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  2. Jeepers

    The Kids in our Neighborhood

    Probably should clarify up above I meant my GRANDSON asked to use the potty not my son who is in his 40's. Son is now in big boy pull-ups. AKA man panties. Just thought I should `splain that.
  3. Last week
  4. Jeepers

    The Kids in our Neighborhood

    About this time every year I was counting down the days when school would start back up. I never minded the noise of kids playing too much but we used to live around a lot of driveway basketball hoops. The ball bouncing for hours can get old real fast. Then my son got one. Now my grand son has one...albeit a little portable one, I'm sure a permanent one is in my driveways future. Little boys... gotta love em! Big boys...meh. Big news here. Speaking of little boys, mine asked to use the potty and did yesterday! AND only 7 more days until Social Security starts depositing that (big ) check every month. I've been waiting 4 years for that to start. Lord, please let me live another week.
  5. snapshotmiki

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Sounds like you're both pretty tough to me, Momo! I'll have to check and see if our hummingbirds are back yet. Seems a bit early for this area. Yesterday I went to thrift shops with DH and to Walmart. Came home and stayed inside and out of the heat. We got rain yesterday evening which we really needed and should get more today! I am doing laundry now and will be making a salad later to take to our Sunday School get together tonight. It is supposed to be in the upper 80's today, so much better!
  6. Momo

    Breadtopia

    Thanks for the website..I'm gonna check it out.
  7. Momo

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    It sounds like the heat is taking it's toll on alot of us. Today will be a bit more bearable than the past week so we are trying to get as much outdoor stuff as possible done. DH got stung by a hornet Saturday and when he woke up Sunday his arm was swollen to about twice it's normal size and his BP was high. It was 210 over 110. Since his BP has been running too low lately it was scary. We had the EMT's out and they said it was okay for him to take Benadryl which helped some. He is on so many drugs that I was scared to give it to him. Of course on Sunday the Dr isn't open so I couldn't check with them. Anyway his BP finally started coming down and the swelling so we decided not to go to the ER. His arm is still swollen today but it's much improved. Thrills again with DH! Today DH has his first cardiac therapy session. Hopefully it will help him to improve what cardiac function he still has. He basically has one main (out of 3) arteries going to his heart working so that is about 30% function. It works fine as long as he doesn't overdo it. He is one tough dude! I cannot believe that the year is more than half over all ready. Where does the time go? Today is the anniversary of my first marriage (elopement) at 18. It sure brings back memories of what I thought my life was gonna be like. It sure turned out like nothing I expected. Some of it good and some of it bad. We have a huge bunch of hummingbirds this year. I am having to mix up sugar water and clean feeders every day now. They get mad when the water gets low. I feel like a short order cook between DH being hungry all the time plus the dogs, cat and birds. I gotta go get dressed now and get to therapy on time. Have a great day ya'll!
  8. Annarchy

    The Kids in our Neighborhood

    Lol, Cowgirl. They are boys, and boys like noise. But.... it is the sound of the kids that livens the neighborhood. Too many years, our area was almost all retired, then, kids had kids that had kids. This is the 3rd generation we’ve watched grow up. I was just amazed to see what they were using to make their bikes ‘roar’. At first, we thought it was something their parents bought for their bikes. I leave for TX tomorrow, again, and MIL’s neighborhood has no children on her street. She’s mentioned how she would like to hear the sounds of kids.
  9. Jeepers

    Freeze-drying at home

    I found a little more info and websites. Here is the Retired at 40 site: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn8n_wDeUDrdDMQfoElZlfw/videos?disable_polymer=1 Here is the cost of doing strawberries. Note the cost included the can: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqYJGCH03dg Here is a size comparison. These are the inserts only. Not the actual machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLGq9YIaHMw Some Q &A with a user/owner Bexar Prepper. Yay, she is back on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wibteamasl8 From the Harvest Right website. Looks like they haven't updated the site since the first of the year: https://hrlive.staging.wpengine.com/ Some random sites from Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqAsabwhQYM9RKcHAjCTBRs48HN7cLPtQ Here is the PDF from the Harvest Right website: HR-WhitePaper-FINAL_3.10.17.PRINT_.pdf
  10. Cowgirl

