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  1. I don't know how new they are but Swing A Way makes a hand held can opener too.
  2. The bones simmering on the back of the stove is a foundation for Eternal Soup. Just add bits and pieces of meat and veggies and thin out with water as you use the soup. Remember the old song Peas Porridge Hot ... nine days old?
  3. We finally are getting some warmer temps this week. The day after Valentines I planted a short row of lettuce seeds and a short row of English peas. Then this weekend we planted short rows (3 feet long) of 3 kinds of lettuce, 3 kinds of spinach, 2 kinds of chard, plus kale and various types of onion family - shallots, multiplying, 1015s, and regular and elephant garlic. Need to start pepper and tomato seeds next. At least the wind has settled down from the 40 mph with gusts of 70 we had yesterday. Dora middle of the Texas Panhandle
  4. Wish I had seen the spew alert! Now my sides hurt! Thank you for bumping this up. Dora
  5. Dora

    Wave 2

    We had 17 cases that were tested in the county health department that they then sent off to DCD. Then it turned out that only 10 of the samples were uncontaminated, and none of the 10 were H1N1, although they were Type A flu. Makes me wonder how many more instances of comtaminated samples that could not be determined to actually be H1N1? Has to be rather common. I understand it doesn't take much to miss the requirements for testing. Dora
  6. There is a Salvage store close to us, and I go often. Ours has quite a selection of fresh frut and veggies (probably refused by the produce manager of one of their regular stores. Onions with some mildew that can be cut off before dehydrating, avacados ready to eat tonight, sometimes just things that are not selling like stuffed mushroom caps. They also sell the restaraunt supplies like #10 cans and cases of cups. Not too many dented cans on the shelves. You are right - check the expiration dates and prices. We buy a lot of frozen bacon and Lil Sizzlers. DS lives on Hot Pockets and they are
  7. I save more than a penney this week. I went into a pawn shop owned by a friend of ours, and he had a wall heater (for 1000 sq.ft space) for 100 dollars!. We had priced them at close to 200. It is set up for propane, but will have to be installed by a licensed plumber, so I am sure he can do the conversion. Then today, I sat and scrubbed on the toilet tank and bowl that was SO black from soot and oily smoke, and it ALL came off. No need to pay 50 dollars for a new one (if we can get the toy out of the throat of the thing - no wonder it was a pain to keep plungering the thing for years. (Our kid
  8. Praying for you Quilty, and looking forward to your journal entries. Perhaps you can help us be better prepared. Dora
  9. Sorry to have been away so long, my desktop crashed and I had to go back to the laptop. Thank you for the suggestions - I did not even consider that heat might have an effect on cloth. They are still in the box, but not in the attic. The attic in question is in the house where we had the fire, and we are currently resheetrocking basically the whole house except the kitchen. We are putting solid (closed cell) blocks of insulation in the ceiling and then the sheetrock, so we have no idea how hot or cold it will get in the attic. The good news is that the electical and plumbing have passed their
  10. We got an additional tote bin after Christmas, and yesterday we packed all the antique quilttops that DHs GM and GGM pieced together. Kept thinking I would quilt them, but it has not happened. The tote will fit up in the partly floored attic space (soon to have more flooring). Some of the material in the tops was the material used by the bra factory in the town they lived in - it has been closed for more than 50 years! Dora
  11. The wheat in the "bar-ditch" could have sprouted from wheat that blew out of the grain trucks that passed on the way to the elevator? Happens a lot around here (middle of the Texas Panhandle) Dora
  12. No photos of the gourds - more victims of the house fire in 'o6. But the rig is up (there are radishes growing in the arc of open space). I will have DS take a picture of the setup. Might be cool to do progress pictures. I am SO ready for spring, already. Dora
  13. I was here in those days - it was 4 computers ago!! You are exactly right about the difference between prepping for Y2k and for today's world. Dora
  14. We have a piece of remesh (steel mesh for pouring cement) that is standing 3 feet from the outdoor clothesline post, with several long sticks stretching from the mesh to the t-shaped post. We grow pole beans on it alternating with cucumbers, usually, but one year we grew ornamental squash (small sized) and the vines went up the mesh, across the sticks to the post and as much at 10 feet down the clothesline! Looked really cool with the gourds hanging from the line! Dora
  15. We were informed before Christmas that one "sub-family" had no money for presents, so we were not to buy them anything either. No way! No extravagance, but we took a gift of soup and soup mugs that were still at GM house when we cleaned it, (at least 10 years old) removed the long expired dry soup and replaced it with a quart jar of "pasta chicken soup mix". Got some stocking stuffers for the kids. Everyone was thrilled (and everyone else got them gifts too) Dora and no credit cards, either
  16. Dora

    I'm not painting!

    Dad simply painted part of the wall with chalkboard paint and handed us the chalk. It was not hard to paint over when we left, either. Dora
  17. While I was growing up, my dad was on a church committee (Unitarian) working on obtaining frugal funerals. He ran into such roadblocks from the directors that he was as close to raging as I ever saw him. When he passed away, as per his wishes, we donated his body to the nearest medical school with such facilities. Dad would have been very pleased - the funeral home had to pay the expense of carrying the body 200 miles away! When mom passed, we did the same, but the rules had changed some and we had to pay 350 dollars for the funeral homes expenses for transport. Still not too bad. Our church p
  18. DH's office (building supplies) had a "garage sale" today. I bought 8 packages of Squincher (like Gatorade or Koolade - each makes 2&1/2 gallons) for 1 dollar each. Also got each of us a construction grade rain coat. Got some commercial strength degreaser and a lubricant called "Loosey Goosey" and enough tar paper to cover the house and the garage. The guys also replaced the right front bearings on the Olds. (Cost WAY MORE than we had budgeted for it)
  19. I spoke to a man who raises corn in the area at the farmers market. He said that the corn grown in this area is not exposed to aflotoxin and is clean. I intended to get field corn from him this fall, but we missed connections. Good fact to know tho. Dora
  20. Found a book we have had for years titled Wild Food Field Guide and Cookbook by Billy Joe Tatum. Try to find new resources. Dora
  21. Pre-Y2k we did make mayo and I agree it tastes better and I KNOW what is really in it. At the time we had chickens so eggs were not a problem. The blender died, and the idea of y2k scared enough people that they got it fixed, and by the time we got another blender we were out of the habit of making mayo and had no chickens. It was fun and easy to make tho. Dora
  22. We buy Kraft Mayo in the gallon "jug" and refill the wide mouth quart jars. Several months ago the gallon was 6.79. Last week it was 8.09 at one store and we bought it at Sam's for 7.86. This week I went back to that other store and the price was 9.79! Glad we already bought it! One gallon lasts us about 3 months. Dora Have homemade wheat sourdough bread cooling - it is homemade bread day.
  23. One of the best stews I have had was made with deer kidneys - I believe the cook said he diced them then soaked them in milk. Dora
  24. Smoked sausage (bulk buy from Sams vacuum sealed in freezer) Green beans (home canned) for DS Mixed greens from the garden (mostly chard with some spinach and turnip leaves) Tossed salad (last of the lettuce from the garden, fresh spinach, baby turnip leaves, tomatoes) with baby carrots, cucumber and shredded cheddar cheese. Home made sourdough bread with butter Dora
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