A little over a year ago I ordered the nicest whittling beginner's kit for one of my sons for their birthday. He thought he'd like to give it a try, I thought it could develop into a neat hobby for him. He tried it, He didn't like it. It was too painstakingly detailed for his happy-hyper self and so, I gave him the money I had spent to go on something he liked and inherited the tools, books, blanks and etc... for myself.
From the beginning, I was captivated. Taking a piece of wood and
I had actually started this series of Emergency Aid posts with an article on fractures (broken bones), but I realized I was going about this in the wrong order...
First things first, the ABC's of First-Aid/Emergency-Aid.
Whenever an incident occurs where you will personally be the first person on the scene, the VERY FIRST thing you should do is secure the area. No treatment you could ever possibly render would make the situation any more tragic than if the 'rescuer-needs-rescue'. The
This journey my DH and I are on has had it's ups and downs. Today is a joyful day on the journey, so I thought I'd tell you how we have come this far.
We love children, and we wanted a houseful, but biological children has not been God's plan for us. Four years ago this month, I was pregnant and the joy was overwhelming. For so long we had dreamed of having children and I was approaching 40, we felt we were racing time. But then the disappointment came when we found out that it was an ectop
Here we go with my BOAT.
Open and packed.
My bit of creativity...
Here's how it fits together.
(6) Hoop Fishing Weights
(6) Bait Fish Hooks (taped to the lid)
(3) Water Purification tablets (inside the bag with the matchsticks)
Utilities from a broken Leatherman I had laying around. (Serrated Knife, Mini-saw, Can-Opener, Probe, Puncture tool, and Flat-head)
(1) cut down No.2 Pencil
I will be adding recipes as I find them and when I get several, I will start a new thread. This saves having all these little one liner posts.
Meringue Powder Buttercream
* 1/3 cup water
* 3 T. meringue powder
* ½ cup shortening
* 4 ½ cups powdered sugar (1 lb. 3 oz. If you have a scale)
* 1 tsp. vanilla extract (use clear vanilla if you want a pure white icing)
* ¼ tsp. almond extract
Place half of the powdered sugar and the meringue powder in the bowl of an electric
I finally got the MRI report. It ain't good. Seems I have two herniated disc between L1 and L3. It also shows nerve entrapment. Wife says if there is a reason for surgery, nerve entrapment is it. My doctor is out untill this Wednesday so I have to wait until then to get recomendations. Wife says that maybe physical therapy may help, I don't think so. I really don't want to go thru surgery again, it ain't fun plus there goes this years garden. So I sit and wait.....
Continuation of my survival preparations in the Urban/Rural mixed environment I am currently in. The everyday bag has gone under serveral variations based on who you ask. The EDC (Every Day Carry), the GHB (Get Home Bag), Bauer Bag (Taken from the TV Show 24, the man purse Jack Bauer carries), the Day Bag/Murse (Man-Purse).
Personally, it is the EDC for me...it contains everything I use in my personal life and professional life throughout the day. It also contains everything I would nee
Sometimes a phrase gets stuck in your head. It's like having a tune such as "Yellow Submarine" playing in your brain for weeks. Someone I once knew calls this a "mind worm." It happened to me again this week. The mind worm struck.
The phrase in question was something the neighbor of a missing girl told the press. "When something like this happens, it reminds you of the dangers of ordinary life."
My ordinary life is dangerous, all right. It always has been. When I was two, m
My husband and five sons are involved in a program that is similar to Boy Scouts that is called Royal Rangers. They have an extension group called FCF (Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship). If there is such a group in your area, I highly recommend it. This coming weekend my dh and two oldest sons will be attending the first part of their orientation into this program.
I am busy collecting the required items that they must bring. I thought you
It has been stormin' here since 3:30 this morning. Good for us because we really need the rain here. This is going to be a stay at home day. I'll be catching up on laundry and other household stuff.
