February 1, 2021 at 12:29 pm #33211
Made it through JAN!
Welcome to FEB!
For those in the NYC, tri-state area around NYC, seeing of heavy snow that way!
February 1, 2021 at 5:05 pm #33218Olivia GreenParticipant
a while back there was some discussion about grocery shopping. where, what & when shortages were found.
went fri. 1-29 for usual 10 day to 2 week trip.
fred meyers & QFC had nothing i wanted at price i’d pay.
(both are now owned by kroger)
safeway: got 1 of their brand bacon 3# for $8.71.
deli friday special ham off bone 1# $5.
signature pan bread .99 for 1st 2. (i like thinner Pan slices)
also looked at 2# shredded mexican cheese $5.88. to big for 1 person. and NO freezer space left.
winco: NW company, employee owned.
i get most everything there.
chicken drum sticks and thighs 97c. got pkg thighs.
winco brand canned tomatoes .48
winco brand condensed soup .76
lots of dry soups.
and just a few empty slots in raman shelf.
Guerrero soft taco tortillas now 11c each.
but don’t care as they are closest to ‘real’ i’ve found.
also make good ‘sandwich’ rolls when not very hungry.
La Contina pinto beans 19.75oz $1.09 (real juice instead of clear whatever it is liquid. taste home cooked.)
and refried 20.5oz $1.12. so good!
bulk mushrooms $2.95# still (3 years, same price)
small lemons up from .28c to .33c. very juicy so worth it.
no shortages in fruit/veg section.
they have a wonderful bulk section.
only empty barrels were dry mangos and one of the many pasta shapes. clean plastic bags were in and waiting to be filled.
got nuts, dried cranberries and semi-sweet chips.
my snacking food.
didn’t really look at rest of deli or meat sections.
dairy had no holes.
bakery full too.
all this and more.. SW WA.
February 2, 2021 at 8:33 am #33236
We are saving our grocery store receipts to compare prices month/s year from now.
February 1, 2021 at 6:54 pm #33219
<p style=”text-align: left;”>We had tornados the other day up north. Got zero degrees and ice/snow coming. I played with the grandson in a t-shirt today. Ya never really know here. You can get a sunburn and have a snowquake on the same day.
Food round here seems ok and pretty much back. I can buy any brand of Clorox or other wipes n spray these days. Prices have increased some. I take my mom shopping on Sunday and she’s not finding cosmetics n women’s stuff like she wants though. Kids toys looked lean last few times I went too.
Y’all stay the course. Events come n go but the need for preparedness never goes away. Stay safe
February 1, 2021 at 6:59 pm #33220
Indeed the Northeast USA is getting clobbered. Hope everyone is ok. Please post and let us know how you are doing
Weather wise here brrrr for our area down to the …dare I say it….yes the 40’s. Homes arent required to have heat in these parts. I do, but just going to use a space heater instead.
For what ever reason my 3 qt sauce pan is lost. Will try the thrift stores tomorrow then I am off to Amazon warehouse and see whats there.
Organizing cleaning supplies now, what I use and what works and what doesnt. One of my neighbors is getting ready for hurricane season. A bit too soon for that. Electronics you start in March, cause its after the winter storms and prices tend to be lower and you have the inventory. April you get the camping crowd and things get busy.
February 2, 2021 at 8:34 am #33237
Cannot really say how much snow we got. Could be a few inches or just from the drifting (lots of wind).
February 1, 2021 at 9:49 pm #33226
Stores here are still hit and miss. Not much in paper towels and TP. Canned goods are doing a bit better but still a lot of empty spaces. Cleaning supplies are hit and miss. Just depends on which store I go to. Though since I am on a 2 hour time line with leaving DH home alone, I only hit Food Lion which is within walking distance. Maybe a 20 minute walk. or Harris Teeter which Kroger now owns. Once in a while I go to Lidl’s. Last time there they were much better stocked but slim pickings on can goods. while in Food Lion about 3 days ago they had canning jars, so grabbed a couple dozen of the wide mouth pints. No lids to be bought though.
