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  • Birthday 06/17/1970

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  1. Two of the things that help me with my legs at night are: to do a set of leg stretches before I get into bed, and I tend to sleep on my tummy or my side so I have started placing a small pillow under my ankles. I had never thought to elevate before since I don't sleep on my back, but it has made a big difference.
  2. um...yes, I could see where that would be a problem. It reminded me though that I am very fortunate is ways others would never notice, like having my own well tucked into the woods at the edge of our yard. Yet one more reason I can add to my growing list of why I will not move into one of the sub-division type things that seem to be going up left and right around here.
  3. I'm glad you posted this. We are planning a 4-5 week road trip across the country on a sort of national park tour with the kids. It's been a dream of mine for a long time and I was so excited...then last week I read an article on MSN about a mom and son who were headed on an overnight trip to go camping and see Scotty's Castle. They got stuck and the son died. It was so horrible and it gave me a bad case of the what if's. There is no way I can not go now, the kids are too excited and everyone has been sacrificing extra's to save up. The advice you all have given on here will help me feel better about our trip when the time comes.
  4. We have 5 black walnut trees. If you don't want to use them yourself you could: Bag them up and take them to your local farmers market or flea market... You can get an idea of the price for your area by checking at your local grocery store, they are usually pretty expensive. Make a little extra cash for the holidays. Fill up canning jars and with them, wrap a pretty ribbon around it and give as a holiday present. If you have any local charities that run food kitchens you could always check with them and see if they want them.
  5. Those of you who know me know I can not have guns in the house because my DH absolutely forbids it, although he did give a little and buy me a crossbow this summer. Anyway this subject is of particular interest to me because of that reason. So I gave myself a test. I went through the house room by room to see what I may be able to use as a weapon. I allowed myself 1 minute in the small rooms, 2 minutes in the medium rooms, and 3 minutes in the large rooms to see what I could pick out by sight only. Here are my results. Bathroom 1-(1min.) hairspray, squirty soaps, shower rod, spray cleaners, scissors Our Room - (2min.) heavy candle holder, sharp iron wall hanging, my cross bow, high heeled shoe, lots of glass to throw Game Room- (3min.) insect repellant, pool cues, compound bow, darts, pool balls, bug spray that shoots out pretty far, nail gun, various tools in the tool bag (hacksaw, screwdriver, ect.), small catapult, ball bat Dining/Laundry Room-(3min.) various laundry sprays and cleaners, sword over the fireplace, fireplace poker, hatchet, heavy candles and candle holders, slingshot, chairs Kitchen- (2min.) cast iron, knives,forks, fire extinguisher, oven cleaner, dishes Living Room- (2min.) lamps, pencils and pens Work Room- (1min.) craft scissors, knives, lots of pointy sharp things I use for crafting, spray paint Bathroom 2- (1min.) pretty much same as bathroom 1 The kids rooms-well all I would have to do there is cut the power and they'd probably break their necks just trying to get in the door. Especially my DS's room as he loves to booby trap things with his homemade inventions. LOL I'm sorry, I am just so not even in the same league as most people here when it comes to home defense. I am still pretty new at all this and meet a lot of resistance from the other adults in my family. All I can say is this- I have been in a few fights over the years in the course of protecting my children or siblings. Much to my mother's shame and everlasting horror, and my own amazement when it gets down to things, I go into a red haze and turn any and everything within reach into a weapon. I am ashamed to admit myself that my ex probably has a few scars to prove it. The point I am trying to make is that the natural maternal instinct to protect is a pretty powerful weapon itself, if you let it take over. As I said I'm no where close to where you all are, but each day I learn something new and get a little closer to where I need to be. I will keep my eye on this and see what else I can learn.
  6. Lets see.... At this time I have 10 (5ft.) bookcases, 1 (4ft.) bookcase, and 3 (3ft.) bookcases all full. I have : Educational--How to Books--Religion--Romance--Mystery--Horror--Science Fiction Childrens Books-- and Non-Fiction Coffee Table Books I have just decided where I can make space for 4 more of the 5 foot bookshelves and having already started moving things around for the first two, so hopefully my new additions will be in by the holidays.
  7. What about the old hand pumps? That was the set-up they had at the campground we stayed at when I was a kid. I asked someone about having one that came to work on our well once, and he said it wasn't possible-but wouldn't explain to me why. I would really like to have one though if there is a way to do it.
  8. My gram taught me years ago how to do hooked rag rugs. We do ours on a large frame though with old wool clothing that has been cut into strips. It is done in a way that is sorta like latchhook, it is on backing that we draw a picture or design onto. We have one that my great gram started, then gram and mom worked on, next me and my girls will do some, and I will save the finish for when they give me some grandkids. So when all is said and done there will be 6 generations who have worked on it. Yard Sales, Goodwill, and Thrift Shops are a good place to get material.
  9. This is honestly the first reality type show I've looked at. It will probably be more scripted than not with everybody having "assigned" personalities. You know this one is the hot head, and this one is the peace maker, and that one will be suzy sunshine and so on. For me it will probably be like a bad car wreck, you know you shouldn't look, but just can't help it. You never know though, I might pick up some valuable little tidbit of knowledge for my growing collection. If anything else maybe it will spook some sheeple into action, one can always hope.
  10. I'm not sure but you might be able to catch it online. They do that with some of the shows after they have aired. I hope so cuz I would like to get DH to peek at it too. If I get time tomarrow I'll check and let you know.
  11. Hey All!!! I've been out of touch for a while, just got back from vacation with the family last week. Hope everyone has been well! Did anyone happen to catch the beginning of the new series on the Discovery Channel tonight of --The Colony? If so what did you think? For those of you who haven't heard of it, it's an experiment they are doing with a group of volunteers where they are put into a post-appocolyptic enviorment. To soon to tell if it will be good or not but the thing on water filtration tonight was good information for them to put out there, and if it's not scripted the peoples reactions to things should be very enlightning. So anyway if anyone is going to be tuning in I would be interested to hear your thoughts on what they are doing. Thanks-Sparrow
  12. Sparrow


