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  1. My clothes dryer is sitting neglected in the laundry room. I've started hanging everything to dry. I don't have a clothesline yet, so I was hanging everything on the garden fence. Now that it's cold and rainy I've had to get really creative. I discovered that I can hang everything on hangers and hook them to the garage door track on the ceiling in the garage. Just need to remember not to open the garage door when clothes are hanging there! I also strung wire between the tracks at the ends to have room to hang things with clothespins. We saved over 750 KWH last month compared to last year
  2. My green acorns always turn orange in storage. I don't know why though. Acorns are the shortest storing winter squashes so you should eat them before your other varieties.
  3. I am so happy for you. I love my hens and would love to have goats!
  4. I have a tooth with decay in it. I haven't had it filled because it is in remission. As long as I stay away from processed foods it's fine. The body has a tremendous ability to heal itself if we give it the nourishment to do so. The decay spot will never be white again, but it will harden over and stop hurting. Whenever I indulge too much, Like right now, it starts hurting a little. It's my body's way of telling me that even a little deviation from an optimal diet has an effect on my health. When my husband indulges, his first symptom is bad breath. He can't hide his sins from me!! I know wh
  5. I eat pretty much the way you do Grace and Violets, except lower carb. I have noticed a huge difference in my health. I never get colds and flu anymore. When someone exposes me to a cold, I can feel very mild symptoms that my body is able to fight off quickly. It used to take me weeks to get over one and I would be so sick. I don't worry about being around sick people anymore. No hand sanitizer for me. When I was working, I was in a metal building without heating. It got cold enough that the pipes froze twice. All winter, my co-workers were sick, but I wasn't...never missed a day!
  6. When my cat had an ear infection I used coconut oil in her ear. It kills bacteria and yeasts.
  7. From what I've read, parsnips are a close relative of carrots. In fact, I believe they were what people had before the intense orange colors were bred into them. After the orange ones caught on, the plain parsnips were abandoned as people food and mainly used for livestock. They taste sweet, like a carrot, but have a very mild flavor. Not strong like carrots. If you dig them before the winter, they will be bitter. If anybody has tried them in the past but hated them, they should consider giving them another chance with ones that have been dug in the winter or early spring. Be careful with gr
  8. Last week I bought some parsnips at my natural foods co-op. I had never tried them before and decided to "go for it." I cubed one up and put it in a casserole dish along with some cubed sweet potatoes and chopped onions from my garden. I drizzled with olive oil and roasted them in the oven. The only seasoning they needed was salt and pepper. It was delicious!! Over Thanksgiving weekend, while feasting at my in-laws, I dreamed about getting back home so I could make more. It was that good! What other yummy ways do you prepare parsnips?
  9. Did I read somewhere that this BPA is in the inner coating of our canning jar lids?
  10. Hmm, No wonder people used to use gourds for utensils, etc.
  11. I threw some dry catfood to my girls yesterday and most of them didn't care for it. The ones that are molting were scarfing it down. I guess their body tells them they need it.
  12. Leah, We looked around in the hay. I had just cleaned out the coop a few days ago, so there wasn't much built up in there yet. It's a mystery. My "special" trap egg was still in there when I closed them up last night. If I have an egg-eater, it's not a chronic situation... yet.
  13. I may have an egg eater problem as well. Yesterday I found one of my pullets had laid an egg in the straw on the floor of the coop. My hands were too full of laundry to carry it into the house, so I sat it in a nest box to wait for my next trip out. A few hours later I found it was missing. I'm hoping mine was taken by a squirrel. It was in the nest box by the open people door. Squirrels pass by there on the way to my garden to bury their nuts. I filled an egg with mustard and blue food coloring this morning and it is still in the nest box. I've been out there observing a lot to
  14. A family in our church adopted three children, siblings. They have a huge celebration meal every year on Adoption Day.