Today I have been doing taxes, Still not done. With DH being in the hospital 4 times and 3 ER visits and all the meds. And again with all the equipment I have had to buy. I have been sorting through and getting it all together to claim on the taxes. And with all I have spent in medical, RX, food ministry and other donations, I am betting I still won’t have enough to claim. Our taxes are complicated as it is and a trust that I am trustee of as well. ( DH’s dad’s trust. We had to get it away from the bank as they were getting paid 3 times what Dh and his brother were getting. So now I am the trustee and I don’t charge anything.
DH’s leg is starting to close up in the middle. The sterile saline solution seems to be working much better than cleaning it up with a mild soap and water. I am balling up a smaller piece of gauze and putting Neosporin on it to keep the gauze from sticking to the wound. Doing much better. Now if I can only get him walking better. Never know when his leg will go out on him and then he falls. So really taken some hard steps on that one. He goes back to the Othro doctor on Thursday. We are going to try to get him in to home phy. therapy for a while.
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February 2, 2021 at 4:18 am #33230MamaLlamaParticipant
Hi, my first check in!
So last weekend of January I sat down in my longer term storage area and finally cleared out what was nearing expiration. I also wrote down expiration dates more clearly so that one look will tell me all I need. I also sorted it to where the oldest is out front.
Through this process I found out I don’t have as much as I thought AND the quality of meals is lacking. Very plain, very boring, so now I’m brainstorming what to store to make our prep meals roughly similar to what I make currently. I may even be underestimating portion sizes as my two young children are always growing and eating more with the passing time. I know I could stand to eat less if need be, but my main concern is making sure my husband and children get fed. I also know I shouldn’t starve either, it is very difficult to separate the strong Mama desire to ensure my babies survive and being okay to take mpre for me as needed.
I also noticed my chocolate stash is very….. robust, LOL! Probably not a bad thing as having that mental boost of some sweets is great to keep grouchy children calm.
February 2, 2021 at 10:23 am #33243arm04Participant
Well I was hoping that my sluggish feelings toward my garden over this winter weren’t permanent..I really needed to get more done..but my sister and brother in law brought over a load of beautiful compost and I’ve been excited ever since! I got some carrot seeds laid down and prepped one row and began reset on my raised block bed. After taking a financial beating last year I have a few holes to fill in supplies..restocked flour, pasta, garden seeds, soap.. New work boots for hubby.. new shovel for the garden..refilled gas cans and propane tanks..next size up clothing and shoes for kids..
It’s kind of nice typing all this out..I feel like I got a lot done!
February 2, 2021 at 11:20 am #33246
I find sometimes writing things down, or posting them kinda helps you get an idea or get a handle on things.
February 2, 2021 at 2:14 pm #33257
When we started we went with prep a little of everything to start … that way for smaller emergencies you are set
Then picked items most important to survive. First if water so all.the filtration preps second came food then came warmth items first aid then came defense.
February 3, 2021 at 6:33 am #33261GrwrnParticipant
I received my solar generator and played around with it and charged it up. Now I am looking into 150-watt foldable solar panels for an alternative method of charging it.
I have ordered and received my heirloom seeds and planning my garden. It is a raised garden bed and I expanded it last year and want to add another 10 sq feet to it this spring.
I canned pinto beans and ham.
I am a Dollar General digital couponer and I am continuously adding to my toiletries, laundry, and cleaning items stockpile. I donate a lot of it too as my storage space is limited but I get creative.
@Crow Bar. I like the idea of saving receipts to track prices/inflation.
February 3, 2021 at 7:48 pm #33273Atypical SapienParticipant
Today’s trip to Sam’s: More bacon, yeast and foods for the freezers. Detergents and wipes. Orchid for the bride. Sushi for me. Well rounded stocking up excursion.
