Well! March flew right past didn't it? Actually it went no quicker than usual and there were indeed days when I thought it dragging along mighty slow like any other month. Busy days helped time fly a little faster and having John home for two long weeks at a time with extra days off meant it felt a bit like vacation even if we didn't go anywhere. I look back over March and am amazed I got as much done as I did, even if no 'to do' list was ever completely tended to. April here started with a roar of thunder, lightning and enough rain to wash everything good and clean and then sparkle it up, too. I know there was rough weather all about us, but we didn't even have a stiff breeze here through it all, and for that we're grateful.
Now let me get busy replying to all of your comments over the past month.
At least two posts for March were reposts. They weren't meant to be reposts. I was merely going in adding jump breaks to older posts and for some reason, after I've done that to several posts, one will suddenly decide it's all brand new and there it is right on the month's line up. A 2012 post Menu plan was one such post which generated fresh comments from several of you. Apparently it appeared as fresh to you as it felt itself to be.
On the Q&A post March 1, I spoke of Bess and Sam's loss. Thank you all for your condolences and sympathy and prayers. They are doing very well. Bess decided to make a memory box for the baby and put in the first sonogram and a few other items that were special to her. I think it was a lovely way to commemorate her baby's brief time of life and yes, I do consider a baby living from the moment it forms a heart beat. There were some tough moments for her but I am certain that prayers helped her along the rougher places and brought her to a place where she can move forward.
Now for some unknown reason, I apparently posted a second Q&A! Who knows where my head was. I thought it a duplicate post but it reads as though it were current. I don't know. But since I did post it, I shall address those comments and ask Lana how are your parents doing? Have any decisions been made yet? I have you upon my prayer list...
Gramma D posted that she'd been reading a post from November of 2011 here on the blog and what a lot of water under the bridge since then. You are so right! Major changes in my life since then and likely to be plenty more.
It was on this post that Lana and Kathy both sent a thank you to those of you who had been praying for their situations. Kathy's husband found a new job and you all who prayed had a hand in the answer to their situation!
Assigning Value #1 Beckyathome commented on her liking to have a stocked freezer and pantry. Me too! And it's a love Katie has as well though I think she's not as heavily stocked as she was once upon a time. She was helping me unload and put away groceries here one day after a big shop with a lot of good sales. She commented as she surveyed our one cabinet pantry at the time that she was sure it gave me a lot of comfort to see all that food, lol. I think my pantry love goes back to the harvests we put up in the freezer and pantry shelves when I was growing up. Having grown our own vegetables and foraged for berries and plums and such, Mama turned them into jams and jellies and preserves, home canned vegetables, and froze a load of things as well. Both my grandmothers kept well stocked pantries and so it just seems natural to me to have several months worth of food on hand at once.
I've always said my stocked pantry/freezer is a great emergency fund. I've good reason to say this having had to rely on those two more than once in my adult life and it fed my family well during some mighty tough days.
Karla, when we moved into this house, we had a 25cu.ft. fridge and the one that came with the house, a mere 14cu.ft. It was our intent at the time to use the smaller fridge for beverages and additional freezer space and to use the larger fridge for our food fridge. Ha. Within two months the larger fridge died dead and would not be revived. I crept along with that tinky 14cu.ft. freezer for another 14 years. I cursed the lack of space, the way things tumbled out of it onto the floor anytime an item was needed, the lack of light (who makes a fridge without a light bulb inside?!). At one point, John had told me I could get a new fridge and I danced about the kitchen with joy until he spoiled it all by commenting it would be worth just to not hear my constant complaints over the little fridge. I was so ashamed I refused to go buy the much wanted new refrigerator and limped along with the apparently extremely well built little one. I have a nice big refrigerator now because my son bought it for us as an anniversary gift after he got out of the Navy, using some of his separation pay to purchase it. I was never so grateful or happy for a gift in my life, but I learned a lot about biting my tongue in the years between John's saying I could purchase a new fridge and the actual coming of a new fridge into my kitchen. And by the way, that little fridge was given to a friend whose husband used it to store deer meat and fish after hunting and fishing trips. It's still running...
After I related my loathing for the cost of checks, this was shared in the comments. If only our credit union had checking or if only our bank allowed a free box of checks! Actually if our credit union even offered checking we'd likely do business more of our business with them, but alas, they don't.