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  • #21908


    What are you doing this month to prep? Are you canning, building a food supply for winter, or working on any projects? Please share in the comments below!

  • #21911

    Crow Bar

    The new wood furnace is on order.

    Got the first of 3 loads of wood in.

    Have to wait for the next two as the furnace guys have to come in through the wood shed.

  • #21917


    got my 3 cord delivered & stacked in April. trying to finish up organizing materials in shed, other room, to make it easier to work with.  Had summer off, was able to get so much done, but now back to school, and having hard time completing tasks.  Farmers Markets, dehydrating veggies. Finally a little rain here to help with air quality due to all wildfires in general area.  Grateful to not be in hurricane zone.

  • #21918


    Filled water bottles and put in the freezer. Stacked some concrete pavers along my front porch at a known point where water flows. Still need to pick up the rat bait stations and put them in the shed; so they dont go flying and something for the rats to feast on while taking shelter.

  • #21919

    OldMt Woman

    Well hello to everyone!!  WHAT a past few months this has been!  I have no idea when I dropped off the radar here… but have been thinking of you all.  Had to come back today….Thinking of Florida and the other SE states.  Corsair!  I can read that you are certainly getting ready for whichever way H.Dorian decides to plunder.  🙁  Praying for all of you in potential path!!  And for those islands in Bahamas…..cannot imagine what they are enduring right now.  🙁  Over 200+ gusts?  Unimaginable.  I was only in 1 hurricane..a big one.  That was enlightening.

    We’ve had a pretty much delightful summer weather.  Rain when needed.  Haven’t had too much in the way of wildfire.  What there was…was quickly put out.  Nonetheless, we remain vigilant and ready.  ‘Tis our season for wildfire….and not yet over.  Very tall wild grasses – tall as me and I don’t think I’ve seen that before.  Potential fire-fodder.

    DH and I have had medical issues….not serious but time-consuming.  Our elderlies….that’s a whole ‘nother story.  🙁   They. Are. Elderly.

    What we have been doing mostly is clearing out stuff/junk/nonsense!  It’s slow but every itty bitty corner of renewed organization is wonderful.  As in:  Oh look!  I found ….this or that…   Often it’s prep stuff I’ve stashed and ….if you can’t find it — you can’t use it!  Even micro-decluttering is valid and time-worthy.

    I’ve also continued walking…with dog.  I’ve done as much as a mile a day…counting AM and PM walks.  For my level of disability – I’m thrilled.  I’m getting faster too, on the good days, of course.  BUT I must remember not to ‘have my head in the clouds’ on a couple of blind spots in the road.  Had to make an unexpected leap to the ditch one fine morning.  Hmph!  I know better and should have had dog on short length of retractable leash.  So then I calmly move over from edge of road to well-out-of-the-way in ditch…and she’s right next to me.  Welll, she was about 10 feet in front ….meaning I have to get waaay sideways to drag her off road and out of the way of vehicle.  The wise vehicle driver always slows down right there, fortunately, so we were ok.  Unfortunately, my leg seized and I fell on knee – still frantically zipping-in the leash to grab dog.  Driver stopped to help cuz I fell, tho I was completely off the road and safe.  My only concern was dangling dog.  All was well but that’s the last inattentive moment I want to have!!  Gouged knee is a reminder…hmph!

    Well, I want to go back and catch up a bit in the Aug….July  Check-In posts.  With all that’s going on here on our home front, not sure if I’m able to be regular.  But miss you all.

    OldMtWoman ….definitely keep on prepping!

  • #21982


    Great to see you OldMtWoman. Dont be a stranger

    Today cleaning and organizing. Everything is done storm prep wise. Will do an exterior inspection later to see if anything came flying my way yet and to look for things I may have missed.Hurricane force winds are due this evening.

    Nice to see all the new faces. 🙂

  • #22035

    OldMt Woman

    Prayers for you, Cosaire, and all others that will get whatever magnitude of storm this unpredictable monster will produce.  Have kin and a friend in the middle of FL too.  One on the Tallahassee side but likely she’s out of the path…mebbe.  I see the rain bands already on the Doppler Radar.


  • #22099


    Good Morning everyone

    Last night was filled with rain and wind.So far so good. Hurt my toe while moving lights, so a bit of limping. Ok now.

    Had a talk with a couple of neighbors about the importance of having an emergency radio. They didnt obviously.Came as a surprise to me, cause I thought heck you are in a hurricane prone area and dont have one? Spoke about not getting crap. ( Running Snail, you guys need to be out of business).Running Snail ( amazon vendor ) is crap do not purchase. Will talk about this later in the “lessons learned” forum.

    Hurricane warning in effect until 5pm for us.

    Hope everyone is well

  • #22116

    Cinnamon Grammy

    Greeting Forum Friends.

    I have not posted for awhile, just enjoying being outside, weeding and appreciating what we have here. Eating outside in our screened in porch has been a delight. One I need to indulge in more often. After reading the August Forum, it looks as if I did not post at all! And, others of you were equally busy this summer. Hope it was a good one for you all, but I see that some gardens did not cooperate.

    I hope that all who are on the East Coast are safe from whatever path Hurricane Dorian, or any other tropical storm that shows up. Take care!

