The JULY 2020 Check-In Thread

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  • #29505

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    It is July!

    July 4th weekend coming up. More civil unrest?

    beginning to wonder if a few years from now, we can look back at some of these check ins and see them as the ‘good ol, days!’

  • #29508

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Between the pandemic and the other mess going on in the country we haven’t been going out just staying home doing work inside and outside. Working so hard to get this farmhouse down to only what we really need and use for it’s vital to keep everything sanitized due to this virus.  Our doctor has not been doing office visits since March and the hospital is on lock down so we are just being extra careful to to keep us all safe and healthy

    The commerical size cling wrap I ordered was delivered a day ago and I tried it out and oh my gosh no more struggling with those little boxes of cling wrap that never come off the roll or stick together when trying to use it. Next I am going with the commerical foil instead of the smaller rolls for I believe I will save money, plus not running out as often.

    Finally have one egg plant that is large enough that we can have one for supper, tomatoes are taking their time in turning red, but the potatoes are doing well and the end of this month will have homegrown red potatoes.

    This week we are planting pumpkins and hope they are ready by the time fall comes so the kids can enjoy having pumpkins around for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

    Trying to keep our family and home as normal as I can for things are really worrisome right now with this pandemic and rioting, just hope things get better this month with the pandemic and all the other bs going on in the country.

  • #29509

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Can’t believe it is July already.  Year is half over.

    Got 16 pints of hamburger canned today after all the nurses and physical therapist left.

    Heart doctor wants DH to see the kidney doctor sooner. That was a joke. His appt is for August 4th and he is only open one day a week. How is anyone suppose to be able to get well when the doctors are not in office to see you. The heart doctor was a telephone call and it was the PA instead of the doctor. We are going socialized medicine and it will not be good. This country is in a heap of trouble.

    I must say I am really missing our garden.  But we have had so much rain it would have more than likely washed it out. Working on some plans for next spring. Raised beds and pots. But will still plant things in ground as well. I have been working on having veggies planted all the way around the house. Got all the mop top bushes pulled up and the way the flower beds are set it would be like having raised beds also.  Trying to get plans together for a winter garden. So while I have nothing in the line of veggies to can as the farm markets have not gotten much in as of yet, I will try to get as much meat and fish canned as possible. I think the shortages on food is just beginning. I don’t like having to depend on the stores for our groceries. But this summer I have no choice until DH is well enough to not need me to be right there with him most of the time.

    Seems from what I have read that Trump wants to end the fed. reserve and go back on the gold standard. That would be good as money would then be worth something but wondering how that would work with the money we have now that we can just use for TP at the rate it is going. In VA things are looking grim. Our crazy governor has gone off the deep end. Doing everything he can to impose gun laws. Not good ones either. He has also now said we don’t need ID to vote. So this lets all the illegal voting happen.

  • #29515

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Went out to Walmart this morning to pick up a few things and I used a bank card when I got home had a email from Walmart saying they have a new feature that list everything I purchased at Walmart today, clicked on my account and sure enough everything I purchased was listed there.  Wonder if they can do this if someone uses cash, will they make someone give them their name and email address when checking out for cash payment, don’t know if I like them having so much info on what I purchase.

  • #29516

    corsaire
    Participant

    They dont, if you use cash. Prices there dont seem to be that competitive. At least where I live anyway.

    Even though paper goods are back on the shelves, stores still have limits; and the holiday sales…nope. Looks like the good ole days of loss-leaders, BOGOs are gone.

    Aldi seems to be ok though.

    Happy Independence day to all in the USA.

  • #29534

    Mama cando
    Participant

    Hi all, Hope you all had a good 4th. Got home Friday, just in time for the neighborhood fireworks (hee hee) Cats are glad we are back . Our garden looks okay, DH’s watering system seems to have worked very well. Told our cat sitter to take what ever salad greens she wanted as they were growing fast. Don’t know if she got any. Our pea blossoms are all gone. Think it’s due to the little doe that showed up couple of weeks ago. If sitter didn’t get any salad greens, think the doe had salad all week LOL. Tomatoes, carrots, green onions and peppers are good. Melon and squash look to be on track for harvest and my one lone onion looks like it took and is growing well. DH’s flowers made it through as well, butterflies, bees and humming birds are happy. DH has the mason bee box up and we’re hoping this year they will settle in it. Only had one bee use it last year, so hopefully he’ll tell his friends about it  Didn’t have any problems traveling although not a lot of masks or social distancing was observed.  Due to our health concerns we DID wear our masks and a LOT of hand sanitizer was used LOL. But all in all it was a pretty uneventful time, got to see the grands and have some fun with them, we didn’t do much as DIL1 is still recovering from her carpal tunnel surgery. Although DH and I will have a REAL problem IF we hear Set it Free again. It’s the little ones favorite song from the movie SING. Went to the store to get somethings today and it played a couple of times while I was there, AAAAHHH!, think I may have it memorized as I was singing along with the instrumental to the amusement of some of the shoppers there. Ran into an old co worker and he was telling me they are ALL working from home and the company told them to take the PC’s and anything they needed to work from home. He said the company told them, need a comfy chair ?, take the one from work, etc.. The assistants only come in once or twice a week  just to get the mail and process things . Found out 3 of the 5 brokers in an office of 14 I worked with jumped ship and are now working with another brokerage. Glad I’m retired!! Don’t need the headache anymore.

