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  1. So, this last summer I was talking to a friend. I had an abundance of squash my husband grew ( I think it was crooked neck --- it was yellow). I hated to see it going to waste, so a friend suggested I pickle it, as they eat it for a snack. I did not even think to research this to see if squash was safe to pickle and can. The other day I was looking up something else and ran across and article that stated there is no safe way to pickle squash. Does anyone else do this? I am always so careful to NOT do something that isn't safe, I can't believe I did this. The disappointing part is my daughter, who is a very, very picky eater loves it! I hate to stop doing it, it's so good!
  2. I did not know you could can celery! I will be doing that this summer!
  3. So the last few years I have put some effort into getting a good herb garden together. Last year was a really good year for things like Thyme, Oregano, Sage, lemon balm and mint. I have tried and tried to grow Lavender every year and I am not sure why, but I can't get it to grow! It's extremely frustrating, but, I'm not one to give up (even sometimes when I should), so I am going to try again. What do you grow in your herb garden and what, if anything, are your new additions?
  4. I'm not looking forward to the frigid temperatures! The high point is, we will all be snowed in so that means a lot of family time! Makes being snowed in well worth it!
  5. It was pretty nice here yesterday, considering it's November. We got the last of the yard things organized, I was glad for that because it started snowing here about 4 am!
  6. Yes, that's it! Did you get a chance to watch it? What did you think about it?
  7. We have Century Link for our internet and when we had a home phone, we had to use them also. Calling them mediocre is being nice. How I wish we had a different provider for our internet. We were thinking of changing to satellite, but I'm not sure that would be any better. We have Verizon for our cell phones. They are the only carrier that has a tower within 5 miles of us. The service is very patchy here. I never texted until I moved to the country, but it's the only way my family can contact me and I know I will get it. Good luck, good cell service is tricky to get.
  8. I wasn't sure where to post this, but since the show is about gardening, I thought this would be ok. Has anyone seen the show on Netflix called The Urban Farmer? i have seen a few episodes and he has quite the set up. He does farm on other people's land, but he also uses his own. He seems to able to grow an awful lot of food in a very small space. And, he uses a network of hoops and greenhouses to extend his growing season. I am wondering, if anyone else has seen this show, what did you think of his set up and techniques?
  9. My husband does most of the grocery shopping now, the other day he came home with Asparagus he bought for .90 a lb! Granted, I think it was at Walmart, but I'll take it! And he bought 30 lbs! Looks like I have some canning to do tonight
  10. This is excellent advice, I am sure I will be reviewing this in the coming year.
  11. It's legal in Michigan for medicinal purposes. I have heard that our state police is not for legalizing pot anywhere in our state, for any reason. People have started opening up shops to sell the pot to people, in my area, if someone opens up a shop and they are not following the law to the letter of the law they will be shut down. In the last two years, 6 shops have been shut down around me. one of the shops got shut down, the owner got arrested, and as soon as he could, he opened back up. Turns out, he had his pot growing outside and it wasn't fully enclosed and that was his wrong doing. I'm still not sure he is in the clear, and if I know my area, he will be shut down again soon. A few weeks ago I learned our local bowling alley is no longer going to be a bowling alley. It's going to become a dispensary for medical marijuana. An entire bowling alley. It was one of the last family friendly places within 20 miles of me. Of course, since I live pretty rural, there aren't a lot of options. My husband who passed away in 2014 had stomach cancer. He got his card and took CBD oil for the pain. It was the only thing that helped, so I'm not against it, but it has to have it's limits. I feel like these laws were passed with little to no oversight. The officials did not have a plan on how to regulate and enforce medical marijuana, when it was first passed in Michigan people smoked it on the streets and obviously be high (medical marijuana is high in CBD so getting "high" should not happen). When the person was confronted by a police officer they would show them their card and be off the hook. They seem to have gotten a grip on that behavior, thank goodness. There needs to be more oversight on how the grower's manufacture their medical marijuana and how people get it. I don't know about other states, but here, it is very, very easy to get your card.
  12. kathy003


    We ordered shoes last week online. It took a week and a half to get them, which I thought was ok. My husband likes to order items online, which helps in the cold weather. I can't say I enjoy going shopping, I usually go with a list and get it done as quickly as possible, but I don't like ordering online more. I like to see and touch what I am buying. I don't know if I will ever be able to adjust to shopping online. I know I am not the norm, but I really hate to see stores closing.
  13. Oh wow. I will pray for him and his family.
  14. Well, Christmas is almost over. On New Years day we will have one more visit to make and then our Christmas will officially be over.  I am probably one the few individuals who do not get all that excited over Christmas. I also cannot say I am overly religious. I do consider myself spiritual.  I believe in God, I know that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and I know the Holy Ghost guides me daily. That is what I love about celebrating Christmas. That is what I instill in my children. Even though they all have a developmental disability, they still know Jesus, they understand prayer and they all have giving spirits. Jesus is what I want my children to think of when they celebrate Christmas, that, and a nice family dinner.

