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Just to let you know we are starting the Mrs. Survival News Letter

again. It may not be like the old ones, but that is ok. Everyone and

everything changes from time to time. I think we may be a little less

formal as for the structure of the news letter this year. I had

written a family news letter for 8 years and it was never the same.

First page changed from time to time. This is probably the way it will

go here since I am not a formal person.


To start with, I want to say just a few things about Mrs. Survival, we

will be saying Mrs. 'S', since that is what everyone knows this site by.

I will probably be adding my own thoughts and the and such as I do a

lot of that in my posts.


We will start off with something about 10 of the 20 public forums and

the next news letter will be of the others. That way, each forum will

have equal time.



I: The Sunporch is where we have introductions, we just love hearing

about all of you. We have a lot of other things happening here too. We

have birthday parties and also just anything you want to put there.


You will also find 'The Basic User Information' post here. Cat has put

a lot of information about how to use this site in this post. I'll put

just a bit here.


I've had questions from people confused about how to use this board.

Hey, if you don't ask, we can't help!


You can read posts even if you're not registered. You can't *post*

messages if you aren't registered. Registration is free, and easy to do.


(If you want to *fudge* on your birthdate, just make sure that you

make it at least 1984 or earlier... otherwise the board will lock you

out for registration for a while because you're *too* young!! )


When you are registered, you can mark a place at the bottom of your

"log in" for the board to remember you each time you visit. That means

that you don't have to log in each time.


If the button says "logout" towards the upper right of your board

(just above the forums), you're already logged in, and should be able

to post.


If it says "login", you'll need to log in again.


Go through the buttons around the site. The "FAQ" (frequently asked

questions) might answer something you've wondered about. Or you can

ask here on the board, or privately, using our PM (private messaging)



PM is found in "My Home", again above the forums. Click on "send a PM"

and fill in the boxes.

"My Home" is also where you'll find a place to *1 edit your personal

information, email, password, etc., *2 edit your display preferences,

number of shown threads, languages, colors, etc., and *3

subscribe/unsubscribe from receiving forum posts by email, change

message notifications, etc.



You need to read the rest in the post.




II Reporting is one of the newest forums on Mrs. S. This is a forum

about our service people, no matter if they are in a foreign land or

here at home. They all need our support. Here is something I feel is

so good, I think it needs to be read by all reading this news letter.




Author: Army Captain John Rasmussen


It was raining "cats and dogs" and I was late for physical training.

Traffic was backed up at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and was moving way

too slow. I was probably going to be late and I was growing more and

more impatient.


The pace slowed almost to a standstill as I passed Memorial Grove, the

site built to honor the soldiers who died in the Gander airplane

crash, the worst redeployment accident in the history of the 101st

Airborne Division (Air Assault).


Because it was close to Memorial Day, a small American flag had been

placed in the ground next to each soldier's memorial plaque. My

concern at the time, however, was getting past the bottleneck, getting

out of the rain and getting to physical training on time. All of a

sudden, infuriatingly, just as the traffic was getting started again,

the car in front of me stopped.


A soldier, a private of course, jumped out in the pouring rain and ran

over toward the grove. I couldn't believe it! This knucklehead was

holding up everyone for who knows what kind of prank. Horns were

honking. He was getting soaked to the skin. His Battle Dress Uniform

was plastered to his frame.


I watched-as he ran up to one of the memorial plaques, picked up the

small American flag that had fallen to the ground in the wind and the

rain, and set it upright again.


Then, slowly, he came to attention, saluted, ran back to his car, and

drove off.


I'll never forget that incident. That soldier, whose name I will never

know, taught me more about duty, honor, and respect than a hundred

books or a thousand lectures.


That simple salute --- that single act of honoring his fallen brother

and his flag --- encapsulated all the Army values in one gesture for me.

It said, "I will never forget. I will keep the faith. I will finish

the mission. I am an American soldier."


I thank God for examples like that.


And on this Memorial Day, I will remember all those who paid the

ultimate price for my freedom, and one private, soaked to the skin,

who honored them.



III Where The Heart Is, is the forum where we tell of our problems and

we tell of our joys. We cry and we laugh together here.


We have a 'Memorial to Fran' here also. Fran was one of the first on

this site. She was a friend to everyone. Her death was a very

emotional time for most of us here on Mrs. S.



IV Are You Really Ready is a forum to help us all learn about the

things we need to do and the things we need to be ready for.


One of the threads asks us about what we have done to prepare, this is

a very good question. What would you do if you were without

electricity for a few hours, a day or several days??? What would you

do if you found yourself in the middle of a hurricane or tornado??????


This forum is very good reading.


Do you know the first 100 things that would be gone first?? Here is a

list which you can find in this forum.


First 100 That Disappear First in a Disaster


1. Generators

(Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy...target of thieves;

maintenance, etc.)


2. Water Filters/Purifiers (Shipping delays increasing.)


3. Portable Toilets (Increasing in price every two months.)


4. Seasoned Firewood

(About $100 per cord; wood takes 6 - 12 mos. to become dried, for home



5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce,

stockpile ANY!)


6. Coleman Fuel (URGENT $2.69-$3.99/gal. Impossible to stockpile too



7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots

8. Hand-Can openers & hand egg beaters, whisks (Life savers!)


9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugars


10. Rice - Beans - Wheat (White rice is now $12.95 - 50# bag. Sam's

Club, stock depleted often.)


These are the first 10, for the rest you can go to the site and read

about them.



V I n The Kitchen there are many ideas and recipes you are able to ask

questions and whoever can help you will post what they think.


Here is just one that caught my eye since July is almost here.


4th of July Pie


3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups water

3 tbsp. corn starch

1 pkg (4 serving size) strawberry jello

1 cup each blueberries and strawberries

1 Keebler graham cracker crust

whip cream, ( I use the canned whipped cream)


Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in water

until smooth. Stirring constantly cook on medium heat until mixture

comes to boil. Boil one minute, and remove from heat.

Stir in jello until completely disolved. Cool to room temp.

Stir in berries.

Refrigerate 3 hours until firm. Serve with whipped cream.



This sounded so very good.



VI Crafter's Alley is a good forum to learn how to make things the old

fashiond way. In other words, you will be able to find out how to sew,

how to make quilts, how to knit as well as making candles and all

kinds of things you might be interested in. We also do exchanges on

this forum. We just had our Spring Fling Secret Pal exchange and will

be doing something else very soon. You will want to keep your eyes

open for the new ideas.


The latest 'how to' is how to put a zipper in. This is one of the

hardest parts about making dresses there is.


Please be sure to check out all the posts at this forum you are

interested in.



VII Within These Pages forum is for those who are book readers. This

is one thing I am not, so I leave this for those how enjoy reading.

They read a book and then have a discussion about it. Or just tell

what book they are reading.


Some of the books people are reading or have read since the first of

this year are: 'Mists of Avalon', biography of 'John Adams' , Seed

Catalogs of course, '4th of July' by James Patterson, 'No Place Like

Home' by Mary Higgins Clark and 'The Rising'.


If you do any reading, please let us know what you are reading.



VIII Pinching Pennies is a great forum to learn how to save money and

who isn't wanting to do that.


One of the newest posts is about 'Free Meals', and this really is good.

You need to read this one for sure.


You can learn how to make your own soap and baby wips here too.


There are so many things we can do to pinch our pennies.



IX The Family Tree forum is a forum for those who are interested in

genealogy. There are posts about how to start looking, where to start,

and how to fill out your forms.


We have names here that could help you discover your own ancesters.

There could be someone there in your genealogy, so you might want to

take a look at some of those posted there. We have names from Allen to

Young, with a lot more inbetween.


I will put just a little about getting started and you can read the

rest in the forum.


First steps in Genealogy


Step 1 -- The first rule of genealogy is to start with yourself and

work back! Talk to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or anyone

else in the family who is older than you are. Ask questions like the

following questions and have charts which you can make from the

internet, and fill out as you ask the questions.


What's your full name?


When and where were you born?


Where did you grow up?


When and where were you married?


Whom did you marry? What is his/her full name?


How many children did you have? What are their full names?


What were your parents' full names?


When and where were your parents born?


Where did your parents grow up?


When and where did your parents marry?


What do you know about your grandparents?


Do you have any family Bibles, papers, or photographs?


It may be helpful to tape record the people you talk to in addition to

writing down their answers. Keep the tapes for future reference. Be

sure to ask perrmission before taping someone.


Also, I feel that if there is something medical that should be known,

it should be told. How many out there have someone in their family

with or has had cancer?? Or diabetes, or have heart problems or have

had stokes or even bipolar problems. This is something that should be

noted for future needs.



V Our WWW forum is a great forum when you have questions to ask about

your computer. There are tips and a lot of information. Here is just

one tip you will find there.


TIPS-1-Disk Defragmenter and Disk Cleanup


Disk Cleanup and defrag...these must be done about once a month to

maintain hard disk drive and file integrity. Most window users will

find these tools under the Start... programs----accessories----system


The defaults settings you will see are ok for now. My suggestion is to

run the Disk Defrag under SAFE MODE....you can get to SAFE MODE by

tapping the F8 key on the keyboard as you turn the computer on and

then select SAFE MODE option from the startup menu (win98 and winME)

or Advanced options menu (winXP) then Start...

programs----accessories----system tools---disk defragmenter.....it may

take a few hours to complete the defrag so you may want to do this

when you are not needing the system.....



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The time is here for our Fall Issue of the Mrs. Survival News Letter. We talked about 10 of the forums in the Summer Issue so we will be talking about the other 11 public forums this time. Yes, there are now 21 public forums, there has been a new one added after the last news letter. Take a look and see if you can guess which forum it is.


This is written by Snowmom, who is a moderator on Mrs. Survival and has been with Mrs. Survival since 1999.


There has been a lot happen since the first of July and we will only touch on a small portion of what we have at Mrs. Survival. You can come to Mrs. Survival by clicking on the following url. This will get you directly to the forums.




The first forum we are mentioning this time will be Streams In The Desert then we will continue from there.



I....... STREAMS IN THE DESERT: This is a forum where you can go to post prayer requests and also post religious posts. We are able to pray for others when they post here. We have things in here that are funny as well as those that are not so funny.


Here is a post that Ginger made on Aug. 30, 2005.




