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  1. Ok, be honest now? Have you ever run out of something that you use on a normal basis, or did you run out of something and couldn't find a replacement. Here's what happened. We have three indoor cats. And for some unknown reason, our town has NO cat litter now. NONE!! Our vet's assistant said it might be 3 months before they have anymore. We found one store that still had some, so we bought 10 small bags, all we could carry in our backpacks. I normally keep several bags on hand, but forgot to check since we were out of town last month for a week and had a visitor for 6 weeks. We're trying to make it last as long as possible, and maybe looking at buying a load of sand to use, if it comes to that. Letting them outside is not an option at this point. They've always been inside and one of the cats is real nervous about anything new. Would love to hear any funny stories ya'll have to share. Patagoniagal
  2. In the last two weeks, I bought a little MSR cook pot for the BOB's when I was in Buenos Aires. Now everyone has a cookpot. Next we want to work on building pop can cookstoves for the BOB's. We have one backpacking stove that DH will carry, but if we would get separated, we all need to be able to have a cooking source.
  3. How about planting a hedge to store the barrels behind?
  4. It's a cloudy Thursday here also, and is probably in the high 60's today, which is nice. The windows are all open, and it's comfortable in the house. I got to get in on my first Mrs. S chat today, what fun that was. Got to meet some of the other Mrs. S crew, newbies and "oldies", LOL Today, I made two loaves of bread and a pan of rolls, cause I had leftover dough. I tried a new method I got from the urbanhomemaker site. You soak the whole wheat flour overnight in a mixture of water and yogurt/kefir or buttermilk. It slightly ferments the flour and is supposed to help with digestion. We'll see. The house smells wonderful and that first warm slice slathered in butter was pretty tasty. Otherwise, it's a normal day here. We had taco salad for lunch and DH was successful in finding tortilla chips. Our grocery store has them only on occasion, so it was a nice treat to have them today. He bought 6 bags, so we'll put the other ones away for later. My Spanish study time is around the corner, so I better be good and go study for a couple hours. I'm trying to be disciplined and set aside time every week to study, but I'm not naturally disciplined, so it's been a battle. I always find something else do to, when I should be studying. Ya'll have a great day today.
  5. Looking forward to chatting tomorrow!
  6. Welcome Belle, Mrs. S is a blast, chocolate cake or not.
  7. Hi Pixie, I'd love to have a sig. with mountains, maybe a cabin, and I love the time period 1750-1800, so maybe something that looks old. My favorite font is Blackadder ITC, anything that looks like old handwriting. Your work is simply beautiful! Thanks, Patagoniagal
  8. Wheat Montana carries a White Wheat called Prairie Gold. It is a top quality white wheat, available as berries or as flour. Check out their website at: www.wheatmontana.com
  9. Oh Grubby, that is so sad. You live in Kentucky and have never indulged in an Ale-8? So, since I'm down here, please so have an Ale-8 on me, ok??
  10. Grubby, Can you bring some Ale-8 ????
  11. I'm laughing Phatkat, cause I also kinda follow the rule of three's, except I really didn't know I was doing it. But, thinking about it, mine works out to 2's or 3's. I always think about an alternative way to do something. We have a Berkey water filter for SIP and a First Need Water Filter for BO.(that's 2) We have gas stove, fireplace, and a grill for cooking. (that's 3) Also a Primus Backpacker stove for BO, Plus matches, lighters, and a primitive fire starting kit. (that's 3) Food Milk: fresh fluid, boxed or dried. (we have boxed milk, not canned) Vegetables and Fruit: fresh, frozen, canned, dried. Beans: I stock up smaller quantities of many different varieties. (that would be more than 3, LOL) Etc, etc. etc. Well, You get the point. Never put all your eggs in one basket! Poor Musician....did you run away? Don't hide, come out and play!!!!
  12. I'll bring the cole slaw, deviled eggs, and pink-eyed, purple hulled peas, yum, yum. These grow in Alabama and the Panhandle of Florida. We bought them from the roadside markets. Cole slaw dressing 1 cup mayo or Miracle Whip 1/2 cup sugar 1 Teas. garlic powder 1 Tablespoon celery seeds 2 Tablespoons vinegar 1 Teas. salt Mix well and add to a small head shredded cabbage and a couple shredded carrots.
  13. Hey Necie, We make sausage gravy exactly the same way!! DH likes to spread his biscuits on the plate, butter them, add several sunny side up fried eggs, top it all with gravy and add a couple dashes of Tobasco, then mix it all up!! I've been making these biscuits for 20 years, and they always turn out good. (so the next time I make them will be a disaster, LOL) Biscuit Recipe. 2 1/4 cup flour 4 teas. baking powder 1/2 teas. cream of tarter 1/2 teas. salt 2 Tablespoons sugar 1/3 cup lard, butter, or Crisco 2/3 cup milk 1 egg. Oven 450 degrees F. Bake 10-12 minutes. Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix in the fat with a pastry cutter until the the mixture is the size of small peas. Make a well in the middle of the flour/fat mixture. Pour in the milk, crack in the egg and mix together with a fork until just mixed. Turn out on a floured board and form a ball. I use my hands and roll/push the ball into a flat round. Then fold the dough in half and roll out again. I do this 4 or 5 times. Cut them out and bake until tops are brown. I always use butter for the fat. It seems to add a nice flavor.
  14. I'll throw my 2 cents into the pot. A very simplistic way to look at prepping is this...you wake up one morning and there is no electricity, no heat, no water, no sewer, everything has been turned off. There's a note on your door from the "local authorities" that you are to stay in your home and not leave until further notification. Now, what do you need to make it through one day? Two days? A week? Start with a simple list and work from there. Storing food and water is obviously the first biggy, but how do you cook?, keep warm and/or keep cool? take care of hygiene needs? Since your apartment is small, think small.... flashlights,candles, etc. For cooking, check out backpacking stoves (only if you can cook on a balcony, etc) and several canisters of fuel. Store what kinds of foods you and hubby eat and are simple to prepare. Store as much water as possible. There is so much information on this site, you'll have lots of help figuring things out, so keeping asking questions.
  15. Here's the link to the online version of "Where There Is no Doctor" http://www.healthwrights.org/books/WTINDonline.htm
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