Moving to Costa Rica: She’s Gone and Offline; I’m Oiling Up

Nancy has left the building. She is offline for a while and I guess I need to oil up…

I’m doing my version of a road crew and am packing up what she thought she needed to put on her daily show.

Thirty seven bins of fabric/sewing notions and three sewing machines are ready to go.

Nineteen bins of Christmas clothes, holiday (Christmas and Halloween) lights, and holiday decorations (name the holiday and we have decorations) – including two artificial trees are ready to go.

And 318 bins of miscellaneous are logged and ready for the container.

A couple weeks ago, I suggested that we might want to start eating up our stockpile of food.

“Good idea! But let’s go to Guadalajara tonight. I’m going lunch with the knitting gang, and then Terri is having the bunco and bowling bunch dinner. Saturday Velma and Jim are having us over and Friday Rick and Gayle are having us over want to feed us some BBQ.”

And I would come home to a dozen boxes that had been packed and of course, could not ask: “What’s for dinner?” No way Jose.  So we had a lot of BLT’s, Kroger bake and eat pizza, tuna fish sandwiches, drippy eggs, etc. etc.

The pantry and freezer did not get much attention.

Until she left. Her instructions: You take care of it.

So far:


  • 3 cans of evaporated milk – the newest expiration date was 2003
  • 7 cans of sweet condensed milk – the oldest expiration date was 1993.
  • 4 cans of tomato pieces – expired
  • 2 cans of tomato chunks – expired, and how are chunks and pieces different?
  • 3 cans of tomato soup – rusty
  • 4 cans of mushroom soup – rusty
  • 5 boxes of opened, stale, variety of crackers, graham, saltine, snack.
  • 6 boxes of frozen pea pods
  • 2 bags of frozen fruit
  • 1 bag of frozen tortillas
  • 1 eighteen pound turkey
  • 1 twenty-two pound turkey

(and don’t yell at me for not thinking of the food bank – believe me, I WAS thinking of them when I trashed this stuff.)

Current inventory (from memory, no I didn’t make a list!):

  • 2 cans of icing
  • 3 cake mixes, white, banana, and blueberry
  • 1 Nestles chocolate bits
  • Oreo cookie pie shell
  • 8 boxes of pudding mix: chocolate and vanilla
  • Melange pour geteau du fromage – Margarita – sans cuisson
  • 3 boxes of spaghetti noodles
  • 2 jars of spaghetti sauce (Nancy makes a killer spaghetti sauce, but it takes forever)
  • 4 quarts of canola oil
  • and more.

Much of this will make the move – except for what I eat. Last night I had a dinner of champions: The Oreo cookie pie shell with vanilla filling.

Since I sold the stove, the spaghetti will make the move. Not sure about the sauce since it’s in glass jars. The Nestles morsels will be gone for sure. Same with the icing. I would eat the cake dough, but that takes eggs – which we have none. Would be a good use for the canola oil, though… maybe a dozen eggs is in order?

Nah. I’ll just oil myself up and text Nancy.  She will have  phone soon, seems that this would be the perfect first text right?



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Moving to Costa Rica: She’s Gone and Offline; I’m Oiling Up — 4 Comments

  1. Ha!!! Love it!! I’m so my mother’s dauighter when it comes to grocery shopping and food!!!!