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  • #30155

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    We made it to NOV!
    What will this month bring?

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  • #30158

    Osito Arelano
    Participant

    At my house-  Thanksgiving. And lots of giving thanks.

  • #30160

    Scooby
    Participant

    Hubby blew it! We are in the middle of a power outage after a storm yesterday. I am currently updating our food stores.  There are bags scattered through the house, as I get things in inventory and stored.  An unexpected person showed up at our door tonight. It was dark outside, but our generator lets us have light, so as hubby answered the door, lights were on behind him.  The neighbors have just moved in next door, they are only at the house every other week.  We know little about them.  The person at the door was the father, of the woman next door.  He had stopped by to check their generator and just wanted to let us know they will be home tomorrow.  Hubby stood there shooting the breeze with the guy, standing slightly to the side because it is cold, giving this person full view of our supplies.  I have no idea what he was thinking. We NEVER open the door, especially with Covid and at night (we are rural). Now I am upset and don’t really know what to do about it. I’m sorry if I posted this to the wrong forum but I know some of you can understand my frustration. Normally we are really careful.  Looking for thoughts about how to dispel my frustration with hubby and my new anxiety about our safety.

  • #30161

    namelus
    Participant

    Scooby all you can do now is play it off as fall cleaning.. make a show of “delivering” food to a food bank or church.

     

    Most people are not really paying attention so it might slip by. Also it’s not only his fault you where In a visible spot I am sure there are more private places in your house. Also not answering or stepping outside door is far more interest peaking as not normal behavior.

     

     

     

     

  • #30162

    Scooby
    Participant

    Thank you Namelus.  He feels very bad. I’m sure we won’t make the same mistake again. You are correct, I should have been more careful myself.  After a full day of grocery shopping, I was too tired to deal with any more of the food, so after putting away the fresh and frozen items, I had dumped the remaining bags in the kitchen. We have a very open floor plan, but some of the view would have been blocked from the island.  From the doorway, this person likely only saw the giant box that I DO have filled to be rotated to the food pantry and some Christmas gifts waiting to be wrapped. They are probably more likely to think my home is cluttered!  Hubby just retired on Friday.  He has been preoccupied closing our business. It was a good reminder about how easy it is to put ourselves in danger.  With crime increasing in our area, it was a good opportunity to discuss some basic safety protocols for keeping garage doors closed, locking car doors etc.  Sometimes it is the simple things which bite you in the butt 😉  On a November check in note: As our Covid numbers rose and election chaos seemed likely, I kicked into high gear last month.  My goal was to be ready to hunker down for the flu season (which we do every year). We will move back to online grocery shopping only (for the next 5-6 months).  We eat our produce in order, so we should only need to restock our fresh items once a month.  In the past 6 months, I have done a complete overhaul of our inventory.  I wanted to make sure we were “storing what we used and using what we stored”, so I assigned every item a use by date of 1 mo (fresh foods), 3 mo, 6 mo, or annual. Items will be restocked accordingly.  The cupboards, freezer ect have been getting a complete overhaul, with the goal of replenishing items on their assigned schedule.  It has really cut down on impulse purchasing.   My meal planning has become extensive and since it is just the two of us, I am making better use of leftovers and rotating better.  Since the shut downs,  I wanted our food storage to be less dependent on processed foods, so I have been working on skills most of the summer (growing, preserving etc).  With patience, I have been able to restock pretty sufficiently.  I am using a new (to me) phone app for inventorying.  It is called Pantry Check. The app scans the barcode to bring the item up in inventory.  If another user has entered a photo, the picture will automatically appear.  If it is a new (to the system) item, then you can contribute a photo. If it is a homemade item, or packaged item such as in mylar, there are ways to get these into the system too.  Once the item is on your screen, you enter the expiration date, cost, where you are storing it etc. The item is then categorized via photo into some broad categories such as baking supplies, breakfast items etc.  Categories can also be very specific, such as coffee, cheese etc. You can also adjust for partial bags etc.  Every time you open the app, (because it is so visual),  it is easy to see what you have in storage.  Items can be assigned to any location in the home. Since most items don’t actually expire on the best by date, the app adjusts for this.  The search engine is extremely powerful, it knows that if it is located in a warm garage, it will age faster than if it is stored in a cool basement.  Shelf life is extended/decreased appropriately.  The program keeps track of expiration dates and issues a daily reminder of what needs to be used up (f you select that feature in your settings).  It will also allow you to set up a shopping list, complete with expected costs. The app is free for the first 200 items.  It is $12/yr for up to 10,000 items.  So far, I have been able to input our medical supplies, cleaners and food. I have used many inventory systems.  This by far is one of the most useful and least expensive.  I love having everything on my phone when I am shopping.  So for my November check in,  we just need to top up the gas cans today, then I think we are ready to hunker down for the winter.  Happy Election Day everyone!  Stay safe.

  • #30163

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    @scooby,
    Yeah, that would be a little anxious to have someone show up like that.

  • #30166

    namelus
    Participant

    I think I would be more worried about an app like that… as for someone showing up un noticed would be difficult and a very brave person… most of time they use phone at gate to get escort to office where most people are met.

     

    App while nice would not go u noticed by big government in an emergency it’s nice to know who has what. Only sort of safe electronic device is non broadcasting air gapped computer in a Faraday. …rest might as well think big brother is reading it all.

     

     

     

     

  • #30169

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    @namelus agreed on the app usage!

  • #30173

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Does anyone know what Walmart is up to by having customers walk through a gate like area before a customer can to continue to the shopping area.  Is it for tracking people to see if the customer has a fever.

    Thanks

    • #30175

      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      @GrannySmith,
      I have read about some kind of machine that can scan people as they walk through for temps.
      Also know Wally World has up graded their cameras at the entrances/exits and in self-check out that they are very, very good. Like HD quality. No more of the grainy black and white, “who is that?” videos.

