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  1. I've been living in my minivan camper for the past two years, when I'm not house-sitting or visiting relatives. I had a dream to do this for over 40 years, so I finally did. I don't have space for much of anything, but since I am a minimalist, it doesn't matter. For my kitchen, I basically have no gadgets. I have a one-burner butane stove, butane bottles, a 2 qt. stainless steel sauce pan with lid, a small ceramic [?] skillet with lid, a wooden spoon, a plastic spatula, 1 large knife, 1 small knife, a potato peeler, a little knife sharpener, a Swing-away can opener, a small thin plastic cuttin
  2. So does anyone know what the problem is that she is not on? Is there anything we can do to help? I never post but I am now because I want her back.
  3. I miss you very much, Mother. I used to always appreciate the wisdom, kindness, and knowledge in your posts. I hope you are doing well.
  4. Tuberculosis: A new pandemic? * Story Highlights * New virulent strand of tuberculosis is virtually incurable * Called XDR-TB, it is spreading globally in alarming numbers * Its mutation could have been prevented because TB itself is a curable disease * The WHO has called for more money to fund treatment of TB to prevent XDR By Patrice Poltzer For CNN LONDON, England -- Many people think of tuberculosis as being a disease from the past. The truth is far from it: Tuberculosis is mutating into dangerous new strains for which there is no known cure.
  5. Article on the global food situation: Farm-Credit Squeeze May Cut Crops, Spur Food Crisis (Update1) By Carlos Caminada, Shruti Singh and Jeff Wilson More Photos/Details Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The credit crunch is compounding a profit squeeze for farmers that may curb global harvests and worsen a food crisis for developing countries. Global production of wheat, the most-consumed food crop, may drop 4.4 percent next year, said Dan Basse, president of AgResource Co. in Chicago, who has advised farmers, food companies and investors for 29 years. Harvests of corn and soybeans
  6. I'm very sorry you are having so many problems, mommafitz. Those are way too many things all at once. I understand about your missing your dog. Mine has been gone four years, and I still miss her and am sad. Job insecurity and money worries and running through your preps. Yikes! And no hormones when ya need em! That can definitely wreak havoc with emotions, etc. That sounds like two plate loads of woes, not just one. I'm glad your DS2's knee was not hurt too badly. And that you have an extra day off and can work at your own pace and that you have a garden to play in and crafting Christmas
  7. I cooked on an antique cast iron wood cookstove for six or so years. The food tasted better cooked in cast iron skillets/dutch oven on the wood stove than it does cooked on a gas or electric stove--I don't know why. I baked bread in the oven that I made from wheat and other whole grains that were ground in a manual grain grinder. I made granola, cookies, all kinds of food. It's not hard to do the actual cooking on a wood cookstove, but it is work to regulate the fire. You have to have well-cured wood split thin, although some of the wood pieces can be bigger, if, for example, you a
  8. Amazing so much thrown at you so fast! It sounds like you did a great job. And thanks for the report!
  9. That's greatCongratulations! Having a job from home and extra pay and benefits! Your story was very interesting, too. How about writing more? The details as you learn different ways of doing things and what happens when you get calls--all the time management stuff? I'd enjoy reading it.
  10. That was fascinating about not using shampoo. I went to several websites and read for a couple of hours all the different comments from people who had quit using shampoo. Most of them were very happy with their hair. Some excellent info at this site: http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html#how
  11. Try ground flaxseeds (flaxseed meal)--you can grind flaxseeds in the blender (a small amount at a time) and store them in a covered container in the freezer or frige. They can be sprinkled over cooked foods or added to muffins, etc. Flaxseed Reduces Hot Flashes Almost 60% Researchers recruited 29 postmenopausal women who had suffered from at least 14 hot flushes each week for at least one month, but would not take estrogen because of a perceived increased risk of breast cancer. After taking 40 grams (1.4 ounces) of crushed flaxseed each day for six weeks, the frequency of hot flashes de
  12. Here's another big red flag. Circuit City gave up the fight after five consecutive quarters of declining sales at stores that have been open for a year or more and put out a "For sale" sign. The article says that they were confronted with weak sales, impatient shareholders, and a U.S. consumer pummeled by recession. The electronics industry is flailing with Comp USA closing its stores not that long ago and several smaller chains declaring bankruptcy. Here's the full article: http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflas...8059_133176.htm
  13. I talked to a forester in Mississippi today. He will be taking bids on a sale of some timber soon and was expecting to get over $200,000 for it, but he is afraid there will be no bids at all. He said alot of sawmills have gone out of business in Mississippi in the last six months. With all the houses on the market, there aren't as many being built. He said the pulpwood market is doing fine. But, for people wanting to sell timber, pulpwood is the tail of the dog, not the dog. Here's an article related to that. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/...mills-cut-back/ Sawmi
  14. Kim, I am impressed with your level of dedication to keeping your electric consumption so low. It seems to me to be almost more difficult to keep power usage down than it is to live off the grid, using no electricity, which I did for a number of years. During those years, we had a wood cookstove, a small wood stove for heat (our partially underground log cabin was only 400 square feet plus a loft for the kids' beds), a Coleman camping stove for the summer, and kerosene lanterns for light. It was very primitive and, in some ways, a very hard way to live, but the lower power consumption wa
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