The Grand Canyon Within

copyright@2005 by Donna Partow


Lots of people choose Bible names for their children, hoping that their child will be inspired to emulate the wonderful qualities of his or her namesake. I named my oldest daughter Leah because I liked the sound of it. The biblical Leah always struck me as a rather pathetic figure; sort of the fifth wheel in Jacob and Rachel's otherwise romantic marriage. God has another view of her. Leah claimed that if only she could have a son, she would be content. Guess what? God was faithful. He sent her four sons, but she wasn't content. She played the game of giving her servant girl to Jacob, so she could vicariously have more sons. Then she stooped as

low as you can go. She hired her husband like a gigolo:


"That evening as Jacob was coming home from the fields, Leah went out to meet him. "You must sleep with me tonight!" she said; "for I am hiring you with some mandrakes my son has found!" So he did. And God answered her prayers and she became pregnant again, and gave birth to her fifth son. She named him Issachar (meaning "Wages"), for she said, "God has repaid me for giving my slave-girl to my husband." Then once again she became pregnant, with a sixth son. She named him Zebulun (meaning "Gifts"), for she said, "God has given me good gifts for my husband. Now he will honor me, for I have given him six sons" (Genesis 30:16-20).


So now she has five sons, not counting the children her servant bore. Do you think she's content now? I doubt it. What's interesting to me, however, is not only that she's discontented after

God gave her what she claimed she wanted, what she thought would fulfill her. There's something more here. Watch this:



A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac,

Isaac the father of Jacob,

Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,

Judah.... (Matthew 1:1-3 niv)


We don't need to go any further than that. Judah was part of the line of David. Leah was one of the grandmothers of Jesus! With the birth of Judah, she had fulfilled God's primary purpose for her life. I didn't say it was her only purpose. Nor am I saying that women have no other function other than giving birth. My point is: We like to tell ourselves that if God would give us some profound assignment, if only we had a sense of purpose, then we'd be content with our lives. Yet Leah had accomplished what God had in mind for her, but she didn't even recognize it. She had a houseful of children--the very thing she prayed for--but it was never enough to fill the emptiness within her. I think, more than anything else, she was looking for her husband's approval. God had set his approval upon her. He had answered her prayers and chosen her for the highest privilege anyone can have. Unfortunately, God's approval wasn't enough for her. Some of us are like Leah. We have a hole in our heart the size of the Grand Canyon, so we hand our husband a bucket and say, "Here, you fill it." Or we hand it to our church, our friends, or what have you. We fail to realize that filling that hole is something only God can do. And he can only do it if we will let him. Don't get me wrong. I think it would be nice if your husband met your needs. It would be nice if your church met your needs. It would be nice if your kids would get with the program. But if God is to us all he wants to be; if he is our all in all; if he is meeting all of your needs according to his riches in glory, then it's really not necessary. As long as we think we'll be happy when we have "God AND," we'll never be able to glorify God. We'll never be able to give an

accurate reflection of who he is. How can the world see God's reflection in a mud puddle? Our lives need to be so filled with God, so filled with that Living Water, that we show forth a brilliant

reflection of his glory.


The message God has been speaking to my heart over the past year has been simply this: "I'm enough for you, Donna. Let me be enough." You don't need God plus financial security. You don't need God plus a great marriage. You don't need God plus anything. God is enough. Will you let him be to you all he wants to be? If you answer yes, he offers you a promise:


God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more, so that there will not only be enough for your own needs, but plenty left over to give joyfully to others. (2

Corinthians 9:8)


When you allow God to meet your needs, you won't need a mere human to try to meet them. Then, rather than dealing with others out of your neediness, you can deal with them from a place of abundance.

As you pour forth out of the abundance God gives, he will be glorified and you will be fulfilling the very purpose for which you were created.


Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I am much like Leah. I look to other people to fill that place inside my heart that only you can fill. Empower me, today, by your Holy Spirit, to drink deeply of the Living Water and be satisfied. Amen





II....... SIGS: If you've been browsing around our forums, you'll see that many of us have a unique signature that is special to just us...If ya wanna jump in and express yourself with a unique signature too, THIS is the forum to request one...

Moderator: Lois and Caveman


Just ask and let them know what kind of picture you would like to have as well as the colors you like and such.


Here is where you can go to get your Sig.






III...... DAILY DIARY: The days of our lives, over time, add up to weeks and months and years...come join us and see, no matter what part of the world we live in, how we all move through time.


We talk about the weather, what we have done the day before and/or what we plan for the day ahead. We sometimes tell about some of our problems and ask for prayers here too.


Here is just the starter for one of the days some of us talked about and you can find it at:




Beautiful Thursday

#62704 - 09/15/05 06:45 AM Edit Reply Quote




Not only is if going to be beautiful outside, it is going to be "beautiful" because I have the day off


I have to go south and take my mom to her surgeon appointment. They are just monitoring her for a spot they found when she was in the hospital. It hasn't done anything in 9 months and the surgeon already told us he doesn't think it is cancer, but they will continue to follow it every three months for two years... he said if it didn't do anything in that time frame, more than likely it wouldn't ever. Anyway, I get to spend the day with mom Tomorrow is her birthday so we'll be going out to lunch/dinner and I bought her a dozen yellow roses...her favorite.


Boy I have been enjoying the Sunporch here lately... what a hoot. Even DH reads it and laughs... of course he thinks we're all nuts.


Well, everyone, have a great, blessed, beautiful day.




IV.... SO, WADDA YA THINK?: Here is where we discuss current events...What If...In My Humble Opinion...I Believe...I Was Always Taught... Always be respectful of other people's opinions and beliefs.


You can find it at:




One of the latest things that is being discussed is:


Seen any mice lately?

#62722 - 09/15/05 12:33 PM Edit Reply Quote



Plague-Infected Mice Missing From N.J. Lab


Officials Say the Health Risk to the Public Is Low


Sept. 15, 2005 — The FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the disappearance from a New Jersey research lab of at least three mice carrying a deadly strain of plague.


The rodents have been missing for two weeks.


Sources say FBI agents and bioterrorism experts are interviewing and polygraphing employees at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J., the location of the lab run by the Public Health Research Institute, a leading center for research on infectious diseases.


There are no indications of terrorism.


"The FBI responded to the matter, and we dedicated a great number of agents as well as a large number of resources to the investigation, which is still ongoing," said Special Agent Steve Siegel, a spokesman for the FBI's Newark field office. "We're satisfied that there is no public safety risk and there doesn't seem to be any nexus to criminal activity or terrorism."


New Jersey officials also are downplaying the health risk. They believe the infected mice probably died quickly.


However, some government officials are deeply concerned about what the case says about security of some of the most deadly, infectious disease projects and research labs.


One source admitted that while officials are saying there is minimal health risk, no one can be entirely certain.


ABC News' Pierre Thomas, Richard Esposito and Michael S. James contributed to this report.






V.... HUMOR ME: Come on in and share your jokes and funny stories. Please add a caution in your subject line if you think your joke might be offensive to anyone.


There have been a lot of jokes in here, as well as some games.


You will find this forum at:




One of the latest thing posted in this forum is the following this is only what the first person wrote.


Joys of Having Boys

#62422 - 09/12/05 01:15 AM Edit Reply Quote


Found this floating around..


Written by an Anonymous Mother in Austin, Texas


Joys of Having Boys


Things I have learned from my boys (honest and not kidding)


1. A king Size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2,000 square foot house four inches deep.


2. A 3-year old boy's voice is louder then 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.


3. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42-pound boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tried to a pain can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20-by-20-foot room.


4. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.


5. The glass in a window (even double pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.


6. When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh-oh", it's already too late.


7. A six-year old boy can start a fire with a flintrock even though a 36-year-old man says they can only do it in the movies.


8. Certain Legos will pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year old boy.


9. Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.


10. Super glue is forever.


11. No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.


12. Pool filters do not like Jell-O.


13. VCR's do not eject "PB&J" sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.


14. Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.


15. Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.


16. You probably DO NOT want to know what that order is.


17. Always look in the oven before you turn it on, plastic toys do not like ovens.


18. The fire department in Austin, Texas has a five-minute response time.


19. The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.


20. The spin cycle on the washing machine will, however make cats dizzy.


21. Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.


22. Eighty percent of women will pass this on to almost all of their friends, with out without kids.


For those with no children this is totally hysterical.


For those who already have children past this age this is hilarious.


For those who already have children this age, this is not funny.


For those who have children nearing this age, this is a warning.


For those who have not yet had children, this a birth control.




VI.... NATURE'S PERSCRIPTIONS : Years and years ago, our ancestors learned to rely on the many health benefits that could be derived from plants and herbs that are native to Mother Earth. It's in our best interest to educate ourselves about the endless benefits of taking care of our bodies naturally. DISCLAIMER: Please remember that this information is not meant to substitute for a consultation with your physician, or another health care professional. Speak with your doctor if you have questions about primary care, or about any medical problem.


This is our newest forum and it is moderated by Mare and Lois. They have a lot of information in this forum and one can really learn a lot.


To get to this forum you just go to:




Here is one of the discussions.


Learning about herbs

#60604 - 08/14/05 11:57 AM Edit Reply Quote


The best and quickest way to learn about herbs is to research the health problem in question.

Once you have a Drs. diagnoses, the next step is to check online or in your books for the herbal alternative to the prescribed Meds.

In this forum I will try to point you in the right direction, but you will need to do the research as I am not in possession of a medical license. It is a good idea to research any health problems that you know you might have to deal with in an emergency situation. once you have the info you want print it out and put it in a folder or note book for your use.

I have 2 books,

Nutritional Health, by James F. Balch, M.D. & Phillis A. Balch, CNC.

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine , by Micheal Murry, ND and Joseph Pizzorno, ND


They both list the medical problem and both the prescribed meds and the herbal alternative.

I like to compare the suggestions against each other and look for agreement or dissent.


This was put in by: Lois.




VII..... THE ORCHARD: Nothing can compare to planting, caring and ultimately reaping that which we have sown...Join us here where we share the wisdom of growing and preserving the foods for our table, and the beautiful plants and flowers that brighten our lives.


You can find this at:




What have you been doing lately that you would like to talk about?


Here is just part of one thread that has been posted here.


Hickory Nuts

#60332 - 08/10/05 05:32 PM Edit Reply Quote


A nearby campground has dozens and dozens of Shagbark Hickory trees and I have collected A LOT of nuts but don't know what to do with them! Do I remove the green outer husk? Do I let them turn brown and then remove the husk? What about after I remove the husk?


Anybody had experience with this? Thanks!


