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  • #24060

    Crow Bar

    Well, they updated the High Wind Warning: 20-30mph, with 55mph gusts. Wind chill says 32, and it was sleeting here.
    Going to go and bring in the goats shortly.

  • #24069


    You beat me to it!  This whole time zone thing, man.

    I did an exercise today that I like to do when I’m in a new city to learn to navigate my way around. For the first few days, I identify landmarks that I can correlate with how to get back to my rental from.  Then I start going further afield. Today I walked about 2-2.5 miles using the map on my phone to get to where I was going. Lots of winding roads and missed turns made it nice and confusing.

    Then I turned data off and tried to get back to my apartment. Well, I clearly took at least one wrong turn and I was JUST about to give up and call an Uber (they find you by GPS) when I saw what I thought was a familiar landmark. I walked a little further down the road and boom! It was a landmark. I was about a mile and a half from the apartment still but made it back with no further concerns.

    This is something I recommend doing even if you aren’t traveling outside the country. Go to an area you’re not familiar with and start learning to navigate on foot using landmarks and maybe a compass if you carry one. But no maps, no Garmin.

    It’s really important to be able to get your bearings quickly during an emergency whether you’re at home or not. Everyone always comments on my sense of direction but the trick is the landmarks. Some examples might be: a cute shop, a dog park, a playground, a movie theater (that’s what cued me today), a body of water, etc, etc.  Remember WHAT SIDE of you that landmark is on when you’re headed home and you’re halfway there.

  • #24072


    Daisy that is a good idea. Something we all need to learn to do. But without phones and using only a map of the area. As one day we may not be able to rely on our cell phones. Need to learn how to mark trees and leave clues as to where we have been in order to find our way back.  Getting our barings as to where we are is a great thing to know, but after dark it will be harder to get those barings as things seem different in the dark. Lots to learn on this.

    DH was not feeling well last night as his swelling got the best of him and he had trouble breathing.  Doing much better today. We just take it a day at a time.

    We had 0

    60 to 70 mile an hour winds last night and lost power for 2 hours. Though the generator kicked in which was good. The rain was blowing sideways. Haven’t seen that in a long time. We only got  6 tenths of an inch of rain though. Now the cold weather is getting ready to kick in with a possible frost tonight or tomorrow night.

    Got to remember to fall back tomorrow night. Wish they would leave the time alone. I do better with things like they are now.

    My neck has been bothering me now for past few months and seems to be getting worse as now it is effecting my right shoulder. I have a plate and godiva bone from C4 to C7.  Thinking I am starting to have some issues again. So might have to make appt. with the neurogist.

    Driveway is done and paid for, so now I can move on to finish all these other projects that need to get done. Got to get kitchen cabnets cleaned out. So that is on the agenda for tomorrow.

  • #24079

    Crow Bar

    I did the same whenever I moved to a new city.
    I had a part time job in the French Quarter, New Orleans. I walked around and learned all the streets and major landmarks or restaurants. Got a lot of tourists who would ask for directions to somewhere.

    Now that I live in rural area, I bicycle around the area. Be amazed at what you see from a bicycle but miss in a car.

  • #24085


    switched out the summer and winter clothes today and went through anything we had not worn last winter to go to good will. Really didn’t have much this time as I had gone through most of the clothes a while back.  Bought some canned veggies for .27 a can. They had a limit of 15, so DH went with me and used his card so was able to each get 15 cans. We walked away with 30 cans of peas, corn and greenbeans. I can use them in soups and stews.  Got sheets and blankets washed today and remade bed. Had to pull out a heaver blanket for DH as he gets cold easier these days.  Had to go to pharm to pick up precriptions and of course it is in a Harris Teeter store. So picked up a few sale items for my back ups. I have a bad feeling we are heading for a food shortage within the next one or two years. Still seeing less and less can goods in stores as now they are just spreading them out and not taking them all the way to back of shelfing. Been seeing this now for a couple of months. Also some things that I buy some stores are no longer carrying. Not sure whats up with that yet. Still need to order my hard red wheat.  Just haven’t gotten around to it. Need to make sure the sale is still on. otherwise will wait till it goes on sale next time.

    Got all the clocks moved back an hour. I hate when we fall back. I do better on the time we have now. Wish they would leave the time alone.


