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  1. Hi Judy, haven't been on in a while. Just checkin in.

  2. Hi Judy...did you at one point have a website about your homestead? I'm tryng to find a website that I thought belonged to you...the Amish Homestead...? Can you let me know if that was you? Thanks so much!!

  3. Angela is doing okay. She is waiting to see if she needs to have her thyroid removed. It is not cancerous, but may still need removal. She got approved for a device that will help with the pain in her joints. She is busy and doing a lot of productive things around the house such as painting (friends are helping with a paint party) and also scavenged some really neat stuff she is fixing up. She's helping someone in her community learn to use the computer, her kids got scholarships to the area recreation center and take cool classes. Angela is trying to exercise there also when she can. Oh..and although nobody gives a flying fig if I live or die....I'm still around. LOL I only posted today because someone asked about my best friend. :::::::going back to lurkerdom::::::: Carry on! Bye bye
  4. Some might have wondered why I haven't been posting or writing here in this forum. It was all part of my grand experiment. So, you will be seeing less of me, as the experiment showed me that not being in this forum makes me happier and I accomplish more and feel better. This place does not build me up. It's sick and dysfunctional and censored. It's crippling to be here, like walking on eggs with crutches. I love many people, but I don't love being here anymore. I tried, and prayed, and really honestly put my heart into posting for a couple of years. So...it's been "nice" but I've moved past the hurt of being here and will no longer post to the blog and will only post occasionally to the boards. The experiment, by the way, was a grand success. I found out who my real friends were, LOL
  5. I am with you there. We just got word that my car will need $2500 in repairs. It is still cheaper than a new one, though. So....tightening the belt tighter around here...and not happy about it as it is our 21st anniversary tomorrow and that means...canceling the dinner out.....which I So looked forward to, because we hardly ever go out. So..focusing on the good things...priceless..LOL
  6. This happened in a town near me. These are small towns around here and everyone knows everyone else even in the next town over. The parents of the boys accused are mostly good people, churchgoers, conscientious.One of the boys is adopted and his adoptive mom is hiding in the house, afraid to go outside because of the hatred and blame directed at her and her husband. This should not be. The whole situation is ugly. But the parents of these kids are also victims. And I really am sick of the "Hang them high" comments I see everywhere and the "Fry the parents too" remarks posted on news stories about this. Justice will take its course. The parents are suffering enough. It is purely evil what these kids are accused of doing--and my heart goes out totally to the family who lost the mom and the little girl who now must heal. (She's out of the hospital now, by the way, and doing well) But what the whole situation underscores for me is that all parents need to know where their kids are, what they doing, and who they are with--as well as have access to their facebook and myspace pages If they are allowed to have these things. Also, parents must check their kids' ipods. There has been much written about these accused boys, that they all were fans of what is called horrocore music, and liked a group called Insane Clown Posse, whose lyrics glorify killing and murder, couching it in terms of avenging against evil. A lot of kids think the group and its fans, called Juggalos, are just a group of fans who believe in a code of behavior that is supposed to be ethical. But in many states, Juggalos are considered a violent gang. Also, if your kid suddenly changes like these kids did--from being talented, bright, outgoing students to reclusive, failing grades, depressed.....get serious help. My daughter, who knew the four boys involved, came home three days after this broke in the news with a dozen white roses for me. "Ma," she sobbed. " Oh Ma....Thanks for caring about who I hang around with and what time I come home. You're my everything and if anything ever happened to you....they could have come to our house. You know I had a crush on one of them a couple years ago...." So please, keep the victim's family in your prayers. Pray for the families of the accused. And please add a little prayer for my daughter and me who are still quite shaken up over this.
  7. I pressure can the squash in cubes like pumpkin, then use it in soup later on. (I"m not freezing soup.....not after that long power outage last year, LOL) You can can your broth, your squash and pumpkin, then it is easy to quickly make soup from those and adding other ingredients when you want the soup. it's not the same as making it fresh, but it is pretty good.
  8. When I first started prepping I didn't do anything funny. I was freaked out about Y2K and went and studied all I could about prepping before I did anything But...a stupid thing I did was to buy too much rice and beans and then not understand how to store it properly. I was afraid to do it wrong so I kept a lot of rice in the freezer until I figured out where to get buckets and mylar bags. Oh wait..I did do something funny...I ordered some pre-sealed buckets from Emergency Essentials and was worried when they arrived that seemed "concave" LOL (That means the air was sucked out by the O2 absorbers and all is just fine but it took me calling them to learn this little fact. The nice man on the phone tried hard not to laugh)
  9. Tomatoes... and the last batch of relish from the last few cukes in the garden. All the crops were late this year with the weird cold summer we had so I'm not usually canning tomatoes this late. I am going apple picking this weekend which will mean sauce, pie filling, apple rings. I already picked pumkins and squash. Yet, I have many green tomatoes I covered with plastic in case they will ripen before we get frost. (which is probably soon)
  10. Hey girl...thought I would drop bye and say HI!

  11. Recently canned pie peaches, peaches, peach jam, green beans, yellow beans, and tomato sauce, salsa, tomato juice. I will be getting more tomatoes this week and it's apple picking time!
