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  • #24612

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    Sorry a day late!
    We have been having weird internet problems here.
    Seems to be working now.

    Anyways, got about a foot of snow yesterday afternoon/last night. First real snow of the season. Temps in the 30s though.

  • #24619

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Ordered two large children’s rugs for the babies room hoping to make it not so cold on those floors and give them something soft to sit on while playing. I have done a little gift buying online this year instead of going out to the stores and the gifts I chose are things that are needed for staying warmer this Winter, so I guess that could be called preparing.

    I stocked my baking shelf at the farmhouse before Thanksgiving for everything needed for making cakes, pies, cookies and candy for Christmas so I shouldn’t have to buy anything more for baking.  I have one turkey left in the freezer and the ingredients for dressing and homemade cranberry sauce for a simple family Christmas meal  that will not cost extra.

    Hope to get down to the farmhouse this week and wrap and hide the gifts that came in before the kids find them and get the trees up so they can get decorated this weekend.  I have so many clear outdoor lights that I purchased each year on clearence and we are going to string them on the front and back porch and along the front of the farmhouse and leave them up all year to light these areas.

    I took the left over ham and put it in a large pot with some beans and will make steamed rice to go with the beans and we got an evening meal, I am surprised at how frugal I am becoming.

    Thanks

  • #24628

    namelus
    Participant

    I remember  mis behaving as a kid at Christmas and having my dad throw a present from under the tree into the roaring fire place to be turned to ashes…..  behaviour correction achieved… I still laugh at that.

  • #24630

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    Well, busted out the snowshoes, first time for the year.
    The first few times to go blaze trails in snowshoes is the hardest, unless we get one of those 2-3ft in 24hrs storms.
    Once you get a trail established, packed down, there is a big difference between the trail and going off trail. It is like walking on a sidewalk vs 8inches of mud.

  • #24650

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    I got a Christmas gift from Walmart today.  I went to get my layaway out today and it was paid off plus they gave me a little money back, enough that I was able to get the baby a nice toy for his birthday, what a blessing that was,  I was then able to use the money that was suppose to pay off the layaway and buy extra food.

    Family members think we are doing ok for I don’t tell them how difficult it is to make ends meet with the price of food being so expensive, plus diapers, baby food and formula for the baby being so expensive.  One family member told me what a hard time they were having with getting enough for their family, but I did not confide that we also have difficult times.  For that family member I will put together a food basket of baked goods and a maybe a ham or turkey for their Christmas meal with the twelve dollars I saved by using digital coupons at HEB today.

    Got the two Christmas trees up at the farmhouse but did not decorate them and the kids were complaining about the fake trees, but once we decorate them and put wreaths up that we make from a cedar on the property it will smell like there is a real tree up, it will be ok.  I explain to them Christmas is not about a tree or decorations,  it’s about Jesus.

    Thanks

     

  • #24651

    corsaire
    Participant

    Hello everyone

    Been reading the posts, praying for the sick and learning.

    Gosh, lets see, doctors appts, bloodwork, doctors appts..I have a hike in the triglycerides. Kinda hesitant about going the statin route, so I am trying diet modification and red yeast rice first.  So now its the get rid of white carbs challenge. Found some great recipes on John-Ocean Robbins group, the food revolution network.

    Ordered some essential oils on cyber monday and spices.

     

     

     

  • #24657

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Corsaire, you sound like me. Doctor appts. after Doctor appts. DH has really had a tough time of it. I have to take him to dermotoligist surgeon for a basil cell removal then it will be 3 more other doctor appts. next week. Only 20 days left till Christmas and I am no where near ready. It has been one thing behind the other this year. DH has been loosing his breath everytime he bends over, so I am having to put his shoes and socks on him. I did some research today as I have been noticing little things about him including the cronic sinus infections.  It seems he has every indication of most of the side effects from elliquis. So I am going to call his heart doctor tomorrow to talk with him about what to do. That rash on his back that we first though was from heat is from the elliquis. It is a blood thinner and has really taken a toll on him. That really explained a lot that is going on. His labs were horrible. Just hope I can get him straight and if I can’t get the tree up this year, so be it. We can still all be together for a Christmas dinner and a great time.

    My granddaughter came in for a suprise visit from Maryland today. It was so good to see her as she was not able to come for Thanksgiving. But will be here for Christmas. She got me out of house for an hour to go to fireflies and Dodson. They are gift stores. They have a lot of neat stuff in them. Fun to go look but Dodson is high priced for my blood.

    Well time to get ready for bed as we have to get up really early tomorrow to get to dermatoligist by 7:30.  It is so hard to get DH together in the mornings but we will make it in time.

    Granny Smith that was a great gift for someone to pay off your layaway. The person that does that will be truly blessed. I think he goes around and does it every year but not sure if there is more than one that does it.

  • #24705

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Well, here it is 4 days sinse I posted and seems everyone is busy these days. Whatever happened to the good old days when people didn’t have to rush here and there to get things ready for the holidays.  I know I have been very busy.

