Saturday, November 15, 2008

Good News And Better News...

I'm a fairly simple man, I really am! But even though I'm simple in my needs, some extras would be nice!

I was thinking about the things I don't want to do without when I move. I don't mean I couldn't do without them, I just don't want to, You know? I do like my comfort foods if I can get 'em!

At the top of the list, of course, is my coffee. I found that I function much better if I have my coffee every day. I don't even want to be around myself when I don't have my coffee in the morning. And I like my coffee with a little sugar or honey in it. Oh, I could drink it black but I like it sweet.

Next on the peanut butter! That's a big must have for me, especially if I can't get any chocolate. Besides, peanut butter has a lot of nutritional value. At least, that's what I keep telling myself. And peanut butter has a long shelf life without having to be refrigerated, so that makes it perfect for my needs.

Now peanut butter goes real good with honey and since I'm gonna need some honey for my coffee to make it sweet, then honey has to be next on the wanted list. I like honey, and once again it's an item that doesn't spoil or need to be kept cold, so into the pantry it goes. One thing about honey is that it has many medicinal qualities besides just being a good comfort food item. The important thing to remember about honey is that it needs to be 100% natural raw honey, and not pasteurized.

No list would be complete without butter! What kind of Hermit would I be without some butter to go with my honey and peanut butter, washed down with some fresh coffee? Now when it comes to butter, I have two choices. I could buy the Red Feather brand canned butter which has a really long shelf life and taste pretty good, or I can follow the advise I found on
The End Times Report website, run by a gentleman named Miles Stair. His wife has a recipe for canning butter on there that makes a lot of sense to me. It's a really good website with a wealth of information...worth checking out. She also has a recipe for canning soft cheese on there which is a real good idea. Another great comfort food indeed! I've got my honey, butter, peanut butter, cheese and coffee. But what about some bread? The Staff of Life! The very foundation of any decent peanut butter sandwich is bread. Obviously bread won't last long without loading it with a lot of preservatives and such, so the only common sense thing is to make my own bread as I need it. That means flour or wheat berries that I can grind to make flour. So wheat goes on the list, along with a grinder. So far that's a good start.

If I think beyond the comfort foods, then I can add some canned Spam. I love Spam! Coming from the South, spam has been a staple in my family for a long, long time. Now throw in some canned veggies, some dried beans, some dried rice, extra tobacco and I'm good to go!

Later I can get some chickens, plant a little garden and expand the stores I have managed to put together on a shoestring budget. Life can be simple if you learn to settle for a little less. I can do just that!

Now, let's get some fresh coffee, sit at the patio table and talk about having some peanut butter and honey on fresh baked bread.


blondie said...

Morning Jim :)

I still have trouble thinking about you out there all by yourself doing what you want to do.

Well, you'll have the roomies but they can't help with the necessities.

Will be interesting to keep up with you while you go through this transformation, ya know?

Coffee Cheers to Ya :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds as if you are getting close to leaving the city. How about a generator so you can keep up the blogging... are am I stating the obvious?

HermitJim said...

Hey Blondie...thanks for coming by this morning. I have tried to explain to he kitties that snake patrol is going to be their primary job in the country but I'm not sure if they understand yet. Maybe when they actually see one they'll catch on.

You know that I'll stay in touch with all my friens when I move, unless you want to come with me and keep me company...

Thanks again...

HermitJim said...

Hey Sis...thanks for dropping in. Well, actually the power is going to come from solar panels. I might have a back up generator, but only to use on cloudy days.

You'll have to come check it out when I get started...or better yet, I'll build you a little guest cabin and you can come stay for a while.

Love ya, Sis...

Noki said...

It all sounds wonderful. Maybe I'll stop by for some fresh bread and honey. Speaking of which... You could raise some bees and make your own honey.