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  2. No, Jeeps--that's exactly the point. Today I was going through and tossing bottles of medication that were more than three years past expiration date and that I could not find expiration information on. This is after tossing some eleven year outdated ghee and similar items. DS1 asked didn't it hurt my feelings to throw out all that stuff. Actually, no. I feel great about it. I paid my insurance premiums. If I had planned a little better, I could have had my cake and eaten it too, but at least I was covered to some degree, to cushion the harsh edges of anything awful that could have happened, AND NOTHING AWFUL HAPPENED. Isn't that GREAT? Now I have room to stock new ghee, right? Which will cover me for a long time, and maybe be eaten before it goes bad. And payday is only a week away. This means not getting some things I wanted, but I need ghee.
  3. Guest

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I am not at all familiar with that fruit. Yes, Gulf Wax. We went through block after block of it. Did you put two or three baby potatoes in with your green beans too?
  4. Guest

    Purple beans!!

    So, one of the variants on the black eyed pea is the pink eyed purple hull. And the yard long bean is a variant on the pink eyed purple hull.
  5. Do they taste like the regular "blue lake" bush beans? That is the common variety here. And does the canning water stay purple or clear/green? I'm interested in this bean too. Do the "yard long" beans taste like the blue lake beans when canned? All I know about are the blue lake green beans.
  6. That's the way I remember it too Amber. I was in my early 30's and had an elementary student son and a college student for a husband. Those were the times my MIL passed around the laundry basket to the family and told them to fill it up. She took it around to all of the family on her side. She waited for them to go gather up the canned goods. LOL. She was a force to be reckoned with. MIL and FIL bought us a medium size freezer and we filled it up with mostly fruit that we picked free. Strawberries, blueberries, apples, peaches, pears, raspberries etc. No meat. We canned green beans (gasp...water bath) and pickles. Sugar prices went sky high because people were making a lot of jams and jelly to have on bread for lunches. We made grape jelly and apple butter. No jar lids were wasted on jelly. We used a layer of Gulf wax. Husbands grandmother even gave us her block of government cheese. That was sacrifice! My family helped us out also. My granny was gathering canned food too. Now that I think about it. No one (in our families) was concerned with money. It was food. Hummm.
  7. TheCG

    Lose weight

    Ditto. I'll hide over here in the corner with you. *cranks up the music* However...I know I've got to make some changes.
  8. "To live sensibility in our current world... while ready for even drastic changes" Powerful sentence. That pretty much says it all for most preppers. I've often put my real life on hold for prepping and done without 'wants' because I 'needed' to buy prep things I'll probably never use. Most of my emergency meds have already expired. I feel bad that happened but I'd feel worse if I didn't still have them. Sorry I digressed...again.
  9. Well, I've had some dark purple wild grapes that were fairly sour but.....I really don't think currants are grapes at all. They are closely related to gooseberries. I hear some are thornless....but that would not be the wild varieties that grow up here. As I mentioned, one of the very FEW wild offerings at these altitudes. Thorns and very tart! Wild up here, they are on average, as big around as a pencil eraser. Some a bit bigger. Many much smaller even when ripe....tho I usually leave the tiny ones for the birds. I wouldn't make a pie from the wild ones....the domesticated varieties look to have loads more berries than the wild ones. This pic would represent a very full branch on my bushes. https://planttalk.colostate.edu/topics/fruits/1214-currants/ MtRider ... You can see the 'flower' end that has to be pinched off....plus the stem. Not difficult...tedious, one by one.
  10. Should any of you be interested, here is the booklet (in English) they discuss in the film that was mailed to every house in Sweden: https://www.dinsakerhet.se/siteassets/dinsakerhet.se/broschyren-om-krisen-eller-kriget-kommer/om-krisen-eller-kriget-kommer---engelska.pdf
  11. I'm seeing both of your posts, Ambergris. Is your original one not visible to you? Hope you'll get back on fully with your own computer soon, eh? We only have 2 saddles and the pads to go under them. And my fleece bareback pad which I use most of the time. Mebbe three ? bridles. I've reused the 2 halters and lead ropes. I do have a few sets of saddle bags....but those are tough and can be used in ways other than across a horse. I've scavaged all this stuff at garage sales, etc. The biggest reason I do not want to ever start over finding things at garage sale prices.....CUZ I DON'T HAVE THAT ENERGY ANYMORE. But of course if I dug around the basement, I'm quite sure I would find all those bits of this and that which are kept for just the very reason you mentioned. AND all the REST of the things that are needed for poultry/goats/dog/cat/equines. {anyone need a crupper? don't have donkey any more} Feed/water containers. Ack...we have THREE big horse water tanks. With heaters. Maybe I'll keep one to be my "lukewarm-not-hot" tub for cooling in Hawaii's heat?.....I'm not kidding. I've used the metal one for that ...right outside our back door. Or maybe aquaculture? Hay racks [2] Misc. bits of gates and tubular fencing panels. Buckets and bins. A spare dog house? Goat house? Hope we wouldn't have to tear them down. Horse and hay sheds would be useful and left here intact. Bags of goat mineral. Birthing supplies for goats. My beloved milking supplies ....DH made the verrrry good milking stand. I really MIGHT have Nigies again. If we were going to ANYWHERE BUT HAWAII.....these choices would be easy. U-Haul! Dump the living room furniture [already did, actually] and keep the livestock supplies!!!!! Seriously....I want to purchase at least one shipping container. Maybe two if DH wants to add any of his stuff..... Do they have a weight limit when they ship cuz ..... I. CAN. PACK!!!! Bookshelves. Beds. Then the important stuff. MtRider ....makes me slightly ill to think about it.
  12. Mt_Rider

