December 1, 2021 at 9:58 am #42625
Welcome to December!
December 1, 2021 at 10:12 am #42626
We are having record highs. In the mid to upper 70s
December 1, 2021 at 1:18 pm #42631
Upper 70’s here which is average.
And the weevils got to some of my rice. It was in a dollar store screw top container. Either I didnt secure it enough or the buggers got through. Either way going to use that container for non foods.
Also mold got to some split peas. They were stored just in a regular plastic bag though. No problems with other dried beans though
December 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm #42638
Yeah I always Mylar mine. Buckets just for rodents
December 1, 2021 at 1:59 pm #42637
Sitting here in the early afternoon in the mid 20s, the wood stove is now on 24/7.
December 2, 2021 at 12:28 pm #42689
We have been bouncing between lows in the lower 20s to lows in the mid 30s.
Currently it is about 40 degrees and raining.
Really messy out there. Rather have the cold and frozen ground than the slush and mud.
December 2, 2021 at 7:19 am #42675
nice morning here in Virginia, 43, no clouds, O wind, will come later in the Day.
have a great Day all.
December 3, 2021 at 5:36 pm #42764
One of my earthboxes is set up. Would have been both, but I underestimated the amount of potting mix I would need. ( Note to self, regular takes 50qts). I’ll get the rest and get my tomatoes and peppers in tomorrow.
Update on the canner saga. Well, checked with the manufacturer and indeed canning is possible. Apparently the new models of the glass top ranges have that capability. However the largest burner I have is 9 inches and the standard for pots is 12. Ok, well the part that only touches the heat is 8 1/2. Too much of an overhang according to Whirlpool. Ok,even if I ignore,err fiddle with the instructions, the location of the burner is too close to the edge of the stove, so the pot would touch edge the stove.
Plan B. ah just use a hot plate and a pressure cooker. And yes I found a hot plate that would work nicely. But alas the cost of both-ouch. Still a possibility for plan B if I could get discounts on either.
Back to plan A. The electric pressure canner. Well those have been hot as far as sales. Prices just about doubled if/when you can find them.
HomeDepot to the rescue. Yes it was out of stock and I put in for an “in stock alert”. This morning Bingo, and without the inflated price. First the listing said limit 2, then 1 and then out of stock. Ordered it as soon as I saw the email.
December 5, 2021 at 8:19 am #42835
Corsaire. Glad you were able to get the canning supplies. You raised a good point as many big stores stock is suddenly there and then gone in a short period. We had a shortage on canning jars here for quite a while.
Shortages are across the board. Last winter, I needed insulation and other building supplies. I went to Lowes in Late January. Fortunately, I knew someone at the Pro Desk, who helped me order with a priority. She had also just gotten some returns (HTF items) that I immediately bought. I also followed her advice and ordered all the remaining items for my project. The lead time for some items was 2 weeks in system, but the actual delivery times was 2-3 months later. Additionally, I bought at the old price and saved myself a 30-50% markup!
The temps are falling here. Latest mornings have been in the single digits. We have a beautiful blanket of snow.
This week, I obtained a tree. The tree selection was slim. The tree place said they had a run on trees right before Thanksgiving. I don’t have any large pine or evergreens on my property. My acreage is about 95% hardwood with a few small scraggly pines (Charlie Brown trees about 2-3 feet) along the road.
Other than some young nieces and nephews, all the Xmas presents are bought. I was talking to the Postmaster and she reminded me that I need to mail out presents very early this early (7-10+ days) to get delivery across the country, so I will be mailing the beginning of this week. The days of last minute shopping and mailing are over.
I was at the local diner. We had a lovely conversation about energy costs. I have a wood stove plus solar, so the effect is minimal for me. Although this last electric bill (less solar in winter), I noticed an increase in the costs. The locals also noted that propane and heating fuel has risen. Most saw the price hikes coming and ordered their fuel early in the summer. We won’t even talk about gasoline prices. Has anyone else noticed substantial increases?
Enjoy your Sunday!