If you check out the thread, you will find information about Hickory nuts.



VIII... THE SPA: Here we sit around in the hot tub sharing health issues we might be dealing with, whether it be exercise, physical, diet, emotional...you name it. Hopefully, when we go home for the day, our *massaged* hearts feel feel calmer.


You will find this at:




Here is just a little of one of the threads talked about lately.


Have you had a Colonoscopy

#62449 - 09/12/05 09:56 AM Edit Reply Quote




How many have had a Colonoscopy, I know I haven't and now I am told I have to have one.


The dr said a person should have one starting at the age of about 50 years old. She was very surprised when I said I had never had one. So, I will be having one next week.


I guess it is a good thing to have one to check for cancer, so I will have it and not complain a lot, just a little.


Here is just one site out of many sites that I found when looking Colonoscopy up.




Colonoscopy (koh-luh-NAH-skuh-pee) lets the physician look inside your entire large intestine, from the lowest part, the rectum, all the way up through the colon to the lower end of the small intestine. The procedure is used to look for early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum. It is also used to diagnose the causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits. Colonoscopy enables the physician to see inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, ulcers, and bleeding.


For the procedure, you will lie on your left side on the examining table. You will probably be given pain medication and a mild sedative to keep you comfortable and to help you relax during the exam. The physician will insert a long, flexible, lighted tube into your rectum and slowly guide it into your colon. The tube is called a colonoscope (koh-LON-oh-skope). The scope transmits an image of the inside of the colon, so the physician can carefully examine the lining of the colon. The scope bends, so the physician can move it around the curves of your colon. You may be asked to change position occasionally to help the physician move the scope. The scope also blows air into your colon, which inflates the colon and helps the physician see better.


If anything abnormal is seen in your colon, like a polyp or inflamed tissue, the physician can remove all or part of it using tiny instruments passed through the scope. That tissue (biopsy) is then sent to a lab for testing. If there is bleeding in the colon, the physician can pass a laser, heater probe, or electrical probe, or can inject special medicines through the scope and use it to stop the bleeding.


Bleeding and puncture of the colon are possible complications of colonoscopy. However, such complications are uncommon.


Colonoscopy takes 30 to 60 minutes. The sedative and pain medicine should keep you from feeling much discomfort during the exam. You will need to remain at the colonoscopy facility for 1 to 2 hours until the sedative wears off.


There is more info on this site too.



It is important to have one and they are recommending that each person have one after reaching the age of 50. Someone said the age of 40, but the dr. said 50.




IX.... HOMESTEADING: Homesteading, living off the land, livestock and animals... whether it's a dream or a reality, you'll find like-minded people here to share ideas with.


There has been talk of different types of homes as well as many other things.


You will find this forum at:




Here is just part of one thread that is in this forum.


simple gnat & fruit fly trap

#46206 - 08/03/04 02:16 AM Edit Reply Quote


Got gnats? Fighting fruit flies??


Here's a cheap and effective trap that can be re-made whenever the need arises. It's non-toxic, and even if it spills will be easily cleaned up without danger to your home.


In a shallow bowl (I use a small margarine tub), drip two small drops of liquid dish detergent. Put in a couple tablespoons of HOT water and swirl it around until the soap & water are mixed. Add about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of cider vinegar (the brown kind), and let it sit where the gnats are.


The "appley" smell of the vinegar attracts them, the liquid invites them to drink, the soap breaks the surface tension of the water and they drown.


Works like a charm!! Just remake it when it looks *yeuckky*!



As long as it works, that is what counts.




X..... HOLIDAY AND GIFT CENTRAL: Come and share your traditions and/or gift ideas for holidays and special days throughout the year.


There are several holidays coming up right now so be sure to check this forum out.


You will find this forum at:




Here is part of one of the threads in this forum.


Ideas for frugal gifts for the holidays...

#62429 - 09/12/05 07:49 AM Edit Reply Quote


OK, we know there are always a need for creative gifts for the holidays.


My favorite gifts are homemade, and I like to give baked goods or homemade candy. Some people like to give mix-in-a-jar gifts. Some give homemade calendars to the relatives.





You need to check this out to find out what other people have to offer in this thread.




XI.... THE SHOP: There's no place quite like a workshop: grease and sawdust on the floors, tools everywhere, and cupboard doors yawning open. This is the room for our "guys" to hang out in, and a place for the girls to occasionally raid and redecorate. It wouldn't be "home" without The Shop.




Here is just part of one of the threads in this forum.


What kind of projects?

#59217 - 07/13/05 10:40 PM Edit Reply Quote


What kind of project are you working on and or contemplating?

I'm in the process of building a teardrop trailer. It's a nice little 4X8 sleeper with a small gelley in the rear. I have the trailer frame up to the floor finished, now I'm in the process of finishing the walls. When I finish I will pull it with my chevy S10 pickup.

Soon as I finish that I want to enlarge my dog Kennel and build a new dog sled.



This will be the last news letter before the Holidays, so, I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY THANKSGIVING as well as a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.




Could someone who can, please make this a sticky post. I am not able to do it here.



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Mrs S. News Letter

Spring 2006


April is here and we will be celebrating the resuraction of our Lord Jesus Christ. Easter is on the 16th of April. The snow is melting and maybe all melted by now and roads are being repaired once again.


April will find people out and about more and eager to plant gardens. This is great, and I wish I was able to do it again. Corn, wheat, oats, barley and other such crops are planted early so they have time to be harvested before October.


All the farm animals are having their babies and the birds are coming north for the summer. We enjoy watching the birds year round but there are many kinds that don't stay here because of the weather. There is nothing cuter than a new born baby anything.



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Summer Issue

Mrs. S. News Letter

July, August, & September


You will find Mrs. S. at: http://www.mrssurvival.com/


We will start this news letter with some things about each month involved here.



(edited by Cat to make all links work)

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January, February and March 2007









XII. Within These Pages:




Are you a reader?? I think there are several ideas for books to read in this forum. Also, did you know there are places on line where you can swap books??


MommyofSeven posted about this in November, and you might like to take a look at it.




Anyone using paperbackswap.com?


I am addicted! You sign up, post nine books, and get 3 credits to get books with. Each book (except audios) is 1 credit. You pay to mail to those that order your books (usually $1.59). With each book that is received, you get another credit for another book.


I'm loving it!










Here is where you ask for a Sig, or ask any questions you may have about computers or internet.


Cat has posted the following:


New 'puter???


DH never buys Christmas presents... well, VERY rarely.


Yesterday he took a day off work, and I have these huge silver-wrapped boxes in my house.



He talked about getting me a new 'puter... I think it's *here*!!!


Well, in order to find out you need to read about it at:







XIV. Mrs. Survival's Survival and Preparation Manual:




"With the wealth of information we've gleamed so far within this site alone, we will be putting together a manual to be shared with others that are just beginning, or unaware of how to prepare for themselves and loved ones for the rough times ahead. Roll up your sleeves and come inside and help us get this manual organized!

Moderator: LivinSimple, Jo, Schoolmarm "


This is what is under the headline.


Now, here is just one of the posts in the forum.


suzyq322 has posted about: Food calculator, this is a repost, but a good one.




There are so many good posts in here I can't talk about all of them, but you can take a look and see them. Also, don't forget about "TEOTWAWKI".


I want to wish you all a very thballoonshappynewyear.jpg . Stay warm and safe, or in SueC's case, cool and safe. th5338e258.gifthtags88ur.gif


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Easter Sunday is April 8th this year. thRockOfAges.jpguntitled.jpg


International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, National Anxiety Month, National Humor Month, National Welding Month, National Garden Month, and Uh-Huh Month




April 1 is . . . . . One Cent Day

April 7 is . . . . . No Housework Day

April 14 is . . . . National Pecan Day

April 30 is . . . . National Honesty Day




Mother's Day is on May 13th this year. 1.gif



May:Better Sleep Month, National Good Car Care Month, National Photo Month, National Salad Month, National Egg Month, National Barbecue Month, Revise Your Work Schedule Month, Date Your Mate Month, National Hamburger Month, and Fungal Infection Awareness Month


May 6 is . . . . . Beverage Day

May 10 is . . . . Clean Up Your Room Day

May 21 is . . . . National Memo Day and National Waitresses/Waiters Day

May 30 is . . . . My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Day




Father's Day is on June 17th this year.




June: Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, American Rivers Month, Cancer In The Sun Month, Dairy Month, Turkey Lover's Month, National Accordian Awareness Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, National Ice Tea Month, National Papaya Month, National Pest Control Month, National Rose Month, Fight The Filthy Fly Month, and Zoo and Aquarium Month


June 2 is . . . . . National Rocky Road Day

June 9 is . . . . . Donald Duck Day

June 23 is . . . . National Pink Day

June 28 is . . . . Paul Bunyan Day



MountainMommy has worked very hard to get Mrs. S. up and running smothly again. She and Darlene have worked together to make this a great place to call home. smileWELOVEYOU.jpg both.


You will notice we have one new forum and I am adding it to this news letter.



1. Streams In The Desert:




A Tribute To The Bible

Author: Unknown


The Bible is not an amulet, a charm, a fetish or a book that will work

wonders by its very presence. It is a book that will work wonders in every

life, here and hereafter, if acted upon and obeyed in faith and sincerity.

It is God's inspired revelation of the origin and destiny of all things,

written in the simplest human language possible so that the most unlearned

can understand and obey its teachings. It is self-interpreting and covers

every subject of human knowledge and need now and forever.


As a literary composition, the Bible is the most remarkable book ever made.

It is a divine library of 66 books, some of considerable size, and others no

larger than a tract. These books include various forms of literature -

history, biography, poetry, proverbial sayings, hymns, letters, directions

for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws, parables, riddles, allegories,

prophecy, drama, and others. They embrace all manner of literary styles in

human expression.


It is the book that reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of

Salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its

doctrines are Holy, its precepts binding, its histories true, and its

decisions immutable.


Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. The

Bible contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to

cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's

compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christians charter. Here heaven is

opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject; our

good is its design, and the Glory of God its end. It should fill your

memory, rule your heart, and guide your feet in true righteousness and true



Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully, meditatively, searchingly,

devotionally; and study it constantly, perseveringly, and industriously.

Read it through and through until it becomes a part of your being and

generates faith that will move mountains.


The Bible is a mine of wealth, the source of health, and a world of

pleasure. It is given to you in this life, will be opened at the judgment,

and will stand forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward

the least to the greatest of labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its

sacred contents.


