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  1. Thanks Annarchy! They all sealed but, was that crazy! I always check the rims for chips while washing them and again right before I fill them, no lime in my water so can rule that out. Maybe seeping because there is some clouding on the outside of the jars. I have to can the second batch today so, gonna go over the canner and jars with a fine tooth comb as I wash them in preparation.
  2. Just unloaded a batch of chicken I canned up. I did everything like I normally do, hot pack, precooked and deboned chicken with it's own broth, fat skimmed off before it was heated with the chicken then packed into hot, sterile jars. Ten pounds pressure for 90 minutes (quart jars). I waited for the little valve dealy bob thing to drop which, with my Presto canner is the indication that the pressure is down and it is safe to open it. The jars are popping multiple times! I have never had them do that, normally I just get the pop that it is sealed and that is it. What in the world caused this? I have been canning for years and this is a first. One jar was acting so crazy with sizzling noises and popping that I laid the lid back on the canner (not sealed just laying over it) and left the jar in there cause I was, quite frankly, afraid to touch it with my canning tongs to remove it.
  3. That is what I did, left it in the original package and used a half gallon canning jar since the glass cannot be affected by the stuff if the bag leaks. Kind of a scary substance to store but, if things go south and it is needed to purify water, it will be well worth it. I did some research, an eighth of a teaspoon mixed in two gallons of water is apparently the ratio to mimic the liquid bleach we purchase now.
  4. I have been storing some in a jar since Spring and just burped it. It had really made a hump in the seal part of the lid and when I took it outside and unscrewed the ring it made a whoosing noise as it burped. I don't know if I would want to vacuum seal it, pressure???
  5. No cougars (aka mountain lions) supposed to be here in Mississippi but, I have seen them myself, more than once and so has my best friend. And yes, we are old country gals and we do know the difference between a cougar and a bobcat. The last time I saw one, it was about a quarter of a mile from my friend's house and it jumped out in the road in front of my car. It looked straight at me through the windshield (I had slammed on the brakes) and did not have to raise it's head to do so, (I was driving a Pontiac Grand Am to give you an idea of how tall that had to make it be) and it had a LOOONG tail, so yes, cougar, panther, mountain lion, all words used here in Mississippi to describe these big, according to Fish and Game experts, non existant cats here in our State!
  6. Have her try vaping. Seriously! I smoked since I was 13 (54 now). This past August, Dh was diagnosed with COPD and put on oxygen. Scared me, two pack a day smoker here. I went to the tobacco shop and spent $65 to get a start kit, the vaping thingy, the bottle of vaping liquid, a spare battery. I have not smoked a real cigarette since then. Started out at the 30mg nicotine vaping liquid, now am weaned down to less than 5mg. I tried to quit before and like your friend, I was a real b---ch to be around. The vaping stick worked for me because it is something to hold in my hand (like a cig) and I am still giving my body nicotine. I asked Dh's pulmonologist about it and he said "YES"! He totally approves of it, says it is way better to inhale a bit of vapor than it is to put smoke into one's lungs. So, have her get one of the disposable e-cigarettes first, $8 investments to try it out. If that goes well, for the price of a carton of cigarettes, she can get set up with the refillable, rechargeable type. This thing is probably saving my life by saving my lungs. Mine is a brand called "Lotus". The vaping liquid is $8 a bottle but, one bottle lasts me 2 weeks. On the subject of dealing with injury and disability, I had an eye opener this week. Monday got up in the morning as usual, put on the coffee and went out to let the chickens out and feed them. My chicken yard is downhill in the back of the house, a pretty long downhill slope. I opened the door to the coop and stepped back but, my two roosters came out fighting and I could not get out of the way fast enough. One of them was trying to jump at the other who was standing in front of me and moved so I ended up getting the full force of him hitting me in the right shin with both feet. This is my older guy who has huge spurs. I never realized how much force they could put behind an attack, in addition to the two punctures it felt like I was kicked by a horse. The muscles in my leg just seized up. I managed to get out of the chicken yard and half way up that long slope and could go no further. Thank god for my big dog Annie (half GP half Lab). I called her to me and grabbed on to her collar and she pulled me up the hill and to the back porch steps. So, now I am rethinking the location of the chicken coop. There is a nice spot directly across from the side of the house about 30 feet away, flat all the way and I could have steps built on that end of the front porch to get to it. It would enable me to continue to have chickens even as I get older and more feeble (arthritis, sciatica, messed up feet -- some days it just hurts to walk anyway). I think about things like this a lot, Dh can't do much with the COPD and if I can't get things done, we are farbooed. Taking care of my Dad the last 3 years of his life (he died at 92) taught me a lot about things that make life easier when mobility is an issue and I have known in the back of my mind for a while that the chicken coop was in the wrong location. This incident just kind of brought it all home for me.