    • #30188

      Jacobtrust
      Participant

      I was told it is a “head count” machine. These were used while the pandemic lockdowns were in full swing and the number of people in any building was limited.

    • #30699

      Swifty
      Participant

      They are counting customers to make sure store is under some magic civic number

  • #30174

    Island Girl
    Participant

    What will November bring???  More mask mandates I’m thinking.  While the rest of BC’s numbers of cases (not deaths) are climbing, here on the Island we seem to live in the Goldilocks Zone.  6 deaths in 8 months with almost 900,000 people living here.  I see more and more masks out there….and while I’m against them personally, if you want to wear one that’s fine, just don’t pull a “Karen” on me and try and shame me or give me dirty looks because I’m not wearing one.

    Has anyone else noticed that most wearing the masks seem to be in the 20-45 year old range??  Us older peeps…(50-75)….you know the ones who could have issues if we got it, we don’t seem to be wearing them at all.  I would say from what I’ve seen is at least 60% or more of younger people wearing masks and maybe 5% of us older folks.

    But enough about that.  Happy to have a forum where we can talk without being censored….thanks Daisy.  Weather here is on par….rain, rain, and yep…more rain.  I’m hoping for a white Christmas, but not holding my breath though.  Waiting for the seed catalogues to arrive, and keeping Amazon busy.

    • #30176

      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      Well, glad to hear you are not having a lot of deaths there on the Island.
      Cannot really say I have noticed what age groups are wearing masks.
      I dont think they really work that well, unless it is a N95 with a good seal. But, we wear them to be “not that guy” who gets the employee or manager in trouble.

  • #30182

    corsaire
    Participant

    Also in regards to masks, Gray man.

    Started Pear cider vinegar, looks good so far. My apple cider vinegar has about 2 more weeks.Sauerkraut turned out great.

    Picked up self rising flour. Need a space heater though. I have an oil filled one that a neighbor was tossing. Works, but not that well.

  • #30183

    CampGirl
    Participant

    Concentrating right now on finishing up Christmas presents- purchasing and picking up.

    • #30196

      Angry Bovine
      Participant

      Way to go! I need to get started shopping. But I did get my pantry reorganized to fit the extra I bought in case of election trouble, and that’s not nothing. 🙂

  • #30186

    5Catsfromcrazy
    Participant

    Continuing to work on making sure the inventory stays tip top.  Hubs is working on getting our fuel tank (diesel) in place so it can get filled.

    Not sure if this is the right thread to bring this up, but yesterday we were informed by a friend that works security at WM that they had a meeting to discuss that the stores (not only WM but other big box stores as well) are to be pulling inventory off the shelves and instituting more purchase quantity limitations in order to avoid the rush on items seen during the spring.  Basically in anticipation of the next lockdown.

     

    • #30187

      Jacobtrust
      Participant

      Hmmmm…wonder if they are prognosticating or if they have been told/heard something the general public has not.

  • #30189

    Jacobtrust
    Participant

    So far Nov has brought the expected as far as election mess and pandemic projections. We are keeping our eyes open for more mess on the daily and keeping the preps updated.

  • #30199

    SC_Medic (Chuck)
    Participant

    Its been a wild ride! But we are here in our new home!! YAY!!!! At the hospital I work at we are seeing more and more covid patients. It’s changing a bit. We are seeing 2 types. The “I don’t feel great and a little short of breath. But over all good to go. And the other. Arrives blue lips and nail beds. On high flow O2 . Can’t even make from chair to bed ad ready to be intubated. SC DHEC has advised we are heading into a fall peak. So folks be careful out there!

  • #30204

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Hello everyone.  I see some new folks joining us.  I also just read Daisy’s explanation – as she and Selco predicted when they began this forum board 2 yrs ago.  Things got dicey at Facebook, etc.  So welcome to those of you joining us from that unfortunate, but predicted event today.

    I’ve been out of town for several weeks helping family with a medical incident.  All is good now but I was helping as I was able.  Just getting acclimated back home.  Weird how things look different when one is away for a while.

    Don’t even ASK if I’ve made progress on slimming down the BOBs. ….THAT came to a screeching halt, of course…just as I had stuff spread out allll over the floor!   🙁   But….it’s still top on the PROJECTS list.

    Up high in the Rockies, we’ve had some winter already and are expecting more to sail down from Canada again.  Shoot, the pond just opened up from the ice …and the driveway is nearly ice/snow free.  But…moisture is always welcome.  One does not have to shovel rain, however, so that would be my wish.

    OldMtWoman ….I think the whole month of Oct was The Twilight Zone!

  • #30223

    Do we know if the FB group is done for good?

    • #30319

      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Alaskan Mountain Mama:

      I archived it so there’d be a possibility of reviving it later and also so that information would not be lost. However, at this point, I have no plans to re-open. I am tired of bringing business to Zuckerberg while being censored and threatened with the loss of my personal account if a person in my group of 2000 people says something the “fact-checkers” don’t like.

      It’s really a matter of building a home on borrowed land. Running a group with a topic like ours is not easy on someone else’s platform. I think once we get used to it, we’re going to really enjoy the forum.

  • #30275

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    What a day! I mentioned to my family that the microwave was broken. Dear Ex Hubby looked at our daughter and mouthed the word, “Christmas!”

    They ordered a fancy one through Home Depot. It came 11-3-20 to her house and they brought it here today, Saturday. It took several advanced graduate degrees to figure out how to get it into the correct space since there were already multiple holes for the built-in microwave. Done. Power on! Lights, clock, screen work. No rotation. It did not work! The cardboard box looked fine, but the unit has a corner dent in it, that has the door sprung about ¼ inch, and the microwave would not hum and the turntable did not turn. So, back out it came. The problem now it, they were told there was a specific two day return period. Daughter got nowhere on the phone so she and her hubby are going to the store tomorrow to get a return and reorder. Ex was so frustrated. He did a wonderful thing and it just did not work out. Not his fault. We sent him home with jars of his favorite currant jelly.

