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Mish Mash

August 24th, 2020 at 08:04 pm

This is just a mish mash of thoughts...

This spring when people were hoarding things and panic shopping, one big ticket item that people were desiring was a freezer. I thought, well, if they want freezers, then this summer canning supplies may be in short supply. I made sure I stocked up on lids (I have the jars and rings) so I would have what I needed for this year's canning. So, turn the calendar pages a few months and a friend asked me if I knew where she could get lids and rings (she found jars at a thrift store) because every store in our town was out. We were going to a bulk food store in an Amish community so I looked. They also were sold out of all canning supplies. Wonder what will be next!?! My prediction will be flour, sugar, butter, and other baking things. Unless things change drastically, my church will not be having its Christmas bazaar and a lot of people go to these to get cookies and sweet breads and pies so I think they will bake at home. I plan to pick up an extra bag of flour and sugar this week to have in case the rush starts.

I have slowly been working on my stock pile of things. Yesterday we picked herbs and I washed them and prepared them to let them dry in the sunroom. We also picked bell peppers and I washed and chopped them to freeze them in freezer bags to have to cook with. Other than applesauce my canning is done for the year. I'm waiting for apples to hopefully go on sale. I have picked up an extra can of this and that when we go to the grocery so I don't feel like I'm hoarding, just preparing.

My dishwasher died over a week ago. We went to purchase one and the sales person reassured me they could get the particular model that we picked out. A week goes by and I get a call saying they aren't delivering it because they can't get it. I call and try to talk to the sales person who conveniently isn't working when I call only to find the thing is on back order under November 1st. I was not happy. She said the warehouse had it! The new sales person asked if I would be willing to consider another model. I finally said yes. Hopefully it will be delivered today. I feel the person who did the original sale should have called and told me that instead of making me wait almost a week before finding out. Customer service is a joke most of the time. This is just one reason I hate shopping.

We hit the thrift stores last Friday. One had new boxes of stationery for $1.50. It is name brand stuff. I got a few boxes. I write letters and I like nice stationery, but I refuse to pay $7 and $8 a box. I felt I got a bargain.

Hope everyone has a great week and stay safe and healthy!

8 Responses to “Mish Mash”

  1. East Coast Saver (Wink) Says:

    I feel comfortable being prepared with 3 to 6 months worth of products. I'll eventually use everything, and I will have it on hand just in case things go haywire again. It prevents me from becoming a panic shopper.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    You're smart to think ahead! I'm well-stocked on flour and sugar, but I am always running out of butter.

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    Apparently, canning supplies are hard to find where I live, too. I was at Dollar General on Saturday and a lady asked if I knew where the canning lids are. I had not seen any in awhile, so we asked, and were told that is a "seasonal item," which is weird because I think this is the time when a lot of people can pickles and such.

  4. VS_ozgirl Says:

    What a headache with the dishwasher!! Hope your new one turns out to be better.

  5. GoodLiving Says:

    ugh with the dishwasher, I'm glad you seemed to work it out.

    We don't have a garden so we're not growing things to can. We also don't do much baking between gluten free diet and low carb diet...that's not our thing.

    Although I confess that we bought an elliptical in July expecting that there will be a run on exercise equipment once people are locked in for the winter.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    You can tell people to try the reusable canning lids. There are two companies Tattler and Harvest Guard. Tattler has a 14 day out shipping date, but as far as I can see HG doesn't. Also make sure to tell people that there are some scam canning sites pretending to be Ball coming up as paid ads at the top of the google search and that Ball does not direct ship and its site is

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Wink, smart idea to stock up! Glad you are doing so!

    Goodliving, I never considered exercise equipment, but I bet you have a point with winter coming!

    LuckyRobin, thanks for the info on the reusable canning lids and the scamming sites!

  8. terri77 Says:

    I don’t have a whole lot of room in my freezer, but I’m trying to keep it stocked with frozen vegetables & frozen fish. My usual meal these days is a protein & a vegetable. I’m looking forward to soup season, though I love to eat soups all year long.

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