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  1. A little vitamin D info from one who's been there and done that for years. I have extremely low Vitamin D. (9 with normal being 30-100) I found out through testing at least 20 years ago. About five years ago my doctor had me get genetic testing. He was looking for genetic reasons for my adverse reactions to so many medicines and it seems that can be genetic. That test gave us lots of answers. It also found I had faulty VDR genes (Vitamin D Receptor genes). Taking vitamin D supplements are difficult for me as one is made from mushrooms and the other type from lanolin, bot
  2. I hope your day is filled with wonder and joy.
  3. I'm always interested in historic info like this but I absolutely love Euphrasyne's story of faith. I believe I will hang an antique umbrella near my desk so each day I have to remember to have faith with prayers.
  4. We had a family milk cow for many years a lot of years ago. One bit of advise I can offer is to make sure you get one that has been hand milked before and is used to being led and handled. In other words, tame. Especially if you are new to milking. Also, with any milk animal, ask to be able to taste the milk before buying and how much milk the animal gives. You might ask yourself just how much milk you want or need and what you are planning to do with the excess. Believe me with a cow there WILL be excess unless you have a huge family. Our cow could give us five gallon or more a day on a
  5. MM, I often dry the zest for later use if the product is organic. It can be rehydrated by soaking and it is great just dropped into a cup or pot of tea. I've even powdered it to use it as a sort of instant flavoring. It takes very little and remember it is ZEST which means it's going to be a bit different in taste. As an aside, I also dehydrate apple peels. When they are leathery dry I put them on a cookie sheet and roast them in the oven to a deep brown color. Once roasted I store them in air tight containers and use them to make a wonderful Roasted Apple Peel Tea. It take
  6. Are they just doing checks on hospitalized cases and not all cases? It would make sense that those who were hospitalized would be more ill. Isn't mutation to be expected with viruses? It always seems the regular flu has so many variants that it's hard for the manufacturers of vaccines to figure out which one will be more prevalent in any given year so they can match their vaccine to as many as possible. I'm not saying that a nasty 'mutant ninja virus' is what anyone wants to deal with and I'm glad they are trying to keep up on the latest mutation but I also don't believe it's
  7. The CG. I have family in Texas and they have said the same thing about no one there being prepared for winter conditions. With all the fuel around them they had a false sense of security. The cascade effect of the cold weather on their warm weather lifestyle was something they never thought to see. It was the same here in the Midwest when the derecho hit last year. Even though Midwesterners are fairly used to power outages few people were prepared for the devastation that storm left in it's tracks nor the length of time it took for power to be restored in some places. The que
  8. Ambergris, thank you for the information. It explains some of the things I'd been seeing happening. Homey, that is encouraging news. I would embrace wholeheartedly the ability to be out and among family and friends freely again. Still, I've learned over the years not to believe everything I read or hear. I, for one, will continue to be cautious.
  9. Solar electric has come a long way in the last few years. To be effective in winter or cloudy climates, like Jeepers said, it does need to have battery back up to be useful in off sun hours. The newer system, such as whole roof ones are capable of producing electricity even through snow, dirt, and etc. Commercial systems, like Euphraysne says, usually work with an inverter to convert the DC current to AC current. It is hooked directly into the house electrical system. It must be sized correctly for the amount of electricity you use. It is true that extra electricity it generates can be
  10. It appears that MM was hacked as well as Darlene. Do not open any private messages with attachments from her. It's not bad enough that we have Covid, our computers are having their own brand of viruses.
  11. That has always been the emoji that has signified 'gut feeling' to me. It's a feeling that I have to look around inside my mind and pay attention to the wisdom I find there. Or to take a closer look at things happening around us, perhaps hidden things. This skill should be part of our preps. It's a prep you can't buy but you can develop.
  12. Ambergris, If it was old look at the link The CG gave above. I haven't found the specific books I was looking for but oh my there is a LOT of info there. I am the same way. Had lots of books over the years that I didn't think I'd use but have turned to them again and again. I do have to admit my most used homesteading book was Carla Emory's Old Fashioned Recipe Book. I still look for recipes in that book as well as how-to stuff. She was a loss the homesteading community could ill afford to lose.
  13. We used to buy whole corn, wheat, and rolled oats from the feed store and seal it in buckets. It always kept really well. Then we found that the store was spraying their warehouse for bugs and had poison out for rodents and I was concerned about the safety. Try to check exactly where the feed comes from and how it was stored.
