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  2. Daylily, How nice to see you posting. Your produce and your accomplishments with them are awesome. I do pray for a late frost for you and for us here as well. Despite the unusual heat and drought we are experiencing winter feels closer each day. How nice of you to health coach at a diabetic class. Helping others to learn about their disease and the ways they can help themselves to control it is empowering. Bless you and your friend. Stay well, stay safe and be sure to pop in more often.
  3. Yes, you were a brat, but so was I. Same problem up here in the tundra.
  4. I am one who suffers from the 'seasonal disorder' primarily starting in January-February due to lack of sun and my allergies to cold weather :). It didn't start until I moved to the farm years ago, probably because I came from a tropical area where warmth and sunshine were in abundance and I was always outside for one reason or another. But after moving to the farm and living in an area that had more distinct 4 seasons, I started to emotionally tank after the first of the year. I started taking Vitamin D to combat it and it immediately worked. I now standardly take Vitamin D year round, especially with the immune support it offers to be a part of keeping my body strong against Covid.
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  6. Yes, bees are a fascinating creature. Everyone has their unique way of doing things, but I opted to go a more organic and natural route without the aid of pesticides that are supposedly safe for bees that address the mites and other issues can can accompany beekeeping. Many years ago, the Lord crossed my path with a lady out of Michigan who had worked closely with an older man who had raised bees for decades and had discovered this organic, natural way to not only raise bees, but to also increase the amount of hives. Beekeeping is NOT just about honey, although that is byproduct and blessing of keeping bee hives. There is a preservation aspect to it and a responsibility that is very fulfilling. If you just got the bees in August, there is no way you should extract any honey at this time because the bees will need all they can get to feed themselves over the winter. Anyway, congratulations on your bees!
  7. Pray, and follow the Lord's leading...whatever His plan is for your lives. Whether it is to get a cow for milk, or a goat, or both, or none. As others have already reiterated, it is important that you and hubby follow God's plans for your lives, in spite of what other family members opinions may be. As you've mentioned, YOU will be the one who cares for the animal, and if that is something you are willing to do, then by all means, do it. I have a long and colorful history of various family members thinking I'm crazy for doing one thing or another. From moving from the suburbs to the country, to getting my first goats, to the livestock I accumulated over time, to having a farm, on and on I could go. But I was not dissuaded and plunged forward. I made many poor decisions, I went through rough times for various reasons, but I also learned a lot, grew a lot, and have finally achieved some semblance of success with the various animals I now have. I've primarily kept to Jerseys for milk and Angus for beef. The Jerseys have the highest butterfat % in their milk which is why I chose them. You'll have to have a Jersey (or any cow for that matter) bred to get milk but I would strongly caution you to never, ever, ever get a Jersey bull. They are one of the most dangerous breeds of bulls you can ever get. If you can find someone to take your cow to in order to get bred, that would be best. There are awesome milkers that make milking short work, but there is also a beauty to milking by hand alone. I would get into a 'zone', where a peacefulness would fill my heart where it would be just me and the cow, surrounded by silence except fo the swoosh sounds of milk as they traveled down the teats and the ring the milk would make as it began to fill the pot. I would often find myself feeling that 'all is right with the world in this moment', and for me, it was a beautiful experience to have. While there are a zillion YouTube videos and info on the net, there is also a wealth of experience and knowledge from people here at MrsS who have already walked this road you are contemplating starting on. My counsel would be to 'go for it!' and if y'all change your mind down the road and decide this isn't right for you, you can always sell the cow and go in a different direction. Regardless, I'm excited for you!
