The October 2021 Wrap-Up is here and that means it is Halloween. I am still undecided about opening the doors to Trick-or-Treaters. The general populace seems oblivious to the current resurgence of Covid-19. Additionally, the forecast is one of a wintery mix. In lay terms, a cold rain mixed with sleet or snow or both.
On top of that, the October 2021 Wrap-Up includes the quarterly Inflation Check. There is much talk in the media about price hikes. We will see what my personal check list looks like. Have you checked your list yet?
Also included is a look at winter projects. I am ready to focus on the hobby room until the first of the year when the brassica seeds will be started. Since I was not able to build a greenhouse, only a few plants were brought inside. Hopefully, they will thrive.
Inflation Check Challenge
Keeping track of prices has been enlightening. There is definitely some price creep, but no large leaps in the products I am watching. The largest quarterly increase of available goods was 5% for the dry cat food. This was the first increase for this product since the challenge began.
The largest increase from a percentage standpoint was in canning lids. An increase of 17% is quite meaningless when there is no product to buy. I do not check for lids every day, but quite frequently and have not seen any locally since February. Jars are still available as are packages of rings and lids together. Both incur more cost.
Third Quarter Inflation Check Challenge
|Item||Amount||January 2021 Price|
|April 2021 Price|
|July 2021 Price|
|October 2021 Price|
|Planet Oat Extra Creamy Original Oat Milk||52 Oz.||$3.49||$3.99||$3.99/$2.99||$3.99|
|Small Bag Signature Select Sugar||4 lbs.||$2.99||$2.99/$1.99||$2.99||$2.99/$2.49||The October sale price was a smaller reduction than in April.|
|Signature Select Cream Style Corn||14.75 Oz.||$0.69||$0.79||$0.79||$0.79/$0.65||Enjoyed the October sale price.|
|Fleischmanns Active Dry Yeast||4 Oz.||$6.99||$6.99||$7.19||$7.49||Another increase in yeast is concerning. Price before the pandemic was several dollars lower.|
|Kraft Real Mayo||30 0z.||$4.99/$3.79||$4.99/$3.99||$4.99/$3.79||$5.29/$3.99||Mayo is still on sale. However the jars were either at or past their Best Use date.|
|Meow Mix||6.3 lbs.||$7.78||$7.78||$7.78||$8.22||First increase in price for this product about 5%.|
|Morton Salt||26 Oz.||$1.19/$0.94||$1.19/$0.99||$1.19/$0.99||$1.29/$0.99||Increase in regular price.|
|Crest Pro Health Toothpaste||4.6 Oz.||$5.99/$4.99||$5.49/$3.99||$3.99/$3.49||$3.99/$2.99||The continued price decline makes one think there is a price subsidy at play.|
|Align Probiotics||28 Count||$26.58||$26.58||$26.58||$26.58|
|Tide Botanical Rain Detergent||92 Oz||$11.97||$11.97||$11.97||$11.97/$11.39||Small Discount|
|Kerr Regular Mouth Canning Lids||12 Count||$3.18||$2.88||$2.88||$3.38||The big increase this quarter did not keep buyers away. Still completely sold out each time I check.|
|3M Ad. Allergy Furnace Filter||1 Count||$15.88||$15.88||$15.88||$16.38||An increase of 2.5%. Stock was low but not sold out.|
|Dunkin Donut Boston Cream||1 Count||$0.99||$1.09||$1.17||$1.09||Competition brought the price back down. New coffee shop in town.|
|Regular Unleaded Gasoline||1 Gallon||$2.36||$2.79||$2.79||$2.79||The local Pilot must have bought a year's worth of product- or else selling at a loss. Prices while travelling topped $3.50. We certainly fill up before leaving town.|
October 2021 Wrap-Up in the Hobby Room
October is a transitional month. Outside temperatures can vary widely-even day to day. So, I spend some time in the hobby room. Currently, I have multiple projects going on. One quilt has been layered and is in a stand. At least one hour a day is spent hand quilting this Christmas gift.
Another gift is in the cutting/sewing stage. I did not include rotary cutting blades in the Inflation Check Challenge, but they seem to be a bit more expensive. Each new project usually needs a new blade, so I should have included these. Maybe next year.
A new great-nephew is arriving next February. His quilt is currently in the design stage. I am in a bit of a quandary with this one. I have a great backing piece, with one small problem. It is about ½ inch shorter than my design. So, I am working on the math.
My current plan was to have alternating blocks of a finished seven inch size. The center would be comprised of 16 of these blocks. I was planning on a six inch border. But, to incorporate the design into the border, I end up with seven inches per side. Somehow, somewhere, I will need to “cheat” either a seam allowance, or with the binding. The alternative is to use a boring border.
The final project is a cloth book. I bought the kit at the Alamosa Quilt Company travelling through there in August on the way to Santa Fe. I have been searching for kits like this for several years. The grandkids will love these!
Final Thoughts for the October 2021 Wrap-Up
An ongoing pandemic can be quite depressing. Viruses are pesky. Flus and colds appear every year. Severe consequences vary by type. Few people die from a cold, more from a flu. Covid-19 is more deadly than either. (I am really tired of seeing the 99.9% figure surviving Covid-19 on social media. That is far from true.) But the novel coronavirus is far, far, less deadly than Ebola or the new virus I am watching- H5N6. Click here to read about this viral flu infection that kills about half of those who contract it.
Since I am not a microbiologist, I cannot offer any valid insight. But I can read and discern. And I can alert as I did back in January 2020.
We need to recognize our world is changing in many ways. Detrimental shifts need to be addressed. Beneficial changes celebrated. The future is uncertain. I intend to do what I can to add value to our world. Conservation is a good place to start. I learned when camping as a Girl Scout to leave the land better than before. What a good lesson for all people, places, and things!