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  1. If it helps anyone, Honeyville is having a 10% off sale right now. Honeyville's 5 day 10% Off Sale starts Today, Monday, Oct. 21st and ends Friday, Oct. 25th, 2013. To claim your 10% savings, shop online at store.honeyvillegrain.com before the sale ends. Just shop as usual, then simply enter the coupon code "HARVEST" during checkout and enjoy the savings. Remember to tell your friends and family about the sale before they miss out!
  2. Bless you for giving the dog a home.
  3. There's a difference between needing help from famiy and taking advantage of them. It sounds like you're receiving help, but are doing everything in your power to help yourself. Are you trying to guilt your daughter into doing more for you? Complaining that she isn't doing enough? Criticizing her for anything and everything? If you answered "No" to those last three questions, then you're not a large burden or pain in the butt - you just need some help for a while. And it's nice that you're watching the kids and animals so she and her DH can get away for a bit. I think you have to become A LOT more demanding and difficult if you want to compete with some of the mothers being posted about here.
  4. Oh yeah, I think the hurricane followed by the nor'easter was a huge wake up call for a lot pf people. I hope the lessons stick. Although I have a feeling that in a few months there will be a lot of generators for sale on Craigslist.
  5. On Friday the star Ledger (NJ Newspaper) had this on the front page of their entertainment section (text of the page) http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/11/holiday_gift_guide_sandy_hurri.html#incart_river Pictures of the items http://photos.nj.com/4504/gallery/holiday_gift_guide_disaster_prep/index.html Yes some of them are silly, but this is a major newspaper encouraging people to buy generators and lanters as Christmas presents! I'm sure the recent hurricane had a lot to do with it, but I feel like I'm entering some kind of bizzaro world when this (giving preparedness gifts) is considered normal...
  6. You won't be able to conceal livestock. You will have to be able to defend them. You might be able to hide some if you live near a forest. My mom told me that one of her Polish relatives was able to hide some that way during WWII. The old man of the family was thought to be a bit daft and no one in the village thoguht much of him abesnt mindendly wandering off all the time. After the war he brought out a couple of cows he had hidden there.
  7. I live in central NJ and we only lost power for about 48 hours. There are lots of people in my town still without power so I feel very lucky. We came thru it OK. DH is talking about getting a generator and maybe it should be a natural gas one... He was glad we had so many flashlights on hand and didn't have to worry about food, water, or communicaitons. Redunnancy is a good thing - we have tv and internet thru the cable company, but a regular old landline phone with the phone company. When a lot of people lost electricity/internet/phones (because they use VOIP thru the cable company) we could still call our parents to let them know we were OK. Yeah, we have cell phones, but coverage was spotty at times. (we do have battery chargers so were able to keep them charged) Talking with a neighbor today, they have AT&T for cell service (we use verizon) and they have a really hard time getting a cell signal. Anyway, DH is more on board with prepping now I've taken my daughters out for a few quick errands and pointed out the gas lines that we didn't have to wait in since I filled up before the storm. I've also pointed out the signs on stores "sorry - cash only" and explained that THAT is why it's good to have some emergency cash on hand and why I withdrew some extra cash from an ATM before the storm.
  8. Basically the CEO said that He believed that marriage was between one man and one woman. From that point they were bashed in the media and across the country as being homophobic and were even barred from opening stores in cities. They are a Christian based company with Christian based beliefs and they are closed on Sundays. They have even been bashed for that. So Mike Huckabee and someone else asked people to eat at Chik-Fil-A today if they felt that they (Chic-Fil-A) had a right to their own viewpoint. I'm Christian and my neice is a Lesbian and I love her dearly. I have my views on gay marriage and I'm sure it may be different than hers, but they are my views. I figure God will determine what we did right and wrong when we get Home. I'll leave him to judge. I went to Chik-Fil-A today to show my support for a company that took a stand in the face of hate bashing people trying to intimidate them because their view was not "politically correct". Be warned though....Friday Aug 3rd they are holding a "Kiss In" in response of today's turn out in order to turn away as much business as possible. I plan to go buy if nothing else than to buy a drink, but I will NOT take my children. It will be a horrible display I'm sure. I don't care for me or my children to be exposed to anyone making out. I'm a liberal who believes that gay marriage should be legal yet I love my local Chick-Fil-A. They're always doing nice things for the community. I did boycott them yesterday because I don't like Mike Huckabee and I'm going to try to remember to avoid them tomorrow, too. I don't want to see any people necking and making out in public - don't care what age, race, sexual orientation you are.
  9. There's a site called Pixel of Ink that lists free books for the kindle http://www.pixelofink.com/ You'll have to double check the price to make sure they're still free (sometimes the books are only free for a day or two) but they have a pretty good selection/list. ETA: they also list bargain books too, not everything they mention is free
  10. And remember if you have a fixed rate mortgage that if there's inflation, the $100 you're using to pay down the mortgage now "costs" a lot more than the $100 you'd use to pay the monthly payment 10 years from now. Think about what $100 would buy 10 years ago versus now. Gas prices in 2002
  11. Others have already mentioned tools and stuff to have. If you have a baby, keep a mini diaper bag (one extra diaper, clean onesie, and some wipes and plastic bags (for soiled diaper) in the car. Good in case you ever forget the regular diaper bag or don't realize it's out of diapers. Something to keep kids entertained. An extra book or two. A coloring book and some colored pencils (don't have to worry about them melting in the heat like crayons). And you might want to throw in a crossword puzzle book and pencil or two for you. A couple bottles of water.
  12. An alternative to the custom ones, are ones made out of sorbothane. They can be had for around $20 at some sporting goods stores.
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