Dictators have tried for over 2,000 years to destroy it, but have failed to eradicate

the Holy Bible from the face of the earth. It remains to this day the number one best seller of all time.


“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this

book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the

plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from

the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of

the book of life, and out of the holy city, and the things which are written

in this book.” –Revelation 22:18-19



Put in by: Ginger



2. Announcements and Help




I won't put any of the posts in here, as it is a place for help. Just know that MountainMommy and Darlene have done a lot of work on the site and have upgraded it again and so if you do have any questions, please feel free to ask them in this forum. smile



3. Daily Diary:




Some of us keep others informed of what is going on in our lives in this forum.


Sue C. started this one:




Hi every one!


I am avoiding my studies


But today is our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We think it is quite an acheivement! The girls got the word early on dont buy us silver that needs to be cleaned! So everyone chipped in and we got a really nice cutlery set. Plus a couple of friends around here gave us some flowers. so we are suitably spoiled! We had lunch at a local coffee shop and the girls are cooking a nice dinner. A little disappointed that my parents cant even acknowledge it because they are so wrapped up in older brothers 3rd wedding. Gee, which to celebrate the 3rd wedding or the 25 years.


The weather is alot better today as the southerly breezes have arrived bringing a cool change. Temps today were around 30 Celcius which is about 86 F. It was a lovely break from the heat.



Tomorrow is shopping day, so I'd better check things - last month was a good shop so this shouldn't be too bad.


Have a great Tuesday





You can see more if you go to the site.



4. Humor Me:






Have you read the book. . . by: Amishway Homesteaders

50 yards to the outhouse


by Willie Makeit


Illustrated by Betty Wont


There are many more posts under this one.



5. Nature's Perscriptions:




Stocking your herbal medicine chest by: MommyofSeven




OK, ladies, what are your top suggestions for stocking your herbal medicine chest? I have been away from my herbal studies for far too long, but "something" tells me that I need to get back to them. When I get my taxes I'm going to place an order at herbalcom, and I wanted some others' advice on what they feel are good.


I'm also wondering if anyone would be interested in doing a group buy for some of the more expensive medicinals, such as Goldenseal. A pound of powder is $63, even a 1/4 pound is pretty high for some folks, but if we bought a pound together and each of us bought an ounce or two it would be down around $4 an oz. If anyone is interested in doing that let me know.


Also I'm wondering about a good source for stuff like beeswax, etc, for making salves and such. Any suggestions?




To learn more, go to the forum.



6. Preserving the Harvest



There are so many good posts in this forum it is hard to pick out just one and talk about it. But, I will try.


Dehydrating Question by: jewlzm




Ok.. I just had a brain storm. Not sure if it was for good or for bad.... I just went through all my stored food and some of it will expire this year. Can I dehydrate things like peaches and lengthen the time I can have them on hand? (it really is alot of food to try and eat in the next few months)


Just an Idea


For answers, please go to the forum and check it out.



7. The Orchard:




No dig vegetable garden by: dogmom4



This site has some interesting information on container gardening, dehydrating veggis, composting....



Check out what others thought of the site, by going to the forum. smile



8. The Spa:




Here we work on our miles each week and also if someone wants to put down pounds they have lost. We talk about a lot of other things too.




Avoid Red Nose from a cold by: Amber


I've been using this trick for a few years, have passed the information on to a few colleagues at work and they appreciate it. It works pretty well.


When you have a cold or sinus condition, and get a red, chapped nose, you can lessen or avoid the redness and subsequent skin peel, if you first dampen your nose with a bit of water on your fingertips, and then pat on a face moisturizer. Do this after blowing your nose, every time. IT WORKS!


Guys, you can find fragrance free facial moisturizers in the pharmacy, and if necessary put some in a 'manly' type of container or small bottle with secure cap.


Sometimes I can get a small sample (screw top) container from the cosmetics counter at a department store. You might even get a sample of face moisturizer to 'try.'


You might even have a small lip gloss jar you can wash out and reuse. Put some in there and carry it with you or take to work.


Reminder, Keep the contents as sanitary as possible. Clean fingers, or use a clean cosmetic paddle, if necessary, for family use. You don't want to contaminate and then pass the germs around amongst the kids and back to you.


NEVER use hand lotion on a chapped face or nose -- it just burns and makes it worse. We learned from experience.





9. 2 Bits, 4 Bits, 6 Bits a Dollar!

Welcome to our barter forum! In here we buy, sell, trade items that may have value to someone else. The transactions and agreements arrived at herein are outside the jurisdiction of MrsSurvival.com and are based upon the honor system of the individuals that participate.

Moderator: Rita, Darlene




Here is just one thing that is listed.




wanted: Horseradish by: westbrook


I would like horseradish plants. If anyone has any for sale please contact me. thank you


You should see the answers to this one. smile Just go to the forum and take a look.



10. Are You Really Ready:




My mini PSK (Pocket Survival Kit) by: Vic303




I decided to do up a little PSK (Pocket Survival Kit)for myself. After seeing DH's and a friend's versions based on the Pelican 1020, I decided that was a little too large and heavy a box for what I wanted, and I didn't think I could get what I wanted into an Altoids tin.


So..enter the Pelican 1010! Here is the 1010, next to my Buck Strider SBMF for size comparison. Interior measurement 4 7/16 inch x 2 15/16 inch x 1 11/16 inch. Exterior measurement 5 7/16 inch x 4 1/6 inch x 2 1/8 inch.


There are pictures to look at too, so you might want to check it out.



11. Wadda ya Think:




Jericho by: goatherder


Did you watch Jericho? Can you believe the medical clinic would have only one mask and bag?


There are many posts under this question, so in order to read them, please go to:





12. Country Homesteading




How to make handy farm devices by: Freebird



Turn of the century (1900, not 2000) tips, tools and machinery.




You thought they were all kiddin' you You used to laugh about Everybody that was hangin' out Now you don't talk so loud Now you don't seem so proud About having to be scrounging for your next meal. How does it feel? How does it feel? To be without a home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone?


If you are interested in making things, you need to check out the site in this post and to take a look at what others think, please go to the forum.



13. The Homeschooling Haven:






Encouragement: What are 5 things you love about homeschooling? by: Teaberry


I was thinking recently of how many people think homeschooling is a sacrifice for the mother and of course it is in some ways. Some even think it's a burden. But I've come to believe there are wonderful benefits for me personally as a result of homeschooling. I'd love hearing some of the blessings others here have observed in their own lives too. I'll list some I've noted and when I use "HS" it stands for homeschooling:


1. HS moms get to see many of their kid's "firsts" in reading, spelling, math and so forth.


2. HS moms get to learn things they did not learn back when they were in public school.


3. Evenings are less stressed since the kids get their school work done earlier in the day.


4. HS moms are spiritually challenged in a positive way since their kids see their example all day long.


5. HS moms feel a great sense of fulfillment knowing their kids are learning the things they want them to learn more hours of the day.


To find what others think, go to the forum.



14. The Shop: Handywomen At Home






Has anyone had experience with putting in shelves? by: Bookworm


DH is busy getting his truck put back together and other outdoor activities before the colder weather comes and has put off putting my pantry back together with new shelves (not using the older shelves 'cause they weren't all that practical). I'd love to do this myself so was wondering if anyone here has any advice about this type of work.


I've also considered getting one of those closet kits like you use in a bedroom but on a much smaller scale.


Do you want to know what others have to say?? Please go to the forum to find out.



15. Holiday and Gift Central:




Need ideas for Baby Shower by: Granny




Been asked to host baby shower for neice. Anyone have ideas for games, cheap decorations or anything that might get me started planning??


Thinking better keep everyone entertained as they already wanted to exclude one "immediate family member" and they wasn't going to invite her.


DH said it couldn't be at our house if that was the way was going to be. Got on the phone and let the one setting all this up know it was wrong and they couldn't leave her out.


I'm so proud of him. He's promised to play peacemaker, invite the person hisself and the rest have agreed to trust his elderly wisdom Really wants them all to be together... doesn't happen often. Surely his family can get along for a couple of hours??


To see what others had to say, please go to the forum and read.


This completes the News Letter for Spring 2007, please be sure and read other posts and threads other than what I have put in the letter.


Also, if you will read in the Sunporch, you will see that we have a new baby in one of the families. smilethbabygirlcongrats.gif Mof7 th6dee1705-2.gif



Just a little personal message.


I want to say thank you so much for all the prayers, and posts you have made in the time of the illnes and loss of my sister. It has been a blessing to me. thhugdfrommetouanimals-2.gif Snowmom







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July : On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream. thfireworkseag.gif


National Blueberry Month, National Anti-Boredom Month, Unlucky Month for weddings,

National Hot Dog Month, National Ice Cream Month



July 4 is . . . . . National Country Music Day and

July 11 is . . . . National Cheer Up The Lonely Day

July 18 is . . . . National Ice Cream Day and National Caviar Day

July 30 is . . . . National Cheesecake Day





In Irish, August is known as Lúnasa, a modern rendition of Lughnasadh, from the god Lugh. August 1 (Lá Lúnasa in the Irish Calendar) is still regarded as the first day of Autumn. The first Monday in August is a holiday in the Republic of Ireland.


In Finnish, the month is called elokuu, meaning "month of reaping".


Admit You're Happy Month, Family Fun Month, National Catfish Month, National Eye Exam Month, National Golf Month, Peach Month, Romance Awareness Month, Water Quality Month,

National Picnic Month


August 2 is . . . . . National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 10 is . . . . Lazy Day

August 20 is . . . . National Radio Day

August 31 is . . . . National Trail Mix Day



September : SCHOOLBUS2.jpg


School has or will start soon. Therefore be careful of the children.


September begins in western tropical astrology with the sun in the sign of Virgo and ends in the sign of Libra. Astronomically speaking, the sun actually begins in the constellation of Leo and ends in the constellation of Virgo.



Classical Music Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Fall Hat Month, International Square Dancing Month, National Blueberry Popsicle Month, National Courtesy Month, National Piano Month


September 3 is . . . . . Skyscraper Day

September 9 is . . . . . Teddy Bear Day

September 19 is . . . . National Butterscotch Pudding Day

September 28 is . . . . Ask A Stupid Question Day




1. Sunporch: APORCH.jpg


Dee and Mother met and had a great visit.




There are pictures here too, so you might want to be sure to check it out.



