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  1. "Guest Amber Actually" ...... Not again! Jeepers ....... Not again.....both the doctor appointment problems AND..... you do not have another bad migraine!!! Course dealing with such "helpful" folks over the phone would be enough to create a migraine. Homesteader..... I am truly glad to hear that the VA stuff is greatly improved. The gal and her dh that I gardened with are both VA and ...the stories they told! UNacceptable! Annarchy....sheeeeeesh! With that heat, you don't need an air fryer device. Just put into the sun with that bit of oil! How is your MIL and her next door neighbor? Today I got AM chores done and went to Bible study with my ride.......who had a miraculous story to tell. She VERY nearly died just 2 days after she'd dropped me off 2 wks ago. Zero white blood cells. Sepsis. Shock. Very critical very suddenly. And where did her and her dh end up as this began to happen? .....in the very hospital in the city [instead of our rural one] that had a specialty for this sort of thing. If they'd gone to this one, she'd have been in transit to the specialty one when she suddenly went bad. God's timing. And she's allergic to all antibiotics but they didn't have a choice.....and she had no allergic reaction. She looked pretty good today, considering the terrible medical drama she'd endured. A little pale tho. Then she ended up helping me. I think I was getting overheated just enough to drop my energy out the bottom. Happened twice...when we arrived and again when I lifted my ultra-light, wonderful new wheelchair back into her car. I'd recovered during the study from the first time and then it happened again. Felt like someone "opened my toe and my energy drained out quite suddenly". That's a phrase from a long-ago friend of mine ....regarding MS. Quite descriptive. So....L and I kinda reorganized procedures at my house. She lifted my chair out and didn't even try to get it up our stairs. Stuck it under the porch. I managed to walk up our 15 steps with her behind me. Then she brought my bag up. It wouldn't have worked for her to go up and send the dog down the steps to help me as she's trained to do. Silly dog would think L was there to adore her and ..... .... L is a cat person. Koa is just toooo much dog. Anyway, it worked. I got a [pre-made] sandwich into me. A small rootbeer float into me......just in case I was overheating, y'know. And rested for the afternoon. I'm doing ok now....tired. But....THAT is why I rarely go places without DH. Fortunately someone wanted to change work days with DH and he came home to say he has next Tuesday off. He can go to the last Bible Study day of this summer. It's safer that way. It's nearly 11pm and a thunderstorm is rolling in. It's taking it's sweet time about it. Our storms are rarely at nite...usually late afternoon/early evening. Hasn't rained in 3 days so this will settle the dust again. MtRider
  2. We used to grow these .....well, not that variety but the purple type....for that very reason. Easy to pick them and it's kinda cool to watch them turn bright green in boiling water! MtRider .....sigh, some day we'll garden again.
  3. So.....did anyone see the in The Escape Room picture?
  4. 'Tis simply another version of a CHALLENGE ....done in a group. The "Low Ropes" challenges were done in groups. After that phase, "High Ropes" were usually individual challenge but with the now-established group cheering the individual on. Which is why it's been used for corporations or other work situations.....to get individuals to work together......and like it. MtRider
  5. Wellllllllll, today I did the usual things in the morning. DH's 7th day to work. Sat/Sunday he has off. We're not sure if he's always going to be 7 on and 2 off? That's overtime.... He wasn't even looking for full-time. Very hot when I got back inside so took shower/wash hair. I stick my foot on bathroom window sill to dry leg/foot...so I can reach it! Done it this way for over 2 decades. TODAY ....I lost balance for a second and went backwards towards shower entrance. Caught myself ....but at some expense. Elbow was point of contact ...SMACK! OW! But the collateral damage was to the muscles around that shoulder and my ever-fragile neck. Oh shoot! THAT REALLY HURT about an hour later. I rarely take even one....MAYbe two Nuprin in a single day. I took 2 Nuprin and later a Tylenol. Finally got pain control and it's been okay since. But I'll take another Nuprin before I sleep. Pain got my nervous system to shakin' and wore me out!! No walking dog for me tonite. DH had a very BUSY time at work but had gooood tips. So he's willing to put up with it. He ran into the larger town to get a headlamp for his car. Stopped to grab the groceries off the list. When it came time to haul groceries UP with our pulley system, I did ok with the potato chip bags....but switched places with him. I wasn't in any shape to haul up but I could put the grocery bags onto the rope hook. I was so locked up when my chiro got home, hours after the elbow-crack event, we decided not to try an adjustment tonite. He can see tomorrow if I knocked something out of place or merely aggravated the muscles. I could have done without that event today. Sheeesh! Thankful I didn't land splat on my back tho. VERY little room to do my usual tuck 'n roll. Too small to even fit a tub in that bathroom. ...and then there was my foot up on the window sill...... aiiee! MtRider .....been weeks or a couple months since I've had a fall. Y'all be careful out there!
