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  2. I'm glad things went as well as it did. I knew he was elderly but I didn't realize he was 90. Bless his heart. You are a good daughter helping them out when you have your own set of medical issues to deal with.
  3. That is possible, Annarchy...... MtRider
  4. Whew...... It was grueling. Yesterday was pretty awful as he processed his anxiety with Survived that. Part of anxiety is that we were breaking heat records ....both he and I are hyperthermic [I'm much worse but he's bad too] Had an enjoyable time with my mom last evening. We did puzzles. We talked about anything after he went to bed. Slumber party! Had a fairly good nite's sleep cuz I'm in the basement and it's nice and cooool. BUT this morning I woke with a DOOZY of a headache from neck crick. Need to bring my own pillow. I took Nuprin...paced for an hour. [Cannot sit/lay down with mine!!!] Took 2nd Nuprin and paced more. FINALLY it eased off and left....about 2 and half hours. Shhheeeesh! So I'm starting out this day drained. He'd been his extreme anxious self again but finally calmed down some. No reason why.....except all the prayers going out! He took shower, came down much calmer. That and my headache release were at about the same time. I had to call to make sure our transportation could take my wheelchair. Explained, in basic terms, why the patient had 2 escorts....I was escorting the escort. They understood easily and I'm a senior too. I'd packed all my big gel and ice packs. We had peanut butter sandwiches. We had this that and the other....to handle whatever. Got our Boy Scout Preparedness badge! I actually levered my wheelchair into the rear of the mid-size SUV. Drivers were both very nice!!! My dad was fine. What a horror filling out the forms! Neither of them was up to it. I kept saying...yanno, DH always does this for me! But we finally got it done. Everyone was very nice and wheeled him in their wheelchair. I wheeled with mine and my mom's doing fine post-hip surgery. What a trio! I mostly was there to take notes so by the time we got home, someone knew what had happened; what was to do; and how to do it. I put in a few clarifications neither of them remembered. He's opting out of anything invasive.....hopefully taking pills will fix anemia. He's 90....who want's to do invasive. So he was satisfied.....tho a trip that far for just a consultation is way overboard in expectations. He nearly left his cane in bathroom. Someone ran up and got it. They both ate PB sandwich on the drive home. This driver was very friendly too. He's a volunteer from our region. Everyone was relaxed and ......TIRED! Had more substantial to eat when we got back. Tried to stay cool enough....SO hot but clouds/cooler in forecast for weekend. My mom and I did puzzles again. Told DH to wait till evening cool to pick me up. Our car A/C isn't strong enough to work for me. But we got all unloaded and mostly unpacked. I'm verrrrrrry tired. The heat. Headache. Tension. And merely the exertion it takes me to accomplish a huge expedition like this..... I'll be paying for this energy expenditure for a few days. But both my folks expressed deep gratitude that I was helping. It was needed and so....all will be well. So very grateful for prayers....esp. this morning. It was getting rather hair-raising with all that mess that was happening. Then......it stopped. MtRider
  5. Mine too Miki. I knew prices would go up because I'm living in some of the worst affected areas. I see it and know it's real. But I'm also old enough to know it will be used as an excuse for everything to go up. Probably more than it has to. Who was it that said never let a good disaster go to waste? Or something like that.
  6. I usually have 1-2 beers at our family reunions when we have one. Not too often any more. Mostly to be social. And there is a lot of food. I'm not against anyone having a cold one now and again. I just don't care for the taste so it's usually not on my radar. Anyway, I went to the gas station and got one of the big ones. Bud Light. I think it was 25 ounces. The can was tall and heavy! Now I know what John Anderson meant by a two fisted drinker. So I popped a top...sorry Alan Jackson, I morphed into a country song. It was ice cold and tasted pretty good with my Pappa Johns pizza. I couldn't finish it all at once. So I had half Thursday and the other half Friday. And slept like a baby both nights. My back still hurts and I still burn a little. So I guess my little experiment didn't work. Maybe it's for preventive measures? I think I'll try it one more time, before I call the doctor, and try to finish the whole can in one day. I'm a light weight. I'm so glad Slugger found a new home! A shelter would have been better that what he had. Especially in this heat. Speaking of heat...we have warned up to the 90's. They said we might break a record tomorrow. We haven't caught a break all spring/summer.
  7. SLUGGER UPDATE...well it appears she's found him a home. His kennel gate is open and the gate to her back deck is down and he hasn't been around for two days and neither has she! Prayers answered! Any home is probably better than what the poor animal was having to live in.
  8. We often have a beer with pizza...doesn't mean ones a drunk. I use beer when I make tempura too so we usually keep it around, two in the frig and the rest in the pantry. Same with Dr. Thunder...two in the frig and the rest in the pantry.
  9. I just made a simple granola (I think?). About 6 cups of rolled oats,, a pinch of salt, about 3 tablespoons of ceylon cinnamon, and enough honey to make it mix up well. Spread it evenly on leather trays. When cooled, I add dried cranberries and pecan bits. When we put some in our yogurt, we add about a half tsp of flax seed.
