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ty nycvg!!! This sounds like a great idea and I think I will begin doing this as well. I have a meeting coming up and I will be back.

Great story, too!


We have lots of rice and beans. I buy my produce from Misfits Market, and I’ve been buying the big box and choosing stuff I can freeze for later. I’ve also discovered that you can freeze things I didn’t know you could! I was dubious about ordering produce, but the only order that has been spoiled was over Labor Day, and FedEx didn’t deliver it on time. Misfits gave me full credit. If you want to try them, here’s a 25% off coupon COOKWME-RT1BQP.

The produce is all organic and non-GMO, and they have a market you can order some staples from. If you do try them, get some Apiterra Honey! They source all their stuff as ugly produce, over-production, etc. Stuff that would otherwise get thrown away. They also hire people at fair wages to work in their warehouse/shipping center who are ex-cons and may not be able to get a decent job.

Since Hubs is a trucker, I can tell you that the trucks are running, big time. From Mexico… that may be different. Borders can be difficult. But then, a lot of stuff DOES come from Mexico, and it arrives on time. The biggest worry is that field workers are not getting any protection, and may get sick en masse.

As to Diego’s. If it were me, I’d go to the thrift shops and buy some cheap tables and chairs and open anyway. When the good stuff arrives, recycle the other. Or rent furniture from one of those restaurant supply places. I know Clayton – used to work in St. Louis, and lived there briefly. I know it’s really upscale, and people can be really snooty, but still. If the food’s good, they’ll come.


As long as we have ele and H2o were set for about 30 days with the basics, ever since this started I’ve stocked up for a 30 day supply. In our area wal mart has its usual empty shelves but can get the basics we need. Also have food saver system and have cooked and froz some meals. I would miss the usual produce I get weekly but that’s all for right now. If Byedone gets elected maybe he can prioritize proper PPE for all essential workers and force companies to comply or face fines or other ramifications.




I’ve been shopping ahead as well. Veggies will be the hardest of course, and I’m buying some frozen vegs for soups or sides. As the Bennys do consume meat, I’ve been buying more at the farmer’s markets for local goods in case there are any more outbreaks in processing plants. More expensive, of course, but it helps the local economy.

I took my 5th COVID test yesterday, and so far, nothing. Mr. Benny hasn’t been tested yet. Since my employer pays for a once a week test (or whenever I need it), we’re using me as a proxy.

Today was planting of bulbs, hoping we will see some signs of spring next April or May. And maybe a different president?


I have a link to one of the major MN papers. They are echoing what is going down in the rest of the country: heavy voter turnout. 🙂


T and R, NYCVG!! 🙂 We’re set here. We live in Hurricane-ville so are always ready for major power outages, and having to split at a moment’s notice, etc. We have a produce place about 15 minutes from here. I found them years ago cos I can only do raw honey and a couple of other things as sweeteners. Believe me, I have a sweet tooth! 🙂


I never liked this tune but couldn’t resist. 🙂


Frida’s and Diego’s! That’s great. I looooove Mexican food.

I’ve been trying to stay stocked up for decades, lol. My problem is getting TOO stocked up.

I see a lot of trucks on the highway on the days I go into the office. There is no doubt that there has been a huge disruption on the supply chain due to Covid, but I gather that businesses are adapting, or trying to at least. There seems to be an entire cottage industry that has arisen advising companies about managing supply chain interruptions.

“Companies that previously diversified their international supply chains in response to the U.S.-China trade war were better positioned to mitigate the effects of the pandemic,” said Kate Wegrzyn, co-chair of Foley’s Coronavirus Task Force and the firm’s Supply Chain Team. “That said, companies may also benefit from retaining certain processes in China while relocating others in a strategic manner that disperses risks of disruption.”

Trump didn’t help with his tariffs. Droughts, Covid, the fires in California, are all factors.

This article was published this past September:

Compound natural and human disasters: Managing drought and COVID-19 to sustain global agriculture and food sectors

When all of the sudden there was no broccoli in the stores, I shifted to other healthy greens. Yesterday the little broccoli left at the store where I usually buy it was not worth purchasing. But I have some broccoli rabe left, as it was on sale last week. If I see a cauliflower or some brussels sprouts on sale I grab them. Speaking of broccoli rabe, when it’s on sale I get a lot and cut it up so that the tougher parts get an extra minute of parboiling, then the leaves added for another minute, then into ice water, then into little one-serving freezer bags-it freezes very well.

