Today, it’s all about what we learned during a pandemic. As you know, things can change quickly. We may have seen people react in ways that surprised us. You may have witnessed people who were scared, sad, angry, depressed, or in some cases, you may have been shocked at the temperaments of some people when shopping.
By now, you know I was a “prepper” before the word became popular. I’m a grandma, a mom, and a wife who doesn’t like to be caught unprepared. It started about 54 years ago when I was in high school. I went to live with an aunt who had just delivered a newborn baby. She needed help and I was happy to move there and help prepare meals, clean the house, and I attended school for a year.
I moved from a desert location to the Chicago area. I had never owned a coat, winter gloves, or a warm hat. Shortly after moving there, bad weather hit, I had never experienced an ice storm. This particular ice storm covered the highways and stopped all cars and food deliveries for two weeks to our city. My cousin and I had to walk to the grocery store to get groceries.
Well, supplies were in short supply, we were allowed one quart of milk and one pound of hamburger each week. This was my wake up call. My mother always had a pantry filled with cans and baking supplies. Luckily she was a good example to me and taught me to cook and bake. My cousin and I walked home with our small bag for a family of 7, which now included me.
I opened the cupboards at my aunt’s home only to find they didn’t look like my mom’s. This is when the panic hit me. I knew right then, this would NEVER happen to my family when I married and had a family of my own. Somehow, I was able to make bread and lots of soup. Luckily I knew how to make bread and biscuits. So, now you know why I prepare, it’s an important part of who I am.
What We Learned During A Pandemic
We quickly learned about the shortages of items we use every day. We learned some stores require you to wear a mask into their store or you will be asked to leave. Mark and I went to Costco (with our face masks) and a guy refused to wear a face mask because it’s “against his constitutional right.” I felt bad for the young girl handing out masks to those who didn’t have them. He was not nice to her. I doubt his mother would be proud of that tantrum, just thinking out loud.
I understand some people may have health issues and struggle to wear them. If that’s the case for you, you may be smart to have your groceries delivered. Of course, just about anything can be delivered to your door these days. Even cookies! Life is good when you see those pink boxes, right? I’m talking about Crumbl cookies if you haven’t seen those. It makes me smile just typing this sentence.
These Are The Shortages I Found
Personal Hygiene Items
- Toilet paper was hard to find.
- Lysol Spray was sold out.
- Clorox Wipes were in short supply.
- Hand Sanitizer was hard to find.
- N-95 Masks.
- Fabric Masks.
- White Flour
- Bread Flour
- Bars of hand soap.
- Liquid soap for the kitchen.
- Laundry soap/detergent.
- Canned beans
- Dried beef
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruits
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
- Farmers couldn’t get workers to pick their crops because they were sick with the virus or fear of it.
- Recalls seem to never end on fresh fruits and vegetables due to E-Coli, Salmonella, or Listeria, to name a few.
Basic Food Items
- Pinto Beans
- Black Beans
- Most Dry Beans
- Rice Cookers (anything made in China has gone up in price and hard to find).
- Watch for electric kitchen items becoming in short supply, it’s happening, trust me.
- Be aware of any item made in China, like cookie sheets in short supply.
- I would love to say I buy EVERYTHING made in the USA, but very few items are made here, for now anyway.
Canning and Dehydrating Supplies
- Pressure Canners are in short supply or overpriced.
- Water Bath Canners are in short supply or overpriced.
- Canning jars are almost impossible to find or way overpriced.
- Canning lids or rings are hard to find.
- Dehydrators are hard to find and overpriced as well.
Food Saver Sealer Supplies
- Food Saver wide mouth and regular mouth sealers and hoses are impossible to find anywhere.
- Coin Shortage: In case you missed my post Coin Shortage: What You Should Know
- I know first hand there is a shortage, there are signs everywhere at drive-throughs, grocery stores, and restaurants (correct change only-we are out of coins).
Weapons and Ammo
- Weapons are hard to find and the prices are escalating.
- Ammo is flying off the shelves.
- Ammo is being delivered to homes in record amounts.
I hope you enjoyed my post today on what we learned during a pandemic. We all learned a lot the last few months. My heart is praying for all of you to stay safe and well. We will get through this pandemic and other natural disasters. You are tough and know how to survive. Please keep prepping. we must. May God bless this world, Linda
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