February 3, 2021 at 8:49 pm #33277
Got the 2 turkeys I bought from Lidl’s canned up last week and made turkey bone broth with the bones and such. That turned out really good. The turkeys were priced at .29 cents a pound. That put them at $3.32 for each turkey. I need to go through freezer and can up everything I can. I have beef and chicken both I want to get out and get them canned up. Still trying to find enough jars before I start that job. Also have been putting 20 pounds of flour in freezer for a couple of weeks at a time as that is all I have room for. So I can get them ready to go into mylar bags. I have about 60 pounds of flour of different types that I use often. 45 pounds are ready to go into mylar bags now. Just need a day to get this stuff done. Will start that as soon as I finish up the taxes. Stuff spread out all over dinning room table for the taxes and I need that table to get the flour done also. Hopefully both jobs will be done within the next 2 weeks. I also have some grits I am going to put in mylar bags. Was going to store them in canning jars with my seal a meal, but canning jars are to hard to find now and I need what I have for canning meats and veggies, etc. When I defrosted my freezer before Thanksgiving, I had more yeast than I thought I had. Just wondering if I should get more when I can find it. It is very hard to find around here now. I wanted the one in the glass jars for freezer as I do have several of them in freezer now. So I started buying the packs and got those sealed in my seal a meal bags and in freezer as well. Haven’t had any problems with them so I will keep doing it that way. I was thinking about buying some more hard wheat, I have some but not a lot. That is the long term wheat. So good for 25 years and is just a back up for just in case.
Don’t know why, but I have this feeling that I have so much to do and under the Biden administration, I have so little time. We are good on food right now and I just fill in the gaps that we use to keep on top of it. But so much more to do. Got to hook the well back up and get a new hand pump. Something I should have done already, but when Dh got sick it just went to the back of the line along with the fireplace inspection. So trying to get those things back to the top of the line.
February 4, 2021 at 8:06 pm #33299
Took Dh to the orthopedic doctor today and getting in and out of car was not easy. Had to have help getting him out and then back in. the doctor came out and helped get him back into car. He told me to call the family doctor to get the help I need, that it has to go through him. So called when I got home and got him settled but he was not in. Left message with nurse, so hoping to get a call tomorrow on what I need to do. Seems it is not so much his leg muscle as it is with his brain not sending the signals to the legs. So we have a real problem. So time to get the help I really need to get him to and from. The time is coming where he will be fully bed ridden and I am not putting him in a nursing home. So need to figure out the other options. This is going to be tough. And the CHF is not helping things any. All this stems from the stroke he had back in 1993. It was from an an aneurysm in the base of the brain stem that he may have had when he was born. He had a cousin that had the same type of stroke. So here we are over 20 years later dealing with that stroke. Hard to believe but I have heard about people that had this type of problem where the brain didn’t send a signal for the body to do what it should. I just have never delt with this before. Not going to be easy.
February 5, 2021 at 8:00 am #33308
That cannot be easy on you Little Sis.
Hang in there.
February 5, 2021 at 1:54 pm #33315
Got phone call from doctor this morning. Right after having to call rescue squad to get Dh off floor. He decided to walk to den from bedroom using his walker and made it to den with me behind him but he didn’t quiet make it to his chair when his legs gave out. I caught him and set him on floor and he couldn’t sit on floor, so laid him down and put pillow under his head. Rescue got him up and into chair. So at least he didn’t get hurt. I always tell them this is not an emergency so no sirens and stuff. I bought them all lunch today. Dh is sleeping now. So I am taking a much needed break and getting clothes washed. Trying to catch up on dusting and cleaning up a bit. It just seems the house work is getting further and further behind. But I just keep on keeping on. It will get done one day. DH needs me more than dust bunnies do. Don’t know how I will be able to continue to prepare for what’s coming with a biden socialist country. And being that China will own us. Guess I will just do the best I can and put all of this totally in the hands of the Lord.
Found out from a friend from Church that one of our classmates from Sunday school is in hospital now with CHF. She is 92 years old. And a very dear friend. One of our pastors that had retired several years ago from our church died from corvid. Seems his wife went to get her hair cut and she came home with it. She gave it unknowingly to her husband and both were in hospital but she recovered and he didn’t make it. Another member of our church is also in hospital with corvid but is starting to do better. Seems like prayers going out for so many for so many things these days. 2021 will not be any better than 2020.
