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  1. Crazy Lightning Eater...That's me!
  2. Lindals- If you don't can, you could probably buy some canned meats at the grocery store. I don't can meat very often, but I do have some store-bought cans of corned beef hash, chicken, tuna, salmon, etc... We don't eat ham or I'd probably have some of that in the pantry, too. As much as I hate them, I also buy Ramen noodles for my daughters/grandkids, etc... They are dirt cheap and are viewed as a comfort food. Although I make homemade mac and cheese, I also keep a few boxes of the kind with the velveeta-like cheese in it. They are another comfort food. For determining how long the food in my pantry will last, I use some of the pantry and freezer inventory sheets from the foodstorage made easy site. It also serves as a visual reminder when something runs out. I have had times when there is a gap on a pantry shelf and I can't seem to remember what used to go there. The pantry sheets help. Sometimes it is just something that was a one-time lucky purchase. other times it might be that I'm out of a staple item! I try to take a quarterly inventory. I am probably overdue right now, since I can't remember the last time that I did one. I figure my number of stored meals a bit differently. I add up the number of servings of everything (meat, dairy, veggies, fruits, starches, etc) and divide by 4. Four items makes a meal (in my mind) for one person. Then I divide that number by the anticipated number of people I expect to have to share with. and divide that number by 3 (for three meals per day). Usually, that number is enough to send me out to the store to stock up on some more stuff!
  3. I'm going to go with the GLITCH Scenario: My family would be completely uninformed. We never receive the Reverse 911 calls. So...we would just wake up to no power and no water, unless one of the relatives from outside of the family happened to think to give us a call as an alert. -We would have to immediately start using the stored water for all of our basic household functions. -If the event duration is not known, then it might be prudent to start using a sawdust bucket toilet to save on water usage. -We'd shut off the water main and drain water out of hot water tanks for additional access to potable water (80 gallons) -For non-potable water, we could use the water barrels outside. Right now, they are only half full (75 gallons of water total) -I would feed and water all critters with enough to get them through 3 days. It just makes life easier! -We already have frozen juice bottles of water in the deep freezer and a bag of store-bought ice. -We'd need to throw some heavy blankets over the deep freezer to help to insulate it. -Candles are always in place in the holders, but replacements would have to be brought out. - I'd bring out extra flashlights, a radio and batteries. We also have some handheld computer games to keep away boredom. -If grandkids were in the house, I'd break out the stash of board games and handheld computer games that I keep hidden. -Break out the portable power sources (2) and use them to top off our cell phones for emergency contact. -Alternately, we could also use the car to charge cell phones using a USB car charger. -We'd start cooking up the food in the fridge on the gas stove after lighting burners with a match. -Break out the carpet sweeper for quick cleanups. -Break out the paper plates, cups and plastic utensils. -This time of year, the evenings might be chilly so we'd bring more wood up on the porch for easy access. -Assign hubby to grill duty to keep him busy and allow him to be helpful with dinner preparation.
  4. Good advice, Darlene! There was one summer (several years ago) when I only saw 3 honeybees. It was kind of scary. I remember looking into buying bumble bee boxes for the following year if things didn't improve.I don't worry about hubby getting stung by bumble bees as much because they don't really bother people. Things did improve the following year, so the bee situation was off my radar a bit. We don't store a lot of honey, but we do buy it locally from a beekeeper at the farmers market. Until I move to a farm (and maybe not even then!), I can't have beehives. However, I might be able to find a class to learn how to do it as a "just in case" type of scenario.
  5. Some good ideas! I'll have to dig through my bookmarks and start posting hurricane pins on Pinterest and tweeting some info out. I tend to forget about hurricane season unless we are planning a vacation.
  6. At least no permanent damage was done! Lol!
  7. I love that frying pan smiley! Of course this one is pretty good, too!
  8. I am so impressed by the fact that you are still here offering valuable information to all of us when you are going through so much at home. You truly are a blessing to this forum, Drummrunner. I would be interested in receiving your cd and will send an email to you today. Thank you and may God bless you (and your feisty wife, too!)
  9. Is it one of the P-Touch labelers? If so, they are great and the batteries last a long time. I use mine for just about everything. However, be careful about using them in the garden, the labels fade in the sunshine. Maybe the company makes a fade resistant type of label?