To do list for the week:
lesson plans (Done)
juice lemons (Almost done...about 50 left)
Go through current first aid kit (check expir. dates)
Order more of dh's meds (Done)
Inventory batteries (Done-need more...someone's been raiding the stash)
Add 2 gallons water to storage (Done
OK...so that's not the most positive title...but I'm not the most creative person when it comes to making catchy blog titles.
I'm finding that it's most important to stick with familiar, daily routines when going through major changes in your life. It's easy at work...everything is still the same...for me at least.. But, at home I'm finding it hard to keep the routines...and my home doesn't feel like home anymore. Even with trying to keep the signs of moving out of the way...there are stil
We knew that this year we were going to have to buy some dirt. I don't mean the bags of dirt which we've bought so much ofin the last three years, but dirt by the pickup truck loads. This Alabama Red Clay has been an aggravation each year as we've attempted to garden with it. This morning dh went to a gravel/soil business that opened up recently to get the prices and see what was available.
The man who owns it says, "You came at the right time, you see that dirt over there, it's in my
Oh wow! This is great! I like being able to have a blog on my favorite message board.
I've spent almost the entire evening reading over some of the posts in the forums. There is so much info here it's making my head swim. I guess I need to cool it and not try to take it all in at once! I also need to start printing some things out for my survival binder. Well, actually I need to first find my binder again. I made one a while back and put it 'somewhere'. I guess I should know where to fi
Well you see last year we taps a few trees to make maple syrup. . . .
And this year we are helping our Amish Friends Family (Ben's) tap the trees on their hill. So far there are 550 taps (plan is to get 700 befroe the flow starts). AND yes they are not using pails but running lines. Saturday we need to go and get a big (1000 gal.) Tank from a Engish friend to store the sap as it has started running already and the sugar house is not done yet. HAve the evaporater set up but still need to cl
Poor in American means something so much different than poor in other countries. The government classifies me as being poor. However I have a car (albiet unpaid for), a microwave, televisions, air conditioning, a stove, refridgerator, clothes washer and dryer. I even have a DVD player. A Computer with INTERNET access! An educations past elementary school. Medical care is provided by the government for myself and my children. The church provides my food for two weeks of the month. Overall, I liv
My knives came and we did some slicing and comparing with my old set.
Holy cow! I was cutting paper thin slices of onion effortlessly. I had sort of assumed that doing that needed more training and patience then I posess.
I thought 'finely dice' was something my impatience and not-so-great fine muscle control made impossible.
My oh my oh my. I am so glad I indulged myself. It was not me, it was my cheap and old knives!
However - if you need knives and cannot drop
Poor DH, he's been hit with a bunch of OT this week. Last night he didn't get home until 9pm! It's been wacky for him all week with lots of 'problem children' work tickets. Pretty much all we did last night was tuck the Monkeys in bed, and crash ourselves.
I did however, manage to get the stove cleaned up, and buy the right parts to fix the burners! I've been cooking on the two small elec ones for about 6mo and it's been driving me nuts. Now to go back to Lowes today, to exchange the
What have I gotten myself into? My boys talked me into entering a Chili Cook Off at our Church.
I've never been in any kind of cooking contest, I'm just a momma cooking for a bunch of kiddos. Anyway, the same man has won for the four years that they've done this. This is our first year at the church so we're newcomers.
I guess I must be more competitive than I realized because I kept thinking about what I could do to 'stand out'.
And then I came up with a really cool
With my husband's new job, we've been making a lot of transitions around here. I've been forced to deal with clutter, begin to make lunches again, and adapt to a new schedule. All good things!
Among this adapting, we realized that since the work truck is now his sole vehicle, I get my small commuter car back. We can finally pitch the great huge gas guzzling Oldsmobile taking up the driveway.
Now mind you, I've always had a love-hate relationship with that car.
I've been grate
At least I'm doing better today, the drugs really wacked me out yesterday. I don't like taking then but sometimes I have to. I go tomorrow at 2:30 for the MRI. Oh joy!!! I just hope I can lay still long enough to get through it. I don't do good laying on my back.