Mountain Mommy's DH had a heart attack, or they thought that was what it was but they now think it was probably an angina.


Read more about it at:



Be sure to go to page 3 too.




2. Reporting For Duty: MEMORIALDAY3.gif


Tribute to our flag: by: goatherder




She sends you to a site that is playing "America The Beautiful".


There is also a beautiful poem



Quilty41 posted "A little bummed out" You can find out why she is feeling this way.





3. Where The Heart Is: th_ATT00022.jpg


This is where we talk about just about anything we want to.


Social Services.....My Story (long) by: Grubby.





4. The Family Tree: FAMILYTREE.jpg



Bingo: by Homey




While researching, Homey came across some real good info.



Coming clean by: rootdiggr


This is about how one can become a genealog-holic.






5. Mrs. Survival Chat Archive CHATTING3.gif


CHAT 5/24 - Preparing for special needs by: HSmom


They talked about how we prepare for youngsters, the elderly, our livestock, and pets. Please come share your tips and tricks!






6.: The Flu Clinic FLU2.gif


Encouraging news on H5N1 by: Vic 303



Blood of bird flu victims offers treatment: study


By Maggie Fox, Health and Science EditorTue May 29, 6:15 AM ET


Blood taken from four Vietnamese survivors of the H5N1 bird flu virus protected mice from several strains of the virus, researchers reported on Monday.


Read the rest by going to:





7. The Kitchen--The Heart Of Our Home: KITCHEN5.jpg


Am I really that odd? by: HipppieChick217


Are we who bake or cook from scratch odd??





8. The Edge: 3.gif OR th_SHTF.gif




Motor home living if the SHTF By: Mother


DH and I have recently started doing some long awaited traveling in our old motor home. Admittedly gas prices are high and we’ve put it off in other years for just that reason and because of obligations to family but we feel that if we don’t go this year we will always be saying to ourselves, I wish……



Your Dream House by: mommato3boys


Here is the first paragraph, please go to the site to see some of the dream homes. smile





9. Urban Homesteading HOMES3.jpg


Do you need extra space to store things?? Well, in this thread you can see different ways to do it.


ceiling shelves by: Cookie Jar





10. Pinching Pennies: PENNIES2.jpg


Walmart-6/9-Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Lotion by: waiting


There are many ways to save and in this forum you can find different coupons and other ideas.






11. Homemade Memories: CRAFTS2.jpg


Our most recent exchange is our White Elephant Exchange, we have fun with these different exchanges.


Also, people do different project, here is one very nice project.


I'd love your opinion! UPDATED WITH NEW PICS!!! by: ArmyOfFive4God






12. Within These Pages: READING1.jpg


Is Anyone Reading Just for Pleasure? by:Dee

What's everyone reading for pleasure only? Surely there are some of you that need breaks from working outside and, like me, come in and pick up a book or two.







You should see the great sigs that they have been making lately.


Do you run out of ink in your printer??


Printer ink by: HSmom





14. Mrs. Survival's Survival and Preparation Manual: BOOKLETS.jpg




When you come to this forum, you will find so much information it is really hard to talk about just one. You will find information on from how to start a garden, to what to do in the winter during the storms.




please.gif be sure to check out the different forums where someone is in need of PrayersLavenderRose.gif , thbutterflythankyou.gif .



IMSORRYINPURPLE.gif that this news letter didn't get out sooner, but we had the 2 grandsons here for 3 weeks and our DD came with 3 more grandchildren. It was hard to do much with the letter while they were here.


thvfr6yh-1.gif for reading the news letters. smiley.gifHAVEANICEDAYSUN.gifthsnag101ht.gif



And, Momo, thywelcomebflyrebel.gif


Just to let you all know, all the News Letters were done by me that are in this forum. When the site was moved, names got switched around and they can't be put back to the correct person. smile LCM, thGR5FGirly5FHugs.jpg



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Mrs. S. Fall News Letter

Octorber, November & December






October: SUMMERBOATS-1.jpgth_skyleaves.jpg [fallveggies1.jpg


Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cookie Month , Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month, National Pizza Month, Seafood Month and others. smile



1st. World Vegetarian Day

7th. World Smile Day

14th. National Dessert Day - take an extra helping, or two

28th. Plush Animal Lover's Day




November: FALLLEAVESFALLING.gifTURKEY2-1.gifHAPPYTHINKSGIVING2.gifhornofplenty1.jpg


Aviation History Month, Child Safety Protection Month , International Drum Month, National Epilepsy Month, Native American Heritage Month, Peanut Butter Lovers Month,

National Sleep Comfort Month and many more. smile


One more thing, November 3rd, remember to change your clocks. CLOCKS1.jpg We fall back now.




3rd. Housewife's Day

11th. Veteran's Day

15th. The one we all love, Clean Your Refrigerator Day

26th. Shopping Reminder Day








December: WINTERWITHDEER.jpgWINTER2.gifthXm15C.gifSantaandJesus.jpg12.gif


Bingo Month and Write a Friend Month


1st. World Aids Awareness Day

4th. Santa's List Day - we hope you are on the "Good" list

9th. Christmas Card Day

20th. Go Caroling Day

25th. Christmas Day

26th. Boxing Day






Now for the Mrs. Survival Forums. You will notice that there are two new forums, I will add one to this letter and the other one to the next Mrs. S. News Letter. smile


1. Streams In The Desert: BIBLE7.jpg




Besides asking for prayer in this forum, Ginger is doing a series on 'Women of the Bible'


'Eve, God's crown of creation', is her selection for September. It is very good and I won't put it all in here, but just remember you can find it at:




This month we will highlight the life of Eve and how our Creator God long ago created her as His final touch. Eve’s story begins in the book of Genesis but it does not end there. Eve’s creation greatly influences us today as women who have long come after her. Eve’s name means “Life-giving” or “Mother of all who have life.”


Most of us know fairly well the story of Adam and Eve and how they came to be created beautifully to oversee every living creature and to live a life of absolute peace in the garden of Eden until that one fateful day of the Fall. Whoa….but when we rush on ahead, we miss the very essence of why God created Eve, the 1st woman of all mankind. Did you know He made Eve as the crown of His creation?


On the 6th day, after all else on earth was created… God created Eve. She was not created as an afterthought but as the pinnacle of creation. She was not created to be 2nd place in God’s heart to man. Eve was created because things were not right without her. Something was missing. “It is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18) She is the crescendo, the final astonishing work of God. In one last brushstroke, the Master Artist finishes His Masterpiece; Woman. “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)






2. Announcements and Help: ANNOUNCEMENTSANDHELP2.gif




Here you will find all things from trouble logging in to finding the bugs and getting rid of them.

So, I will let you go there if you are in need of help, or if you would like to read about how to solve your problem. smile Those who can help you will do just that. smile




3. Daily Diary: DIARY11.gif




Here you can find out what is going on in our lives, or at least some of them. I'm putting in a bit about the temps around the country this time. smile




How hot is it where you are? by: Katmom


The temps are from the low of 30º to the highs of 113.8.


Posting from"sunny" southern California. Its so freakin' hot here. Our thermometer in the shade said 113.8. I will be so glad for some normal 90's. Kathy (Katmom)




4. Humor Me: LAUGH7.jpg




Take off on another post: You might be a Canning-a-holic if.......


If you have more than 5 boxes of empty jars that you have not opened in 6 months.


If you have more than a pallet of empty jars that you have not opened in 2 years.


If you buy canning jars by the pallet.


If you *hide* your jar purchases from your loved ones because they wouldn't understand/might get upset.


If passing the canning supply aisle makes you quiver.


If your not even sure how many jars you actually own.


You go ballistic if someone uses a jar to store a non-food item (like pens).


Now to read what other people have to say, please go to:






5. Nature's Perscriptions: PLANTSTHYME.jpg




natural asthma remedies, by: dogmom4


Last weekend I had a minor virus that set off a major asthma attack. I haven't had a problem with asthma for almost 2 years, but this one knocked me for a loop. I ended up missing a couple days of work and had to go to the doctor because it was so bad. A week later with 2 inhalers I'm very slowly coming back.I have never been so tired and still not where I'm supposed to be with my peak flow.. But, while I've laid up so much I've been thinking about what would I do if I needed something during a SHTF situation. Plus, I don't like using these inhalers...some of the side effects are headaches, irritability, problems sleeping and hoarseness(I've had no voice since last Saturday)...well, the hoarseness might be from all the coughing I've been doing. Are there alternatives that are safe and work out there?

Stacy (who is really sick of coughing)


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You will find all sorts of information in here. smile You will also see that Darlene has been doing some work in some of the forums and this is one. smile


Any canning going on right now? by: WiccadStargazer

I am at this very moment listening to the lovely lid popping sounds of 12 4 oz jars that I did today of pickled garlic.


It's my first time making anything pickled, hopefully they will turn out good!

Well, if you want to know who is canning what, you will need to go to:




To find out, as there are so many answers to her question it would take all of this news letter and more to put them all in here. smile




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This forum also has a couple sub forums in it. smile More work by Darlene. smile


A walk through the garden... by: DoubleD


She shows us pictures of her garden, and it is so nice and neat. smile


Well, I went out and took some pics this morning of the garden as of the start of September. Thought I would take you on a picture walking tour of my garden and share how it looks at the moment.


Here's the obligatory overview image... I keep these in the photo journal to remind myself where I had things planted in the prior year garden. The front bed is where the potatoes were/are... the immediate front area has been all harvested and is layered in straw/grass clippings. There are three more sections of potatoes that we are still digging from and will be for the next several months. I will keep adding straw/grass clippings to sections as we finish harvesting it... and ultimately, I will plant these sections in a fall/winter cover crop of crimson clover after turning the compost/mulch under.


Please go to the url here to see it. smile







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Here we add up our miles each week as well as learn about some other thing too.


Here I am going to put in something about:




Here is something you don't hear much about, and I'm not sure I've really heard of it at all, until it was brought to my attention lately.


Do you know someone with Addison Disease?? If you do know of someone, please read the information on the following sites, as you will find a LOT of information at these sites. It will help you to understand them better.












This is only part of the post, but if you go to:




you will find more about this disease.



I am adding another post from here as it was just put in and I think it is important to know about it.


If you can't eat MSG: by: Momo


Be aware that it is often found by other names or in ingredients.


Look out for Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

Hydrolyzed protein

Hydrolyzed plant protein

Sodium caseinate

Calcium caseinate

Yeast extract

TVP (Texturized protein)

Autolyzed yeast


This list is not complete but it is a reminder that many processed foods have MSG as an ingredient.


