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    Homesteading, gardening, Reiki, fiber arts, soap, canning, horses, dogs, cats, goats, chickens

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  1. 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:
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    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.
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    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.
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    New cookbook

    WONDERFUL! Love my cast iron. You will love yours!
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    First Aid Kits....what's needed

    I have a large stock of random sheets and pillowcases to use for bandages, slings, etc. Never pass up cheap sheets at a thrift store. They are not in our go kits, but are in a closet near the main med kit.
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    Freeze-drying at home

    @Jeepers oh, those are SO COOL. Someday, maybe, I would like one also. They are SO BIG - imagine the produce you could process. Putting one in the garage sounds like a good idea.
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    Sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly, @Mt_Rider - I hope you feel better soon.
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    Using your dehydrator: 101

    Mmmmm @Ambergris that sounds GOOD! Recipe? I was pondering dehydrated yogurt. I found this article with directions and may try it. Has anyone here dehydrated yogurt?
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    Using your dehydrator: 101

    I like that the dehydrator doesn’t heat up the kitchen as much as canning.
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    Using your dehydrator: 101

    Bump. I am wanting to do more dehydrating and less canning. This thread is amazing. I am still learning my way around my dehydrator, but love it so far! I think I am going to need to get a vacuum sealer next, though. I began by storing in my freezer, but I am out of room. I haven't canned anything yet this year!
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    Jeepers, the only way I control lemon balm is by harvesting. I use a considerable amount of it for feeding critters. I pull it up by the roots with each harvest, because yes, it will grow back. I let it spread to the size I wanted, and then heavily harvest that area. Now, when I am dead and gone, will someone curse me for it? Perhaps. But it is a valuable herb and we use a lot of it.
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    Bread Help!

    I think it likely that your starter colonized its neighboring dough. Sounds like you have an active starter. Time to give it a test run!
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    Bread Help!

    Yes! I have seen several recipes for sourdough cinnamon rolls on Pinterest. I have not tried it yet, but the sweet and sour should be a nice combo! Maybe save a little bit of the dough and have your own starter.
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    True? Cut Power to Prevent Wildfires?

    Indeed, capped. The government of California limits what that utility can charge. If the rates get too high, voters squawk. Hence, are Californians paying, or WILLING TO PAY rates sufficient to upgrade all the rural lines to all steel poles, etc.? Apparently not. People want safety from fires and they want upgraded grid safety in rural areas while also having relatively cheap utilities and ... someone to pay for their hotel rooms if the power is shut off for public safety reasons? But they don’t want to actually PAY for it, for any of it? That is the conundrum. Hence the current situation.
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    True? Cut Power to Prevent Wildfires?

    Cheap power is a relative concept. I have family scattered across California and am aware of their high energy costs compared with what we pay. Still, it is cheaper to buy energy than to generate it themselves, so far. Rural customers of any utility, whether telephone, cellular, television, Internet, electricity, etc. often expect the same level of service they had in the city. Unfortunately the economics of providing services to a scattered population are different than to a dense population. The cost per customer is vastly higher in rural areas vs. urban areas, and even small communities vs. urban areas. Yet, the rural customer gets the same cheap (relatively speaking) power and other service, although not usually at the level of urbanites. It is simply impossible, economically speaking, to provide rural customers with the same level of cheap service as the urbanite receives. While @Mt_Rider‘s new utility company was able to improve her service, that does not equate with such improvements being cost-effective everywhere across the board. In California, the expectation is that the utilities move from cheap (relatively speaking) wooden line poles to vastly more expensive steel poles, amongst other changes to avoid increased wildfire risks (and risks to firefighters). That has not happened fast enough. Is it the fault of the electric company? I don’t know. For one thing, how is this transition being funded? Funding such safety is NOT CHEAP, particularly to rural and sparsely populated areas and across “wilderness” areas. Are the collective citizens of California willing to pay the high costs of this added expense? Apparently NOT., as they haven’t thus far. So, absent evidence of criminality and gross mis-management which I have not seen, I don’t think screaming about Stalinism is productive. Nor do I think that keeping power on at all costs, including the increased fire and death risks, is the appropriate response. Regardless, the simple fact now is that the lines in rural and less populous areas have not kept up with the increasing fire risk due to climate change. That means that blackouts may be necessary for public safety. The article was ... WAY OVER THE TOP ... comparing this to Stalinist Russia, at least in my opinion. First, this is not a government decision. It is a corporate decision. Her response is, again just in my opinion, anti-prepper -- more akin to the response of a former urbanite used to having everything they need provided to them. In reading her site further, I see that she started out not that many years ago as an urbanite, and while she did the homesteading thing for a time, she now lives in town and makes her living advising preppers.

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