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  2. I ......don't know whether to ....... or I mean yes, poultry.....birdbrains that they are....can be cute. Our 5 ducks will sometimes come waddling up the steep driveway in a single-file line to get us if we're "late" letting them into the duckhouse for the nite. Sometimes they follow me around the barnyard. We've all know each other since 2012....we're pals. But REALLLLY, PEOPLE? Have some space! Good one, Midnight! Never seen this before. MtRider ..... kissing my duckies?.......
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  4. Nah, Nilla Wafers are just for taste.....when chocolate or ice cream is too much. OK...that RARELY happens but just sometimes.... MtRider
  5. The CDC is issuing another warning to backyard poultry owners as there have been more than 1,000 cases of Salmonella across 49 states - https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/14/health/cdc-salmonella-outbreak-kissing-chickens-trnd/
  6. We2, always elated to hear good news about you guys health! Keep up the good work. I hear you about the glasses. I went to the Dollar Tree and got some of the readers. I'm very near sighted so I don't need them but ya never know when you or someone else might need them. I think they had four different strengths. Try them on first though. Some of them are huge.They are wire frames and not too stylin' but who cares for a dollar each. Your stew is a thing of beauty. I layer mine like that too. Even your rings are pretty. They look like braids. I have Janie's recipe too. I think her channel name changed to Our Little Homestead. I could be wrong. I'm on the Kindle and can't look it up. I also have a recipe for chicken and rice soup. Just a pinch of rice floating in the jar and not packed down in there. I plan to make both when reunited with my canner. The experts DO NOT recommend canning with noodles or rice. Do so at your own risk and what's best for you. Had to put that in there. Ambergris, my vitamin B-12 level was good. My vitamin B-3 is way off. I do have some of the under tongue B-12 though and when I took it I think I did feel better. I'm going to start up again. I can't remember if I got it at my grocery store or Wal-Mart. It's Nature's Bounty and not too bad tasting. Cherry flavored. There is a Nature Valley brand that tastes pretty bad. If I could walk in and get a B-12 shot at the pharmacy like I did the tetanus shot I would. But doctor visits are so expensive. I have meds to pick today or tomorrow. I'll ask them. The problem with X is he has a bad case of the guilts. And he should. He wants to protect someone who doesn't need him any more. It's worse since we share a grandson and he lives across the country. He doesn't know where or how to fit in the new family dynamics. For me, in my heart/mind, I haven't necessarily moved on from the situation as much as I've moved away from it. I've known him for over 50 years and married to him just shy of 30 years. I was 15 when we started dating and he was 19. Lots of history there. I'm okay with him most of the time but sometimes I remember who I'm talking to and get p!ssy.
  7. I think the key might have been the hardness of the cookie. Both Lorna Doone and Nilla Wafers are small and hard. Those Ginger Snaps in a box are small and hard too. Keebler and Archway type cookies might be too soft. Here's a THOUGHT. Maybe make up a batch of cracker dough and add ginger. Roll out thin, cut, bake and let dry out and vacuum seal. Or buy a box of Ginger Snaps. I don't think Nilla Wafers are necessarily for upset stomach like ginger. Mostly for comfort food and something to hopefully keep on the stomach. Or to keep a 3 year old quiet.
  8. Yeah, a rake handle or broom handle flinger. Shudder. One year an elderly neighbor asked me how I felt about snakes. I told him. He asked if I'd help him kill one he had pinned down beside his house. His wife was too afraid. I said, "Sure". Gulp. False bravado. I held the snake down with the shovel while he chopped with the hoe. I didn't look. Don't know why he didn't just push down on the shovel and "half" the monster. Maybe he just wanted someone close by in case he fainted. He thanked me profusely. I came in and took a shower. If it hatched in your basement, you would find the shell. It was probably a full grown one but just a small variety. Hope you feel better soon with your allergies and all that goes along with them.
  9. Sending up prayers for both of you. You've been through enough.
  10. DH id'ed it. I forget the variety, but non poisonous. Glue traps in the basement so far are empty. There are 5 or 6 kinds in Pennsylvania that are poisonous. A few years back, they spent over $1 million reintroducing one kind because they said it was an endangered species. They're "protected". Due to another kind that's also "endangered" , some construction projects are required to be first checked for them to make sure nothing would disturb their habitat if they were in that location. We don't know how it could have gotten in. DH wonders if it could have fallen the crickets in. DH checked the foundation over the weekend (the basement crickets are loud and were annoying him) and didn't see anything. I'm still completely freaked out....if ONE got in.... Since it was a baby one, I asked DH if it could have been hatched in the basement. He said we'd have dozens of them. We're going through a rough patch as it is, so I don't know if he said it to be a jerk or.... It was bedtime. Not much sleep for me that night. I haven't been sleeping as it is due to allergies. I haven't gone down to the basement yet. I'm a chicken and I'm okay with that. We're still have temps in the 80s. I want some cold! Hard frosts will take care of some of this. Winter is my favorite season--no snakes, no bugs, no humidity, no pollen. I've had a rough allergy year. It's peaking the worst for me right now with all that goldenrod. For over a week, I know it's really bad because my body is getting super, super sensitive to everything else (like the tiniest bit of my skin getting a little too warm and I'm getting rashes and itchyness) and have completeley lost my appetitite and have trouble sleeping. Despite my limited diet, I'm a good eater, so not wanting a bite of anything at all is weird. Doc says it happens to me when my system gets too overwhelmed with allergic reactions.