    Ii The I key is loose on my computer. It may cause some interesting words.

    Crow Bar: Lucky and Good for You! Three cords of wood. You are ready!! Hubby is just starting to split. He is splitting what fell last September.

    akPoppie: Enjoy school. A lot of work, but it is amazing to be there.

    Corsaire: Good for you. Water bottles help keep the freezer cold longer. Hope the concrete pavers work. Best wishes for avoiding the storm ahead.

    Old MtWoman: Hope those potential fires stay away. Congratulations on cleaning out stuff and junk. Happy to see you are out walking again. Sorry about the “Space Cadet” that showed up one day and glad you are ok after your trip into the roadside.

    Emergency Radio: Corsaire, you spoke about this. Are you talking about a weather alert radio or just a radio that gets the local stations? What brand do you prefer and what are its features? Solar? Crank? Hopefully, the track of H.Dorian takes it away from you.

    Little Sister: How in the world did you can 78 pints of green beans in one day? How did you get enough – at one time, to can 78? The most I ever had was 15 quarts after being lazy for a week. Multiple canners? A large canner? Whew! You NEED a day of rest! My All American only holds 8 pints, or 7 quarts. I need a larger one.

    Perhaps next year you could join a CSA? A local farm that brings you farm fresh food each week? Or, make arrangements directly with some of the Farmers at the Market for what you would like to can. I have no idea if that will work.

    How was your eye surgery?

    Granny jSmith: How is your commercial kitchen? Are you still going to have one if you move back to the cottage? You need to be where you are happy.

    Muffy 1938: Keep on Sparking Away! Hope your KonMarie method has worked for you. It is amazing how fast a year goes and how much you can accomplish in that time.

    Mama Cando: How is your new stove? The with the change from electric to gas/propane, it was baking that gave me the most difficulty – How to adjust the heat and time for cookies.

    Love the pancake ideas!

    Keep challenging the kids, no matter what the age, to those games. It keeps the brain and memories sharp and vital. Good for you.

    Moving blankets!! Great idea! Help not only with light discipline but the cold.

    Gas prices over the Labor Day weekend ranged from $2.49 to $2.59. I scolded Hubby for sailing past the one station that had $2.33 on Friday. It all adds up in the long run; but not that important in the immediacy.

    My poor knees: I scraped my knee and lower Right leg when I got into a relatives boat over the Fourth of July. Deep abrasion, and the bruise covered most of my shin. I used hot and cold packs on it for over a week. Then I tripped over a rug and landed on my Left Knee. That was a terrible bruise; very deep and painful. Hot packs again. This meant I could not easily weed the vegetable garden for weeks. Hubby found other things to do, so the weeds took over. I could not see the cabbage or tomatoes. A month later, I have a scar on my right leg, that is not a problem, but I had to keep applying a heating pack because the bruise was deep along the shin bone. The left knee took a long time to heal, too. Still, I cannot just kneel on that knee. I wonder if I chipped the patella or something. Thankfully there are soft weeding cushions. I just put the sore knee into the handhold and things are fine.

    Then ended up with a cough, lasting nearly a month; well just getting over it. Not much of a cold/runny nose attached to it, just a cough that shows up after exertion or closer to bed-time and a lot of headaches. Been fighting that with red-wine vinegar gargles, Echinacea tea and capsules, and zinc lozenges for the sore throats. It is amazing how such little things like sore knees and a cough can stop you from being normally productive.

    Grandson #1 is off to college. North Dakota State University. NDSU. Only one week so far. Looking at his schedule…I could not do it. I hated 8 am classes. Plus his combined physics and engineering field has him taking classes that would have me screaming in pain. To each his own.

    He has a great sense of humor. At his grandfather’s lake home we always visit a candy shop in town; it has a great assortment of penny candy, plus fudge, ice cream, etc. Since he was not with us this weekend, I asked him what his favorite candy was, and he said Jolly Rancher. So, we purchased some. I cut up some small pieces of wax paper into the size approximating the JRancher wrappers, and took a picture of his youngest brother with a “Yum” look on his face, saying,” thanks for the idea, they were delicious.”   I will send them to him, though, since only a couple were eaten. Yes, he can buy candy there, but it is the idea that we were thinking about him at the store.

    I doubt he will be home much, but at least with cellphones, computers, etc., he will be able to communicate much better and more often that I did 50 years ago. He has already played video games with his two brothers, and they can chat while they do. I was impressed with how his father  handled a conversation the other day. We had all been on a video chat. Then people went their own way and SonIL asked GS#1, “Is there anything you would like to talk about in private?”  Good for him/them.

    Talk to you all soon.  Enjoy our Secret Club and its September Challenge! Thanks, Daisy.




    • #22251

      Mama cando

      Good to hear from ya Cinnamon, Stove is AWESOME. Grandson2 and I baked a Caramel apple cake for when DH’s cousin came last week in the oven.  Figured out that when doing baking oven has a convection mode. Makes cake baking go really good. Everything went smoothly, although GRS2 is a bit impatient(hyper like his dad Son2 LOL).