  • #24086

    grannyj smith

    I went grocery shopping today and now have three turkeys in the freezer and may pick up a few more for turkeys goes a long way in feeding a hungry crowd and at sixty four cents a pound it’s hard to beat that price.  I went to HEB to get the organic chickens that I needed for some making meals this week and they were out, but I found extracts marked half price,  so I picked up an extra bottle of coconut and lemon extract.

    Then on to Walmart for a few things and found many shelves at Walmart empty along with most frozen foods, worries me,  don’t know if it’s an increase in population in town, bad management or if Walmart is having problems finding enough food to restock with.


  • #24087

    Red Carnation



    I went grocery shopping yesterday.  One product I was planning to purchase, there were only 4 in stock.  At another store, two products I purchase regularly were out of stock indefinitely.  One was rice.  😲



    Today was a great day to bundle up and walk outside.  I cooked a few foods for next week.

  • #24096


    Hi, y’all…a new month and this year is almost over! We’ve had our first frost here in West TN. Still too much rain for my likes but the sun is shining today and I am glad! My last crop of lettuce and turnips have not done well so that’s a disappointment; but I still hope to get green leafy thing growing in my shed under grow lights as I did last winter.

    Right now I sure could use some prayers from this group of friends. Seems I’ve been battling a kidney infection that just won’t go away the past couple of months. I try taking the antibiotics the Doctor prescribes but the side effects are awful. A tsp or so of apple cider vinegar seems to give me some relief. Of course, I know my health is so much better than so many at my age I’m always a bit reluctant to even mention these rough patches.

    #Two son called last night and wants me to move into town to be closer to them. I sure don’t want to do that just now. He promises that he and his “peeps” and my granddaughters will do absolutely everything for me….Ha….I know how that will go. And, I just don’t want to do that. Living out in the county is challenging. But I really like my little house. I have it all set up just as I like it. Still, as the years pass on, we become the “elderlies” as OldMtWoman reminds us. I’m so pleased I’ve been given this long and interesting life and I would like to hang around to see what paths my grandchildren choose to follow for their lives.

    Anyhow, add me to your prayer list so I’ll have the wisdom to know what the right thing to do is.

  • #24113

    Mama cando

    Prayers going out Muffy. I hope it clears up soon and you’re off the antibiotics and back to your spunky self.. Had to laugh though, your son 2 sounds like our Son1. Ever since I finally retired, they want us to move down by them (GA). Ain’t gonna happen (at least right now). I can’t take the humidity (the bugs, the traffic) down there.Besides Son 2 has promised to take care of us, in the style we unaccustomed to, LOL

    Please take care

  • #24125

    grannyj smith

    No storms, but yet we had a power outage this morning and I was really scared because I have three turkeys in the freezer and can’t afford to loose them, finally after an hour it came back on.  I really need to be more prepared for power outages, when the power goes out my sense of well being goes out also. I start thinking what could or would I do if the power didn’t come back on for weeks or months.


  • #24126

    Crow Bar

    I hear ya Granny.
    We are now getting into that part of the year, power goes out, we can put the freezer stuff on the back deck.
    Low of 21 in the forecast for this Friday.

    AND, the new furnace is here . . . but the HAVC to hook it all up is NOT! Cannot get the guys who we bought the furnace from to return our calls. And the furnace was dropped off back on OCT 15th.

  • #24137

    Josefina Arenas

    Praying for you Muffy…kidney infections are hard to shake.   I understand why you don’t want to move.

    My Father had a hip replacement two weeks ago.  While we got my folks stocked up with food and provided my Mother, who has dementia, transportation to places she needed to go, we didn’t anticipate her complete inability to help care for my Dad.  Fortunately, we were able to get some 24×7 care during weekdays since we all work full time and then some.  It’s been a 2 week crisis, but I think we’ve turned the corner.


  • #24138


    Muffy, praying for your infection to get better. I know kidney infections can be bad. Are you drainking cranberry juice. They say it helps. Though trying to drink plenty of water to help flush out the kidneys should help as well.

    Josefina, Taking care of the elderly parents can be a challange.  I was having to travel back and forth to another city 4 hours away to help with my mother and then my older sister when she was rushed to Charlettesville hosp. when Lynchburg hosp. couldn’t do anything for her. She had rectal cancer and refused to have anything done about it. She passed on a year later. Mom passed in 1995.  Having parents closer to you is so much easier, but sometimes that is not the case. Now it seems DH and I both are getting up in age and DH is in need of my help. But at least most of the kids live within 15 mins. of us if we need them. Hope it doesn’t come to that. But you never know.

