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  1. Otherwise known as "foster fails." It is also a technique used for selling things. Take it home on a trial basis. Free for 30 days, etc. Counting on the fact that you will really like the product, or you will be reluctant (embarrassed) to send it back for refund. But, as you said, it is a win for the dogs because they get out of the noisy shelter. There is a channel that I follow simply because the family decided to adopt a dog that had been in the shelter for 491 days!
  2. Ooooh! I hope that's what they are. Aside from pumpkin, Spaghetti Squash is the most versatile of all of the varieties - IMO. I hope you have a dehydrator @Dee. You can create the spaghetti strands and dry them of future use, or cut into chunks and freeze them. Most squash doesn't can well, but if you do decide to go that route you will have to process it as chunks and not puree. Do you have any animals that you could feed with these? Pigs, chickens, etc? Perhaps you have a neighbor with some animals that could use some of your overage? Anyway, I hope you find out what they are.
  3. Here's a page of images (Google search) of all kinds of squash. Maybe you can find what you have. If you can't find it, perhaps what you have been blessed with is a hybrid of some sort? https://www.google.com/search?q=squash&rlz=1C1VDKB_enUS936US936&sxsrf=AOaemvJc-0Kn5LiqRl0yYGffBalRH3AjSg:1634932599086&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=2ahUKEwiF3rLG5t7zAhWuppUCHd5WBZEQ_AUoAXoECAEQAw&biw=1600&bih=658&dpr=1#imgrc=eMKvf1GFWnvdQM
  4. You're welcome. I hope it is a link to the correct program. One hint: When they come to her house to do the interview, tell her to base her responses on her worst days. That is, when she tells them what she needs help with - cooking, cleaning, personal care, etc - have her be thinking of her most difficult days and respond with that in mind. I think I missed out on qualifying previously because I was being "proud" to be able to still do stuff independently, but I couldn't do so every time I needed to do a particular chore, so, give the worst case scenario!
  5. I don't take a BP med, but one of the meds I do take has hydrochlorothiazide in it. But the article says that there were no adverse effects with the one with that in it, so I'm hoping I am OK. Guess I will have to call the pharmacy in the morning.
  6. It is my understanding that headspace is a part of the calculation for safely p-canning any food item, so I'm not sure how this practice is/would be affecting your end product. You may want to invest in some half-pint jars just for that reason. I know I heard that in one or more of Leisa's (Sutton's Daze) Canning Chats but I can't remember which one. Anyway, you might want to call the OSU Food Preservation Hotline and ask them this question. 1-800-354-7319 (9-4 Mon thru Fri). It is a seasonal service and they may have shut down by now but it is worth a phone call to find out. ETA:
  7. This video is about raw packing chicken legs - bone in. Note: She says you need to go up to the quart time for pressuring canning but then quotes the time for pints! The proper time for quarts is 90 minutes.
  8. Chix isn't too much of a problem to can - at least not since I learned about "raw packing" it! Do you raw pack? ETA: The National Center for Food Preservation has updated their recommendation from 1" headspace to 1 1/2" - for the raw pack chix only. Something about the current birds creating more broth in the jars than any other meat. The additional headspace is intended to prevent "siphoning" which was becoming an issue with canning raw pack chicken.
  9. Back in the late 90s we rented a house that had a fireplace. As much as we enjoyed watching the dancing flames, it was not good for heating even the room it was in. Then we found an old woodstove insert and used that until we moved out. During the wood insert year leading up to Y2K we were looking for ideas on how to quickly and efficiently start a fire. Here is one of the best ideas I found. Soak some pumice stone in kerosene or similar liquid, and place them at the bottom of your wood stack inside of the firebox, then light them. The stones will flame and burn for as long as there is fuel inside of them. Then just add wood and tend your fire as normal. The pumice stones can be retrieved and reused as often as needed - as long as they have had a chance to absorb more liquid fire starter. You can find these in most "dollar tree" type stores.
  10. I don't understand why you want to buy flannel and have to go through the process of cutting and sewing when you can buy a bulk package of inexpensive wash cloths. Or, perhaps a "softer" version such as these: But, then again, they may be just a "prettier" (and more expensive) version of the other ones.
  11. I thought the cardio was the result of running as fast as you could away from the spider webs. At any rate, Miss Muffet, I'm glad you didn't wind up with any injuries from the experience. this vid is on FB: https://www.facebook.com/simonscatcrunchtime/videos/175803131375493 This version is a clip of a longer video compilation, but it is hosted on YT so it should post here with no problems.
  12. Just "bought" it (free download) because I'm not only curious, but I want to have a "hard copy" for future comparisons, and, also for possible homeschool use.
  13. With the projected slowdown by USPS it might be best to get them out by Halloween! JK I always buy the makings for the next ornament exchange during the previous year's Christmas clearance sales so I should have what I need for this year. I've been doing this for so long that my whole tree is almost just MrsS ornaments! Good memories are attached to each one as I hang it. Hope to continue the tradition this year too! In the meantime, here is a glimpse of Christmases past.
  14. Everybody wants mass non compliance until it's time to face "non-compliance" shhhtuff. In this video, I break down how to think three steps ahead so massive job losses and supply chain issues don't get the best of us.
  15. Dr. Berry is also the author of a book called, "Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health." Is high cholesterol dangerous? Will high cholesterol cause a heart attack? These are great questions and we should follow with good quality research tells us about cholesterol and heart disease. Your doctor might think that high cholesterol is very dangerous, but what does the cholesterol research actually show?
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