      Talked to cousin in FL , they made it okay the two storms went around them but his Brother in Bahamas, not so good. The house is standing but flooded out.  His MIL and aunt were on Abaco, his wife was going nuts until they were found, house was partially destroyed but they made it safely thru it. Her cousin there evidently was on the Weather Channel seen riding on top a fire truck, either rescuing or being rescued.But they are all okay. FL cuz sent a pix of his dad (my uncle) looking at the “damages” from the high winds. A lot of  fronds from his Royal Palm tree in the back yard are all over the place but nothing else. That neighborhood has a lot of stuff to pick up but nothing like the Bahamas. Still praying for the Bahamians.

      Old Mt Woman, Funny your DH took a job, not sure I posted this but my DH is now a Census worker. He can sorta set his own hours but that may change if they don’t get enough done before the actual census. He’s physically verifying addresses  so when the stuff is mailed out next year , it will actually go to “real” residences.

      Glad you’re safe Little Sister. Was worried about Family down there but as posted did get thru to cousin and uncle down there.Have to check on Sisters as they are on the peninsula in VA tonight and see how they are, IF I can get thru. Took a couple of calls to actually get thru to uncle, kept telling me was something with the reception./wires ??. Baby sis said they were hunkering down but expected to be okay. Hope all are staying safe.

  • #22132


    Hello, have just found the forums today.

    As for my preps, I have not done too much lately, just moved them around a bit. I’ve been focusing more on trying to convince my friends to build up some preps and things, but is a bit slow going at the moment. And that is my free time, been busy with work recently, so have had less time to tinker as well. But I have been looking around and reading online, and seeing many different writing contests for preppers and similar that have rewards that would greatly help my preps, so I’ve been debating about writing to them and about what I could write about. Compared to my friends, I look like a paranoid expert, but I have basically just put my foot into the water and am new to so many things, and tend to not have too many interesting and relevant things to write about. But I used to be one of the best writers in my school when I was still in school, and I think it would not be wasted effort, as in the process of writing something formally, even if it does not win contest, it could help my focus on some of my own preps around the house or something. Those are just my thoughts and opinions though, so any advice is welcome and appreciated, even if in reply I get caught on a point or so and forget to say it. Thank you!

  • #22133

    grannyj smith

    Cinnamon Grammy

    I wish I could say the commerical kitchen was still on for me, but no, dh and kids want back in the farmhouse and rent this house out.  Dh said it will bring in money to get us debt free and then later on build or have a cabin moved in for a commerical kitchen.  I still have my home bakery that doesn’t require a commerical kitchen under the cottage law in Texas and it’s going to get really busy with baking during the holidays, so maybe it’s not the best time to go commerical.

    Had to change diapers and wipes we were using on the baby, so now trying Seventh Generation diapers and wipes and having Target ship them every four weeks, maybe I will not get caught short on diaper and wipes if an emergency hits.

    This morning I used the Krusteaz pancake mix to make breakfast sandwiches, poured a little batter into an egg mold and mixed some maple syrup crystals in the batter so it would melt into the pancake and when they were done split them, put bacon and egg in between and it taste good and cost less than a McGriddle at McDonald’s.

  • #22143


    @Cinnamon Granny

    the radio, both. A combo unit where I could get am/fm and NOAA stations. The one I have now is a midland ER310. NOAA stations are coming in extremely clear.

    It has solar, crank, lithium and AAA batteries. I have energizers in there now, but they are discharging pretty quick. Will need to find a better solution.

    Since I only have 1 now, I’ll probably get a backup.

  • #22161

    Farm Girl

    Hi all!  Last month, I cleaned out and organized my big bathroom.  It is a huge room, with a jacuzzi type tub, shower, toilet and some very nice cabinets.  Unfortunately, the water pressure here prevents us from using the jacuzzi, so, I use it to store my water bricks in.  I had been purchasing medical supplies and putting them in a large aluminum trash can until I had time and energy to organize it all.  I had bought plastic drawers in several different sizes to do just that.  So, last month I got determined to organize the room, and label everything so it would be easy to find.  I worked on it a couple hours a day most days, didn’t rush myself, and got the whole room organized.  Was very proud of myself, after spending 2 years buying stuff, now I can actually find it!!!!  This month, so far I have been canning chicken in pint jars, made some Hungarian Goulash from Daisy’s book “The Preppers Canning Guide”, got 7 quart jars of that.  Used some frozen homegrown tomatoes to make Tomato Basil Soup.  Only got 3 quart bags / servings out of it (plus the one I ate!), but it will be nice to have it ready to eat when I want it. (DH doesn’t like tomato soup, so it’s ALL MINE!!!  LOL!!)  For this month, I plan to try more recipe’s from Daisy’s book, plus a few of my own and get quite a stockpile built up.  Also plan to can some more chicken soup, as my son took all I had when he was sick, so I need some more!!  Hope everyone stays safe and healthy!  Prayers to all those hit by and in the path of Dorian.

  • #22178


    SE Florida checking in

    All is well. A few branches around the neighborhood and apparently a power outage across the street,which has been repaired. Thats it. Looks like mail has resumed as I saw the truck. Trash and schools tomorrow

    Cut my finger yesterday with a knife and its still oozing. Must have been deep ( not large though). Went to HD and picked up cut proof gloves as I still have to take down and put away metal hurricane shutters.

