November 1, 2021 at 10:26 am #41845
It is November!
We have chances of snow in the forecast!
November 1, 2021 at 1:12 pm #41846
Whoa. It was a tad chilly this morning before dawn. Now that its afternoon, the ac has kicked in.
Snowbirds are back. Dry season has begun and we have another month before hurricane season officially ends.
November 1, 2021 at 1:31 pm #41847
Nice n cool here.
Helped my niece and husband build a hog pen/house/wallow. Trying to keep them from being on homestead rescue. We are discussing a mutual garden at their place. Even if I do I’m still doing my own.
Ordered the majority of Christmas so it’ll make it here on time. I’ve never done so till after deer season which I’m gearing up for rifle season. What little bow I got was a bust because of the 95+ days.
I’ve a feeling this is going to be an interesting month in world events. Things will happen fast when they do.
November 1, 2021 at 7:25 pm #41851BarrensHomeyParticipant
Snow flurries today. Not an 18 inch dump like we had in ‘91, but still a topic of conversation.
November 4, 2021 at 7:19 pm #41916
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Hit the local indoor range today with a friend and my son. We had it all to ourselves.
As a test ran some 40 in the 10. Even mix matched the ammo in the mag and didn’t have issues. Very noticeable difference in recoil. Like shooting 38 in a 357.</p>
Not my first choice of things to do BUT Lots of 40 round here and dang near no 10mm.
Canning potatoes tomorrow. Then cutting up some barrels for more container garden.
November 5, 2021 at 11:06 am #41925
So, back in the day, my roommates girlfriend broke her pinky toe on the bed post corner.
It was at a 45 degree angle from normal. Made me shudder.
Since then I wear “indoor” or house shoes. It has saved me on more than a few occasions from stubbing my toe.
Well, last night, took off the shoes, got into bed, turned off the light, and noticed the curtain was not fully closed (sun then would come in at 0600). So I got up to close it, on the way back stubbed my toe. Like, I am limping around on it now. Dont think I broke it, but it sure does hurt.
November 5, 2021 at 4:30 pm #41938
Hope you get better soon Crow Bar
Next two evenings its gonna be chilly, in the 50s which is unusual for November. Going the Earthbox route for container planting. These will have to be raised cause of all the critters.
Family member who is usually very calm is getting nervous about the food supply and is considering getting the freeze dried meal tubs. This is a first.
PleasantHill grain isnt too bad shipping wise, as they are shipping in stock orders placed on October 28th.
November 5, 2021 at 6:07 pm #41939
Rainy Day Foods is shipping decent too. Lots of folks are contacting us about canning and putting food up but what I’ve noticed is it fades quickly as in usually before it’s done.
I’m being very distrustful of people now
Crowbar you gotta come up with a cooler story that’s got ninjas 🥷
November 6, 2021 at 9:52 am #41943
Thank you for the well wishes!
Still hurts, but I could at least sleep.
Ninjas, and sharks with laser beams on their heads!
November 14, 2021 at 1:14 pm #42118
I haven’t checked in for quite a while. Sorry to hear about the toe issue. I have broken several over the years. The worst was trying to tape it and get my foot inside my combat boots! Lol! VAt least I had a better story than Crowbar.
I haven’t been on the forum as I was busy finishing my carriage barn (too darn expensive to be called a plain garage). I had contractors do the majority of the work, but I GCed and did some finishing work. The project was way over my budget. At least I started the project last December. Talking with a builder friend, building costs are still up and not expected to decrease any time soon. With inflation, I don’t see prices coming down at all. I also experienced shortages in the build. The good news is I finished it in late October. I am now moving items over and getting organized.
Shortages are all over the place here in Upstate NY. I didn’t order my turkey by mid October from the local grocery and was told they are all sold out! Good thing I stopped by the local ski shop as they are low on inventory, lots of items are backordered with no proposed delivery date.
I keep a pantry with items stocked for the next 6-12 months. I thought I had more paper towels. I went to the store and it was slim pickings and the price!!
What else is everyone seeing shortages on?
November 14, 2021 at 1:23 pm #42120
We’ve got a ton of Turkey at .59 a pound at Walmart. I took mom grocery shot this morning. They have moved all the middle of the aisle displays out and put it in the main shelves
November 17, 2021 at 3:42 pm #42207
This is what the main isles look like here. They taken the shelves out and moved everything to regular aisles
November 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm #42125
Good to see you Loving Life!
Yeah, I can now get muck boots on without cringing!
Seeing the same here with regards to turkeys. We are doing FriendsGiving and I think our host has a turkey already procured.
It not, Improvise! Adapt! Overcome!
And we will make a miss-mash of Italian, Mexican, Japanese, and whatever else sounds good!
November 14, 2021 at 4:51 pm #42129
We caught boneless chicken breast on sale this morning so we are canning them tonight. Hadn’t planned on it but can’t pass it up.
Did some in head country/garlic and some in chicken base.
Wife went to Branson and brought back some stuff the Amish recommended for Mylar.
November 14, 2021 at 5:28 pm #42132
Matt in Ok — Good to find sales! Not as many sales as pre-pandemic. The aisles and shelves are sparse here. The nearest Walmart is about an hour. I live rural. Although rural has it upsides as friends bagged several deer so my freezer is full!
