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    Home routers being hacked by Russians

    Our router is password protected. I unplugged the router and rebooted when that warning first came out. Most of my neighbors have password protected routers. But a few do not. Any miscreant could go right into their systems. What with computers and peripherals now wi-fi connected, it is very unwise to set up a home system with no password.
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    Old Pine

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    I love my French press too, @The WE2's - I got mine many years ago. Love it! It works during a power outage too, so I counted it as a prep when I got it. All I need is a fire to heat up water in my kettle and we are good to go. The flavor is amazing. The only thing is, I cannot grind my beans too fine or they end up in the brew. My press likes a coarser grind. But the flavor is amazing. *Best*coffee*ever!
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    Free Online Database of Vintage Sewing Patterns

    Sad, how stupid people are.
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    Oh Momo. You are both in my prayers.
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    Best cell phone for low reception

    What I did at our last residence, where no cell company got decent reception was to first find out which company had the nearest tower. Though I could not get but 1 bar of signal with that company, 1 bar is better than none. Then I got a cell signal booster with outside antenna. This arrangement helped to bring what little reception we had outside to the inside of our home. This allowed communication via text message without going outside.
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    Our youngest came for a brief visit, flying out to get her puppy. It is too hot to ship by air. We had a lovely respite from the heat and humidity for about a week, including during DD's visit. It was so nice. We had the A/C off and the windows open for a whole week! Now the heat and humidity are back. Today I wanted to hike down to the river along the bluff. We decided to do it this morning, before it got too hot. But it was still pretty warm. We had to stop for a breather on the way back up. Whew! Older DD is coming for a visit with the grandkids next week. They will be here about a week and will be taking home a puppy also. Hmm. I seem to think there's a connection here between puppies and kids visiting? Busy summer. Good times.
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    I used a whole roll of bubble wrap for my last move. I agree the small book boxes are wonderful. If it would fit in a small box, I used one. It's just easier on older adults. Like the clothing idea. I stuffed every suitcase full. Everything gets wrinkled that way.
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    Prepping for the “Golden Years”

    So, you can finish the 8×10 structure any way you want. This is just a really well fortified shell of a building. You can put in electric, benches, bunkbeds, storage, A/C, even a TV. You can put in a potty, screening, even walls For tornadoes, since the immediate threat does not last for hours, many people would not include restroom facilities. If I were to include a toilet, I would do a bucket in the corner (compost style). And if so, yes a privacy screen would be needed. For hurricanes, the immediate threat lasts for many hours. I presume people who buy them for that sort of storm would definitely want to include a toilet and screen.
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    Quick Call The PoPo

    Amazing what people will call the cops for. Someone mowing their lawn. A kid with a lemonade stand. Good for you for standing your ground.
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    A small community near here had a large tornado a few years ago that pretty much leveled the entire town. Many survivors of that tornado have PTSD type reactions to tornado sirens.
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    The Carr Fire

    Stay safe!!!!!!!! We have family in CA. And we watch news of the fires with concern. DD used to live near Redding. She's since moved to S.CA and one DS lives near her as well. There's fire risk there also. She was here to visit (and get a puppy) over the weekend. We discussed her BOBs and evac plans. I worry, of course, but she really has thought it through and is prepared. I feel a little better about her safety. But still we watch the fires and pray.
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    Container Gardening

    Nice job @dogmom4! I like to container garden -- many of my herbs are in pots.
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    2018 Tornado Season

    Thank goodness everyone was Ok, @Mt_Rider
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    Need to Prep Water

    I know. I am concerned too! Water toxic enough to kill grass ... Scary!! The black berkey could likely remove most of whatever chemical that is, but I would rather not have such a poison in stored water. And I wonder what chemical it is?

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