    Ordered wing nut drivers for my family as they always wait until the last minute to get things and of course stores are out. They have one that I gave them 2 years ago, but they needed 2. Gave them mine, as my shutters were up already. Time for a talk. One thing not physically being able to prepare, another just not being on top of things.

    Ordered another first aid bag. As my system in theory was ok, in practice… no. ( more on that later in the “lessons learned forum”

  • #22202

    OldMt Woman

    Glad to see H.Dorian indeed did slide along side FL…..hopefully same up the coast.  Whew!  Poor Bahamas!  🙁

    FarmGirl….yeah, we’ve got a LOT of 1stAid stuff and finding what you need quickly is tricky.  We choose to be portable….using different bags but all of them are Red.  There is overlap but some specialty bags like cuts/trauma/bandages.  I now have thermometers in several of them. Two bags are a nearly identical basic bags.  One for DH’s vehicle on EVAC/BO and the other in my vehicle.  We’ve prepared for wildfire Evac so many times, our most important stuff is geared for leaving.  If we were ever in a different situation [not living in crispy woods] I’d organize things up differently, I think.  But no matter what order….being able to find things is so….satisfying, isn’t it?  🙂

    Our lives been so mixed up around here for a while but much worse for the past month.  DH took a temporary full time job and the entire rest of our life came to a halt — or fell on me.  [see me flattened under a wall of fallen bricks]  They liked him so well, now they offered 2 days a week….trying to lure him to stay.  He will, gladly….cuz that will be much more doable for us all.  And not getting up at O-Dark-Thirty in the morning!  We haven’t even been able to see our elderlies for the past 6 wks.  Verrrry glad this ‘season’ has passed and this will be much better.  This whole year has been one huge shift after another.  Tired…..real tired.  But now hopeful.


  • #22210


    Glad to see everyone back on posting again.. We have been getting ready for Dorian. Looks like for us it will be a tropical storm.  But have water for back up and everything ready to go.. yard has been picked up. Tomato cages had to be put up for next year in shed, so got that done.   Some areas are under flash flooding and schools are either closing early tomorrow or not going to open.  Friday all schools will be closed. They have opened about 3 shelters in some of the lower areas that are prone to flooding.  For us though we are ready, Are high up and not in flood zone.  So we will make out good.

    Farm Girl, I also have a great deal of first aid stuff. When I retired from the doctor I worked for whom also retired at same time, told me to take a great deal of the first aid stuff. So was very lucky on getting a lot of free first aid things.  I even got one of the lights out of the exam rooms. I have been adding to that over the past few years. So still got a few things to redo as I had to buy another container for that.  Fishing boxes make for great first aid boxes also.

    Well we just got the notice that we have been upgraded from a tropical storm watch to a tropical storm warning with potential for flooding and trees downed. Which also mean power loss in some areas.  Now I can just sit back and relax a bit as I am as ready for whatever happens as I can be.

    Stay safe everyone.

  • #22242


    On the topic of first aid stuff, a lot of the farm stores around me tend to carry a fair bit, so if you need something and the normal stores have run out, check the farm/pet stores. They’re probably not a thing people think of when it comes to first aid, so they might still have stuff on the shelves- one near me has a small shelf dedicated to first aid kits/bandaids, for example, so if the ones in your area are similar, that could be a good last ditch option. Hopefully that’s a little bit helpful

  • #22262


    I just bought and filled a 55 gallon water barrel. I also recently purchased mylar bags and oxygen absorbers, which I have been testing on various foods.  I also put away several shelf stable meals in a jar soups and made a beans and a rice bucket, along with other various foods. I’ve been taking inventory of my preps, and researching what I might can do to add to them.

  • #22273

    Cinnamon Grammy

    Greetings, All.

    Corsaire:  Thank you.  There are so many hand-crank, emergency radios on the market it is good to get a reference.

    Tracy:  We are also SkyWarn.  We happen to live in a county that on the west side, is partly under a major city and on the east side it is under a different state.  So the people in our ham radio club report to the other state, while we report to the major city.  Makes for an interesting challenge during storms.  Have not done any spotting, yet. Weather has been quiet.

    Thoughts for those of you on the East Coast.

    Today I made, and canned, seven quarts of corn chowder.  A farmer brings his delicious sweet corn to the “city market” site every day.  I picked up two dozen and used one today.  Today, I made 4 jars with chicken, and three with ham/bacon.  Tomorrow, I will probably just make a Vegan corn chowder.  That will give me 14 quarts, so one a month if we have no company.  By making tomorrow’s batch without meat, I can heat it up for anyone.  Also tomorrow, coleslaw is on the canning list:  regular, Asian flavored, one batch with pineapple – none with mayonnaise.  (I am a rebel canner, though, so no canning police, please.)

