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About AMarthaByHeart

  • Birthday 08/23/1950

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  1. Since I have lost a lot of weight, I do get cold faster. If you have to bug out and camp, let us know. I will pray for you. For you to even consider it, is amazing. You have really put so much thought into this. I need to learn from your posts on what to consider. Oh, my, I know we have to do what we have to do. Yes, you are right. Our winters are not anything like yours. You have made me think about how I would handle things if things went south fast. We do not have an alternate source of heat. We live in a double wide and have been told it would not be safe to put in a wood burning stove. I really need to research this though. When I was young, we had swamp coolers. I can still remember wetting down the pads, and running inside to stand in front of the blowers. It was wonderful and smelled so good. Don't ever remember being extremely hot back then. My job growing up was the ironing. I would put the ironing board up in front of the cooler, and iron and iron and iron watching American Bandstand. You have made me realize there is still so much to do---and I do not mean Ironing. I still hate to iron. We moved 2 1/2 years ago and it took me two years to find my iron. I did not miss it one bit. Now, I need to make some more apple butter.
  2. Our electricity went out several weeks ago. Most of our kids and grandkids were here. We finally got through to electric co. Several transformers blown. We tried to turn it into an adventure. Men went outside. Started a fire pit-enjoyed the time visiting. Grandkids (and grandma) did not like the mosquitoes (lots of them-we are sweeter and they loved us more) or the heat. We pulled out the generator, fans, flashlights, blankets for floor, snacks, games, and played. I had two lanterns that have to be wound up. The 6 and 11 year old thought it was great fun. The older teens were content as longer as they had phones and tablets to play with. LOL. That is until the batteries started going down. Then fans and lamps needed to be unplugged so they could be recharged. The older ones did pull books out and started reading. They know where there priorities lie. After 5 hours of being off, there were cheers when air conditioning came on. Being 97 and humid at night was very hot. That was the worst part. Even for me. We tried several things for mosquitoes but nothing seemed to help. But it was a learning experience. BTW, when 6 year old came back, he want to turn lights out and play camping again. But, sassenach, he made sure we had flashlights, etc. before we turned we lights off. He wanted to leave the AC on because getting real hot makes him sick! It really did make him throw up but I told him we may not always have AC, he said we HAVE to have AC because he does not do hot. Being in Texas and playing outside a lot, go figure. I am afraid that there will be a lot of us thinking this way.
  3. Bless your heart, CGA. You've lost weight the really hard way. And yes, you do deserve some new duds. Besides you still have the fun to look forward to. When you drive up to your new home, with the WE2's as a welcoming committee will be great. (Maybe an egg crate mattress might help on a hospital cot. It would be better than nothing.) By the way, I still have some old mumus that I wear sometimes, gross looking but comfortable. Still praying for a speedy recovery for both of you. When we moved a year and 1/2 ago, I decided I was getting too old for such as that. Thank God for 2 sons and 2 teenage grandsons.
  4. Thanks, CGA. Right now though, all of our thoughts and prayers are with you and daughter. In God's timing, it will all start falling back in place again for you and you will soon be in your new home. Take care of yourself, too. That is what is important now.
  5. This past year I haven't done much as far as prepping for what is to come. I had gastric sleeve surgery last August and my main problem has been acid reflux- since they removed 80% of my stomach. They were going to have to do something because a stomach scope revealed14-16 precancerous pylops. I have lost 100 lbs and now am trying to get back into shape. I am off of most of my medicines, including Levemir and Apdria, cholestral, blood pressure, etc. Believe me though, it was not a piece of cake or like a 'simple gall bladder' surgery like the surgeon referred to. I guess this is a major prep. I kept falling after surgery and broke a bone below the ankle that has a tendon attached and also messed up the achilles tendon. After months of therapy, I think everything is healing. I guess this is a prep. Now that I am feeling much better, I have started trying to restock and get necessary things. Even sink washers , hose washers, light bulbs were depleted. It is very surprising how much everything has gone up in price. Our stock did come in handy. So as sales happen, it will be replaced. DH did a lot of the cooking and liked going to the 'family store' to shop. I just wished he would have added things to a list, but he was very good help, so I am not complaining. Toilet paper was one of my first restocks (but we did keep all of the old phones books just in case). It was good to see many of the same ones on and even some new people. After reading much of what I have missed, My prayers are going of for those with needs, Especially CGA and daughter. What everyone has and is doing has encouraged me to get with it again. Plus, I still have 25 more lbs. to go before my one year surgery date the last of August.