December 5, 2021 at 8:32 am #42837
Fuel is ridiculous. My solar and battery bank saved me a ton of money on camping. Propane is up. We’ve got a truck stop few miles away that refills portable tanks. One day they were out. My son had to drive 30 miles to find a place. They said delivery trucks didn’t show.
I think now more than ever it’s important to keep everything topped off. For him it was his job so no choice but for me it’s easier.
December 5, 2021 at 8:58 am #42840
Matt. I agree. I live rural (no mail delivery, country dirt roads, etc), so I always have to stock up on items. The nearest Wally World is an hour.
Because a winter or ice storm can mean a week or more without power or unpassable roads, etc; I keep a very deep pantry and supplies on hand for a few months, now trying to keep at least 6 months on hand.
I am still trying to keep an eye on sales. I have been shocked by some of the recent prices, especially on meat. Fortunately, certain family did some serious hunting this year and helped stock up my freezer. I helped them out; so they returned the favor. Lots of venison steaks and stew in my future.
Unfortunately, I predict this inflation, price hikes, and shortages are only going to get worse.
December 5, 2021 at 9:53 am #42848
Fuel.One gas station had most diesel pumps out, and few regular out also. We are at $3 25-30 per gallon here DeSantis is proposing a gas tax relief holiday to span 6 months, if that goes through it will help somewhat.
December 6, 2021 at 9:59 am #42894
Corsaire. Although the prices have doubled, no fuel shortages exist in my area. No gas tax holiday proposed here.
I cringe every time I go to get fuel. I am much more aware of my trips (as everything is a good distance) and try to make as few trips as possible.
You did get me thinking about all the small shops that closed during the pandemic. Quite a few small restaurants closed herr. I still see alot of help wanted signs up. Everywhere is short staffed. I recently went to have my snow blower repaired at a small local shop. The grandfather (former owner) came of our retirement to help out. The shop is currently manned by three generations of the family. Talking to the owner, he said all his employees quit during the “free money” as they got a hefty sum to sit at home. The owner said his father and mother were really happy to be helping at the shop with a side benefit of being closer to the family.
Talking with my plow guy (also runs property management/caretaking company), he also said it’s hard to find young people that wanted to work. Surprisingly, he said that he had hired several semi-retired for snow plowing, etc. He said they might take a little longer on certain chores but they were dependable and always showed up to work.
Sad to hear Bob Dole passed away.
December 6, 2021 at 10:00 am #42895
Took mom grocery shopping Sunday. Something I do because I don’t trust folks and I get to spend some time with her every week. She’s embraced the preparedness over the last few years.
Pasta was almost wiped out. She bought the last jar of olives. We find ourselves often just looking at nothing. She mentioned she’d gone to get some Christmas decor and things were real short and real expensive.
December 9, 2021 at 11:27 am #43386
Dang it! Did it again!
So, broke my toe, like 2 weeks ago. It seemed to heal. I even had to run on it once when the dog ran into the road after a Amish carriage, no worries.
Then Tuesday I did chores in the barn, ate breakfast, was going to take the dogs for a walk, but went down stairs to stock up the wood furnace and something happened.
Tuesday and Wednesday were bad.
Better today. Put on a set of Rocky boots, laced them up snug.
December 9, 2021 at 11:18 pm #43427Olivia GreenParticipant
not sure where to post this.
hope it will be just what some want.
I love books!
Years back at a garage sale I found an old non-fiction book about over and under shot water mills. It was in ragged shape. Still, what if at some point this would be useful so I got it.
Different ones were added to the stack over time.
Amazingly I found a business that repairs books.
So for anyone who has books they want to save here’s the company information.
December 10, 2021 at 11:30 am #43454
Hey ya Olive Green!
I love books too!
Thank you for posting that, as I think that is a good service.
December 10, 2021 at 5:12 pm #43475
79 today with 45mph winds. Felt like I was working in an easy bake oven. I actually got dehydrated the other day. These record highs are crazy
made me a roping dummy
I ain’t had rope in my hands in decades. Life kinda sent me on a different path. Picked up one and tossed it a while back at an event we were at. My grown kids looked at me like a three headed dragon 😂 said they never knew I could rope. So I decided it was fun and went and got me one just to play around
December 11, 2021 at 11:43 am #43504
We have had a few days of mild temps, then last night the temps started going up. It is in the upper 40s now. Highs in the low to mid 40s for the rest of the week too.