  6. I like tools too! Does it run on batteries....what kind? MtRidr Sounds real good for us older folks!
  7. I'd sure like to hear that kind of interest from my kin!!! SIL does have a specialty in traditional Hawaiian things, including horticulture and wildcrafting. Not necessarily for prepping purposes but....it's a great benefit. MtRider
  8. Mt_Rider

    Red berries

    Can they pull out and replant family friendly? MtRider
  9. yeah, I'll bet. My brother runs into that in D.C. Sometimes makes the job twice as hard and twice the expense. The ladies are lucky to have your dh fixing things right! Didn't do much today. Little here and there. Woke up with DH hurrying out the door at 5AM and didn't get back to sleep til 7:30AM. I can't fight it so I ate a cheese biscuit and read Anne of Green Gables til I got sleepy again. Woke a second time at 10:30AM and thus was outside doing AM chores in the hotter part of morning. [AZ climate is not even within my reality!] So I wore skimpy top with a white cotton shirt draped over my shoulders. Sometimes I wet it but the breeze was ok today. So glad for A/C and swamp cooler. Been comfortable this summer....even when we didn't have clouds today. With AM and PM walking the dog.....I need a pedometer to see how far I'm walking. A bit less than a mile each day? Some days I cut that way short but still..... DH needs a pedometer at work cuz I know he's putting on mileage too. MtRider
  10. Excellent planning, Ambergris! You have sorted out many of your options specific to your area. And yes, even moving just across the county or "over there" might change what you can grow....taro/no taro. [bummer about the taro!] [bummer about: The deer feasted. too] WE2.....flour or corn tortillas? Can you grow or acquire either wheat or corn? [in MO you can grow corn, of course] Since we can't grow much....our storage is heavy with grains/legumes....with some dehydrated veggie and a little fruit. And vitamin/mineral bottles. Replenishing that, once used...... It would really only give us a chance to relocate. MtRider ....might need more spices
  11. I guess I'm behind in the progress made with robots. I don't get out much... A friend told me she saw Rock-It Robot walking around the Iowa State Fair last week.....walking in the crowds, greeting people, fist bumping, hugging.... Um....kinda cute and kinda creepy. Thinking of the accidents the Tesla cars sometimes have....don't think I want any kid squashed with a misstep. Rock-It is huge. And....is it wearing a crown? http://www.iptv.org/fair/story/34571/rock-it-robot The Russians have robots that shoot...... http://www.iptv.org/fair/story/34571/rock-it-robot And then I saw today that the Japanese have a robot "priest". Well okay, that one's not going to be caught in adultery but SHEEEEEESH! Some comments from the article about the "priest" ..... my response in CAPS. So......article says: "this 'priest' will never die." [NOR WILL IT LIVE] says: "That's the beauty of a robot. It can store knowledge forever and limitlessly. "With AI we hope it will grow in wisdom to help people overcome even the most difficult troubles. It's changing Buddhism," [NO....IT WILL NOT EVER GAIN "WISDOM". THAT IS FOR THE LIVING. IT WILL GAIN DATA AND MIGHT ANTICIPATE RESPONSES BASED ON ALGORITHMS] says: "This robot teaches us ways to overcome pain," he said. "It is here to save anyone who seeks help." [PULLLLEEEZE! IT HAS NOTHING TO 'TEACH' AS IT CANNOT FEEL PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL PAIN] The person in the article comments that robots are a common theme in Japanese culture Would that make any difference in how they view this? At least there is no deception that it is a robot....not crafted to look all that humanoid. Why don't they just have taped recordings of a human giving the speeches/lectures/sermons.....(I don't know what they are called for Buddhism). It is no different....an electronic delivery and less expensive to pay a real person to record it than buy a robot. Surely this thing is not putting together it's own speeches/responses from data being fed into it??? Far worse than Rock-It.... https://news.yahoo.com/playing-god-japan-temple-puts-faith-robot-priest-043640106.html Star Trek's 'Data' character [an android] was fun and NOT REAL. Even evil twin 'Lor' ...was not real. But Star Trek explored how we would one day need to resolve some issues about robotics....and robots-gone-bad. MtRider .....hmmm...