    DH had his surgery for the basal cell removed and they got a clean marker first time around. That was great news. So he is on the mend with that.  Now for the other problems.  My research into his meds revealed that it may very well be the Eliquis that is causing all his problems. He has been on it for about 8 months and is now showing every sign of the side effects. So off to his primary care to talk with him and then to the heart doctor. He can’t just come off of this, so has to be a gradual step.

    Youngest grandson is here for the night. He decided he wanted to come stay with us a bit. Daughter and I are going Christmas shopping tomorrow all day. So he will be with his granddaddy all day. I am glad of that because I don’t like leaving DH alone. So grandson knows what to do if there is a problem.

    Got 14 quarts of sweet potatoes and 8 pts of sweet potatoes canned earlier this month. Will be getting freezer emptied after the first of year.

     

  • #24710

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Christmas will be here and gone before I get to enjoy it because of this move. Things are just so busy and everyone has someplace to go or something to do instead of helping me.  The outdoor Christmas lights and decoration are not put up outside and still so much more to move.  I thought I did a good job of going through things, but after moving so many boxes and still lots to move and trying to find a place to put things in the farmhouse is very stressful and challenging, dh and kids say they need everything they have to be moved and put away.

    I guess the good news is we will be on the homestead and in the farmhouse this weekend and I am going to do everything in my power to get us back to living a simple life and raising as much of our food as possible and get back to preparing, for if I was prepared I would not be so afraid now that things will crash before I am prepared to feed and take care of my family.

    Thanks

  • #24728

    corsaire
    Participant

    While rummaging through the grocery store, I realized, grain selection was limited. Ah some wild rice, oats , Quinoa and pearl barley, and of course white rice but nothing else.

    So began my research on grains, what can I grow, ect. Also doing homework on mail order sources.

     

  • #24729

    namelus
    Participant

    Corsaire grain grow and harvest are tough without mechanical help…. be better if you have space to buy whole grain un processed wheat and sore it with a stone grinder. Stuff last for 10 years easy instorage. Have heard of Egyptian tomb grains being planted and grown after 1000 of years.

     

    For grain if you really want to grow is dependant on your soil type and temperate  zone. If you have gluten issue people look at einkorn.  To make it worth using a combine need atleast 10 acres. Drying and processing by hand is time and space consuming with many rodent issues. Some things like barley if it get mouldy can kill you from toxins and spores.

     

     

  • #24732

    Josefina Arenas
    Participant

    nameless speaks truth…storing grains in 5 gallon buckets in a hermetically sealed bag with a desiccant and having a mill is a good idea.  Farm equipment and tractor implements are VERY expensive.

  • #24733

    namelus
    Participant

    To give an idea of how much to do combining and not bog down you need a 140hp at the pto tractor take off you need a comhine  a hay cutter and baler for the straw.  Then you need a set of discs and a seeder and a sprayer  that is about $500,000 used and you better know how to wrench. If you go with smaller non 4×4 tractor you will take longer and when it comes to.combine the grain it will bog down machine so less and more wear on machines.  Adding a grain truck or dymp truck is another 20k most of us run two so you keep going and never stop tractor. This assumes you have irrigation if not add up to another 500k in gear depending on how fancy.

     

    Grain is highly abrasive it wears out the plates and knives in combine aswell as the chutes and the fill machines.

     

    I have a 1/4 acre of red rife wheat for me to take off with a scythe… was 5 days to cut heads the cut straw and stack  then take off the chaff and dry the wheat kerala. .. was 5 long days for 2 people lots of blisters and sore body. For 25 lb of grain  when done that is 20 loaves of bread…. it’s way cheaper for me to buy it and store than spend that in labour.

    https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2019/determining-seeding-rate-winter-wheat

     

     

     

     

  • #24737

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    I have grown grain without any mechanical machines.
    I used the hogs to root up the ground, spread the grain just before a rain.
    Depending on what kind of wheat it is (spring or winter), used a scythe to cut, bagged it, carried it home, let it dry. Using a clean sheet, beat it. Poured the wheat seed, chaff into a 5 gal bucket. Then using a box fan or on just a windy day, pour the grain into another bucket. The wind breeze takes the chaff away and leaves you just the grain.

  • #24742

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    We put wood in the wood stove and started a fire only to see smoke coming from the top of the stove, now dh wants to take the stove out and replace it with a propane stove.  The pipes run through the wall instead of through the roof and a man at the hardware store told dh it doesn’t matter which way the pipes run.  I think they should be changed to run up through the roof.  I explained that we need this wood stove for what happens if at some point we are unable to get propane at least with this stove we can cook and stay warm.

    Does it matter which way the pipes on a wood stove run?

    Thanks

     

  • #24757

    namelus
    Participant

    Wood runs better up but which way is prevalent wind from? If it hits side with vent it will mess up wood and propane. Wood will create stains up the side of building if side vented.