    I have said before how lucky I am to have a good relationship with my ex-husband. I seriously doubt many other exes would spend that much money on a gift and then go to your house and help install it. At lunch, the family sat randomly and he ended up sitting between my and my current husband. How is that for accepting? It just took 20 years on my current Hubby’s part to relax.

    For lunch, my grandsons raided the canning shelves and chose two homemade soups. French Onion and Potato soup, both topped with cheese melted in the oven. They even took some home with them. Youngest (15) wanted to take a picture of my shelves. When I asked why he said he thought it was very cool that I did so much work. So many of the items on the shelves are canned by me. When I asked what he was going to do with the picture, he hesitated. He wanted to brag. I told him, “no.” He understood after I told him that I do this for them and did not want anyone else to know how much I had. He offered to come down and help me make more! That will be a delight!  Especially since, for 8 people we used 5 jars.  I need to replace them now.

    Hubby took our Ham radio friend to his doctor’s appointment driving over 300 miles all told. This guy has never been much of a talker, but is you ask a question about radio he has a wealth of knowledge. He was very grateful and cried several times in the car. Hubby and another member arranged to get him a handheld radio so he could play with it. He is well known in local circles and that really brightened his day. He joined our Jitsi club meeting this morning and was very grateful that Hubby had gone to the length of finding someone in his rehab facility who could set him up with a computer. He could see everyone and we could see him, and everyone was very pleased that he could participate.

    Our power went out. Weird that the furnace works, our bedroom and my sewing room work, but nothing else is on. Well, not quite true. There was enough power to make our CFL- lamps glow just a bit – that was weird. Our neighbor said that we must have “lost a leg” whatever that meant. Well, he was right. One of the 120v power lines is broken somewhere underground. The power company, originally came out at 7 PM in the dark, returned the next morning and brought us power. They turned the ground wire into a live wire, and laid a temporary ground over the lawn, above the arbor, and behind the garage to the pole. Our lines are buried, which is a personal choice and not their responsibility. So, they do not search for the break and repair it, we need a private electrician for that. So, that is the next task before the hard winter comes.

    The snow has melted and temperatures have been in the 60s and 70s. Beautiful. No snow, nice weather just forces me to go outside and work. The joys of living in the north, my behavior is very dependent on the temperature. The snow makes me want to curl up and hibernate. Or sew, read, cook, crossword puzzles, etc.

    We are grateful for where we are – location, status in life, and the status of our preps, plus our healthy family. This is a month of thanksgiving and we are very aware of that since we cannot see our family as often as we would like. Our hearts are full of love and gratitude.

    Stay healthy and safe, Friends.

     

  • #30279

    Anonymous

    Been working on cutting my way outta the ice storm. Good news is I’ve put up plenty of wood. I’m taking 3 pallets and putting them in a “U” shape with T-post for storage.
    I’ve experienced the need for extra chains and bars. I failed on the extra bar.

  • #30303

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Hello everyone. It has been awhile since I have been on. It has been busy with DH to ER 3 times and hospital stays 4 times with 2 surgeries.  All this started the end of March. He is still not doing well and can’t get around much.  Defib. went off 8 times and he passed out. Blood flow to brain and kidneys had stopped but don’t know for how long. They said he was clinically dead but not long think goodness. I am just thankful he is still with me.

    We have been stocking as much as possible.  Though like said above, I had an issue with our phones not working and called the cable people. They sent someone out when they couldn’t fix it by phone. I forgot about the router being in the small bedroom and that is our pantry in disaray right now. But shelves of food and the bed piled up with stuff other than food. first aid, etc. He had to get to the router and I had to let him in there. But told him when he saw all the food and such that my daughter and son in law are moving away for his job and the had to store their food and things here while they painted and stuff. Told them it was a big family and they would be packing it up to take to their new place soon. Though he said the food on shelves were well organized. And of course a red flag went up. I am worried about that but no where else to put food. It was a lot of what I have canned that was on the shelves. But some store bought foods on floor I haven’t put away yet. And yes my daughter’s husband got promoted and moving to N. Carolina. Not happy about it with DH in such bad shape but they have to go where the job takes them.  They will be an hour or two away depending on where they find a house. They are trying to get things together now. Have to be there by Jan. 1st. So things for Thanksgiving and Christmas will be different for us this year. We are going to combine Thanksgiving and Christmas into one big family get together. Though on the good side my other granddaughter is getting married in March and going to be moving just down the street from us. So that helps if we need anything. She and her boyfriend has already come to help us with a couple of things. He is prepping some but because they don’t have a place yet it is hard for them to store anything yet.  Granddaughter in Washington State is well stocked and ready. Her DH works naval hospital.

    We did not do a garden this past summer and I missed it. though I was able to buy fresh produce and can it along with meat. Freezer is full and I want to finish canning what is in there but canning jars are now hard to find. I was able to get tattler lids though. I have jars on order and it will be March before I can get them.  I do have a few and hoping to get as much canning done as possible till the jars run out.

    • #30311

      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      @Little Sis, sorry to hear about your DH and the medical issues.

      Yeah, cannot find canning jars here either.

    • #30700

      Swifty
      Participant

      Our Wal-Mart finally had several dozen cases of various size jars and lids. First I had seen since the outbreak.

  • #30317

    Daisy
    Keymaster

    Yesterday, I went and did a big stock-up, as I’m here in my current location for at least the next three months. I feel like we’re about to see another round of lockdowns and I want to have enough on hand.