This is very, very mild for us!
December 11, 2021 at 12:48 pm #43513
Day time, Upper 70’s lower 80s for us. Wont get cool until Jan-Feb.
December 11, 2021 at 1:23 pm #43516
Crow bar, so sorry about the broken toe as they are extremely bad news in the winter with trying to stuff the swollen digits in boots. At least in the summer, you can get away with flip flops. Haven’t you had a rash of broken toes in the last couple years??
Today’s weather is muddy. The high temps are in the low 40s with freezing rain this morning. Just a nasty morning. The rest of the week is mid 30s with lows in the 20s. The wood stove is keeping the house very warm. One of my neighbors was nice enough to barter wood chopping and stacking for a toaster oven.
Corsaire, you can have the hot weather. I like my seasons. When I was as stationed in Florida, I missed the seasons and hated the extreme heat of August.
The last few days have been very windy. We lost power sporadically. The last few years the power outages have gotten more and more frequent.
Matt, love the roping dummy! Looks just like a steer — sort of. Happy to hear you are spending time with your Mother and helping her shop. The pasta aisle has been very sparse here, too. At the end of summer, I made some pasta sauce so I am good for the next few months. I like to make meatballs for my pasta. I was shocked at the price of meat. Since I have tons of venison, I will be making more venison meatballs this winter!!
Olivia Green, I love books. I often go to flea markets just to see what old books are available. I especially enjoy old cookbooks. I have a good time trying out various recipes. Vincent Price is a favorite of mine. My guests love that every bedroom has a bookcase full of eclectic books. Now some of my visitors even bring old books to add.
Life is good here! Hope you all have a great weekend!
December 13, 2021 at 9:56 am #43599
Toe is better, I can even put muck boots on. So that is progress. Just need to keep ridged shoes/boots on a snug.
Yeah, it got warm here yesterday, sunny, I think all the snow is melted off the roof, can see grass out in the lawn and fields.
We are expected to be in the mid 50s on Thursday!
Very mild winter for us.
Courtesy of the USMC, I have been to some bloody hot places. I will take the cold over the heat. I can always add a layer, or another log to the fire.
December 11, 2021 at 4:01 pm #43521
Not a fan of the heat either.I can do without the sub-tropical climate.But the elderlies are here and they need help. So in the meantime as Daisy has often said; grow where you are planted.
December 14, 2021 at 5:35 pm #43662
Well good news is gas prices have dropped. The bad news is, more shortages. Couldnt find any half and half. Talked with a person who said she also couldnt find it. Also seeing more quantity limits; except for canned meat which I have been purchasing while I can.
December 14, 2021 at 5:44 pm #43663
Yeah a little drop in gas prices. It ain’t enough. Inflation is rocking. It’s hit or miss when shopping. I usually just got to go to multiple stores to find a particular thing.
We ain’t seeing limits. We either got it or don’t.
Still seeing record highs. 50mph winds tomorrow and fire danger outta this world. Supposed to cool down soon which means more storms most likely.
Supply line is still teeter tottering. I’m distrustful because too many could use it and an event to take advantage of folks.
December 14, 2021 at 9:03 pm #43669
Gasoline prices dropped about 5 cents a gallon here. It’s in large part due to Biden releasing some of the strategic reserve. The question is will it have any real impact or will see gas prices rise after Xmas?
Lots of limits on certain products here, if you can find the item. A friend of my be is still on airing for tires. Another friend was commenting about elective surgeries being cancelled. I am down to 5 6 months of toilet paper and 4 months of paper towels, so I am starting to look for more. All the stores here limit you to 1 pack. For Xmas Eve, I do a big dinner. I had to order the roast 3 weeks ago! I was in the store today and someone was complaining that no special cuts were available to order for Xmas! I won’t even mention the prices.
