Friday, September 10, 2010


As many of you know, I have a pretty in depth "bucket list".  My buckets have socks, soap, pasta, laundry detergent and Ham radio equipment in them.  Not to mention beans, boots and bag balm.  I have, however, recently experienced the great delight of barrels.  Not that buckets have lost their appeal - not at all.  But barrels, now there is something to really crow about!  No longer do I have to stack 15 buckets of hard white wheat on the shelf, I can just fill a barrel to overflowing!  That leaves by buckets to tend to supplies that require less space such as baking powder and Italian seasoning.

My wonderful Sir Knight is always thinking of me.  Yesterday, he came home from work bearing gifts.  Some might think flowers or candy or Chinese take-out, but no, he brought barrels!

I was so excited!  Flowers wilt, candy goes straight to my hips and I have never really been that fond of Chinese take-out - but barrels!  Sir Knight really knows the way to a damsel's heart.

Now comes the hard part.  Do I start  a powdered milk barrel or add a rice barrel?  Should I fill one with Kamut?  Or maybe Spelt would be better!  Choices, choices.  What's a girl to do?


  1. Barrels! I'm starting to think I need a few barrels myself. Good for collecting rain water. Good for food and gear storage. Good for caching supplies in remote areas. And of course I could always wear one if my pension dries up. Yep, I like barrels, too. Gonna get me some and start filling them up tomorrow. Thanks for the incentive.

    Oh, and I'd accept the Chinese take-out if that were presented instead of a barrel. Broccholi Beef is pretty good. ;)

    NoCal Gal

  2. I'd take Chinese takeout, too, but only if it were real Chinese food, not that cornstarched globby mess sold around here. And my vote for what to fill a barrel with would be quinoa - I just started cooking with it a few weeks ago, and love it - I can't eat wheat, rye or barely, and do get tired of rice, oatmeal, and grits. Quinoa is my new go-to grain - even the kids like much I must find out if I can grow it here next year.

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  4. oooh i am so jealous right now i am turning green....barrels......very hard to find these days, especially free or low cost. i think that if someone gave me barrels i would be working on a rain water collection water will be hard to come by should tshtf. what is your husbands source for obtaining these beautiful barrels...perhaps i am not looking in the right places.