New Skills

New Skills

Well, after much complaint and contemplation, I found a store that delivers, put in an order, and received the delivery! It all went smoothly, they delivered to the front porch, no contact, on the same day I put in the order.

The catch is, all the food was frozen food. Which does not fulfill all of our needs, and is therefore a partial solution.

So how do you sanitize plastic packaged frozen foods!?! Well, this was my first time through this, so I used cold soapy water, and scrubbed the bags in that, using a rag to rub vigorously. Then the items were rinsed under cold water. Then each was placed on a towel and dried. Then they were placed in the freezer.

BUT, one of the bags had holes in it, and I didn’t notice, soggy potatoes, soggy soapy potatoes! Next time I’ll probably place the items on a rack and wash them down above the water, not immersed in the water. We are working on these things, learning new skills as we go.

It was a cloudy, breezy, chilly day out there today. It didn’t slow me down though, my laundry is hanging on the clothes line on the the back porch, for the first time this spring! How wonderful. Of course it will not be completely dry tonight, I will have to bring it into the living room, setup the drying racks, and finish the process indoors. But it is such a boost to hang the laundry out once again!

Food preparation here revolves around cabbage at present. It is great in the Instant Pot, as the main ingredient in Cabbage Roll Casserole, and an ingredient in other casseroles, oh so good. Cabbage is a delicious vegetable. My favourite way to eat it, is boiled, then smothered with butter and sprinkled with salt. But these days the butter and the salt are strictly off limits, so Cabbage Roll Casserole it is. No salt is added to our recipe, but we do indulge in a few tablespoons of brown sugar.

Stay safe dear friend!



Date: 7:00 PM EDT Wednesday 8 April 2020
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 100.4 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 5.2°C
Dew point: 3.5°C
Humidity: 89%
Wind: S 15 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as mediocre as possible.”
Margaret Mead
1901 – 1978

We do have our high achievers.


  1. Oh Maggie….the things we have to do!
    If the virus doesn’t get you, the worry and stress of trying to avoid it will
    Those firsts days of seeing washing drying outside always ‘put joy in my heart’. We’re lucky our winter isn’t quite the same as yours but after a long wet spell I certainly want joy in my heart by hanging the clothes on the garden line. I do have a little hoist on the covered back deck but it’s not the same as ‘blowin’ in the wind’

  2. Sandy

    Hi Maggie. Were the frozen foods originally in individual boxes. There’s a doctor who showed how he handled shopping in a Youtube videos. For food like frozen pizza, he opened the box and slid the pizza out onto a clean surface. The pizza was encased in plastic. He tossed the box and put the pizza in the freezer. But there is an element of risk there. I think washing them on a rack is a good idea.
    It’s a cooler sunny day today.I’m going to put on my mask and gloves and take the car out for a spin. I need to keep the battery charged. Have a great day!

  3. Cathy, this virus sure has changed the landscape of shopping, lol! Once I get the techniques mastered, it will be just a matter of getting the job done. Figuring the job out in the firstplace is the challenge… all of humanity is sharing this, “we” has taken on a whole new meaning.
    There is something quite joyful about well loved clothes flapping in the breeze, and the smell of laundry coming off the line is intoxicating.
    Stay safe dear friend!

  4. Sandy, I saw that video, I think I found it when you shared it, very good I thought. Our frozen food is packaged in plastic bags, e.g. corn niblets in a plastic bag, no boxes, so we just have to wash the plastic with soap and water. It was all find until I failed to notice the little holes in the bag of frozen potatoes, I drained the bag, so we shall see how that works out, 🙂
    Yes, mask and gloves, the travel accessories of our time. Wow, it had not occurred to me that there were vehicles that needed to be run to charge the batteries! Our vehicles are 10 and 13 years old, pre-electric or hybrid vintage. Gettin’ old just like us. 🙂
    Stay safe dear friend.

  5. Teri

    Yay! So glad you found a store that will do that for you! If we had to go into town for anything, I was seriously looking at curbside pick up for this next week. I don’t think we’ll need it, though.

    We have 105 COVID cases in our county, now. Fortunately, only 22% of known cases are in the rural areas that we’re in. The value of being sparsely populated.

  6. Teri, we are very grateful there is a store that delivers, even if it only has a limited variety of frozen items! There isn’t much variety to choose from these days, even from the regular grocery stores.
    The rural areas don’t seem to be very hard hit yet, thankfully, it is early days. I wonder if the warm weather will cause people to relax their vigilance and cause a resurgence, but that is weeks away it seems, the weather insists on being cool and windy. It snowed here today.

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