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  1. As others have mentioned, that is a common situation. We've run into that on two ocassions. Once when we were buying a vehicle and wanted to pay in cash and another time when we went to the credit union on a Black Friday. When buying the vehicle, the bank gave hubby the money but also gave him some attitude about not calling ahead so that they could order the money to be delivered. When I was trying to make a deposit into a credit union account on Black Friday, there was a long line of disgruntled folks. The limit on cash was $1000 per customer and the tellers were afraid that they were going to run out of cash. In the midst of the customers' grumbling, I stepped up to the branch manager and offered to help. I had a couple of thousand in cash that I wanted to deposit. Even better, it was all in $20 bills. The manager took care of me in her office and it helped them to get through the day.
  2. Someone that I am related to was staying in a hotel and just happened to pull the comforter back on the bed (before getting in) and saw a used condom stuck to the underside of it. He was so skeeved out by the situation that he reported it to the hotel...got a refund...got a new room...and slept in the recliner chair in the new room after asking for new sheets to cover it with. Though I've stayed in hotels since hearing that story, I still think we need an RV and I often frequent websites that sell them.
  3. You are definitely missed around here! I hope you are able to find more time to come play with us...
  4. Late to the party but had to stop by for a piece of cake to celebrate with you, Mother! I hope that you had a wonderful birthday!
  5. I remember my mom used to say, "Good night. Sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite!" I thought it was just a rhyme too make me giggle, but I asked her about it once. She said that they were very common in the 1920's and 30's. She said a lot of the older homes had them when she was growing up. Many older homes had unfinished upstairs walls. The walls were lathe and plaster, but usually had no paint or wallpaper on them. Bedbugs would go into the walls during the day and emerge at night. That is one reason why getting rid of the bedding never solves the issue. Today, people travel a lot more than they used to and they stay in hotels. American hotels used to be a place for the wealthy and for business travelers. With inexpensive airfare, everyone around the world can afford to travel. Not to make everyone itchy, but how many people sleep in a hotel bed over the course of a year? If it is a busy hotel, there could be 365 different patrons to any hotel. Sheets and blankets may get changed, but the mattresses aren't replaced even on an annual basis. Blankets/comforters can stay on a bed for month by law before getting changed. (Most people don't know that!) It only takes one of those 365 guests to infest that hotel room. Hotels often have 50+ units and others have hundreds. One room can infest an entire hotel. The larger the hotel, the more rooms there are that can be infested. If Guest # 10 in a particular hotel room brings in bedbugs, then every guest after that could potentially take them home. As they spread through the hotel, the numbers affected increase exponentially. (Sheesh! I just made myself start scratching again!)
  6. I saw a headline about this about a month ago and opted not to read it. I didn't want to get the heebie-jeebies from looking at the story. The whole bedbug thing has made me rethink a lot of our fun activities, like traveling, going to yard sales, etc. My parents used to buy antique furniture and put it in the back of their pickup(with the cap closed) and spray it all with Raid before bringing it into the house. Mom hated spiders and some old furniture came out of attics and basements. Unfortunately, Raid doesn't work on bedbugs and they can get into clothes, furniture, and now books!
  7. I don't store any of the commercially prepared dried/freeze dried items so I am watching this topic with interest. I have been toying with the idea of buying a few basic items that we would be likely to use and basically saving them for an emergency. A lot of those items have a really long shelf life and that appeals to me.
  8. Migraines and TMJ here! The TMJ caused me to gnash my teeth at night. My almost cure for the migraines was to get off of birth control pills. I also solved some of my TNJ issues with sugar free gum. I can always tell when things are going to be rough, so I will go to bed with a piece of gum in my mouth. The gum acts as a shock absorber for the teeth gnashing and I avoid the neck and jaw pain, too.
  9. The nerd in me is giddy over the implications of this! A replicator, indeed! I do like the idea that Philbe posted. Around here, there are lots of homes that are about the same size and shape of the ones in the Manor House links. We could definitely do something like that! Real estate has been undervalued here for years.
