July 1, 2022 at 11:05 am #53173
Howdy and welcome to July everyone!
And it has been a hot one already! Even tending to the livestock early this morning, my jeans and tee-shirt are soaked with sweat like I jumped into the brook.
In other news, my sister and BIL are coming home! The left China yesterday and should be stateside now.
Now, hope there are no more pilot shortages so the can get to my parents home.
July 1, 2022 at 12:08 pm #53176
Thats great news Crowbar.
Its freedom week in the sunshine state. More stuff tax free. July 1st through the 7th.
Gardening wise things are slow. We go into hibernation here pretty much.
Doing the ice/heat with my shoulder and ordered a brace. I picked up knee braces on clearance at a grocery store; but alas nobody stocks shoulder ones. I should add, ankle and hand to the list.
July 4, 2022 at 12:04 pm #53211
Everything’s trying to hibernate aka die off now in the plus 100s. We are cooking this week. Hoping to not pass out at the local rodeo Friday 😂
I’m making salsa and mulberry jelly today cause merica 🇺🇸
Them jars are adding up pretty quick.
July 5, 2022 at 10:34 am #53218
We just had a few days in a row, upper 70s, low 80s. My cukes and melons finally sprouted (this would of been my second planting of them)!
The one runner beans look like they took too.
But I think something ate my second planting of snow peas.
July 5, 2022 at 10:41 am #53220
Got a call last night that we might have caterpillars in the corn. Went and sevin dusted it. It ain’t bad.
Had to explain to the guy to quit using the sprinkler when I’m dusting.
July 5, 2022 at 2:16 pm #53227
I ordered another planter for the fall. Adding a City Picker to my earthboxes. Competition is getting tough on the Amazon used items. It used to be things would sit for awhile. Now its you snooze you lose.
Neighbors didnt blow up the neighborhood, which was nice; though the pup and I havent slept for a few days.
Aldis adventuridge butane stove was DOA. Apparently they are the same as the Coleman. Either way it was junk. Salvaged the cooking grate though. Coleman 1 burner propane wasnt doing much better. Had difficulty getting the hookup to the burner tight. Thats being donated to someone with more strength and fine motor skills.
Went for a high end butane stove, an Iwantani. Works great.
July 5, 2022 at 2:35 pm #53228
I was kinda looking at these planters for the place
dunno if they are good or not though
I didn’t even know there was a used Amazon section
July 5, 2022 at 3:50 pm #53233
Check Amazon warehouse, or look at the listing. On the right under the regular price. The listing can show “used and new offers”. Used like New, means it was opened, or never opened and returned. The other versions are “Very good, good and acceptable”. Price difference is variable on the product, the products color and/or condition; and it may not be worth a few dollars.
I’ve done ok, but it takes work and patience to keep looking.
Those planters; I’ve seen them, and debated, but the price point gets me. I’ve used earthboxes waaay back when, so I was ok with the purchase. City pickers are popular and the price point is good.
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July 6, 2022 at 5:06 pm #53262
July is the month I rotate my water. I did my 65gl barrels this morning.
Got a call that these big caterpillars were on the tomatoes. So sevin dusted them today
Harvested a batch of okra today too
July 7, 2022 at 5:58 pm #53295
Just got this email from Petco
Thank you for being a valued Repeat Delivery customer. We want to let you know about a recent update to our shipping policy. Due to the increasing cost of materials and the rise of freight charges, we have implemented a flat-rate shipping fee on Repeat Delivery orders under $35.
Bleh. I just added another bag of dog food.
July 7, 2022 at 6:02 pm #53296
Cant say I’m surprised though. The middle class will shut down in the current trend. That’s what I saw overseas
105 here today
harvesting the corn ready or not Sunday cause we can’t maintain. The plants are dying off regardless of water amounts
made a few more jars of salsa and dill pickles today from the garden stuff
July 9, 2022 at 8:26 am #53315
We had a front roll in and it went from 105 to 81 in an hour. Got 1/4” rain. You mighta got 2” on one side of the street and zero on the other.
