It's official! I'm the new ward emergency preparedness nag. My teaching credential makes me licensed to nag in many states and I have reciprocity with many others, so I'm well equipped for the job. Years of tracking Scholastic book orders and managing fund raisers has prepared me well for putting sign-up sheets on the Relief Society clipboard and tracking down everyone who signed up for their $15 so I can place the potato pearls order.
Although on the upside, I went digging through my own storage today looking for more peach butter and found another whole can of potato pearls! Life is looking up.
I also found another sister at church who wants to go in with me on a side of beef. In addition to saving us a ton of money on meat over the next year, by the time we're done eating it all, we'll be ready to go vegan and that will save us even more money.
I really need to get my little food storage corner of the basement cleaned and repainted.
Funny part of today:
Brother D: [not knowing I'd received a tip-off about this calling and thinking I was going to need to be talked into getting excited about it] It's um, a really important calling. Well, truthfully, our ward needs a lot of help with this. Maybe we could have a canning trip soon . . .
Me: When was the last canning trip?
Brother D: Um. [laughs, tosses the whole "paint a rosey picture" tactic over shoulder] Never! I don't know. I can't recall one in years.
He says that his general feeling is that a lot of people who welcome the chance to improve their food storage with some encouragement and someone to organize it all. This is good as I'm getting better and better at using/planning my food storage in a way that actually benefits the family and our budget. I just need a LOT more of it.
I made a yummy oatmeal molasses bread last night. I need to post the recipe to my new yahoo group.