  10. I hope that you both enjoyed your afternoon! Don't overdo!
  11. I'm late to this party, but this is an emergency that I've put some thought into over the years. We live about an hour and a half from our state capital and about 4 and a half hours from NYC.The first thing that I'd do is send hubby to get our oldest two daughters. They each live 5 minutes from us, but in opposite directions.The oldest has 5 children and is rather disorganized. She'd have to just throw the kids in the car and get to our house. The younger daughter always has a bag of "stuff" packed and would be able to leave her apartment almost immediately. I'd run next door to alert the family members there to the situation and instruct them to get into the basement with supplies to last for 3 weeks. Our house is an old Victorian that stands about 40 feet tall with a full attic. We also have a full basement. It is one of those old dirty basements and not the "family room" type. While hubby was gone, youngest daughter and I would start hauling our camping equipment, futon mattress, bunk bed and sofa bed mattresses into the basement. We also have a full sized mattress that could be used. We already have plywood, nails, tape, plastic sheeting and tools to further secure and shield the basement. There are two, 40 gallon hot water tanks which can provide some water. I would also fill both bath tubs with water. The tubs are situated in the exact same place but on different floors. They could provide a good barrier to radiation. We'd sleep directly under them, as much as possible. There are also a couple of laundry sinks down there, so I'd fill those with water before turning off the water main. I'd also grab the rolling wood bins from the porch and drag them into the house. After the quarantine period, we might need the wood for heat and the bins hold enough wood to barely get us through two days each. This would keep us from having to go outside. Youngest daughter would start hauling the 4 emergency bins down to the basement. They are filled with all kinds of stuff that might be useful, including meds,toiletries, extra toothbrushes KI, toilet paper, sanitation items,trash bags, flashlights, batteries, radio, matches, etc..I'd start moving the pantry into the basement. If there was time, I'd grab the hens out of the barn and put them in a cage inside the house. (I have a really large cage, and the house would be a safer place for them.) Inside or outside, I'd load them up with a lot of food to see them through and plenty of water. With so many people, I don't want to have animals in the basement with us. There will be enough unpleasant odors. The turtle would probably be alright in the main part of the house, too. He doesn't eat in the winter and I'd probably just give him a little extra water to keep it from evaporating. Daughter and I would put the quail into the barn and hope that they'd be okay. Worst case scenario, I have empty dog crates that the hens could go into so that they could be on the 1st floor, but they might not be safe from raccoons there and they shouldn't be kept in close proximity with the quail due to poultry diseases. Hubby and everyone else should have arrived by this time, so I'd put them to work. The little ones would go in the basement with the older ones helping us to continue to move supplies into the basement. There are already bins of old toys and games down in the basement to occupy them. We can also fill laundry baskets with books to keep folks entertained. We'd move the rest of the stored water and food into the basement and shut off the furnace. We'd also move all of the dirty laundry and anything else into the bathrooms to provide additional mass to protect our basement sleeping area. Clean clothes and linens would be brought into the basement, as would all coats and winter gear. Keeping warm in the basement without a working furnace would be a challenge and we don't really have a workable heating solution for the basement that doesn't require ventilation. We already have 5 gallon buckets in the basement and an old toilet seat. We could empty the waste into the basement drain pipe and pour disinfectant down it. There is a bookcase down in the basement that I'd planned to use to organize the food on, but I do like the idea of using books as a shield. Since that wasn't my initial thought, I don't want to claim it as a part of my plan! We'd seal off the basement windows, but we'd be able to get air from the rest of the house. We'd start organizing the space. We'd put down a layer of cardboard or trash bags or whatever else under the mattresses to keep them off the ground and away from any dampness. There is a huge roll of carpet padding down there, so we'd find a use for that, too, maybe as a barrier to catch radioactive particles. We'd set up a food prep area by covering the workbench. There is already an old table down there that we could use. The aforementioned bookcase would become a pantry. If we remembered to bring the folding screens down, we could partition an area off for toileting and sponge-bathing. If not, we could string up a couple of tarps to create a space for that. There would be 10 of us in an area that measures about 1000 square feet. We would either eat food that could be heated in a chafing dish or potpourri pot or just eat cold stuff. We have an old set of pots and pans in the basement that would be serviceable. We'd take the KI and hope for the best.That's about all that I can think of right now.
  12. Excellent point, Granny! A lot of the stores still have turkeys, too. I'm planning to nab a smoked turkey for the freezer this weekend.
  13. I hope that things start to look up, Cat!
  14. I have an article in Issue # 132. It is about Fighting your Property Tax Assessments.
  15. I'm with Violet... I think Zpaks are Zithromax which is in the same family as Biaxin. (Biaxin and Augnmentin are my personal favorites for tough illnesses.)
  16. Awwww!! I hope that you're feeling better soon, Michael! Stay off your feet and give yourself a rest. Let Lori take care of you...You'd do the same for her if the situation was reversed.
  17. A few years ago, I got really sick and thought it was just a cold. I missed a few days of work and it never got any better. My nose wasn't running, but a co-worker thought it might be a sinus infection because my head hurt. She gave me some over the counter pills and they kept me going for a few more days until I crashed...HARD! Fever and nausea were the only symptoms. The doctor checked me out and decided that he didn't know what it was, but he gave me antibiotics anyway. That worked! I still don't know what the heck it was...
  18. I'm in! I laid off from jogging about a week prior to Christmas. Now I'm back on my game...
  19. We find a lot of cheap snow shovels that only last two seasons. Our older ones had been with us for nearly 20 years, but the new ones snap too easily.
  20. The new book is entitled A Slice of Heaven and it continues the story that I teased readers with at the end of Christmas in Bystander. At the end of A Slice of Heaven, there is a preview of a story entitled, Of Twigs and Branches, which is Starr's story. You aren't dating yourself, MtRider! I never took shorthand in school, but I have a mother that was a whiz with it. She still uses it when she goes to public meetings or doctor appointments. We did have a home-study course (on records, no less) for how to do speed writing. I do use a lot of those abbreviations when taking notes, but I was never good enough to take dictation. The term courtroom recorder is quite an accurate description of how I feel about the writing process.
  21. That's a great link, CGA! I always struggled with figuring that stuff out!
  22. I swear, I don't have a crystal ball!! (Of course, tonight's weather does look suspiciously like the New Year's eve described in the book!)
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