    I’m currently in Mexico and the supplies available here are different. For example, at least in the little village where I am staying, there are very few canned goods. You can get tuna, corn, chickpeas, black beans, peaches, fruit cocktail, and mixed vegetables in cans. There’s also not much selection in the frozen food aisle – which is approximately a third of an aisle long. Other things come in pouches, like all tomato products. I’m not sure if this is Mexico-wide. If I went to a larger city there might be more available.

    I assume it’s because fresh produce is so readily available year-round here. But…I did get plenty for a two month supply for the doggos and me and hope to be able to continue to supplement with fresh fruits and veggies. I’ve got my dehydrator running around the clock to preserve my farm-stand goodies.

  • #30318

    Jeanne Lucero
    Participant

    Sound like you are well prepared. Do you have yeast and some type of flour to make bread ?

    • #30395

      Daisy
      Keymaster

      I sure do. I’m also getting an authentic tortilla press this weekend and lessons from a local lady on how to make them. 🙂

  • #30338

    Rowan Redbranch
    Participant

    Checking in for the first time.  Did a bit of stocking this morning, also made nearly 20 pounds of chicken sausage for the freezer.  Months ago I made sure that my utility room/pantry couldn’t be seen into.  Regarding what an earlier person said about using an app for managing their stockpile, I wouldn’t do that – way too easy for the maker of the app to sell the information or share it on government request.  I’d use a pocket notebook or something similar instead.  Plus a sharpie or dry erase marker to write dates on cans/jars.  Sometimes oldschool is best.  And it’s also a great excuse to practice penmanship!

  • #30377

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    News states there will be nationwide lockdowns and mandatory wearing of masks if or when Biden takes office, wonder how those looters and rioters will like that.  I guess stock more food and other supplies for how many more months?

    Walmart and HEB now has limits of two on tp & paper towels here at our stores and the meat selection is not good because of high price.

    Staying home working on getting the Thanksgiving meal made and put in the freezer,  just have to do the baking of sweets now.  I am going to make old Southern pies and DH wants me to bake extra to sell. I do have space for extra baking in the oven and convection oven, but I am worried about doing it because there are more cases of the virus rising here.

    I am waiting for turkeys and hams to go on sale to get some extra to store in the freezer,  turkeys and ham will feed extra people if needed.

    Thanks

     

  • #30379

    Chickmom
    Participant

    Hi, I’m new here. I’ve been a prepper for years and not always a very organized one.Last week I reorganized my supplies upstairs in a room off the kitchen, This is mainly store bought stuff. The canned Items are in the basement. I only did water bath canning up until this summer when I finally got over my irrational fear of pressure canning. This opened a whole new world for me and I have been busy canning up meat, the green beans I grew, meat stock.

    A restaurant close by is selling things they order for themselves at a competitive price. The grocery stores in town are over $4 or more a pound. I’ve been wanting to get the bacon and finally got 15lbs for $57 yesterday. I came home with it and repacked it up into smaller amounts.

    • #30394

      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Hi, Chickmom. That is a really smart idea for the restaurant. One thing I’ve been so impressed by is how some businesses have been able to change and adapt during this crisis.

      Sounds like you scored!

  • #30380

    corsaire
    Participant

    The weather outside is frightful and the rain/wind not so delightful.

    Made it through the night ok. The roofer hasnt got to my place to make the repairs so it was buckets last night. Not too much water as the leak is coming from the ridge vent. No branches down either. Still have a week to go as Eta will be meandering around for a bit

    Pup finally made it out this morning with a couple long walks. Discovered that the “emergency ponchos” are garbage, as thin as plastic wrap

    Today I’ll be relaxing.

  • #30411

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Took DH to therapy this morning and then stopped by bank on the way home to cash a check. After getting home, I got DH settled in and fixed lunch.  Then I was able to go to store to pick up RX and bought a few groceries. DH wanted some yogurt. So got that and just a few other things. Picked up some vitamins that were on sale as well. Went to Walgreens and picked up a few things for first aid kit and a sewing kit for my bug out bags. You never know when you might need to sew on a button or something in a bug out situation. It’s small so won’t take up much room. Got home and all was good with DH. I don’t like to leave him home by himself but have no choice at this time. Looking into having someone come in once a week so I can get out and do what I really need to get done.  It was bad enough that I had to get car inspected and I was told I was 3ed in line. So why did it take 4 hours to get that done. I was becoming a nerves wreck leaving him that long. Though as soon as I got home he wanted ice water as I had him set up with a full glass and a small pitcher of water, he had drink all of it before I got home. I need to figure out why he is wanting so much water. He is limited to liquids. Though he is diabetic and controlled, but just wondering if that could be it. He even wants water by the bed at night.

    • #30475

      Matt In Oklahoma
      Participant

      Diuretics can make ya thirsty or feel thirsty all the time. I drink water all the time myself though even at night.

  • #30476

    Matt In Oklahoma
    Participant

    Picked these up today. Deer seasons coming and with the way supplies are I figured I’d get more.

  • #30478

    namelus
    Participant

    Matt those bags are too small and flimsy. Go to a commercial laundry get the cotton ones with the tie rope seal…. can carry a half and have room to spare .. can wash and reuse  and it’s tough have over 10 seasons on the bags I have bought.

    • #30480

      Matt In Oklahoma
      Participant

      Um these ain’t game hanging bags they are ground meat bags bud

  • #30483

    namelus
    Participant

    Sorry… for meat packing In a tube ….

  • #30489

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Corsaire…sorry you’re getting more rain than you need…and leaky roof issues?  Uff tah.  Stay safe!  Eta has been sharing the wealth…  We’d like some in our arid West.  Have gotten some snow….and appreciate it.