    If redoing wood.stove pipe please look at changing cheap light sheetmetal pipe with shedual 40 pipe same diameter.  You will still.need the Insulated part through roof but you won’t have to worry about chine fires as the schedual 40 won’t burn from fire place heat.

  • #24760

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Been trying my best to get things together for Christmas.  Took DH to doctor yesterday and he has 2 doctor visits tomorrow. So not getting things done as fast as I need to and here it is 11 days into Dec. I am beginning to think I am going to have some long nights. I am so tired now I m ready for bed.  Getting ready to go through a lot of the Christmas decorations to give to the grandkids as we have down sized the amount of decorating we have been doing. It is proven that as we get older and DH not being able to help, it is just to much. So a lot of the stuff is out of here real soon. Downsizing everything next year. The more I can get rid of the better off I will be. I had started already with getting rid of clothes, shoes, books, dishes, etc. that we either didn’t wear, couldn’t wear and books that we already read. I have the plastic records and a slew of cassette tapes that I am thinking about getting rid of next year as well. Looks like a yard sale is in the making for next spring.

     

  • #24921

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Took DH for his follow-up with heart doctor.  We are finally getting his cong. heart failure back under control. For the first time today after we left doctor’s office, he wanted to go with me to BJ’s wholesale club.  It was his first time out anywhere in 3 months other than to farmer’s market to cook collards for them. He walked around in there for 2 hours while I shopped for things we needed. doc. told him to now start taking the flood pills on Mon. Wed. and Fridays. So that helps with him getting to go out places. We stopped and had dinner before coming home and he even felt like helping me get everything out of car and put away. I was so glad to see him feeling like doing something again. Hoping and praying things will continue to improve for him. It has been a rough 3 months. He can even bend over to get his shoes and socks on without loosing his breath.

    I see everyone on here has also been very busy.. I haven’t finished reading all the post but am hoping and praying everyone is well. I have less than one week to get things together for Christmas, so things have been very busy for me. It’s hard to beleive that Christmas is Wed. week. It’s coming fast ready or not. I still have to get gifts wrapped. So maybe DH will feel like helping with that chore. Will get it done faster that way. Though most of it will be in gift bags. So much easier than wrapping paper. And faster as well.

  • #24928

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    Hey LittleSis,
    Glad to hear the DH is doing better and up and about.

  • #24931

    corsaire
    Participant

    YaY. Great News

    Found this website on home food preservation. Lots of good info.

    https://nchfp.uga.edu/index.html

  • #24957

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    We have been in the farmhouse since last Friday when tv and internet service was moved there and dh wouldn’t  stay in the other house without tv or internet so he moved the beds and us in.  It is difficult to keep the babies from getting into things for they want to explore every room and every thing, especially the Christmas tree since the girls did not decorate with little ones in mind.  I wish I had done the tree with stuffed toys, candy canes and gingerbread cookies so they could enjoy the tree, I will do something special for them on Valentines or Easter.

    The baby boy is having some difficult walking because his little leg and ankle turns in,  after Christmas we are going to the doctor to find out why, right now the little fellow is having some issues with asthma,  so we are keeping the heaters turned down and using a humidifier and inhaler.

    Next week the kids get out of school for break so we want to take the kids over to the next town for dinner at an old soda shop in the downtown area that looks like a scene out of the 1940’s with old buildings and store fronts decorated for Christmas.

    For Christmas Eve we are making hot cocoa and fudge to enjoy while we watch “Prancer” and “A Christmas Story” by then the kids should be ready for bed so stocking can be filled and gifts put under the tree and I can begin making Christmas dinner for all who want or need a Christmas meal.

    Thanks

  • #24964

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    Sounds like a very nice Christmas GrannyJ.

  • #24971

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    GrannyJ Smith- Enjoy your little ones; holiday time is so special. Being Frugal? Sometimes just pulling away from the city and the tv commercials and peer pressure allows us to see the simplicity of life. A big Thank You to whoever was your LayAway Elf. Hope your little baby boy’s leg issue will be a simple fix. Could be he needs special shoes. The old Soda Shoppe sounds wonderful.

    It is those who are having problems, or choosing to live simply, who can appreciate the trouble that others are having.

    I agree with Namelus about your stove. We purposefully got a wood burner for the main room so we could be independent of companies and the market. Yes, it is work to acquire and season the wood, but it is cheaper than needing to purchase propane and far more self-reliant. I would think that for a wood-burner, you want the pipe to go up. You must heat the air in the stove, then the pipe with a small fire before you lay the wood so the draft moves properly. A horizontal stove-pipe works for gas, but I just don’t know how efficient it is for a wood stove. It may be that you just need some new seals on your wood stove.

    Namelus – did you ever find out what the burnt present was? Or was it staged for the behavior modification?

    Crow Bar – I’d like to get snowshoes. We just don’t walk on our un-developed acreage and we should, summer or winter. We’d need to break a trail through the shrub first. Enjoy yours.