  12. Ain't that the truth! I'm hoping to have energy to harvest our one wild fruit this year...purple currants. With thorns. I don't get them every year. The main carb in the Hawaiian diet was taro root. It's having a come-back, thankfully. Different types, some in flooded patches, some not. Fortunately, I reallly like taro, esp. with fish. That will heal an ulcer. Or just settle upset digestive system.....askmehowIknow. I don't really know how much maintenance a taro patch would require, once established. ?? Whole DIFFERENT ecosystem than our current location. MtRider
  13. Mt_Rider

    Red berries

    Doesn't look familiar to me.....sorry. It would be nice if they were edible, huh? They look very nice. MtRider
  14. Poor Abby girl! Storms like that can really be torture to one's nervous system. Koa doesn't react to storms but we've had two CRASH type events that even got a startled BARK! out of her. Made us jump too. That's a load of elderberries. I picked a handful of our tiny purple currants. One of the very FEW wild edibles that are up this high. But most weren't ready yet. A few more days and get them before the birds. I cut the top off a plastic gallon milk jug but keep the handle....for my picking container. Currants are small...and singular. From the size of a BB to maybe double that. Smaller than a pea. AND THORNY! But they have a burst of flavor we love in pancakes. DH got us some blueberries so I froze 3/4ths of them. They don't keep otherwise and are just fine frozen. Got my trash out to the bin today. Got the septic lids uncovered .....that shouldn't happen anymore since they've stopped all that horrid erosion by putting in the diversion ditch above that location. Got me, dog, and truck out of the way at the top.....down doing AM feeding by 9AM when huge, heavy septic pumper truck arrived. J came too so she could sign off the paperwork. THAT'S done for another several years.....one does NOT want to neglect doing that! Had a number of DUMB things happen....soap slipped to bathroom floor and somehow got mashed on the underside of the old-fashioned weight scale. Took me near a half hour to get that cleaned up. But..... ....my mom told what she did today. Was in the spare room putting clean sheets on bed my niece used. She saw something on the floor and thot maybe niece had forgotten a picture. When she picked it up...it was an insect glue board and stuck to her hand something awful. Oye! Those brainless moments can be quite annoying!!!!!! [get the glue board glue to release with cooking oil, btw] MtRider .....can I be NOT busy tomorrow, please?