  10. Dehydrator is busy! Seven trays of tomatoes on the dehydrator. Tuesday was produce auction at the Mennonite store we deal with. Bought 2nd's from Mennonite store, 20# for 6.75$ Bought 2 boxes (40#'s) and the last of the first box is on the dehydrator. So far I've been able to get the full 20# in a half gallon jar. I made some dessicant packs and put a good sized one in. When this last 7 trays is done and cooled, I'll put them in the jar (I crush them) and then vacuum seal the lid with the dessicant inside. Went back today and bought four more boxes (80#) and a 10 bag of candy onions. Jarred up six half pints of the onions, and they've all sealed and cooling down. I'll increase the number of trays on my dehydrator when I start the next batches. Having tomatoes for tomato powder etc., is crucial (in our opinion) in a possible life changing event. Tomato powder is so expensive. We love the candy onions so decided to jar up some half pints of them also, like we did the Vidalia's. The candy's are cheaper though :-)
  11. Seven trays of tomatoes on the dehydrator. Tuesday was produce auction at the Mennonite store we deal with. Bought 2nd's from Mennonite store, 20# for 6.75$ Bought 2 boxes (40#'s) and the last of the first box is on the dehydrator. So far I've been able to get the full 20# in a half gallon jar. I made some dessicant packs and put a good sized one in. When this last 7 trays is done and cooled, I'll put them in the jar (I crush them) and then vacuum seal the lid with the dessicant inside. Went back today and bought four more boxes (80#) and a 10 bag of candy onions. Jarred up six half pints of the onions, and they've all sealed and cooling down. I'll increase the number of trays on my dehydrator when I start the next batches. Having tomatoes for tomato powder etc., is crucial (in our opinion) in a possible life changing event. Tomato powder is so expensive. We love the candy onions so decided to jar up some half pints of them also, like we did the Vidalia's. The candy's are cheaper though :-)
  12. Thank you! DD loves squash and sweet potatoes. I hadn't thought of dehydrating them before. Mt. Rider, I hope things went well today.
  13. Yesterday
  14. That would be cool, to sit and talk with Leon. Meantime, our wick pots have converted Mary to their usefulness and she enthusiastically endorses them now to our friends, even offering to give them some of the 6-inch perforated drain pipe we had to buy 100 feet of because that was the smallest amount they had. I have since spotted 6-inch perf drain pipe, for smaller pots, but why bother when I can just use plastic pepsi bottles (m likes bottles over cans). She thought I was crazy when we made the first ones....she never heard of such a thing. Bus she LOVES not having to water those pots daily. And people driving past stop and admire our flowers exuberant blossoms and they are all in wick pots, too.
  15. The last month or so the "shortage" signs are popping up at walmart here. Mostly for the less expensive canned vegetables, so far. I feel sorry for those on such tight budgets that they can't just get the more expensive substitutes. The tinfoil hat side of me things its a plot to justify higher prices, of course. The deep-state-tinfoil hat part says its a plot to start rationing food via executive order. The realistic side says no, crops got in reeeeealy late this year, IF they got in at all. But I am seeing more and more of those notes on wally's shelves on each new trip. First it was corn, then snap beans, canned tomatoes...what next? How I miss my canning company dent room, (and root cellar) especially now. I used to stock up on those $6 cases of veggies twice a year. Always had a year's supply. And yes, Mt Rider, the clerks are all very cheerfully ignorant. He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, works at Wal-Mart.....run from him! I am also getting tired of no prices displayed on the shelves. I'm not waiting in line to get an item scanned, just to go back to shopping again. The self check-out lines are also huge, as they move faster than the traditional check-outs. So everybody tried to do self check-out first choice. 2 yrs back I printed out cultivar information for the garden dept on their fruit trees, so they could answer that basic question...."is this self-fertile?" The dept head made them keep the info sheet (I had them laminated) in a binder for the following year. The only employee that knew anything (retired the next year at 85) was extremely grateful, as she was sick & tired of being the only one who knew anything, and therefore the only one who did any work without being told every turn & move. It seems to be a new thing....the supervisor having to follow folks around to keep them working steadily instead of saying "I dont know" so they can go back to their smart phone. d**m phones ARE smarter than the users, too! OK, soapbox time is up. Next?