  6. I have not been here much lately, but am very glad to hear your wonderful news. I am so very proud for you and your daughter. In God's timing, He works things out better than we ever could. Prayers for smooth and swift packing, traveling mercies again to Missouri, for good hopefully, things going as planned, and His blessings and protection covering ya'll and all your possessions. You have really thought things thru and I know you are anxious to 'git er done' as they say. Since I made a similar move a year and half ago, I admire you for doing this, because it was physically and mentally hard especially being 61 at the time. Praise God it is over, but I still am looking for things. Enjoy your adventure and please share the details of your new home.
  7. CGA and Philbe--thanks for the kind words. Now , I will agree with each of you to sell your places at a fair and reasonable price and lead you each in the direction HE desires--that you all will have the strength and time to do what you need to do as we plead the blood of Jesus upon you and your places. Remember to take care of yourselves and rest as needed.
  8. Good to hear your ok, Mr. Rider. Will pray that everything soes smoothly tomorrow. We know you have been in good hands though. Take good care of that new baby and of course yourself. Stay safe.
  9. Also, thank you, Canned Nerd. That was a bad time to be military. My DH was spit on in the Seattle airport after coming home from Vietnam although DFW and Abilene airport was different. They were greeted with cheers and flag waving. I admire you for your service. Thank you for the help you have given me when I had a question about canning.
  10. I had a really busy week last week prepping. It turned out to be a great week. On Monday, I completed all my dental work. Tuesday, I made 32 pints of chow chow. Wednesday I straightened out my storage building to get ready to restock while Dh was at old house while they were fixing foundation--got it done. Thursday, I made 20 pints of apple butter. Friday, and probably the most important to us, is we sold our house and paid our new house off---waiting on state to release lein on new property, hopefully by this Friday. This was such a relief to us and was a gaint prayer praise. Now to keeping praying for those here who are still looking for new locations, homes and their properties to sell.
  11. Hey, Wormie, we want your chili recipe , too. It is getting close to cold weather (hopefully).
  12. CN--thanks for the response. We all ate it before I found Violet. Never thought about it until neighbor just gave me a 5 gallon bucket of green tomatoes.
  13. It sounds like it is already a blast. Have a great time and let us in on the fun with stories, pictures, etc. Darlene--WE need your chili recipe when you get a chance. From all of us to ya'll.
  14. I am praying also for this 'bump' in the road as HE works this out.
  15. This is a Violet question or anyone else who knows the answer. A friend of mine has an old Chow Chow recipe. She makes it every other year. She uses water bath to seal them. She used to just heat the lids and seals and put them on the hot jars of Chow Chow, but started water bathing them after we told her she needed to process them. The recipe is as followed. My questions are about the flour being in it (I didn't think you could use flour in anything canned), is it acidic enough with the apple cider vinegar, and do you water bath or pressure cook them? For how long? Would you use this recipe? It sure does taste good with red beans or black eye peas or as a dip by it itself. Chow Chow 5 large bell peppers 3 Tbs. black pepper 1 qt. onions 1 Tbs. drymustard 1 qt. green tomatoes 1 Tbs. turmeric 1 qt. cabbage 1 Tbs. flour 1 qt. apple cider vinegar 5 C sugar 2 Tbs. salt 2 qts. sour pickles Hot peppers - as many as you want. Grind all ingredients then measure except peppers and pickles. Let tomatoes drain. Grind peppers and pickles, add all ingredients together in a large pan. Cook slowly 1 hour. Seal in hot jars. Makes approximately 12 pints.
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