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  2. Coggins and all, yes. End of an era. But they will have each other.
  3. ......... ........ ......... .............. Tomorrow we get a "brand inspection" done on our horses. It's a CO thing...not really brands. Just description and where they're from and where they're going. If you're transporting horses, you have to have the paperwork. Thursday a gal will come to pick them up and take them to a place that will eventually re-home them. They'll stay together. Obviously I'm of very mixed emotions on this. I'm so relieved cuz I fed tonite and Koa was working hard to get me back from the walk and up the stairs. I'm just flat wore out! DH doesn't have to work this w/e after all. Good thing - his voice is hoarse from fatigue. Haven't seen my mom in a while....mebbe Fri? If I'm ABLE. Really good news: UPS delivered package. He's a friendly guy we've known for a while. Likes Koa. I mentioned we have to find a new snowplow person and he got me a business card out of his truck of someone he knows. The guy's in the area and I called the number tonite. He'll come by Sat or Sun aft to see the driveway and tell us price. UPS guy said he's not as expensive as some. Since UPS has to use my driveway in winter.....thinking he's going to recommend someone who will do a good job. Trying to find all the horse stuff....going to donate most stuff. MUST get this 2 decades worth of accumulation down to moving size. MtRider
  4. Yesterday
  5. Yesterday morning, I went to Walmart and picked up the new roaster oven to make mass quantities of dog food. Stopped at thrift stores--nothing. Stopped at Dollar Tree, then bought gas and then visited with friend in nursing home. Got home at 1 pm, ate lunch and then helped make 2 huge pans of sloppy joe base for our Fall Fest at Church on the 30th. Today, I have done laundry for the week and made cookies for DH. Will do some eBay photos and then am buying an air fryer for $20 from a lady on facebook this evening--she will deliver--I know her. Tomorrow, I am making Pumpkin Applesauce in the slow cooker to can, then taking my okra down so the young man can till up my garden this weekend. Want to plant a little mustard and collard greens before putting it to bed for the winter. Still haven't addressed one single Christmas card so I better get on that.
  6. TheCG

    diy fat lamps

    I'm pretty certain that if your olive oil doesn't solidify in the fridge, it's not actually oil. Perhaps I should test with my stuff that I'm pretty dang certain is olive oil. And yeah, I've pretty much decided that anybody who flogs 1 specific type as the holy Grail of _____ and no others can compare is likely full of crap.
  7. Mt_Rider

    diy fat lamps

    Annarchy...I left our Coleman lantern behind with friends in Maui. But...just remembered that I picked up another one at a garage sale..... So use in ventilated area and the glass "should" stop the Beta .... HUH? Dunno. I've never filled or started the garage sale one....yet. Hmm, didn't know that. Thanks! As for the kindly doctor who's actually a salesman.... well, some of it is probably true. MtRider
  8. Wow, sounds like your darkness was shorter than most. Of course you're ready but it's still a pain. It's the ones that have a C-pap or something that I worry about. I would not have wanted to deal with a power outage during the 4 months DH was on O2 for the Blood Clot In Lung. We would have had to go somewhere and not just for daytime hours. And bring the "R2D2" size unit along with us. But this is not the end of the Santa Anna winds, is it? Don't they continue for a while yet? MtRider for all in danger and all w/o power....and for some sensible decision-making!!!
  9. Most of those comments are SPOT ON! "Tree huggers" and democratic/liberal policies have let our forests' overgrowth get out of control. Lots and lots of people are building in the "country" but not following the defensible space recommendations. PG&E is most definitely being "blamed" for the previously mentioned contributors to the fire danger that are totally out of their control. The "Public Safety Power Shut off" debacle is a recent LAW that NEWSOME SIGNED and PG&E has no choice but to comply - and yes, it is mostly because of lawsuits. The power shut off itself may only last 24-48 hours, but............................................ PG&E has to physically inspect EVERY INCH of transmission lines, etc for damage before they re-energize them. THAT is what takes so long and why people will be without power for upwards of a week in some cases! This was the first power outage as a result of this new law. I was "in the dark" for 3 days. I'm glad it wasn't cold like it was this past January when we had that massive snow storm affectionately referred to as "snowmaggen." I'm pretty sure I posted about it back then. You can look up that thread if you wish.
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  11. Midnightmom

    diy fat lamps

    Do you have a "Mexican" market nearby? Lots of times you can find stuff there that you can't find in big box stores - even those that have ethnic "specialty" isles.
  12. Midnightmom