Lots of broths and boullions are also full of MSG.


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You will find another sub-topic in here. smile Darlene had really been working. :)


Free or low cost prep items: by: PureCajunSunshine


What's your favorite free or low cost prep item? One of mine would have to be newspapers, here's why...


Uses for old newspapers:


Cheapo INSULATION to keep warm: Put layers in your shoes, and in your winter hats/caps. Put layers inside your coat or between the blankets.


For summer and winter insulation: Stuff crumpled or rolled up newspaper under doors and around windows. Tape on bedroom windows to block intense summer sun or help insulate against winter cold.


GARBAGE CAN LINER Line the bottom of the can with few layers of folded newspaper to help absorb odors and liquids. Layers of newspapers can be used to wrap trash to be carried out for burial/burning/disposal.


ODOR REMOVAL: Crumpled up newspaper stuffed into shoes or boots, smelly plastic containers and picnic coolers to help reduce odors.




FIRE STARTER A hand full of crumpled up newspaper topped with a few rolled and tightly twisted newspaper sheets can be used for kindling as a base for building a fire with.


MOP / SPONGE / PAPER TOWEL Well crumpled up newspaper that’s just slightly damp in spots will help mop up spills and messes.


GLASS & MIRROR CLEANER Dampen a wad of crumpled newspaper with water and use to polish glass to a shine.


HAVE FUN WITH IT Reduce anxiety and “cabin fever” with mindless escapes like these: 1) Do a word hunt. Cross the words out. See if you can guess what picture the pattern of crossed out words can make. 2) Create a new sentence by circling certain words in an existing sentence. 3) Invent other silly word games. 4) Draw silly tattoos, beards, etc. on the beautiful models, and don’t forget your “favorite” politicians. 5) Roll up a section of crumpled up newspaper into a tight ball. Toss and try to catch it with a cup or a rolled cup cone of newspaper. 6) Make a bunch of newspaper balls, invent your own basketball type games with them, or try from a distance to toss them inside a circle. Award points for each score. The most points win.


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the future????????????? : by: motherearth


with every thing that is going on it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys and what to do next......do we do as the Amish are saying that they will do if forced to RFID their stock animals......they say they will go out of farming livestock,,,,they want nothing to do with the out side world....do we do the same.....do we become more like them.......do we stand our ground......i think this is up to each of us.......we will all decide when the time comes.....i do not want RFID in my livestock ....i do not sell much any more, and it will get down to none soon, we will eat all that we raise.....sheep, goats, pigs and chickens and would go back to raising rabbits??????and get a rooster to raise chickens for the pot and for laying......it would be a hard live with out the livestock...what is your take on this.....take care and keep the faith


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oes one start into this project? Goat related question(s) , by: Maineiac


The price of milk has horrified me lately. I'm giving serious thought of getting some milk goats but I don't know anything about them. How does one start into this project? I need to select a breed that isn't aggressive and yet gives good milk. I've heard that Nubians are good. Is there a Goats For Dummies book? Am I taking on way too much for a tyro? On an economic level is the amount of expenses I will incur worth the amount ofr milk I may get? I'm thinking feed, vets fees, housing and I imagine a hundred other things. How much do they feed themselves? I have a large open pasture currently being unused. How much housing for winter will they need. I have a small barn with some available space. How much feed will they need for winter and what kind? I can cut the pasture but what else do they need?


I was brought up in rural Maine but don't have an inate knowledge of everything rural. Boy have I had to learn though.


See my problem? Too many things to ponder. This will be a next year thing as this winter is closing in faster than I like. I have a wood fire going in the old cookstove this morning to take the chill out. Jack and Russell are curled up next to it dozing away.


Any help with some of these questions would be helpful.


For her answers, please go to:






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Emergency Preparedness & Post Disaster Survival Curriculum, by: GoatLady


GoatLady is doing this on her own and making it possible for anyone else to teach their child/children about Survival. Thank you for taking your time to do this, GoatLady. smile




Lesson ONE: Introduction…………………………….


UNIT 1- Natural Disasters

Lesson TWO: Natural Disasters common to Ontario…

Lesson THREE: Tornadoes……………………………

Lesson FOUR: Thunderstorms………………………...

Lesson FIVE: Floods…………………………………..

Lesson SIX: Wild Fires………………………………..

Lesson SEVEN: Winter Storms……………………….

Lesson EIGHT: Epidemics……………………………


UNIT 2- Man made Disasters

Lesson NINE: Manmade Disasters……………………

Lesson TEN: Nuclear attack/ accident………………..

Lesson ELEVEN: Chemical spill……………………..

Lesson TWELVE: Social unrest………………………

Lesson THIRTEEN: House Fire………………………

Lesson FOURTEEN: Biological warfare……………..

Lesson FIFTEEN: Disaster Supply Kit……………….

Lesson SIXTEEN: Family Disaster Plan……………..


UNIT 3- Bugging Out

Lesson SEVENTEEN: Bugging Out…………………

Lesson EIGHTEEN: Where will you go?....................

Lesson NINETEEN: How will you get there?.............

Lesson TWENTY: What you will need………………


There are 6 units in this lesson, so you will need to go to the url to find out more:






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Winterizing your house 101, by: mommato3boys


I thought I would start this list. Since our down under friends are in the middle of their winter and places here will start to have cooler temps in the next month or so. So you guys just jump in with tips on winterizing your house



Insulation for outside faucets.


electric water heater insulation (the kind you can put around it and zip up.


make draft stoppers for the doors.


thick plastic sheeting for windows if you don't have storm windows or double paned insulated


Invest in a digital thermostat


insulation for pipes under the house if there is not any


rugs for the floors if you have hardwood floors. It is a rude awakening in the mornings when bare feet hit cold floors


check under sinks, washers and tub for large holes where pipes are run. Plug those holes.



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I found these ideas somewhere on the internet, a couple of years ago... and thought that quite a few of them were not only 'doable' but, very good!



Bread Cloths

How about some cross stitched bread cloths? There are many Christmas/Hanukkah designs out there just for this purpose. Not too hard to find especially in your local library. Another thing would be to simply purchase some pre-quilted material in designs of the season and edge them with a ruffle or some lace and give place mats with matching napkins.



Just Time and Imagination

For years now I have made homemade gifts for my friends and relatives. I really didn't have a lot of $$ to put into them, just some time and careful planning. A few of the things I have done in the past are: Painted sweatshirts, cross stitched items like t-shirts, sweats, etc and also matted and framed in an inexpensive frame. I have for many years fixed tins w/ cookies, fudge, and other tasty treats in them for friends and family also. Baked breads with the colored plastic wrap, tied w/ ribbons is also an easy idea and it smells good too. Pictures of you framed make a nice present to grandparents since they don't have to go and buy a new frame for your new picture. There are several good ideas about making Christmas gifts around. You just really to take the time and imagination to come up with some of them. I hope this helps some.



Use Magazines for Inspiration

It's amazing that we spend so much time in a library and forget all the information available. You may want to go back to the library and search for relevant books and periodicals. Or find someone that subscribes to Martha Stewart's Living, Sunset, or other home/hobby magazines (your library may carry some). These usually have great and inexpensive projects (Living usually has great projects that can be done much cheaper than as done in the mag.).



Homemade Christmas Cards

I just got finished making a set of Christmas cards for my grandmother to send. She's already excited!


A pack of white card stock (250 sheets) is about $7 at Office Depot. I used an Angel holding a star and ribbon stamp (pretty expensive, about $14) and a tree stamp (I don't remember how much) and a few other odds and ends (like colored pencils.) But the stamps are re-useable, and one sheet of card stock makes two cards (one sheet of card stock can also be used to make the envelope in which to send your card). One pack of card stock could theoretically make about 150 cards (75 sheets) and 175 envelopes. (I may have the price or number of sheets wrong since it's been a while since I bought this stuff.)



Another thing I make for my family and coworkers -- and this is not cheap but may be cheaper than buying something -- is to make candy every year. People just go nuts over homemade chocolate covered cherries (I found the recipe in my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook.) Truffles are made with chocolate and whipping cream and people really like those, also.




I'm not sure if I put this in last year or not, but it is always nice to know what you can make for a gift. smile


This is only a very small portion of what she had written in the post. But, you may find more of it if you go to:






This is one of our newest forums.


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If you read the information under it, you will see why is is moved to: Deeper Survival, It says, "Our 2nd Amendment reads in part, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed". While everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and feelings about methods of protecting themselves, we believe very strongly in everyone getting educated about these tools that not only can save, but also can take life itself."


This forum talks about many subjects so it is hard to pick just one to talk about. But, this one is the one I'm putting in here.



I'm buying a gun.......... This is posted by cookiejar.


That is not a typo.


The newbies don't know me or some of my posts about how I can't have one in the home.

I can now.


I'm still an advocate of creating/collecting as many different forms of defense like bats/tazers/mace etc, etc, etc.


So Vic, buddy!

I am earnestly interested in a 9 MM.


A good brand, not tooooo nuts pricewise.Do you have favorites (anyone??) And can you give me an idea of the accessories I'll need? Holsters? Locks?


Think in basic terms.


As we all can guess, I need a bit of help here.


To see the help, please go to:






As you know, it is very important to know what kind to get and how to use them. So with that in mind, I did pick this thread to put in the News Letter.


Please use your gun wisely and carefully.


I want to say 'thank_you.jpg to all who read this News Letter.'


Please have a safe Fall and there will be another letter coming out at the end of December. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you all.






For those in the Christmas Ornament, please.gif get them out on time. smilethATT5cforChristmas.gif


Remember the Reason for the Season.








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DECEMBER 29, 2007




I am NO expert at this by any means. I have been working on genealogy off and on for well over 25 years and have been interested in it a lot longer.








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There have been times when several people go to the chat room and other times when there aren't a lot. If you want to read some of the chats, please go to:






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Did you have your flu shot??? Here is something interesting.


Regular flu vaccine may help against H5N1: study: by: PureCajunSunshine




Regular flu vaccine may help against H5N1: study


Wed Dec 26, 12:46 PM ET


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ordinary seasonal flu vaccines may provide a small amount of protection against bird flu, Italian researchers reported on Wednesday.


Their study is among the first to support the idea that getting an annual flu shot may help people's bodies fight off the H5N1 virus, which has killed 210 people in 13 countries and infected 341.