    I had hoped the cabbage would grow larger, but there was a problem.  Well, maybe two problems. There is a pocket gopher digging tunnels under the cabbage patch.  I have had no red cabbage, those were the first attacked.  The stem was nibbled until it fell over, then the cabbage was eaten from UNDERNEATH!  Sneaky critter.  I don’t think it is the gopher, though, that is eating the green cabbage heads.  Those are being eaten from the top – almost surgically.  Very neatly chewed off in a wedge.  I harvested the ones affected. I will cut off around the chewed off part and use the rest.  I figure that soaking in salt water, plus pickling in vinegar and canning it should kill any germs.  I hope.

    All is calm here in the midwest.  No raging storms, except those that Daisy declares.  Weather is beautiful at partly clouds and low seventies every day.  Hubby’s thoughts have turned to splitting the wood for our wood stove. He chainsaws;  that is one tool I will never touch.  Either one of us will use the splitter, very glad to have that, then haul and stack.  I pick up the kindling.  He still volunteers to clean up after my canning messes, though, bless him for that. Good team work.

    Prepping for a predicted difficult winter.

    Take care, Everyone.



  • #22415

    Cinnamon Grammy

    Greetings, All.

    Did you get Daisy’s enforced bug-out hike in?  No, me neither.  At least not today. I got a different kind of exercise.  Up and down the stairs and step ladder to reorganize my long-term canning storage shelves.

    I have been canning the last few days and it was time to put the jars on my shelves.  I decided to move things around a bit first, and make sure oldest items were up front.  Well, guess what I found. MISTAKES.

    I had made 14 jars of Corn Chowder, I found 19.  I thought i only had 5.  When things get put behind others, because there is only one or two of the “other,” you mistakenly think you only have that 1 or two.  I asked another canning group how they organized their shelves.  The general answer was they put jars wherever there was space.  Well, I guess they are not peppers who plan on having the food last for two years, or care about finding things, or have as many jars as I home-can.

    Green beans?  Good crop year.  Put some up in pints – our preferred size for two people, and some in quarts.  I knew I had older beans downstairs so I wanted to make sure the oldest were in front…Guess what year?

    2014!!, And, 2015, 2016, 2017, I think we must have put 2018s in front of all the others since there were just a few of those.  So, I had hubby put the 2019s on the very top shelf, in the original jar boxes, and clearly labeled as 2019.  I then organized by year and told him to start on the left and work to the right when I send him for green beans.

    I guessed how many jars there were.  Most people, like Jackie Clay Atkinson, shoot for 1 meal/jar a week, so 52 a year for us.  I have about 12 dozen in pints and quarts = so about 144 jars  Of just GREEN beans.  There are still more beans in the garden!  I won’t throw them away.  But, I will surely not plant two packages of green beans next year.

    I found several other jars that did not seal well since the lids were off.  Re-fried black beans. Mice did not touch them.  chuckle   I made some for a neighbor’s party last year and had so much left over that I decided to can them.  Well, now I see why the powers that be do not approve of canning refried beans.  “They” say it is too dense.  Yup,  dried to a brick in the jar.  If I had canned the runny beans before blending them smooth and cooking them down I think they would have been fine. So, if, IF, I make some more, I’ll just mix up the ingredients and not cook them before canning.  They can cook down and be blended when it is time to eat them. Fortunately, I only have three more 1/2-pints; a little goes a long way.

    So, now I am dusty, cobwebby, and feeling ready for a bath.  Nice cloudy, dreary day for soaking in the tub and reading a book on my Kindle.

    Take care Everyone.

  • #22454


    144 jars of Green beans WoW. Something to barter or sell if need be.

    I’ve been poking around hardware stores opening and closing tool boxes with one hand. It works, but the configuration doesnt. The bins are too small and the boxes too deep

    Train makeup boxes however…….Bins are square, easy open.But I am concerned about durability as they look junky and pricey.

    Makeup bags do seem to fit the bill though

    Search continues

  • #22536

    Cinnamon Grammy

    Greetings, All.

    Corsaire:  what are you going to use the tool boxes for?  Tools?  What are train makeup boxes?

    We had a very heavy thunderstorm last night.  Today, the old part of the basement is flooded. Hubby is now sucking up the water with our shop vac and hauling the water outside.  The water is so dirty in that area that it killed the old sump pump a while ago.  The water comes through the cracks in the original limestone wall.  There is a concrete “door jamb” about three inches tall between the old and new sections that holds most of the water back.  It is time to get it fixed – new chinking, new sump pump, and make the door sill higher in case the chinking is not the solution.  Just another project when you live in the country.

    I canned 18 jars of coleslaw!  I posted it on the Prep Month challenge.  I did some last year and it was nice to take it from the shelf for immediate use.  Last year I canned a regular slaw and an Asian flavored one.  So this year, more of the regular slaw and tried a couple fruity ones.  I am looking forward to a hot and tangy pulled pork over a cold, creamy, fruity coleslaw on a toasty bun.  Better get some pork to slow roast and can.

    There are some smaller heads of cabbage in the garden that I hope will grow a bit more.  Perhaps I did not get any cauliflower to grow this year.  The large plants that are Brussel’s sprouts seem to be starting to sprout.  It will be exciting to have our own.  Since I cannot can the cole crops by themselves, people say the flavor gets too strong, I will need to freeze them.  Since the freezer is full, I should pull out something I can can and do that to make room.

