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  2. Mt_Rider

    Urban Survival Course by Selco

    This one is from Jose in Venezuala. It's about living without city water. Some things I hadn't heard of before....like a stone water {pre} filter. [still have to boil] https://www.theorganicprepper.com/living-without-running-water-lessons-from-venezuela/ MtRider
  3. The WE2's

    presidential alert

    How can one turn off the amber alerts? I never get them but hubby get them all hours of the day and night.
  4. The WE2's

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Yesterday I spent a sweltering day doing a MAJOR inside cleaning of Miss B. The mechanic had left the "dog house" off (it's inside and covers the engine) so his yard cats got in and had a "marking" party all over the dash and left cat hair everywhere. But, she's cleaned, scrubbed, vacuumed, disinfected and woodwork polished and she's ready to roll when we are. So he charged us 2000 plus our initial 1000 and left us with a major cleaning job. So much for having "friends" do work for you.
  5. The WE2's

    Is this true....pet grooming deaths?

    Abby doesn't know what a groomer is ... except when hubby holds her collar and I straddle her with my doggie nail clippers And because she loves to swim, baths are not necessary. We just take her somewhere where she can take a nice swim or we parade her out in the rain and dry her off with nice clean towels (which she loves). The vet says her skin and coat are in excellent condition.
  6. The WE2's

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Oh my...you are probably going through some deep mourning right now. We know how you loved her AND depended on her for your safety. Hugs...
  7. UPDATE ON BARRIER ISLAND WILD HORSES: https://abcnews.go.com/US/wild-horses-outer-banks-unharmed-hurricane-florence/story?id=57932246 They seem to have gottent thru just fine... MtRider
  8. Twilight

    Is this true....pet grooming deaths?

    If you count only groomers.. their numbers are shocking. Carelessness if you want to call it that.. walk off and leave a dog on the table, head up in the high choke position, panic or moves and falls off the table. I have heard about these for many years. Petsmart , I have seen people working with the dogs that definitely were not well versed in what they were doing.
  9. Yesterday
  10. Read for yourself but it sounds like a problem we'd like to avoid. https://projects.nj.com/investigations/petsmart/ MtRider
  11. TheCG

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    There's wet stuff! Quick, forget how to drive and remember that 4WD means you never lose traction! It's drizzly out today, but not 3-5 inches like it was 2 weeks ago.
  12. Annarchy

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I doubt it. It hit here in TX yesterday. Yes, an inch is a lot. Mainly because it doesn’t soak it, it flash floods. Yard work today and errands for Mom. Movies tonight. Trying to relax the remainder of the day.
  13. motherearth

    What are you canning today? Part 8

    as far as lids i buy lids in the sleeve like the ones from lehmans, have a friend who lives close to a Amish store and he sends themm to me and i pay him back, but a friend found a place we can buy them by the case and i will try to get the link for all....take care and keep the faith mom
  14. TheCG

    Vanilla Beans

    Has anybody made vanilla "sugar" with something that was NOT sugar? I'm thinking about trying it with Swerve.
  15. Mt_Rider

    I thought I left hurricanes behind :)

    The younger generation is getting a first-hand look at a real situation. Likely they will learn....and probably be awed. MtRider .... Chainsaw Mary? Tell her to be careful and set the safety standard for everyone....another important lesson in preps!
  16. Mt_Rider

