May 1, 2021 at 8:03 am #36335
Welcome to May everyone!
Yep, woke up this morning to snow. Maybe a quarter of an inch.
May 1, 2021 at 3:09 pm #36350grannyj smithParticipant
Ours is heavy rain for today through Sunday with more severe weather coming in Tuesday, but at least it’s warm.
DH went to the hardware store this morning and his friend he went to high school with owns the store, so he gave as a discount on fencing for the chicken shed.
Need a few more posts, studs and siding for the chicken pen and it’s hard to stay on a set budget with building supplies being so expensive.
DH is trying to fix the weather radio after storms hit Thursday night and I think that lighting fried the radio, never seen lighting and storms that were that intense and pray we can get a break from all this bad weather.
They are stating more price increases on groceries and shortages of chicken and gasoline here over the next few months, so have you’ll heard any statements about price increases or shortages.
Crow Bar enjoy that snow and maybe save some to send us around August and September when heat and humidity gets unbearable here in Texas.
May 2, 2021 at 8:27 am #36361
Well, it warmed up by mid day, so most of the snow was gone by then.
We got more rain in the forecast for the next few days. Warmer too.
Yeah seeing more and more about food inflation in different areas. Got a article to post now.
May 2, 2021 at 10:06 am #36363corsaireParticipant
Gasoline prices here have dropped. Thinning shelves with bottled water and rice.
May 3, 2021 at 12:36 pm #36375grannyj smithParticipant
Last week when I went out for food only to find everything that needed freezing or refrigeration was thrown out by the store and today at Walmart it was the same, so no shopping for food today. These storms are playing havoc on the electric here in our small town and causing so much food loss in the stores.
I was checking out the few items I purchased at Walmart today and the checker told me about antibacterial wet wipes that were marked down to ten cents a package, so I got two dozen packages.
DH & I decided we are going to use an ice cooler for keeping food instead of moving one refrigerator and freezer until that house is cleaned and bug free, grocery stores are only minutes away so I think we will be ok for a bit.
May 5, 2021 at 11:36 pm #36426Olivia GreenParticipant
I found this on lewrockwell this evening.
i’ve not signed up as of now.
will do lots of research first before deciding.
i do like the idea.
May 6, 2021 at 9:22 am #36441
That was interesting.
May 6, 2021 at 10:14 am #36446Josefina ArenasParticipant
Yes, an interesting read. I do like the suggestion of asking someone who agrees with you how to get ahold of them and quietly, steadily building a group that is of the same mind.
I haven’t gotten the vaccine and don’t intend to, but my employer will put the pressure on. Those that get the vaccine receive $250 into their health accounts, receive a lanyard that says “I’m vaccinated” which is worn all the time. Those who aren’t vaccinated must continue to wear masks at all times, inside and out, and submit to serial COVID testing. I feel like I’ll be wearing a blue star on my sleeve.
May 10, 2021 at 9:00 am #36546
Tried to start the riding lawn mower the other day.
Even with a jump, it would not catch.
We bought it used, so it was already 5 years old, and we put another 6 years on it.
We debated about taking it in to see if it could be fixed.
But as we talked about it, get another year out of the old mower, what would next year look like? Both in terms of price and availability? Watching the price of dang near everything going up, some things going scarce, as much as I did not really want to do it, I think it was prudent to get a new mower.
So we did.
May 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm #36659WhiskeyParticipant
Here’s some good news for you: my wife and I have finally moved into our new home in northwestern VA, which is worlds away from our old place just outside of DC (a mere 90 minutes away). The people are great (much more private, self-reliant, and generally friendly although skeptical of new folks from the city), and we finally have space, both inside the house and out. The commute isn’t great, and the internet is a bit slow, but it’s 100% worth it.
Our garden is growing (but still needs a lot of work), the trail cam is up (never too early to prepare for archery season– lots of deer and turkey so far), and the neighbors (who live far enough away to be better measured in miles than feet) are constantly reminding me that I don’t have enough ammo… I’m really not sure how they can afford to shoot so much.
It’s great to finally be in a place where I can do the things I never had space for, or that local regulations or the HOA prohibited. Rain barrels are going in this weekend, food stores are continuing to grow, and the workshop is starting to come together. I may even spare a few rounds on target practice in the woods this weekend– no better way I can think of to make it feel like home.