  8. Just popping in to say a few things. I usually read comments at least a couple of days a week and pray for each person and for Koa. I am sorry that Koa is sick and about all the issues going on in each of your lives. Praying for resolutions. Jeepers, you mentioned maybe needing some mineral. If I don't take magnesium citrate, I get serious muscle cramps and also tend to get choked on my food a lot. Magnesium deficiency affects ALL muscles including heart muscle, and smooth muscle. If you are taking a proton pump inhibitor for GERD, you will most certainly have a magnesium deficiency along with potassium deficiency. My daughter takes it for anxiety with her doctor's approval also. Something to check into for sure. Littlesister, we are actively decluttering. So tired of all the stuff! DH is a handyman and keeps all kinds of spare parts, hardware, etc. to help folks out so we hope to get it organized. Sometime we spend literally hours looking for stuff we need. I heard an organizing blogger say that the average person spends a certain number of minutes a day (which I can't remember!) and it added up to 2.5 hours in a year. We are way above average on that!! It sounds like you are doing a great job. Every time I read one of your posts, I'm inspired to keep at it! Lots of other things going on here too. Harvesting lots from the gardens and still picking blueberries. My friend from church and I are traveling an hour each Tuesday night and volunteering doing some health coaching at a Diabetes Undone class. It's an 8 week class and we have two more to go. Last week, my family and I canned 55 pints of corn. We hadn't had a good sweet corn crop in years so that was good. About time to get our bins of apples too. We couldn't get nectarines, peaches or Asian pears this year because the frost killed most of the commercial orchard's crops. We got all our gardens out late and they are just now in peak producing mode. Praying for a late frost! We've been able to share lots of tomatoes with family and friends, sweet corn too. Now the bell peppers are coming in. The deer keep our okra eaten down to about 8" tall so no crop there. Enough yellow squash and zucchini to freeze and share for the first time in a few years. The deer fence is working. We only have a couple or three coming in instead of 9 or 10. They have figured out how to jump through the top five strands of electric fence tape (not electrified) so we plan to get chicken wire or something similar and put it over those tapes but that will have to wait until we're not so busy. That will make a semi-solid surface that will be over 8 feet tall. Take care everyone and blessing to you all.
  9. We love our oven fried chicken especially with my home made low sodium shake and bake. Lately after putting the chicken on the pan I had extra crumbs left so I made potato wedges and tossed the on in a baggie with a little oil. After massaging them to coat with oil I tossed them with the extra shake and bake. The crumbs stuck nicely and all I had to do was toss them on the other end of the sheet pan and bake along with the chicken for around 25 min or so. Just like carry out but less salt, spices the way we like them on the mild side and crispy coated. A new family fave was born that is fancy enough for company.
  10. Have a super day. Big hugs. Miss you here.
  11. I am so sorry about Koa. You have enough on your plate without adding this.
  12. I'm so sorry Koa is sick! Sending many prayers up and some gentle hugs too.
  13. Good point, Mother. To say nothing of all of our central govt being wiped out ...... ......or would that be helpful? My brother is on a boat near D.C. and his dd is on their farm 40 miles inland from D.C. Not far enough inland. Not for a nuke and not for La Palma landslide. ......wouldn't affect us in CO ....except the problem Mother brought up. MtRider .....I'd heard this long ago but I don't think it was rumbling at that point.
  14. Koa is not better. Phone conversation with vet today was not promising. Will be taking her in early Monday..... Unless something changes, we'll be saying goodbye. The bladder infection seems to be gone but she will not eat. Vet thinks something more drastic has to be wrong ......she refuses to eat ANYTHING. We're getting pain meds into her slowly by various methods. Some beef broth. She gets too frantic to use the muzzle/syringe method too much. She cries when she moves to get up from ground/floor....tho we try to help. She can't go on like this..... MtRider .....this isn't the way we thot it would turn out ..............
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  16. You can also download your canner instruction book from online. I got my old 1970's-ish Mirro canner instruction book from online. It is a PDF to down load for free.