  10. Hubby was hit with what we believe was the flu last week. He missed a day and a half from work. (For him, this is the equivalent of missing 2 weeks since he never gets sick!) He was really achy on Sunday and his stomach was off kilter Sunday night. By Monday morning, he dragged himself to work, though he'd really had no sleep. By 10-something am, he was shivering at the door looking as though he was going to fall over. I drugged him up with Excedrin PM so that he could sleep through the worst of the symptoms. By 7pm, I coaxed him to eat a little something (toast) and then he was out again. The next day, he called in. He returned to work on Wednesday , but he still wasn't over it. He was really dehydrated, still achy and tired. Luckily, he had Friday off so that he could take a long weekend to rest. Unfortunately, he is a stubborn man and he spent the weekend moving firewood, mowing lawns and generally getting underfoot. Those are sure signs that he was starting to feel better!
  11. I must still be tired... I misread your post and thought that you were planning to put 10 cuties in the frying pan with some water. Maybe I should go back to bed...
  12. Doctor Prepper is a really nice guy. He interviewed me a few months ago and we are getting ready to roll out a radio show on his network. While the tone of the article is certainly off-putting, I am glad that they spoke to him rather then to someone else who is far more extreme. If you think about what was said about him, you can't really say that they made him look like a loon. One thing that I really like about James is that he is always respectful of the fact that preparedness means many things to many people. He completely understood my desire to work toward preparedness as a normal and sane activity to secure your family against whatever comes your way. I don't think that most prepared people consider themselves to be "preppers". Instead, we just know that we have insurance against job loss, long and short term illness, financial difficulty, inclement weather, etc...
  13. I did something like this a couple of weeks ago, except I went to the store and forgot that I had been making bread dough in the machine. The next morning, the bread smelled like BOOZE! In fact, my entire kitchen smelled that way. My husband made several jokes, but I kneaded it again and let rise before popping it back in the oven. After it had baked, the bread still smelled like a distillery. I ate a small piece an gave the rest to the poultry over the next few days. I left the bag that it was in open to try to allow the alcohol to evaporate because I didn't want drunken critters and it still smelled strongly a few days later.
  14. I had no intention of dehydrating anything today until I saw this thread... Looks like I'll be doing onions in the dehydrator. I have a few extra that I don'[t want to go bad and I already have some frozen in the freezer.
  15. I have a food saver, but I can also be really lazy at times. I like to buy in bulk and repackage into meal sized portions within freezer bags. Next, I slip those bags into a bunch of 2 gallon freezer bags. That seems to reduce the chances of freezer burn and I can always reuse those 2 gallon bags because they never came into contact with the meat.
  16. We buy our honey from a local beekeeper at the the farmer's market. Hubby is allergic, so I don't think we could have bees on this property. It is just too small. It would be nice to be able to shake hands with the bees, though!
  17. I can simply because I like to do things differently from everyone else. I love the fact that people are always amazed that I can do/make things like grandma used to. Don't get me wrong... I also do it for health reasons or because I have an abundance of something, but I really do enjoy the expressions on people's faces.
  18. Has anyone checked to see if you have some sort of parasite or fungus in your soil? Could some critter be nibbling on the roots? What about greens? How do they grow for you. I find that lettuce and salad greens don't require much and I grow them in containers. I rarely change out the soil. Regular spinach doesn't do as well for me, but New Zealand spinach produces abundantly. Since you know that container gardening works, maybe you should just focus on that and continue to amend your soil with things that are free to you. Use your garden area as a giant composter to improve the soil. One thing that I have learned about heirloom seed varieties is that they don't always do as well as their hybridized cousins They were developed for very specific climates and often can be touchy. Before I discovered heirlooms, my garden did far better with the hybrids. I now keep both types of seeds while I try to learn how to work with the heirlooms.
  19. I finally got some lettuce and salad greens in the ground. I don't think that I'm going to have any peas this year. I am renovating my raised beds, so it will be a miracle if I ever get any in the ground. Odd weather...
  20. Good advice, Arby! We had the buckets of rain for the past two days. Today... we have rain and more doom and gloom! The high temperature was around 35.
  21. It looks as though the crazy weather will skip us. We are just experiencing rain and gloom. Yesterday's temps were in the 50's. Right now, it is 47 degrees. So glad that you're safe Mt. Rider!
  22. Take time out for yourself, too! That is a lot of stuff for anyone to deal with!
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