I always keep cans of baked beans, tuna, tomatoes, and pasta, rice & coffee are always kept stocked up. I do fear for the future, stories of blight on olive trees (noooooooo), bananas, all that news is scary.

Maybe I should worry about the election further disrupting things, but I don’t think it will.


Some of you may recall that I am always looking for movie suggestions as I find most movies to be not worth the trouble (too violent, too formulaic, or sometimes it’s over-familiarity with certain actors-I avoid Adam Sandler movies, for example), so this morning, when I stumbled upon a movie called Triangle of Sadness, apparently a satire (the movie title ‘which Ostlund says refers to a “term used by plastic surgeons to fix a wrinkle between the eyes with Botox in 15 minutes”‘) , that Woody Harrelson is in, then read the plot, I just HAD to try to find out if my suspicion was correct about which character Woody would be portraying.

That research led to the attached picture. 😂😂

The movie is from Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund. And, from what I’ve read about Woody, I think is an excellent choice for the captain.

(Woody) met the president once, when his friend, Jesse Ventura, was governor of Minnesota and Trump was hoping he’d become his running mate, on the Democrat ticket, in the 2004 election.

“We went over to Trump Tower – talk about a tough dinner to get through. All he could talk about was money. After about 45 minutes, I was like ‘excuse me’, and walked outside and fired up a joint. I was like: ‘Whoa, how am I going to get through the rest of this meal?’ I wouldn’t even have dinner with that mother and here he is the fucking president.”

“Trump’s pulling out of the Paris Accord and he’s opening up all kinds of wilderness areas and parks to the extractive industries. He’s exactly what I expected – he’s a businessman making deals with other businessmen. It’s ‘Let’s make money, let’s deregulate.’ A lot of these regulations were very hard to pass in the first place, because of the power of these industries, and now he has taken what little regulation there was and is destroying it. Ecologically, he is the biggest disaster ever to happen.”

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I thought this story sort of fit your post NYCVG.

Mexican restaurant takes political stand with sign declaring ‘No Love, No Tacos’

A Mexican restaurant in a small town in Iowa has wrapped itself in the middle of political discourse after some customers of the popular eatery took offense to a yard sign the owner placed outside.

The sign advocated equality and social justice, but some found it too politically correct and wrote letters to the owner, Alfonso Medina. Instead of taking it down, Medina placed a much bigger one using only four words and accidentally started a movement about love, tacos and politics.

“I just meant to respond with good humor,” said Medina, owner of La Carreta Mexican Grill.

La Carreta has been serving Mexican food for 20 years in Marshalltown, a small community about 50 miles northeast of Des Moines. Medina took over the family restaurant business a couple of years ago. His parents migrated from Mexico more than three decades ago and he was born in Iowa.

things got interesting in August, when Medina placed a small black sign with rainbow letters at the entrance of the parking lot that said: “We Believe Black lives matter, No human is illegal, Science is real, Women’s rights are human rights,” and a few other things.

“I didn’t think there was anything bad,” he said, admitting that his wife called him “brave” for placing the sign in front of the business.

Piggybacking on the popularity of the slogan, Medina created a new website where he is advocating to make Election Day a national holiday. He is practicing what he is preaching.

“My goal is to make the elections as just as possible,” Medina says. “I am going to close on Election Day, and not only pay my employees, but I am going to go and volunteer at the polls.”

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la58 It’s expensive, but it has long shelf life. And it’s so good! I’ve been buying from them for at least 15 years


Interesting. I might have to try some. I’m looking for a source for quinoa right now. Walmart is always out of stock, and none of the other local stores have it.


Our bulk quinoa is certified organic, triple-cleaned and perfect for baking & cooking purposes. It’s pronounced “keen-wah”.







I’ve been looking for results. Nothing yet

Here’s a live blog


Makes me wonder what ours will look like.




Elon Musk is a real egomaniacal fruitcake. Guess all that success warped his brain.


Dunno who I hate worse, him or Bezos.