Walk With God and Fitness
For a variety of reasons my walk with God really suffered this week. Wonderful Wife has been really sick of late and a trip to the doctor (several now) showed that she had pneumonia. She’s usually the tough one but she’s missed several days of work and she was alone for the worst of it since I was travelling most of the week. While I was out of town I started developing the same symptoms she’s been suffering with. A trip to the doctor showed I had a bad bronchial infection but no signs of pneumonia yet. As I write this we are both laying in the dark just trying not to cough.
While visiting the doctor it was discovered that, yet again, my blood pressure is through the roof. We’re talking so high that the nurse gets nervous and calls a more senior nurse to check it. When the senior nurse checks it she grabs a different blood pressure machine!
Apparently 180 over 130 is a great cause for concern.
Now I am on blood pressure meds in addition to the meds for the infection. It is common to prescribe an oral steroid for such infections but until my blood pressure is down that’s off the table.
The bottom line for all this whining is that I spent a lot more time resting and sleeping this week some of which I probably should have skipped in order to spend in God’s word. Exercise was just not a realistic option.
Before the medical problems started I picked up two boxes of .308 ammunition for the new Ruger. I was planning to take it out to the range this weekend. That’s not happening.
Last weekend we rotated the food from the emergency pantry to the regular pantry. We also made it to the grocery store to buy what we needed to restock the emergency pantry.
We bought some plants to start our spring garden and got most of them planted but I still need to stake a few of the tomatoes because I ran out of stakes. I think we bought a few too many plants since I don’t have stakes for all of thema nd some will have to pots because there is no room for them in the planter boxes we set up as a garden. Because they get so big, the watermelon plants will have to go into the ground and that will take a bit to get prepared.
After writing about my preparedness goals for hurricane season I realized I was short on water storage so we bought two 100 gallon waterBOBs for hurricane season. These are one time use storage bladders that sit in the bathtubs and can be filled with water. They should arrive shortly.
We found a company that sells freeze dried (dehydrated) foods. We’ve always kept a few days worth of Mountain House or Wise meals on hand for emergencies but these are a bit different. Instead of pre-packaged meal these are individual ingredients like chicken, ground beef, vegetables, fruit, etc. that have a shelf life of 20 years or so and last about a year even after being opened.
The order arrived just before I got sick and I was able to prepare a meal out of them already. One of the included recipe cards was for chicken tortilla soup which sounded pretty good so we tried it. It was (pretty good that is). The chicken tasted like…well…chicken. It had a good texture to it and tasted better than some frozen chicken I bought from the grocery store. The veggies kind of disappeared into the soup but I probably overcooked it as I let it simmer for a couple hours longer than the recipe called for. So far, we are liking it and once we try a few more meals prepared with these items I will do a more in depth review.
We did put a little money aside this week. Not as much as I would have liked but considering we restocked our pantry, bought a sampler pack of the freeze dried foods and purchased some precious metals the fact that we still put anything aside is a good thing.
Before coming down with this crud I changed the batteries in the smoke detectors, flashlights and optics. Next time I need to get a better inventory before ordering. I bought too many of some and not enough of others. I had not even realized one of the optics needed a CR2 so that required another trip to the store to get that one taken care of.
That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. Considering the medical challenges we faced this week I am pretty happy with what we were able to get done although I still could have done a lot better in my walk with God. How about you? What did you Prep this week?