  15. Wow, here at Mrs. S., most of us dream about pantries and root cellars like others dream about fancy cars, jewery, and expensive vacations. I'd have rustic cupboard doors installed to hide anything modern. I'd want it to look like an old fashioned pantry. Same with my kitchen.
  16. Money has become very tight for us and I am trying to find every way to cut expenses. I always clean up and dig soil ammendments into the garden in the fall so it is ready to plant in the spring. Usually I buy bagged manure and compost from Lowes to dig in. This year I am killing myself to mow with the push mower to collect grass clippings and chopped up leaves to roughly dig into the garden beds. I'm using what I have in my own yard and I'm getting more exercise. I have used leaves and grass before, just not this exclusively. I'm hoping that by using the leaves and grass, alo
  17. Ooh, expert proof! I'll have my husband read over this when he gets home. The battle is on! It sounds like I'm winning. If I concede to him, I'll push for my choice of color to paint the dining room trim. It's a toss-up. Save money, or finally get rid of the country blue paint. Difficult choice.
  18. The number one thing you can do to boost your immune system is to eliminate things that suppress or over tax it. The first thing to do is eliminate sugar and white flour from your diet. I know this is very difficult to do, but it will have the biggest impact in your overall health. Vitamin D has been getting the spotlight lately as new findings are coming out about it's importance in health and immunity. Since it's winter, you'll need to get it from unfiltered cod liver oil, (if it tastes good, it has been filtered and the D removed,) or take vitamin D3 suppliments. A good book about
  19. My husband likes to keep the lights in the kitchen and laundry on all the time. He says it doesn't burn hardly any energy to use them and he prefers it to look like people are up and about all the time. I've been turning them off as I leave the rooms because I'm trying to save as much money as I can, and he turns them back on. We are starting to have little battles when he comes home and finds them off. He says I am not saving much money by having them off, so they might as well be on. I don't want to keep going against his wishes and causing a stupid fight if he's right, so if anybody can
  20. My water company was just bought out and the new company announced that it will be raising rates. I believe they said it will go up 63%! I just spent $100 to find out that my furnace is about to die. Can't afford to replace the parts that are having problems and don't know how long they will hold on. It seems that every time I find another way to cut back on expenses another thing goes up in price or something breaks. We are going to only heat the house to 55 degrees this winter to compensate. We have no cell phones, cable, or newspaper. The only luxury I have left to give up is my
  21. When my in-laws sell their house and move in with us I'll have a maid and a cook! They said they'd do a lot of the cooking and cleaning and laundry so I can spend my time out in the yard and veggie garden. In the meantime, I need to get this place whipped into the best shape I can. They are used to everything being just so. They even had a cleaning lady for years. Thankfully, the garden season is about over, so I have all winter to fix up the place. I just hope they get here before it all falls apart in the spring when I have to set aside housework to get the garden and new chicks going.
  22. So sorry to hear you're not doing well. I knew I hadn't seen you around for a while and was hoping it wasn't anything to worry about. Take care of yourself. Consider that your number one priority. You are important and needed by those kiddos of yours.
  23. C4C, I'm beginning to think that no bathroom in the entire planet is ever done.
  24. I have been accumulating tools, paint, primer, spackling, caulk and numerous other repair supplies in the hall outside the bathroom. Since we got the new vinyl put down this summer I have been meaning to tackle all the repairs and touch up paint in there. Of course, the vegetable and chicken run and canning demanded my attention so there it has sat, tripping everybody. Yesterday I decided to tackle the mess and clean it up as I finish using it. This is what I've done in there so far: Sanded spackled holes in walls Primed walls and woodwork after washing them down Paint Removed
  25. Potting soil. Last spring, when I was starting my veggies, I ran out of my favorite brand. I looked at Walmart and Lowes and there was none. I had to use another brand, and as a result, my plants got the damping-off problem and I lost all of my onion and pepper seedlings. You can bet that I'm stocked up now with several bags. I may go ahead and buy a few more since I have more storage space in the garage now. I don't ever want to go through that heartache again.
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