    I  have not spoken to Grandson #1 in the last week, but his mother reports that he is finding college a challenge.  He is no longer the big fish in a little pond and no longer one of the smartest in the class.  It is good to be humbled a bit.  Now, he is just a number and finding Calculus 2 a challenge.  When we spoke before I gave him hints about how to get personalized help, from when I was in a large University twenty years ago.  I doubt he is at that point yet, though.

    His 16 1/2 y.o. younger brother is now 6′ 41/2″ tall.  I call him Shorty.  Also Brat, because he likes to tease and do things to “get my goat.”  Like dropping the sheets on my head from the second floor, or turning the decorated plates with Moose on them so the Moose’s feet are in the air and standing on its antlers.  Comparing him to his mother yesterday, it was obvious how strong his bone structure is, not just tall and thin, he is solidly built.  The youngest of the three, turns 14 in two weeks and is 5′ 10″.  I told him I am going to call him “Little One” because he is not.  Plus, he is supposed to be the tallest of the three.  I am very lucky to have a good, strong, loving relationship with my daughter’s family.  (They even like, love, and respect my husband, step-grandpa.  Fortunately, my first and second husbands are friends and we are all able to be together to celebrate birthdays and even vacation together.  I am very blessed.)

    I should go help hubby with the flooded basement and search the freezer for something to eat and or can.  Rubber boot time.

    Enjoy your Autumn.


  • #22545

    OldMt Woman

    Don’t know if it would work for your 1st Aid or not, Corsaire.  [also: pardon if I’m repeating myself.  I’ve been so busy, don’t know if I’m comin’ or goin’ ]  But I use the toiletry bags that zip open and hang for easy look-see.  Yes, zippers again…gonna put loops on those pulls soon.  But the good part is the multi-clear pockets that are open to reach into.  If you can hang it from the hook, it’s pretty accessible.  This is my main one for multiple types of 1st Aid needs.  It’s also so portable and would go on a BugOut.

    However, I looked up “train case – cosmetics boxes”.  These are very similar to the ones that EMPs use.  I have a garage-sale EMP case.  But there’s a reason it was set out for cheap sale.  Harder than I would like to get the thing open..something has warped??  But, it stores the overflow.  This one has some drawers to label and easily find what you’re looking for so I wish it wasn’t so jammed to open it.  Hope you can find something that suits your needs.

    Cinnamon Grammy….what a mess in your basement.   🙁   It brought up a memory from my childhood.   I remember sitting on an overturned ceramic crock in our basement in MidWest.  Dirt floor/limestone walls.  Smallish tornado overhead that “only”  took out the wood corn crib.  But the pressure was SQUIRTING water between the limestones.  It didn’t usually leak but it did that time.  Good luck with your clean-up and eventual renovation.  It’s always something, right?

    I’m having a hard time keeping up with the Sept challenges.  Some are easy and some….lead to other things that have to be done.  Like yesterday…cleaning/sorting BOB when I really only meant to get out the water filter.  But I found some water damage and yike.  Turned into a 2 day project…still working on it.  Well….it ALL needs to be done so I’m trying to persevere.  We’re in the city tomorrow – so I hope Challenge # 12 is an easy one!  At least I already updated and sorted my Goin’ Into Town BOB yesterday as well.  It’s a Get Home Bag, actually and is somewhat different than a “Goin’ Into The Woods” BOB.  Praying we don’t have the need for either!

    OldMtWoman  ….brrrrr!  Can feel summer’s gone up in mts.

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  • #22603


    @Cinnamon Grammy. Tool box for a first aid box.You can open them up with one hand ( clumsy fingers here ).

    train cases. gosh I’ll post a link to what they look like as its kinda hard to describe

    OldMt Woman. hanging Toiletry bags, yes Namelus also suggested that.

    EMP cases, nice but very expensive.

    At least one rain maker is on its way. Hurricane Season continues.

  • #22610


    I am getting things ready to can beef stew tomorrow as well as some chicken breast I picked up on sale today.  The green beans I canned are still sitting on bed in spare bedroom as I haven’t had time to get them under the bed.  We really don’t have anyone spending night any longer other than youngest grandson and he is almost 18 and looking for a job as well as college. So don’t think he will be popping in to spend weekends near as much as he used to.  So I am thinking about redoing that room as it is the smallest bedroom and having either son in law or someone to hire to put up shelving down one wall for canned goods.  I am not sold on doing that but with no pantry and 3 closets full of food along with 2 book cases. I need more storage. My only other option would be to redo the shed that now houses all the Christmas things on loft and canning jars and larger pots I use for canning. That the idea of having electric run for a window air conditioner might be my better option. Just not sure where to go with this one.  Looking at all my options at this point.  I have no basement and no pantry.  Kitchen has no storage for that much canning.  Very small kitchen. If anyone has any ideas, I am open for suggestions. My second bedroom is my office, sewing room, craft room and the closet is also full of food. Just hope having this much food in house will pay off as about 10 years ago I never would have thought to store this much food.  Canning adds up fast.

  • #22611


    Prepping the vehicles for winter travel.  Organizing closets to better accommodate preps.  Purging unnecessary items. Planting the greenhouse for fall. Preserving the last of the summer harvest.

