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  1. I spotted this on the front page of MSN this morning... http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/09/17667125-temperature-suddenly-plunges-55-degrees-in-colorado-its-just-brutal?lite "Blizzard warnings were in effect Tuesday in Colorado, where the temperature plunged more than 50 degrees in less than 24 hours and the wind chill approached zero. Forecasters also expect hurricane-force blasts of frigid air in Utah and heavy snow in the Dakotas." Oh my goodness! Bundle up folks...Looks like a spring storm is bearing down on some parts of the US!
  2. The American Community Survey is one that I use quite a bit when I have to write a grant. You can look up data about any community here: http://www.census.gov/main/www/access.html Because the census is only a snapshot that is conducted every ten years, the data becomes outdated rather quickly.
  3. Like CGA, I'm not worried about North Korea or the child that runs their country. I do know that the propaganda video that was put out by NK about a month ago was so poor that the "technology" that was used to make it was from the 1980's. I don't expect much beter from them on other things. They are rattling sabres because they don't have more innovative technology to rattle!
  4. Congratulations! (I LOVE red velvet cake!)
  5. I tend to be of the mindset that you really should contact your doctor about supplements. Not because I think that they are the only ones that know about them, but because during pregnancy, they monitor your blood. As an example, if you already have adequate amounts of certain vitamins & minerals, too much from other sources could cause problems. If a pregnancy were off the table completely, it wouldn't matter as much.
  6. I remember reading that taking potassium iodide wasn't necessary for the Fukushima disaster. Now it seems that we were given misinformation.... http://healthyliving.msn.com/blogs/daily-apple-blog-post?post=7e99ec99-b07c-4784-937c-b71c94fa6788&_nwpt=1
  7. I didn't realize that Trip was writing, too! I will have to seek his books out on Amazon.
  8. From what I have read... Things are going well and her husband is okay right now. It hasn't been an easy road for any of them, but they are made of strong stuff!
  9. She is doing pretty well now, Virginia. She has a few books out. The one called Cancer Dance told the story of her family's battle with her husband's cancer. There is another one called Easter Chicks that I've never read and Almost Invisible is an end of the world type of story from an unusual perspective that is generally never considered. She has written a lot of homesteading articles on the Homestead.org site but the first one that I ever read was about homestead haircuts! As a former cosmetologist with very little haircutting experience, I found her descriptions hilarious!
  10. For those that remember LunaMother aka Sheri Dixon, I wanted to share the link to her new novel, American Evolution. I ordered my copy on Saturday and plan to read it tonight. Sheri is a talented writer and she always takes an alternative (and sometimes comedic view) of serious situations. Sheri is the reason that I first visited MrsSurvival.com a few years ago, when I followed her here from the Homestead.org site. http://www.amazon.com/American-Evolution-ebook/dp/B00BT6O4WE/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1364680855&sr=8-10&keywords=sheri+dixon Here is the description from Amazon: An 'End of America' story for those whose rose-colored glasses have been shattered, but who refuse to hide behind the barrel of a gun. If you realize that the coming collapse will be more about pulling together and community than everyone becoming zombie road warriors, this is your story. If you know that the world can be a dangerous place and that people can do awful things to each other, but believe that good people do NOT become bad people under stress, but are more likely to become heroes, this is your story. If you've been smacked down by abuse, poverty, discrimination, addiction, violence of all nature and have come out the other side stronger but not callous, even more compassionate than before, this is your story. If you believe in a better America for everyone- not just the powerful and mighty, but also the small and insignificant, and that this can be accomplished by ordinary people who are willing to fight without violence and be courageous in the face of adversity, this is the story I've written.
  11. Good advice, Momo! How is it that you happened to get the refunds? Was it a class action suit or something else?
  12. While so much of this has fallen on you in the past, I am so glad that you don't have to deal with this completely alone. You sound strong...So much stronger than you did before. Mini-meltdowns are natural. This is a trying time for you and for so many reasons. I will definitely keep you in my prayers... God bless!
