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  1. how are you doing? i have been wondering about you.

  2. Dearest friends, Thank all of you for your helping hands that helped to pay for some of the snakebite related medical expenses. It is enough, so I am asking that the donation button be closed. Mais cher! You have been such good medicine for a bad day! --PureCajunSunshine
  3. Bless all y'all, and thanks so much for your prayers, good thoughts and sweet helping hands! Here's my story (and then some, lol!): http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=36784&st=0&start=0
  4. Meow!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on a brand new 'kitten'-to-be!!!! ((((((Big Cat, Little Cat, and Kitten-to-be)))))
  5. Oh boy! ohboyohboy! This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen on the internet! Great idea for this forum!!! But wait! What? No cookwagon? (Back in the old days, did a wagon train have one of those?) If so, maybe I can get over this snakebite in time to rustle one up, if'n someone hasn't already beaten me to it. Y'all wanna hire an authentic Creole/Cajun cook? I can cook beans just as well as a Texan, I guarantee. And mais cher! Lookit the size of that beignet! I do Jambalaya and Gumbo pretty good too. Oh, I can hunt real well too. I
  6. To each, her own...and I have the BTDT tee shirt! In a hardship situation, I'd look at the live critters as 'extra protein', but it's the dead critters in the food that's the problem. In the normal course of things, we all eat bits and pieces of dead bugs without knowing (even the FDA allows so many bug parts per quantity of foodstuff)... But an abundance of decomposing and moldering bug bodies isn't good! If I find bugs in my pantry, I will routinely inspect suspect foodstuffs with a magnifying glass to determine that there's not significant evidence of bug die-off going on. If not, th
  7. Hi there! Thanks for asking... look at this one, scroll down a bit, under "Forum Topics" and you'll see all the threads that are up for voting. http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?showforum=56 I'm the knucklehead that cooked this forum up then tried to explain it all. lol Sorry 'bout that! As you can see, it still needs a lil' tweaking. Thanks to your questions, I see where I need to make some adjustments! I appreciate your patience. Please let me know if this link clears things up or not...
  8. "When there's a will, there's a way"... I'll be there too! Making coffee now...
  9. AUDIO-BOOKS!!!! Hearing those superfine audio-book voices, and being intellectually entertained at the same time might be just the ticket! Don't push yourself. All that work will still be there when you get better, 'tain't going nowhere, nohow. I have not yet read this whole thread, 'cause I can't sit for long...but just wanna let you know that I hope you can keep in touch best you can! Thinking of you often, with lots of hugs, kisses and misses, Sharon
  10. I read somewhere (don't remember where) that sometimes a haze will appear on the surface of some syrups and that it is harmless. Occasionally this has formed on the surface of my syrups, but eventually it disappears. Does anyone know what causes this haze? On my blog, someone asked me about a 'questionable' film that formed on the surface of her recently made elderberry syrup that was made with a stout concentration of 70% sugar... http://purecajunsunshine.blogspot.com/2009...ed-to-know.html Here's what I told her: It is possible your sister may be seeing what I
  11. Before you venture into these websites, notify your next of kin, because you may not come out for days...Between these two sites, there's a nice collection of 1,650,328 books written from 1620 to 1999...most of them are from the early 1800s and mid twentieth century. These old books and journals have been rendered into electronic form, and are free to anyone. The first link is agriculturally related, the second one deals with all things related to home and hearth.... http://chla.library.cornell.edu/ The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic
  12. 'taint 'fraid of no zombies. I have lots of Liquid Crab Boil Seasoning and Tabasco sauce and I know how to use this stuff. Cajun mace! One squirt into their eyes...
  13. There are many edible plants that are used as vegetables in some parts of the world but look like 'weeds' to those who are unfamiliar with them. To mention a few: Orach... Lamb's Quarters (Magentaspreen) Calaloo (vegetable amaranth, Carribean type) ...I'm growing it this year and it is delicious and pretty as an ornamental! All are available from Johnny's Seeds. http://www.johnnyseeds.com
  14. The link nmchick posted contains additional links to similar threads (thanks!). Here's another one! Crop failure, what if… (contains lots of info on kudzu and Jerusalem artichoke) http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?sh...garden&st=0
  15. Hey Christy, I love that spa / canning station / laundry room you got going there in the barn! It might be a good thing that the woodburner is in the corner...that way, if wintertime finds you still having to bathe in the barn, you can string up 'curtains' of sorts to make a smaller triangular 'room' and trap some of that fire's heat to warm yo' cold wet booty! Do you think your house will be renovated enough to do indoor baths by wintertime?