    Little Sister – Best wishes for the myriad of medical issues and glad to hear things are improving. It is a challenge to be a full-time nurse in addition to all the rest of the activities. My M-I-L was very grateful to get out of the house. Best wishes with downsizing. We all know it must happen, but to take that first step is a big challenge. I think you are good at those first steps.

    Corsire-best wishes on changing your lifestyle. Education is the key.

    I wish all of you have a safe Holiday Season.   And, thank you to Daisy for having this Forum.

  • #24972

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.   Happy Holidays.

    I hope your December has been warm and cozy. We have had several snowstorms here in SE MN, but nothing too large or out of normal range. We are thankful for our neighbor who plows our drive for us – a ¼ mile and in front of the garage. He said he spent $800 on tires for this BobCat so we should find a good way to pay him/them back. (He does his area of course, too.)

    They are expecting their second child before the end of the year. This will be a busy Holiday Season for them. I will bring them some of my favorite home-canned dinners to help a little bit.

    Our driveway is a challenge. We ordered something that came through UPS. The truck got stuck on the curving hill. Hubby had to get out our truck and pull the UPS truck away from the snowbank.

    Our only Granddaughter is appearing in the Nutcracker again. She has two roles this year, one is as a Russian Dancer. I am very grateful that this step-grandma is allowed to be close to her and her brother. Life does not always work out that way.

    With the five high schooler’s schedules this year, we had our family Christmas Brunch on Dec. 15. It is always good food and the step-siblings and cousins get along very well. That is good. They will need to operate in order to settle our estate when the time comes.

    We had a surprise visitor for our family Christmas Brunch. Our Vietnamese “grandson” came into town for a job interview. He has been at Columbia University in NYC for six years for a master’s in public health and to become a dentist. He graduates in May and is moving “home” to start a job. We will have our very own family dentist!

    T.T. came as an international student when he was 16, and stayed for two years of high school, then went to a local college before going on to grad school at Columbia. He and the family just clicked. We are his family now, although he goes home regularly to visit his parents and sister. His text message to me, making sure I had his phone number because we are going to pick him up from the airport, said, “This is your grandson Tuan. <3 <3 <3.” He is coming back for Christmas break, and in July will start a job about an hour from us and the rest of the family. Some “temporary” people just make themselves a home in your heart.

    For New Year this year, the Afghani “grandson” MW, and I are going to make a treat that they use to celebrate the New Year. Haft mewa is a salad with a mixture of seven fruits and nuts: pistachio, walnuts, almonds, apricots, regular and golden raisins, and Persian Olives. “Haft Mewa is given to guests and eaten with family with auspicious omens of protection and good fortune. The seven fruits represent the seven elements of life: fire, earth, air, water, plants, animals and humans.” I figure that if they are going to be part of our lives, then we should respect some of their traditions and make them ours, too.

    I have been fighting a sore-throat with saline/baking soda gargles, vinegar gargles, Elderberry “vinegar”, and tea with soothers. It hurts more some days than others, comes and goes. It is under control…I think. At least it does not bloom into a full-fledged cold.

    In January, I am going to try to change our diet. Hubby keeps saying he wants to live to 112, and then complains when his dress slacks don’t fit after eating the treats. I already make many vegetarian dishes, but am going to try and go more Vegan. The only reason I say Vegan is that I cannot handle the dairy; so a Vegan with egg diet. I’ll try Tofu, but it does not seem like something I can stock up on or Can. Well, Vegan without all of those expensive ingredients that avoid animal products. Animal rights is not the reason for this change. A diet change, and getting outside more for walks and exercise should move us in the right direction.

    I donated 16 hats, two scarves and a set of mittens to charity yesterday. My daughter told some people that I was knitting/crocheting for charity and several of her friends gave her yarn for me. I did not need any more yarn! So, I guess my hands will never be idle in the evenings when I watch tv. I am organizing the patterns, printing them, and making notes. May as well be efficient. It keeps my brain in gear, too, with the three-dimensional problems. I will not admit that it is math, too, since I don’t like math.

    It is time to open up the sewing room and work on my mending and just getting organized again. I am grateful for the TV in that room and can catch up on many recordings while I sew.

    On Monday we will travel to the “lake” for Christmas with my family, three hours away, returning on 1/2/20. My Ex-husband has invited us up for the Holidays for years, now. I think he just wants me to cook. Lol. This will be the longest we will spend at his home. Things get challenging after a few days without the ability to do our own thing and needing to think of everyone else first and I pay more attention to the grandkids and Hubby feels left out. I must make a special effort to soothe his ego and loneliness.

    Still, we get along great with Jim, and any issues I have are not with him, but with my S-I-L. We are grateful that we can spend so much time with the three grandsons, especially now since one is away at college. Jim wants to spend next Christmas together at Yellowstone Nation Park. That will be interesting. New coats and boots!