    But on a lighter note, I am still working on getting the kitchen cabnets cleaned out. Has taken me a long time as tomorrow will be 3 days working on them. Used to be able to do it in one day. Funny what old age can do. Been working on the food storage to make sure all the older foods are in kitchen to get used up first. DH had awhile back grabbed some canned chicken and other things without looking at dates even though I marked them on front of cans. So was moving some things to the back closet and bringing out the ones that was older. So got all that straight now. He needs to keep an eye on the dates and not just grab stuff from back room.

  • #24155

    Crow Bar

    @Josefina, glad to hear the corner has been turned.

    In heating news, next Tuesday the HVAC will be installed.
    All we have to do is get through the next week of low 20s and now I am seeing 19 degrees for a low on Friday. And we can usually take a few degrees off that as the weather station reporting that forecast is a good 600ft lower elevation. A 5 degree difference is more the norm. We have our own mico-climate here.

  • #24178


    Hello everyone

    Been lurking quite a bit, but not posting

    The rainy season was supposed to end in October, but its been raining constantly, so not much yard work. More first aid supplies were put to the test and trashed. Sorry, walmart and store brand band-aids dont cut it. Just a minor cut, but it was enough to determine the quality.

    Gosh prices of everything went up. The deals at the grocery stores are no longer deals. Taxes, insurance went up considerably. Looks like I’ll be munching on my preps to keep costs down. But thats what preps are for.

    Its been hot here and I am really looking forward to moving to a cooler climate. ( Was in one before the move to Fl)

  • #24179


    Hello Corsaire, was wondering where you had been. Hope all is well. We have gotten into cooler weather and DH is already freezing. Had to pull out the heavy blankets for him. Soon I will be getting out the small space heater to put near his chair in den. Seems he stays cold these days and I burn up trying to keep him warm.

    Still working on kitchen cabnets. Started the rest of the bottom cabnets and got all but the one under stove and sink. Will be doing that tomorrow. DH will be at market cooking collards, so maybe things will go faster in kitchen. Though I did have a lot of food to go through and sort out. But now is organized in the kitchen. All to be used first.  After the holidays I will start the closets and try to better organize them. Bought more food from the Farm Fresh that went out of business than I thought. Though I have used some of it, there is still a lot to get organized and put away.

    I to have noticed the prices of food and other things going way up. They say here the housing prices have gone down but our taxes did not go down. They went up. Just a bad feeling that I can’t seem to shake on inflation. I think it will go beyond that.

    We are on a fixed budget as being retired that is how it usually is. DH little job cooking collards has helped alot.  It has put a roof on house, replaced the driveway and front porch and walkway, it has payed for a new boiler and an air condioner. So we never had to use our retirement money for any repairs and was able to pay in cash for all of it.  So blessed for being able to do all that without having a monthly bill. Now we have to rebuild our cash supply. The driveway finished us off. But still have a tad bit for emergencies.  Just not enough to redo the fireplace. So will be saving hard for that to get done. It is in dire need of work.  Guess this is where our stash of food will come in handy as I want to start using up a lot of what I already have on hand before it goes to far out of date. Right now most of it is good and in date with some I need to get into mylar bags soon. But still need to use a lot of it up. Need to get inventory on the food and get a handle on what is in closet in small bedroom. right now I have 10- 5 gal. buckets of food packed in mylar bags. One bucket I am questioning as it contains Bear Creek soups, it is freeze dried or deydrated not sure which as I bought it from grocery store. So don’t know yet how well it keeps. I put in mylar bag in bucket but it is still in the same package it came in. It is about 5 or 6 years past the date on package. So very questionable on how it will taste. will have to pull one out and start the taste test on it. I am hoping they will all be good to go. They make for a fast winter meal.  Just 8 cups of water and the soup mix and done in 20 minutes. Though while cleaning out kitchen cabnets I found a pack of it in back of cabnet and it was 2 years past date. It was a gumbo soup mix. Had it last night and it was still good. So hoping the others though they are much furture passed the dates will also be good.