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    .....um.....is AZ sending that on up to CO? An INCH is a lot in our SW region. I see a weather system that stretches from Canada to the Rio Grande. But it must have missed us today. Today was a gorgeous late summer day!!! Yesterday was my mom's Bday but DH was working yesterday so we celebrated today. Brought them pizza. They still have the anniversary flowers. Maui sent flowers. My dad got her a nice bouquet. So I brought helium balloons...big pink/white with Happy Bday and two plain white ones. Their house is quite festive now. After we ate, my dad asked DH for a ride to pick up 'scripts. My mom and I looked at each other and said "Goodwill!!!". Up here, it's right across the street. So the guys dropped us off and went on to pick up meds/ the folk's mail at P.O. Then went back to the house. My mom and I had a merry time finding some treasures and needed things. 2 pr shorts, tank top that fits, 2 pair of boots to replace a pair I've worn out...for light cold/snow. Then I found a shawl/wrap made in Scotland - mohair/wool. Very light, airy but warm. Nice mix of earthy-greenish colors. Just a "love it" purchase. Got a rolling backpack ....for my anyday-in-town 'survival' stuff. Long ago I made up a scruffy-looking rolling backpack for DH as a Get Home Bag...if he ever had to walk the highways. This is just for me going to folks', stores, etc. I need so much to keep me stable...warm enough, cool enough, dry enough, water, protein snacks, reader glasses, etc. Sheeesh! No wonder I'm such a Boyscout! Today I I'd forgotten my Goodwill disability card for discounts. And a bottle of water - ack! And forgot to get $ from DH.... I'm not usually this scattered!! Found an appropriate bag for our large tent. It's been hauled around in an open canvas sack. Garage sales and Goodwill ....the excitement of The Treasure Hunt. And cheaper prices. The last time either of us were at Goodwill was last November. <sigh> We usually don't get out much but this past year has been a doozy. It was a NICE day and it was good to get my mom out of the house for her Bday and just have fun. We laugh at silly things like shoes with heels so high the person would have to turn in a flight plan with air traffic control..... or garish colors and styles. But we admire a lot of things too. There is usually an item for which we have no clue....what IS it? I suspect we are easily amused. MtRider ...thankful for such days...
  17. Annarchy

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Field Trip Day Picked up one Lady and met the rest of the CoC group at the Woman’s Club. There was about 60 of us. Very nice turn out. We boarded the busses and headed to the Hobson Farms, an 100 old family farm. They call it Jardin de Milagros (Garden of Miracles). It is an outreach ministry designed to furnish healthy, garden fresh vegetables to people who do not have enough to eat. They support the food pantries, by distributing an excess of 500,000 pounds of food annually and they provide produce for The Mustard Seed Cafe, a “Pay-What-You-Can” community cafe, where we had our luncheon. The cafe is run completely by volunteers. They had two small groups of children come in and help bus our tables. All part of their education program. The farm works with the university to help “food-insecure” people become more self sufficient, through education, providing jobs, counseling and other resources. I spent the bus ride sitting next to and listening to a Legislator that represents the region and is an Older Adults Legislative Advocate. Informative day to say the least. Last night I was so tired, I couldn’t go to sleep. The last time I looked at the clock was around 2am. Then, when I looked again, it was almost 7am. I panicked because we had to be there at 9. Hopefully, tonight I will pass out and sleep well.
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  19. motherearth

    What are you canning today? Part 8

    have now going to do tuna for half it is in fillets and he will replace my new jars with new jars..so that is wed next and i will be busy busy take care and keep the faith mom
  20. kappydell

    I thought I left hurricanes behind :)

    Well, we got lucky with Florence, but not our dear friends son who is in the Marine Corps and lives off base near Parris Island. He was right in the middle of things. His commandant would not release anyone to go home and prepare, believing that S Carolina would not be hit all that hard. So, by the time he got released to go home and take care of things, Florence had already blown down numerous trees on his place, damaged his roof and gutters, and he was without power about a week (believing that underground power lines would not be affected) and the river was rising fast. He did not get water in the house, but his property is a shambles. So his dad called us and asked if Mary (her nickname lately has been 'chainsaw mary') would go up there with him and help clear downed trees? Of course! As soon as the roads are passable they will drive up there and get cracking. So the last two days have been hectic - planning, packing, gathering supplies (when the power went out he lost all his food, so both families dipped into our preps to fill the gap) and staging things so as to be ready to go at a moments notice. Today we loaded the truck with 3 gas generators (heavy things - took four of us to lift them in), 3 gas chain saws, gas leaf blowers, gasoline, assorted hand tools of the logging sort, clothes, an enormous cooler (we will load just prior to leaving) and basic camping gear, including an indoor one-room air conditioner (just in case he loses power again it can be powered via generator to keep 1 room cool for het recovery and sleeping), a propane camp stove, lights, batteries galore, and all the trimmings! We are looking on this as an unexpected rotation of our preps. Dad is rather aggravated that his 30 year old Marine son, raised as a prepper did NOT have any preps in place as a matter of course. But of course, we still will go help - maybe (we HOPE) this will be a "teachable moment" and he will learn to be ready in the future. His Dad has had strokes, heart attacks, etc. and Mary will be watching him like a hawk to make sure he eats and gets enough rest, and does NOT over-do. I will mind the dogs, keep the home fires burning (I'm not very spry for 'combat-chainsaw conditions' and have physical therapy, doctor appointments and lab appointments already set up months in advance) so I will miss all the fun. Mary says I would have to ride atop the truck since it is packed full anyway, which I declined to do, LOL. So I guess it means hurricane Florence affected us anyway, just not directly.
  21. Annarchy

