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  2. Annarchy

    presidential alert

    On iPhone: settings > notifications > (scroll to the bottom of the list, to “Government Alerts”) tap on the on/off button. Hope that helps.
  3. kappydell

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    While we wait for flood waters up in south Carolina to recede we are re-working the garden. Dug up our six sweet potato plants today. Got a big old tote full of huge sweet potatoes! Of course, we have lots of volunteers to help us eat them. We are thinking of putting in another raised bed (6 x36) because the vining things took up so much space! We are putting in the fall/winter garden. Broccoli, Brussels Spruts, Cabbage, radishes, beets and lettuce (2 kinds) so far. Tomorrow we will go rake the sweet potato patch smooth (soil got turned whist digging, of course) and decide what to put in. I'd like to try some snap peas among other things. Thinking cool weather tolerant things, of course. Maybe I'll try that test package of spinach the seed company gave me & see what happens. Wish I had some orache, but the only kind I could find was the burgundy, and I prefer the green version. I think tomorrow I'll get out the dehydrator and start some sweet potato chips. The nice thing about a surplus of potatoes is that I can experiment with recipes. I'll dehydrate some, too. Mary does not eat them, but I do, and I don't mind dehydrated ones for storing.
  4. kappydell

    I thought I left hurricanes behind :)

    Chainsaw Mary is ultra careful. 1. We always have backup people around when felling - one just to watch and yell - loudly! - when the tree first starts to go over because the chainsaw operator cant hear a darn thing and might not see the first movements, giving them a little time to un-ass (as Chainsaw Mary puts it) the area quickly. Even seconds count here. That is usually my job along with water intake monitoring, snake watch, and brush dragging. No backup, no logging. 2. We are fond believers of using my cane to probe areas before placing feet in places we cant see into (brush piles) in case of critters. Its hard to coexist with a critter when you step on it. 3. Chainsaw Mary take a lot of time looking at the tree before making any cuts at all, deciding where to make the felling notch. Any lean, any breeze, the amount of branching & foliage and it's placement on the tree and any visible twisting to the trunk all factor into which way the tree is likely to fall. She always tries to work with the tree, rather than against it. 4. Chainsaw Mary always makes sure any co workers (me and the dogs, mostly) know when she is ready to make the tree drop, and makes sure they are well clear of ANY felling path the tree MIGHT take, as well as the one she plans to use. We always confirm both visually and verbally to make sure there is NO misunderstanding. Some folks think that is overkill, but we don't think so. 5. Last but not least, Chainsaw Mary ALWAYS makes sure she has an escape path free of debris that might slow her down or impede her fleeing, "just in case". That's why our friend trusts her to come cut up trees with him under austere conditions - much to the surprise of his sons. (I suspect he thinks she has more brains than both of them put together, but then again, she has 40 years' experience on them, too...). Right now we are waiting for the waters to recede so the roads are passable. No sense going too soon and getting stuck hundreds of miles away by flooded roads. That could happen anyway, but we are; at least trying to make sure conditions are at least semi-reasonable road-wise. The waiting is a pain in the posterior though.
  5. Jeepers

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Sheeesh, with "friends" like that... Glad you got Miss B home. That guy sounds like he was just lazy. You'd think he would have wanted his money sooner.
  6. A lot of farm animals died from the flood waters. The last i heard it was up to 3.4 million poultry and 5,500 pigs. No report on the cattle yet. A real shame for the animals and farmers livelihood. Prices will probably rise too.
  7. Jeepers

    Is this true....pet grooming deaths?

    I have heard about that but it was quite a long time ago. I always had a short haired dog (beagles) so she didn't need a groomer either. A lot of dogs do though. I'm lying, I needed to take her to get her nails cut about every other month.They were black and you couldn't see the quick. They scared me to death. D-ex made them bleed the first time we tried to cut them and that was the end of that. I didn't leave her though. Five minutes and five dollars and we were in and out. Abby always did have a beautiful coat...and eyes.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Yesterday
  16. Read for yourself but it sounds like a problem we'd like to avoid. https://projects.nj.com/investigations/petsmart/ MtRider
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. TheCG

    Vanilla Beans

    Has anybody made vanilla "sugar" with something that was NOT sugar? I'm thinking about trying it with Swerve.
  21. 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!
  22. 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...
  23. 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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  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
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