  11. it works for him and life settles down for you. Please keep us updated on his progress. Degenerating discs are painful.....
  12. TheCG

    Lose weight

    I seriously detest the "calories in, calories out" model. People spout off about the laws of thermodynamics, but they forget one key phrase: "In a closed system". I don't know about you, but my system interacts with the environment and is not a closed system. It sounds like she might have better ideas.
  13. My favorite ginger snaps are the Back to Nature Triple Ginger.
  14. We2, that is a beautiful sight. I would purely love to commission some bottled stew like that. My official lifting restriction is one pound with the right arm now, but it's been in that range, practically speaking, pretty much all summer. Canning on my own is right out, and all my own stuff is long gone.
  15. Jeepers, you know you need the B-12 that dissolves under your tongue or that you get injected, right? It won't absorb well through the gut. There's also some discussion of sucking on a B-12 tablet until it dissolves in your mouth but that's apparently a problem for your mouth in other ways (I didn't catch how). Also, that man might have been your best friend and help mate for a long time, but he isn't giving you good feedback now. X for a reason. I am not a medical person, but I would think you need to be eating more proteins, less starch. Not just less fruit.
  16. Good luck on that. They were going to do two of my neck vertebrae, then do one and look at the other, then did one and stopped talking about the other, and I think I need the other. So if they talk about doing his in stages, make sure you advocate for him and push on any followup that needs to be done. Don't let years go by like I have.
  17. for Jeepers. So sorry to hear you're still not feeling well. This has been a while now. You've sounded like you're not feeling well so prayers had already begun, friend. MtRider
  18. OOTO.....was the snake identified? I mean....a snake in the house IS A SNAKE IN THE HOUSE! But it would be good to know if it's a mouse-eating garter snake or something actually worthy of our Yanno? By the way.....I'd go for the garden hoe. Much longer reach than up close with a shovel. Or just shoot it. Honestly, I don't kill them unless they won't get out of my pathways outside. I can't stand having the jitters over them. I have never gotten an I.D. on our type, but not rattlers. Don't have them up here. MtRider .....lovely topic, eh?
  19. Wow....you've had a rough few months. So glad yours seems to be just fine. Will pray same for your dh!!! Spacers....my dh has two crushed-on-one-side vertebrae. Car accident looooong ago. He has numbing in leg when he drives a lot. He's not ready for anything radical but as the years march on.....this sort of advancement may be an option. I'm glad to know about it, thanks. MtRider .... for mommato3's dh
  20. For some reason, I've never had store-bought ginger snaps. My mom was the Keebler Elf....making cookies. I liked hers but she HAS retired from cookie making. Except the kind in dough that you slice and bake. Good for her but ...I do miss hers!! Never really thot of them for stomach upset. But thinking of winter and ginger....I think I'll put ginger snaps and Nilla Wafers on my shopping list. Thanks for the report on longevity!! MtRider
  21. Well well well...I'm hoping we get as blessed as you! We took lots of boxes of them, removed the box, put them in mylar bags and then into 5 gallon buckets with gamma lids. Forgot all about them (in the extended pantry). Guess I need to have hubby pull one of the buckets down so we can check.
  22. Not sure if this is the same thing, but our friend just had back surgery that sounds very similar. Him being a farmer he had really done some serious damage to his spine and began to lose the feeling in his legs...especially the left. He's back on his feet now but has to be very careful. He knows when he's over done it and regrets it. Just needs to realize it's going to take quite some time for all that work to heal. Prayers going up for your hubby and you also.
  23. Trying to get caught up with the laundry...canning keeps me pretty busy. I've just ignored hanging them outside. Wash and hang on the porch. They actually dry faster because it's VERY warm and the ceiling fan is more breeze that outside so much of the time. They just don't have that "smell" that's so lovely when they're dried outside.
  24. Still have one more package of beef in the frig...tomorrow will jar up some vegetable beef soup. I have a 5# bag of mixed veggies in the meat freezer and I need to work it up as well as the last of the beef. Going against the grain, I may throw in a few of those "tiny" noodles. I made chicken noodle soup with them and they turned out just fine. The kind of noodles you get when you buy the dried Lipton-type chicken noodle mix. Watched Janie Pendleton do hers a long time ago and then did it for myself. Opened a quart early this spring and it was fabulous!
  25. Got 7 quarts of "beef stew in a jar" finished, washed up, labeled and boxed ready for the extended pantry. One didn't seal so we had it for supper tonight. Oh yum. Wanna see?
  26. Praying each one of you find relief to your health issues. I feel weird telling you that hubby's 6 month exam went excellent. He'll go back again in 6 months. My yearly eye exam went excellent. Eye site for distance excellent, readers for close up stuff and cataract surgery healed. Will go back in a year. I did "step out of their comfort zone" and it really threw them all. I said "No to the dilation...you can see what you need to see without it. No to the expensive test that they want to scare you to death with macular degeneration" ... the surgeon who did the surgery told me my eyes were healthy and that a measure of degeneration was expected for my age. I also told them "there seems to be a conflict between what the surgeon told me and what you're telling me..so I'm opting out of all this stuff. He just said "well OK, but call us if your vision changes". I think I'll be changing from this eye care provider. Figure...if you have 20/20 vision and there's nothing wrong with your vision/eye health...why do you need to be paying all these bills for tests that Medicare will NOT cover? Even the last pitch was for "prescription readers" ... yeah, over 100$ just for frames and then another 100$ for clear lenses with bifocals for reading? Not.
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