    Lose weight

    MtRider wants to plug her ears and go "LA LA LA LA...."
  13. Annarchy

    Lose weight

    I love sugar, it doesn’t like me, at, all. I cut most of it out of my diet a couple of years ago. I still go for a piece of dark chocolate or a cookie once in a while, but, I can guarantee I will get extremely tired shortly afterwards and ache the next day.
  14. Guest

    Purple beans!!

    A few years ago one another site, several people spontaneously brought up gardening, and almost every one of them raved about this one Trionfo Violetto. Looks like I will have to break down and try it.
  15. Guest

    Lose weight

    Seriously.
  16. It looks like my prior response was not accepted by the website security filter. Yes, that's what I was asking. I also suggested that the tack might be thinned down to the best, most functional pieces, as opposed to the stuff you might be saving not because it works but because some part of it might be salvaged to repair the next thing that broke. https://www.futurescience.com/emp/vehicles.html
  17. Yes. Although this could be a good time to sort through the tack and keep only the really good stuff. I never knew anyone with tack who wasn't hauling around a lot of junk just in case some piece or part of it could be used to salvage the next thing that broke. https://www.futurescience.com/emp/vehicles.html
  18. Guest

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I thought currants were little bitty grapes.
  19. Guest

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Carter was making the hard decisions that pulled the US out of the hole it was in and set it up for the economy that was starting to solidify just as Reagan took office. Carter just misjudged the "misery index" and the people's ability to see past it to what good it would do for their futures. That's why he didn't get a second term in office. He was the last sitting president to overestimate the intelligence of the American voter. I was in middle school/high school in the seventies, and working at everything I could find: tutoring, mowing lawns, baby sitting, scrubbing floors, hurricane cleanup, cleanup at construction sites, bicycling a gallon of gas and a can of starting spray down the bridge to sell if the CB said a car had run out (oh, my mother would have KILLED me!), grocery store runs, helping people with canning days and freezing days (amazing how much work you can pick up after seeing someone unloading a trunk full of ear corn, stopping to help unload, and casually shucking three ears for every one she can shuck while chatting and drinking her iced tea) and so on. My boyfriend's sister and I traded off jobs with each other when schedules clashed. Also, I had a best friend who was one of those high-energy types who could just keep going and going, but kept getting in over her head, so if I ever ran into a free moment, I could just call her mom to ask where she was and if she needed help doing that. We teenagers saw a lot of out-of-work grownups. Sometimes had to ask them to move so we could mow or sweep or scrub where they were. Couldn't understand why they couldn't scare up jobs for themselves. Then again, we worked by the job, basically piecework, and it didn't always come up to minimum wage. But it was money coming in.
  20. We planted 3 varieties of pole beans this spring. It rained and rained. The Trionfo Violetto have grown and produced abundantly as usual. The other varieties did not do well at all in the same soil and same row. Next year my wife wants to skip the other varieties and only plant these beans. They are well formed and not spotted by fungus ( a rarity in my area). However, the Japanese Beetles prefer these beans' leaves over the others. They must know a good thing when they see one.
  21. WE2 it's very true about the canning lids and rings. Times were getting pretty rough then. People didn't panic, that I remember, but people were scared. Carter was in office. That was the year son and I spent a summer with the in-laws while D-ex was in summer school catching up from the Air Force. They plowed the whole back yard up and we gardened and froze and dried all summer from it. And picked fruit and berries along the railroad tracks. Most women had stopped canning but when things got bad they wanted to resume canning and there wasn't any stock piled. Stores didn't have them and couldn't get them. Odd, we lived about 50 miles south of Muncie where all the Ball canning stuff was made. Forget buying or bartering for them. Women held on to those lids and rings like they were a first born son. Of course the price reflected the supply if or when they did get some Glass canning jars weren't so bad. They are sturdier and you can reuse them a lot more often. Coffee jars, spaghetti jars and peanut butter jars were a favorite back then. Everybody still water bath canned about everything back then. Those were the years they tried the plastic bands. I would love those because they wouldn't rust. Wish they would start trying to get something beside those metal rings. And also the one piece lids. I didn't like them at all. Lid and rim were one piece. And pretty flimsy.also, you couldn't remove the band to wash the jar. To top it off there was an oil embargo going on and food trucks were doing what they called a convoy. Their way of striking without actually waking off of the job.on the interstates they would drive side by side with two or three wide and go about 10 miles per hour down the road. Good job on your hauls!
  22. Mt_Rider

