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  1. Azure Standard has wheat from $9-$13 for 25# depending on the kind of wheat you want. I will be ordering by March 8th---the deadline for my area/route and will pick it up the following Wednesday in a town 20 miles north of me. Their spices come in 1lb bags and are a great quality for a great price. I can get alot of organic for the same price as in the store for non-organic. The only problem I've had is I don't always get all that I ordered...they sell out before they fill my order. I have order the multi-colored organic popcorn several times and never recieved it. I was going to try to order from our state co-op but it seems the fee to join is over $50. I don't order alot of wheat but do try to have the different types so I can experiment with them. I have considered ordering quite abit this time just due to the fear of the food prices shooting thru the roof. As my Dh always says "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it".
  2. We had a storm come through last night that dumped alot of rain and moved on. The sun is out and I have the kitchen window cracked...it feels warmer than the 45 the weather station says it is. Oldest DD was home with the flu last week and DH has it this week.....hopefully the rest of us won't get it but I'm cleaning, cooking, and trying to make sure all the laundry is done just in case I'm next. Hope you all have a great day!!!
  3. I filled up all the cars on Monday when it was $3.04 and DH says when he drove by this am it was $3.14....so it isn't 'shooting' up here but it is rising. My sister called me yesterday freaking out because she can see two gas stations from her house and both of them went out more than once that day to raise their prices. I had called her earlier in the week and warned her about the gas and food prices...hopefully she will stock up on both. I think I may need to invest in a bike with a really large basket.
  4. It is windy here today and about 70. When we went to church this morning it was misty but has cleared off. We were going to go out and help some friends work on some property they just bought but haven't been able to reach them. There's real bad cell reception out there but don't want to drive all the way out there and them not be there. I have been working this week on CASA and we are moving our church into an old lumber company building down town. We will have a church/community outreach center with a coffee and sandwich shop. Deerslayer, Would love to see the mosaic you did. I love those kinds of projects. Have a blessed day
  5. Good luck and I will say a prayer for you. I wish I could be there...I probably really need it. Against my better judgement I took another CASA case....I always get so emotionally involved and it takes a toll on all areas of my life. I wish I was the type that could keep it all seperate but don't know if I would ever be able to do that. It is so hard to see the babies and children not being cared for and protected like they should and in our area ALOT of parents choose drugs over their children and the children are expose to unimaginable things. I am trying to figure out how to help them and balancing the affect it has on me and my family but hate the 'legal ' part of it all. I know it's something I'm suppose to do but am thinking that maybe more as a ministry through my church and not through the 'legal system'. Wishing you luck Stephanie but know you will do great. Have a blessed day
  6. I know...it's crazy!!! Pipes were all frozen last week and we were iced in and right now it is 70. There are still small piles of snow around town and people are wearing shorts. It's been great as I've had ALOT of running around to do and it has been beautiful.
  7. I order mine new from Ace Hardware http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2841638&cp=2568443.2568448.2627687&origkw=canning and they ship them for free to my local store. I have them on open shelves in the kitchen and re-fill them as needed. I also keep my bulk spices in pint and half pint jars. I wish I could find some covered shaker lids for the spices but haven't seen them anywhere...don't even know if there is such a thing. Have a blessed day
  8. I don't can in them but store beans, rice, pasta, and grains in them and then seal them with my foodsaver. I know this has been discussed before and that there are only a couple of things that can be safely canned in them. Violet or someone else with more experience would have to answer...it surely isn't me
  9. Jori...hope your DH finds a sitter. It's so nice to have adult dinners from time to time. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
  10. So glad to see the sun!!!! Been pretty much snowed/iced in all week and it's still cold but really nice out today. DS left for Houston a couple of hours ago in a UHaul and is already well south of Dallas...YEAH!!!! Washer drain has been frozen so I'm trying to catch up on laundry now that it's thawed out. Getting ready to pick out some paint colors and go get paint....we are suppose to have another storm or two headed our way so that will give us something to do. Hope you all have a blessed day.
  11. Schools here will be shut down for the rest of the week. There is no bread, eggs, or salt, etc. at the stores and they don't know when the trucks will be able to get here. The gas pumps are frozen at some of the stations and most businesses are closed except DH's plant.. People are iced/snowed in and I tried to contact all that I knew of to make sure they were ok. DS is suppose to get a UHaul tomorrow and move to Houston and I don't see that happening. We are doing good but see some areas that we need to improve. Stay warm and be safe.
  12. I'm stuck at home. Almost everything in town is closed except DH 's work and he left at 6am for a 7am to 7pm shift. My laudry room is on the outside north wall of the house and my drain pipe keeps freezing ... I thought we had plenty of everything we might need and I realized last night that we were out of coffee...I can't believe I did that!!! DH will make a store run on his way home if I can't get DD's boyfriend to go....if he wants to come see her today it will cost him at least a pound or two of coffee...lol. My son took my little car on monday to OKC to see his girlfriend and was suppose to come home today but I don't think that will happen. He is suppose to move to Houston tomorrow so he will be there Friday when the movers get there with his car and other stuff... I doubt that will happen. The ice is so thick on all the roads and they aren't very good at dealing with all this mess around here so it will probably be awhile before the roads are cleared and safe.. Hope everyone stays safe and warm.