  17. Praying for Koa! I hoped she would be better yesterday. Please update us on the vet visit! I'm glad you all are home, Kappy and please let us know what you do to eradicate (and cook) your snails! Jeepers, I feel your pain! I had to take it easy and no walking for about 3 days. Started back (slower) this morning. my right hip still hurts a little, but not as bad. I ate badly for 2 days and am up 3.5 pounds. I'm hoping a good bit of that is water! Today, I am moving some stuff to out building. Re-packaging and vacuum sealing some sliced ham for freezing. Working on next year's photo calendar in Shutterfly. Probably looking at closet and deciding to wait another week or so. LOL
  18. My mom is always saying that her 'maid' is so lazy.....nothing gets done. No one can believe what she gets done in her 90's... Oye, Kappy. That's some feasting snails ya got there! Meat/protein source is always good. There is some data .....a caution about how one fixes snails....but I can't remember anything except I think you have to do it right. Something to make you sick?? Sorry....that's all I remember. Friends, pray for Koa. She's stopped the bladder bleed.. ...and we're SO ready to get newspapers off the floor!!!!!!!!!!!! But something else is wrong....not eating and waking me in the night but .... ???? This has been so extremely frustrating and worrisome! Probably another vet visit tomorrow. Had a gooood horse ride today. The van ride for seniors was a bit long. Picked up another woman ....drivers had to use my [paper] map to find her....she wasn't ready....grabbed an empty O2 tank and we ended up getting her to the hospital for O2. Then took me to ride and returned for her. She got that sorted and they took her home. Then came back for me from riding. Gorgeous day! Ride went well despite not riding for more than 2 wks. I'm pretty exhausted cuz got up with Koa at 4:30am and couldn't go back to sleep last nite. AND it's midnight again so I need to shut this down and SLEEP MtRider ....wow, it was FREEZING outside with dog last nite!!!
  19. Leisa at Sutton's Daze has been asked several times about canning outside, etc. If I remember correctly, her reply was to know the BTU's of your heat source and how much your canner will stand before warping, etc. The info should be in your canner's manual. If you don't have it anymore, contact the manufacturer of you canner and inquire about it. I would hate to see you ruin your canner!
  20. When we remodeled the kitchen to be wheelchair friendly we put in two drop in stove tops, one electric glass top, the other a heavy duty LP gas hooked to our 500gal. LP tank. We keep that topped off. One thing we did was make sure the stove would light without electricity. We can light this one with both a match and a striker like they use for welders. Two stoves we looked at would not. We already have two antique double cast iron canning stoves and a wood cook stove or three but this one will be more convenient. I have been buying the sales the last two weeks. Today DH and I divided 20 pounds of chicken hind quarters for the freezer. Paid $.49 a pound. We probably won’t see those prices again any time soon. Got bananas at $.29 a pound. Six large hands of them. Froze some and am dehydrating the rest.
  21. We're thinking Jersey.....I'm not sure I would know what to do with a holstein....ach! We considered Dexters, but they are pretty small. Hubby is 6'4" so we are wanting to make it easier for him. We aren't ready for the cow just yet....we have the space for it, but need fencing, etc.... Hopefully soon!!
  22. there are quite a few virologists who fear just as giving out antibiotics when not necessary creates "super bugs" that the covid shots will create bigger and badder super-covids. if you go to website americasfrontlinedoctors.org you can get hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin thru their docs. no insurance will pay of course. doc televisit $90 then they can prescribe and you can order. if interested i wouldnt wait too long incase TPTB outlaw telemedicine or pull their licenses or some such skulduggery. you need not have symptoms to get prescribed...these are preventative and early treatment options
  23. Mt. Rider, I have both you and your Dh in prayer. Hoping his back will get better soon. it is hard to take up that slack when your health is not good either. But we do what we have to in order to keep things going. I know full well how that can be.
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  25. DH worked for the natural gas company and also they had propane. So he has this house gassed up. My grill has been converted to natural gas. Most of my house is run by natural gas. Hot water, clothes dryer, stove, and heat. We used to have a natural gas air conditioner, but at the time the gas company paid for most of it. Back then it only cost us $50 to run everything. Then later they sold out to another gas company and he lost that. the new company wouldn't pay for anyone's gas bills after that move. Nice while it lasted though. This house does not have a pantry and the kitchen is a small U shaped kitchen. The cabinets don't hold a lot and that is why some of my pans, food, and such is in other parts of house or in garage. One of the reasons I want to have something done in the remodel I am going to be doing. I am working on some sort of a plan and then will talk to the contractors when they come. Fireplace and main bathroom will be a must have. As they say, the 60's are calling and they want their house back. Other than windows and doors, we really never got around to doing much in the way of remodeling. If I don't upgrade some things, I don't think I could sell this house very easy. Still not sure if I will sell or not, but come end of February, the last of my family is moving to SC. So it is something to think about if I want to be near them. Not getting any younger so time to think about it. It has all been hard on me with loosing Dh and family all moving away in less than a year. But when your job says you are moving, you have no choice and then of course military moves and the one still here getting ready to graduate college and off to SC for PA school. They are planning to settle in SC.
