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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.
  16. I am getting my teeth fixed. I had a crown come off. Since I didn't have a dentst here, I improvised and super glued it. I did find one here. He said "if" I take matters in my own hands to use contact cement next time. He could then take it off and check it out. It was a front tooth and I didn't want to loose it or break it. I guess I got my money's worth though. It was put on in the late 70's. I had four small filings and am doing those now. I guess that is a prep. We are having to fix our foundation next week before we close on our house. The repair is going to stop us from breaking even but it has to be fixed. Even though we watered with a soaker hose around our house, they said we should have watered at least 6 feet away. Cracks are occurring all over town there with people having problems. All I know is it 'ain't' cheap. But, thank you Lord, the buyers decided not to back out. Hopefully, we close the 19th. I have had to stand on my scripture a lot since this all came about knowing there was a reason and a purpose for all of this. Lo, about the time I think I have finally learned to "Be anxious for nothing......" something else pops up. I think our Heavenly Father sometimes keeps me going around to mountain, to keep me depending on HIM which is where I should be. Where would we be without HIM?
  17. Mt. Rider- you go and have a wonderful time. For those of us who can't come, just know we are a little envious of all, but want you each to have the time of your life. We will be praying for safe traveling mercies both to and home again for everyone, including the little pup. He(I think) will bring you great joy in your next journey. As for the dentist, 'be anxious for nothing' because God is in control as you know. Just go (on the trip), enjoy, relax, be revived, renewed, and refreshed for what is coming in our future. Think of it as part of your preps to get ready. We all need this sometimes. Be blessed and know that we love you.
  18. Still praying for little boy and family. We went through same with oldest son--his ruptured, lost 1/3 of liver due to peritonitis after 10 days of orginal attack, but because of age and being athletic, he survived. Surgeon told us orginally he had an ulcer. God is in control and HE has a mighty plan for this child. May peace, healing, wisdom for doctors and family, strength and God's perfect will decend upon this family. May all infection be gone and his body be restored in the name of Jesus Christ as we plead the blood of Jesus on him.
  19. Mt. Rider I am praying for you! Hang in there as you seek HIS desire for your life. You are right where HE wants you and has a perfect will for you. Be blessed, at peace and know that HE loves you and we do, too.
  20. Thanks you for the encouraging words. This is why I missed you guys while I was away. Oh, what perilous times we are living in. Our heavenly Father is our Rock. Thanks for the prayers for home to sell. Realtor said in our price range ($75,000-$200,000) that people are having trouble getting loans approved. Money is tighter its seems. Now for prayer for those in the path of Isaac............May God protect each of you as you walk through this. Psalm 91 is needed.
  21. I have been on very little this summer as we have been moving to a new location, all unplanned. DH came in one day early June and said it is time to move. I nearly passed out because he wouldn't even talk about this. Long story short (maybe), we found a location to our liking close to friends and a lake. I started claiming and standing on this verse as I felt the Lord had impressed me . He knows me better than I know myself. I want everything done yesterday and for it to go as I had planned. Our plans were to take our time and try and be moved by November. Well, the Lord had different plans. Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; SO 1. Made offer on 4 lots at half of asking price. (Be anxious for nothing...) He took it. There was a old trailer on it that had been redone so we could stay there while preparing the land, then it would be used as storage and as an extra bedroom when needed. 2.Started moving all of garage preps, storage building preps, and what was in house. I was startled at what there was. Took a while but had help of friends, sons, and grandkids. Bad thing about it was now they know what we have. ((be anxious for nothing...) 3. Met neighbors and they are like minded people, canning, freezing, etc. preparing for hard times according to 92 year old grandma. (saying the Lord is our strength because we are to be anxious for nothing...) 4. Got electricity, water, pad for home in two weeks time span after being told it would probably take a month (Be anxious for nothing...) 5. Septic system was suppose to be aerobic but after testing distance from water, ground condition, rock content we could have regular septic at 1/3 the cost. So by the end of the third week we had septic. Passed inspection by state with flying colors at the end of fourth week. (Be anxious for nothing...) 6. Found new double wide in a close out just a few thousand more that the repossessed 1996 home we were looking at. (Be anxious for nothing...) 7. Wanted large garden tub taken out -needed storage cabinets worse than a tub, found man who as putting up skirting on home would do it for very little. Got cabinets on sale plus 20% more off at Home Depot (Be anxious for nothing...) 8. Needed steps built so could be used with a walker--church friend of septic man-did them for a very reasonable price, steps that came with home too steep for me with my knees. (Be anxious for nothing...) 9. Needed more storage so business we had bought our storage building from where we lived told us instead of buying a new one, he would move ours to new location for less than $400. (Be anxious for nothing...) 10. We were going to use pickups and trailers to move us. Out of clear blue,I felt led to call U-haul. They had a special that weekend for a 22 ft. truck for $108.00 if we returned it back to them instead of where we were moving. Son who lived there drove it for us and returned it back costing only $53.00 in gas. It would have cost a lot more in gas for 5 pickups. (Be anxious for nothing...) 11. Gandsons starting football August 1 so we moved third weekend in July because sons 'encouraged' us to move then so we would have lots of help since we are "getting up there"-68 & 62. Admitting, it was harder than 8 years ago. We sure aren't in as good of shape. We were all sore, hot, sweaty,and tired but no one got hurt and only a little torn piece of linoleum in the utility room. Praise God that was all. A friend who knows me well kicked in helping to make decisions when I needed to be in several places at once.With her grandkids and mine-7 of them- their dads and grandads we had everything out of truck in less than three hours, beds up, and boxes in rooms stacked waiting for me to put it up. No tempers flared and all relaxed over chicken and dumplings and chicken and spagetti. The final move went really smooth. Kids even got to go swimming all afternoon and play some basketball. (Be anxious for nothing ..) 12. No TV or computer until middle of August but this was a blessing as I learned we really could do without it at least for a little while. It was harder than I thought it would be. But it allowed me more time with the Lord and to put stuff up (Be anxious for nothing...) 13.Now big garage sale this weekend if it is not raining--which is badly needed. So (Be anxious for nothing...) 14. Now we need to desperately need to sell our home at a fair and reasonable price. (Be anxious for nothing....)***************************PRAYER REQUEST It almost seems as if there was an urgency for us to get this done. It sure isn't November but at least it is over. We are at peace with our decision and know that God's hand has been in this all along. Without HIM , we would have been basket cases but now I have really learned that there is so much truth in trusting HIM totally. When I would start losing my peace, I would start quoting this among other verses and it would always work out according to HIM even surprising us at times. HE is faithful and true never leaving us nor forsaking us. For a worrier, this has been a good lesson. May I always remember this. God bless. Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
  22. Mt. Rider, thanks for the reminder of the DPT. I went and got mine. Tetanus was past due. Now I am good for another 10 years. I also got my shingles shot. BIL had shingles 3 years ago and still has residual pain. At least, if I do ever get shingles, hopefully it won't be so bad. Next on list is dentist--NOT my favorite thing.
  23. CGA, it amazes me the wisdom that you have. Recording it would help many people as we prepare to go through the days ahead.
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