April 1, 2021 at 8:59 am #34942
Well, the April Fools joke is on me, as I look out the window to about an inch of snow.
April 1, 2021 at 4:24 pm #34959
Made more Blueberry jam and it turned out so good, so I can check that off my list. Learned I can make steel cut oats and grits in my Instant Pot and they are much easier than making on the stove top, plus they are creamier and taste so much better made this way.
Going Saturday to the city to spend time with family and work on a garden and chicken pen. Packing a picnic lunch of baked ham, salads and cake for an early Easter lunch. I just wish things were moving faster with this move, but now we may here for a few months longer.
Have a happy & blessed Easter
April 2, 2021 at 10:00 am #35079
Ohhh! blueberry jam! Great to hear it turned out well!
April 2, 2021 at 12:00 am #35016
Crow Bar. I don’t know where you are but you made me laugh. Snow! Check out https://electroverse.net/ every day. It gets it right way more often than ‘offical’ weather casters.
April 2, 2021 at 10:00 am #35080
Hey! I am here for YOU!
Will bookmark that site, thank you!
April 4, 2021 at 8:35 am #35441Loving LifeParticipant
Just hopping in to say HI and Happy Easter!
Crowbar, I loved the 6 inches of snow that fell here in Upstate and went skiing the next day! Still finding great recipes from my Vincent Price cookbook, I gifted several to others at Christmas. All the recipients loved the cookbooks and asked where did I run across such a treasure. Your name was mentioned.
To everyone, enjoy Easter!
April 4, 2021 at 10:02 am #35445
Hi Loving Life!
Good to see you!
I did not get a chance to go XC skiing this year. I think I am going to put a set on my Christmas list for this year.
That is great about the cook book! Glad they enjoyed them, and I feel honored at the mention. Thank you.
Happy Easter to you too!
April 13, 2021 at 6:01 pm #35820
It’s been a little busy this week paring down on things that is not needed or wanted. I have some boxes packed that will eventually get moved down to the house in the city in a few months.
Have made very little progress in getting the shed at the house in the city ready for the chickens, maybe this weekend if the rain holds off we’ll be able to go down and work on it.
I read where pork prices will increase this Summer due to possible shortage, so thinking I will get a few extra packages of sausage and bacon and vaccum seal them before storing in the freezer.
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April 14, 2021 at 9:36 am #35825
Last year we assumed inflation prices would be going up, and are getting two hogs this year. One of us, and the other for friends of ours.
We get the piglets in mid-May.
April 14, 2021 at 10:24 pm #35859LittlesisterParticipant
We are past the snow think goodness. But have been having a lot of rain. Weather is hot a few days and then cools down a few days. Need to get garden going. Tomatoes need to be planted soon.
Have been working on house. I am getting rid of a lot of stuff. Sent a lot of food to our church food ministry. Way to much food for just one person. So redoing and going through all of that. Got the older food moved to kitchen, so I will get that used first.
Decided to have a huge yard sale maybe this fall. Cook books and other books as well. Dishes I never use and so much more. There is just to much stuff in this house and the attic and shed is loaded. So will be really busy going through and boxing up what will go in yard sale. Granddaughter and her boyfriend are going to help me with the sale. They are putting things in there to sell as well.
As I go through things it has been hard, so having good days and bad days. Still need to go through and pack up Dh’s clothes. Going to make a memory quilt from his t shirts and a jean quilt from his jeans. So just packing clothes up and storing them till I get the things done around here.
Started getting things out of china hutch so I can get the floor jacked up. Then I might need to jack up the floor in small bedroom where the food I canned is at on the shelving. Looking like the floor is starting to sag there as well. Moving some furniture around in a way that will work better for me.
April 18, 2021 at 1:34 pm #35952
Getting ready for hurricane season here. Just did an inventory of my preps and have a list. HomeDepot has quantity limits on propane, but plenty of paper towels, sanitizer and tp.
Most of the homes here are constructed of concrete bloc. So except for framing and roofs lumber isnt an issue….for now. Cause if we do get hit with a hurricane that will all change.
Thanks for the updates LittleSister. Its always great to hear from you. OldMtWoman and Muffy, hope you are well.
April 18, 2021 at 9:58 pm #35974LittlesisterParticipant
Hello Corsaire, Hurricane season will be upon us here as well. Still early yet for us as usually in August starts for us around here. Though anything can happen. We have been blessed around here with hurricanes the past few years. We have had them but no damage in my area. Hope it stays that way, but I always prepare just in case.
Things on here have been very slow. It’s as if everyone has gone another way, but I am sure it is just that everyone is busy with gardens, etc. I haven’t been on as much myself. Going through a lot of stuff around here. I feel as though I have aged 10 years since Dh passed. It hasn’t been easy for me. I am basicly going through it all by myself now that daughter has moved away and 3 grandkids now on west coast. Only one still here and she will be heading for medical school either in South Carolina or Alaska. Depends on which one she can get in at. But those are the main 2 she’s looking at. That will be in a year before she starts that. So she’s still here for a year and then I will have no family around here. So I am trying to decide rather to move to N. Carolina where my daughter is or stay put. It will be a tough decision for me as my Dh never wanted to move from here. But on the other hand this neighborhood has changed a lot over the past few years and no one talks to anyone any longer. Lots of young people living here now and they keep to themselves for the most part. No one to go out and do things with anymore. My friends from church are having lots of medical issues now with one fracturing her back. So she can’t do anything any longer. Getting old is not for sissies.