  12. LOL I wasn't THAT bad, but I confess to thinking "What's up with this Violet chick" when I first started reading here AND THEN I realized I was using old canning books, and it had never occurred to me to consider that things might get updated since I learned. What's even worse is that I was writing about contamination control in the food industry and knew full well that THEY get updated all time, LOL So even the "smartest" canners can learn a LOT. You'll do great C4C....you go, girl! (and once more, thanks to Violet for keeping my family alive and well)
  13. A solution to the peanut butter dilemma (which I shared) Store peanut butter in jars for the short term. Store powdered peanut butter in #10 cans for the long term. A good way to use up peanut butter is to make PB cookies and distribute them among appreciative neighbors, kids, etc.
  14. I have been reading about this case with interest....I am curious about what the denomination the mother belongs to. It appears that this case is being pushed by the ex-husband, who doesn't likehis ex-wife's religion. I hope that NH superior courts tear this case to shreds. They have a good record of swiftly undoing things like this, but I'm shocked that it got this far to begin with. ' Somehow, I'm not surprised, though that this case went the way it did. It's an old story. Our record of the law butting heads with religious groups is long. And lately, there seems a movement afoot to hinder home schoolers.
  15. Remember, doing something is better than doing nothing. Doing a little is better than doing nothing. Don't go into debt preparing. Do what you can. Make lists. Chip away at them as you can. Not many can prepare to the extent that they would like. It is what it is....do your best and pray. (I have found that determination and a desire to prep has successfully cut out extraneous items from the budget. The good thing is that there is more money in the budget now because we learned to live leaner, cleaner, and without debt. So rather than blow a lot of money in preps, get yourself out of debt, learn to live lean, and then prep money will be there.) A lot of preps can be done with know-how and elbow grease. If you can't buy preps right now, increase your skills. Learn to can if you don't already know. Learn to make soap, sew, knit, spin, garden. If you can't invest in doing these skills, invest in knowledge anyway. Create binder sof information off the internet and from here. Do you have information on digging an out house? What to do without a doctor? Edible plants in your area? Not all of our preparation comes from a retailer. In fact, it is good if you can learn the preps that don't. No matter who we are and how long we have done this preparing, there is always something new we can learn to do.
  16. LOl Cat...I love that you got more jars...at dh's urging, haha Well this week I canned the last of the beans, a batch of salsa, peach pie filling, peach jam, peaches and today I will now go work my way through the last 25 pounds of peaches. Then, I need to make sweet relish and work on the bulk of the tomatoes. This year, everything ripened at once because we had a burst of hot weather after all that cool rain so the canning is all piled up together!
  17. Sometimes, it is not others' attitudes toward us that really bother us -- it can be our own. It can get "old" being frugal if you lose sight of your goals and there can be times you begin to wonder if it really is worth it. I went through it this week when my family asked me to join facebook and there, I saw how vastly different their lifestyles are from mine and I have to say it rankled me that I'm the one going every day to the nursing home to care for mom while they are all down in Florida and going to the Bahamas or whatever fun thing they are up to. They never some see us, they expect us to go there and for now, we cannot afford it. I haven't been there since my father died and I moved mom up here because not one of them bothered to go see her even though they live right near where she was. I have to look at my mother's face when she asks, "Do you hear from David?" (my brother) and see her hurt when I say, "They are in the Bahamas this week..." beacuse the unspoken thing between us is the conversation just a few weeks ago in which my brother said he was worried about his job and they couldn't afford to travel up here to see mom. There was a little part of me that was jealous and it happened again the other day when I worked really hard to get my front gardens mulched and pretty for the ice cream party I was having for the neighborhood. (The ice cream was free, I won it in a contest) Another neighbor had a landscape service working her yard.....and I was sweating and miserable. However, at the end of it, when the garden looked good, I had a real sense of accomplishment. And when I went to the nursing home and brought mom and her roommate to the party and saw how they enjoyed seeing the kids having so much fun, I knew that no trip to the Bahamas could make up for that memory. I realized I'd have the joys and blessings of having done things in a way that I could care for my family and not live beyond our means. In the hard times ahead, these things will matter more than things on credit cards. (Which is how my brother finances stuff) On the other hand, when others have more resources and can have more than we do--that's okay with me. It's just seeing family not use their resources to care for each other that bothers me. And even in all of this, I often still soul search to be sure that my feelings about my brother don't broil into resentment and anger. I have tried to accept that he is limited, and to meet him where he is rather than at where I wish he could be.
