My Dad is doing better, thank you to everyone who has prayed for him.
There is so much going on it is hard to keep track of. Everyone in Australia knows and anyone from overseas might have seen the Victorian situation in the news. Things have pretty much got a bit worse daily. This is our neighbouring state and my daughter lives just over the border.
We cannot go to Lucy's home, however, we could meet in her nearest town and so that is what we did. Chloe and I headed off loaded up with cooking and all kinds of things for the girls and the baby.
We had a little lunch together and made it seem like a little party for the girls.
I took cup cakes as usual!
Sidney is now a month old. Already!
So this was a good and beautiful day.
I went to Aldi but there was not much on the shelves....
We had news headlines forecasting likely food shortages nation wide. Since they rarely admit such things this was interesting. And you can see why. The port of Melbourne is where most imports enter Australia. The meat processing plants are operating at reduced rates and many industries are closed down altogether.
I went into town to do a stock up. I did things like fill every prescription, buy Vitamin C, Zinc, cough medicine and so on. One supermarket was quite well stocked. The other was very low on meat and quite a lot of empty shelves.
This town is around 20 minutes from the border. I heard several reports of cars with Victorian number plates being attacked, scratched and notes left on them. Now people are afraid of anyone coming over the border. This is a pretty sleepy, nice little town normally. It frightens me to see how quickly people become agitated and this becomes aggression.... actually it is a shock. And a warning really as if things go too much further south then honestly you do not want to be out and about, you need to be home.
My stock up was considerable and I have still been putting away things this morning. I think I have finally done it!
For ladies in other states... the decline with Victoria been just a disaster to watch. Things can happen quickly. So please be very watchful.
I found some beautiful jars in the op shop plus brand new canning lids! I will take some photos when I get the jars all washed up.
All week I have had the fire going... it is cold here! At all times I have had something dehydrating. Thanks to Patsy I joined an Instagram challenge called #everybitcountschallenge and I have been dehydrating and storing up fresh things, things from the garden and frozen veggies as I need to clear some freezer room. I have been learning a lot about dehydrating from Heidi at Rain Country on You tube. She is very helpful. And inspiring!
I have onions going today in one tray and peas in two others. Then I will be slicing about some capsicum to do next. I am amazed at the fresh bright colours and the small amount of space things reduce down to. I write on each jar "one whole head of celery" so I remember as it looks like a small amount but to put it back in use I would use a small amount to add to a chicken soup.
There have been times this week I felt a sense of panic and worry. I try to reel that in but it isn't always easy. However I have seen some answers to prayer and been very blessed.
Sometimes you feel too upset and wonky to feel like you can pray. Or that your wonky prayers are not good enough. These are good times to ask someone to pray for you. But just as it doesn't matter what language you pray in I don't think it matters if prayers are disjointed, confused or all over the place. Sometimes we don't even know WHAT to pray for. We just know we need help. Lord please help me is a perfectly fine prayer...
Anyway, some of my prayers have been answered in wonderful ways. This has made me feel so much better and reminded me to just keep praying!
On the weekend my brother rang me up and asked if I would be home and if I would like some good soil for my garden? He turned up with his truck...
This is volcanic black soil with broken down manure mixed in. It is beautiful! It was the best gift ever. I was so excited! I have the raised garden beds to finish filling, bathtubs coming, my pumpkin patches to build up, the whole herb and veggie patch can get a few inches of this on top. All the fruit trees and have some of this around them to form a little water holding moat and they will get the nutrients as I water. I have begun moving it one barrow at a time!
I hope my Aunt is reading this. She will be thrilled!
I was given more bags of shredded paper. These went into chicken nesting boxes for nice fresh bedding.
I used two large pumpkins (from the pumpkins I grew) to make a big pot of soup.
In the sewing room I continued making bibs. This second batch are larger ones...
We really really need rain. It is meant to be on the way. I really hope so.
How did you manage to keep going, add to your pantry, preparedness or garden? I managed to do some work in all three of these areas. There are the first signs Spring is not too far way. I want my garden beds ready to plant by then!
If you would like further reading this is a good article from Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker. I like to read things that give you constructive things to do rather than just information to worry about.
I am hoping for a rainy weekend, warm meals (as the slow cooker is on) crochet and sewing. We need some time to rest and plan. Some time to think. I think as well... now is a good time to put your health first and build up your families health. Stress is really draining. We probably need extra nutrition and good sleep. These things are valuable too.xxx