    The Kids in our Neighborhood

    Oh, I remember boys doing the playing card in bicycle spokes thing too, when we were kids. Kids (esp. boys) love noise. Wishing you quieter days in the future as the boys get bored with that noise. Otherwise, you may start feeling like this:
  11. Annarchy

    New cookbook

    Fantastic! Sounds like you are going to enjoy it.
  12. Annarchy

    The Kids in our Neighborhood

    The young boys, (4-7 yrs. old), have come up with a new noisy idea. They have put an empty water bottle on the back tire, wedging it between the tire and the frame, so when the ride their bikes, it makes a lot of noise. I remember my brothers clamping a playing card near the spokes to make noise. 6 in the morning they start riding around the block.... At least it has quieted the little one who constantly rides around whaling like a police car siren... and he’s got that sound down almost perfect.
  13. Cowgirl

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    You are absolutely right, balance and moderation are key, @Jeepers. That’s been my goal for the past year or so. Eating healthier, little processed food, and trying to be balanced in my choices. Lots of veggies and fruits. Plenty of eggs. Meat in moderation and more of that as fish and chicken. More fermented foods. Occasional wine. Less sweets, but haven’t cut them out - moderation is key -if I crave ice cream, I have a small bowl that I put berries and ice cream in —still have an amazing and satisfying treat, but a moderate portion of ice cream. Just trying to make more healthy choices without feeling deprived. I haven’t starved myself. And I feel healthier and I am definitely slimmer. I am guessing I lost 20 to 30 pounds — not certain how much — 2 jeans sizes, anyway. You can definitely do it by focusing on moderation and balance. The biggest benefit is that I feel better and have more energy. I bet it would help your health issues also.
  14. Jeepers

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Balance is very important in everything. Balance and moderation. Oh, and, "A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do." Thanks for the encouragement! I have started to eat better. I'm going through my home canned food which is very healthy. Exercising is tough because of my neck and back. But I could do better than I am. It isn't like I need to lose 50 pounds. Just twenty would make a lot of difference. Of course 30 pounds would be ideal. Being short doesn't help my cause either. Excuses, Excuses. I almost passed out as I was leaving the Dr. office. I just hugged the wall and went slow. I didn't want another wasted trip to the ER. I knew what it was. I have high blood pressure and when they took it it was 121/80. I average 140/85. I was okay sitting down but when I stood up and started walking, it must have dropped even more. But I'm really fine.
  15. Jeepers

    New cookbook

    Awesome!!!
  16. Jeepers

    Freeze-drying at home

    I see now where it isn't as big as I thought it was. The guy has it sitting on a cart. They have a new pump now where you don't have to mess with the oil. It's oil-less. It's also VERY expensive. You can either buy it and change it yourself or upgrade to the new pump when you order the freeze dryer. I don't think they cost all that much to operate. I've been watching another guy and he did a breakdown of the total cost of drying eggs. I can't post his website right now because I'm on the Kindle. It's something like retired at 40 or something like that.
  17. Ambergris

    Freeze-drying at home

    The length of the run is based on the mass and nature of what's put in. You can do 24-hour runs, if you keep your loads light (like one layer of diced fruit per tray) and keep away from slow-drying stuff like cherries. Sometimes you have to lengthen the freezing time just to delay the moment at which it is "done" and releases all the pressure, because that moment cannot happen while you are asleep or away from the machine. You have to get that stuff out of the chamber. Pack it as soon as possible, but you have to get it out of there immediately. It doesn't run constantly. The freezer runs to freeze things a lot colder than your deep freeze, then the freezing unit turns off. The vacuum pump (a separate unit you keep on the shelf under the dryer) only runs long enough to maintain the vacuum. Once there's a vacuum, the food is heated to liquefy some of the surface and let the vacuum suck out the moisture, then melt deeper and suck out that moisture. This runs in cycles. I don't think it would work under post-hooey conditions. Picture running an electric stove, then a dryer, then a power saw, then the stove again for 24 or 30 hours straight. All while the rest of your power is coming off a different source. Plus the air conditioning.
  18. Cowgirl