  16. HARVEST GRANOLA (from the American Harvester dehydrator cookbook) 5 c rolled oats 1/2 c date crystals 3/4 c brown sugar firm packed 1 c pecans or almonds, chopped 1/2 c wheat germ 1/3 c salad oil 1/2 c dried apples, chopped 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 c honey 3/4 c melted margarine 1/2 c sesame seeds 1 tsp cinnamon 1 c raisins Mix together very well so that all ingredients are distributed evenly. Adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients makes a crunchier granola. Spread onto a Fruit Roll sheet. Dry at 145° until crunchy. Crumble and store in an airtight container. NATURAL GRANOLA (back-to-basics-dehydrator pdf) 3 cups rolled instant oats 1/2 c honey 1/2 c wheat germ 1/3 c firmly packed brown sugar 3/4 c raisins or dried cherries 1 cup chopped nuts 3/4 c chopped dried apples 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 c chopped dates 1 tsp cinnamon Mix all ingredients. Spread out on plastic wrapped (no foil unless non-stick; no wax paper) or fruit roll trays. Dry until hard, then store airtight. Ideal for snacking or breakfast. GRANDMA’S GRANOLA BARS (Excalibre) prep: 30 mins Dehydrate: 4 hrs 1 1/3 cups Brown sugar 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds, crushed 1 cup Walnuts, crushed 5 cups Oatmeal 4 tsp Vanilla extract 4 cups Dried fruit 1 cup Cashews, crushed 1 cup Peanuts, crushed 8 tbsp Butter 1 tsp Sea salt Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Thoroughly blend nuts and oats. Place in a baking pan with sides and toast in oven for 10 minutes. Stir 3 times so they won't burn. Combine honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and salt in sauce pan and simmer stirring constantly. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients including dried fruit. Dump your granola mixture onto a cookie sheet, plastic cutting board, or piece of wax paper. Evenly compress and spread the mixture so your bars won’t fall apart when you cut them. Cut into bars and dehydrate at 115° for about 3 hours. Working to pull all my dehydrated foods recipes into ONE cookbook/file. Want to print it out...in case, ya' know? I keep running into all these cool recipes I had stashed away and not seen in a while!
  17. Oh Wormie, it hurts, how well we know. It will for quite a while, but it does slowly get better, as you keep remembering the happy times, and cherish them. It is so hard to keep from beating yourself up, second guessing on "what would have happened if...?" but try not to go there. It doesn't help. Instead, focus on the happy times and the legacy of love you shared, and feel blessed for finding such love. Many never do. ( I still thank God daily for my chance to know such a love, even though it was gone too soon.) Don't let others tell you how to grieve, either. So many folks are uncormfortable with grief that they try to tell others to hurry up and snap out of it - and all those other well meaning but thoughtlessly painful suggestions. When you are ready, you can talk to us here. If you need to, you can talk to us here. Some of us have lost our loves, too and our arms are open to all who mourn. We won't judge. So I will continue to pray for you, and your wife. You will meet again, and I am certain you long for that day, as we all do, when we will meet our beloveds outside of earthly time. In the meantime, we abide...and try to help one another to do so.
  18. Thinking I will love this cook book! Thanks!
  19. Northarvest_Bean_Cookbook_P2017pdf.pdf Usually I am not too impressed with bean cookbooks, too much of the "same old...same old..." recipes. This one is almost 200 pages and has quite a few inventive and new recipes. I, for one, love to try out new bean salads...and new ways to get M to eat more beans, too. Me, I'd eat them all day, LOL. Hope others find it interesting, too.
  20. LOL. I try to turn it off every chance I get. It can't spell for squat and is about as accurate as closed captioning on U-Tube!
  21. Maybe, because the current president encouraged it, they are concerned, if he doesn’t get re-elected, they will have to quit their endeavors again.
  22. Absolutely. I kind of thought he would get upset by the change from the usual routine and the unknown. Its so hard for them when they become confused. I'm sorry he gets angry. Some people do. Some mellow out. I know its hard for the rest of the family too. I'm not proud to say but I think my patience would probably be short.
  23. Last week
  24. https://phys.org/news/2019-02-nasa-moon.html Read this and tell me if .......I dunno......it seemed to say there is a BIG reason to hurry but didn't say what it was. They end with saying they will be taking chances. It's not that Global Warming thing, is it? Humans have always had to adapt to shifting climate and such. There's more of us.....we'll have to shift more, maybe. Somehow....it didnt' strike me as the reason for "hurry" and "risk" in this article. MtRider
  25. Good luck with figuring it all out, TheCG. Complex, especially if you don't fit into Standard Medical little boxes. Pray the next two days go well. My dad's specialist appt. is tomorrow. So I'm staying overnite with them and will go with them [ THANKFULLY on a Senior service van]. Its going to be VERY hot....upper 90s. Not even in the same league as Annarchy but.... .....I'm bringing ice and gel packs and Chilly Towels. My dad has heat issues almost as bad as me. If van has good A/C and we don't have to cross great expanses of HOT CEMENT or ASPHALT....we should be ok. And my dad's dementia has been off the chart this week. Anxious about doctor and everything! But they did get the new dryer in yesterday. Even used it with the hose pointed towards a bucket of water. Today he and his helper are supposed to install the real hose and vent valve. Praying that goes well.....and I'm not hurrying to get there. Maybe arrive at 5 or 6. Less is better right now so he doesn't target me. Cuz I need to have access to monitor what's happening with them. My mom's wearing out so......... MtRider .....Life is harsh; prayers appreciated! Thanks.
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