    People have gotten to busy to stop and think about what Christmas means. To most people it's chaotic and hectic cooking, presentation of dinner and snacks have to be perfect. The decorations for Christmas need to be perfectly placed. The presents are wrapped with shiny paper neatly piled around and below the tree, and don't forget the mistletoe! Everything looks perfect, and that is where most of it ends for a family. Underneath all the festivities is stress. Stress about finances, stress about being behind, dinner not being ready on time, and worry about if people will enjoy themselves. So much worry, some forget that Christmas is a day of being thankful, of  spending it remembering our Lord and Savior, all of this is lost on most, most people who don't know to NOT play into the commercialism of Christmas. 

    Me? Yesterday I enjoyed Christmas Eve with my extended family, today we spent it at home enjoying the day with the kids. I'll take that every year over commercializing this holiday. 



  15. I had never heard of this before now, that is awesome! Thank you for sharing
  16. The CG, I was thinking the same thing!
  17. I will be lifting you and your family up in prayer, I can't imagine how difficult this is for you and your family.
  18. kathy003

    Time Flies

    Oh, I'm so sorry you lost the pictures on your computer There is something to be said about old fashioned pictures you get developed. Last year my laptop battery caught on fire, I thought I lost all my pictures, thankfully my hard drive was saved and that didn't happen. But, I know how tense I was during that period when I didn't know if anything could be saved. Nice picture, I don't think I have ever been to the desert.
  19. It's been a few years since I have had a nice garden, so I am going to give it a go again this year. I have done things here and there the last few years. I started a small strawberry patch, added some fruit tree's (ok, about 10 of them), and added some herbs to my herb garden. about 2 years ago I added an Oregano plant, I didn't expect much from it, since I had no idea what to expect. That Oregano bush has become my pride and joy! It's strange that I feel so accomplished by one plant. I also started growing Sage, which took off nicely. I don't have any "goals" as far as the garden goes yet. Ok, that is not exactly true,,,, i would like to grow enough for a small roadside stand in front of my house, but we will see how that goes. Lord knows, I planted enough corn yesterday to do that, and I am going to plant two more rows tomorrow. Last year a friend of mine taught me how to butcher chickens and turkey's. It has been a few years since I have had any livestock, so besides gardening, I plan to get the chicken coop ready for next spring and, something new,,, my husband wants to get goats to raise for food. So, my goal for that this year is to build a pen to keep them in. I think I have some left over fencing I can use, and an old barn. Happy spring!
  20. Wow, how cool is this! We can have our own blogs on here?? Looks like I have been away from Mrs. S for to long!


    It's been a few years since I have seriously done any gardening. I am hoping to have a really good season! I am really encouraged by the Greek Oregano I planted a few years ago, it looks really great this year! It is still a little on the small side, but it is producing more oregano than we can use. I will let it grow for a while and then maybe dry some. This encouraged me so much that I am concentrating on my herb garden this year and adding more herbs to it. I still need to figure out what herbs like what kind of soil. 


    Yesterday I planted 2 rows of corn and plan to do two more tomorrow. Last year was the first year I planted corn and it didn't do well, I think I planted it to late.  We also went today and bought some more vegetables. 

    1. Annarchy


      We can have our own blogs on here??


      Yes!  :thumbs:


      Nice to see you again, kathy003.  :bouquet:

  21. well, that review was disappointing. I had hoped to watch the show but forgot when it was on, and it sounds like i couldn't learn much. I swear, someone on this site needs a tv show to show how it is really done!
  22. Great job! Sounds like you are going to keep yourself busy! I never thought of canning as a craft,, but your right! I had my canner for a few months before I used it. the first time, my husband had to stand by it,, it was kind of scary until I found out how it worked. Now, we both laugh at the experience. Congrats on the nice, preservative free, healthy food!
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