    Freeze-drying at home

    Wow. That makes them seem far less wonderful. I had pictured maybe 24 hour runs. Not DAYS. I had been eyeing the small version. Now I feel much more ambivalent about whether I want one. Thanks, @Ambergris for a real world perspective.
  19. Homesteader

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Sooo glad my migraines are finally a thing of the past. Makes my head hurt when I hear about someone else cursed with them. Jeepers - DH got an eye-opener from the surgeon about diabetes before the knee replacement. It really rattled DH to the point that he finally lost some weight. It WORKED! He's down to half a pill and if he keeps up his new lifestyle of eating and fitness, he will be declared 'pre-diabetic' once again. It makes a lot of difference with insurance companies and how doctors treat the patient after surgery. It's worth a try for you, especially since your world is already being turned upside down by your move. Sometimes I use Roundup when controlling weeds or starting a new flower or veggie bed. I can replant within 2-3 days but wait at least a week. Sometimes the stress of weeds/sod is worth the quick shot of the non-residual chemical. Balance is important in my world.
  20. Mt_Rider

    Freeze-drying at home

    Ahhhh....thanks for the details. It seems much more complicated, naturally, than merely dehydrating. Freeze and dry. Does it use much electricity...for that many hours of running? Would a solar system [post-hooey-hits-fan] be able to handle it....depends on the battery bank, I suppose??? MtRider ....still, sounds very useful!
  21. Cowgirl

    New cookbook

    WONDERFUL! Love my cast iron. You will love yours!
  22. Ambergris

    Freeze-drying at home

    No. I mean you can run the little unit for 24 or 36 hours, then open it and package only the gallon's worth of stuff that fit onto those three trays, and then take a hairdryer to the inside to break out the frost, then clean/filter the oil, and then put in new food...and that's a lot of time to put in for one #10 can's worth of food. The large is the same work and mostly the same time for three times the product. Edited to add: 24 hours is a short run. Lots of runs are 55-60 hours. You have to time it so you're present to immediately take it out and package it when it's done, or it starts sucking up moisture from that frost that gets caught in there, and if the pan feels cold you have to put it back in for some hours.
  23. Mt_Rider

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    DH was home today. Waited until 8pm.....FINALLY cool enough. Then he helped me to get on that ornery old nag to ride. 'Round and 'round we went in the pasture with the other show-off trying to act like he's still a stallion .....he's got nuthin'. The neighbor horses didn't seem too impressed. Just glad he didn't run into us, snorting and carrying-on. Actually, mebbe he was just feeling good in the coolness too. When I got off, I took a cane and walking stick and headed slowly down the flat, DUSTY road....never getting too far away from car. We noted long ago, the need to walk correctly to "set the pattern"....or the affect goes away too fast. Back and forth I walked and slowly, I was walking more upright and with correct leg/knee action. Visited with a neighbor passing by on her horse...in the cool of the evening too. So....we'll see how well this lasts. MtRider ....moving to Antarctica....
  24. Mt_Rider

    Freeze-drying at home

    Ambergris...do you mean that the product shrinks? Cuz I thot FD doesn't really break the cellular walls...thus retains original texture far better than dehydrating which seriously shrinks the product. MtRider
  25. Ambergris

    First Aid Kits....what's needed

    I think someone keeps going through the linens at all the local thrift stores, and getting the white cotton before I ever see it.
  26. Ambergris

    New cookbook

    Cool!
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