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  1. I have a lot of the backwoodsman magazines and have been on their site. I have seen this before about harmony. Never tried it but something to keep in mind to learn how to do. We eat grits and from what I gather it is something like the grits you buy in the stores. There will be a learning curve in there. As I have never done anything like that before. But worth learning. I am sure though that it won't taste like store bought grits.
  2. Ambergris, I would agree. We need to do the research on what works for what illness. I have been taking it for my head cold, which might be why I haven't felt as bad as I normally would with a cold. My ear is doing better as well but the left one is still a bit sore and aches just once in a while. So I think the elderberry pills was working for that. Flu is another ball game that needs to be researched.
  3. We slept in today. Raining but warm. DH got up at 12:30. I had to wake him up. I was up by 9 am. Felt good to sleep in this morning. Didn't really get a lot done around house today. Things I was going to do got put off. Filled DH's medicine weekly planner box. Fixed lunch as breakfast got missed. Then later went to Harris Teeter to pick up RX's and buy the sales for food ministry. They had fruit on sale for 88 cents and I thought it was the 15 oz. size. Nope it was the little tiny cans. So passed on that and got canned beans for 88 cents instead. Got the peanut butter for 99 cents and some macaroni for 79 cents. So that puts us up enough to get through this month. Not going to do much this evening but tomorrow a bit of running around. My RX is coming in tomorrow. So back to Harris Teeter for that. Might wait till Sat. to pick it up. My car will be ready tomorrow and they will call when I can pick it up. So that has to be done and I can take rental car back. So for today that is about all I have done. Seems like a lazy day today.
  4. Mt. Rider, Don't know what the 11 selected bases will be used for yet. But most likely a containment field for the sick. But don't quote me on that. Will have to check on it. When I get a chance. This came in early this morning from USA Alerts CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case. Patient among group in quarantine at Lackland AFB, Texas. Likely to be add'l cases in coming days. So this is now on the rise in the USA. But so far are the ones coming in I think are all from China. But I also believe that now might be the time for us to prepare for what's ahead. It's under control here now but will only take a few to start the pandemic. I am taking inventory of what we have for a pandemic. I have the cleaners, mask, googles, gloves, and enough food and water to keep us going for a few months. But don't think it will be that long. We might not even get that bad here as long as they are keeping things under control. Not going out to buy anything as I think we are good with what we have. Though I am going out to pick up RX's tomorrow and today going to one store to buy peanut butter and fruit for the food ministry. Harris Teeter has fruit on sale for 88 cents a can. Haven't seen that in a long time. Going to buy some for us as well. Just have to keep two sept. baskets as the Church is tax exempt. So DH will be going with me to push one basket for us.
  5. This just in from USA alerts. USNORTHCOM implementing DOD Global Campaign plan for Pandemic influenza and infectious diseases for force protection and community based assistance. Checking e-mail now. E-mail to long to print here and don't know how to send it from e-mail to here. But the just of it is they are telling all marines coming in to US from China to start preparing for the pandemic. It also is stating for all families to prepare and I am thinking they are talking about military families. Also for the ships and installations. Having finished reading all of it yet, but sounds like something in the wind. Will report on more when I finish reading it. OK the DOD and military, seems mainly the marines are now taking all precautions as they now fear this can weaken our military forces if it becomes a pandemic form on the ships and installations of military bases around China and other countries. They are now preparing for containment if any of them get sick.
  6. After I bought y Emeril's power air fryer, it replaced 4 of my appliances. So that got rid of a lot of used space I needed. Even replaced the toaster. It toast, bakes, air fry, rotisserie, slow cooker, oven, dehydrator, and more. So the 4 appliances that I got rid of saved me a lot of space. Still learning things on it though. I have several cast iron pans and a set of stainless steel pans that I use all the time. I use my corning ware and pyrex bowls as well as some other bowls I have that I use a lot. I also have been trying to get rid of all the plastic containers. Not good for microwave cooking. I have several wooden spoons that I love and got my eye on a wooden dipper. Price has to come down first. The spatulas, spoons and forks for cooking with are all stainless steel. DH is a diehard when it comes to using stainless steel for cooking. Got rid of most all of the plastic spoons and spatulas. DH bought a really good quality set of knives several years ago and that is all we use where the knives are concerned. Those still look new. Don't think I can scale down anymore than I already have.
  7. Alerts USA reports CDC reports second confirmed case of coronavirus being treated at a San Diego County hospital awaiting additional details Chinese gov. reports sharp rise in coronavirus cases in Hubel province. 14,840 new cases today and 242 deaths. US equity futures in steep decline. monitoring. I should be getting more detail through e-mail shortly.