  • #22613

    Mama cando

    Hi all, Just checking in , DH’s friends are gone (early because of the weather) and Surprise, Son1, DIL and Grand baby are on the way tomorrow. Will have just enough time to wash the bedding and get it back on the bed before they arrive, LOL. They just got back from So. Korea, where he was working for the past month. I swear that little one will be so well traveled BEFORE she hits kindergarten LOL. They’re going to stay till Sunday AM , then go up to DIL’s folks for a couple of days  then head home. Where he’ll start another movie with the possibility of going overseas again. So not much is going on here. Barely keeping up with the challenges as it is.

  • #22618

    OldMt Woman

    MamaCanDo …Barely keeping up with the challenges.  Yeah, on that!  Whew!

    Had to go into city today for some business.  Never go unless mandatory.  I like my isolated region.  I felt like I was in the middle of the Indy 500 with vehicles going this way and that so fast.  I tend to get my nervous system overloaded and yes, it did today!  Then it was a bit too hot for me too.  Had to get out my big ice and gel packs and lay down in back seat…and hang on!  Always have my stuff to handle these events.  When we reached nearer to home, it was cooler and I began to “come back on line”.  I hate those spells.  Just not used to that much activity for the brain to process anymore.

    And last nite, I dipped water out of our pond for the water filter challenge.  I’m eyeing the water I know my ducks poo in every day.  😮    Hmmm….how much do I REALLY trust the filter-in-bottle?  Maybe I’ll just try the Katadyn which I do trust.  Then I can plan to buy a Sawyer Mini.  Sawyers aren’t that expensive like the Katadyn but have great reviews.  Just ZERO time the past 2 days to finish that challenge.  Pond water is sitting on the porch….waiting.

    Snow in the high Rockies yesterday.  Uff ta!  We’re high but not that high.  Trees are beginning to fade a bit here…where’d summer go?

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all.

  • #22651


    OldMtWoman, I can understand how trying to keep up the the daily challenges. I run to office to check in to post on them but am getting busier each day. I am not real good at posting stuff as it is.

    Today I canned 14 quarts of beef stew and my daughter came over and has claimed a couple of jars. Though she couldn’t take them home at the time as they were still hot and needs to sit a bit. I will take them to her tomorrow. Went to drug store that is now closing after 34 years to see my friend and pharm.  He is also our Delegate and is running again. He has served us well so he has my vote. Though I will miss his drug store and all the great people that work there, I understand with a small pharm. and how the insurance companies are trying to force people to use mail order or the bigger box pharm. like CVS..  The small private drug stores can no longer compete as they do not order in the bulk that it takes to make the money to keep them running. I am afraid I will be seeing more drug stores like this one closing as well.  The one at the hosp. near us has already closed it’s doors. So much is changing and not all of it for the good.

  • #22664

    Mama cando

    OMW, little sister I feel for ya. It’s been tough keeping up with everything.  Hey, Little sister, you think your friend would cut you a deal on some first aid stuff or other goods in the store? We have a grocery with a pharmacy in it and it does good business. DH’s med plan uses one of those mail order places but allows us to use local if we want. The one his plan uses kept screwing up our meds so we switched to the grocery store pharmacy.Just praying they won’t have to shut down due to pressure from the mail order company(ies).

    OMW when you DO get to the “duck” water don’t forget to strain it thru a cotton undershirt or coffee filter before you try the filter.Found it helped me clear the water so I didn’t gunk up my filter.

  • #22688

    OldMt Woman

    Yes, thanks, MamaCando.  Was planning to pre-filter.  Setting there has settled the solids to the bottom too.  I have coffee filters put back and one of the permanent ones too, for water pre-filtration if we ever need it.  I always cut up old Tshirts for the material….bandaging, cleaning up nasty livestock wounds [which are fortunately few], and prefiltering would also be good.  I have a stack to cut up sitting near my chair ….for the past month!  [roll eyes]

    We’ve actually turned on the furnace the last two mornings.  BRRRRR!  We’re in the 40’s but warm up in the afternoons.  High 70’s.  Such drastic swings from low to high and back again daily in this high country.

    Been resting but feeling better today than yesterday.  A day in the city always costs me a great deal of energy.  Homebody is better for me.

    OldMtWoman ….gotta read Katadyn instructions…

  • #22698


    Mama Cando, yes, my friend has already reduced all the gift items at 50% which I really was not interested in but did pick up a couple of things.  Due to legal stuff, he cannot reduce RX prices but is going to call me when he gets the inventory for the first aid and other things they carry.. He will give me a great price on first aid and hoping wheel chair and other things like that for a much reduced deal. Will be checking in with him on Monday. He is closed on Sundays. Walgreen stepped in and is taking over all the prescriptions but I have already transferred to Harris Teeter. I am hearing good things about them, so hoping that will work out.

    Canned 6 pints of chicken breast today. That was all I had and getting ready to can some pork tenderloins next week. Need to get them out of freezer and into fridge to thaw before I can get them ready to can. I am going to try to empty the freezer by canning everything I can from there.  The beef stew came out great. Had enough left over for a meal. So going to have that tomorrow for dinner.




