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  1. Those air fryers are great. Mine replaced 4 applances. It looks like an oversized toaster oven. I can even slow cook in it. But not giving up my regular slow cooker. That I will use in summer. Air frying is so much healthier than using oil and frying stuff. Going to have to check out those sites for air frying receipes.
  2. It was cold this morning and then rain about midmorning. We are fixing to have a heat wave. Going to be in the 50's this weekend but with some rain. No snow think goodness. WE2, hopefully the snow will miss you guys.
  3. I get notices from Alerts USA. China has suspended bus, rail transport in/out Huanggang. Also there are 3 cases in the USA confirmed. First one is in Seattle Washington, Second one in Chicago and third one in Texas. Not real sure that the one in Taxes was confirmed yet. But it says that 63 other patients in 22 states that returned from Wuhan China are under investigation for this virus. That is not yet confirmed from what I can tell. Right now I am just following the news and getting the usa alerts. That is a paid alerts system that I have been using now for about 3 years. I get info before you hear it on TV. So if something is happening near me, I will know ahead of time to avoid that area. Reading the above from GC's post. I would say this is a good reason to be well stocked on food and anything else we use on a daily basis. Hoping it does not get that bad here.
  4. Jeepers, I bought some dehydrated celery from Harmony House and it was really good. Also bought freeze dried blueberries from there. both have really been good. You could try them to see how you like them. You can get sample packs to try out. That is how I did for what I have bought. I do have 2 blueberry plants but they don't produce enough for long term. They are in pots and I want to transfer them into the ground as soon as I figure out where to put them. I think they would produce much better in the ground than in big pots. Going to finish up the chicken and dumplans for dinner tonight and then going to pull some things out of freezer for dinners for rest of week.
  5. WE2 Glad that the floor joist are going in much easier now. I guess the first one is always the hardest. Helped DH cook collards for Market today, then came home had lunch and cleaned up kitchen. DH seems to be able to stay awake for longer periods and is just starting to do things around the house again. Not a lot but it is a start. The other day he made chicken and dumplings and yesterday he made tuna salad. It has been a year since he did any cooking in the kitchen at home that is. He informed me today that I need to take all the food out of the hall closet so he can fix the sliding doors. They came off the track and he has to be able to get inside the closet to fix them. So I will be busy tomorrow pulling out the food then letting him get the doors fixed and I can then clean up closet and get the food back and better organized. That will be one closet down and 2 more to go. Now that things are calming down a bit with doctor appts. and test. I can get a lot more done around here. Going to do some sewing tonight after dinner and getting kitchen cleaned back up. Mt. Rider sorry to hear your MS is acting up. Praying for better days soon. You have really had a rough start into the new year. Time to get better.
  6. CW, Cloudflare now is only blocking one site that may have been infected again. Before it was hacked and down for months. It is still there and is blocking only that one site. The only thing I can think of is the new security updates from windows updates. It messed up my computer really bad. Had to redownload windows 10. Put printer and fax back on it and a lot of other things. Just glad I was able to save pictures, books, etc. Got those on a scan disk now. Computer is now working like a new computer minus the sticking keys on keyboard. May have to get an external keyboard one day. Numbers are the worst for sticking. I do miss windows 7 as it was easier to figure out. Windows 10 is bad for trying to figure out how to fix things.
  7. Cold again to day with wind chill. Rain by the weekend with a warm up. Everyone try to stay warm and dry. And above all, please try to stay well.
  8. Ann, after being starved like he was he may be protective of his food for awhile. He will get use to the fact that he will always have food to eat. It will be a trust thing for him to know he will always have plenty to eat. He is such a sweet looking dog. Glad he is getting along with your other dog. Those shock collars are a good training tool. I know several neighbors around here that used them and now they don't need them. Dogs have learned.
  9. Mt. Rider glad to see you are doing better.. Take it easy for a few more days and get your energy back. DH has done nothing but sit in front of TV all day. Need to work on some strength training exersizes. He needs to get those legs stronger or next step is wheelchair. I have pulled muscle in shoulder blade helping him up from a sitting position. No strength to lift himself up. Or I am getting a walker for him to hold on to to pull up from chair. Been doing taxes most of the day but still waiting for things to come in so I can get it all done. Hate tax time. But I guess we must do it. Just hoping we don't have to pay anything. Otherwise that has been about it for the day. Had leftover chicken and dumplings for dinner tonight. So just a heat up and serve. Easy dinner. WE2 prayers are still going out for your brother and praying your DIL gets over the flu soon. Just hope the newborn doesn't come down with the flu. That would be bad.