Cristiana Gioia, Maria Capobianchi and colleagues at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome tested the blood of 42 volunteers who had been vaccinated against seasonal influenza.


In the laboratory, they added H5N1 virus to the blood and found that in some of the volunteers immune system proteins called antibodies acted against the bird flu virus.


They also found a few immune cells called CD4 T-cells seemed to recognize and act against H5N1 virus "and seasonal vaccine administration enhanced the frequency of such reactive CD4 T-cells," they wrote in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.


"Our findings indicate that seasonal vaccination can raise neutralizing immunity against (H5N1 avian influenza) virus," the researchers concluded.


This could help explain why H5N1, which only rarely affects people, is even rarer among the elderly, Gioia's team wrote.


"This finding may be explained by hypothesizing that older people, although not previously exposed to H5N1 subtype, may have gained protective immunity by previous infections sustained by circulating influenza virus strains," they wrote.


Several types of influenza circulate globally among people at any given time and these strains constantly mutate. This means flu vaccines have to be reformulated every year to match the mutations.


Health experts around the world are trying to boost rates of annual flu vaccination for two reasons -- because flu itself kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people a year, and also to help the world prepare for a pandemic.


These experts agree a pandemic is overdue, and fear H5N1 could cause the next one as it is constantly popping up among birds and a few people in Asia and Africa and among birds in Europe.


If more people get vaccinated against seasonal flu, companies will make more of the vaccine and can quickly turn production to match whatever strain of pandemic flu, including some version of H5N1, that may eventually occur.


(Reporting by Maggie Fox; editing by Stuart Grudgings)






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With Christmas just passed, there were a lot of people doing baking and such.


I am putting in the one with a lot of recipes and pictures. smile




Just one recipe.




1 cup butter softened

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. almond extract

4 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. salt

2 cups sliced almonds

1 package toffee bits



In a mixing bowl, cream butter, oil and sugars. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each egg. Beat in almond extract. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in almonds and toffee bits.


Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350º for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool. Makes 9 dozen cookies.




There is so much to read in this forum, you just have to go there to enjoy all of it. smile





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Again, there is just to much information to put it in here, but I will say one thing, there are threads about surviving in a city and you really need to check it out to see/read all the information. smile




Posted by Cookie Jar


This article does not negate planning for long-term survival or the the eventual move to the desirable country/rural life. It's a here & now article.


* Urban Survival – Advice For Beginners *

By: Haumana

19 September 2004


Planning and preparing for survival articles are most often published with a slant towards those who live in a single-family dwelling in suburban and rural areas. That situation may not apply to some folks. What is the urban person to do? I am not a security specialist, but I chose to live in an apartment with wife and infant daughter during a 3 years-long job. Therefore, even though I have put thought and work into “urban survival,” please take my advice as being in the ‘for what it’s worth’ category and do your research and work beyond this very basic article.


First, one should understand that daily urban survival is mission essential, so don’t get caught in only the long-term, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it disaster mode thinking – keep this in mind throughout your planning and preps. This doesn’t reduce the need to prepare for major disasters, but that mindset is not the same as learning how to walk down a street while being an undesirable and little noticed target of opportunity. You’ll have to develop and hone skills and preparations in both areas.


The following general information on starting out in urban survival is based on personal experience and research. It deals mostly with selecting urban dwellings:


Finances: If you have money, you can afford to make choices. This speaks for itself. As always, learn to be frugal and stay out of debt. If you don’t have sufficient funds, creativity will be essential.

Location, location, location…: Selecting a dwelling is the critical part of this. For Americans having overseas posting with various government agencies and some companies, a threat assessment is made for the city/country/region and dwellings off embassy property are ‘allowed’ only if they me the minimum criteria for the local threat level. Your criteria for a dwelling should be just as methodical and as selective as availability and your situation permit. Selecting a neighborhood with multiple egress routes, low crime rates, close access to services, low potential of damage from flooding and other natural disasters starts your search. Closeness to “mutual support” partners in the area may also figure into this. The being close to your frequent work sites can save money on gasoline, but is not a main factor in security (although one must be practical). However, your routes to and from work should be planned to minimize risk exposure.

Transportation: If you hope to leave the city in advance of a predictable problem, you will need your own vehicle. If you have limited choice in where you will live and bugging out is not an option for you, then selecting and securing a dwelling is paramount. In such a situation, transportation issues will focus on daily transportation security and anticipate the breakdown of public transit systems during disasters/crises.

Apartment vs. Cluster units vs. Rental home: Location and availability often dictate your options. In all instances, here are some common desirable/required features that one should try to achieve:

Solid overall construction. This is no different than looking for desirable construction when purchasing a house. You have seen the esthetically fair and flimsily built stuff that’s out there. Older buildings may be more desirable than you think. Look carefully before you sign a lease.

Off-street and, preferably protected parking – 50-100 ft from the road is desirable.

Well built protective surrounding wall/enclosure – 6-10 ft high is considered prime height.

Grounds are adequately illuminated.

Solidly built doors and frames at ALL entry-exit portals and dead-bolt locks (keyed if w/i 40” (1 meter) reach of any glass. If the entry portals are the only problem with the place, try to insert a clause in lease that allows you to replace (or negotiate to have the owner replace) any doors that are not up to specs and to allow you to re-key or replace locks at your discretion.

If below the 4th floor, security-type grills for windows and doors w/ expanses of glass (got to have secondary egress from rooms with these grills). One advantage of living in a ground-floor dwelling is that the floor usually has more static and dynamic load-bearing capacity; keep that in mind, because of the need to store water, etc.

Security system: This is a tougher one. A lot depends on how long you plan to occupy the dwelling and other variables. At a minimum, you should have the capability to observe the exterior areas at entry-exit doors. See other resources for planning this one and let them help you.

Get more bedrooms than you need…I won’t bore you with the obvious reasons for this, but a saferoom with limited alternative power here is the labor intensive task worth doing and the extra storage space makes organizing your preps easier

Either have rural retreat or learn small scale gardening: Your decision to stay in a city/urban area is one that I viewed as a temporary “evil.” I had family and friends w/i 2 hours of our apartment and pre-positioned limited resources. That was a start, but it wasn’t that hard to learn indoor gardening. Much indoor gardening is based on electricity being available for “grow lights” or a dwelling that has an outdoor area or lots of glass for sunlight. If you are a long-term urban survivalist, don’t just research this…get experience.

Get to know your neighbors: Ideally, you'll do an ‘augenblink’ (a quickie “eye blink”) sizing up before you sign a lease and hope that you were correct in your assessment. Certainly, you want to know them after you move in.

There is a lot more to urban survival than this. If you have specific questions, there are people and resources far more qualified than I am who can offer advice. For a military take on “urban survival,” you should consider reading Wiseman’s SAS urban survival guide and Army/military reference materials on MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain/Territory). Home security reference are numerous; Joel Skousen's "The Secure Home" and Dan Bower's "Make Your Home Into Your Castle" are two books worth reading. Mr. Skousen has a website.


Remember, thousands of “homeless” people and people in war zones practice urban survival every day. It is not an academic exercise and it can be done, so get busy.





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You might be able to find some free things in here as well as coupons for other things. smile Be sure to check it all out. smile




Government Guide for thrifty menus/recipes, Posted by: Momo






The government has been putting this pub out for years. They update the recipes every few years. Maybe you will get some ideas!




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Christmas has come and gone and the ornaments have been placed on trees and now it is time to move on to other things. Learn to make candles, learn to knit or just about any other craft you can think of. smile


Make Sewable Fabric From Plastic Bags!!!!! Posted by: Leah


Check this out!!!



She mentions that on another site, 2 people made the fabric into raincoats!





And there are so many things to learn in this forum too. smile




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Here we have just learned something most of us didn't know. smile Would you believe it is about 'Mary Had A Little Lamb', well it is. smile You will have to go to the forum to see what I am talking about. smile This was posted by: Amishway Homesteaders


Did you know mary had a little lamb was about a REAL girl and her REAL lamb?


WEll I didn't until we read it in the Amish Newspaper the other day.

No link to that paper (? DUH!)

but here is a link that tells the story.




So if you were like I and didn't know it the next time you hear it - you can tell THE REST OF THE STORY (sorry Paul Harvey)





Paul Harvey is so very good. smile



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Having problems, can't find something you are looking for, need a sig., take a look on this forum and you might be able to find the answer, or just ask and you may get the answer. smile


You can find several tips at:






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Wonder what you would do if you were in a snow storm, hurricane, or wonder how to use solar energy?? Well, you can find the answer to some of your questions here.


Keeping track of preps, by: WormGuy



To some keeping a spreadsheet is simple; to others a notebook is simple. With the way and places that people live we all have different storage situations. We need to try different approaches for storage and rotating our stocks until we find the one that works the best for our situation.


Stocking supplies is the most important thing we can do for ourselves, and our family. The next most important two things we should do is date and rotate our stocks. These two things should be done in order to assure we are using our preps and not letting things get out of date.


Here are some links to read so you can see how others are managing their preps.




















A question often asked is “How long does food stay good” Here are a few links to help answer this question.








This is how a few people do it:


I only have five places where food prep items are located - and I do not spread it out any more than that or it would become impossible to keep track of. Of those locations... there is an order of rotation that ensures I keep a handle on it... pantry is current opened/usage items stocked with things moved in from the first tier storage rooms (there is two). Second tier storage areas have items that will not be used within a year's time (longer term items). Once a year, I rotate items from the second tier storage areas into the first tier storage that are ready to be rotated into use and then I replace with new products in the long term storage area.


At the time that I do the rotation... I do a couple of inventory management things:


First, I do a physical inventory and put in on my inventory sheets (computer spreadsheet) - this only get's done once a year and gives me a baseline to evaluate what needs ramping up and what is overstocked.


Second, I clean the storage areas including the pantry shelves (vacuum up cobwebs, spilled items, and dust - wipe down surfaces) and move the first to be used items forward and put the recently moved in items at the back. While doing this I inspect the items and make sure nothing has developed problems.


Finally, I date all new items coming in with the date purchased/stored(i.e. Jan 2008).


This get's done once a year. Last year I started doing all my major restocking at the start of the year (prebuying to replace the current year's expected usage to lock in lower prices) and that makes this system work even better... as I just do all the inventory management and restocking all within a months time frame and then am done! It works quite well actually but requires carving out some time for the rotation/cleaning/inventory and saving your cash for the big annual restocking purchases. It's cheaper though and more efficient in my mind.


