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  1. Photos from Darlenes Gathering

    Great photos. It looks like you all had a great time. You all just keep getting better looking...oh, and more prepared and skilled as well.
  2. My son lost his job. Things are pretty bad in our state. Finding a job here is going to be a challenge, if at all possible. He and his wife and four kids have moved it with us. Grandpa is living in a trailer out back. We gave 1/3 of the house to my son and his family. that leaves 2/3 of the house for me and my husband and seven kids. I have a great pantry set up for a year...for 9 people. My son is not a sheeple. But his planning has been very different from ours, and he and his young wife, while paring back very well, live much differently than we do. It's going to be a challenge. But the four of us talked about this likelyhood 2.5 years ago...that someone might lose a job and we'd have to double up families to keep a single place going. I hate being right.
  3. It might freeze in the next few days. I've never saved my green bean seeds, but left a number of vines for saving this year. However, the greenbeans are not brown yet. They are big, fat, but still green. Will I lose them during the frost? Should I cover them like the tomatoes? Will they continue to grow toward dry if I pull them out by the roots and bring them inside?
  4. I grew up in CA as well. I wasn't aware there were quakes in other parts of the states other than Alaska. Like ayleeann said, there is no way to prepare for them. You just live with them. And their results. Learning about the results is what is important. Gas lines, fires, fallen lines and trees, aftershocks...that kind of stuff. It doesn't hurt to know where the safest place to run to is, but like has already been mentioned, it's usually over before you get your head together to do something. We school children were taught to drop under our desk and had many many drills. So we do have the gut instinct to get under any table in an earthquake, whether it be in school, at home, in a restaurant. I still have that instinct. Just talking about this subject had me checking the space under my desk to see how many kids could fit under there iwth me if we started shaking in the next couple seconds. Of course, my kids have not been trained and drilled, so the quake would probably be over before they could obey my orders to "Get under!"
  5. Freezing Tomato Paste?

    Yay!! Thank you, ladies.
  6. I want to start buying those #10 can's of tomato paste, but I obviously can't use it all at once. Even with canning large recipes, there's still tomato paste left for another day. I have lots of uses for it. So I'm wondering what would be the best way to freeze it for easy use later? The only thing I've come up with is freezing it in 1 cup globs on an oiled cookie sheet, then putting the blobs in a gallon freezer bag. Anyone have a less messy and more efficient way to do it? Oh! Can I freeze it in pint or half pint jars?
  7. Addictions during bad times

    Or worse...not being able to light up because they have nothing to smoke! Yikes!
  8. I'm seeing this in my family right now. Some in my family have either lost jobs completely and are trying to live on unemployment, or they've had one job end (while working a second), or have had hours or wages cut. Everyone seems to be doing ok, budgeting for gas for the vehicles and food and bills. However, if any of the cars fall apart, that family will be in deep trouble. (No savings) Anyway, the smokers are going nuts. They think they can get by with a couple packs a week after smoking a pack a day. Come Wednesday, they are asking for pop cans or penny jars. This isn't just one person. This is a few folks. They are trying to be cool about it, but I'm telling you...the pressure to smoke is doubled with the financial/job issues...and they have hardly anything to smoke. No amount of tricks will help them, like cutting cigarettes in half, etc. It's just a complete bummer for them. The good side is that I'm guessing at least some of them will get frustrated enough to quit. I don't even want to think what it would be like if anyone was a drinker/alcoholic. There is one person who does what she calls "social gambling". She lost her job. 2 months later, no jobs to be found. And it turns out that her meager unemployment won't meet the payments she needs to make on the $125,000 debt...yes, I typed that correctly....that she built up by gambling. So she's in really bad shape. A dollar for a lottery ticket could make her day. However, there is a bright side to her story. Without the ability to feed her addiction, she had to face the honest truth about her "social gambling". She is checking herself in for 30 day treatment that the lottery is required to pay for at a rehab. No job exposed her addiction for what it is, and no job is giving her the time to go thru rehab. Shopaholics...we don't have any of those, but wow... I'm just seeing the affects of a bad economy on some otherwise nice addicts...people I would never have even thought of as addicts....and it isn't pretty.
  9. Crispy Pickles

    Thank you! OK. I think I have enough info that I can do this well...along wtih the Pickle Crisp from C4C. I'll try to remember to tell you how they turn out in about 6 weeks.
  10. I only have 7 heads of dill this year. Not enough for my pickles. Can I use dried dill weed? And if so, how much per quart?
  11. My husband and I both grew up in homes than were farms/near farms. We learned to can, garden, butcher, grow animals, and hunt. Of course, after college we left that lifestyle far behind us. We lived in Puerto Rico for a couple years. Hurrican Georges changed our lifestyle. We stocked up when we heard it was coming. Had two humongous water retainers as high as our roof. Bought a generator from someone on the island who didn't think they'd need one. And we bought tons of canned foods from the store...foods we'd never eaten before...and had to gag down after the hurricane. We had a number of small children and it was difficult watching them try to eat Spagetti-Os thru tears. It was a horrible experience walking thru stores with the shelves stripped of all food items, the only light coming thru the front windows. Eery. Scary. The lines of people waiting for the water truck every day...waiting in the heat for a gallon of water. The generator did us little good, but we could keep the fridge running, and folks with diabetes stored their insulin with us...as well as other folks who had meds needing refrigeration. The sound of our generator brought them to our house. We went back to our roots completely after that, and have been living this way for 10 years. Thankfully we had a good foundation of skills, but we are always still in need of more skills, more knowledge, more courage.
  12. Crispy Pickles

    Are those the ones that stay in the fridge and you don't process them with a water bath? My great-aunt does those. But I need a lot more pickles than what I can store in the fridge! They are super yummy tho.
  13. Romans 7:12-17

    Darlene, I've not commented, but am reading the Romans study. I can't comment because I can't express these things in words as of yet. Thank you for your time. I read in my own Bible and love the familiarity of the pages and the columns and the binding...but sometimes it takes reading the Words in an unexpected place to draw one's attention. Words that have been read over and over and thought to be understood seem to change and become...more real? Something like that. Heavenly Father, I ask that You finish the good work you have begun in Darlene. You've promised to do this, and it seems almost ridiculous to ask what You've already promised, but Father, there is such comfort in repeating Your words between us. Please make clear the paths you have ordained for Darlene.Give her courage and vision to not only walk on the water, but to walk right over the top of the quicksand...straight into Your arms and Your will. Make her heart like David's...desiring You amd Your Word and Your testimonies and Your precepts and Your will every step of the way to the final day of her life. And please bring your son home to You. Thank you, Father, that we can come to You. Where else can we go? You are all there is, the only help for us, the only comfort, our greatest joy. In Jesus' name, amen
  14. CERT TRAINING

    How do you find out about cert training in your area?
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