    Take care of yourselves, everyone, and have a Happy and good New Year.

  • #24976

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Doing things like that doesn’t cost much money which there never seems to be any extra money at the end of the month, but the kids will enjoy it..

    I am worried how things will go in America in the coming months for I don’t understand everything that is happening.   I read Jose’s stories on how bad things are in Venezuela and see the homelessness and hunger in this country and worry will things get as bad in America as they are in Venezuela.  Dh says when it warms up we will start getting this homestead ready for growing food and raising some animals.  I pray we can do things the way the grandfathers did on this homestead, it was a simple life, but a secure and happy life for them for they grew their food and raised their meat on this homestead.

    Thanks

     

     

  • #24977

    Littlesister
    Participant

    I want to say Merry Christmas to everyone here. And A big thank you to Daisy for all you do to keep this forum going.  Have learned quite a bit here and all thank all our members for that.

    Went to help out with the food ministry this morning. We gave out food to 45 families in need.  Lots of food went out of our pantry this time. We almost emptied the shelfs. So we have one month to get it restocked for the 3ed Thursday in Jan. Our church is small and cannot support the food ministry, so we depend on donations from our members as well as the food bank that we work under. So far it has worked for us. But food is getting more and more expensive. Just praying that God will find a way for us to keep it going.

    When I got home. I was planning a trip to Harris Teeter grocers. DH wanted to go with me again. That is a good sign as he has not been able to go anywhere and walk for 4 months. If he can keep that up, it will help him to get stronger. He wanted some strawberry ice cream and he usually doesn’t have the wants. So last time it was grapes and this time ice cream. So he is sitting in den eating his ice cream now.  The walk through the store tired him out a bit, so he will nap a bit while watching TV.

    I will be cleaning house and washing clothes the next 2 days and then on Monday I will be getting food I can prepare ahead of time started. So yes, Monday and Tuesday I will be baking and cooking. So everything will be ready on Chirstmas.  We will have about 14 people here all day Christmas. All family. So good times rolling.

    Grannyj Smith, I know what you mean about how things will go in America. I don’t think the 20/20 election will end well. And with inflation on the rise, I really have decided not to worry about it as there is nothing anyone can do to stop the train wreak. So I have decided to do a great deal more Bible reading and praying for our country and our president.  Dark days are ahead I’m afraid.  Just do what you can and keep praying for the right answers as to how to deal with it and prep for the right things to stay afloat.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

  • #25057

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Merry Christmas from Texas

    I have many cans of applesauce that was given to me about a few months back so I decided to make an Applesauce cake for Christmas and the smell of that cake baking with cinnamon and spices went all over the farmhouse, dh says it smells like Christmas. Baking the turkey, ham and dressing will really make the farmhouse smell good, I want to get as much cooking done as possible for I don’t want to spend Christmas day cooking, I don’t want to miss a second of these little ones opening their gifts Christmas morning.

    Next week begins a New Year and I am writing down the mistakes I made this year and hope to avoid them next year, number one is making due with what we have and making more simple meals in order to spend less on groceries.

    Merry Christmas

  • #25063

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Grannyj Smith,  Sounds really good. We love applesause cake. We have been busy trying to get our cooking done as well. Don’t want to be cooking Christmas day either. Spending that time with family is the most important thing.

    Want to say Merry Christmas to all from VA.

    DH I am afraid might have something more wrong with him than we think.  Doc. Called so off to docs. on Thursday for Labs and then a CT scan will be set up. This all has to do with his labs he had being way out of wack.  Just hope and pray it is nothing that can’t be taken care of with no problems.  His health is really bad and he is getting weaker. Though now that the fluid is under control he has felt better. Just have to see what else is going on now.  Getting old is not for sissies. It requires work just to stay well. Though I am getting really tired now, I just hope I can keep going for him. Been doing way to much and it’s catching up with me now.  But anyway things will work out by the grace of God and lots of prayers.

    Take care everyone and have a Very Merry and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  • #25068

    Mama cando
    Participant

    Hi all and Happy Holidays to all of my friends here. Been crazy trying to get ready for the family on Christmas. Have had some very BIG family issues we’ve been dealing with but am hoping this next year will be much better.

    I want to thank Daisy for the forum and all of you for your words of advice and comfort. Many times in the past few months it’s seemed that it was all crashing down on me and I didn’t think I would make it. You all kept my spirits up even if I didn’t post.

    Thank you my friends

  • #25075

    corsaire
    Participant

    Thank You Mama Cando

    Oh gosh LittleSister I pray that DHs health will turn around and turnaround quickly.Best to you.. Please keep us updated

    And speaking of tests, I am off again and then again. Suspicious abnormalities which nobody can quite make out. So any prayers would be great. Thanks

    Merry Christmas-Happy Holidays to all in this invaluable community. I have learned and grown a bunch

    Daisy, cheers to you!

  • #25074

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Christmas Eve…I wish all of you a most wonderful holiday season!