    • #29535

      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      Hi ya, Mama Cando!
      Glad to hear you had a good time, and there are worse songs to get stuck in your head!

      Garden sounds like it is doing very well!

    • #29537

      Mama cando
      Participant

      Don’t know about that crowbar, she played it incessantly every day. Good thing she loves Gaga and Grandpa as we got to play other music.

      Has anyone had a problem with coinage disappearing at stores? Our local marts had signs up:  Exact change or use plastic due to coin shortage. I know I was on a mini vacation and out of it but what happened last week to cause that?We left and all was well.

    • #29541

      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      The US Mint is shut down due to COVID19.
      And, people are keeping cash.

  • #29536

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    All in all, the 4th was okay.
    Two cook outs.
    Wont know if we got exposed to COVID19 for what? 2 weeks? Wait and see.

    Other wise, the big major house projects for this year are done. Roof work, drainage work, and two new decks all done.

    Now, just the normal stuff, like hay for the winter and wood.

  • #29539

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Hoping everyone had a great 4th of July.  Our neighborhood and the one next to ours all got together and had a parade through the neighborhood and some neighbors had hotdogs, hamburgers and other good stuff to eat at their homes. I couldn’t do much with having to take care of DH but it was a fun time.  They are going to do it again next year as well as on other holidays as well. Hoping DH and I can be a bigger part of it by then. Great way to meet the neighbors as we have a lot of new ones that have moved in.  I have never seen a more patriotic group of neighbors. It was great. The flags were flying as well as the blue flags for our police force and the Trump signs as well.

    Reading some of the post and see about the shortage of coins. I have only seen one sign in a dollar store here. There really is no shortage. They are using the virus to push for a cashless society. They have been pushing for this for years now. It’s part of the one world government. Remember when credit cards first came out. Everyone thought it was great and many people went into debt because of it. Yeah, it was an I got you now. We became dependent on those cards and it caused a lot of grief for many including causing families to break up and divorce over money matters. It was one of the things that broke up the family unit. Government loved it then and even more now. Now if you use a credit card, you are being tracked for everything you buy. the Government is keeping tabs on what you buy and no one seems to know it or realize they are being watched by way of credit card. When we go cashless the government can and will control you.  It is coming down the pipes all in the name of socialism and communism.

    Glad to hear everyone’s garden is doing well. We have not planted this year. Hoping for a winter garden. I did get 10 lbs. of hamburger canned up. Makes great for quick meals. I am thinking that since there is suppose to be a meat shortage, I will just can as much meat as I can this summer and hit the farm markets for veggies. Though we do have a lot from our last 2 gardens we are still using.  Going to pull out a boston butt out of freezer to make barbeque and then can that as well. Got to get the freezer emptied. So after the pork is done, will go through freezer and pull out what meat that is in there to make and can soups, beef stew, and some other things.  My make shift pantry is getting full again.

     

  • #29557

    corsaire
    Participant

    Greetings

    The sweet potato that starting growing on my kitchen counter is happily planted in a huge pot. I think September is harvest time

    Broke a tooth and I am trying to find a dentist that isnt a scammer. Got some tooth repair cement in the mean time and hope to get this taken care of next week. Will start looking at other tooth repair kits also, since this was a drug store special.

    Picked up snack crackers and fruit for my preps as they were lacking.

    • #29559

      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      Broken tooth? Oh, no! I hope it does not hurt.

      Yeah, our dentist is closed right now. Not sure when they will re-open.

      Well, after nearly a week of hot and dry weather, the left over of tropical storm Fay is passing by right now, bringing cooler weather, and RAIN! Got over half an inch so far, with rain in the forecast for the next 3 days.