Crowbar Another friend is bringing me a free range turkey for Thanksgiving. I am cooking the turkey and he is providing the turkey. He lives in Amish country. We are doing a similar Friendsgiving. Fortunately, I stocked up on certain Thanksgiving staples like cranberry, etc early. Still can’t believe I had to order the turkey by mid October.
I worry that the shortages are going to get worse. I am so happy for my pantry, a must do for rural living. I am definitely doing a bigger garden next year.
November 14, 2021 at 6:06 pm #42133
Shortages, not much here in South Florida; just the high prices. Bounty napkins went from $2.50 to $3.12 at Walmart. Generic brands are just trash IMHO.
We are going out for Thanksgiving. Family made reservations a month ago and the restaurant was almost booked. Its still quite warm here with the ac still running.
November 17, 2021 at 9:01 am #42199
Corsaire. Happy to hear that you aren’t experiencing many shortages in FL. Unfortunately, prices are going up everywhere.
We just had our first snowfall leaving about an inch on the ground. The house is toasty warm with the wood stove. I am a little behind as I haven’t fired up my snowblowers, yet for their winter check-up. Otherwise, I am prepared for the winter. The pantry is stocked up, except for a couple more bags of onions and garlic. Over the last I ramped and added to my pantry going from 4-6 months to 9-12 months of supplies (stocking up on sales), plus my emergency supplies (hidden).
Glad I am writing this post as I just remembered that I need to put the winter kits in the vehicles. I keep a bag of sand, salt, blankets, winter boots, extra thick socks, gloves, yaktraks, box of power bars (plus my regular kit with first aid kit, basic nav kit, life straw, fire starting kit). What does everyone else keep in their winter car kits?
November 17, 2021 at 9:26 am #42200
And a bag or two of sand
and a bag with insulated coveralls, hand warmers, gloves, face mask, merino wool socks, blanket and stocking cap. Of course the normal go bag too.
right now I’m loaded for deer camp so I’ve got everything I own either run the truck or camper. Just need a rocking chair on top 😂
November 18, 2021 at 12:08 pm #42226
Looks like I spoke too soon as far as shortages. One grocery store I went to this morning had 2 per customer limit on TP due to shortages.
I have been binge watching videos by red rose homestead. Lots of excellent info.
November 18, 2021 at 12:17 pm #42227
I feel like it’s a rolling blackout. I might have it and you might not then vise versa
I’m still hopeful in it getting lined out barring any catastrophic events
November 18, 2021 at 12:17 pm #42228
I feel like it’s a rolling blackout. I might have it and you might not then vise versa
I’m still hopeful in it getting lined out barring any catastrophic events
November 18, 2021 at 1:45 pm #42230namelusParticipant
Heard our local costco 3 hours away was striped bare as people panicked about flooding…but was preppers fault… yeah right…
Only one road left into big town and our valley still has both roads open. But the third road is closed further south after one village had huge mudslide taking out 4 lanes of road.
Seen some drone footage from local rail workers and local road maintenance people they are saying if rain stops it will take months to fix the rails and the road wilm have to be rebuilt as the whole mountainside has slipped in numerous locations.
They lost 2 tail cars full of grains into the river nut the train had to separate from the engines and both are islanded so cant move forward or back because rails are simply gone. As bad news 300 cars some which contain highly toxic chemicals are in the separated train. They are right next to river so they backed into tunnels to try and protect the train cars should weather continues. Weather for next 5 days is high chance of rai with snow…. all of this is below our part of the river living at the head water.
Its going to be a shit show as fuel dries up
November 22, 2021 at 4:59 pm #42299
Publix supermarkets quantity limits on the following:
Canned cranberry sauce
Canned pie filling
Canola and vegetable oil
Rolled breakfast sausage
Disposable plates, cups, and cutlery
Refrigerated snacks (Lunchable type items)
Aseptic type juices (Capri Sun)
Canned cat food (variety packs)
Refrigerated pet food
November 23, 2021 at 2:17 pm #42305
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November 24, 2021 at 10:02 am #42317
I am back!
Had family in town. It was a good visit.
We did FriendsGiving with the family and friends.
November 24, 2021 at 10:35 am #42322
Matt. Thanks for listing your winter kit for the vehicles. Based upon your list, I added a few things. I have a rugged SUV, so I have the winch, etc.
Corsaire. That’s quite the list of limits. I don’t think we will see these shortages go away any time soon. The supply crunch is hitting lots of items. I have a friend waiting over a month for tires.
Those limits are the canary in the coal mine giving us warning. We definitely need to plan out purchases. I keep a list of what I think I need in the next year. I had friends that made fun of my pantry, especially the year plus of toilet paper. When the shortages hit, they shut up and asked about pantry planning. I had others that chuckled about my gardening and canning. All those jars! 😂. Guess who’s laughing now as they experience shortages. A shout out to several of the ladies here that posted lots of tips on canning and reminded me to buy more canning jars and supplies.
