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  1. We have an ex-nurse sewing masks for the small local hospital near us. She is using interfacing material encased between layers of cotton. Not sure if that works better than just plain cotton but these are washable yet hold their shape and filtering ability.
  2. I know only too well how precious hope is. Great news,
  3. You are welcome MtR. I only wish I could find something as direct for the Illinois tax due date. You need to have your federal taxes done before you file Illinois forms yet so far I can't find anything on the Illinois Internal Revenue site where it directly says that the date has also been changed.
  4. When all else fails go to the source.. I just went to the Internal Recenue Service web site and this is what I found. WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020 There is also info about tax changes there in case anyone is interested.
  5. The state of Illinois is basically on lockdown with all non essential businesses shut down. All people who do not fullfill an essential service are required to shelter in place. All people are allowed to go out for groceries, pharmacies, health services,, to essential jobs, and many other services so not total isolation. They are asking for people who need to go out follow social distancing and safe health practices. The order is until April 7 th but may need to be extended. If anyone is able to watch the govenor's broadcast I strongly suggest it. One of the doctor's, Dr Landen?, who spoke made a very very good case and explanations for taking this step. Stay safe.
  6. Any oil you normally like will work, MtR. I've used various over the years. I use a light olive oil or avocado oil now because we've become picky about what we use. Melted coconut oil gives them a nice taste too but if the apples are cold it tends to solidify in spots. Over the last, ummm, decades I've most often used an old rectangled ten tray dehydrator I bought for a dollar at an auction twenty or so years ago. I use it for a whole lot more than just fruit and veggies. It's a great tool for getting more raw foods into the diet. I have/had several dehydrators. DH made a cabinet sized one years ago that held a bushel of produce at a time, I've used vehicles as dehydrators and made sun Jam and sun dried tomatoes on pieces of glass. I've dried on sheets on low roofs like the pioneers did. I've even used an antique cabinet sized egg incubator to dehydrate 'horse and goat' cookies. It worked beautifully. This old ten tray one keeps humming along, bless it, and I use it often. Yesterday it held herbs. Today it's full of bananas. After that I hope to make zucchini chips. Can an you tell I like to dehydrate things?
  7. We just snagged a wonderful buy on bananas today. Two large produce boxes, probably close to fifty pounds, that were just being removed from the shelves to restock. We paid $5 for them all. Most were just starting to speckle and will be perfect for dehydrating and freezing. We love them both ways. We like them dehydrated to the chewy leather like stage that makes them taste almost like caramel. Another favorite dehydrated goody is Apple oatmeal cookies. The basic recipe comes from an old 'Dry It You'll Like It' book by Gen Macmaniman that I've used for years. I blend three or four raw seeded but unpeeled apples with 3/4 cup oil, a half cup or more of honey, and vanilla in a blender until smooth. I pour it into a large bowl and add about three cups raw oatmeal, a cup of chopped nuts or sunflowers, a cup of raisins or other dried fruit and sometimes cinnamon. Stir it well and then let it set for an hour or so to soak. I drop this by spoons full on dehydrator trays and dry until desired firmness. I store the softer ones in the refrig or freezer but they don't last long here. The apple base is great alone like a pudding or frozen like a sherbet. Yum!
  8. We have been noticing both the lack of a LOT of produce and the rising costs. In all our grocery stores, even Aldi's. Not only that but we are finding the produce sections are rearranged so it looks like there's more than there is. Organic produce in particular have gone from taking up one whole isle to only a four or five foot section and only the very basics in that. I am so glad we decided to do more gardening this year even though it's difficult. We expected shortages and high prices but not this early on. We'd hoped we'd have more time to stock up before that happened. As I said in another post, this year will be difficult for everything as it's all connected. So many acres are setting empty here in the Midwest due to flooding. That effects the grain availability and prices. Grain is in so many things. It will hit all the meat producers soon and you can expect to see higher prices there. Tariffs, fires, floods and severe weather, are effecting all sorts of prices. It will be a tough year.
  9. Are you SURE you want to bring this up again? LOL! It has been a long time since I was in a big crowd like a Fourth celebration. I try always to stay on the outer edges of such crowds and make sure to map the closest exit including the best vehicle route out. Good call, MtR. We should all start being more aware of our surroundings AND of the people around us.
  10. We have those kinds of 'practices' here too, the kind where we are forced to practice by some act or possible act of nature. We had several days of no electric last winter and we hadn't had that for several years so weren't quite as ready as we could have been. We did fine but not comfortably. I was thinking more of some here who used to actually set aside a weekend or longer if they really wanted to push it where they used no electricity. They left specific appliances running such as freezers and refrigerators but made it so that lights and such wouldn't work or with a reminder NOT to use switches and things. They did not buy anything ahead of time to make it easier but went on only what they had on hand. They ate only from their preps and had to use up what would supposedly spoil in the refrigerator and maybe freezers as if they too were off. They cooked on what they had prepped to use, they had to either have water stored or figure out how they were going to get it, (in that case where you have to have water to drink they let themselves find it at a store but limited its use) and etc. It was a way to test their preps and their skills for survival and I believe it was extremely beneficial. Especially for those who had kids so they would see exactly what it would be like. I remember it being a sort of challenge just like some of these scenarios are only to actually live it and write about what they learned and how they made out later (no computer use obviously). I just wondered if anyone had done that or if anyone had even thought about doing it.
  11. In case some of you missed it, a couple of months ago our president signed an executive order that requires various and assorted departments to work together/share information to prepare for and try to prevent the failure of the power grid for whatever reason. (EMP, solar flare, terrorist attack, etc) This was prompted by the report that came out last year by the government's own committee on susceptibility of our power grid. I read that report and it was even more chilling than the one that came out in 2008 by the committee on impact of an EMP (which was also part of this latest report). It was strongly suggested to The Department of Homeland Security, in that report, that it might be months before parts of the grid could be repaired. The report encouraged the DHS recommend that all citizens be prepared for at least six months of no electricity and the accompanying problems listed in the report. No communication, transportation interruptions, and on and on. Of course, nothing has been said. Don't want to scare the people but at least someone has actually paid attention to the report. These periodic outages in isolated areas of the country will be nothing compared to country wide outages. Those people though will be a lot better prepared for long term compared to those who haven't had that experience. If I remember right, some of us on Mrs. S used to have 'practice' weekend drills without electricity. Does anyone still do that?
  12. Wasn't it Roosevelt who said "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"? But what is fear and what is a healthy respect for possibilities? One of my fears is being a burden on my family.. That wasn't a fear when I was younger but it became so the last few years. It's hard to be prepared for that with limited funds but fear can paralyze or motivate. My natural inclination is to use my fears to solve or prepare for the very things that cause the fear. Isn't that why we prep? So the fears are turned into positive action? Fear ar is good. Paralyzing fear is not.
  13. 🤔. Of course, they haven't proven there ISN'T a Sasquatch.......
  14. I believe it's important to remember that sometimes just plain water is appropriate for dehydration. Unless one has been sweating profusely and is actually low in sodium drinking salt water might not be necessary. And too much salt can react adversely. That's why rehydrating formulas seem especially low in salt. Less than a teaspoon is good for a quart of water. It's better to have more dilution and drink more water. If available, broth works pretty well too.
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