  8. Here is the recipe for no yeast bread. Irish Soda Bread: Makes one loaf. 2 1/2 unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan and top of the loaf 3 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into half-inch pieces 1/2 cup dried currants (optional) 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional) 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk as needed Position a rack in center of the oven and preheat to 400* Dust the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan with flour. (I use a loaf pan) Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in large bowl. Add the butter and stir to coat with the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly, with some pea-size pieces of butter. stir in the currants and caraway seeds (if you decide to use them) Stir in enough of the buttermilk to make a moist soft dough. Knead in the bowl just a few times to be sure the dough comes together. This is not a smooth dough. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into a ball, Sprinkle the top with at least 1 tablespoon flour to give the loaf a rustic look. Transfer to the prepared pan. Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow 4 inch wide X in top of dough. The X will open during baking and help the loaf bake more evenly. Bake until the top is deep golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the pan. Let cool on a wire cooling rack for 5 to 10 minutes, and serve warm. The bread is best the day it is made. This was the only recipe I could find in my stash of recipes that does not need yeast. Got this out of the VA Pilot newspaper back in 2014.
  9. I used to use the sour dough starters. Been thinking about starting one up again. haven't made any in a while other than corn bread and biscuits. Thinking about starting to make it again but hubby eats to much of it and he can't do that with diabetics. I also am a diabetic and have to watch it. We don't usually eat bread with meals and cornbread is only when we have fish. Biscuits with a good protein breakfast only. I will check my recipes to see if I have any non yeast ones. I think I do but can't remember for sure. And yes you can store yeast in freezer. I have several jars of it in the big freezer.
  10. Dogmom4, that is a lot of great information there. Thank you for posting it. Lisa Bedford from Survival Mom sent me an e-mail on some good cleaning products that can kill viruses and bacterial illnesses. She said it could kill this virus on surfaces as well. It is pricey, but seems to be worth it. It is called Oxivir TB in both wipes and spray. It has a one minute kill claim and uses a powered by accelerated hydrogen peroxide technology. I went ahead and bought some to try. Got both the spray and the wipes. Will put some wipes in a zip lock bag to carry to store to wipe down the cart. Not all the stores have the wipes and sometimes the ones that do are out. She said you do have to be careful with it on wood surfaces. But for door knobs, sinks and such would be great. It is also food safe. So I can wipe down my counter tops with it as well. The article also states that if you are wanting to make your own disinfecting spray using hydrogen peroxide you would need 7.5 percent or higher. Don't know where I could get that percentage of it. Maybe a medical supply. Also Colloidal Silver has great antibacterial properties to kill MRSA and Staph but will not kill viruses or Coronavirus. The kill claim for alcohol is 10 minutes which means it has to stay on the surface damp for 10 minutes before it will kill anything. As for Lysol, which I use a lot for bacterial infections will not kill a virus type of infection. Bleach is great if you can stand the smell and you must be careful with it. DH has asthma so I cannot use bleach if he is around. He will get choked up and have to grab his inhaler. So I don't use it when he's home. I send him to market so I can bleach down the bathrooms sometimes. At least there he has people that will keep an eye on him and not let him fall.
  11. That's why I like USA Alerts. I get the info before it hits TV, even if they didn't want the info published. They are homeland security. So I get that info way before the public.
  12. WE2 Praying for your brother to get through this. I know it can be very hard on family. My sore throat and sinus drainage has turned out to be an ear infection that is draining down. Taking antibiotic drops in the ear for it now. I should have known that was what was wrong as my ears where getting a bit sore. We have hot water baseboard heat so with that we don't need the humidifier. But if we use the fireplace then we use it. As the fireplace can dry the air out. Ann, Storm looks really happy. She he knows he has a good home that will take good care of him. So far we have no snow this winter. But we have had our worst snows in March before. So hoping that won't happen this winter. Took DH to get his ultra sound and then back to doctor for more lab work. He is worn out. Ultra sound took about an hour. Haven''t desided if it's a girl or boy yet. Yes he had to go to the women's center for it. That is where they do all the test for both men and women. So why they call it the women's center is beyond me. Haven't been home long. Fixed DH some lunch and got him settled and put more drops in ears. Just what I don't need. Going to take it easy today. Still haven't been to Walmart yet. Maybe will go next week. I am trying to slow down my store trips as it seems I am in one all the time when I am looking for cheap specials for the food ministry. And I am trying to use up some of the food I already have and not ready to replace anything yet. Got the freezer in kitchen down a lot now. But the monster chest freezer in garage is still over flowing. Will go through that one and bring some meat into the freezer in kitchen and see what is out there I can get in the canner.
  13. Went through all my kitchen cabnets and drawers last year. Down to the basics now. I agree about the can openers. Don't like the electric ones. I do have the ratchet can opener and like it. They work really well and yes they are easier on the hands.
