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  1. Mt_Rider

    What are you canning today? Part 8

    Hmmm....haven't I mentioned that here? That change of our EVENTUAL plans came when DH got the blood clot in lung last year. ....if that clot had gone to brain or heart, I'd have been alone. I realized that even if I have to spend most of my time on Maui INDOORS IN AIR CONDITIONING.... ...I really have to set up where the kids can help when that time comes. There is no way they can help if I'm not there.... Kind of a no-brainer....right, Jeepers? And I think we've missed enough of our DD's and Grkids already!!! DH won't mind Maui's heat at all and should be there if I pass on first. We just always thot we'd have some in between place for a while....and when we got OLD, we'd return to Maui. {....pssst, we ARE old } We left Maui for less heat, better medical care for MS, and less expensive (tho not much less expensive in CO). We stay in CO cuz of my folks. When that time is done...we'll go back to Maui unless God has some other [as yet unimaginable] plans for us. MtRider .....still up here on the mountain at least one more WINTER.. ...which is sneaking up on us quicker than I'd like.
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    A GREAT day but waaay too short. D and her sister were first cousins to my mom and her 2 siblings. Spent much of their childhood together. Then cousins moved away and they lost contact for 40 yrs. Somehow they got back in touch and we had a surprise reunion of those 5 cousins here 20 years ago. For my parent's 50th anniversary. Those 5 cousins talked non-stop for 4 days...didn't want to leave. My mom has been in touch since but one by one they have passed. Now D from WA and my mom are the last. They write and call but haven't seen each other in person for this past 20 yrs. Until .....the daughter of D's sister [M] decided that she and her Aunt D have to take a road trip. They've been to many places including the old places in Iowa where the cousins grew up. Today they arrived at my folks' house. It was so good to see Aunt D again. M and I had never met. We are cousins...maybe 3rd cousins? We share the same GrGrandfather. We had a great time getting to know each other....finding commonalities, for sure. We'd heard about each other...and I'd met her mother 20 yrs ago before she passed. I hope we can stay in contact. The hours passed quickly and they had to get thru the mountains to the next stop on their tour. They are heading west towards home but still have many stops. For 90 yrs old, Aunt D is doing quite well.....tho our high altitude and stairs were a challenge. Offered her some bottled O2 but she just got settled and didn't do the stairs again til they had to leave. MtRider ....so MANY family events recently....and one more BIG reunion still to come! ......
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    Yes....watch out for those crazy drivers and armadillos... MtRider
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    Housework For Children

    Giving them the feeling that they play a vital part in the family is positive.....even if they complain. MtRider
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    Potassium Iodide (KI) data

    Yeah, read carefully about what they think they know about doses for the different ages. For those of us ove 40...unless we're for sure going to be hit by a lot of radiation, they beleive it's better we don't take it. Mainly cuz we won't be as likely to live long enough [I mean natural life] to get thyroid cancers, etc. It's in the dosage charts. But the young ones expect a long life and therefore should be protected. But fetus and mom....and very young babies need to be sheltered quite well too. Most vulnerable. They learned a lot from the horror of Chernobyl. MtRider
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    What are you canning today? Part 8

    Canned Nerd. We've been talking about all those we miss. Your name came up. So sorry to hear of medical issues...been having some here too, DH and I. All came out ok for us....this time. But slowed us down considerably. Gettin' old...it ain't for sissies! Hope you do show up more often....and right in time to support Ambergris' new revelation. Isn't weird to discover something that's been right under your nose, Ambergris? It's been so long since I've canned anything, I would have to read each step of instructions VERY carefully. I get too mixed up now....so DH helped the last couple times we did water bath pickled beets. I had an unpleasant ah-HA moment recently too.... If we end up going back to Maui...and I think we will....they have really stringent rules about bringing food in. I *think* the factory packaged grains might be ok. Sure would have to eat up home-canned goods...which isn't much. {but one can only eat so many pickled beets at a time} LOL Do we really want to pack commercial canned goods? For sure the freeze dried/dehydrated food in #10 cans would be ok...and a lot lighter. I am not moving again in a couple of suitcases. Did that START OVER too many times!! {please, God?} MtRider
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    Potassium Iodide (KI) data

    Sorry....I had mixed the two links in the first post but it is now corrected. I had to keep editing the post above this one too.....so you might want to read it now.... A synopsis: The NUCLEAR REGULATORY AGENCY believes the study done on what expiration should be followed for Potassium Iodide products. That's the second link ...the PDF....in my first post. They say that TABLETS in the packaging, none of the ingredients degrade. If you think yours is over 5-7 yrs, there might be a possibility that the tablets won't dissolve before they go thru your digestive tract and you 'eliminate' them. To fix this, you can use the following instructions to grind tablets into powder and put into one of several liquids [milk, water, juice, etc] that they have tested. You would also follow these instructions for doses for children. For 130 mg tablets: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/BioterrorismandDrugPreparedness/UCM318793.pdf For 65 mg tablets....basically you just do the same thing but with TWO tablets: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/BioterrorismandDrugPreparedness/UCM318791.pdf OK...links are good. MtRider .......I *THINK* everything is straightened out now.... I'm learning this stuff tooooo!
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    Potassium Iodide (KI) data

