I’d been sick all last week, so it’s a comfort that most of my posts were already prepared but some things had to change–like last week’s menu. Most lunches were soup since I had a sore throat and Greg was in charge of meals. Dinner was whatever he could muster or something I already had pre-made and could be taken out of the freezer.
The plague took me by surprise. I hadn’t felt well the Sunday before. Nothing terrible, but I felt off my game. Monday the sore throat came. Soon after I was on my back for the rest of the week.
I feel better today but I regret all the things that didn’t get done. Today was supposed to be a post about Canton Trade Days, but I was too sick to go. (Next month, I hope.) I’m behind in planting and moving dirt to the new raised bed garden boxes. I knew if I attempted anything that strenuous it would result in immediate death. Thankfully cooler heads prevailed.
It’s going to rain almost all week so I guess it’ll put me even further behind, but it can’t be helped. Maria must wait her turn.
The big news this week is that we have a new baby!
Pan (short for Pandora) delivered one little boy. I missed it! I’m usually aware of when birth is imminent but I’ve spent so little time outside since I’d been sick. Mom and son look good, but she’s still huge. I’ll be keeping a close eye on her to make sure she’s okay. I wish I could’ve been present for the birth just to make sure everything was normal.
This post is about being prepared though. It certainly saved my bacon last week when I was too sick to follow my usual routine.
For the blog: I’m maintaining an editorial calendar for blogging this year. My goal is to have a fair division of topics between saving money, food, and homesteading posts. I’ve kept an open document listing blog topics before but this is the first time I’ve paired them with actual dates. With posts either planned or already written it made me feel better knowing I could rest and recuperate without worrying about writing a post.
The only post that had to change was this one since I couldn’t travel to Canton to do my report.
Menu planning: Even though menu planning is new for me, it’s been so useful. We don’t argue about meal choices anymore. Last week, instead of the Vietnamese noodle bowl, Greg substituted macaroni and cheese. I had lost my sense of smell during the week so there was no point in making a meal with a complicated flavor palette for someone who couldn’t taste it.
My loss of smell came in handy too. Yesterday when we went out to feed animals, Greg said he smelled skunk nearby. I smelled nothing–but I did keep my eyes open just in case he was still around.
Freezer meals: A lifesaver! With a few hours investment we can make a dozen batch meals to freeze. I take them out on days when I know I’ll be too busy to cook. It never occurred to me how useful they’d be if you got sick too.
The goats: I keep a bucket of medical supplies in case any of our critters need first aid. While I’m usually the nurse for man and beasts, I can see now I should label stuff better in case Greg has to do it in my stead.
Even though I usually prepare to make me more efficient, it was a nice bonus to have everything in place so I could cough and sneeze in peace instead of worrying about animals, husbands, or readers.
How about you? Is there anything you prepare in advance? Lunches? Blog posts? Kids?