  13. Woke up to much colder weather and ice. It is lightly snowing now but isn't suppose to last. I only have to get out once today to go get DD2 after school so I am happy about that. I have been gathering things for a lady w/ 3 kids whos husband abandoned out in the boonies with no transportation, food, money, etc. Between us and DH's friend I think we got her a couple of weeks worth of stuff plus the friend took her a load of firewood so she would have heat. When her local church was asked if they could help they said that they didn't do stuff like that...DO WHAT??? I saw today that the church is having a huge revival with live bands...I guess that's their priority. In gathering things we realized alot of holes in our storage.. found some things in the pantry that had expired....(how did I let that happen?) ...and we had very limited personal care items. My little nephew went to the Dr. yesterday with a rash and he has Scarlet Fever...they said it's spreading like crazy at the schools right now.. Hope you all have a blessed day...keep warm
  14. :bouquet:It has snowed a little over the last couple of days but not enough to effect anything. It was really cold this am but the pipes in my back room/laundry didn't freeze so that was good. We have always had problems with the pipes in the laundry room...we've replaced all the insulation, covered the pipes and even put a space heater in there but they still freeze up on that north wall. My son is up in Pittsburg and the radar shows that it's a mess up there but, he's heading to Orlando for a conference for a 10 days so I am sure he will enjoy that. Staying home most of the day....need to finish my pantry, do a couple of loads of clothes and some paperwork. Trying to do all my bugdeting, record keeping and running of the house/small business a little different and still working on it...argh!!! It seems like so many do this with such little effort....why is it so difficult for me? Have a great day...
  15. I always stock up on candles...at 80% off it's a great deal and I love having them around the house. I also pick up some of the gift sets to have on hand for birthdays and other 'gifts' throughout the year. We keep what we refer to as the 'gift bucket'....it has cards, gift sets and other items I find on sale and the wrapping supplies for last minute gifts for the kids' friends. It seemed like for awhile they each had a couple of parties per month and that can really add up quick.
  16. Good afternoon!! It's a little bit cold here today but nothing compared to what some of you are going through. The really cold nasty stuff is suppose to hit here in a couple of days and I am trying to get me a store list togther so I can make a run later today. We got three inexpensive shelves to line a wall in my kitchen which has somehow resulted in me cleaning out all of my kitchen cabinets, drawers, and pantry. I have alot of food and spices in jars as well as all my cookbooks on them. I also built some simple can rotation shelves in the hall pantry which work ok but still need some 'tweeking'. Everyone here has been doing well except my middle DD..she lost a friend on new years day and it's been really hard on her. A couple of years ago we went thru a difficult time with dd and this was a 'new' friend of hers that we really didn't want her to be with....she ran the streets unsupervised and encouraged our dd to 'run' with her. She was always welcome at our house but dd wasn't allowed with her without me being there. DD quickly got out of her distructive behavior and feels terribly guilty for not trying harder to get her friend to straighten up too. The girl was only 15 and at a 'party' where the others were all over age. She had injuries and there was substance abuse....it's being investigated as a homicide. Praying for the little girl, the family and friends that loved her, and some peace and resolution to all the turmoil and gossip in our community. Blessings, bb
  17. I love facebook. I have found long lost friends from highschool, been able to stay in touch with distant family, find out info on my kids friends (yes, I snoop), and most of all find out when someone is in need. When there is an illness, accident, or loss the prayers and people trying to help with those needs is almost instant. I am terrible with names and who is related to who and how and Facebook has really helped me with that. I too have been sucked into the games and even tho I limited it to only one I am now trying to stop because I have so many others things to get done. I only have one Mrs. S. friend on Facebook and don't recall how I ran across her. I have been a little leary of having Mrs. S and Facebook cross but have really enjoyed her posts and just the sharing of a small part of our daily lives. As a matter of fact I put a recipe in the crockpot today that she posted yesterday...I needed a simple meal as I have TORE my kitchen up trying to clean out all of the cabinets, drawers, and pantry all at one time...lol. You have to be very careful with some of the apps as they are viruses, and the minute I see them show up on a friends page I try to get in touch with them ASAP just in case they have been hacked.There are alot of security settings and I highly recommend using them and make sure your kids use them. We try to watch what we post and sometimes go back and delete if it seems like too much info. I also go back and delete alot of my old stuff as the combination of it all can be too revealing. It's great if you have a business or service. People I know prefer it over a regular website. They get alot more exposure and it's easy to set up. If you Facebook, enjoy.... but be cautious. Blessings, bb
  18. I already borrowed this...hope you don't mind. I get so tired of the constant redneck 'bashing'. blessings, bb
  19. I am so TOTALLY a redneck and always will be. Blessings, bb
