A couple of weeks ago, we were having warm days and even warm nights. Suddenly, the temperatures have begun to drop, especially at night. Leaves are beginning to turn colors and drop from the trees. Last weekend, we picked all the apples from the tree so they could be home canned for the pantry. Winter blankets are coming out of storage to be added to the beds. The kids’ clothing is being sorted to remove nearly all the summer shorts and tops to make room for warmer clothing.
Last Saturday, we went to town to get supplies. One stop that we made was to the Dollar Tree store. I love going there! Before leaving, I checked their over-the-counter medicine isle. I probably ended up spending another $10 there, but it was worth it. Packages of Airborne tea, cold & cough meds for the kids, and pain reliever were added to the basket. I learned long ago that it is always best to stock up on these early in the season. Once people start getting sick each autumn, these products become harder to find at Dollar Tree.
I did a thorough cleaning of our pantry recently. Now, I am restocking items that we need to build up the supplies of. One area needing a good restocking is the various dried beans and rice. Each week, as I buy the foods needed for the week, I am adding about 5 packages of staple items to build up the pantry. It is amazing how far down the supplies can go when you go through a period of job change. Now that things are getting on an even level again, I can work at rebuilding what we had used. Thankfully, we never ran out. We always had enough provisions. With winter fast approaching, having the pantry restocked of the staples will be a blessing if the weather gets really bad and we can’t get to a store.