    diy fat lamps

    (Bertolli's) IF it is a mixture of oils, it is SUPPOSED to say so on the bottle. There is a "test" to see if your olive oil is "pure." Put the bottle in the fridge and if it solidifies at all, it is NOT pure olive oil! If you are reacting to olive oil, it may be because of the "lectin" content/quality in the oil. I clicked on one of those "This doctor says...." type "articles" a while back - it turned out to be a very long advertisement/sales pitch for the brand of olive oil that HE was selling, but it was kind of informative along the way. He pretty much said that the olive oil you buy in the stores (and not from HIM) can have some issues with the "lectin" content because of: How old the olives were at the time of pressing The mixture of olive varieties and the country they were grown in used in the batch How long they sat in storage before being processed or how long they sat in storage (after processing) before being distributed to stores A brand that says "Produced/Bottled in Italy" doesn't necessarily mean that the olives were GROWN in Italy. If the brand has a "Best By" date instead of a production date - (olive oil has a 2 year window before becoming "rancid") so you have no idea how much of that 2 yr window was used up in the picking, pressing, and processing of the oil in that bottle. He said that "rancid" olive oil develops "free radicals." I have no idea how true these statements are or aren't, but some of the points may be worth looking into if you are having issues w/ olive oil. I'm still using olive oil that I bought with coupons when it was on sale over FIVE YEARS ago! Didn't know any of this back then, but the oil doesn't smell bad and I don't use a lot at a time so, I'm NOT tossing it out! Besides, he spent all of that time bashing regular grocery store olive oil BEFORE revealing that HE SOLD the bestest, freshest, purest olive oil available anywhere in the world - and, of course it isn't inexpensive! So, I take his "advice" with some amount of skepticism. BUT, If I was having issues I would probably try to independently confirm what he said; as YOU might consider doing. (If you see the "medical advice" about getting rid of your olive oil, and the source is Dr. Gundry, you can watch the presentation for yourself. It is NOT a fast read.)
  13. Last week
  14. Today was "wrestle the window a/c out of the window" day and put it into the garage at the homestead. Had hubby put up some silver bubble wrap stuff on the bottom part of the window to add some additional insulation. We have a storm window but the window is on the north side of the house and needs all the help it can get when those winter winds begin to howl! Also tried to get the travel trailer winterized better but the transfer pump lost one of it's tubes and by the time we got to Westlake's to get another, it was time to shut down our day. We'll take care of it tomorrow. The weather was beautiful today and is supposed to be pretty good tomorrow also. Got supper taken care of and helped hubby make his invoice for the job he just completed. He'll meet with the customer tomorrow to take care of the $$$ business side. We had planned to go camping for a couple of days but I shared with hubby that I'd rather take the dollars and take a couple of day trips in Miss B. I can pack our lunch in a cooler and we'll be "asphalt" camping! We enjoy going to Half Price Books and nosing around to see what's interesting enough to buy.
  15. I am feeling nearly normal today. Thankful cuz DH got called into work x3 this week....in ADDITION TO this "usual" 2 days. So....seems to me he's working full time this week. Seems to me he has worked ONLY 2 days.... one week since dropping to that schedule. And I'm using TWO canes to slow-motion walk the dog barely one-tenth of a mile. Her leash attached to my belt loop with giant carabiner. Barely able to feed this AM. The restaurant is always unsettled. Always folks getting hired and walking out. One got fired for fighting [verbal] with the CHEF. NO ONE is going to win against the CHEF....CHEF IS THE RESTAURANT. It was an idiot child who mistakenly thot he was the greatest server and outranked the CHEF. In desparation they hire folks who " aren't using that stuff anymore".... Riiiight! But....DH actually likes the job....likes the $$ more. So..... MtRider ...Just wish I was in better shape right now.
  16. When we lived near Shipshewana, Indiana, we'd shop at the Amish general store. They had LOTS to choose from in lanterns and cast iron cookware. They turned into a hardware store for spare parts on the lamps. We stuck with the middle of the road priced lanterns. We packed and hauled them back to Wisconsin and haven't used them since. BUT, living out in the country is a great place to test them, along with our generator.
  17. Annarchy