February 10, 2021 at 7:39 pm #33442
No it is not crowbar. But I am doing the best I can. My house is starting to look like a pig sty. I did get some dusting and cleaning floors done. But that was all. I try to spend as much time as I can with Dh. He is sleeping right now. I just feel that I need to be spending my time with him and not worry about housework. I never thought we would be going through this and with a pandemic and a president that is pushing for a socialist and communist country.
February 5, 2021 at 2:48 pm #33317
Getting a head start on ordering cleanup supplies needed for the house and property in the city. DH is not onboard with moving now since seeing how dirty and trashy the place is, I told him give me a few months and this house will be the cleanest on the block.
I just have to do one step at a time and the first step is getting the house exterminated and then have a commerical dumpster moved in for all the trash in the yard and get the dirty mildewed drywall off and back to bare studs before major disinfecting and cleaning in the house can begin. This can’t be a healthy or happy home the way this house is, my biggest fear is finding snakes have come in the home after the rodents.
Prayers and hopes all goes well with this move.
February 5, 2021 at 11:38 pm #33322
@grannyjsmith look into renting or buying an commercial ozone machine…. use it before you rip into dryway if you can leave it for a few days while you are not in it will kill off dangerous things like black mold and other pathogens.
Once stripped to 2×4 then use again for few days to get I all the crevasses and to get rid of any funky lingering smells.
It’s worth the time and expense to do…. just dont live I it while you do it as the ozone stinks bad.
February 7, 2021 at 10:43 am #33332
Thanks for the info and found Home Depot has commerical ones at an affordable price. There is an ill relative with children in the house and that is the reason for the move to care for the relative. I am the oldest girl in my family and dh is the oldest in his family so when a family member needs help it becomes our responsibility help and we do it out of love for our family.
I believe folks claiming global got it wrong for it is cold here and this week weather man states some of the coldest temps ever recorded for Texas will be moving in.
Been working on a smaller recipe notebook to take with me with favorite recipes and Artisan bread recipes, I am hoping that I can use some of my cooking and baking skills for extra money down there after the house is cleaned and kitchen redone along with selling some of our fresh eggs.
Enjoy Supper Bowl and I’m hoping for a Brady win.
February 10, 2021 at 3:50 pm #33435
We have a Blue Norther coming in Saturday with snow and freezing rain and not warming up for at least a week. The power company is warning there will be power loss during those days, so trying to get prepared before it comes in. We are adding a thick layer of hay in the chicken coop, but still afraid the chickens will not survive the freezing weather.
Have to move the washing machine off the back porch to inside the house to keep the water pump on the machine from freezing. Refilling all the lanterns with oil to use during power outage for lighting and they put off a little heat. Put the heavy Sherpa lined quilts on the beds and set up electric heaters in bedrooms in order to save on propane until the really cold get here.
I ordered some Cypress & Peppermint essential oils for spraying inside and outside the house in the city, suppose to keep rodents and bugs away, don’t know if it will work but going to try it, at least it will smell nice if it does nothing else.
Going to be working on cutting back on how many things I use that come in plastic containers, making my own condiments and doing away with plastic laundry jugs by ordering laundry detergent sheets and getting milk in cartons instead of plastic jugs.
February 10, 2021 at 4:26 pm #33437
Mice dont like the peppermint… we use that for rodent diversion…
If you do not have pets mixing sugar with plaster or Paris or coating the cheap hard candy that goes soft kills alot of mice and its not poisonous to animals AFTER EATEN plaster or Paris only sets once.
Mixing a syrup like aunt jemima with borax soap till it is sticky like a taffy that’s a bit runny and placing it in trap dishes will kill alot of rodents first through injection second through toxin of boron…. this has to be a no pet area.
You cannalway make a 5 gallon bucket trap… just fill with 4 inches of water. So they drown easier than mid night hearing squeaking from trapped ones
Princess auto also has live metal.traps that work well just tie a wire through the vents on side so when you are cleaning out the trap.you can drown the contents first and write stops you from.having to put hand in dead mouse and other nasty stuff.