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Slow start today. Rain began 30 miles from the house and continued off & on with heavy winds most of my drive. Got a sweet text when I stopped to gas up that warmed my heart. Hit about 20 miles of heavy rain, most vehicles slowed to 35-40. There was thick black clouds moving in on Lordsburg, which I was blessed to miss. The cashier said it was supposed to be constant through tomorrow. DH said it rained about an inch at home. And to think, yesterday it was clear skies and 105*F. Time me to get some sleep, need to get up early in the morning for the meeting tomorrow and we need to pick up one other Lady.
  22. Jeepers

    Vanilla Beans

    Same here Becca_Anne. I still have some beans and I think I'll make some more too. I have enough to make about a gallon of sugar and some extract too. That will last me for years. That sugar is so good especially in tea. I love the taste of real vanilla.
  23. Jeepers

    Long time away

    So glad you are feeling better. I know you are beyond relieved that your children aren't being effected! You have a great attitude. No reason to think they will be later in life either. At least you know what to watch for so they (and you) can stay monitored and on top of things.
  24. Jeepers

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Our high didn't get out of the 60's today. Not that I noticed. I stayed in all day. I made a couple of long over due phone calls to family and not much else. Lazy girl. I found a web site with a lot of free printables on it for making a homemakers binder. It looks really nice but the site is not user friendly. Everything is scattered out with a bunch of links. And my computer is S-L-O-W. Also, why do people who offer something for free or for sale, seem to hide the link? I've spent so much time on the computer today waiting to open another window and searching for hidden links. I suppose I shouldn't complain since it's free but making a link bold or red would be nice. At one time I had 7 windows open going from link to link. Guess I'm not only lazy today but also ungrateful. I'm all about lists and binders right now and this one looks like a pretty good one. Nice it's mostly black and white so it will save on ink too. I'd like to get my life and home organized. I like the idea of a monthly planner in it too, to remind me to change furnace filters and close the crawl space vents and winterizing etc. And a list for spring cleaning and summer stuff. I need visual aides these days. http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/p/diys.html
  25. dogmom4

    join motherearth

    motherearth! It’s great to hear from you again! I’ll check out your show.
  26. Mt_Rider

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I'm resting. I have part of me yearning to go downstairs and do more ORGANIZING .... But DH reminded me that tomorrow we go to my folks. It's my mom's Bday this week. So I need to be OK to go. I will be down for feeding soon. I'll take a look around and do a bit of this and that. Maybe begin splitting boxes from the Circus Tent. But not much. I just remembered.... I REALLLLY NEED get our goat fencing back in place. When we leave, we keep her in the pen for safety. Dog is not on porch to give warning. And the fence had to be cut to get the backhoe work done. Yikes...should have done that yesterday with DH home. I put orange ribbons on both gates.....to remind us NOT to let Koa up there for her run.....cuz it would soon be an unauthorized run to anywhere. Yup, that takes priority tonite. But it's cooled down from breifly 94* to back in the 70's. Safe for me. Toooo weird to be in the 90's at all....let alone mid-September!!! MtRider
  27. Mt_Rider

    Interesting list of 'mentally strong' traits

    I have heard that agoraphobia is terribly hard. Huge congratulations for beginning....and continuing until you conquered it! MtRider .....overcoming stories always get to me!!!
  28. Mt_Rider

    Long time away

    Wow, Becca Anne. It is a marvel that our technology can do such things for some condtions. Glad to hear all the kids are negative...so far. Hopefully they will have missed the genes that produce this condition. MtRider
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