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  1. Hi Jeepers and Annarchy! It's nice to be back and see familiar folks. I made six quarts of ham and bean, and it looks like all six sealed!
  2. Today I am pressure canning navy bean and ham soup, thanks to the leftover ham from New Year's Day. I haven't canned for a while, and this got me to reminiscing about Mrs. S. So here I am! I can't believe I remembered my login.
  3. Turtlemama, I hear your pain, and I appreciate that you are lashing out in defense of your child, for fear that he and others like him will be painted with the same brush as a mass murderer. This is a safe place for you, and no one here thinks that way. If anything, it makes me and many others here make a point of covering you and your boy in prayer. I don't think that acknowledging that the killer was reported to have Asperger's Syndrome and exploring how that condition was one of many factors that led to this horrific tragedy makes anyone here cruel or ignorant. Nothing will change the
  4. Any references to Aspergers/Autism I heard on the news regarding this shooter is that early information suggested he was autistic AND had a personality disorder/mental illness. Those on the spectrum are not immune form mental illness, and it makes sense to me that concomitant disorders would make treatment even more challenging. Having aspergeres/autism does not mean that they are all destined to be violently psychotic, but it does not make them exempt from it, either. Edited for spelling.
  5. What a tremendous loss. Thank you, Cat for letting us know. Love you, Westie.
  6. Exactly!!!!! We need good, decent mental hospitals. There truly are those who need to be sheltered and cared for, not drugged up and forced to cope with an environment that they simply are not equipped to handle all in the name of "inclusion" and "mainstreaming". Especially since the society we live in now is even more frightening than it was in the 70's. A person with mental illness subjected to daily onslaught of violence on television, movies, and video games in a culture that no longer teaches self control or moral boundarie is a recipe for disaster, because that person cannot prot
  7. Winterized the chicken coop yesterday, went to Mass, laundry done, gadgets charged up, tanks full, filling bathtub and just brought in my door wreath and autumn porch decorations. The more basics preps already in place.... food, water, lights, heat, etc. Ready as we can be for the effects of Sandy. Now we wait. Good luck and prayers for all the other Mrs. S families in the path/region.
  8. Neato Frito! Now to download my selections and top off the charge on my Kindle before the storm hits. Thank you.
  9. This is another "prepare for the worst and hope for the best" opportunities. The line separating Severe and Active winter runs straight through my little neck of the woods. I love this smiley
  10. Thank you Cat. I will be adding my thoughts and prayers today. I just thought it was a nice time to think kindly of our friend, and wish his family well.
  11. We were lucky. Had some house damage and went without power from Friday night into wee hours of Sunday. There are plenty of folks in the area went almost a week and still many in the state continue without. Thank Heaven for our preps, including the battery powered fan I tucked away a couple years ago prompted my a discussion on Mrs. S! I have since added two more and the house damage has been repaired. With heat indices over 100, we stayed pretty comfortable by opening up all windows early in the morning to let in the relatively cooler air. As soon as it began to warm up outside,
  12. Pressure canning your stored meats makes them shelf stable. The downside of a deep freeze are power outages, like most of WV experienced this past week. Unless you have a generator and plenty of gas to keep it going, you could lose all your meat stores at once. Soooo... who know... it may be a blessing in the long run that your hubby was "inspired" to sell the freezer!
  13. ereaderiq.com is a good source for the daily "freebies" on Amazon. I've let my mouse finger get ahead of my eyes a couple times, too. I was able to go through the Amazon site and cancel the order right away. There was an "ordered by mistake" option. I think I went to Manage Your Kindle to locate the book and cancel the order.
  14. Back atcha, (((((((((Annarchy)))))))))))))
  15. Oh Westie!!!!!! I am SOOOO happy to see your posts! This has made my day. Loads of hugs to you!
  16. Cat, I am so sorry to read of your loss. You and your dear mother are in my prayers.
  17. I also love my Presto canners. I started with the 18 quart and then added the 23 quart because I can stack pints. Presto canners are safe to use with ceramic cooktops and are great for those of us who may have trouble hefting a heavier canner. I got the 23 quart from Amazon, and I would strongly recommend getting the three piece regulator at the same time. http://www.amazon.co...02361518&sr=8-1
  18. On the way to the feed store yesterday I saw a dead doe laying in someone's front yard that had probably been hit by a car during the night. I immediately thought that if I woke to find venison in my front yard, and it had been a cold night, I would probably try to salvage the meat. Anyone ever done that?
  19. I bet this recipe would work real well in a bread machine on the dough cycle for the mixing and first rising!
  20. Our local mall has been giving away free round-trip bus passes for folks to come shop on Black Friday. Methinks the retailers are in a panic.
  21. http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/wuerl_col.../21/289471.html Religious Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience if Laws Don't Respect Faith Saturday, November 21, 2009 2:52 PM Article Font Size
  22. Uninitiated.... love it! You are so sweet, Mt. Rider!!
  23. We haven't turned our central heat on yet, but we are using our gas fireplace in the evenings before bed. I hung bedsheets on the line early yesterday morning, and it was still below freezing. I had to wipe the lines down to get the thick frost off before I started hanging. Yowie, did my fingers get cold! We had to go out yesterday, so that is why I was out so early. Not only did I save the electricity cost, but I LOVE the smell of sun-dried linens. I slept like a baby nestled in those fragrant sheets under a cozy comforter.
  24. I would not waste the space on fishing kits and the like for sheeple friends and family. They just need to be kept dry and nourished enough to get to help. I would include a space blanket, one of those disposable ponchos, teeny first aid kit, small mag light, dust mask, moist wipes, power bars, hard candies, hand warmers, zipper bags, lighter and something for water. A small radio would be a bonus. Putting in a fanny pack would be nice. I would include a copy the the Red Cross brochure on putting together a 72 hour kit. Nothing tinfoil about the Red Cross, right?
  25. That is assuming normal shopping patterns. In a crisis situation, everything would be gone in a matter of hours. Milk, bread, water, TP and batteries would go first. Just like around here when there is a snow storm forecast.
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