    I appreciate so much everyone who month after month continues to post on this forum. I love reading about your lives and learning new things from each one of you.

    A special thank you to Daisy for keeping this web site up and going. It means a great deal more to folks than you, Daisy, can probably realize.

    As LittleSister said above “getting old is not for sissies.” And, it does take effort to slow down the aging process. For me, accepting some of the physical changes that now limit what I can safely choose to do has been really hard. As one who has lived the bulk of my adult life independently with the freedom and means to do just about whatever I set my mind to do, having to accept limitations has been hard. In large measure this forum with its challenges has helped give me purpose to become better prepared for whatever life events outside my control come my way. And, as I review the steps I’ve taken, I am really pleased. There have been a few power outages recently that have given me an opportunity to identify some gaps in my emergency plans and to correct them. Recently my wi-fi router mysteriously decided to “die” overnight and I went through a brief emotional upset because none of my digital toys were working and I was not a happy person. 🙂 As an 80+ senior with lots of life experience, I didn’t allow myself to stay there long; but it made me realize how so many young people will absolutely not know what to do or how to cope if they can’t use their phones or computers or whatever they are “addicted” to.

    So as I say good-bye to 2019, I suspect 2020 will offer it’s share of new challenges. But, I have been blessed with a long and interesting life, filled with joy and my share of pain, so whatever comes I feel confident that my life experience and my deep faith will continue to carry me forward to whatever may be out there in my future.

    I pray that blessing for all of you, too! Remember, you can do it!

  • #25077

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    Howdy all!

    I hope everyone is where they want to be this holiday season.

    We are staying home and I am ok with that. I have a mild, might even be over cold. Nothing really bad, just a mild sore throat kinda stuffy, and once in awhile cough.

    Happy holidays all!

  • #25078

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    I really feel my age doing Christmas this dinner and taking care of these little ones, as dh tells me “the ole grey mare aint what she used to be”.  I also pray for all you on this forum to have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year and let the problems each of us face be resolved in a happy ending. Thank you Daisy and a Merry Christmas.

  • #25079

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Merry Christmas to All.

    We are at my Ex’s lake home for Christmas with daughter/son-in-law, their three sons, and 4 International Students.  There are five College Men now, from Viet Nam, China, Thailand, and Afghanistan, and include our college freshman, they range from 18 to 30, undergraduates and grad students.  It was amazing to watch the reunion yesterday.  TO see pictures when our GS#2, who is now 6’4″ was short and they were tall.  The first International Student and the last, the oldest and the youngest.  To watch the four of them interact, and realize the connections and memories, just made my heart swell.  Family is what you make it and I am very lucky.

    We planned a menu for the week.  Everyone is cooking at least once with an eclectic international menu.  I have three assignments and one of my G’sons will help me each day to learn how to make family favorites.

    There are major changes this year with some students moving back to home countries and others moving back to be with us.  To watch how they interact, leaving politics out of it, warms my heart to see what our future could be.

    On the home front for our country, I hope the next year is not as divisive as it seems to be shaping up to be. We need to understand what the greater good is and work toward that with open minds and hearts, working for the best for the most people.

    I hear major health issues for Little Sister’s DH.  I will pray that you find the answers and/or the acceptance.

    For those with little ones, Enjoy their wide eyes and simple joy.

    I am listening to Christmas music, watching an Asian Hot Pot being created by four heart-bonded young men, Their interactions, hugs, and teasing have me fighting tears because my heart is full.

    We are very lucky here.  May the next year be the best for all of you.Love, From Cinnamon Grammy.

     

  • #25080

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Corsair and Cinnamon Grammy.  Thank you for the prayers and thank you for everyone that is praying for DH to get better.  He has even more test and now a CT scan.  His labs are really bad and they don’t know why as of yet.

    Corsair, I am also praying that all goes well with your test as well. It is really tough when your days are nothing more than going back and forth to doctors.  It has really taken it’s toll on me this year. Though it is DH with all the doctor visits, I am the one that takes him to each doctor for his visits. Doing that plus cleaning house, helping him to cook collards at market ( which now that the end of year is near, I don’t think he will be doing that anymore. It has taken it’s toll on him as well. Right now he is getting the  srimp ready. Everyone will be here for Christmas and no one has offered to come by today nor even call to see if we needed help. So for sure this will be the last time we get it together for everyone else to enjoy as this year we are just worn out. It is fun and I we have enjoyed doing all the work. but we are going  to pass the baton to the younger generation. Maybe we all get together and make some new memories by turning things over to the younger croud.

    I wish everyone a very happy and Merry Christmas and a very happy and to better health New Year.  Take care everyone. Don’t eat to much turkey.

    Cinnamon Grammy, we have been listening to Christmas music for 2 days now. We love all the Christmas carols.

  • #25082

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Hey, again! Wonder what’s up with OldMtWoman…don’t think she has checked in yet this month….

