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  1. Great photos. It looks like you all had a great time. You all just keep getting better looking...oh, and more prepared and skilled as well.
  2. My son lost his job. Things are pretty bad in our state. Finding a job here is going to be a challenge, if at all possible. He and his wife and four kids have moved it with us. Grandpa is living in a trailer out back. We gave 1/3 of the house to my son and his family. that leaves 2/3 of the house for me and my husband and seven kids. I have a great pantry set up for a year...for 9 people. My son is not a sheeple. But his planning has been very different from ours, and he and his young wife, while paring back very well, live much differently than we do. It's going to be a challenge. But the four of us talked about this likelyhood 2.5 years ago...that someone might lose a job and we'd have to double up families to keep a single place going. I hate being right.
  3. It might freeze in the next few days. I've never saved my green bean seeds, but left a number of vines for saving this year. However, the greenbeans are not brown yet. They are big, fat, but still green. Will I lose them during the frost? Should I cover them like the tomatoes? Will they continue to grow toward dry if I pull them out by the roots and bring them inside?
  4. I grew up in CA as well. I wasn't aware there were quakes in other parts of the states other than Alaska. Like ayleeann said, there is no way to prepare for them. You just live with them. And their results. Learning about the results is what is important. Gas lines, fires, fallen lines and trees, aftershocks...that kind of stuff. It doesn't hurt to know where the safest place to run to is, but like has already been mentioned, it's usually over before you get your head together to do something. We school children were taught to drop under our desk and had many many drills. So we do have the gut instinct to get under any table in an earthquake, whether it be in school, at home, in a restaurant. I still have that instinct. Just talking about this subject had me checking the space under my desk to see how many kids could fit under there iwth me if we started shaking in the next couple seconds. Of course, my kids have not been trained and drilled, so the quake would probably be over before they could obey my orders to "Get under!"
  5. I want to start buying those #10 can's of tomato paste, but I obviously can't use it all at once. Even with canning large recipes, there's still tomato paste left for another day. I have lots of uses for it. So I'm wondering what would be the best way to freeze it for easy use later? The only thing I've come up with is freezing it in 1 cup globs on an oiled cookie sheet, then putting the blobs in a gallon freezer bag. Anyone have a less messy and more efficient way to do it? Oh! Can I freeze it in pint or half pint jars?
  6. Or worse...not being able to light up because they have nothing to smoke! Yikes!
  7. I'm seeing this in my family right now. Some in my family have either lost jobs completely and are trying to live on unemployment, or they've had one job end (while working a second), or have had hours or wages cut. Everyone seems to be doing ok, budgeting for gas for the vehicles and food and bills. However, if any of the cars fall apart, that family will be in deep trouble. (No savings) Anyway, the smokers are going nuts. They think they can get by with a couple packs a week after smoking a pack a day. Come Wednesday, they are asking for pop cans or penny jars. This isn't just one person. This is a few folks. They are trying to be cool about it, but I'm telling you...the pressure to smoke is doubled with the financial/job issues...and they have hardly anything to smoke. No amount of tricks will help them, like cutting cigarettes in half, etc. It's just a complete bummer for them. The good side is that I'm guessing at least some of them will get frustrated enough to quit. I don't even want to think what it would be like if anyone was a drinker/alcoholic. There is one person who does what she calls "social gambling". She lost her job. 2 months later, no jobs to be found. And it turns out that her meager unemployment won't meet the payments she needs to make on the $125,000 debt...yes, I typed that correctly....that she built up by gambling. So she's in really bad shape. A dollar for a lottery ticket could make her day. However, there is a bright side to her story. Without the ability to feed her addiction, she had to face the honest truth about her "social gambling". She is checking herself in for 30 day treatment that the lottery is required to pay for at a rehab. No job exposed her addiction for what it is, and no job is giving her the time to go thru rehab. Shopaholics...we don't have any of those, but wow... I'm just seeing the affects of a bad economy on some otherwise nice addicts...people I would never have even thought of as addicts....and it isn't pretty.
  8. Thank you! OK. I think I have enough info that I can do this well...along wtih the Pickle Crisp from C4C. I'll try to remember to tell you how they turn out in about 6 weeks.