  14. WE2'S My Vitamix is also one of the old Stainless Steel ones. I bought it second hand for $75 years and years ago. It came with two containers. The one with the spigot and a grain grinding/bread making one. It's a bit noisy now but still works GREAT. Those early ones were really built to last.
  15. I have been to Lehman's only once, many years ago on vacation, and LOVED it. (Though I do order from there when I can't find something elsewhere) It was more touristy than I'd expected but once I got over the shock of knowing I couldn't afford much of what I wanted I was lost in the experience. Loved the old room settings especially. I SO wanted to buy an Amish Made stove they had on sale for $900 and WOULD have bought it if we'd had room to take it home with us on the utility trailer we were pulling. It was FULL of Motorcycles (we'd been at the races and swap meet nearby) and I couldn't t
  16. We have people here who use Salatin's model as well. Unfortunately the man we've gotten our pasture raised poultry from for years has stopped producing so he could go to work at a convenience store to make more money with less hours of work. Something is wrong with this picture..... In reading that first article I wondered if Bill Gates is vegetarian or vegan and it's his personal feelings dictating what he says. I've also wondered more than once over the last few decades or more if there isn't more going on with the earth than the PTB are telling us because they believe we ar
  17. The CG, An EXCELLENT list. Learning from experience always seems to give more insight than just being told something. Keep adding. This list can help us all to rethink our preps. Stay warm!
  18. We have set records for extreme cold here in the Midwest but it's supposed to start a warming trend soon. We have lots of snow but not more than we are used to in other years. We certainly haven't had the problems you in the south and in the north west. I guess Mother Nature decided we'd had enough with the Derecho last year. for all who are dealing with Mother Nature's reminder that she is still calling the weather shots.....
  19. If I'm reading this right, the United States still leads with the most cases and the most deaths??? And if I read between the lines it seems the vaccine does not lend immunity until four weeks after it is administered, perhaps the second one may not be needed, the SA variant could significantly reduce the vaccine's protection, and in essence there are still many unknowns with the vaccine AND with the virus. I, for one, will continue to prep as if I might be isolated for the next year yet and possibly longer. I can do that. It's just a bit more difficult now than it was.
  20. I am so sorry for your loss, Little Sister. There are really no words to fill that empty place so I won't try but God will fill that place when you need it and are ready for it. and
  21. Hi, Babysteps. Nice to see you. Thoughts on tents inside the house. Make sure they are pop ups without the need to stake them down. Use them on the beds if possible so you have comfort and warmth below you. It helps to use the metal coated emergency blankets or even aluminum foil beneath your body to reflect heat back. These and other small areas can be easily heated with an oil lantern or candle lantern but only when there is enough air inside the area. AND when there is every caution taken to prevent fires. This is best done before crawling into the area just to warm it a
  22. That just reminded me that the electric blanket on my bed is YEARS old. Might be time to find another but I so hate to throw out something that still works well. But then, I'd hate to start a fire too. Especially in this nasty cold. Good reminder Annarchy. Jeepers too. I need to recheck the bugout bags in our car. The camper van is pretty much ready winter and summer except for water and fresh foods. It has clothes, dry food, all sorts of emergency 'stuff' and equipment but the old GMC we use for around here is....wellllll OLD and not well stocked. This never leaving the house has tak
  23. MM, Ice melt is what you put on your steps and such to thaw the snow and ice. I thought of the bags breaking too. If I try it I will probably use a heavy duty outer bag and a lighter one inside for the water. Jeepers, you would be using an inverter (12volt DC to 110 AC) (a converter, I believe, is the opposite) for the car and they do use extra battery power to work. There are many different wattages to run different things. Most car ones are rated for small things like charging or even small tv's. I'm not an expert but as far as I've been told heat takes more power so it wo
  24. Interesting. I like the old documentaries. I wonder if they have newer processes now. We might end up liking the old way better if we only knew what all they add. I agree Euphrasyne. Use as much as is possible. Many many years ago my Mom worked for Swift. That was when a lot of the processing was still done by hand. She worked in most areas of the plant at one time or another. In her late eighties she could still butcher, pluck, clean, cut, and package chicken faster than four of us together. She taught me to use the bones, cartilage, tail, wing tips, and even feet. I still
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