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  1. Thanks for the links and info! Bottle has arrived... now off to find benzoin powder. Oil alone supposed to help arthritis, according to BIL who said he'd like a bit to try on his knuckles. Quite interesting reading up on all the possible uses. Weather predicting? ( : http://mountainmonthly.com/beargrease.html
  2. Anyone have knowledge, experience or ideas how to make a salve from bear fat? When I told person shipping it to me (bear fat oil) they said would render this weekend but put in sterile jar and seal instead of plastic. Said that's what the natives ask him for when making salve. I'm thinking to add herbs etc. Years ago someone gave me small container bear fat blended with olive oil for use on burns. HELP I'm excited to try making own medicinal salve but don't know where to start,
  3. Mt. Rider, who would have thunk Colorado in January would be warmer than the Ozarks? Temp wise been little rough around here but probably not nearly as bad as east coast. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/us/propane-amid-high-prices-and-bitter-cold.html?_r=0 wondered about the rule waiver and shortage thing so had to read up on it.... Standard driver rules: Workweek limit 70 hours, 11-hour daily driving limit and 14-hour workday. In addition, truck drivers who reach the maximum 70 hours of driving within a week can resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights when their body clock demands sleep the most – from 1-5 a.m., Truck drivers also must take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift. Ohio governor’s emergency waiver: The regional order, unprecedented in recent Ohio experience, impacts 10 Midwest states, and a similar order is in effect for 14 Eastern states. A total of 30 states so far this winter have issued hours of service relief. Goog-ling subject shows “temporary waiving driver rules” are nothing new…been going on for years. And apparently it can turn into a real snowball because as states make declarations, other states have to compete for propane. As drivers must travel further and further for product due to pipeline issues, limits on how much each truck can load, etc. etc. if Ohio wants propane it its drivers must compete with rule waived drivers. Supply & Demand? O.k. they’re saying the supply nationwide is strong, but it currently is not where it is needed, therefore actually transportation issue? Others not shy about using word “shortage” perhaps thinking that makes skyrocketing prices more palatable. Difficult to guage real situation. Cochin Pipeline was down for repairs in December. Propane exports increased substantially since 2008. Yes exports! Reportedly late harvests of grain crops required massive amounts of propane to dry grain for storage. Dec/Jan historically cold weather/ice/snow, demand soared and further problems transporting product. “All these combined to prevent regional inventories from recovering and the existing pipeline and terminal infrastructure has been unable to recover.” Locally propane is up to $4.50 gallon. Son stopped off to pick up heater he bought for milk barn and they said was just told to go up another dollar. Our house uses wood heat, but so many aren’t able to do that. Praying for an early spring for all us states hit with that so called polar vortex!!
  4. I'm confused on why animal is there. Did it bite someone and being kept for 10 day observation period? Or are owners worried about it's agressive behavior and can't make up mind what to do?
  5. While strictly opposed to forced purchasing of health insurance or penalty for not paying, it's always prudent to educate oneself about any and all options. Right now fortunate & thankful to have health insurance thru employer (15% premium cost share). At least 23 states have now established their co-ops for health insurance. Other states have various other type plans outside the traditional insurance company system. Can go to your states insurance site for more info. Have no idea how the non standard religious exemption claims to affordable health care act will stand up if challenged; but I will add the following info about cost sharing ministries as another thing to add to options AND if sincerely aligns with religious beliefs. Also before I forget , if you require medications and are unaware of the 340B pricing, need to check into those hospital/pharmacy agreements in your area. When have more time will come back and post HHS link. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides a second form of religious exemption, one for those who are members of “of a health-care sharing ministry,” which is defined as a non-profit, health-insurance alternative program, where members typically pay in regular dues and then contribute toward one another’s medical costs. To qualify for the exemption, the Act requires a sharing ministry to meet the following conditions: It must be a qualifying 501©(3) organization exempt from taxation under section 501(a) It’s members must “share a common set of ethical or religious beliefs and share medical expenses among members in accordance with those beliefs and without regard to the state in which a member resides or is employed” Its members must retain their memberships, even after developing medical conditions The sharing ministry or its predecessor must have been in existence at all times since Dec. 31, 1999, and medical expenses of its members must have been shared continuously and without interruption since at least Dec. 31, 1999 It must conduct annual audits made available to the public on request and performed by an independent certified public accounting firm. The Amish – thus double qualifying for exemption from the mandate – have participated in such co-ops for years. But there are also several such ministries established in the U.S. for people of other faiths and denominations. Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example, is a 501©(3) cost-sharing ministry that claims its more than 100,000 members have shared more than $500 million in medical bills over the last 20 years. “Christian Healthcare Ministries is not a health-insurance company,” the group’s website explains. “Rather, we are a group of thousands of Christians across the United States and around the world who share each other’s burdens in the area of health-care costs. We also pray for and encourage one another.” Among similar groups are Medi-Share and Samaritan Ministries.
  6. Heat is also reported as method. “By placing the books in a standard oven at the lowest temperature possible (130° F for 3 hours) and placing wet newspaper or a pan of water in the bottom of the oven to maintain humidity inside the oven chamber, all stages of this insect, and in fact any insect, will be killed.” One article said even leaving books in hot car window for a few days was enough to take care of any problems.
  7. Reminder: Time of year when stores mark down meats traditional to the "holiday season" (inventory reduction). Our Walmart currently has the fancy spiral hams for 99 cents a pound. Good for freezing or canning.
  8. This might help to know what to ask for at feed store http://www.stillpondfarm.com/Pond-Buffer-Bulk-p/rahbs50lb.htm
  9. Not totally crazy idea, but one that requires a lot of careful thought and prayer. Only you truly know both him and full situation from years and years along that road of life. 20/20 hindsight what went wrong, what problems still exist, what's changed (or not). Be honest with yourself. Offhand from your brief summary description it's possible some of the "old" issues no longer relevant (his family?). Does he feel the same way as you and fully committted to doing whatever it takes to make it work this time?. Go slow, be sure it's him you're wanting and not just willing to settle for anyone. Often when don't know what to do, it helps to ask self what will happen if do "nothing". Kinda helps sort things out on how important or urgent the issue is. Hugs and prayers for your happiness GH no matter which way you decide.
  10. Another felted mitten tutorial http://ocd-obsessivecraftingdisorder.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-felted-mittens-from-recycled.html Been making scrooge type sock hats from sweater sleeves. Any stretchy sweater will do. Doesn't have to be 100% wool because you don't want to shrink or felt. Simply cut off sleeve along seam edge (closest to neck opening). Can wear as it or tie off or stitch end and attach pom pom. Sweaters with ribbed sleeves can be cut along the lines for fringe. Not fancy but keeps the head warm and the long part covers back of neck to add more warmth for outside chores.
  11. Caio' Cat, clapping compliment! Clearly conversation circumference can confound comprehension. Consequence card carrying crazy camp character case.
  12. Sad sad news. Privledged to meet Westie at gathering four years ago. What a wealth of knowledge she had and generously shared with others. A woman with a deep confidence of who they were and not afraid to show it. Such humor and honesty, my what a special person! Son, age 13 at the time just loved her and said she was "cool" . He'd often remind me later how WESTIE said he could grow hair out long if he wanted to. Like well, Mom you have to let me because SHE said it was o.k. Will be greatly missed!
  13. Never even thought of canning peanuts. Thank you Violet!
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