  9. I only have 7 heads of dill this year. Not enough for my pickles. Can I use dried dill weed? And if so, how much per quart?
  10. My husband and I both grew up in homes than were farms/near farms. We learned to can, garden, butcher, grow animals, and hunt. Of course, after college we left that lifestyle far behind us. We lived in Puerto Rico for a couple years. Hurrican Georges changed our lifestyle. We stocked up when we heard it was coming. Had two humongous water retainers as high as our roof. Bought a generator from someone on the island who didn't think they'd need one. And we bought tons of canned foods from the store...foods we'd never eaten before...and had to gag down after the hurricane. We had a number of small children and it was difficult watching them try to eat Spagetti-Os thru tears. It was a horrible experience walking thru stores with the shelves stripped of all food items, the only light coming thru the front windows. Eery. Scary. The lines of people waiting for the water truck every day...waiting in the heat for a gallon of water. The generator did us little good, but we could keep the fridge running, and folks with diabetes stored their insulin with us...as well as other folks who had meds needing refrigeration. The sound of our generator brought them to our house. We went back to our roots completely after that, and have been living this way for 10 years. Thankfully we had a good foundation of skills, but we are always still in need of more skills, more knowledge, more courage.
  11. Are those the ones that stay in the fridge and you don't process them with a water bath? My great-aunt does those. But I need a lot more pickles than what I can store in the fridge! They are super yummy tho.
  12. Shandy

    Romans 7:12-17

    Darlene, I've not commented, but am reading the Romans study. I can't comment because I can't express these things in words as of yet. Thank you for your time. I read in my own Bible and love the familiarity of the pages and the columns and the binding...but sometimes it takes reading the Words in an unexpected place to draw one's attention. Words that have been read over and over and thought to be understood seem to change and become...more real? Something like that. Heavenly Father, I ask that You finish the good work you have begun in Darlene. You've promised to do this, and it seems almost ridiculous to ask what You've already promised, but Father, there is such comfort in repeating Your words between us. Please make clear the paths you have ordained for Darlene.Give her courage and vision to not only walk on the water, but to walk right over the top of the quicksand...straight into Your arms and Your will. Make her heart like David's...desiring You amd Your Word and Your testimonies and Your precepts and Your will every step of the way to the final day of her life. And please bring your son home to You. Thank you, Father, that we can come to You. Where else can we go? You are all there is, the only help for us, the only comfort, our greatest joy. In Jesus' name, amen
  13. How do you find out about cert training in your area?
  14. Thank you, Homemaker, for your post on Noah's Ark. Some of us are going to have that perspective and heart. But I'll bet anything, we will still need to be reminded when it gets really scary!!
  15. C4Canning, yes, I'd like to purchase some from you. Figure out the price and let me know. We are both in the same geographical area, I believe, so postage should be at a minimun (pshaw! even minimum postage these days is outrageous!), and shipping should be quick. OK. Fresh. Ice Water. And this incredible substance that you all are talking about. I'll pickle my cukes with vinegar as snacks until I can take advantage of this. Thank you all for replying!
  16. I am in exactly this position right now. A friend who lives on the east coast is trying to get 'ready" before this fall. They've done well with one aspect of prep...actually two. REALLY well. In those areas they are much better prepared than I am. Oh! Three areas....they bought about $400 worth of seed...but they don't garden. At least if they can get to me, I can use the seed for them. lol But they need to deal with the food issue. They don't cook. They aren't really interested in cooking, but are willing to learn under the circumstances. And they know nothing at all about nutrition. Fast foods, meals out, freezer foods....that's how this family has always eaten. Phew! I've presented a number of options, none of which are really practical for the short time in which they want to be prepared. They have the dollars, more or less. But since they have little experience cooking, ordering online is wasteful in my opinion. So we set up 3 scenarios in which they might need food when there is nothing available outside their home. The scenarios cover 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and 45-60 days. Now we are needing to set up menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner...or breakfast and dinner...and then make a shopping list of things they can actually make. First Aid...same thing. It is SO hard to set up long term at the last minute. Seriously, you have to go from 24 hours (BOB) to 72 hours to 1 week etc etc when folks wait till the last minute. It's *very* stressful on me, trying to help, worrying about them...but it's got to be at least twice as hard on my friends.