May 14, 2021 at 8:46 am #36664
Dont suppose you are familiar with the Wegmans in Fairfax?
I used to live in the apartment complex about two blocks from it.
We used to go out to the Shenandoah National Park to hike, so I got a general idea of what your new place is like.
Congrats and good for you!
May 14, 2021 at 1:39 pm #36675WhiskeyParticipant
May 14, 2021 at 1:21 am #36660namelusParticipant
Crowbar did you get a push mower…. with gas the way it is a riding lawn mower might be a expensive lawn ornament
Just added more fuel storage capacity
May 14, 2021 at 8:47 am #36665
I got no say on the lawn and the grounds around the house. That is all the wife.
She tried a push mower. Took her nearly 4 hours to mow the lawn. That lasted about a year.
Then the neighbor had the used riding lawn mower for sale.
May 14, 2021 at 9:38 pm #36679LittlesisterParticipant
It has been 4 months today since Dh passed. It has been hard but am doing better. Good days and bad days. Been going through the house trying to down size and get rid of a lot of stuff. My granddaughter and daughter will be helping me with a yard sale this fall.
I do have one issue that I am not sure how to deal with. I have a neighbor that I don’t really know other than to say hello as he walks the neighborhood. He is married and his wife won’t speak to many neighbors around here. I have said hello to her a few times and she just turns her nose up and moves on. Now she doesn’t walk down this street nor walks with her husband much. My issue is that when I was going through my garden shed and cleaning it out, here he comes, walks into the shed and looks around at everything then remarks at how much bigger my shed is than his, and continued to check out things in shed. My DD and SIL had already taken the tiller, lawn mower and other things I knew I would not be able to use. But my electric tiller was in the shed as well as a few other things and all the garden tools. When he finally left, I finished up in there and locked up. This morning I was outside watering the garden and he came up and said he was bringing me some barbeque this afternoon that he had 2 Boston butts cooking. Well he drove up in his truck in my driveway this afternoon, but I didn’t see him drive up. Saw him walk past the patio door and across the yard. He walked all the way around the house to the front door checking out the back yard on the way around. He gave me the barbeque and then asked how many bedrooms I had and was able to see the fireplace from the front door and said yeah you have a fire place to.
Not sure what he is up to and why he would ask how many bedrooms I have. I know they have people that if you see something to report it. Not sure about this guy. Don’t even know his name and I wouldn’t let him in house. A couple of years ago he started taking my trashcans in. Was a while before I found out it was him. DH was still alive and could walk outside then. He only did it a few times and then stopped taking the cans back to house after the trash was picked up.
What would you think about someone that is asking questions about house and snooping when you are trying to clean out sheds. I am a bit afraid to clean out the other shed because of this guy. I am on a corner lot so no privacy.
I would like to think he means well, but someone did tell him my Dh passed away and now I can’t seem to go outside without him showing up. So I feel now I have to be very careful when the sheds and garage door is open. I have things in the one shed that I don’t want anyone to know I have. My kids know but that is all and it is for emergency purposes. So I will not clean that one out right now. Have all my canning jar supplies and much more in there but also have things I need to go through for yard sale in fall.
What would you all think of someone coming up to you like this and asking things about how many bedrooms you have and noticing your fireplace, and checking out what is in garden shed while you are trying to clean it out. It could be nothing, but when does a neighbor ask about your bedrooms, etc. He has never helped with the trashcans the whole time DH was bedridden. And he saw me taking trash out and bringing cans back in during that time.
May 14, 2021 at 11:42 pm #36681Olivia GreenParticipant
what a hard one.
if he would turn out to be a good neighbor OR
just a pest OR
an actual threat.
maybe telling him you’re still a bit rocky and want time to re-configure your life.
and at times it’s hard to carry on a polite conversation..
me, i’m not so social and would probably say ‘this time next year’ hah
May 17, 2021 at 7:55 am #36723
Well, the livestock are out of the barn and in the fields.
May 20, 2021 at 2:30 pm #37422Cinnamon GrammyParticipant
I am still around. The new computer does not have good word processing so I forget to type out a reply and letter to you all. Of course, it is my fault. I keep putting it off and that is NOT a good Prepper habit.