Matt. I saw the notice about the dollar store price increase. Prices are going up. My budget doesn’t buy as much as it used to. Has anyone noticed that there are a lot less sales in the grocery stores? Also, living rural, I used to buy quite a few things online. Not only have online prices increased, but the shipping costs are very high!
A busy week so far. I finished the last of the winter prep. Good thing I did as I found one of my contractors bent the auger on my snow blower. We couldn’t fix it, so we had it taken to the local shop. Good thing I did. The shop was able to bend it back into place (blow torch etc). So happy they were able to repair as the shop told me they looked up the parts and it would be 8+ weeks for the parts!!! That would end January/early February!!! Yikes!!!
I am off to do some prep work for Thanksgiving. A Happy Thanksgiving to all!!
November 24, 2021 at 10:46 am #42324
Absolutely as far as the grocery sales. I noticed that the flyer has shrunk. I have been organizing my pantry. Got some nice storage containers through Woot. Since I have a glass top stove, so I cant use a traditional canner.I have my sights on an electric one, just waiting to see if the price will drop on Friday. May have to wait until the returns come in though, we’ll see.
November 24, 2021 at 10:58 am #42326
We’ve got a glass top stove and can. What’s up?
November 24, 2021 at 11:14 am #42327
I am posting two good links to canning on a glass top stove.
November 24, 2021 at 11:14 am #42328
Ok just asked the wife. She said it’s fine if we don’t do cold or hot starts. What we do is fill the water turn it on to like 6 then fill the jars and put them in. Then seal it and go through the normal process.
One thing I’ve learned about canning is the “cants” it seems everyone has a can’t. Ive had “master canners” tell me all kinds of things. They’ve got themselves narrowed down to like half a dozen things they can do.
Its like the argument over skinning potatoes. It just as well be the 9 vs 45 argument.
November 24, 2021 at 12:02 pm #42330
Lots of good info. Thanks.
November 25, 2021 at 10:33 am #42350
Happy ThanksGiving everyone!
November 29, 2021 at 10:54 pm #42548OldMt WomanParticipant
Hello Crow Bar, Matt, Corsaire, Loving Life and all others lurking about! Whew…..DH and I have been in a long personal siege. But when Namelus sent me a message, I thot I should check back in. 🙂
The past few months have been mostly about our aging elderlies. Yeah, it’s that time of life and ‘goodbye’ can’t be too far away. 🙁 Since I’m “old” …..our elderlies are quite ‘ancient’ yet still going. Mostly. Have needed more and more of our help and oversight. My energy is depleted so rapidly. I’ve had to focus on my own health needs….pushing the daily walking and riding horse.
There have been no end of barriers to those goals. Hmph! We even lost the dear old dog who was my walking companion. Breaking in a new dog [adult…not puppy] is challenging. Getting there with many leash/collar/body harness alterations. He’s a BUNDLE of energy but should not launch me into space. [ only did that once ]
We had BOTH vehicles go down at the same time. Our kind mechanic put our first vehicle to the front of the line when he realized he had them both. Other one was damaged by engine fire and ….that’s taking a while. Not sure if he’s having any difficulty getting auto parts??? Heard that might be a problem. Especially since this is our OLD vehicle. Told him to check other OLD parts all over the vehicle!. We think dry-rot in the fuel line caused the fire. Thankfully, I carry jugs of water which were used to quickly douse the fire. Most folks lose the whole vehicle. Thanking God that didn’t happen….my camping stuff ‘lives’ under the topper.
Anyway…being stranded at home for a couple weeks without transportation was not much problem. We did break out the dehydrated eggs, veggies, canned meat, etc. One of the first things we did when the C virus appeared early in 2020 was to stock up on OTC stuff we’d just used in a NOT-C flu that we both endured. Then we stocked other things…esp. easy comfort “sick-foods/drinks”. Ginger. Lemon. Honey. Lots of Gatorade powder for rehydration. But we also bought a ton of veggies to dehydrate: mushrooms, sweet peppers, onions…more onions….bananas, apples, etc. We’ve had reason to fall back on those supplies during this crazy time of Too Much Going On!
In our mountain high country, we’ve had some snow but our region hasn’t had too much. It sticks in shaded, forest areas but all melted in the sun. I haven’t even begun to switch over equipment in the vehicle for winter season….but it’s time! So many changes in our lives since late spring. More tough changes are probably imminent.
OldMtWoman ….great to see you all!
November 30, 2021 at 7:21 am #42571
Had something dig under my chicken tractor and take my little chicken. I got it
November 30, 2021 at 8:15 am #42572
Great to see you too OldMtWoman. We missed you! and as Matt said hopefully things will change for the better soon.
Gosh went to the dollar store yesterday for the first time in ages. Whoa lots of empty shelves and walls. Seeing more gaps in the grocery stores also. Picked up more canned meat that was on a BOGO. They still had some left, so I guess some people here arent too concerned.
November 30, 2021 at 10:59 am #42578
For a early Christmas present, parents got me new snow tires.
Made an appointment at Wally World to get them installed (bought them there too). What should of been a 35-40min job, turned into a 2 hour job.
But, walked around and Wally-World had holes in various parts of their store too.
November 30, 2021 at 11:45 am #42584
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