  • #24201

    OldMt Woman

    Hello everyone!  It seems like I have been busy….but not really able to relate exactly what I’ve accomplished.  Honestly, DH and I have been clearing out rubbish from all over our property.  And it’s going slowly but surely.  Visible difference from when we didn’t have a way to get rid of larger stuff.  A relief! I’m still thawing out from what we did earlier today.

    Change of season and time change….seems to goof me up!  Haven’t been ill, just not much get-up-and-GO!  Hmph!  Little by little.  Did get most everything outside finished off for winter.  Weather can’t figure out which season it is….so I sure can’t.  We’ve had blasts of real winter….followed by a return to late fall.  I’d like to keep late fall well into Nov.  But have already had some nights of subzero.  Costs so much more in propane if the winter is severely cold.  Small house but old with lots of leaks.  Can’t fix rentals but I plug the cracks letting in cold air thru the loose,off-kilter doorway with folded [lengthwise] newspapers and a rug on the bottom.  I cover all windows with insulating stuff….and take it off when the sun comes around to that side.  Tedious but sure helps the heat.

    We’re still keeping up with our elderlies.  One is not doing so good these days….and the other is getting more worn…just making up the difference.  We’re doing all we can but the change from this time last year is significant.  🙁

    Would you believe I’m STILL trying to finish off some of the things from the Sept. Challenge?  I thot that Challenge was the best ever!  I’m pretty prepped but one can always improve…in supplies or knowledge.   I have a whole list of tasks I wanted to finish.  Slowly I’m ticking off some of the things that were difficult to accomplish right away.  THAT was a BUSY month!!   I’ve decided to order a double pack of Sawyer Mini….been hearing good things about that brand for years now.   Satisfied with my Katadyn for long term but need better filters in our BOBs.  Would you believe …  Remember the pond water I dutifully collected in a glass jar and set on the porch table?  I was dithering about using my secondary water filters…cuz I was that unsure of their quality.  WHICH IS WHY that was such a good exercise.  Fish or cut bait!  Decide you trust what you have or buy better.  ( I decided to buy better )

    Anyway, then deep winter came to us for 36 hours ….FROZE THAT POND WATER AND BROKE THE JAR in our very early subzero night.  Ooops.  Forgot about moving the jar inside as DH and I rapidly prepared for that unwelcome night!  Everything is solid frozen now, pond and stream.  If we needed water now, it would be snow-melt.  Takes a LOT of snow melted to get a bit of water.  DH and I used to winter camp a lot…..before we got old.

    Muffy….how are you doing?  Sorry to hear you’re battling infection.  No one needs that while the change of weather already makes things more difficult.  Good to know you have a standing invitation from your family …for when it is time.  Not time yet tho, huh?  Don’t blame you.  They worry tho.  Eventually we’ll move closer to some of our kids too.  Not quite yet.

    OldMtWoman  G’ nite all.

  • #24218

    grannyj smith

    It is cold here today and a hard freezes coming next with the possibility of freezing rain.  Redoing my weekly menu for breakfast and dinner for meals that has a few more calories and considered comfort food that we need and like during colder weather.

    Was planning on moving a few things Saturday to the farmhouse but I don’t think anyone wants to be out in the cold,  dh has to go down there next week and drain all the water lines and turn the water off to avoid any pipes bursting.during this hard freeze.  I know I need to hurry and get moved back to the farmhouse so I can start doing things to be more prepared and get it organized and ready for Thanksgiving and somewhere to shelter in place for no one knows what will happen in this country over the coming months.

    Did manage to get the sheets from the linen closet at the farmhouse and get them washed and dried and ready to go back in the closet, next the winter blankets have to be washed so they will be ready to use at the farmhouse.  Guess the old quilts are safe from me for now for I have not been able to get what I need for mending them, I sure hope I don’t mess them up by putting them in the washing machine and dryer after I mend them, but they are so heavy there is no way I hand wash them.