  • #29561

    corsaire
    Participant

    It doesnt hurt, just the jagged edges irritating my tongue. The drug store patch didnt work, fell off in a few hours. There is something on ebay which is more professional, will probably pick that up. Dentists are open, but we may have another lockdown, plus there is hurricane season.

  • #29579

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    We are in the third day of temps being 109 with heat index above 115, I am counting the days and praying for Fall to come early.  It is difficult to breathe outside with air being so hot and compressed. This virus is rising here in Texas along with the heat and doesn’t look like either will cool down anytime soon.  Guess they were wrong when they said warmer temps might slow this virus down.

    Staying indoors today and making cookie dough to put in the freezer along with omelets and semi homemade sausage & biscuits. Next week I’m making freezer meals of King Ranch Chicken, Chicken Spaghetti and Chicken & dressing so I can get all the chicken used, then I will start on finding recipes for casseroles made with ground beef.

    Thanks

     

  • #29580

    corsaire
    Participant

    I know right? Warmer temps will slow the virus down….not. Shortages of canned goods at one of the grocery stores here. My favorite mask maker on Etsy is restocking thursday night. As soon as I leave a store, I remove the mask and forget where I put it. One is definitely lost; the other,I have no idea.

  • #29581

    Osito Arelano
    Participant

    @granny j Smith- if you use a rewards card and pay cash it’s tracked in the rewards.  Otherwise,  no.

    Canning soups,  in my list to try. First order of business is canning beef when the cow I ordered in May finally shows up.  Been quite the delay there.

    Rural king had jars on sale,  so replenished those. Still waiting on an order for bulk lids. Got a bumper crop of green beans all canned. And some zucchini dehydrated. Keeping an eye on the carrots, they might bolt in the heat.

    We’ve gotten a few more things to secure the house if needed.  Been looking for ammo when we go out.  It’s slim pickings again.

     

  • #29601

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    I did five pounds of ground turkey and turkey burgers, turkey meatballs along with spaghetti and tater tot casseroles and have lots more freezer meals to go.  Staying home because this virus seems to be everywhere and no sign of it slowing down so using this time to do things constructive. Some are saying Texas may go back on lockdown and schools may not start until September after Labor Day, but don’t know for sure.  What is upsetting for me is things change on a daily basis, one will say on thing and another will disagree and say something different.

    I started doing a weekly planner that is filled with at least two projects a day whether it be cooking, baking, laundry, cleaning or organizing a certain area in the farmhouse, no matter these two things gets done that day, it something that brings a little normal feeling back in my life.

    The potatoes I planted in barrels didn’t do well, but have been enjoying what little tomatoes we are getting off the tomato plants, maybe better next year can get the garden planted earlier before it gets to hot.

    Thanks

     

  • #29625

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Trying my hand at making a loaf of homemade bread today since we are completely out of bread for sandwiches.  This virus has shut down many things here and caused financial hardships on many in our community and some families are going to other towns that are giving out food boxes. So far we are doing ok on food, but food prices are going way up here so we may go back to more beans and potatoes.  One lady in our community got two boxes of vegetables and blessed us with one box, so I will need to repay her for doing that. If this bread I am making today comes out good I will make some extra and repay her with bread.

    School is starting back in a few weeks and the school is requiring parents furnish masks, hand sanitizers along with their child’s lunch so that is a hardship on families.  This year our kids got only pair of shoes each, a few pair of jeans and shirts, no new back packs for we had to buy things for them to carry a lunch everyday.

    I am at the point where I don’t know what or how to prepare anymore, I think cabin fever has me and it’s not even Winter yet.

    Thanks

    • #29628

      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      How did the bread turn out?

      We make our own bread for some time now, but with the shortage of flour and yeast, we have cut back.

      Been reading about some of the guidelines for kids going back. If it were me, and I had the means, I would consider homeschooling.

      This thing really is a serious burden on people.

  • #29629

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Crow Bar, I made egg bread and I cheated on making it totally homemade for I used the bread machine on dough setting, I did a second knead on it, shaped it and baked it, so I guess semi homemade.  This recipe makes a large loaf of what I think is the best tasting bread and the kids love it, they get a slice of the bread when it’s still warm with honey butter on it, .

    Today I am working in the house packing up things to donate to Good Will and trying to decide if or where I can set up a hand washing station for the kids to wash their hands after school before coming in the house.

     

    • #29630

      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      Granny J,
      Meh, I use the Kitchen Aid with the dough hook, sooooo, my bread is semi-home made too! 🙂

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