  18. My friend Angela got me into prepping. It was prior to Y2K and we both started prepping together over the phone. Then, I read the LDS information on food storage and it made sense so I took off from there. Also, my mother would likely be classified as a prepper today--although at the time people just thought she stocked up for the winter like the old days. A child of the Depression, she was never going without again....and she used to grow and can large amounts of produce which saved our family boatloads of money and set the example for me.
  19. Awww....what a sweet story. I can tell how thrilled you are for them from your post. Wishing them all the best--and hope you have a fine time visiting your new family. (psst...you didn't sound superficial.....not to worry!!!)
  20. This story fails to make clear that the vaccine being discussed is the one from 1976 not the one that is being created for the current pandemic. The GBS from the other vaccine may have been caused by contaminated eggs. GBS can be triggered by foodborne pathogens that set up a huge immune response which results in the syndrome... Having said that, I believe that the current vaccine which some say could become mandatory is still not adequately tested--AND may contain adjuvants made of oils that can also trigger a larger immune response. Adjuvants are something added to the vaccine in order to increase or enhance the body's immune response. Currently there is no vaccine additive that is approved by the FDA other than aluminum salts, which have been used for years. The only (known) time squalene was added to vaccine in the US was the anthrax shots given to the military and which caused Gulf War Syndrome. This was covered up, and only lately the government has admitted that these vaccines "could"have had squalene in them. As close as you can get to an admission... Anyway, what I'm saying here is that the GBS may not be a huge issue with this current vaccine--and the government is not being negligent by not telling you about a problem from 1976. Most people who take flu shots get something to sign....it's a disclosure saying you are aware of the risk of GBS associated with flu shots. If there's negligence, it is on the consumer who doesn't read these things. Go and do the research. Read about vaccine adjuvants and their effects and how they are not being tested. You are more likely to have trouble with squalene than you are to get GBS, which is rare. (My father in law got GBS from eating raw oysters contaminated with campybylacter jejeuni -- you can get GBS from infections, food pathogens, or from something that triggers such an immune reaction that it fries your nerve endings as the body turns on itself) It's a horrible disease, hard to diagnose--but even with the 1976 flu shots, it was not like there was hundreds of people dying from this. It was still RARE. The real story is that adjuvants are not being tested but are already being stockpiled for use. But you won't read it in the Daily Mail or most mainstream media. Go check Infection Control Today and current medical studies. Be informed. And whatever you do--if you want the vaccine, at least wait until many thousands of others have taken it so you can see if there is goign to be some mass reactions to it. With all the rush to get the vaccine made and the lack of testing of oil adjuvants---there are plenty of reasons to be cautious. But be cautious for the RIGHT reasons and not panicked over half baked stories that don't tell you all the facts.
  21. Yep. I felt those clutter-clearing vibes all the way here and despite 90-degree heat, decided to entirely clear out the screened-in porch and start over. I use part of this three-season-room to store craft supplies. I emptied out all of the containers and sorted everything, even down to the last seed bead. This took ALL day. BUT THEN....miracle of miracles, my husband caught the bug and cleaned out the garage. Now the only thing left to do is declutter some in the basement--which is not all that bad because I had already done most of it some months back in organizing the storage. I just need to re-touch things down there.
  22. green beans again the other day and today sweet pickle relish
  23. All good advice above. I don't have a lot to add except more prayers from our house for your family.... I can tell you that for a few years we thought we'd lost our daughter, who also had PSTD following several bad things in middle school. She acted out for a bit in ways that horrified and frightened us. It took about five years to work it out and now the girl is about to graduate high school, does well in sports, and has already taken a college class and gotten a B. What I'm saying here is don't give up. Even when you are just at the end of it--and just wish you didn't have to deal with him, remember that you love him even when he's being this way. I had to put up a lot of kindergarten photos to remind me that my precious little girl was still "in there." I just got back from a fun shopping trip my girl--we laughed, and found coupon deals, and talked like old pals. I never thought this was possible a few years ago. What I learned was that I had to meet her where she was, not where I wished she was---that I had to accept her limits, her mistakes and embrace all of her faults and even her bad behaviors. Once she figured out for sure that nothing was going to make me not love her, she began to come around. Counseling will help. If it is not helping, then get another one--but do not give up, and do not fail to let the kid know you love him. Sometimes the tricky part is making the kid realize he's worth loving--and helping him like himself.
  24. Keeping you in our prayers here....and GLAD To hear the GOOD news!!! Hugs
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