  15. Anyone else having trouble getting the "Unread Content" button to work? For me, trouble started last nite. Edited to add: But if I keep trying the button on different pages, both last nite and right now - I get it to work. MtRider [hate mysteries]
  16. Here's the new list of closings: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/sears-to-start-liquidation-sales-at-these-26-stores-next-week-2019-08-09 MtRider
  17. Oh woman of few words....... "yep" to what? MtRider
  18. Yay for MrMiki's hearing improvement. and for the new meds and such! ...also cuz I did not get a blasting headache...or any headache from the adjustment last nite. Also, the lady that's giving me rides to our Bible Study went very suddenly to ICU with kidney infection....24 hrs after we'd gone to Bible study. She seemed fine. But suddenly she was very drastically sick. Almost no white cell count and low BP. But she came home this evening. Just got the word. This Tues the Bible Study is canceled so maybe she'll be up for driving by next Tuesday?? I don't know how quickly someone recovers from such a thing. But so glad she's well enough to go home. I got the trash container packed up today.....thankfully a cooler morning to squash old boxes, etc. Hauled 2 bags up there with the truck...end of driveway near road. Final bag tomorrow will be kitchen garbage stuff.....can't be put out til just before they come to pick up. Bears. I love getting stuff sorted and dumped finally. So far, I'm hanging in there. Soooo thankful for all the rainy/storming afternoons. Cuz it's COOLER! MtRider
  19. Sheeesh, Jeepers! Sleeping a whole day....something doesn't sound right. Even considering a tortuous trip...plus a jam at the end of your route. That was too bad! So......no cell service at IND house or not your cell company??? Glad you had some time with your family! And you have your furniture!! If you get your mattress for your bed.....no more air beds. They can be kinda bouncy and caving-in. Take time to take care of yourself in these next few days.....get things checked! PS: I think it's still legal to use hand signals for turning.... TheCG.....hope you can get control of those swollen feet/ankles! Sounds like its getting bad. Home from camping....not as much fun as going... DH is getting used to the job....learning things he needs to know and physically adjusting. Not so FLATTENED by the end of shift. I'm concerned about him being borderline with diabetes too.....and not always having time to eat. Hmmm.. He'd been doing fine with that aspect for these past months. His feet are swelling tho so he's taking more of those meds. Old age ain't for sissies, huh? Really cooler weather today. 60* when I went out to feed AM. Warmed up and then the afternoon storm blobs began marching thru. One blob THREW rain clear under the porch roof and inside the screen door til I shut it. Lot of rain but not for too long. Computer Issue: Anyone ever have trouble getting "permission" to disconnect your thumb drive so you can pull it out of computer? I'd had that trouble some months ago after backing up some new stuff on my laptop. Could not get the message to say: It's safe to pull out your thumb drive. So eventually, I just pulled it out anyway. Today a backed up everything on my desktop with a brand new thumb drive. Then got the same message. My friend called and she advised that it must still be interacting with SOMETHING. Only thing still running was Firefox and my Internet connection....so I shut both of them down. It WORKED. .....WHY? There should not be any interaction with either of those and a back-up thumb drive device.....should there? Hmph! I detest mysteries. I DO appreciate a solution....but I'd like to know WHY it worked! DH gets stiff/sore a few hours after he gets home. He wanted some yogurt tonite .....fridge: bottom shelf/way in back. So I squatted down and handed it to him. Then I stood up and clocked my head on the freezer door. Sticks out JUST far enough. My neck is a very weak link due to injury loooong ago. My body began to cramp up...shoulders twisting forward, neck seizing, etc. Tho I risk getting a super-headache by morning, I had DH adjust me to straighten out all that hoohah. For some reason I don't do well with late night adjustments. But thot I'd better risk that.....cuz waiting til late afternoon tomorrow when he gets home, didn't sound like a good idea either. As the old saying goes: Sometimes ya can't win for losing. Doesn't take much to "click" my neck outta place and it goes downhill from there. Hmph! MtRider ...not sure if I ended this day with a win or loss???
  20. http://macskamoksha.com/2019/07/our-veggie-gardens-wont-feed-us-in-a-crisis This is a topic I bring up every so often. Since I ran into this article, it's very interesting to read about some folks that have actually kept the data and learned some things. CAN we live off what we can produce....if we HAD to? As you all know, the answer is easy for me - no. Even the pre-tech people groups migrated south and down in elevation. They came up here for the summers. At the other end of the spectrum: Kappy and Chainsaw Mary are in a completely different ecosystem and WOW....they are pushing the envelope with their SIX season gardens. Pretty certain all of their vegetable requirements could be met. [....disastrous weather, marauders - 2 or 4 legged, could change that ....but they have veggies all year round] The group in the article kept track of time spent to produce all that they could.....as well as $ expenses. Calories Spent is one of the most important measurements for survival. If you spend more than you're harvesting/eating.......you're dying. If we think about where the majority of our actual CALORIES [leaving nutrition out for a second] come from in our present diets......it will mostly be carbs. Grains/Legumes and actually sugars. In survival, calories are our friends, of course. As this article highlights, grains are difficult for a small operation. Or.....what I should say is: It's hard to get adequate calorie gain after calories spent to plant/weed-water/harvest/winnow-sift-grind/cook-bake. AND enough grains stored to get thru off-season [winter] ...... AND to plant a lot of it.... AND continue to survive til next harvest. Every time I think on this topic, I want to order more grains/legumes! The calories! Beyond calories.....gardens with multiple types of veggies .....THAT'S where the nutrition comes in! Cover those two and survival is good. MtRider ....pondering again.