  • #25090

    Josefina Arenas
    Participant

    Merry Christmas everyone…hope you’re staying warm, dry, and well.  Sending some good cheer your way…

  • #25091

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    Well, I hope everyone had a good Christmas!
    Little or no in-family fighting.

    Mine was good as I got a number of quality hand tools, a few kitchen appliances, and, of course, more cook books.

  • #25136

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Hi everyone.  Yeah, Muffy.  [wave]  Seems like I have not been here for Dec.  So without having a chance to even read all the posts above….yet….I decided to say HI.  Didn’t know it had been so long.

    This season has been rough.  Lot of sad things as our elderlies are now even MORE elderly.  It’s messed up a lot of things this year.  DH and I are also aging of course.  So we’re downsizing as I mentioned elsewhere.  Not a major move…yet.  But some day we’ll move closer to our next generations.  In preparation of that and to relieve some day to day burdens, we’ve eliminated some daily chores …and expenses.  Part of me hates that…taking apart our preferred lifestyle.    More of me is practical and very relieved.  Especially since we’ve had snow …snow….snow….snow….snow….  Rain would be nice….one does not have to SHOVEL rain!  Hpmh!

    DH and I have both had medical issues….great motivation for all this downsizing.  I merely slipped on unseen ice and jammed my hand into the frozen ground.  [I know how to fall better than THAT!]  Then further strained the wrist by shoveling.  Minor, but the thing is STILL weak and fussy.

    DH will be having surgery in January [hopefully].  It will take him out of our fragile equation for weeks.  He does the ‘heavy lifting’ in our lives.  Not real sure how we’ll get around all of that with merely me….cuz I have annoying but undeniable disabilities.  Another reason for our ‘downsizing’.  Less daily chores/responsibilities.  We’ll figure it out as it comes.  I expect my wrist to be back and ready for full-time responsibility by that time!!!  Hmph!  ‘Course that means no more falling.  DH currently hold our record…. SIX falls in a row while merely trying to walk up our steep driveway!  Insanely slippery that morning!  He didn’t get hurt tho.  So much deep snow to land on…LOL.

    So…that’s where I’ve been….trying to survive life even before any major stuff hits fan.  The normal minor stuff piling up has been enough.  So very glad I have the assurance of preps already in place.  And experience using them.  If we ever lose power with these incessant SNOW storms in our high country, we’ll be scrambling to keep warm but …yeah, I know where all the emergency heating stuff is.

    Going to go back and read all your posts…catch up on how you all have been surviving and prepping and having good family times this December.

    OLDMtWoman

  • #25158

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Friday and Saturday were spent in the emergency room with the babies, one has RSV, the other flu,  we have not had time or made time to get our flu shots, so praying we or the other kids don’t get it.  I am just so tired and unorganized here lately with moving, Christmas and taking care of these two little ones.

    I am going to make time to start a page for each month of the year and write down what I need to do for that month, whether for preparing or whatever else and stick with it. I did manage to get the January budget made out and of course we are in the red again,  I was just hoping in the New Year I could get the budget where there was a little left over each month.  There is a little good news and that is some of the shelves in the pantry are stocked with food and have extra baking things to bake with

    Happy New Year to all you.

  • #25166

    namelus
    Participant

    @Grannyjsmith would not be so fast with vaccines,  would suggest some reading at cdc website on effacacy , contents and how many get injured by vaccines look up pre and post big pharma protection act 1986. Pre is around 1300 cases  from 1987 to present its over 600,000

     

     

  • #25174

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Glad to see OldMtWoman is still around! (wave) Life can be challenging and as the years pass we must figure out how to change/adjust to new circumstances. The younger ones are watching how we do this, so that keeps me motivated to demonstrate a positive, grateful attitude for them to someday emulate as they age.

    Wishing all of you the very best as we move forward into a new decade! Sounds like Daisy is coming up with some new ideas to keep us focused and challenged. Happy New Year, ya’ll!!!

  • #25178

    Littlesister
    Participant

    OldMtwoman, praying that all goes well with your DH’s surgery. Seems we are all having some sort of issues these days. Getting old sucks.  Tired of going to all these doctors and it is not over. Those are just for DH. He is in cong. heart failure. All we can do is keep him comfortable and try our best to keep the fluid off. That is not easy to do. But working on it. His water is limited to 1 quart a day. This includes coffee, tea as well. No salt what so ever though he will get some that is natural in foods. But that is it. His salt intake after his stroke was no more that 2000 miligrams per day. That was easy. Not it is no more than 50 to 100 miligrams per day. That is the hard part.

    So today was 78* outside. We broke the record of 74*. So I took advantage and cleaned out the sheds, repacked the Christmas decorations I had taken down and got them in the shed. Moved the extra hot water tank from my shed to the garden shed to make room for things we need for prepping and found all kinds of stuff for prepping I had forgotten about.  Got the clothes washed, dryed but still need to get them put away. Still need to get the Christmas tree down and put away. Will work on that tomorrow.