February 10, 2021 at 7:35 pm #33441
grannyj smith It sounds like you are about to take on a big job and caring for loved ones. Praying for you to get through it all as I know it is not an easy task.
Called Dh’s family doctor today as I never heard from home health. Needless to say our conversation on Monday was just talk. He not only did not call home health but he didn’t call a neuro doctor either to find out what is going on that his brain is not sending out the signals it should be sending out. I would like to say all this is due to corvid, but doctors these days are not hearing a word a patient says. I do not want to take him back to hospital to get the help from home health that I need. And I know the medical field will get much worse as we end up being socialized medicine. It will be anything but socialized as they don’t know what they are doing.
Got Dh his sponge bath this afternoon and then let him rest after I cleaned up. His leg is looking much better as 1/4 of it has now healed up. Still have a way to go but seems to be improving. His right leg and arm is so swollen from the CHF and makes it hard for me to lift his legs back into the bed from a sitting position. Either they will have to draw fluid from around his heart and lungs to take care of it. Only thing about that is once it is done they have to do it weekly. But he would feel so much better. Will be talking to the home health if the doctor calls them to come out this time. Never have we had such bad service from doctors as we have this past year. Even had one nurse come in at hospital just as they got him to his room and started screaming at him as to why was he in hospital again. There is nothing they can do for him. Needless to say, I went off on her. That is not something you walk into a room to tell the patient and his wife. So told her if she didn’t want to deal with his being back in hospital, not to come back. Never saw her again.
February 11, 2021 at 7:50 am #33438
Just over here dealing with all the “global warming” and expected-35 winds
Y’all stay safe
February 11, 2021 at 7:57 am #33451
Matt, that looks like the kinda of forecast WE get up here!
February 11, 2021 at 8:08 am #33452
Yup and we’ve already had several days of it.
We aren’t set up for this. Figure some livestock will be lost. We’ve lost people already and tow trucks are running non stop. Lawyers are blowing up the tv.
February 11, 2021 at 10:39 am #33456
Yeah, this year I let a build up of waste hay in the barn. Creates a lay of insulation for the livestock. Pack hay around their water buckets and most of the time they do not freeze over night. Unless we get negative lows, which are in the forecast for the next 2-3 days.
February 11, 2021 at 10:45 am #33457
I ran the exhaust off the heat pump into the open portion of my chicken tractor near the water tank to help keep up. I started running a work light to keep the coop from hitting single digits. I’ve sealed off the north side completely.
They must be doing good cause they’ve laid eggs last 2 days lol.
February 11, 2021 at 11:55 am #33459
February 13, 2021 at 12:38 am #33490
Ok low spot in the dryer hose is a BAD idea. Filled up with water and backed up house heater. I kept the opening high so a mouse wouldn’t go in. Gotta have drain holes but at this point I’d rather have a house heater.
Y’all stay warm. This one ain’t no joke.
February 13, 2021 at 9:14 am #33494
Bummer about the water backing up.
Yeah, when I go out to do chores, I add an extra layer.
Have not had to get the N3-B parka out . . . yet.
February 14, 2021 at 8:45 am #33495
That’s coming next 4 days.
I’ll say this I’m glad this is dry snow and not the heavy wet stuff we normally get. It’s a lot better
February 12, 2021 at 4:06 pm #33484
That’s one way to keep the water for chickens from freezing. Good idea. Hope the chickens all get through that cold weather. We are gearing up for colder weather now. Went to store this morning for things I needed to fill in what I have been using. So won’t be going out in this wet cold and possibly snowy weather.
I finally got help for Dh. Home health will be coming in on Monday to evaluate him. I also found out last night when I decided to check one of his meds that it may be a big part of the problem. I pulled him off it for now and will be talking to home health and to his heart surgeon about it. Form what I was reading from drugs.com, He is not suppose to be on it for as long as he has been. This is not the first time I pulled him off of a medication because of side effects and doctors said I was right on with doing it. Just hope this turns out to be one of those cases. He did not have a good night last night nor today. He is sleeping right now and I am going to let him just sleep for a while. Thinking something easy for dinner as I am tired and it will be a later dinner tonight as I don’t want to wake him up. His breathing is much better now and he is comfortable. So I will just let him sleep.