  16. I saw that Emergency Essentials laundry thingy, and I love the design of the thing, and would like to test drive it! It looks like it would probably work a little better than the alternative...(I have a couple of brand new toilet plungers and five gallon buckets stashed away for emergency laundering.) I don't remember if I mentioned this early on in this thread...but if you buy a toilet plunger for emergency laundering purposes, get the red rubber kind, NOT the black one. After a time the blackness will wear off onto your clothes! The red one seems much more durable. ncnewbie, I'm th
  17. When traveling, I sometimes use a 5 gallon bucket with a lid as a clothes washer. I throw in my dirty clothes (one day's worth at a time, per bucket), along with hot soapy water. After snugging the lid on real tight, I then strap it to the inside of my truck's tailgate. Bumpety bump bump... the clothes inside the bucket get a good workout and wash themselves merrily down the road... After a few hours, they are ready to go into the 'rinse cycle'. At day's end, the clothes can wrung out, and hung up in camp/motel/whatever. If it is humid out, or if I need to get a move on, I'll chuck t
  18. I'm working on Part II of my Elderberry article and it will include detailed growing info...until then here's a few good bits about growing / propagating elderberry...see also the second link listed here: http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?s=...st&p=308340 Yes indeedy, the birds are murder on the berries...Try bird netting. Around here the bears and the deer line up cafeteria style for the berries...now if I could only line up the berry ripening time and hunting seasons together, I'd be able to harvest two kinds of crops at once... For the deer and bear depredations, here's
  19. Looksee: Everything you need to know about alcohol-free elderberry syrup for preventing flu (be sure to read the cautions concerning avian flu, and be aware that this may also apply to the swine flu as well): http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?sh...mp;#entry308335 For another in-depth discussion on another board about making your own elderberry medicinals... (I posted my recipe there as well, and the thread grew into quite a collection of info, including growing your own.) http://thisbluemarble.com/showthread.php?t=13844 Herbally speaking (as some of you know), some h
  20. wonderful!!! This is so good to know! Thank you Violet! BTW, I let the jars sit in the canner for about 20-30 min before taking them out (I got sidetracked/tangled up with other stuff and forgot about them)! The jars had 1/4 inch headspace in them...
  21. The other day I canned (waterbath) 6 pints of very strong but lightly sweetened elderberry juice. I purposely did not strain this batch very finely and it had bits and pieces of elderberry pulp in it. I accidentally went overboard on the processing time by about 5-10 minutes... I noticed that almost all the jars (which were sealed good-n-tight) leaked during the canning process. About a quarter inch was missing from each jar. All the lids appear to be still well sealed. Is this juice ok? What did I do wrong?
  22. grrrr...I feel like you do, MtRider! Speaking for myself, I would have pointed the gun (or 'bear mace'...'tis pretty good stuff!) at the intruder dog and gave the owner the ultimatum: either you gain control of this dog RIGHT NOW, or I will. Trouble is, dogs are faster than people... and if it had gotten to the point of the two dogs fighting, it could have been too late to intervene with a gun because there's that chance of the innocent one being hurt in the line of fire... but the spray is dandy because most of the time, a fight is broken and your dog does not die in the breakup.
  23. This is such a beautiful treasure! If'n you don't mind, I'd like to print this to put in one of my notebook binders, the one I call my Bedside Reader... ((((Stephanie))))
  24. To put it in a nutshell, "...man has dominated man to his injury." (Ecclesiastes 8:9) For a sobering book review, looksee: http://www.curledup.com/900days.htm The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad Book review: © 2003 by Barbara Bamberger Scott for Curled Up With a Good Book (www.curledup.com) Harrison E. Salisbury DaCapo Press Paperback 640 pages Harrison E. Salisbury wrote no fewer than six books about the Soviet Union during his journalistic career. The 900 Days is a reprint of the 1969 edition that was banned in Russia, and no wonder. It impli
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