  26. Wow Kappy, that is a lot of damage from those snails. I heard they changed something in the seven dust as we used it for years for that. Now it doesn't seem to work as well as it used to. Next year I am going to try the white vinegar. I think you mix it with something but will have to look it up again. Hope I can find it again. I think I need professional help: A chef, A butler, and a maid should do it. Still have some other books to go through, but all the other stuff is now done. Shelves clean and all the knickknacks I want to keep are now back on the bookcase. Hope it is not raining tomorrow so I can take a load of stuff to Good Will. I have another car load. Daughter is taking the knickknacks I am not going to keep. So that is good. I have until the first week in Oct. to finish up in garage to get the old fridge out there. Granddaughter may have sold the other stuff of hers but they need to come pick it up. Will need to find out what is going on with it, but she is working tonight, so will check with her tomorrow.
  27. LOL! Have you decided what kind of cow to get? Some are far too high producing for a homestead (just my opinion, maybe you can make lots of cheese). But the Jersey cow was bred to be a homestead breed, smaller, and tolerates wearing a halter and being tethered out to eat if you do not have much pasturage. They give around 3 gallons milk a day. Another "mini" breed is the Irish Dexter with a milk yield of 1 1/2 to 2 gallons. The Dexters are also reported to be a more hardy breed. Holsteins (the black and white ones) give 10-12 gallons a day!
  28. WOW. I do have to get here more often. Catching up now tho. We took 2 weeks off to lose our vacation weight (mostly water from all that SALTY restaurant food. No cooking allowed in rooms where we stayed, so we packed my electric skillet for naught. They did have a micro & a fridge, so we did try to warm stuff up, but....not much unsalty stuff available when you have to nuke everything. We ate out and I ate a lot of omelets & salads. Went back to PT yesterday and gave them a pecan kringle for their coffee break room, and one therapist got some cheese curds. They have never heard of either onoe here so they are in for a treat. We are starting to clean out the summer garden for tilling and preparing for fall and winter plantings. Today we pulled out the enormous walking stick collards, and although we had plenty of (we thought) bug damage, I wanted to cut as much good stuff out and dehydrate it. Wast not want not. Well....we finally discovered why the insecticide we used (Sevin powder, usually reliable) did not stop the collards from being eaten up. Unbeknown to us, we apparently have an escargot ranch. I did trim off some good collard leaves, but pound for pound we had more "locally farmed" escargots, had I wanted to purge them and cook them, LOL. Nice to know we have another food source if things go goofy on us. We got plenty of thanks from our friends in wisconsin that we were able to take meat to. We had a marine cooler (the HUGE one from Walmart....the entire width of the pickup bed long). In May when meat sales were on we bought plenty - jam packed all 3 freezers) and delivered them. Some went to one of Marys relatives, some went to a friend living in a halfway house (he did buy a freezer for his room) on food stamps. I will never forget the look on his face when we offloaded all the chicken, pork loin roasts, pork loin chops and ribeye steaks. Then we took him out to get some chewing tobacco and some diet pepsi since he was at the last part of the month and his money was all gone. It was WORTH all the blood, sweat and tears to make that delivery. ) Busted the budget too, but it aint the first time and wont be the last I reckon. Prices here have almost doubled on meat since we bought all that so Im thanking God daily for those blessed freezers! BTW....if anybody knows how to can escargots...??? LOL...Mary ate them in Germany and said they were delicious.)
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