NEWBORN - SEATTLE APARTMENT JUNE 1945
IF ONLY DAD WOULD LET ME TRY
FILLING DAD'S BOOTS
CLAMMING THE BEACHES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
NOTICE MY AERODYNAMIC DESIGN ON THE FRONT. EVERYONE GOT TO DRIVE.
ALWAYS ALWAYS WONDERFUL CARS IN THE FAMILY SINCE DAY ONE
MOM AND DAD 1946
This week's The After intro is inspired by the above meme. Of the clues any of us ever had, I for one have no memory of ever thinking we were the last ones. Nor did I ever think growing up that we had a life less than wonderful. My folks worked their fingers to the bone providing and enjoying those years.
I was taught that if I wanted, I had to do was work for it.
We are being told what is coming. Again and again.
"$7 on pump #2 please." Conversation overheard on Monday at one of our local gas stations.
Neighbor said that his pump shut off at $150 and the truck was only half full.
Neighbor also told story of attending a big equipment auction last weekend and witnessed a used 2021 pickup truck sell for over $90,000.
Grocery store baby formula shelves empty. We have seen this here in east Texas. Babies have survived around the world for eons without off-the-shelf pre-packaged formulas. How did that ever happen?
There is an abundance of knowledge on this subject. Do your own research.
Example from 1960:
Reported diesel shortage on the east coast. This should be no surprise. More failure and crises in the weeks ahead.
I just saw a fuel bill from NH of 191 gallons of heating fuel for over $1,100. Insane. Just insane.
This is a world many of us are seeing for the very first time. And it is just the beginning.
My bet is you have similar stories/experiences.
RECENTLY HATCHED BABY DUCK IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
"This guy came out of the incubator yesterday. I successfully hatched one duck." Puts the cute in cute, me thinks. I learned yesterday that there are now 3 baby ducks.
BIMINI SUNSET THIS PAST WEEK FROM SV AIRSPEED
Her made summer soup from garden fresh veggies. Dunking homemade garlic bread a must.
FRESH BASIL AND HOMEMADE PESTO
Two cups firmly packed basil leaves.
SUPPLY CHAIN AUGUST 13, 2005
Trucks heading west backed up due to traffic accident. All the trucks moving goods seemed as normal as the sun and rain.
Warming temperatures keep us inside during the afternoons now. The heat is just starting and again reminds us to get our chores done before 10 AM. Ten day forecast is day after day of 90 degree temperatures and bright sun-filled skies.
Fresh garden producing and our homegrown meals will show up often on the blog for the next few months. How to incorporate all that we are growing and how to preserve?
One of my chores visiting the farm on the weekends when I was growing up was to pick fresh vegetables from the garden, rinse and bring to grandma's kitchen ready for her to get to the table. I always treated myself to a young fresh carrot pulled from the ground.
Today I am reminded of those days as I tug fresh onions from the ground, strip off the roots and top-off the greens a few inches above the bulb. The loose skin of the onion bulb sheds easily and a quick rinse in a bucket of fresh water sets those onions for my wife's kitchen as I did then for my grandmother. A batch of fried onions, salads accented with fresh cut onions and greens and a half-dozen gifted to neighbors.
Once the onion beds are emptied, the soil will be prepped again for another round of growing this season. The plan is to put in more pole beans.
AND finally, not to beat a dead horse here but I believe we are down to 3 months left. June, July and August. This thinking seems to be held by others I read. The bottom line as it always has been here, finish getting as ready as you can for a hard winter and years ahead. No diesel, no food. End of story.
Rice, canned goods, cooking oil, oats, flour, yeast and foods you can prepare and will eat. Stack it, store it, protect it. I will keep harping on all of this till the lights go out.
Right now, this day and this minute much of what can be put away is affordable and available. And remember, much of the world has lived on a diet of rice for as long as history has been recorded.
I appreciate the visit this week. God Bless!