  14. Been raining off and on all day today. Weather was in 60's for a while and then started cooling down and damp. DH is not a happy camper this evening. He has to go have the ultra sound on liver and doc called and said liver counts are still up and wants more lab work. The lab work is what he's not happy with. Seems he has had labs every week for the past 3 or 4 weeks now. He will get over it. We need to find out what is going on. This afternoon I did a bit of house work and decided to do some reading. Read Bible and also a book that I started called Wormwood. Interesting book, but not sure about it. Not really into space stuff. Seems every evening is when my throat decides to get scratchy. This to shall pass. Seems I am starting to get some of my energy back though. I think it is just sinus drainage.
  15. Miki, I also heard 21 days but don't know if that's been confirmed yet. USA Alerts states that the state dept. authorizes voluntary departure of non emerg USGOV employees and families from US Consulate Hong Hong out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus.
  16. This just in from Alerts USA San Diego, Co. health auth. announce confirmed case of 2019 nCoV being treated at UCSD Med Ctr hillcrest. Unknown if case was Wuhan evcuee sent to MCAS Miramar.
  17. Puking doggie not good. Hope he's doing ok now. Haven't been to Walmart in a while. Guess I should check ours out but going to be hard rain tomorrow, so staying home. Think I am trying to come down with a head cold. No energy for almost a week and now past 2 days off and on headache with a bit of stuffy feeling. Ears feel like they have pressure on them as well. Not good. Been trying to fight it off. Going to try the elderberry tonight. I hate taken meds. But things around here must go on. So took car in for repairs this morning and got the rental car. No instructions. It's push button, she hid the keys where I found them inside the console covered up. When she picked us up to go back to enterprise, She speeds like she's on a mission to get back there. winding roads to boot as she took the back country roads. But we got there in one piece and then I had to figure everything out when we got home. Got all the clothes washed and played around on the computer for a bit, trying to get rid of all the junk e-mails that keep coming in. Started hitting unsubscribe but then I just get other e-mail to take it's place. So this time I just sent to junk mail. Thinking about opening up a new account and closing that one after I change the e-mail address with the ones I need to keep. Lots of trouble doing that though. Will debate it. I have had that same e-mail address now for 14 years. Had it cleaned up a couple of times and here we go again. Got the call from our CPA our taxes are done and they are mailing them to us to sign and send back. We always just mail the stuff to them and they do it all by mail. Beats going to VA Beach to take it to them. I hate that drive. Crazy people on those roads. The only reason we use them is because they are the only ones that know how to do a trust. The CPA in our area knows nothing about how to do one for taxes. WE2, glad your DH was able to get things fixed. You will have a new house yet.
  18. I also have an Android phone. I am using Alerts USA/ Homeland Security. It cost $49.95 a year. Right now it just told me that they are monitoring a response to possible active shooter situation, Dry Dock S. Norfolk Naval Shipyard. That is not that far away from us. It then goes to your e-mail address to tell you more when they get the u-dates as well as by cell phone text.
  19. I thought of some other things that I didn't think about earlier. Lint from dryer to make fire cloth. I have some old olive oil that I saved to make some olive oil lamps. I have a Thera bath Pro paraffin Bath for my hands. So I have several bags of paraffin. When I have to change the paraffin out, I save it to make candles. You can also dip small pieces of material in the wax to make fire cloth. I also save newspaper to make fire bricks for fireplace and fire pit. Makes for great fire starters.
  20. Some good ones there. I buy from Ham Towne Spicery for several of my spices. They have no salt and all natural. He and his wife make them and sells them at a Farmer's Market in Smithfield, VA. No MSG and no salt though you can buy them with the salt. I asked them for the no salt because of DH. He cannot have salt nor the MSG as well. Though I do grow my own basil, rosemary, chives and a few others. The ones I buy are gourmet herbs. though when Farm Fresh went out of business, I did buy a lot of spices for 80% off. And yes those were the ones in the glass jars as well. I save those jars for the spices I grow.
  21. I pray it all works out for you. Never heard of any of those banks around here. Though I was hoping to be of some help.
  22. Interesting video. I was a member of JAMA when I was working. Had to keep up my nursing lic. through them.
  23. Is there a Chartway bank there? You might could talk with them to see if you could get in with them. They are a good bank. We got in with them and they are not that restrictive. Might be worth a try if you have one there.
  24. I have a great deal of material from when one of the only two sewing places went out of business. Got loads of material for 1.00 or less. So got it in plastic tubs in the shed. I have made several baby blankets so far. I have made washcloths out of old towels and have one in the making to make some kitchen towels with. Might be able to get 3 towels out of it. Been saving the old jeans to make a jean quilt. Daughter wants to help with that one. She has been saving the old jeans my GS outgrew or ragged out. She has cut off the legs of some for shorts for him and saved the legs of them. Haven't made kitchen towels from sheets as to me they are not very absorbent. But have used them to make window curtains with. Right now that is about all I can think of. But will be thinking about other things I have floating around to make things with. I have some metal coffee cans to make a rocket stove with. Have the instructions but haven't gotten around to making one yet. Good post Mommato 3 boys. Gives me some things to think about.
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