  • #24225


    Seems everyone is busy these days.  I have still been busy trying to get the kitchen done. It has taken me longer than I thought it would. I was sure I would have it finished today, but went to get car inspected and it took all day. A firefighter bought us home and then my son in law took me to pick it up. We did not know the firefigter. He was there to pick up his car. So offered to bring us home. We all had a nice conversation about everything that they are building around here. found out a few things we didn’t know. Another 7 eleven on other side of road, another hotel. and so much more. He said they are building a 3ed firestation as the 2 we have cannot handle the growth. He also said our roads and schools cannot handle the caos. He said he was heading out past our neighborhood to the firehouse so it would not be out of his way. So nice of him as DH was with me and could not handle a several hour wait. We thought it would be about a 2 hour wait and we were prepared for that. But it was 6 hours later. So kitchen is not done because I didn’t make it to walmart to pick up somemore shelve paper. So hopefully tomorrow it will be done and I can move on to next project.  I got clothes ironed and a few small things I needed to do instead of working on kitchen.

    Granny smith trying the gentle cycle on the washer. That should be much easier on them. That is what I had my daughter do and her’s that was her grandmother’s came out good. Hope you don’t have a machine with an agitator in the middle. Those things can cause large items to hang up in them.

  • #24250

    OldMt Woman

    Hi everyone.  I THINK….possibly…maybe…..I only have one more Get-ready-for-winter chore to do.  I need to haul up the hose that goes down to barns.  Several hose lengths.  Usually leave it but don’t need to this year and why have it exposed unnecessarily.  We’ve been toiling away during Fall days and hiding inside on Winter days.  But things have slowly gotten finalized.  🙂  Nothing left outside that shouldn’t be….to be buried or frozen stuck til Spring.  Cuz I don’t plan on being outside for many chores this winter. Made some changes to ensure that.  Brrrrr…

    I will continue walking the dog….still trying to keep up the mile each evening.  One car passed by us so fast tonite, I thot it was going to lose traction and fly off the road.  WHAT is such a hurry that you endanger everyone?   Hmph!  I didn’t wave at that one.  Usually I do wave at passing vehicles.  I might know some but people change vehicles faster than I can keep up.

    Still trying to clear/organize stuff inside.  Good winter projects.

    OldMtWoman  ….G’nite all

  • #24256


    Still working on kitchen but the worst is done. Got all the cabnets cleaned out and new shelf paper in. Now it is organized much better and I can find things a lot easier. Got clothes washed today and worked on other things in kitchen. Behind the sink, I had to recaulk where the counter meets the backsplash.. I used the clear flex seal. So hoping that will work much better. Though it will take 24 to 48 hours to fully dry. Flex seal is great.  I am going to start adding some to my preps as far as the tape and things go. Fully water proof. Though it is expensive, so only going to buy when I can and on sell I hope.

    Got the yard winterized. Covered all the outside faucets and disconnected the hoses. Also not going to put the well pump back on till early spring. We had to disconnect it and move it for the driveway to be torn out and redone as it is right outside our garage door.

    We are suppose to be having snow tomorrow though the ground is still to warm for it to stick.. So glad of that.   This will be our first real cold snap.

    Trying to get things together for Thanksgiving and got the Christmas cards out to get a head start on them as well. Seems Thanksgiven and Christmas is right around the cornor. And I am no where near ready, but working hard to get there. Need to get my Christmas shopping list together as daughter and I go Christmas shopping right around the first of Dec. Something we do every year.  We leave at 6 am and get breafest out and then head to where we want to go. We make a full day of it.  Used to head up to Williamsburg outlets and the pottery but since that closed, we have’t gone there in a long while now. Sometimes we don’t make it home till 11 pm.  I hope I can handle that trip out this year as last year it wore me out.  But it was fun.

  • #24279


    Flex seal is great.

    Family members who were supposed to help with my kitchen can no longer help, so I need to find a handyman to get it done. Still a bit of work before it can go on the market though. Its not going to be perfect, but it will be sellable.

    Temps have cooled down here a bit and everyone is outside.

    To those being bombarded by storms, stay warm and safe.



  • #24293

    grannyj smith

    The forecast says we are going to thirty to forty degrees colder this winter and propane is already higher than gasoline so I look for propane to go higher this winter.  I think dh will have to go looking for trees that got knocked down when storms came through in the Spring to use in the wood stove to cut back a little on propane use.

    We have to cut back on Christmas this year for the dentist visit this month turned into my teenage daughter needing braces and she is not happy with the braces and is having trouble eating, then had to order and pay for her senior ring. She is another year from graduating but all students graduating in 2021 had to order their senior rings through the school this month.

    I think Santa will be visiting the dollar store for toys this year for the little ones. The two babies are were sick all night with fever, coughing and stuffy noses, hope it’s not the flu.




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