I have elderly friends that are really worried about their budgets. Heating costs are up 40% or more and are already starting to strain the budget for some. By winters end, this is really going to be hurting here in the North Country where it gets frigid.
We had a big wind storm (70+ winds) over the weekend. Lots of tree down and power outages, I lost power for a few hours, but no biggie as I had the wood stove and my emergency lights. I also used my Xmas candles.
I don’t have bid confidence in the supply chain. Fortunately, my freezer and pantry are stocked; so I can easily do 6+ months. I can’t believe that I am not trying to keep 6+ months of pantry (not my emergency stock) in America. I am now getting eggs from my neighbors. In a pinch. I can get milk. We are trading. She needed certain baking supplies. I had plenty.
I wonder how worse this get.
December 15, 2021 at 6:02 am #43682
Wow it’s amazing how different things are from place to place with the supply chain
Glad you have alternative heating and lighting
December 15, 2021 at 11:05 am #43705
We got part of that storm, Saturday night.
Lost power for about an hour.
Good on those linemen, getting wires re-ran in that storm!
December 20, 2021 at 4:28 pm #43959
Temps in the high 70s-lower 80s for this week and sunshine. Garden is doing ok, though we had a bit of wind so even my short tomato plant needed a stake. I used a 1 inch wide cohesive wrap bandage to tie it to a poll.It worked great.
The canning saga continues with a cancellation notice from the HomeDepot stating that they couldnt get them-(canner). So going with plan B and ordered a 1500 watt non-induction hot plate. The higher wattage non-induction ones are few and far between.
While perusing the thrift stores found small stainless steel pans, as well as coffee grinders.
Running short on space, so moving from paper towels to Swedish dish cloths and shammies. In this climate, we can just hang them out to dry anytime. Keeping some however for dog stuff ect.
December 20, 2021 at 9:56 pm #43977
Happy holidays to all!!
Corsaire! Welcome to the cancellation. I have experienced that several times with Lowes and Amazon. I then see the item advertised a few days later for a huge price increase. I called out Lowe’s on that cancellation. The store manager did an override and honored the original price. I love thrift stores. I have found such wonderful buys there — brand new bread maker, huge igloo camping chest, awesome books, glassware, pasta maker (new)…
Crow bar. I agree the linemen have been awesome during these storms with getting the power back. Last year during a series of storms, they were working on my road. I took them coffee and made them lunch (sandwiches). They were so appreciative, but I said you guys are the reason I have power on the upper part of the road. Also, hats off to our local road crews that keep our steep dirt roads passable. I am still using the Vincent Price cookbooks. This Xmas, I am making two Price recipes.
Today, I was working on my 2022 budget. As usual, the 2022 budget is a revision of the past year. The issue is the inflation. In June 21, I revised my 2021 budget numbers by 20% to factor in the rising prices. This month that hike didn’t keep track with the final tally for November. Like all Americans, I am finding ways to make the numbers work. Glad, I bought a bigger chest freezer and a lot extra to fill it. Much thanks to my neighbors that gave/bartered venison, etc. I am so happy for the woodstove.
As for me, this year has had it’s challenges; but life is good and I am enjoying life, despite hardships. I predict that we are all in for wild ride with 2022.
December 27, 2021 at 11:00 am #44388
Which recipes did you use from the Price cook book?
Good for you taking the linemen coffee/lunch!
December 21, 2021 at 10:26 am #43998
We had our Christmas with the family. Enjoyed my time with the family as always. Got a fan that runs off of heat instead of electricity for the fireplace. Got a keltec 2000 in 9mm. This one runs decent so far. Got a dewalt 1/2” impact which will sure come in handy
Took a doe yesterday during holiday doe season. I’ll be boning it here in bout an hour. Letting the frost fade. Enjoyed the hunt with my buddy
Supposed to be 80 day after Christmas. Bout 40 degrees higher than normal. Kinda funny we had 3 out there and I shot one. She goes down then back up and starts crisscrossing the others. He takes one that drops so I tell him secure her and I’ll track mine. I did right back to him. He says yup she’s got two holes in her. I’m like well we messed that up. Shoulda both had one. Heat of the battle thing
Hope y’all have a good Christmas and enjoy.