  21. When I clicked on this article, I was thinking like a prepper......like: safe rooms in one's house. Nope. So the topic of this article belongs in my category of odd, interesting [sociologically], or even rather bizzare! The type of thing where you say: Could I have thot of this and made my million? I probably could have.... https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/8/7/20749177/escape-room-game Cuz this is a game.....a cooperative game. Similar to the "Ropes" courses that I guided kids thru back in the late 80's-early 90's. If you put your family....or your survival group thru exercises like these, you really do figure out Who's Who Under Pressure. That's why they fascinate me. The Ropes course will trigger anyone with undo fear of heights. This one will trigger anyone with claustrophobia. Which might be enlightening ....and not always in a good way. One would certainly NEED to know if anyone/yourself has these issues before going into a InRealLife hooey situation. So there is that. You also find out how other folks/yourself react to the mild stress created in the game, You will definitely find out who in your family/group/yourself will NEVER treat anything like a game. Likely to find out who jumps forward to take the lead. You might find out who ...not necessarily that jump-forward person, but maybe.....will lead calmly/wisely. If you're looking, you might find a quiet mighty mouse in your group with great ideas/insight/cautions. These are often set up to find those that willingly work together and who prefers to puzzle things out by themselves. And who gets impatient or sullen rather quickly when there hasn't been a solution. Cuz with an alien situation, our behavioral/mental guards come down. Of course, this article is reflecting on a larger look at society at large. Interesting. But I've had the experience with watching for individual reactions within the group. My degree is in Recreation.....from this therapeutic angle. As I said, I find it fascinating....tho I've got just enough claustrophobia and quite enough impatience with stupid to get uncomfortable in this version. I like climbing way up on ropes much better! https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/8/7/20749177/escape-room-game MtRider Extra credit.....did you see it???
  22. OW! I just chew peppermint gum and take some herbal allergy capsules. The gum works fast both with the mint and the mechanical action of chewing works on the sinus area too. MtRider ......canNOT do ANY desperately hot-spice stuff. OW!
  23. Doggie pool and cool "hot" tub! That's adapting to the heat. I once filled a cleaned out metal horse tank .....right outside our back door which is ground level. I spent the summer using that to cool off. Even way up here, it can get too hot for me. Not this summer tho. The swamp cooler in the back and the very small A/C unit in the kit/living room front is quite adequate. 'Course we've had clouds in the late afternoon nearly every day this summer. I think we were hotter in May. I'm QUITE pleased with this summer. Very frequent rain means the pressure to watch the skies for smoke is relieved. It's been a wonderful summer! But I've wondered if I could manage to save the main section of the old hot tub to use like Annarchy is using theirs. It's a round deep soaking tub shape. Other re-purpose idea: Aquaponics. The "hot tub" aspect of it no longer works. Hope you get a solution for those swollen ankles/feet, TheCG! Baby kitties.... I miss my cat but determined not to replenish any critter til we get moved. Slow attrition.... 5 ducks/2 horses to go. DH FINALLY has two days off. He ran into library and grocery today. My adrenaline-assisted functioning went SPLAT! So I'm resting! Nothing on schedule tomorrow. He adjusted me too.....overdue and needed. Better now. This new leaf in our life book is not gonna be easy. We had a delightful [and long overdue] phone conversation with old friends from Hawaii. They asked: So when are you coming home? Sooner than later....can't believe we've been gone this long. Seems as tho HI will have frozen in time and waited for us. MtRider .....yeah, now I'm homesick a bit. Home is where you raised your kids, I think. And where they still are....
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