    Well, as I've been typing on this blog here and there, it turns out that it doesn't appear to the rest of you unless I hit the publish entry button. Here I was fussing at myself for not keeping up with it like I wanted to and the little bit I was doing wasn't even going out. Oh well live and learn. A special thanks to the little birdie who let me in on what I was doing wrong. Only one more official day of school left, then next week to do the required paperwork and get it sent off. Hopefully after that I will have more time for me to get on here and explore and learn some more. Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!!!
  13. Sparrow

    Busy as usual

    Good grief this time of year is always so busy. I finally have a few minutes to myself though so I thought I would jump in here and try to go through the posts and blog a bit. So here is what is going on in my world. I have DH working on building us a play gound area. To me this is a form of survival prep because I will be able to get so much more done if my son ( and what ever other under 12 year olds I have running around) have a safe area with things in there to actually play on and with. Well, that's the theory anyway. I hope it proves true, my son is already spending more time outdoors and being active just to help get the ground ready and the landscape timbers down. He thinks he is quite the little man with his little cart picking up sticks and rocks and hauling them away. I know at the very least he will get more exercise, so even if my master plan fails there will still be some good to come out of it. One of my daughters is sick with something so it's off to the doctor in the morning. I thought it was just allergies but now her throat is sore and she has a low fever so.... better find out what's up. We have not had anything in our area reported so I am thinking that if anything she probably picked up strept throat. (Sorry I know my spelling is so bad.) The thing is I really hate the thought of going into the doctor right now. I know this sounds a little silly, but there are sick people there, and I hate taking my child there not knowing who is sick with what. I've also been invaded by moths. I'm not going to say alot about that since I'm going to post on it in the mistakes post. Suffice to say I am not a happy camper and have officially declared war on the little buggers!!! I'll come around in a few weeks and try to find some humor in the experience and chalk it up to a lesson learned but right now I'm just disgusted by the whole thing. As I said before things are busy. The end of the school year , and the end of scouts and softball season is just around the corner, so there is a ton to be done. I really wanted to be able to blog once a week but I guess it will be a when I can find the time thing. We can all only do what we can do though, another one of those lessons I'm working on learning. I did manage to get alot done in my prep book while my feet weren't working, so when I have more time I will blog and post on that. Til then take care!!!
  14. Well, it's good to be back. I am no where near 100%, but come to think of it I wasn't all there before I fell anyway. I broke the toes on my left foot when I fell, and the right has an ugly sprain. I miss my feet. It's not even so much the not being able to walk very well that is the issue. It's all the little things I do with them on a subconcious level. I didn't realize how many there were til I go and do them without thinking and then have to yelp a little bit. Goofy things like scratching the back of my leg with my toes in bed when I'm half asleeep. I can't get into my favorite reading postion with my legs tucked up under me in the recliner, and can't believe how much I miss that. Just little silly things. The most annoying thing is that I was just starting to get on a roll with my preps and organization of the house. Not to mention my walking program I was starting. I was thinking I might sit in the chair with a big pile of pillows on the floor and just lift my legs up and down 3 times a week for my 30 minute clips. At least then I could keep my routine in place, even if it doesn't burn any calories. I said I'd call it chair walking, my DH said I'm a nut, but that was good because he loves nuts. I've just got to go through and rethink my schedule a bit and find a way to put my time to good use. I still have about 4 more weeks of "light duty". I think the doctor's who come up with these terms must not have children. I tried to tell them I had at least 10 more years before I could even hope to get away with that but they wouldn't listen. Well I hope everyone else has been well, I am glad to be back here. That's all for now, I'm starting to ache a bit. Hugs to all!!!
  15. Sparrow

    Be back ASAP

    Well, I managed to fall down some steps and hurt myself. I'm having a bit of trouble getting around and sitting at the computor has been a bit hard. Hopefully, I will be feeling better soon and can get back to posting. Til then everyone take care! I'll be back as soon as possible.
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