December 21, 2021 at 3:36 pm #44011grannyj smithParticipant
This year will be a simple Christmas with gifts of clothes, warm blankets and roast turkey.
I have a surprise for everyone here in this house for New Year’s, I purchased a Prime Rib Roast for 3.88 a pound this week at HEB and it’s hid in the freezer along with the Honey Ham that I will prepare for our New Year’s dinner, such a treat for beginning the New Year, things are so uncertain with DH health and others in the house, needs lots of prayers and help in this house.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas &Happy New Year.
December 22, 2021 at 3:36 pm #44066
DeWalt impact, sweet. Looks like a lovely New Years dinner grannyjsmith. Prayers headed your way.
Loving Life, ha I thought it may have been a scheme to increase the price. So I kept looking to see if it was in stock, but alas nope. Just as well though. It violated a rule or two of prepper supplies- A one hit wonder with a computer chip, lol.
Lines at Covid testing sites here. Got a snarky comment from one of my docs regarding why I didnt get the jab. Time for a new doc.
December 26, 2021 at 10:05 pm #44356
Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a joyous day with family or friends.
Matt, happy to hear you bagged another deer. Your freezer must be getting full. 😂
Grannyjsmith. The simplest presents are often the best. Keeping my fingers crossed for DH health and your family.
Corsaire. Your health is your choice and any physician should respect that decision.
I am continuing to expand my pantry for the near term needs. I am trying to keep 6+ months of supplies on hand. (Yes, I have the emergency supplies, but this is different). My freezers are stocked, lots of venison. I am still seeing shortages in paper towels and TP.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!
December 27, 2021 at 6:29 am #44376
Yeah the freezer is something we usually leave room for 2-3 deer but with recent events we didn’t so it got into overflow into my camper. We will be canning some soon
We are still having temps in the 70s so yesterday we built several 5×12 Hugelkuktur beds at my Nieces for our community garden. Cleaned out the horse stall and chicken coops and it all went in too.
Supposed to get some weather in on New Years. Y’all stay safe. Avoid the crowds, the drunks driving and the weather.
December 27, 2021 at 5:09 pm #44420
I have anti-anxiety meds for the dog. The fire extinguisher will be by my bedside for the fireworks. Sadly the weather will be nice, so all the drunks and pyromaniacs will be out in full force.
Alot more folks are wearing masks now, mostly the cloth ones.
December 27, 2021 at 9:05 pm #44424Olivia GreenParticipant
just watched this from the ice age farmer..
so not good…
December 27, 2021 at 9:12 pm #44425
Yeah I watched it too. Pretty bleak worldwide picture and with globalization that’s almost complete things are going to take a turn
December 27, 2021 at 9:12 pm #44426
Yeah I watched it too. Pretty bleak worldwide picture and with globalization that’s almost complete things are going to take a turn
December 30, 2021 at 11:57 am #44540
Well we are going from one extreme to the next in weather and ending it on a super cold switch. Going from 60-70s to -4 windchill.
Only got bout 72hrs of it then right back to 60s. Crazy year
We need moisture. 1/4” in 2 months ain’t good
December 30, 2021 at 12:21 pm #44544
We are in the mid 40s for the next few days.
We might see the fields clear of snow, again.
That is rare for us!
December 30, 2021 at 3:28 pm #44552
- Happy New Year.saturday
- get well soon if you got hurt.
- im fine.help empty shelves in 2 stores. fill my shelves.
- take care & safe.keebler in Richmond,va. area.
December 31, 2021 at 12:14 pm #44595
Happy New Year to you Keebler!
We decided to go out to dinner with a friend.
December 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm #44554
Looks like 80s for the rest of the week, then a drop to the upper 70s. Tomato and peppers plants are happy. Lettuce not so much.
January 3, 2022 at 8:16 am #44727
Nice little snow here in Richmond,Va. more in other parts of VA. 100’s of wrecks reported to TV station I64,I95.I295, US1 US 60. US 360,US460. driving like the roads are dry & they aren’t, 33 degrees & windy
wrecker companies will be busy.
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