  7. Mt Rider, have you tried a pitch fork for the hay. We have a 3 pronged one that is an antique, belonged to Dh's great grandfather, and it is invaluable for the kind of thing you are facing with those huge flakes. Leverage and prongs! I am sure a tractor supply place would have a modern version, too useful an item for them not to be made anymore.
  8. Whychwood I love the phrase "feeling guilty for feeling relief". That is spot on! Mt. Rider, I hope you are feeling better today.
  9. Giving up an animal that you have become attached to but, can no longer take care of is a bittersweet thing. On the one hand you miss the little stinkers but at the same time you know they are somewhere that they are being well taken care of and you are free from the burden of feeling trapped in caring for them. I went through something similar a couple years ago. My eldest son was living in a small trailer here on the property helping us with the renovations on the farmhouse. He bought a 6 week old Husky puppy. He let me name her so I named her, Tatiania (my pet name for her was Tater Tot). At the time, his girlfriend lived in Dallas and he spent a lot of time traveling back and forth to visit her so basically Tater Tot became "my" responsibility while he was gone and she and I became very close. But, Huskies and free range chickens do not mix. In one night, THE one night I spent away from home at a friend's house, she killed 24 of my half grown pullets. I tried keeping her inside and taking her out on a leash for walks but it was not fair to an active, young animal that is bred to RUN to be trapped with a 53 year old woman like that. So, she had to be rehomed. The guy that took her was so thrilled, she has her own bedroom at his house and it is full of toys but, it was very hard for me to watch my son pull out in the road with her in the car to take her to him. Just keep in mind that you did the loving thing for your girls by sending them to a good, new home and made the right decision for YOU to ease the burden on your body of what you have to deal with on a daily basis with animal care. It stinks but, it is what it is and you made the right decision for you and the goats.
  10. I could have been reading about my own symptoms in your post! This is going to sound nuts but, out of sheer desperation one morning when I was getting dressed, I applied anti perspirant to the areas under my breasts. Figured the area staying wet from sweat was causing the problem so why not, nothing to lose. It worked. That day I hoed the garden and sweated so bad my clothes were soaked but, the rash was actually better that evening. Within a few days, using the anti perspirant, it was cleared up. Your milage may vary but hey like I said, nothing to lose.
  11. OK, just spent an evening with a marathon book ready of this one! It was awesome! Could not quit reading til the end. Highly recommend it to everyone! Thanks so much for posting the link.
  12. So sorry. A friend of mine had to have her fur baby put to sleep yesterday and I sent her this poem I found online by an unknown auther. Hope it brings comfort. I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here." I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore. I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more. I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there. I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me." You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair. I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there. It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday. To say to you with certainty, "I never went away." You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew... In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you. The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning." And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side. I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see. Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me. Author ~ Unknown
  13. Prepper guy did not have his fuel supply secured. Then he was stupid enough to walk right into their hands, get unarmed, with a knife at his throat. The only thing that saved that situation was the phone call, otherwise it looked to be turning into a blood bath with Jason starting it. Kids on the roof, all kinds of things to use as lever or battering rams to get that stairway door open.
  14. CGA, see my post above. If you have two GPs they could pull your daughter in a large dog cart and you could pull a hand cart with supplies with the lead dog tied to the back. Way better to go with some gear and food than to go with nothing.
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