Took my grandson to the rodeo.
It was full of Americans who shared the same values, put effort in their children and no one was hating their country and being a psycho killer. No rioting no mass brawls over nothing just fun. It showed heritage, skills and history. We prayed we played the National Anthem and race/gender/sexual preference wasn’t an issue cause we were all there to enjoy.
July 10, 2022 at 8:35 am #53344
Well pulled the corn this morning. It’s in sorry shape. I’m gonna weave the stalks in the fence for windbreak. Okra and tomatoes are still booming. Garlic is good.
Heats back on.
Killed a skunk 🦨.
hope y’all are doing good
July 10, 2022 at 3:16 pm #53355
July 18, 2022 at 12:16 pm #53422
After a 5 day stretch of very nice, but also very warm days of upper 70s low to mid 80s, we are having a day of a slow but steady much needed rain!
July 27, 2022 at 12:30 pm #53501
It’s been a while since I checked in. I have been very busy with other things; but I have kept up my slow and steady progress.
I didn’t get much of a garden started this year; mostly just the basics of herbs and a few veggies. I will have more enough berries to make my jams and jellies.
I thought of the Forum and everyone especially Crowbar, as I stopped off at Marshall’s and bought a whole bunch of marked down goodies. At checkout, I had a great conversation with the cashier. She was commending my buys and made a few comments about a pantry. Seems like in rural NY, many people are now starting pantries. We laughed as we both had been keeping a pantry for decades as a way of life we grew up in and maintained. As the cashier stated “it’s the rural way of life”.
I am still seeing some shortages of things. I have noticed less and less on the shelves. More and more I am seeing shrinkflation and high costs. Any else seeing shortages or anything similar?
July 29, 2022 at 9:09 am #53512
We have basically stuffed our pantry, and then added a second storage/back up pantry. I just got 50lbs of kosher salt to add to the some 20lbs I have already. 60lbs of rice. Different cooking oils. Flour. Pepper.
The “medical” closet is stuffed too. And TP!
Shortages on the shelves, yep. We have noted that pasta isle is very lean. Sometimes half and half, cream cheese, even butter are lean.
Okay, as some of you know, I like to cook. I sometimes go through my cookbooks and make up menus of things I would serve IF I owned a restaurant.
With the price of food going up, I have revisited the idea, but rather than the mussels in mustard cream sauce, or steak au poivre with a cognac cream sauce, been looking at simple or dishes made with cheap cuts of meat.
One of my French cookbooks (yeah, I have a few of those) mentioned many French dishes are really old passed down recipes of commoner or peasant food, but with a modern twist, like adding a sauce or making one from the drippings.
Same goes for some Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and other regions/countries.
Right now it is a bit too hot to be slow roasting a whole chicken or pot roast (been grilling out a lot lately). But even then I have been looking for things I could cook outside that are simple and cheap.
July 28, 2022 at 4:26 pm #53509
Good to see you again Loving Life.
Walmart prices took a major hike.Its seems that overnight, prices just jumped.
Aldi and Walmart Fruit cocktail has been out of stock for awhile. Name brands are double the price.
I’ve been rearranging and taking inventory of medical supplies. Will need a few more items.
July 29, 2022 at 10:17 am #53518
Hi to Crowbar and Corsaire!!
Wicked storm here last night, I lost power a couple times. The funny thing is I wasn’t too concerned. I asked myself why I wasn’t worried; I put it down to being comfortably prepared as to be reasonably ready to face a lot of different scenarios. I am not the flashy grasshopper; I am the prepared tortoise (slow and steady).
I am in awe of Crowbar’s pantry. Though I probably have more cooking oils and vinegars. 😂 After reading Crowbar’s salt supply, I definitely need to stock up.
It’s good to hear what is in short supply for everyone. After reading Crowbar’s post. I checked and I have several packages of butter in the freezer. Over the last year, I also stocked up on my favorite Italian pastas.