  13. At this time of year, it still gets cold here,so we'd need to burn wood if there was no electricity. Though powered by gas, our furnaces require electricity to regulate them and won't turn on without it. We could use the ovens to add supplemental heat if it got really cold. In the summer, it usually isn't unbearably hot. I still whine about it, but it wouldn't be life threatening. We'd probably abandon our upstairs and live downstairs to stay cooler. Of course, I'd need to can up a lot of food if there was no electricity, but I could push my freezer out on the porch to make the contents last a bit longer while I worked hard at canning everything.
  14. As landlords, a good portion of our income flows in as cash each month. However, we could be hit hard if our tenants were suddenly hit by a cash crunch. I don't work a traditional work week anymore, so rental income is more important to our bottom line than ever. I'll be doing a bit of stocking up tomorrow...not because I am fearful that things will go south, but because I allowed my pantry to get low on a few things and would feel better with the holes plugged. We still haven't had (what I consider to be) a real winter storm this season and I still dragged my feet about leaving the house to run basic errands.
  15. Excellent report, Mum of 3! I would like to know... How much cash did your friend keep on hand? One week's supply? Two week's?The actual monetary amount doesn't matter but how it relates to life expenses does. I think that most of us here keep a certain amount of cash readily available for emergencies. It just makes sense. Bad weather, emergency evacuation, after-hours emergency, general emergency, etc... They are all good reasons to keep cash on hand. In an emergency, you really don't need one more thing to do (like run to an atm) when you are trying to keep your family safe. Those that prep a full pantry will be miles ahead of the pack. A couple of things that I gleaned from Mum of 3's post: -Keep up the illusion of being in dire straits like everyone else, when possible. The time may come when that is no longer safe to do in Cyprus and her friend may have to hunker down in place. -Rolling electricity can pose serious issues if someone uses a medical device like a CPAP or nebulizer. Make sure that you have a non-electric alternative and enough fuel to power it. That might mean an inhaler, a generator or a battery array. I like the idea of something that can be used quietly like by solar or battery power. -How much cash do you keep on hand? Whatever it is...triple it! You may not need that much but by tripling, you double your chances of being secure and can also afford to provide for extended family, if you choose to. No man is an island and in difficult times, we may need to bring a few others in to keep safe. If you choose not to include anyone else, then you've tripled your in-house financial security. -Store gasoline. If the atm's are running out of money, then the gas stations are also running out of gas. Gas is needed to run generators, but more importantly, it runs vehicles. These may be needed if you find that you have to leave your home to go to someplace safer. My bank failed in 2007. It was one of the early pioneers in internet banking (Netbank).The process was extremely smooth. I was used to logging in daily to check balances and pay bills. One day, I logged in and got a screen that said that the bank had been taken over by the FDIC. All deposits were safe and if you already had payments scheduled for bills, then those were honored. ATM or debit transactions were honored because the FDIC appointed ING Direct as the administrator of the banking. You could still write checks and paychecks were directly deposited right on schedule.The website was only offline from 5am to 5pm and then came back online. After that, we had about 6 months to make arrangements to switch to a new bank. At the time, ING Direct didn't offer a checking account, so we had to switch to a new bank. It was a pretty seamless process and we experienced no inconvenience and lost nothing.