  20. My DH has COPD and his lung specialist held 'flu classes' last year. He recommended that no one in our family get the flu shot. We followed his recommendations and no one had any serious respitory problems. Dh has COPD, 3 of us have asthma, and middle dd and I have problem with lung congestion during this time of year. We took 3000-4000 units of D3 daily, multi vitamin/mineral daily, lots of water, cut back dairy, hot teas with honey and lemon, he recommended a neti-pot 3 times a day which we just couldn't do so we got an olive leaf nasal spray by Seagate that 'kills' everything and the same brand throat spray that even kills strep. When someone does get congested we put a couple ounces of peroxide in the humidifier (he recommended 1/4 tsp in a nebulizer and I don't have one) and several times a day gently and reapeatedly beat on the back to keep everything loose in the lungs. The Dr. had a class this year but it was last week and I had to miss it hopefully they will schedule another one so I can see if he has any new recommendations. He is 7th day Adventist so of course he is very particular about your diet and using foods as medicine. You also have to be careful not to spread germs by having good hygiene and cleaning habits. Everyone needs to discuss with their own dr. and decide what's best for them but we choose not to do the flu shots. Blessings, bb
  21. I want to know where that ground chuck is...lol. I look for the beef with no hormones, antibiotics, etc and it is usually too expensive to stock up on. We usually don't buy canned veggies but Homeland has them on sale until tomorrow 2 cans for .88cents so we stocked up. We also ordered wheat, oat, rye and spices from Azure Standard that will be delivered tomorrow. We were afraid the grain priceds would shoot up next month and 25# of wheat was only $10. blessings, bb
  22. I normally read David Wilkersons and David Jeremiahs posts everyday on Facebook but missed Wilkerson's today...Thanks Darlene. They have both really spoke to me over the last few days. I have been printing them out for DH to read as he rarely gets on the computer. Todays David Jeremiah was: The Herd But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. Luke 21:34 In his column “Why Economists Missed the Crisis,” Barry Ritholz observed that most of the world’s financial and political leaders overlooked the warning signs of the current recession. Some saw it coming, and a few on Wall Street sounded the alarm. But, wrote Ritholz, “the vast majority of professional economists, strategists and analysts—the ‘Herd’—totally missed it.” 1 It’s interesting that Ritholz described them as the Herd. It’s easy to be stampeded by our society. Group think takes over; certain opinions form in the popular culture; morality is prescribed by Hollywood; and our spending habits are influenced by the number of commercials we see. We can’t go with the Herd. The majority of people in this world are missing the warning signs. But as Christians, we march to the beat of a different drummer. We handle our money, our morals, and our ministries as those who know that crises are ahead and that judgment is coming. Jesus told us to stay alert, lest the Day of the Lord come on us unawares. Watch for the signs and take heed.. There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you. John Wooden And yesterdays was: Take heed that no one deceives you. Matthew 24:4b The Greek scholar Erasmus made an astute point in saying, “Man’s mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.” Another Christian thinke...r, Pascal, added, “We like to be deceived.” Our fallen natures are easily deceived. Deception, after all, was the first sin. Eve cried out, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” At the end of the Bible we’re told that the Antichrist will deceive the whole world (Revelation 13:14). Between the devil and the Antichrist are millions of deceivers, and the Lord warns us to think clearly and to be on guard. The Bible says the last days will be characterized by “evil men and impostors” growing worse and worse, “deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). The way to avoid deception is to study God’s Word daily, confess your sins quickly, pray for wisdom, and live a life of integrity and honesty. As 1 John 3:7 puts it: “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” Recommended Reading 2 Timothy 3:12-17 Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right... Charles H. Spurgeon John 8:31 – 10:21
  23. Good morning to you Dee. It thundered and rained most of the night and is a little cloudy this morning but looks like it will still be a nice day. I have a long 'to do' list but DH is off today so I don't know how much of it I'll get done. Youngest DD has P.E. at the YMCA with the other homeschoolers this morning and I already have a list for the grocery store so I may go shop while she is at P.E. I am going to try to hit a room per day and clean everything out for a sale we are having in a couple of weeks. The whole house needs a serious de-cluttering. The laundry room and downstairs bath will get done today.....my room tomorrow when DH isn't here. Hope you all have a great day. Blessings, bb
  24. I wanna go to Poohbears'....that sounds like alot of fun.
  25. It is beautiful today. I have already been to 1/2 a dozen yard sales. Found 3 brand new 5 gallon water containers for $2.50 each along with a FEW other things. I filled my little car for about $20...lol. Got some neat 1950's glasses, canisters, a lamp, and a shelf, etc. Going to spend most of the day out in my shed organizing my own yard sale stuff and have a few projects to do today. Getting ready to go DH's work to take him some lunch and run a few errands while I'm out. Hope you all have a great day! Blessings, bb
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