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  1. I've been thinking about her quite a bit. I spent a lot of time pinning some of her pinterest topics to my own boards. It is amazing to see others have the opportunity to pin some of the topics that she found to be helpful. As soon as I post them, they are swiped by some other pinner that didn't know her. Maybe this pinning thing really is a way to keep her wisdom alive and helping others...I hope so anyway!
  2. Thanks, Jeepers! Starr's book is coming soon, but I want to finish the next Bystander book first. The preacher with the colorful clothes is the same one that is mentioned (in the beginning of the 2nd story) in Christmas in Bystander. He may make another appearance in one of my stories. I never can tell just how they will turn out since I always feel as though they've taken on a life of their own and I'm just taking dictation! The name of the law firm came from my sister. She was visiting one day and began telling me a story about one of her friends. The friend has been married 4 times and I was amazed that my sister was able to remember all of the first names of the husbands: Earl, Ricky, Dick & Paul. I wrote them down on a post it note after saying that they sounded more like a law firm than ex-husbands!
  3. We've had vehicles with either 4WD or AWD (all wheel drive) for several years. The one thing that I would caution you on is that they really can guzzle gas! I'd actually like to pick up a small car that we can use for everyday running around and save the gas and wear and tear on the 4WD vehicle. In a bug out situation, you might need to be able to go farther or you could end up stuck in traffic. A gas sipper would be preferable, even if it means that you can't take everything with you.
  4. I'll be working on living on less in order to put aside a little more cash. Also, I've been slacking on my mixes (cookie mixes, bread mixes, etc) and want to get those back up to speed. I'm also going to be working on my garden. Last year's garden was pretty lousy and I really want to do better this year. In order to achieve that goal, I need to use the easiest and most foolproof (Martian-proof) methods. I'm also starting to cook meals ahead for the freezer.
  5. I believe that there are a lot of ways to get folks to prep by appealing to what THEY value. A health food nut can be coerced to prep to avoid the high cost of organic produce and eggs at the store. A family that has suffered a job loss in recent years might also be "ready" to embrace preparedness. Families that are now experiencing more month than money might also see the value of preparedness, too.
  6. Hope that you had a wonderful day, Motherearth! And lots of CAKE!! :bdaycake: :bdaycake:
  7. We've got about a foot of snow, but it is still coming down steadily. I don't know when it will stop! This wasn't my idea of a blizzard because we don't have that much wind, but the snowflakes are extra tiny. We are all snug and safe, though our daughter will be going to work soon. The good thing is that hubby will drop her off, though the bus is a viable option for her.
  8. Hubby said that we're due to get a foot of snow. The snow and sleet is expected to hit Philadelphia later this afternoon and will reach us by this evening.
  9. I am also terribly sorry for your loss. As Hazelstone said, please don't make any quick decisions. Take your time before deciding to do what needs to be done. I will keep you in my prayers.
  10. Bubbles Sugar Socks and my stepdaughter is Perky Pickle Pants!
  11. The ironic thing is that when his mom died in October, the obituary instructed folks to send donations to the local fire department.
  12. Snowmom does have all of the cool toys! Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope that your day was every bit as wonderful as mine was.
  13. We had a couple of inches of snow last night, but the storm is expected to hit us tomorrow evening, I think.
  14. NY has a moratorium on the death penalty, so we don't actually put anyone to death anymore. The ironic thing is that nearby Auburn NY is home to the first penitentiary to use the electric chair in the US.
  15. I cross posted this in the 2nd Amendment forum but wanted others to see it. This is closer to Michael and Lori than it is to me. This sickens me. My nephew, a volunteer firefighter in CT just happened to stop by as I was learning of this today. Volunteer firefighters are near an dear to my family's hearts. When you grow up in an area where your friends and neighbors put their lives on the line to save you and don't get paid, it is unimaginable that someone can be so sick! This perp is well-known in NY, though... http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/2_violunteer_firefighters_die.html#incart_river_default
  16. Thank you YYY! And the same to UUU!!! Sorry, I couldn't resist...
  17. I got no wrapping done yesterday, so I have scheduled some time this afternoon to watch a movie or two and wrap at the same time. I'm hoping that it will make wrapping less painful. My daughters are planning to help me cook later this evening. However, they have never "helped" before. We shall see if they will be a help or a hindrance. I think it will be kind of fun, though. Merry Christmas Eve!!
  18. Very cool! I forgot all about the scheduled chat and then ended up not being at home. I look forward to being able to chat all of you sometime.
  19. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/23/16106937-new-storm-could-pose-holiday-travel-headaches-across-nation?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=6 Looks like some wild weather may be on the way for some folks: Quote: A major winter storm that on Sunday was dumping steady rain and snow on Northern California could strengthen as it makes its way east, promising a White Christmas – and travel headaches – for a wide swath of the country. The storm will deposit snow from California’s Sierra mountains to New England through Friday morning, forecasters said. “Unfortunately, this occurs not only during the Christmas holiday, but also in the peak travel period after Christmas Day in the South, Midwest and East,” weather.com said. Forecasters warned that roads would become treacherous Christmas Day and Christmas night from the High Plains of western Kansas and the Texas Panhandle eastward into Oklahoma, extreme north Texas, Arkansas and into the mid-Mississippi Valley. There was also the potential for severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, hail and tornadoes in parts of the South on Christmas Day, said Greg Forbes, The Weather Channel’s severe weather expert.
  20. Whew! I'm tired just reading your list! Welcome to Mrs. Survival, Hillfarm! Like you, I still have a lot of wrapping left. My side of the family celebrates Christmas during the weekend before the holiday so that my sisters and I can all be in our own homes for the actual holiday. Today is the day, but I do have all of those gifts wrapped. However, I have none wrapped for my household and grandchildren. I'm hoping to spend a couple of hours wrapping this afternoon and will (hopefully) finish up tomorrow. Otherwise, I will grab a bunch of birthday & anniversary gift bags at the dollar store (Probably all that's left!) I only have to bring a couple of dishes for today's dinner, but I'll be cooking up a storm tomorrow so that I can enjoy Christmas Day. I haven't driven around looking at lights in years...That sounds like a fun way to spend some time since we finally have a white Christmas!
  21. A bread machine can be had from the thrift store for $5-10. Many of them are unused. I've had my Breadman machine for at least 10 years...maybe more! I was in a TJ Maxx store yesterday. They had a brand new Kitchen Aid for $299. I'm not sure of the model, but it was brand new and I believe that the company guarantees them forever or pretty darn near forever! I have also seen good sales on new ones at Macy's when you use your Macy's card and with a coupon.
  22. I stayed up late waiting for the Mayans to do their thing... Nothing happened except that I got a lot of Christmas gifts wrapped.
  23. If you are on Pinterest, I have a few recipes there for basic body care/skincare products. You'll find them here: http://pinterest.com/bystanderbooks/makin-soap/ My name on Pinterest is BystanderBooks
  24. Oh my goodness! I'm so glad that you're safe and away from that man!
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