I need to get the dehydrator set back up as I have veggies from freezer I want to dehydrate and some meat I need to get canned. Maybe after I see what’s what with home health and what they will be doing, I can get some of this stuff done. Hoping to get time in for a garden. I want them to stay with him at least one day a week and 2 days would be great so I can work outside with a garden. I really want to expand it. Going to do more container gardening this spring for sure. Bought some seeds today and need to go through the seeds I have.
February 13, 2021 at 9:12 am #33470
Ft Worth pile up as it happens
hard to watch
February 13, 2021 at 10:54 am #33498
Oh man, its been one storm after another. Gosh take care everyone. I dont know how I can help, but let me know.
The roof situation is a mess right now. Cant go into details, but Florida is land of the tax free and home of the scammers. Will probs need to talk to an attorney to get it all sorted out. Coveting your prayers right now, cause I need them.
Gastro doc doesnt know whats going on with my stomach. Time for another endoscopy….grrr
Out of organizing mode and back into prep mode. Gleaning the clearance and half price sections.
February 14, 2021 at 8:44 am #33502
We got a break between storms so we went to an indoor range since it was balmy 8 degrees today. Tried out several loads in my new Ruger 22. Shot a little 9 to maintain our proficiency.
The CCI Stingers throw a bit of a fireball. I’m not getting a good powder burn with them but the Mini Mags did well.
I’m loving this handgun
February 15, 2021 at 12:22 pm #33524
February 16, 2021 at 1:04 pm #33613
February 16, 2021 at 12:00 pm #33607
Every water pipe is frozen despite being wrapped outside and the drains for the sinks and bathtub are frozen, no water getting in nor going out. Rolling blackouts every hour or so, don’t know how long the electric will be on today. This morning the temp was zero and that’s not wind chill. Wednesday & Thursday more snow and freezing rain coming in on top of a layer of ice and ten inches of snow that has already fallen.
Life in the farmhouse has come to a stop because of this cold, just huddled in the living room where it’s warm the rest of the house is freezing cold. I didn’t know it could get this cold or have this much ice and snow here, news stated it a once in a lifetime event, what next once in a lifetime event will take place in the coming months?
February 16, 2021 at 12:11 pm #33609
You hang in there. Get through today then we slowly climb. This was the bottom so it’s all up from here.
February 16, 2021 at 1:05 pm #33614
One year I had to wrap the outflow drain with a electric blanket to get it to thaw.
If you have one, give that a try.
February 18, 2021 at 1:11 am #33771
I wanted to let you all know that I am very grateful for the prayers and just being able to type on here about Dh. It is with a very sad heart that I am letting you all know that DH passed away early Sunday morning. He is no longer suffering and is in heaven now singing and dancing with his parents and brother. I am already missing him so much. I am trying to keep it together and know that it will take time to get through this. But I know the Lord is here with me and will help to get me through this.
DH passed peacefully and that has given me peace about his passing. I know he is in heaven and I to will one day be with him again.
I will be taking a break from the computer to catch up on a lot of things I need to get done that I have put off for the past year. But will come back when things are better. Right now I just need some much needed rest and time to get through my loss.
Stay safe and stay warm.
February 18, 2021 at 8:09 am #33775
LittleSister,I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for strength and comfort.
lots virtual hugs.
February 18, 2021 at 1:43 pm #33782DaisyKeymaster
Oh, Little Sister, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please know you can talk to us any time here and we’ll listen. You’re in my heart right now. Big hugs, and take the time you need to grieve.
February 19, 2021 at 12:08 pm #33822Mama candoParticipant
little sister, I am so sorry for your loss.I know it isn’t easy. May God keep you.
February 18, 2021 at 8:23 am #33777
My condolences for your loss.
My thoughts to you.
February 18, 2021 at 7:57 am #33774
We had our first full blood waygu cow born from embryo, 23 more to go was a heifer.
We lost 4 turkey hens to a bob cat….which Will make some nice fur item once tanning is done.
