through the intercession of the Virgin, sometimes through industry or cleverness; but your beans are there, and you are safe. Only one thing could threaten the lives and happiness of the family of the Señora Teresina Cortez...
I have enough to get by for a bit, I am thinking that maybe it is time for a bigger bit. The signs and omens don't look really good right now.
Even if you don't pack them away like this, having these around gives you a ton of fallback. Chili, bean soup, etc can carry you a long way in cold times.