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  1. I know that we’ve had lots of discussions in the past about living without electricity but times are changing. Modern technology has advanced and we live now in a world of electrical dependence. But do we know what ALL we depend on for electricity? Just to give us an idea of the enormity of electricity let’s look around us, not just in our homes but in our lives, and make a list of everything we can think of that uses electricity. I’ll start with some things that are so common we may not think of them. You add your list. Automatic doors Elevators Cash registers Tr
  2. Krystalbear. We have had several new members in the last few months. Perhaps we should welcome them also! Welcome ALL new members. Please come and introduce yourselves and let us know if there's anything we can help you learn or find on the site. And please, jump in and share your expertise with us.
  3. It definitely would not be easy if it weren't for the testing I am able to do from home. If the SHTF and I had to do without that I would probably have difficulties but at least I now know what works and what doesn't. But then, if there were to be that sort of situation I imagine a LOT of people with all sorts of issues would be in the same boat. Insulin dependent diabetics in particular would be at horrible risk without meds. I'm not sure there is an alternative for them.
  4. Of course I will answer any question I can. I'm just sorry it took me this long to reply. I somehow missed this post in my 'run' through Mrs. S last night. (it's strange how that 'run' never seems to burn up much calories OH well, I suppose my brain cells like the exercise ) Okay, questions: Frozen Broccoli comes in florets or chopped and I dehydrate it right out of the bag but do try to separate out the bigger pieces and cut/break them to match. The chopped sometimes will get small enough to drop through the trays though so I usually use a smaller grid if do
  5. MM, you shouldn't get me started on dehydrating so I'll apologize ahead of time for the long post. I REALLY like dehydrating .... A couple of times when we've had extended outages and had to salvage what was in the freezers I've canned frozen veggies and they seemed to do fine with the addition of water in each jar. I've also dehydrated a LOT of frozen veggies. I love the way dehydrated foods store and how versatile they are. I make crackers and cookies in the dehydrator even. I often buy bags of mixed, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, and etc when on sale and dehydrate them. They a
  6. I was just thinking of that Ambergris. Or perhaps tossing them into a soup. One with tomatoes in it would help cover the taste easily enough.
  7. TheCG. Those books are WONDERFUL. Thanks for finding them. The ones I'm looking for are very similar but there was originally a whole set of them on different aspects. I haven't found the exact ones yet but I hope to when I get deeper into that site. In the mean time, You know where to find me if you want me OOTO, I love that saying and it's going on MY refrigerator today. Then I'm going to make one up for my DD. I studied Dr. John Christopher many years ago when I took a wholistic health course through Wild Rose School in Canada. I still have and use the extensive
  8. I believe there are grain mills that are electric but can be used manually as well. I haven't looked at them in a long time so it might be advantageous to take another look out there. I have an old Corona hand mill that has seen a lot of grain go through it but it takes a lot of muscle to do enough for a loaf or two of bread. Still, It works. We also have an large old electric store type coffee mill that DH modified to grind wheat and have used it for decades. It works surprisingly well even yet. We use other grains besides wheat now but i have used both those mills with rice, corn, mille
  9. It's what I've said about a lot of things that have come into my life. Eating gluten free is just one of the challenges but combine it with the other food sensitivities I have and it is really multiplied to me taking my own food wherever I go, not an easy task. But as each new ailment/malady/curtailment (like Covid) has come along I've managed to adapt my expectation of spontaneity until I am more like Mt_R. I keep doubles of most of what I might need and have each vehicle outfitted as far as possible and my Big purse carries the rest continuously except for perhaps the addition of food or
  10. And now another vaccine coming along which might not be as effective but will supposedly be better at preventing death and the spread of the virus. No mention about it being effective for every strain though. It, however, probably won't be ready before June if it is approved. The mutations and their interesting spread and the numbers of cases and deaths are beginning to feel more like a scene out of an apocalyptic story than real life. (Has anyone read Jack London's The Scarlet Plague?)