    I have some emergency ponchos and used one while fishing once.  Single use and walking thru the creekside bushes will shorten the lifespan in moments.  LOL  Still….I was much less wet and kept fishing that day.  Trash bag with a hat would be more durable. [the kind without the stink of insect repellent!]

    The emergency ‘space blankets’ [an old term….mylar blankets] are pretty fragile too.  I use a mylar tube tent to shade the southern sun from long kitchen window.  They last a couple seasons.  I put the mylar blankets in the pockets of winter gear…does cut the wind/snow a bit in an emergency.  I also use them in summer….as emergency shade if I get stuck somewhere.  I’m in trouble instantly if I’m out in hot sunlight.

    Greeting to Redbranch, Chickmom, others…    Grannyj….I also heard of limits on cleaning/sanitizing products again.  Well, I hope folks stocked up!  The ramifications of all this going on …its not over….barely started?

    Well….I’m 🙂 cuz I made some progress on my assorted emergency bags.  Not all are Rip and Run BOBs.  Some are for slightly different purposes and I have to define that and sort them accordingly.  So I started over completely:

    I opened a number of plain paper grocery sacks in a semi-circle on the floor in front of my chair.  Labeled them.  Then I began to empty ALL [not finished yet but close] of my emergency bags.  I put each item in a bag according to categories: water, food and preparation, tools [all types] and light, health/1stAid/sanitation, etc.  I’ve used my categories for years so that went pretty fast.

    Good grief…I had things I’d forgotten I had!  Found some non-working items.  Double checked batteries.  With such a small house, I’m severely limited in work space but I can stuff those bags into a corner and start again the next time I have energy.  I’m formulating which items will be best for which types of emergency bags.

    2 Real BOBs that are not overly heavy or awkward -survival contents.  2 Get Home Bags….still choosing how that differs from the BOBs.  [or do I just Bring a BOB whenever we leave in vehicles?]  2 vehicle emergency kits like Fix A Flat, etc.

    I have good medical/First Aid kits in small, larger, and ‘The Whole Tote’ sizes.  They can be grabbed but none can ‘live’ in the vehicles due to too hot or freezing.  Mini 1st Aid kits also in BOB, of course.  [rotating out the OTC and ‘script meds…outdated]

    I tested a new way to carry a bag while walking dog last nite.  This might allow me to carry more….and still walk.  I’m old and have disability issues.  So figuring out HOW MUCH is reasonable….and how to carry it on the body might be the most important thing.  My vehicle also stores a wheeled device that I could drag with more goods IF that would be an option in any particular situation.  If it carried water for a few miles before I had to abandon it, that’s significant in our arid territory.

    OldMtWoman….choices!  I’m eager to continue this….been too long since last purge

  • #30609

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Old Mt. Woman, I have a 4 wheel grocery type cart that I can carry things in. It’s small but holds a lot. I use it for a hamper because when I had my neck surgery, I wasn’t allowed to lift anything for a long time. I still use it for a hamper as I have to take the clothes from bedroom in back of house to the garage in front of house. So long walk from one end to the other.

    This morning I got the barbeque made and canned. Dryer died, so the blanket I washed last night I have to pull my clothes line I have in garage out to hang it. though it is still damp because of all the rain today. Going out tomorrow to buy a new dryer. Though I do have the options of lots of clothes line in garage but the one outside I need new lines for. So while at Lowes I will be buying more clothes line for the outdoor line. Those lines are very old and now rotted. I should have been working around the house today, but decided to lesson to preaching today for a while. I needed that since my church has not opened back up except for stay in your car service.. With DH right now we can’t get back to church. We have several elders in our church that are not doing well. And we cannot visit or nothing now. it sucks to say the least. But we do talk on phone. So keeping in touch with each other is good.

  • #30613

    Sarah
    Participant

    I’m just waiting for the Sunday before Thanksgiving. “Rest” season begin on the homestead once the turkeys go to freezer camp

  • #30676

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Went this morning and bought a new dryer. Will be here next Thursday as it is gas and they are going to hook it up.  DH can’t do that anymore.

    Came home got DH some lunch and then strung up 3 more lines and washing clothes now. Can’t use the line outside as it looks like rain and I need to restring that one. The lines are old and rotted. So some work to do on that one. But in garage I have 4 lines ready to go.

    The barbeque got put away today and I am getting ready to start canning from freezer again. That was the last boston butt i had in freezer. So that is out of way. Between the 2 I had, I have 16 pints of barbeque.  I have 8 lbs of corn in freezer and thinking about dehydrating at least 1/2 of it. The other half will go for making soups and such. So much to do and so little energy. What can I say. But I keep trying to truck on and get it done.

    • #30698

      Matt In Oklahoma
      Participant

      Yeah I’d put new rubber coated line on the clothesline year before last. Sure is nice for sleeping bags and stuff.

  • #30697

    corsaire
    Participant

    LittleSister

    I have this clothes drying rack. Had it for a few years and its holding up well.

    Looks like quantity limits are back in the Sunshine state. Looks like stores are getting more strict with the mask and traffic flow also.

  • #30702

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Corsaire,  That looks like just what I could use for hanging clothes, blankets, etc. It also would serve other uses like when I take out the clothes from closet to go through to get rid of things, I could easily hang to to keep ones on that till I have it all gone through. Checking out prices and going to order one of those.

    Lowe’s is no longer going to install my dryer. They called this morning and said I have to have a permit and the city to inspect it. That was bull. My DH worked for the gas co. and if it is just a change out from old to new there is no issues. City inspector is only if it is new gas line run. So I cancelled the install and going to have a friend put the new one in. They did not tell me that when I was at Lowe’s buying the dryer. The dryer itself has it’s own gas cut off and is in line with the city.  Another inspection was not needed. Don’t really want the city out here anyway. To much non food stuff in garage that the city doesn’t need to see.