  17. Thanks, Violet. I think you are right. More than ever we will be depending on the Father forwisdom and guidance.
  18. Oregon already isn't doing well. *We are the top or near the top with the highest number of mortgages that are upside down due to the economic issues of the last year *We are in the top 10 of highest number of foreclosures On top of that, the front page news is that the grass seed farmers are in deep trouble. They are going to lose $150 to $300 per acre compared to last year. We knew it was coming. The farmers had already purchased their seed etc last year when things started falling apart. After years of growing grass seed in the valley and doing so well with it financially, it's kind of hard to switch to something else when you aren't as sure of the markets and you have to get different machinery to harvest. Corn would have been great! But then they would have had to take out loans for planting and harvesting machinery, so they would be looking at a loss the first year. Like I said, we all knew it was coming. Lastly, eveyrone is kind of getting used to paying for gas and milk with change. I don't feel so embarassed about it anymore, because everyone has to do it once in a while. I was in one of the stores whree you can go to pay your bills. There was a nice looking mom with 3 nice looking kids. I didn't want to eavesdrop, but I was waiting in line. She wanted to pay her bill (for what utility I don't know), but the sweet girl behind the cash register could take her dollar bills because you can't pay overdue bills at the store. First off, this lady looked educated and sweet and not down and out at all, and her kids were well behaved and dressed in nice clothes of a nice family Secondly, she was paying with crumpled small bills Thirdly, she had a really nice cell phone Fourthly, they didn't have a car. I guess they walked there, and she looked so discouraged after not being able to pay the bill on a Friday night (I'm guessing the utility was already turned off? and she couldn't pay by cash over the phone?)...that she called her children to her, and was on the phone trying to find a ride to the utility office. I've seen this scenario with poor mothers, and I *really* hate that they have to go thru this!! Watching the scenario with someone who had been well off enough to get those clothes and the nice cell phone sometime in the recent past somehow made the scenario that much uglier.
  19. This is exactly the way we live, Violet. Since reading this thread, I have been wondering how my neighbors, and especially me, would change if we ended up in the same position as Detroit. I'm remembering in the past here that there would be two sides whenever talking about "helping folks" duing bad times came up. One camp said "No way! Protect your stuff and take care of your own!" The other side said, "I don't know if I could actually turn someone away. I don't know that I'd want to be *able* to do that." I wonder how much of the way we see this kind of stuff has to do with the way we are used to living...being able to trust our neighbors, having them share with us as much as we share with them, neighbors tending toward taking care of the weaker along with their own. But if all that changed...would we change too?
  20. I don't can pickles because I always ended up with soft pickles. I have a bumper crop of cukes that we can't eat fresh, so I guess I'm going to try again. How bout some recipes that you guys love for both sweet and dill pickles? But most especially....what are your tricks for keeping your pickles crisp?
  21. Thanks Cat. Reading these, this really could become any of our towns/cities.
  22. Wow, Kathy! I've lived almost all of my life somewhere along the west coast. Aside from tons of big supermarkets and warehouse stores, we have all these little shops for buying just bread, just meat, just dairy...and they have to compete with the big stores so their prices are pretty good. Never have I even considered that elsewhere in the U.S. was it different. You just can't go very far without finding *someone* selling food at a good price. In our little town, we have 3 big stores...Safeway, SuperWalmart, and Shop N Cart. And besides that, the farmers market on Saturday, and three...count them...three produce markets. And then everyone else selling their produce or food wares where they can find a spot. People everywhere selling eggs and milk and live animals for butcher. Not only that..but people get too much going in their garden for them to handle, and they set the produce on the road with a FREE sign. I've taken this for granted, I see. I can't imagine having to feed my kids on what the corner store offered. I wouldn't have enough money to do that! Thanks for this new insight, Kathy.
  23. Wait. Are you saying that all of Detroit does not have any major supermarkets, so most folks are buying their groceries from expensive corner markets? All these years, and Detroit hasn't made sure all of its population has access to decently priced foods? Now, this is assuming there are bigger grocery stores like the warehouse types, right? This is really outrageous to me, if true. I mean, I've never ever thought of an American city that big not having enough supermarkets to feed the people.
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