  10. Yesterday took DH for his speech barium swallow. When they have him something to swallow it went into his rt. lung instead of to stomach. I was watching the whole thing. This explains so much of his issues. The food was going into his lung and he would get to coughing and now I know why he isn't eating like he was. It explains the mess and flim he was coughing up. the food has been staying in the lung. So we are changing how he eats. Hasn't seen doctor yet but both speech radioligist and the reg. radioligist. suggest that he have speech therapy to strenthen the muscles for swallowing. He wants to see the doctor first before doing that.. Make sure of all the issues such as maybe have his throat stretched. Not sure they will put him under for that. Hopefully this will be the start of getting him turned around. Though we still have the issues with the cong. heart failure. But if we can get these other issues under control, then maybe we can better control the cong. heart failure. Though he is feeling a bit better past few days. Fluid is better controlled. Been trying to get some sewing done along with some much needed other things. Hoping to have all this mess reorganized and finished before spring. Also if anyone knows what this cloudflair is that I did not put on my computer that may be connected with firefox that I don't have. I would love to know what it is. Thinking it came in on a windows update. It has changed the way my computer works and I am having a hard time fixing back the way it was. Gotta love windows 10
  11. WE2, glad you were able to get back home safe. It was really cold here today. Wind chill was 23. Temp got up to 39 but felt way colder than that. I am ready for spring.
  12. Haven't read all of these post yet. But on one I saw where someone didn't have the break down of the long term freezedried/dehydrated foods. I have a chart somewhere that I have been looking to see where I put it. But if my memory serves me right, I think about 3/4 cup of a freezedried or dehydrated food will feed about 1 or 2 people. Water will vary. I will post it when I can find my chart. It's not where I thought it was.
  13. Ambergris, I don't think I would replace my stove with it. But it does do baking. So far the only things I have used it for is to make toast, did a rotisary chicken in it and air fried some fries for grandson. Haven't tried baking in it yet. But the chicken really came out great and I love the way it does toast. Much better than a reg. toaster. Haven't tried the slow cooker part yet either. I am going to in the next week try making a pizza to cook in it.
  14. I agree, unsalted is the way we go. I do have a butter crock. But haven't used it in a long while. If I remember right, it will keep butter for about 2 or 3 days without refridgeration.
  15. Jeepers, I am working slowy to get the freezer down. Hoping by the middle of week, I can start canning some more things out of the freezer. I have beef and chicken still in there along with a turkey breast. Those I want to get canned up and make some beef and chicken broth as well. There are some more veggies I want to get deydrated as well. Just seems other things get in the way of getting that freezer fully emptied. But I will get there.
  16. Annarchy, That looks good. I might have to try that out. Would be a good thing to learn to do.
  17. Ann, he looks so sweet in those pictures. Best to both of you. I know you will love him. Who can ingore those eyes. Have a safe trip back home.
  18. Somehow I had forgotten about these post. But on page one Mt. Rider had a wonderful list. I have some of those things and I think a wheel chair is not far in the making. I fear that DH will need one at a later date if his walking doesn't improve. We has all the different types of canes and 2 shower chairs. But on that list I see things that would really come in handy. So going to start checking into my preps for adding some of those items when things calm down around here. To many doctor appts. and test and now the car getting shipped out to the shop. Hope that doesn't take to long to be fixed. Richmond VA is 2 hours drive from us. We have 5 neighbors that is going to the meeting for our gun rights. So far the one that had a parking ticket, they cancelled his parking ticket and decided to close the parking garage. One is going by bus with VCDL. And the other 3 are car pooling. Hope they all come back safe and sound. Praying that no riots will happen but they are gearing up for something bad to happen after those 3 men were arrested. Not sure what was going on there as I really don't like watching the news anymore. Going to look into bay tec for some 250 gal. water containers. Not sure yet that I will by one, but would like to have more water here on property than what I already have. Can never have to much water. Looking at ways to make a small pond in back yard using a child size plastic swimming pool. I think I saw that on Penterest. Need to check on that. Not for drinking though.
  19. Mt. Rider, Hoping you are doing a bit better today. Prayers still going out for you to get over this mess. It has been to long now. Hello Louis 1. Nice to meet you. Went to church this morning and DH got really tired. Fluid started to build up while in church. So got home and gave him a fluid pill. Said he had a headache and he doesn't get headaches but B/P was good. He's doing better tonight. Guess we just have to take it one day at a time. Good days and bad days. He has his last test tomorrow and then we take car in to be repaired afterwards. Hope he does ok tomorrow. Going to be a long day for him. So once car is dropped off, it's home and off to lay down awhile for him. Though I might feed him first. Don't want a growling tummy. Hoping after we get home I can get some sewing done. Got a couple pair of pants to hem and the tablecloth to make for that folding table.
