. As in our business has slowed considerably. So that is a worry.

What is nice is the new 75% subsidy of wages for small businesses. That will help us keep our doors open and us still working. 

We shall see what happens, but I am still working and still staying home. So nothing new for me, but this new normal will be something to adjust to.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Friday, 27 March 2020

Down To Four Days

So, today’s blog is late because I slept in. I learned yesterday, we all at work did, that our office is not opening on Fridays.

So, that means that I only work four days a week for the foreseeable future. Thankfully Boss is continuing to pay us for Friday, so we have not taken a pay cut.

Our business has been down considerably over the recent times, and so things have been slow. We still get some orders but almost all of them are over the phone or internet. 

I still get the feeling that the general lockdown of the country is coming in a week or two. Or that our office will shut down in around that timeframe.

Until then I will still go to work and be thankful that I can do so. I have been practicing self-isolation for years now, so I’m okay with all of this.

Whatever will happen, will happen, but I will do my part to help stop the spread of this virus. 

For now, I have three day weekends and a four day work week. I know this can’t continue for long, as Boss only has so much cash reserves.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Be The Light In Times Of Darkness

When things are bleak and those around you are losing hope, give them some of yours. When others fear the dark, shine a light into their world.

I will be honest, I see a few different ways that current events could unfold to turn out bad . . . really bad.

Even if the economy crashes worse than it did in the 1930’s (and that was really bad) the world will keep spinning, though our lives may change drastically.

We must always remember to keep our humanity about us, and focus on being the better person of who we are, the good, decent person who is inside each of us.

Inside us there is good and evil, chose good over evil, light over dark, helping rather than hurting. 

No matter what comes, we must always remember to stick together, work together and help one another. 

Be the light that shines hope into the darkness of a bleak world.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Hope Is All We Have

In times of darkness and times of trials, Hope is the only thing we have to keep us going. For if we abandon Hope, then there is no reason to go on.

It is Hope, Hope for the future that keeps us trudging through the muck and the mire. 

It is the Hope that on the other side of this dark forest that we are in there will be a green field of grass waiting for us with sunshine to warm our body and our soul.

There are many things currently that give us reason to dread and fear, but we must cling to Hope as we do what we must to get through these fearful times.

This pandemic and the economic fallout of it shall pass. Things will get back to normal, at some point. 

For if we abandon Hope that the future will be better, than we had all better start fashioning improvised weapons for the anarchistic apocalypse that the lack of Hope shall surely create. 

Embrace Hope, all ye who inhabit here (Earth).

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Bought Groceries Last Friday

So, since it was a payday weekend, I did my usual grocery stock up for two weeks. It is a thing that I do, where I stock up what groceries I will need until the next payday.

I will still need to buy bread for sandwiches at work, but other than that, I will be set for groceries.

As I perused the store shelves and found them shockingly bare, I felt an impulse to overbuy. 

That voice whispered into my ear “if you don’t buy extra now, you may not be able to buy it later.”

I didn’t go crazy, and I didn’t hoard, but I did buy extra, food that would last me for a few months. I stocked up on canned goods but did not buy all that was left.

I bought extra of my oatmeal that I eat in the morning (as you get older fibre is not just a good idea, it is a necessity).

I resisted the urge to totally overbuy, but just prepare for when, not if, that edict comes down for everyone to stay indoors for the foreseeable future.

I understood that urge to grab all that you can for you, but I resisted it, because that is the path to the dark side of our humanity, the path to the road warrior future.

I choose the path to unite and work together to solve the problems that face us, no club each other over the head for the last can of beans (or roll of toilet paper . . . yeah, I went there).

Seriously, this current virus, (while serious and must be taken so) will pass, this too shall come and go in our lives. 

We will get past this and we will deal with the after effects of it, economic and otherwise. Of this I am certain.

Yet, I like to be prepared, so I bought a bit extra food, for the medium term.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!