It’s strange what products are suddenly in low supply. Don’t get me started on prices! Corsaire, I agree I have been buying a lot more store and lesser known brands. Also, not as many sales on items. When sales happen, I stock up.
My biggest improvement to my pantry has been getting organized. It’s not perfect; but I know where everything is. I am pretty much stocked up on my staples for the next 6-18 months. I don’t wait until I am almost out of something.
I have my pantry partitioned off in different segments. My food, cleaning, personal supplies, etc are all good.
The only area I am really lacking is probably medical. I have always struggled with what to stock up in medical supplies. My recent inventory showed a fair number of expired medical supplies. I restocked quite a few during last Amazon sale. I have also been learning more and more about natural remedies. Corsaire, where do you buy most of your medical supplies? Crowbar, you mentioned your medical closet is stuffed. What medical items are you thinking are critical?
Crowbar, I love to cook, too! I agree that certain meat cuts are just too expensive. Have you tried doing different dishes with game meats and vegetarian? I am just finishing off my venison that I bartered for last year. I am enjoying cooking these different dishes. I am also using a lot more spices. I was recently in the Philly area and restocked all my spices from the bulk spice place. I also have been making more sauces. Using spices and sauces, you can make chicken thighs taste so yummy. Have you tried Moroccan recipes? Using my fresh herbs really helps.
Also, one of my neighbors is always giving me eggs; so I have trying different recipes focusing on eggs. I am enjoying being more creative.
The temps haven’t been so bad here. I live on top of a small mountain, so the temps are 8-10 degreees cooler than the valley.
I am already getting prepped for the winter. I need to put some more firewood up; but I definitely have enough for the winter. I have the feeling that we are in for a harsh winter and that the heating costs will be super high. Last year, I used the electric heat much more than usual. This winter. I plan to once again heat the house almost entirely by the wood stove.
August 1, 2022 at 9:57 am #53538
Hi ya Loving Life,
There is a great book called Salt: A World History, by Mark Kurlansky that really gives a perspective on the importance of salt, and how it has played out in history.
And, I make my own bacon, sausages, so I need a degree of salt on hand.
We do bulk buys of meat, so the freezers are packed full right now. The wife asked me if I was going to try for a deer this year, but as soon as she asked, she then said, “Where are we going to put it?”
In the mean time, we have pork roasts and beef roasts we can use, but not till later when it cools down. Those are more fall winter meals.
Meanwhile, we have been trying different flours that the wife’s grandmother got us for Christmas. Breads, pasta, tortillas.
The chard and beet leaves have come up enough to start using those for salads or wilt them.
The chickens and duck are giving us a lot of eggs. The wife made crab raviolis the other day.
I made hard boiled eggs. Chill the whites, dip them in corn starch, make a filling with the yokes. Fry the white till crisp, fill them with the filling and then drizzle with Asian sweet chili sauce. Makes a great app!
July 29, 2022 at 12:35 pm #53519
Oh gosh mostly Amazon and Walmart.
For bandages I stick with Curad, Band-aid and McKesson as I know they are decent.
Amazons OTC meds check out. I did some homework on who the manufacturer was and the company was legit; not some fly by night operation. Walmarts Equate is ok also.
I wont touch grocery store band aids though. I bought Winn-Dixies version and they were horrible.
I found deals at the dollar store. Curad 2×2 gauze pads for $1.25. Also by perusing the first aid aisle in the grocery stores; as I found splints on clearance. Got some rolled gauze-sealed and sterile at a thrift store.
July 31, 2022 at 11:27 am #53533
Corsaire, thanks for the advice. I stocked up on bandages at my local drugstore. They had a pretty good BOGO sale for Curad. I bought lots. 😂
For most injuries and illnesses, I have the rudimentary. What I am lacking is antibiotic treatment for utis, etc. Has anyone tried the fish antibiotics?
Beautiful weekend. I just finished most of summer house maintenance chores including staining the deck.
I also finally got my Starlink. It’s very easy to install. For those in rural areas, it provides great Internet speeds.
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