    Though it has been a rough 4 or 5 months we really had a great Christmas. And yes I passed the batton to my daughter, who will be doing all the cooking, etc. next year. Told them all we will not be doing all this any longer as it has been way to hard on us this year. Of course my step daughter was not happy but she will get over it. She can come to my house and I will offer her something to drink and whatever I have at the time to eat but no meals. We are going to enjoy next Christmas after 35 plus years of cooking, cleaning and decorating just to have to clean it all up and then take all the decorations down. Gee I am getting to old for all that. We are in dire need of a break. Going to daughter’s house next year will be so much better for us.

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and soon to be a happy new year. Lots of challanges if I can get the time to do some of them.

    Getting tired so going to go take shower and get ready for bed.  Later everyone. Night.

     

  • #25207

    Mama cando
    Participant

    So sorry to hear about your DH,  little sister, am praying for you both. We host Christmas and had family over. Son 1,DIL1 and grand baby, oops she’s a toddler now LOL came expecting snow but we had GA weather and no snow, it came yesterday. Little one was so bummed . She told us she brought her boots and snow pants to play in the snow.:(. She soon rallied when Son2’s kids came and she could play with them.We’re doing ok but DH has a cold so he couldn’t get his Spinal treatment (Remicade) so he’s going to be moving slowly for the next few weeks. He has Anklyospinosis of the spine along with the arthritis. Me , I’m just plugging along, trying to get myself motivated. Hopefully the seed catalogues will be here soon and we can start plotting out the garden for the Spring. Am praying we will have better weather this Spring and can actually get to growing things.

    OOH did get a Cast Iron dutch oven for Christmas and can’t wait to put it to use. Family tradition is we don’t take down decorations or use Christmas gifts till after the Feast of the Epiphany except for books. My great grandmother, grandparents and parents always insisted we read our books during Christmas vacation.Kept us “busy” and out of our parents hair.Took me a few years(as an adult) to realize that’s why we never were “bored” during the Christmas vacation like our friends were, LOL.

    My wish for all of us in 2020 is good health , happiness and good fortune. God bless all

  • #25256

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Hey, CrowBar!  Do we have a January page?

    Thanks.

    Cinnamon Grammy

  • #25258

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All and Happy New Year.

    We had a nice time visiting with my family for the week.  Hubby does get bored, but he had a good book along to learn more about Ham Radio.  It is the noise that really bothers him.  In a lake house with a two story living room, wood on the ceiling, and 7 crazy teenage boys playing video games, etc. upstairs, the house was very noisy.

    I have always been impressed with my grandsons over the fact that if you ask them what they would like for a gift – they honestly say, “I don’t know.” They are not given a lot of things, nor are they deprived.  They just are not greedy.  They have more expertiences than things. One gift was a new Game – for the one that really likes board games.  Not cheap, but just one item. The other thing that happened was they, as a group, rebuilt a computer; specifically for gaming. My SIL is a programmer,and he guided them to assemble it from parts.  Cool thing to do with their dad and a nice memory.

    That said, the student from China wanted to learn how to crochet a scarf. I had started a hat and he picked the same color, even adding a stripe.  He had about 18 inches done in one day, double crochet with a large hook.  He left on the 26th and I gave him enough yarn to finish it, plus the matching hat.  Cool.

    It was great to have four of the international students there for most of the week.  The first one will be returning to MN after he graduates from Dental College.  The four of them were calling each other “brother” and all seven get along great. We are very blessed.

    That said, I enjoyed cooking with the group; even had a couple of the boys volunteer to help when they were not scheduled.  We had international dishes made by the Exchange Students and old family favorites that my grandsons helped with.  They mostly made their own mini-omelets for breakfast.

    I payed attention to a few things, but do not know the accurate count.  We must have gone through 8 dozen eggs for 11 people. Clearly, the eggs are a cheap protein, but they all added onion, peppers, mushrooms, garlic to give it flavor – and those are not so cheap or easily obtainable in the winter.  So – dried or frozen; perhaps drying is something for me to look in to this winter with my frozen peppers, and make dried onions, mushrooms, etc.  That will be a new skill.

    Then, there was the toilet paper.  We had plenty, but I was surprised at how quickly it went. How do you store TP in a house where the mice enjoy too much freedom? It just does not freeze-dry or compact very well.

    I have started looking into my freezer to see what I can cook and/or can so the freezers are empty soon.  This will be a big project.  I like to store things and not throw things.

    It is nice to be home where it is quiet, and warm, and we are in control.  But, no more procrastinating.  Time for projects.

    Happy New Year to all of you.  May your health hold and we have peace in this land.

  • #25259

    namelus
    Participant

    Peppermint the toilet paper storage area to keep mice out or use the tablet cloth add water and wipe. Do not mint the actual toilet paper…..it cooling mint effect is not some area you do not want minty fresh from bathroom

    https://us.portawipes.com/

     

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