    Northam in VA has called a mandatory of Church closers, children now 5 years old and up must wear a mask. Limiting or closing of some stores, gyms, etc. I think they are just trying to cancel Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is getting out of hand. This mess is not for our benefit but for their own personal agenda. It’s called control we the people.

    Matt, I went to Lowe’s and was going to get the coated line for clothesline outside and they didn’t have any in stock. Going to look on line or go to the local hardware store to see if they might have it. Though that is a Taylor’s do it yourself store and does not carry a lot of things.

  • #30725

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Did you get wet with Eta, Corsaire?

    Nation-wide, Walmart is going back to limiting number of shoppers inside store at the same time.  …just hope they don’t close off some aisles – label them “non-essential” again.  [as in: gardening supplies back in springtime]

    OldMtWoman….NOT a good day physically but got couple things done.

     

  • #30727

    corsaire
    Participant

    OldMtWoman. Totally soaked with Eta, streets flooded. Some of my neighbors had trees and branches down. Technically there are 2 more weeks of hurricane season but at the way things are going, all bets are off.

  • #30734

    Osito Arelano
    Participant

    Canned butter was an interesting experiment. It still serves the purpose, but it is definitely not the same.

    Have everything needed for a Thanksgiving meal.

    Got some greens planted in the covered garden bed, maybe they’ll take this time. It’s been too windy to really keep the cover on, need to find solution for that.

     

     

  • #30753

    Littlesister
    Participant

    This morning started off as a nice sunny day. So I decided to clean out the shed at least till the clouds came in and looking like rain.  I had a  lot of boxes and things pulled outside sitting on ground while I moved some things. This shed is now my attic as with my neck issues, it is hard to put things in attic and then get them down as I need it. Lots of stuff is going to good will or somewhere. Found jeans we don’t wear anymore that are either to big or to small. All that stuff needs to go. Going to move the lamp oil from that shed to the garden shed as 2 bottles were sweating. Not enough circulation in that one at least for the summer months. I do have 2 windows that I usually crack open for air flow but this year with everything going on with DH, I forgot to do it. had a small flashlight that the plastic had started melting. That was not good. But it was very cheap but a bad indication things get to hot in there. So need to work on that.

    Also talking about no privacy around here, A truck stopped in middle of street and just watched what I was doing. At first I thought he was looking at the dryer sitting on curb for trash pickup. But he drove past that and stopped. So I started walking down the drive and he just sat there for another minute and then he left. That is a bad feeling. Though what was sitting outside was boxes and other junk that I am planning on getting rid of as soon as I am able to get it loaded up to go. I still didn’t like the idea that someone would just stop and watch you like that. Yes the fence is coming.

    Right now, I am so tired and my neck is killing me. Thinking I am just going to put the small Christmas tree up and not the big one this year. Wreaths on the door and call it a day when the time comes to decorate. We usually go all out for Christmas with the decorating but this year we are not having it at our house and combining Thanksgiving and Christmas together because of the kids being in process of moving. To tired to do all that decorating and no one will be here to enjoy it. And no help with moving boxes out of shed. Lots of things may be going out of here next summer with somethings going soon. It would feel good to have all the things we haven’t used in over a year packed up and out of here.

  • #30760

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Littlesister,  I know what you are saying about no privacy I had to put a “do not enter gate” sign on my back porch gate  You never know who or why someone is watching or coming on the property, especially now when so many are out of work due to this pandemic.  I like you would love a fence and thought I had DH convinced, but back to square one with him on the fence.

    Take no chances with your safety, maybe snap a picture of the truck with your phone if they come back, but don’t let the driver see you do it.

  • #30762

    Littlesister
    Participant

    grannyjsmith, my DH has been against a fence for years. But now he is very disabled and I am done fighting for what we need to do. This is something that should have been done a long time ago. I am not even saying anything. I am just going to check them out and have it done. Then I am going to plant thorny stuff on both sides of it. Blackberries which was suggested and other foods that are thorny. Though the food will be lining the inside of fence. If I do the outside part where it will be seen, I am looking at something like cactus as Ii don’t want people in my yard picking berries, even if it is on the outside of back yard. What I really want to do is move. And now that my DD is moving away due to SIL’s promotion, I am more open to moving. But not for a long while yet.

    The dryer that I put on the street is now gone, so I am thinking maybe that person may have picked it up. Which is fine but not what it looked like. It will cost him over $300 or more to fix it if he has someone do it. I was not dumping anymore money into it. It was old and there comes a time when you have to say enough and time for a new one.

  • #30895

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Got up this morning and got DH some breakfast made and then got him settled and went into garage to tackle the chest freezer. Pulled everything out and defrosted it. Pulled it away from wall after I got it emptied and cleaned up behind it and washed the window that is above it. Sprayed the bug spray for spiders before moving the freezer back into place. Then went through the food and got it organized into the freezer. I have some serious canning to get done. Lots of hamburger, so going to make a big pot of spaghetti sauce and can it. Then going to make some things using up a lot of the butterbeans to can. We planted butterbeans last summer and I still have about 30 or more pints in freezer. They are now in freezer in a bag all together so they don’t fall out all over the place. Had butterbeans in all sorts of different places. Freezer is now organized and I now have a little bit of room for DH’s spicy chicken wings.

    Right now my back is killing me from moving stuff and cleaning out there. Took me all day. I am really tired now.

  • #30903

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    The turkeys, ham. stuffing, side dishes, cakes and pies all finished and in the freezer, just have to defrost and warm everything Thanksgiving morning and make a few salads and Thanksgiving is a go. We were going to have an outdoor Thanksgiving around a campfire, but it’s going to be chilly and due to no rain in a while a bun ban is in effect for out county, just another hurdle to overcome to have Thanksgiving this year.