Hope everyone is doing good and just busy. Seems like when I am on here, there is no one here. Though also I know we are being watched with everything we do on line now and I am getting to the point that I am ready to pull the cord on the internet. Sometimes I wish it never came about. Makes it to easy for shopping and such. Though I try to do local shopping when I can.
April 19, 2021 at 9:03 am #35992Matt In OklahomaModerator
We had a group get together yesterday. We strive for 3 topics.
The first was trying a variety of canned meats. The results were very mixed in opinions 😂. Oh well hunger makes a good cook.
One of the other topics was lock picking. I’ve only got experience with 2 types which was taught to me by criminals so this was interesting. I’m a lock breaker not picker. I was surprised at how some seem to just fall open rather quickly even at our rookie attempts. The saying is “locks keep honest people honest” and that’s about all they do. This is one of those fringe things that requires ethical discussion IMO.
The last was weapon reloading with AR platform and semiauto handgun while driving and while incapacitated in one arm. Neither ideal situations but we are supposed to be better than others so you’ve got to push the envelope.
We are attempting to add another couple who are new to preparedness so we also took the time to cover a little fire starting and hit some charcloth and cotton balls soaked with Vaseline.
A sampling of some of the canned meats we tested straight out of the can.
April 19, 2021 at 9:31 am #35994
That is awesome, Matt!
I have tried a few of those Kipper Snacks and the smoked oysters. Those would be good non-fire, easy to eat food stuff.
Would not want to have to rely on them for a prolonged period of time.
Could be good trading items.
April 22, 2021 at 12:33 am #36070namelusParticipant
When lock picking always tape your fingers it stops getting blisters from repeated friction and tension.
Use a lubricant first on the lock tumblers it helps with ease of picking. I carry a lipstick sized wd40 for this purpose.
Correct tool for the correct job having picks for circular lock like a bike lock, knowing when you can use a pop can to open a padlock and when to use a set of bolt cutters.
It is a hobby I picked up after a hand injury to help rehab fine muscle control… it’s always useful and yet people never look at you the same once you open a lock for them as fast as they can with key… I think it breaks thier illusion of safety.
Canned sockeye salmon and tuna in the mylar pouches are lighter to carry. The tuna can be made into low level sushi to change things up.
There is some asian canned goods that I prefer the taste of this is one brand it’s all vegan and I like it as a huge meat eater
Anyone have a good canned bacon? Or tried the Hawaiian flavors of spam
April 19, 2021 at 11:48 am #36000
I have the Grabill pork chunks that I purchased from Pleasant Hill grain. Its really good.
April 21, 2021 at 7:56 am #36045
It is snowing.
Melts when it hits the ground, but still, ugh.
April 21, 2021 at 8:11 am #36048
Correction, it is sticking.
April 21, 2021 at 11:45 pm #36069
on electroverse it said cold and snow for middle north of U.S.
would you give a kind of sort of where you are?
April 22, 2021 at 9:05 pm #36108
April 29, 2021 at 3:05 pm #36288
Things are going slow with getting the chicken shed ready for the chickens because of the rain and storms that seem to come every weekend, Spring is gone for us, now it’s heat and humidity. Missed the short time available for getting the attic insulated in the house in the city so that will have to wait for Fall or Winter when it’s cool again.
I feel like I have been at a standstill the past months when it comes to preparing, maybe I need to start all over again and do a better job this time.
Washed all the mattress protectors and pillows and put them back on the beds and took all the shepar lined Winter blankets to the laundry mat and got them washed and dried so they are clean and fresh ready for vaccum bags and storage for next Winter’s use. My next chore on my to do list is empty and clean one refrigerator and freezer to get them ready to be be moved in a few weeks.
Working on an picnic order of fried chicken and three dozen chocolate chip cookies to be delivered this Sunday. Next week it’s orders of banana breads, pumpkin breads and blueberry jam which the blueberry jam is a big hit with everyone.
I worry the extra money I earn from cooking and baking will end with the move and we will be feeding six more people, so have to redo menus and grocery shopping list. Some bills here, landline phone, internet, satellite and trash service will end so that will be a little more funds each month.
April 30, 2021 at 8:35 am #36295
We have had nearly constant rain since yesterday. The day before that, we got about half a inch of rain. Then a break, and then rain again. Weather station says we are coming up on 3/4 of a inch of rain now, and it is still coming down.
But then this evening we are expecting snow. Ugh!
April 30, 2021 at 5:48 pm #36310
ugh is right. Upper 80’s to 90 here.
Sorted through my first aid preps. Found boxes 2″x2″ Curad brand gauze at the dollar store, and ordered more 4″x4″s. Will probs have to take Walmart on their 2 week free trial of Walmart+ as the price for burn gel is half of what it is elsewhere.
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