  16. Lumabean, my husband and I are often found on opposite sides of issues. Over the years, he's gotten me to see his side and I've inflicted my opinion on him. I think that the middle area is probably where "reasonable" resides. That being said, I asked his opinion of this... He feels that it would be wrong for this law to be passed. When I asked him about his rationale, he said, 'What if you were accused of child abuse and you were innocent?' It might be hard to undo the damage. He also said that he didn't think that a kid would necessarily open up to someone that he'd just met. 'What kind of questions would they be asking?' I assumed that the questions would be rather generic in nature. General conversation about sports, favorite subjects, names of pets, favorite doll, etc... He brought up the point that they might ask a child leading questions in an attempt to implicate the parents. I then asked him to compare two homeschooling families that we know. One family is the type where the kids are enrolled in all sorts of activities through their church-based homeschooling organization. For the extra-curricular things like band and sports, they participate in groups that include a mix of homeschooled and non-homeschooled kids. The other family is one where the father is a rather quiet alcoholic and the mother is deeply religious. She is so religious that she had determined that no local church can meet their needs. Her God is vengeful and doesn't seem to have any compassion at all. She doesn't allow the kids to feel pride over anything that they do and always tells them that they are being sinful. She has shut the children's grandparents out of their lives for years at a time, because she believes that their own highly religious view/interpretation of God is wrong. They believe that God has love and compassion for people and are deeply hurt by the fact that they cannot see their grandchildren. At one point, the family moved to ensure that there was no contact with the grandparents.The kids cannot belong to any outside groups for longer than about 2 weeks before the mother accuses the program of being corrupt in some way. The kids are allowed to have no friends because other parents are not so fanatical (yes.. I did use that word!) These kids are completely isolated. Who would they be able to turn to if there was abuse going on in that home? Do we suspect that there might be some abuse going on in that house? That's hard to say...there probably is quite a bit of psychological abuse. We don't know if there is physical abuse. I think that the ideas being proposed in Pennsylvania might give these children an opportunity to speak up. There'd finally be someone around to listen. While NY has grandparent visitation rights that can be won in court, they don't extend outside of the state if the grandkids move away.
  17. Mommato3 boys is such a cheapskate that she washes her aluminum foil in the washing machine and dries it with the towels so that she can reuse it later to bake potatoes in. The potato skins are saved and carefully flattened to make writing paper for her children. She stays up until the wee hours with a ruler and a ballpoint pen carefully etching lines and a margin on each skin so that her youngest will grow to have the best penmanship in his homeschool class! See? I can crazy you up a bit!
  18. Ask Violet...She is our resident canning expert. However, if any of that residue came from a milk or cream-based food, then it is definitely not safe!
  19. I think that the point of this legislation is to provide some outlet for an abused child to speak out. School teachers are mandatory reporters and get to see their students every day to know if they have bruises on them (as an example). Some homeschooled kids don't come into contact with people outside of their family. While I'd like to believe that children live in safe environments and with people that will not abuse them, I do know that it is not always the case. If the family is particularly controlling, then the child may never have a chance at getting help. I don't think that this was meant to be an intrusion, but a safety measure for children that might be unable to advocate for themselves.
  20. I find that people are just nosier in some stores more than in others. If I visit a "surplus" or "bulk"type store, no one comments or seems to pay much attention to what we buy. I like to go when it is dark outside. The stores have fewer customers and my neighbors can't see what I'm buying. I tended to do this long before I started stocking up because we had some downright nosy neighbors. When we buy a lot of stuff or stuff that is particularly heavy, we back the car up to the back door and cart the bags in. It is more difficult for people to see what we're bringing in. For us, slow and steady wins the race. We don't usually come home with a ton of anything. Living in the city, we can bring home a little each day if we want to. We might go through 2 boxes of noodles each month. If I am buying it in the store, I buy 6. That is a quantity that doesn't seem to send up any red flags and now I've got a 3 month supply. I can do the same during the next grocery run. If I find something that I MUST stock up on a year's supply of, then I make a big deal in the store. "Wow! That is usually so expensive. I don't care how silly I look, I'm going to buy as much as I can now because we usually can't afford it!" I've also learned that most people don't pay as much attention to the contents of a grocery cart. Instead, they see the volume. Since we don't buy bread and most baked goods at the store, we have some extra room in the cart so people don't seem to notice that we have so many multiple items. If you buy 1 BIG bag of rice along with everything else and place it on the bottom of the cart, people don't really notice. .
  21. I'm not crazy, but I can play crazy on television. Let's see... My family no longer buys expensive breakfast cereal. Instead we clean out the dryer vent and pour milk on it for breakfast. It has plenty of fiber! We don't actually wash dishes. We stack them up on the counter and then add hot water to make soup for dinner. Soup is a yummy and nutritious meal! We walk everyplace that we go. I sent my hubby out to look for spare change along the side of the road in 1998 and he hasn't gotten back yet. I've heard the neighbors snickering about him running away from my cheap-o ways, but it absolutely isn't true. He just doesn't want to come home without enough money to buy that screw that I lost long ago!
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