    It’s almost time to start Christmas shopping and I did order a couple gifts online, don’t know if I will do much shopping online for it’s just not the same as going to the store.  If I could magically return to a time it would have to be like the movie “Miracle On 34th Street” or the movie “A Christmas Story”, my parents state that was a difficult time due to war, but look what we are in now.

    Thanks

  • #30907

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    Walking the dog this morning, flushed out a turkey with a massive wing span.
    Would not be surprised if it weighed in at 25+lbs dressed out.

  • #30908

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    I hope you all find a way to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day. This has been a challenging year, more for some than others. I am thankful that my family is healthy and able to work and school from home. And especially for Zoom and Jitsi meetings to see them.

    Today, we got our new microwave installed, again. This time it works. The template is very different from what was up there before and I am very glad I am not paying my family members by the hour as they figure it out. While two of them worked on getting all of the new parts to work what the old had, I cut my son-in-law’s hair. Trusting of him? Naw, he just doesn’t care what it looks like since he is working from home. Why not have me cut it and save the $20? It is too short in the back, but it will grow. (Hubby and I have been cutting each other’s hair for about 15 years.)

    Daughter’s family decided NOT to visit his parents for Thanksgiving. It was his mother’s decision. Good for her. The family is still going to my Ex’s for a week over Thanksgiving, though. It will give everyone a break from being confined to their house, which they have been. So, just being in a different house, with a lake frontage, even though they are still the same people, plus one grandpa who is working from home, too, will be a good change. We are not going until Christmas, hopefully, but time will tell. Our governor initiated a curtailment of activities, and strongly suggest no one travel for holidays. I know we mostly isolate so we would be fine. We’ll see.

    I need to get some meds this week, and a fill a couple holes at a department store. I hope my list is accurate so we don’t need to shop again until next year. Hubby still goes to the grocery once a week, but his shopping list is very short, now. I have stocked up to the point that I am filling in holes for holiday baking. I keep canning the meats from my freezer, but it is still bulging because of the other items I have him get. I think, after getting the specials this next week at the grocery, cheap turkey, etc., I am ready to stay home for a while. Any Christmas shopping must be through the internet. I may just make some meals for my daughter’s family for Christmas Gifts. She doesn’t really like to cook. With everyone working and schooling from home, they are bored with what they usually have.

    We started seriously storing food items when we moved to the country ten years ago. I figured that I now have 90 days worth of meals of home canned stews/soups/chili/ dinners, etc. on the shelves. Plenty of vegetables, and I recently canned potatoes for the first time. Lots of condiments, spices, extra flour and sugar, and several dozen eggs. Milk in the freezer along with plenty of cheese, butter, nuts, frozen pizzas, etc. Since my Hubby was a college biology professor, we both knew and anticipated that this pandemic would get worse and we would be stuck at home for a while.  We are prepared. It may have taken nearly ten years to feel that we could survive nearly anything, but stocking up this past 10 ten months has been easy.

    There are some things we don’t have, such as much extra gasoline for the car, but we have five propane tanks ready for a grill or a generator. I am very pleased with where we are. Slow and steady, a little here, and a bit more there and soon you can lock down without worries.  As long as I have internet I am happy.

    Take care everyone. Please stay safe.

     

  • #30915

    Island Girl
    Participant

    Hello everyone…Time to start some serious Christmas stuff in the house.  Going tomorrow with hubby to our storage and getting all the totes with Christmas gear.  Me and our girl will slowly start working away at putting everything out.

    Super excited…..hubby’s going for his PAL next weekend.  Fingers crossed that they don’t cancel because of the covid.  Up here in Canada you have to take a firearms course before you can get your license.  What with what’s been happening we thought now would be a good time to purchase a firearm or 3.

    Can’t wait for the after Christmas sales on turkeys.  At the stores here they want almost $9 for a quart of bone broth.  I always have a bag in the freezer for leftover bones and the butt ends of onions, celery etc.  I have 3 crockpots and when I have enough I cook for about 24 hours with a couple of bay leaves, skim off the fat when cold, and then put into freezer bags.  When I have enough for a canner load I PC them.  We have too many power outages out here in the boonies for me to have a lot of perishables in the freezers….mostly fruit, veg and home made bread.                                                                                                                                          Take care of yourselves.

  • #30921

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Cinnamon Grammy, Yes we do have a great deal to be thankful for.  Thought back in March, that I had lost DH when I found him unconscious.  Defib. went off 8 times. Blood flow to brain and kidneys had stopped but don’t know for how long. Must not have been to long but long enough to do some damage.  Kidneys aren’t bad but not that good either. And I have noticed DH does forget sometimes and is repeating himself at times. Sometimes will seem confused a little. So I am thinking it did effect him. He was not like this before this happened. He is also quieter than he used to be. Though that could just be that he has no energy. But I am thankful he is still here with me. Also thankful that none of my children or grandchildren lost their jobs. Two are working from home and that is great. But the others must go in as one is a scribe in hospital and going to college on line now and the other is a fork lift operator. Two in military. So I am thankful for that. And one is getting married in March of next year. Just praying DH will be able to go to the wedding. Trying hard to get him stronger.

    We are ready for Thanksgiving as with DD and her DH moving due to his promotion with his job. We had the market cook our dinner for us this year. Will be picking it up day before Thanksgiving and will only need to heat things up. Though on Monday or Tuesday I am going to bake a couple extra pies. One Apple and one sweet potato as well as a sweet potato casserole. One of my grand daugter’s request. She won’t let anyone else make it. Says it doesn’t taste the same when her mother makes it. Funny how kids are. I am going to teach her how I make it.