February 18, 2021 at 5:37 pm #33798
Littlesister, so very sorry about your DH, May God hold and comfort you during this time.
Things are not good in Texas right now with these freezing temps. This may turn into a Katrina for Texas because so many people are without power, water and food. Our electric came on today after being out for two days and we have water pipes that have broken and our water can’t be restored until hot water pipes under the bathtub are repaired and there may be other pipes broken when the warm temps defrost other pipes.
I put six, five gallon containers of water in the pantry before this storm just incase, one cannot be healthy in a home without water to flush toilets with and if needed we can refill these containers at the water company.
Don’t want to complain about what should have done before this storm came in, so on the brighter side this situation is something I will take as a lesson and learn to prepare better.
Take care all.
February 20, 2021 at 7:35 pm #33864Cinnamon GrammyParticipant
February 20, 2021
Not much going on here. Staying home. Don’t go out to meet anyone. A trip to the store is well planned and a big event and we don’t go again for another month.
Working on little things and little projects. Cooking from the freezer for dinner and canning whenever possible. Still a lot in the freezer, but some is being uncovered and used, finally. I don’t know what I will do with all of the greens that I froze. They are still not a big part of our diet.
Working on clothes that need mending and getting rid of ones we do not wear. I could sit and sew for two months straight and not be finished with my projects. My great niece is seven months old now and I still have not finished her blanket. Not a “baby” blanket, but a big one for the whole family to cuddle under.
Hubby has had both COVID-19 vaccinations, but mine is not scheduled yet. Should be soon because the state guidelines, and clinic have reached my age bracket. Family is still planning on a trip in one month so I hope I get my shots soon.
Weather: I grew up in, and live in Minnesota. I listened with a grin when I read about freezing weather hitting the South. I remember, when my family lived in the South, Tx and GA. There were a couple days with heavy snow and/or cold and it was amusing to watch and hear what the locals were doing and saying. Good experiences for them, I thought. When the reports came in that it was not just one snowstorm, or one day below freezing, then my grin left. Hearing about how bad things are in Texas, pipes bursting, no gas or heat, makes me realize how lucky we are to live in a place where below zero temperatures, like -20, are expected and planned for. We’ve been without a furnace for over a week, in December. We’ve been without power for several days, and several times. Our well pump was faulty – but for just a few days. We’ve had our basement flood several times due to poor drainage. We’ve been camping without all of the above, but not for more than one day below freezing or zero, or without the ability to get warm. To have that all happen at one time, with the pandemic on top of it, is just sad. Houses lost. People dying. To all of you who are living that life, I am not grinning any longer and you have my prayers.
Thinking about all of that still gives me ideas to make our 45 degree latitude house safer and warmer.
To those of you in the South, dealing with those hardships, Best Wishes and a Speedy Recovery.
February 20, 2021 at 7:49 pm #33865Cinnamon GrammyParticipant
Little Sister, Hugs to you.
February 22, 2021 at 4:34 pm #33901
Had to go seventy five miles to Sam’s Club to pick up my order. While out in this town we found HEB to be fully stocked with dairy, meats and bread, but it back to limits per cart.
There are no plumbing supplies anywhere in our town, they said maybe in few days they will have some. We had extra propane delivered to my sister in law’s house so we could do laundry and get hot showers. None of her pipes froze because they were well insulated by my brother in law, sure wish that man was still here.
Ordered some large bags of flours to be delivered in a few weeks for baking extra breads for I want to learn how they make the Artisan bread they sell at farmer’s market for it taste so good.
We are good, we got milk, food, honey to go in the homemade yogurt and warmer temps which makes the farmhouse warmer, I am so thankful and grateful to God for keeping us safe and providing for us.
February 22, 2021 at 8:04 pm #33903
If in Texas near border go to Mexico and buy the plumbing supplies there it’s cheaper and same brands.
February 22, 2021 at 8:07 pm #33905
Bakery bread uses live yeast makes all the difference in how the bread and pastries that use it… or so our Baker says… I just nod and move on… I can make good food and meats but bread it’s ok better than regular stor stuff but not as good as out baked does….