  • #22722


    Today I had a “why didnt I think of this earlier” moment

    Boiled eggs, removed them, added potatoes ( instead of dumping the hot water). I probably could have added rice or pasta. I’ll do that next time.

  • #22730

    Jessee Jones

    In September, I have been working on the daily challenges. I have purchased a solar dehydrator and  have an electric dehydrator. I want to dry some apple slices. I have stacked the very dry firewood (used to start the fires and for the fire ring) and had a new load of seasoned wood delivered and stacked. I will get another load at the end of the month. It has been so hot here (southern Ohio) that I haven’t gotten to work outside like I usually do in September. We have cleaned out three of the raised beds and are getting ready to plant other things this month. I still have some tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos growing. I found three big tomato plants which have blooms on in the old chicken yard. I will bring them with me when I move. We are going to construct a small greenhouse and some tunnels over the raised beds. I have canned some chicken and will be canning more this week.

  • #22809


    Inspired by yesterdays challenge

    I researched sprouts and microgreens. Easy to grow with low light and nutrient dense. Cause I may not be able to get out safely.

  • #22820

    Cinnamon Grammy

    Greetings, All

    Black Beans

    When I cooked from our garden and the market, for day 14, I discovered something.  I pulled ONE plant of black beans determined to use that for dinner.  It yielded 1/4 of black beans.  That with ONE cob of corn, ONE green pepper, and quite a few cherry tomatoes, yielded a stuffed pepper for two.  No rice.

    So, how many bean plants do I need for enough DRIED or SHELL beans to get through the winter?  I have no idea how many dried beans I use, but I started looking for ideas online.  I found this from a vegetarian permaculture farmer who eats 1/2 kilo of shell beans a day.

    “The figure I found for planting annual bush beans, kidney and pinto and white, says about 600 plants per 10 square meters, theoretically resulting in around 10 kilos of dry beans. So, doing a little more math, it seems I’m figuring about 60 plants per square meter resulting in one kilo/two days of dried beans to eat. That equates to about 130 square meters of growing space needed annually to produce the prescribed beans.”

    OK.  A square meter is about 40 x 40 inches, so, about 155 square yards for enough bean/protein for an entire year for two people. That is more than the 8 -10 plants per person recommended by one site, and 15 by another.  155 yards square is 1/2 of my garden and would preclude many other vegetables. Still need space for potatoes, corn, tomatoes, etc.  I don’t think my garden is large enough to grow enough beans for one year.  Better get some chickens.

    Or maybe, dig more beds for beans and let the squash climb.

    Does anyone let their squash climb?  Is the vine and arbor strong enough to support a bunch of acorn, butternut plants and fruit? Or a fence?

    Questions, questions. But, that is what we are here for, right?  Ask questions, get answers, and share with everyone so we all learn.

    Enjoy your Septembers.

  • #22821


    Picked the last of the butter beans today. Now need to get them ready for freezer.  Looking at all the meat I still have in freezer and trying to decide about how I want to can it. Still have a lot of beef in freezer and have already made up beef stew and before that veg. beef soup.  I might just can the beef to use with what ever dish I want for supper or other stews. Didn’t have much chicken left in freezer but did have several pork loins. So I am going to get those canned as soon as things calm down around here.  I have been trying to catch up on housework and moving some things around to make room for things I have canned in the past few days.

    Corsaire, I have tried to do the mircogreens, but did not have a lot of luck with them. I bought a book on how to grow them.. I am looking into getting a grow light for growing some things in the house. The way my house is, it is hard to get things in the right place for proper sunlight.  This is one of the things I have been working on.

  • #22829

    OldMt Woman

    @CinnamonGrammy ..I have seen where folks grow vines up strong trellis and support the individual fruits….like acorn squash, or musk melon …with something like old nylon stockings.  Put growing fruit/veg inside and it expands enough and tie up the stocking.  Or some sling arrangement to support, instead of being inside.  Depends on your wind too…how strong everything would need to be.  But if you research vertical gardens….there is a LOT about that now.  I like reading your calculations….important to get an idea of just what it would take to feed yourselves.

    I’m still waaaay swamped with finishing up a dozen projects.  DH is supposed to be working part time now but he’s covering others for 3 days.   One coworker looked like a chipmunk with her dental issue….very much needed the days off to deal with that.  The other had a lawyer appt. ….also legit need for him to cover.  Both are grateful ….so if we ever need him to take a particular day off… 🙂

    Kinda still wears me out tho.  I finally recovered enough from our city trip to walk dog today.  Not very far either but it’s something.

    OldMtWoman   G’nite all.

  • #22863


    Just read something about how bad the flu was in Australia and that it could be just as bad here.

    Realized I had no idea where my dried elderberries were

    Ordered more and like many vendors on Amazon, on back order, and will be in stock September 25

    The rush has begun

  • #22867


    Thanks for the reminder Corsaire.  I need to order some elderberries also. I had forgotten all about that.

    Shelled butter beans today so that ended the garden.  got only 4 lbs shelled. So they are going in freezer tomorrow. That should get us through the winter.

    We have been talking about the garden next year. So we are not going to plant one next year. Going to give it a break. Though I will plant lettuce and herbs.

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