    Lose weight

    That's....startling! Hmmm.... MtRider SUGAR
  23. FINALLY got a definitely cool day to pick currants. Until I got scared out by whatever slithering AND scampering critters live under that thorny bush. But I have a couple cups - which is actually a lot if we just use them in pancakes and muffins. They are potent lil' things. AND now I have to take the flower and stem off of each one. Tedious and time-consuming! Picking ....I've gotten the knack of avoiding the thorns....of which there are MANY. The other MANY .....IS MICE AGAIN. Today I discovered that they really go for the seeds on the bread DH brought home. Chewed thru the plastic wrapper and were chewing the seeds off the top of the bread load. ON MY KITCHEN COUNTER! So why isn't the poison working any more? Why aren't the glue traps working? I'm not getting another cat till we move..... "till we move" is getting to be a very old and increasingly awkward refrain, I think. Get rid of horses and we could move somewhere around here that doesn't have mice and rats and bats and holes in the chinking and ...... Yeah, like we have the energy to do that. MtRider
  24. All those Scandinavian countries have to have tough folks. Their ecosystem up there near the Arctic circle is brutal. Those are the ones who settled Minn and N. Dakota! MtRider ....Vikings.....tough folks!
  25. Hmmm....well, if we were talking about our Compressed Populations scenario, it would be exactly why we'd be moving sooner than later. Get outta this ecosystem before we run out of supplies. IRL .....today or tomorrow or next month or winter months..... IF we run into some big Hooey, we'd be certainly hoping that the '71 van and/or the '85 truck would be working. [post-EMP??] The horses have always been Plan C ...or somewhere down the list. Currently, one horse is a walking skeleton....tho she still dashes about following the other one. She'd collapse if we tried to ride or pack her very far. The other is currently a fat pig from all the grass....from our nicely rainy summer. But he's spoiled rotten cuz I can't work him/ride him without help now. Brat is too much risk for me. So basically, they're useless anyway.....unless one wants horse meat to feed to dog...or us. Brat could be re-trained ....if DH didn't have to return to work. Horses really HAVE always been our Plan C.....if it came down to really desperate days. OTOH....someone would probably shoot a horse out from under ya.....or shoot us and steal the horse......if we were in BAD days. ....yes, I DO feel like one of my options is going to be off the table. No, I don't really want to sell the tack, etc.....JIC we could locate different usable horses. This is the prepper dilemma. To live sensibly in our current world ...while ready for even drastic changes. We also no longer have milking goats. And only 5 ducks that are so old we get less than adequate egg laying. And we've chosen not to replace them ......cuz someday we're moving and no one wants to move animals to the state of Hawaii.....not with their expensive quarantine laws. MtRider ....is that what you were asking, Ambergris?
  26. Mt Rider, how are you going to relocate without horses? Or would that make it simpler?
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