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Monday, November 3, 2014

Bit of a set-back with grocery shopping and autumn stock-up

So, Saturday (Nov.1) was the local produce stand's clearance sale. My usual is to really stock-up on good keepers like winter squash, garlic, cabbage, oranges, apples, and some nice to have items like avocados, kiwi and pineapple. That's what I *usually* get, at rock-bottom produce prices.

This year, I had something on the calendar that I couldn't change for that Saturday, the whole day Saturday. I had thought I'd hit the produce stand in the afternoon on Friday, and see if anything had been marked down yet, and buy what I could.

I had company at lunch on Friday, so spent the morning cleaning house. Then in the early afternoon, I received a phone call from one of my daughters. There was a lock down on campus, yes, another one. After the shooting that occurred last June on campus, this was worrisome for both daughters (as well as many of the students they were in lock down with). I stayed home for the afternoon, waiting for the lock down to come to a conclusion. By late afternoon, I had heard that an arrest was made, and the campus was secured. At this point, I simply didn't have the energy to drive down to the produce stand. And so, I have missed my opportunity for fall produce stock-ups.

Now, the challenge ahead of me -- finding deals on produce in other markets.

I know that there was nothing I could do about my circumstances. But still, this feels like a set-back.


  1. Now you get to see how the Lord will provide! We've had a bit of a financial scare in the last few months. It's been neat to see the Lord providing free squash, apples, etc. for our family. I've also found some great prices at the grocery store on items I've needed. I was even given a replacement part for my food processor (mine broke). I had just intended to borrow it, but my sister never uses that particular part for her processor. She insisted I keep it. God is good.

    1. I was actually thinking along the same lines, wait and watch for God to provide. It is exciting to see Him work in our lives.

  2. How scary! Another lock-down. It sounds like no one was hurt--grateful for that--but still, you must feel like you live on surges of adrenaline lately.

    I think you were where you needed to be, doing what you needed to be doing, on Friday. God knows your needs and will honor that.

    1. Hi Kris,
      I guess it goes along with the territory. I sometimes forget that Seattle is a big city, with lots of crime.

      Thank you. I do think God will show me where to find deals this fall, and how to make what we have go far. And actually, on Saturday, where my daughters and I were all day, they gave us a small watermelon, and a big container of grapes -- how's that for God in action?!

  3. Sorry for the lock down. I am not sure what is happening with people now days. There is something missing now in conflict resolution skills. I blame it on not enough neighborhood playtime as youngsters.

    Instead of thinking about missed opportunities try thinking of it a an opportunity you have not thought of yet. The old one door closes another opens thing applies! Good luck and happy hunting!

    1. Hi Anne,
      Also, schools are being hyper-vigilant these days. They have the ability to go into lock down, and can't afford to let something happen "on their watch". But there is that element of "what's going on with people" these days. Saturday morning, one of my daughters asked if we had lock downs when I was in school. I told her that it was unthinkable that any of these tragedies would have happened back then.

      I'm looking for that door to open!! Maybe some places with even better deals will be shown to me. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. I'm so glad no one was hurt. How frightening. Glad they made an arrest. Hopefully you will find some other good clearance sales on produce. The Lord always provides a way. :)

    1. Hi Belinda,
      I sometimes can't believe what this world has become for kids growing up.
      You're right, the Lord does always provide. I just have to be patient.

  5. Sorry that your family had to go through another lock down situation.

    I know that your are disappointed, but you should not be worried that you didn't get your regular end of year produce. You have plenty of other food in storage and you are very creative and resourceful. You will find other ways to feed your family. The variety may not be as much, but they will have nourishing and good tasting meals. I'm sure of that.

    1. Hi live and learn,
      You know the saying, where there's a will, there's a way. I'm working on the resourceful end of things this week. I've got to motivate myself to go out into the cold rain and check to see what's left in the garden right now! Ack! I do not like cold rainy days!

  6. Well... put simply, that sucks! You know, I just sorta can't imagine the world kids are living in these days. I was thinking the other day about the Julie Brown song "Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun"

    At the time we all thought it was hilarious because it was, you know, absurd. Not so funny these days though. Sigh.

    Anyhow, I'm glad everybody is OK and I'm sure you'll find a way to get some cheap produce... you always seem to find a way!

    1. Hi Cat,
      I've got to check out that video. It does sound preposterous, but it's now what kids live with.
      Thanks for the vote of confidence on finding produce!

  7. Hi,
    I am in the camp that believe and door closes a window opens:)
    I am excited to see where you will find produce.
    I have been doing a drive now for 1 year and two months. A couple of weeks ago I decided to see where a street led to, oh my goodness. It is a short cut, it has shaved about 7 minutes of my drive and saved more of my brain cells by being easier and more direct.
    May be something will happen for you and the produce? You either will make do amazingly with what you have or "discover" a solution you might not have otherwise.
    Love your blog, I am similar in age and children so much you do I identify with in my life or am trying to model with my own family before they all are launched.
    As Dave Ramsey says "More is caught than taught." You model creativeness and ingenuity for your family:)

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words (needed to hear something like that today). I think, sometimes, I need to look at the bigger picture, that maybe the bigger part of my job isn't putting meals on the table, but showing my kids how to manage their own resources as well as possible.

      Oooh, that's great that you found a shortcut! That's the sort of "discovery" I love. It's not a one time savings (in time and money), but you "own" that information and you will save each and every time you make the drive!! Good work!


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