We are all well and happy. I can see signs of Sundowner Syndrome in my Hubby as he gets more confused in the evening. There are occasions of confusion and his brain is not as agile as it used to be. At 82, he is allowed to sputter a bit, but I need to be more patient with it.
Every year we expand and improve the vegetable garden. We do need a mechanical rototiller, though, because these old muscles get tired quickly. I pulled an arm muscle that kept me from working it for a while. I bought two grow lamps and had success with starting our tomatoes! Finally! They are into larger pots and doing well; they will be in the ground soon. The pepper seeds did not sprout well, though. Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, and Broccoli did well. I am trying some new companion planting this year. I put broccoli in-between two rows of potatoes. Plus, leeks between two rows of broccoli. I like companion planting because it gives me more produce for the same space. I have not grown leeks before so this will be interesting. Will try three sisters with the squash bed, too.
This is No Meat May. This is a British organization and FB group I think. I keep trying to find Vegan/Vegetarian meals for us. I am looking for a sustainable meal plan that does not include a lot of meat in case we cannot obtain it. Plus, I just cannot handle dairy. I am learning to just make more interesting dishes, from the Middle East area especially, with beans and lentils. They are easy to store along with a variety of spices. Where people have problems is trying to make their “meat” recipes into vegan instead of just accepting completely new meals. Fortunately, Hubby will eat anything I put in front of him.
We have one grandchild graduating from high school this year. He did all of his coursework online and the graduation will be virtual. Our granddaughter’s ballet class did manage a recital. They split their school into multiple age and ability levels and had multiple performances with spacing in the theater. That was nice.
We do live in interesting times. I am grateful for the internet for it’s memory cache for all of the things I need to learn. With a bit of research I can get gardening and cooking help plus stay in touch with family and friends.
The last year was not really much different from the year before for us since we are retired and live in the country. I hope you all have had a good year.
May 20, 2021 at 6:55 pm #37428corsaireParticipant
Its beginning to look alot like hurricane season…oh noes \O/…
The forecast says a greater than average storm season. Tax free holiday starts next week. Need to get more paper goods, and sterno. Pretty set on food, except for comfort items. Got the Sam splint as suggested. And of course signed up for End Game. I am familiar with Patrick Gentempo, and he puts out some wonderful docuseries’s
Gas prices and supply is steady here.
May 20, 2021 at 7:29 pm #37429LittlesisterParticipant
Glad to see both Cinnamon Grammy & Corsaire. Been a long time. I have just gotten back on here myself after a long while. Doing better but still have some rough days. Time will take it’s course.
Our tax free days are May 25th to the 31st for disaster preparedness. And August 7-9 for both school, And then Oct. for energy savings sales. All tax free.
Olivia Green, I found out that neighbor was looking to see if I would give him anything. Tools, yard stuff and such. Seems also that since Dh passed away, they think my house will just go up for sale and I will give everything away. Seems I am not the only widow they have tried this on. Don’t think he will pester me anymore.
I have been downsizing the whole house. Getting things packed up for a yard sale this fall. The kids are coming back into town to get that wrap around desk, double bed and the monster air compressor. And some other things they can use that I no longer need. That will open my house up enough that I can get things put in a way to make it easier for me to keep it all clean. My front bedroom was a multi use room. Office, sewing room, craft room and anything else you could think of. I am turning it back into a guest bedroom as the kids all stay here when they come into town. Not sure how I will set up the smallest bedroom yet. No plan for that yet.
Need to get the den couch and recliner out of den later and buy some new furniture that is comfortable for me to sit on. Since I had my neck surgery a few years ago, this recliner style couch is no longer comfortable for me. I am not suppose to be using anything that is a recliner, but these are electric, so not pushing back with my neck. And Dh was putting so much weight on the chair it broke. So that is just a give away. Kids are coming back in a month from today to take me furniture shopping and to buy 2 new mattress and boxspring sets. Once I get all that done I am going to take out a home equity line of credit for the work on house that needs to be done. Jack up the dinning room floor and both bedrooms for added support. And the fire place is in dire need of work. Also calling an electrician to replace some outside lights, and put a couple of outside outlets and some inside outlets inside that I need. Need to replace both the storm doors as well as they have some major issues as well. I will be busy, but everything I do to house hopefully if I do sell to move closer to the kids in a couple of years, it will all help the sale of the house.
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