    Looked up the expiration on K1 [and that abbreviation that also stands for some form of non-citizen stay in the U.S....so type the whole words out] Okay.....This post and the first one have been CORRECTED. I WAS MIXING UP THOSE TWO LINKS.... So, the PDF I listed above .... https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM080549.pdf .......states: "Due to the inherent stability of KI tablets, stockpiled or distributed batches will probably not need to be replaced frequently. As noted previously, even if a batch fails the dissolution test, instructions for crushing the tablets can be provided with distributed batches." ======================================== this article by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) declares the ingredients don't actually lose potency....[if packaging is intact, I would assume.] https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/emerg-preparedness/about-emerg-preparedness/potassium-iodide/ki-faq.html Whoa....that's a lot of FAQs! But this is the question of expiration....and they refer back to the PDF "guidance" link above... {underline/BOLD is mine} "Is it safe to take KI tablets with an expired shelf-life? Yes, potassium iodide tablets are inherently stable and do not lose their effectiveness over time. Manufacturers must label their products with a shelf-life to ensure that consumers purchase safe and useful products. According to FDA guidance on Shelf-life Extension, [The PDF I listed in first post ]studies over many years have confirmed that none of the components of KI tablets, including the active ingredient, has any significant potential for chemical degradation or interaction with other components or with components of the container closure system when stored according to labeled directions. To date, the only observed changes during stability (shelf-life) testing have been the failure of some batches of KI tablets to meet dissolution specifications. Some tablets tested required slightly longer than the specified time to achieve dissolution. Even in the case of a failure of this sort, the product remains usable. In such cases, instructions can be provided to crush the tablets and mix them with a juice or other liquid prior to administration as suggested for emergency pediatric dosing." ======================================== More data....gets the 5-7 yrs vote: http://www.potassiumiodide.com/potassium-iodide-faq.htm ======================================== Stan/Holly Deyo site repeats that it doesn't lose any potency in packaging: https://www.standeyo.com/News_Files/NBC/KI.html ======================================== MtRider .....gotta change the thread title....it's "iodide" not "iodine"
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    Is this true....pet grooming deaths?

    I'm sure there are WONDERFUL groomers out there who love all the critters who are brought to them. But..... I do not think I'd take an child to doctor/salon/etc without being present. I do not think I'd take a critter to anyone either, without being present. If they don't allow the owner's presence...seeeya! MtRider ....these stories are distressing!!!!!!
  10. Finding some sources of KI data....nuke radiation pills. Some data is complicated but parts we need to know....or rather: Hopefully we'll NEVER need to know this.... https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/BioterrorismandDrugPreparedness/ucm072265.htm And of course one has to wade thru the govt.-speak to get the data you need. Example of one of the FAQs answers from the first link: "11. Should I buy potassium iodide (KI) to keep on hand? KI works best if used within 3-4 hours of exposure. Although FDA has not made specific recommendations for individual purchase or use of KI, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has contracted to purchase KI for states with nuclear reactors and states that have population within the 10-mile emergency planning zone, e.g., Delaware or West Virginia." The PDF other agencies are referring to: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM080549.pdf This link has a chart for specific dose levels by age, etc. Says ingredients in KI do not degrade....find this on LAST PAGE...conclusions. MtRider NOTE...I MIXED UP THOSE TWO LINKS EARLIER...FIXED NOW.
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    Dehydrated sweet potato slices is Koa's favorite treat. Started her on them early. She loves to eat the baked skins after we eat the insides too. Not raw tho. I'll never forget harvesting sweet potatoes from Darlene's garden after the MrsS Gathering folks went home. Pick up a sweet potato, gather a handful of brass. Repeat. We'd been practicing near the taters and the brass ejected into the mess of vines and such. A double harvest... MtRider ....y'all are doing amazing things with first year gardens in new location!!!!
  12. Growing up in a field crop farmer family....yeah. That is ALL bad news. A lot of crops were just ready for harvest too. When they heard Flo was coming, many grabbed what they could from their fields but not nearly enough time. The bad part about livestock....massive flooding spreads contaminates from their poo and the carcasses. With that amount of livestock dead...oye. EPA super-site. Those are numbers I just can't imagine. We used to have tornado/wind insurance. I'd imagine hurricane insurance is pretty pricey. Tempts smaller operations to do without....which might sink them in this case. MtRider
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    I thought I left hurricanes behind :)

    Wow....sounds like Chainsaw Mary uses my kind of careful! Having done almost no chainsawing....some of those precautions are new to me. Thanks for the detailed description!!!! I realllllly don't like to work around folks that are not careful.....of self or others. No wonder she's got a great reputation. Praying the flood waters recede and the trip is safe and successful. And the "youngsters" learn a great deal. MtRider
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    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
  15. 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

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