The local bakery has asked for them to work there lol… they are happier to serve their friends and family and get most of the day with thier kids.
February 25, 2021 at 11:43 am #33957Mama candoParticipant
Getting things ready is on hold right now. DH had knee surgery Tuesday and I got to take him home Wednesday.Everything went well and this am was his first In Home therapy. He did okay but he has to get up and walk every 30 minutes. Have to keep reminding him to bend the knee when he walks, he has tendency to “straight”leg it when toddling down the hall. It’s amazing how different this is from when I had mine done, just a mere 6 years ago. No knee Bending machine,no “hot water” wrapping on the knee for 3-4 days. He can even get in the shower without having to wrap the incision sight. He’s sleeping in the guest room on the bottom bunk as it’s closer to the floor than our bed, so got a baby monitor set up so he can holler for me at night to help him.Son 2 came yesterday to help get dad into the house, will have to have him grab me a couple of tennis balls for the walker or sit with dad while I run for the balls and handicap sticker. I did get my first covid shot Tuesday and I go back the 16th of March. DH’s 2nd is 3-12. He had to get it before his surgery.Wasn’t too bad but yesterday was kind of loopy,partially due to lack of sleep and the shot. Much better today as arm is not sore and I got a fairly good amount of sleep last night. We’ve got the furnace guy coming this PM to replace the humidifier on the furnace. Our old one is original to the house and leaks like a sieve now.We didn’t replace it when we had to get a new furnace due to flooding 10 years ago. Not bad for 30+ years, just wonder how long the new one will last. Well gotta go Stay safe all. Oh my nephews in TX say it’s still bad in areas but they have power.
February 26, 2021 at 9:38 am #34012
Thank you Mama Cando for the update.
Glad to hear the DH knee surgery went well.
February 25, 2021 at 6:01 pm #33960
DH fixed the hot water pipe to my kitchen sink and when he turned the water back on he found another leaf between the floor and under the sink cabinet. Back to the hardware store hoping they have enough hot water pipe to fix the hot water to the kitchen sink and washing machine.
What a mess at our home and so many homes in Texas, hoping I can get better prepared for one of these once in a lifetime emergencies, if there is a way to get prepared.
After this freeze I am looking at things differently it was just dh and myself depending on each other during this time, there was no help to come if something happened, so moving closer to relatives is going to be a good move.
It will be extra work for myself and dh for many months, especially for me preparing meals for more people. I had extra money left in the budget this month so I ordered a few countertop appliances that will save me money and time in making meals after the move.
It has to started to rain with thunderstorms moving in this evening and rain for the next week, better than ice and freezing temps.
February 26, 2021 at 9:41 am #34013
Nothing more frustrating then having to go to the hardware store, multiple times!
February 27, 2021 at 5:01 pm #34034
I dont know some medical professionals can sleep at night. Had a bad tooth that needed to be extracted. First visit: The dentist said an adjacent crown was leaking but was ok. The day of the extraction I asked about how much time I had before the teeth begin to shift. He said “awhile”. After the procedure he changed his mind. Said that the leaky crown needed to be fixed ASAP or I would loose that tooth. Note: no new xrays were taken. and it was a week between appointments. Got suspicious and went to my old dentist who has the “it” factor. ( why I didnt go to him at first is a long story). Took xrays, said that both adjacent teeth were fine. But one crown was loose, probs due to the extraction. Suspect that he wanted me back in there to fix the crown.
Dont know when I can move out of Florida cause of the roof fiasco, but it cant be soon enough. Professionals with integrity are almost impossible to find here.
Good stuff from our friend in Iowa. Need to get a couple of those power banks( found them-run about $45.00 and a gas siphon-duh of course.
Also confirming that roof shingles are in short supply due to the factories shutting down cause of COVID-19 and the hurricanes last year.
Best to All
February 28, 2021 at 7:25 am #34043
Bummer about the tooth and the issues with the dentist.
We found a really good dentist. Very professional, in and out in no time, even when doing cavities (I had one that needed re-work).
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