  20. WE2, so sorry about your brother. going your way that he will get through this and not be so angry. Sometimes just turning it over to the Lord is the best thing to do. Hopefully he will get past the frustration of being ill. It can be hard on him and everyone around him caring for his needs. Hope the new sump pump works well this time around. Water in basements are not good. Mt. Rider, hope that cough gets much better real soon. Jeepers, my next door neighbor has been fighting throat cancer now for a year. And his was from smoking. He is now cancer free but would not eat and his wife kept having to feed him by the stomach tube. So doctors put him on CBD the RX way. He is now eating and they will soon be removing the feeding tube. So I guess it does have it's purpose. Though I am still not that sure of it. We slept in this morning. Got up around 10. It felt good to sleep in for a bit. But it put me behind on somethings I needed to get done. But well worth the extra rest. I tend to wake up when DH gets up during the night. So my sleep is in spirts. Got a lot of things done despite the fact I got a late start. We are going to use a folding table for the kitchen applances, breadmaker, electric pressure cooker that I haven't used in a long time because it got old going out to garage to get it everytime I needed it. So the table will house my applances and I can use them right there on that table. Went through my material to make a tablecloth. So that is mesured out, Just got to do the heming on it. I have enough left of it to make covers for the applances when not in use. Got the sewing/office/craft room cleaned up again and then started working on my taxes. I hate tax time. Paperwork. yuk! With a bit of luck, maybe I will be able to get the food closets emptied and cleaned out to get everything reorganized again. Seems January is about gone and Feb. will be here before we know it. Time is still flying. It needs to slow down, I can't keep up these days.
  21. CG that might not be a bad thing. Help on the way when you need it. DH needs that.
  22. And now I know why I don't have any of them.. they don't shut up. And they don't understand what you are asking. I'll stick to the old way of things. It's called a computer. Which by the way will only give you the information it wants you to have. Then it will track you for the fun of it. Duck Duck where are you.
  23. Jeepers, Hope it works out for you. Trying to get creative with storing things is not as easy as I would have thought. If I still had kids living at home. I would really have a huge issue with finding space. In bedroom closets we didn't use them for clothes or storage for clothes. We added shelving all the way across and down for our food. With leaving enough space for 5 lb buckets on floor. The 2 bedroom closets are over flowing, so pulling everything out and cleaning up. Then getting things back in there more organized so I can better find things. The pictures I posted from 2013 in the pantry forum was after I had reorganized all the closets and kitchen cabnets. So it is past time to do it again. Hoping to get started on that next Tuesday. I have already got the food I canned reoragnized under the beds. Though I am ready to take the smallest bedroom where the extra bed is and put shelving on the walls for the food. There is a house down the street where they had an estate sale. The neighbor used to make dolls. They looked so real and Beautiful dolls. She even made all the doll clothes. She had one bedroom she housed her dolls in. She had shelving going from ceiling to floor on 2 walls and then from middle of wall to ceiling on the other 2 walls. I am thinking why can't I do that for canned goods. They would only have to be better supported for heavy items like canned foods. I could make a curtain from the top self to the bottom one to keep the food covered. It is an idea but not sure if I will do it yet.
  24. Tetanus is a good one to keep up to date. We also get one every 10 years. Need to check med. records as to when the last one was. I am almost sure it was about 5 years ago. But want to double check that. Took DH for his CT scan and then Monday he goes for last test. the speach barron swallow. Then to doctor for results a couple weeks after that. Hope all goes well. He has enough problems to keep up with. So rest of day I am cleaning up house a bit and then getting my flour into the freezer for a few days. Need to get all my sugar together and into a 5 gal. bucket. Going to try to start working on getting my make shift pantries cleaned out and reorganize from scratch with the oldest food going into kitchen to make sure it gets used first. Not having a real pantry, I have a system I try to use. Oldest foods from the hall closet to kitchen with what will not go in kitchen goes to front of shelves and the food from small bedroom closet gets moved to hall closet behind what is left of the oldest foods. Then what is in the next bedroom gets moved to smallest bedroom. Then I have that 3ed closet for the newest foods. Have already gotten the foods I canned fixed so I am pulling out the oldest first. I try hard to keep that rotation going like that and so far it has worked out. Really wish I had a basement and a root cellar as well. Maybe one day it will happen. I can just keep dreaming about it for now.
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