    We are not sure yet about Christmas, but we will not be doing the decorating like we always have. Just a small tree and wreath on front door. With being care taker for DH and all the rest going on, I just don’t think I can handle much more than that. And the fact that daughter and husband are moving the end of December and have already started packing and doing things to get house on the market. We are just giving money and gift cards this year. Though I am going to miss the yearly Christmas shopping daughter and I do each year after Thanksgiving.

    But even with all that going on, I thank God for what we have and for getting us through this corona virus mess safe and sound.

  • #30928

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Hope everyone has a good Thankful holiday this week.  Not even sure what we’re doing yet.

    I’ve been shopping for specialize equipment….and then really began the sorting of emergency bags in earnest.  DH and I completed his Get Home Bag.  It differs from a BOB in that it’s a streamlined as much as we can safely in winter.  [will need to change some things in summer]  But it’s just for him to get home, walking from work.  30 miles.  Not sure how long it would really take him …he thinks 3 days.  I’m thinking…..umm.  But who knows.  If he can make it, he can collapse for a while here.  We’re tooooo old for this!  But gotta give him best chance.  We are using many ideas from here….and our many camping experiences and …. all of it!

    I have a bag I take when I go into town….and I’m always with DH.  So if we had to get home, he and his GHB would be with me and mine.  I can carry pathetically little …but I might have wheels.

    Then I will be finalizing our actual @RealBOBs.  LOL  I’m only on computer listing items by category for now.  Once I’ve gone thru all the potentials….I begin to weigh the bags.  Will see how realistic I can get it.  Determined to be wise but ruthless on weight.

    And need to have a dog BOB redone too.  She’ll carry her own, thankfully.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all.

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    • #30933

      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      In the past I have used Google maps and click on their “hiking” icon to get a general idea of how long it would take to hump it from town to home.
      Then, I add a few extra hours for breaks, carrying a pack, etc.

  • #30949

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Yeah, I did that.  But how many walking hours do you add for age?  And sciatic spasms down the leg?  And diabetes when he’s eating glucose [aka: Life Boat Rations ] ?   LOL    No, really, he’ll have jerky too and his pills and knows how to adjust for that.  Hypoglycemia is more dangerous immediately.

    I’m counting definitely more than 3 days in this terrain.  It would be better if there was some cell service range in these mountains…to keep in touch.  That’s the worst…waiting to see what’s happened.

    I think I’ve got a solution to my pathetic 3# limit for carrying. And it’s not exactly strength or stamina.  I’m working with that.  It’s muscle spasms/PAIN.   Part of a package I live with but adapt around! I can carry some weight at the waist – midline only.  Cuz what I carry there is too heavy to duplicate on both sides for balance.

    Today I tried a fisherman’s vest… distributing the weight much better for the rest of the lighter miscellaneous stuff.  I’ve been working on that all day.  With a jacket over it, I just look pudgy fat.  🙂  I can live with that!  And …that’s the point.  Living!

    OldMtWoman …still can’t carry much but it’s an improvement!

  • #30951

    namelus
    Participant

    @oldmtwoman

     

    Get a bicycle at thrift shop for hubby can ride it in one day do not make it into 2 days if you have no cycled the next day you will be in pain.

     

  • #30959

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Not much going on today.  Mostly read Bible and taken care of DH.

    Just want to say, everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving as we all have so much to be thankful for.  Not getting this virus is one of those. And above all stay safe while with family members but have a great time together.

    For me it is the fact that DH is still with me. It has been a long hard year and that is without the corona virus. So lots for me to be thankful for.  All the trips to hospital with this mess going on and God kept us safe through it all. Thank you Lord. Couldn’t have gotten through this year without you.

    This is going to be a year that no one forgets. I would say it will go down in the history books, but they are no longer teaching history in schools any longer from what I understand. Crazy world we live in.

    But on the bright side, we do have lots to be Thankful for considering what a rough year this has been.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE.

  • #30960

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Namelus…..ack bro!  We’re in the Rocky Mts.  You see these roads?  He’d have to climb out of a bowl and then come straight down from a high point on a brake-burning decline…even with gears.  Some switchbacks.  Then go climb again….Up and down steeeep. He’d fall off.  LOL

    We have a garage sale bike and ….definitely not going to happen.  He was never that good decades ago.  Biking is not our thing.  Not all paved roads either….’DG’ =  Decomposing Granite.  Skid over the side, off road, and they find you in springtime!  [not a joke, it’s happened]

    ‘Nother type of terrain, that would be a great idea.  Cut travel time by a lot.  But…not here….not for DH anyway.

    OldMtWoman  … walking would be no picnic either tho.

  • #30975

    Island Girl
    Participant

    Hello everyone.  I am so excited.  I didn’t know where to put this really so I thought here would be a good place.

    I think DH is FINALLY on board with prepping.  He’s always humored me and our girl with our canning “madness” and having what he considers too much food in the basement.  About 6 months ago I purchased a well bucket from Lehman’s at his suggestion.  We live in the sticks and have numerous outages, and there are 4 families on the property that could make use of it if the power was out for any length of time.  Well tonight, after trying to chop a few pills for our dog and discovering that the blade is bent he said I should get a couple off Amazon.  I said why 2 and he said that 2 is one and one is none………he’s been listening to me all the time.  I’m doing a happy dance.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.  We had ours last month.

    • #30998

      Matt In Oklahoma
      Participant

      That’s awesome Island Girl. Enjoy the journey together

  • #30981

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    🙂  Happy for you, Island Girl.  It’s been a few years now since my DH came on board.  Things are SO much easier!  And he thinks of things I haven’t.  And has developed skill sets I don’t have and wouldn’t be good at anyway.  Congrats!

    OldMtWoman…still sorting emergency bag stuff…but it’s interesting!

  • #30988

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    That is great Island Girl!

    Maybe the TP shortages brought him around???

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