  11. Euphrasyne, My daughter has a couple of those books as well. I love them too but let her do the collecting as she has a bigger house and lets me borrow them. In fact, DGS just brought me one of her books. It's the huge Storey compilation of all their homesteading books together in a big oversized book. It was published in 2004 I believe. I'll have to read it with a magnifying glass though as the print is extremely tiny. I've looked at it before. She has a companion one she owns also. It's a more military type book on guns and all sorts of survival. I haven't seen that one in a while eit
  12. OOTO, I read Letters of a Woman Homesteader and liked it but I like reading original (or copies of) "Reciept" books better for all around info. Each page is usually filled to the margins as paper was scarce much of the time. I believe a search would find some of them online though I haven't looked in years. My daughter collects cook books and has many originals like that among her collection but they are rare to find now. Have you read Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management? It is not about homesteading but it is an interesting look into the past in Victorian Britain. It,
  13. Adding my to Mt_R. It's hard to stay strong sometimes.
  14. Happy Birthday a bit late, Gofish. I Hope your day was filled with all the good things you could ask for. AND I hope you are feeling better.
  15. OOTO, I read that one YEARS ago but not sure if I remember what all was in it. I found it free online at http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks05/0500651h.html I was surprised I could actually get it to read as it's from Australia but it appears to be all there. I'm going to read it again. Euphrasyne and TheCG thanks for the suggestions. Just the books for I need to allay boredom. And no, I didn't know that Borchardt and Rice were sisters. How interesting.
  16. Euphrasne, I have made bread for my family my whole life and really miss eating it. I love bread but can't eat gluten. I may have mentioned this before, I found Pamela's GF Bread mix that makes a nice loaf of bread, even in the bread maker. I've used it for pies and cookies too with some modifications. It's expensive and has xanthan gum in it that bother me if I eat too much of it but it's nice once in a while to have a piece of toast or a sandwich. I have also used gelatin as a replacement in other gluten free recipes with good success. I still make regular bread for DH but I've gotten
  17. Thanks Ambergris. I look forward to that today. Elderberry. I can't take elderberry because it does boost my already overactive immune system. It can be used if you have a weak immune system, especially to help you ward off a virus but you have to know when and how to use it and other herbs. A better modulator might be to find out if your Vitamin D is low. Mine is but I even have trouble taking that. I am just attempting to stay away from it by staying home and being cautious. But I sure wish it would subside soon. These walls are looking a bit close lately.
  18. TIME TO CELEBRATE! Kappy, I hope your day is filled with all the good things you can think of.
  19. Thanks so much, Ambergris. It's much easier to follow the numbers when they are all together like this. You have such a good grasp of them I wonder if you'd give us your idea of what they all mean. I believe we all need to get a handle on the realities of this pandemic.
  20. Trusting your gut. An odd term but not really that odd considering that the gut contains some of the same chemicals and hormones as your brain does and it's now believed that it might actually have a sort of intelligence that is connected with the brain. I almost always trust my instinct too, Jeepers. I trust that inner voice. Even as a child I 'knew' things. It has very rarely proved wrong. If it's something that could be a critical decision I might take time to reassess but normally I go with my first 'feeling'. Real life stories? So many it's hard to pick ju
  21. Ambergris. We were talking about the same thing only I called it a solar still. I have practiced with one many times and found that they give very little clean water unless you wet the area or use a very wet area to begin with. It would be a source of emergency water if you had no other AND if you had enough sun/heat to make it work. And if you had the tarp, containers, and a way to dig them at your disposal. Lots of IF's in that statement but it is good to at least know a few alternative sources of water. MM, I do understand the challenge of evac, especially if it would have
  22. When I posted this challenge I had in mind not only sheltering in place but perhaps being on the road coming or going. The water along your route for that might be different than what is near you but having a reliable source of water is important at all times. Anarchy, where you live is a water challenge indeed. Everyone should have a route mapped out and an idea of what they could expect to find on it. It ranks close to #1 rule in a bug out situation. I have a BIL in that part of the country and he has the same issues with water. The property he bought had a large cement tan
  23. I've tried to make sense out of all the numbers but what I come up with is that it's both worse and better than what we are led to believe. If we go by the sheer numbers of cases and even deaths the numbers are almost staggering. Yet if we go by the numbers per capita some countries really look hard hit. What bothers me is the rising number of cases in countries that closed down early. Thailand closed down their tourism early on and for a long time their numbers stayed low. So much of what they do and how they live is spent outside I suppose that helped. I believe masks were mandated the
  24. We got ours yesterday. Earlier than I'd expected.
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