    diy fat lamps

    we have 2 of those lanterns and a supply of the mesh mantles.
  18. Mt_Rider

    diy fat lamps

    On a slightly different topic...but didn't know where to put this: The Dietz and Colemant lanterns have a [possible?] problem????? https://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/radioactive-danger-of-mantle-lamps-zmaz82ndzgoe MtRider ....radioactive elements in the mantles, makes them burn brighter?
  19. Aladdin are a whole 'nother critter. I didn't know they also make round and flat wick lanterns. I only remembered the different system producing more light. The mantle like the Coleman camping lanterns. But I haven't figured out how they work....not a pressurized system? At a website was also surprised to learn that if I got one, I'd have to buy a High Altitude chimney. [above 4000'] We're nearly 9,000'. Chimney is 15" instead of standard 12". Sooooo....there is SOME trouble with our very high altitude. What does that tell me about my attempts with simple oil lamps without a chimney? Need to ponder this. http://www.aladdin-us.com/page/3550276 Another thing I didn't know...would apply to both Aladdin mantles and Coleman: [unnecessary for wick type, of course] " How can I transport my lamp with out damaging the already used Mantle? Here is a good tip! If you need to take your lamp somewhere and want to minimize the risk of breaking the mantle in the process, just coat it with hair spray before you go. When you relight it, the spray will easily burn off with no harm done to the mantle. " I think Dietz makes a "old rusty look" lantern....but it's brand new. Looks like an antique out of a barn. No thanks. Mine only Dietz is a black Jupiter big one. I have a cheapo standard size green lantern. Several family antique glass indoor lamps. And a purchased hanging glass lamp with a reflector from Lehmans...not Dietz. I did a Dress Rehearsal for black-out in September....since we used to lose power frequently. Not so much anymore but....candle and lamp light is so....peaceful! Tip: Always put a small flashlite on the floor during a blackout. So you can see down there in the dark ...where you need to step. MtRider ...ok, quit now
  20. I'll probably get 2 of the Dietz Junior ones to play with. They'll primarily be used inside, but I'd like ones that still look nice inside. Might pick up some of the glass ones at Hobby Lobby - the Aladdin indoor ones are expensive!
  21. Hope you are feeling better soon, Mt. Rider! Today is goat shed day! It was in the lower 50's this morning and supposed to get up to 66. Kid got here at 10 to help and we were done at noon.Afterwards, I ground up 9 pounds of the chicken I got yesterday. About 25-30 pounds. Made chicken sausage out of 2 pounds of it. Also, grilled the chicken that I didn't get to yesterday and frosted some cupcakes for company today or tomorrow. That's enough for me for one day!
  22. Ugh....I'm not Officially sick but I am definitely battling to keep it at Almost Getting Sick. At the mere hint of scratchy throat, swollen throat glands, itchy eyes..... I start loading with REAL Vit C and immune system booster. Plus juice and other fluids and such. Did that later yesterday. Hot ginger/honey tea. So far, I am still in the preliminary symptoms which don't qualify as "catching something". It's still just Knocking At My Door. But I'm TIRED! I'd be tired even without microbes knocking at door. Our drastic change from lovely fall to intense Zero Degrees winter is always a bit rough....coupled with racing around doing everything that has to be done Pre-Snowfall. There's a bit more to do but....some depends on if the horses are leaving or staying. My brain and body vote loudly: Going! But ....I'm MtRider! I like them even when the brat won't give me a safe, decent ride. ......but not thru this winter. Today....it's 68* and sunny. Slight breeze which got me chilled when I strung up the new clothesline It's been up between two pillars of our 2nd story porch for couple decades. Well, two different ones, I think. I've been expecting this one to snap for the past 2 yrs and it did while DH was hanging stuff. He'd doing laundry but needed both of us to string the new line. The pulley system to bring up grocery bags, etc is right there too....so had to make sure both function in the same air space. Whoa...catfish! Bet it was fun bringing them in, Kappy!! Hope you get the heater figured out, Annarchy. I know the modern furnaces blow cold air thru the house while it's heating up....then some warm air...then blowing cold while it's cooling down to shut off. I don't dare get started on what I think of that NEW AND IMPROVED idea. We could never get this place warm with the newer [5-7 yrs old?] furnace. Must have pellet stove to be comfortable. TheCG.....will you buy indoor lamps or indoor/outdoor lantern versions? I love the Dietz ones I bought [had Lehman's gift card...expensive] but an oil lamp is such a simple mechanism, there is hardly any function to go wrong on cheap ones....except the roller to move the wick up/down. Or you could search out antique ones. MtRider ......think a nap is calling my name..
  23. We lived in a borrowed RV while they were setting our house up...that then got moved down to my brother's land for them to live in while they were getting their house set up. I'm not sure Mom's quit twitching over the fact that we're both living in mobile homes yet. Housing is just too darn expensive out where we are! You could look into something like a POD or the U-Haul things that they just leave on your property while you load it and see if those would be cheaper. Or see if a friend has an empty trailer you could borrow. We bought a used shed and had it moved onto our property. You could do that, then either use it for storage or buy one you could then use as a potting shed or greenhouse or....
  24. We've just hit our first fall. Now we're going to be on the see-saw that makes my respiratory system cranky. I'm sitting here with pumpkin-spiced coffee (Dunkin Donuts brand) mixed with my regular coffee, and pumpkin spice stevia drops and cream in it. I found the gluten-free graham cracker crust that hubby requested for pumpkin pie at the 6th store (and 2nd Walmart!) that I checked, along with the gluten-free Red Lobster biscuit mix (heavenly, I tell you). Now, if only the kids had managed to finish dishes so I have a clean mixer and cookie sheets to start baking on....
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