Another one:


To read this you need to go check out the forum. smile









These next two are for those who are braver than some here. So, know that if you go in here, you may read things that you might not want to hear about.


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The basics, as they pertain to survival, is generally what we've all been working on for years. As the days go by and the danger gets closer, our knowledge base needs to expand to include topics that are not necessarily considered safe practices. DISCLAIMER: Please remember that this information is not necessarily considered safe, consequently any information used individually will be applied at your own risk. The purpose of this forum is is for educational purposes only.


Book recommendations.... Posted by: One Frugal Mom


Are there any good books out there on survival techniques?


Or just any books that you would recommend someone having on their book shelf for when TSHTF?


I would like to start building my library with books that will be helpful if I do not have internet access.



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This forum is not for everyone. There are preppers who take it to a deeper level, who live farther off the grid than most, and who risk looking at potential threats in an effort to prep further. If you are one that can stand at the edge and look over those cliffs to view what is below, then come on in. If not, then enjoy the rest of the forums!


A product i just heard of that may save your life Posted by: Tripwire




I don't know a thing but what I read, but this sounds pretty cool, check it out , I've e mailed it to my nurse friend to get input on it from the med field , if it's legit i'm going to invest in it for my BOB at least




PS if you have already talked about this ...soooory


To see what others had to say, you will have to go check it out. smile






Be sure to check out the sub forums in the forums too. You might be surprised what you will learn in these forums.




My wish for each and everyone of you is that you have a better year than last year and that all things good happen in your life.




for reading this letter.


If you have something you would like in the next New Letter, please PM me with it. smile






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Mrs. S. News Letter for Spring


April, May and June









April- is . . . . International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, National Anxiety Month, National Humor Month, National Welding Month, National Garden Month, and Uh-Huh Month


April 1st. One Cent Day

April 5 is . . . . . Go For Broke Day

April 21 is . . . . Kindergarten Day

April 30 is . . . . National Honesty Day


New Moon is April 6th

Full Moon is April 20th

Passover is also April 20th passover5.gif







May- is . . . . Better Sleep Month, National Good Car Care Month, National Photo Month, National Salad Month, National Egg Month, National Barbecue Month, Revise Your Work Schedule Month, Date Your Mate Month, National Hamburger Month, and Fungal Infection Awareness Month





May 7 is . . . . . International Tuba Day, Paste Up Day, and National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

May 10 is . . . . Clean Up Your Room Day

May 25 is . . . . National Tap Dance Day

May 30 is . . . . My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Day


New Moon is May 5th

Full Moon is May 20th

Victoria Day is May 19th This is for Canada

Memorial Day is observed on May 26th USA memorialday6.gif







June is . . . . Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, American Rivers Month, Cancer In The Sun Month, Dairy Month, Turkey Lover's Month, National Accordian Awareness Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, National Ice Tea Month, National Papaya Month, National Pest Control Month, National Rose Month, Fight The Filthy Fly Month, and Zoo and Aquarium Month


June 3 is . . . . . Repeat Day

June 10 is . . . . National Yo-Yo Day

June 16 is . . . . National Hollerin' Contest Day

June 28 is . . . . Paul Bunyan Day


New Moon is June 3rd

Flag Day is June 14th

Full Moon is June 18th

Summer Begins June 20th SUMMER2.gif

St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)





Spring is coming, and everyone is getting ready for everything that goes with it. Those of us who live where the snow comes and is still with us, are really ready for Spring.


We will be celebrating Mother's Day in May, and Father's Day in June.


I wish each and every Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother a Happy Mother's Day.


I wish each and every Dad, Grandpa and GreatGrandpa a Happy Father's Day.


These are important days even if the children don't remember to wish us the 'Happy' on these days.


Without the moms and dads there would be no children and there would be no one left to enjoy the world that God has made for man. Therefore, if you have a mom, grandmother or Great-grandmother, dad, grandfather, or great-grandfather, please be sure to let them know how special they are.


I for one only knew one of my grandpa's and he died when I was only 3, but, yes, I do remember him.


"Happy Mother's Day" Means More



"Happy Mother's Day" means more

Than have a happy day.

Within those words lie lots of things

We never get to say.


It means I love you first of all,

Then thanks for all you do.

It means you mean a lot to me,

And that I honor you.


But most of all, I guess it means

That I am thinking of

Your happiness on this, your day,

With pleasure and with love.






I'm not sure who wrote this, but it is good.




A Father and a Dad Are Not the Same


A father and a dad are not the same:

One can be a dad and not a father,

Or one can be a father and not bother

To earn through love the more endearing name.

Some find fatherhood a bit too tame,

Leaving all the details to the mother,

Or dumping the sweet burden on another

Man with just a passing twinge of shame.

You have been our dad so many years

That you've become the landscape that is home,

The mountain that we look to from afar.

No matter where we go we're not alone,

For you remain within to still our fears

And be the word that tells us who we are.



Again, I'm not sure who wrote this poem.





I want you all to know there is a new forum, but I am not adding it to any of the news letters, as each thread is from a different form. It is called, "The Best Of Mrs. Survival". This is a read of its own. smile




Also, you will now notice there are several of the forums that have subforums.





I. Streams In The Desert: BIBLE9.jpg


The following post was made by: Ginger

It is not all in here, so you will need to go to the site to see the rest of it.




The Missionary Couple


Author: Ray Stedman


An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years and were

returning to New York to retire. They had no pension; their health

was broken; they were defeated, discouraged, and afraid.


They discovered they were booked on the same ship as President Teddy

Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his big-game hunting expeditions.


No one paid any attention to them. They watched the fanfare that

accompanied the President's entourage, with passengers trying to catch

a glimpse of the great man.


As the ship moved across the ocean, the old missionary said to his

wife, "Something is wrong. Why should we have given our lives in

faithful service for God in Africa all these many years and have no

one care a thing about us? Here this man comes back from a hunting

trip and everybody makes much over him, but nobody gives two hoots

about us."



II. Announcements and Help MEGAPHONE3.png



Gotta question that is probably real easy to answer but.... by: Nett


but I am just too slow to understand. Okay when I start a new topic I have all these options to chose from as far as smilies and all but when I post from inside a thread I don't see this. WHY? (i feel like the cow)


ps....and how come my picture doesn't come up with my name?


For the answer to this question, go to:







III. Daily Diary: DIARY12.gif


A goose, a robin??? by: Dee


Yesterday we watched 3 Canada geese fly into our pasture. The pond is frozen and covered with snow BUT the first have arrived. A little later DH said is that a robin? I jumped up to look and sure enough little Robin Red Breast was sitting next to a snow drift.


Yesterday morning DDIL and I walked 3 miles OUTSIDE on a sunny 34 degree morning. Marvelous!!!


Ladies and gentlemen of the frozen north I have seen signs of spring....I AM OVER JOYED. This has seemed the longest winter and yet the signs show there is hope. YEHAW!!!


How about the rest of you, seen any sign of Old Man Winter on his way out?


I'm not really ignoring you Southerners, it's just when there's hope of the ice and snow disappearing that's all I can think about.


You all have a great day!


To see the replies, go to:








IV. Humor Me laugh2.gif



Farm kid in the Marines by: Screaming Eagle





Dear Ma and Pa,


I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.


I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.


Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.


We go on "route marches," which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A "route march" is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.


The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none.


This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.


To read the rest and get to the punch line, and what a punch line, you will need to go to:







V. Nature's Perscriptions: herbs4.jpg


Healing With Honey by: Karen


What Is Honey?

Honey is the nectar of the herbs and flowers that grow wild in the fields and woods. The benefits from hundreds of herbs are carried in the form of nectar in the stomach of the bee, where they are subtly altered by the bee's diges-tive enzymes in ways that modern science has been unable to explain. New compounds are created by this process before the honey is regurgitated in the hive, concentrated by evaporation, and stored in the honeycomb.


Honey contains (among other things) a complex assortment of enzymes, or-ganic acids, esters, antibiotic agents, trace minerals, proteins, carbohy-drates, hormones, and antimicrobial compounds. One pound of average honey contains 1,333 calories (compare with white sugar at 1,748 calories), 1.4 grams of protein, 23 milligrams of calcium, 73 milligrams of phosphorus, 4.1 milligrams of iron, 1 milligram of niacin, and 16 milligrams of vitamin C, and vitamin A, beta carotene, the complete complex of B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, potassium, iodine, so-dium, copper, manganese, high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, and formic acid ... and the list goes on. Honey contains more than 75 different compounds! Many of the remaining substances in honey are so complex (4-7 percent of the honey) that they have yet to be identified.


To read the rest of this post, you will need to go to:







VI. Preserving the Harvest canning8.jpg



Ok, truth time.... by: bluegrassmom


They say that you should take your pressure canner to the extention office at the beginning of each season so they can check the seal. My canner is going on two years old and I've never done it and don't really have plans to do it as long as everything continues working.


Has/Does anyone actually done this?


For your answer, please go to:








VII. Nature's Bounty, formerly known as The Orchard PEARTREE2.jpg




Seeds from the grocery store by: Fritz_Monroe


Tonight we had fish tacos and while I was cutting up the jalepeno, I decided to hang onto some seeds. Anyone ever grown any jalepenos from the seeds in the pepper itself? Any idea if they will grow true?


Anyone ever grown any other veggies or fruits from seeds they got from the veggie?


If you want to see the answers, please go to:






VIII. The Spa: exerciseover.jpg



Eat your oatmeal! by: Momo


January is National Oatmeal Month!


Try to eat more of this healthy food. Not only is it thrifty,it is a soluble fiber that helps with blood cholesterol levels and a healthy gastrointestinal system.


If plain oatmeal is boring..add fruit and or nuts!



To read the replies, please go to:




Also, remember this is the place to post your miles each week. smile





IX. Are You Really Ready: storage5.jpg




Gasoline storage... by: ttruscott


We know Gas deteriorates in storage so how do we not lose the zap with this much? A metal container helps a lot but what about the air space at the top - does "gas saver" really work that well?


For the answer to this question go to:







X. Wadda ya Think: QUESTION3.gif


Vitamins by: still survieving


does anyone know if the experation date of vitamin C or any vitamin could be lenghtened by putting then in a food savor bag, spread them all out so the bag is flat, vacume till all the air is out but not crushing the pills, then roll them up and store in a dark place.. I hate to buy 3000 today and have to replace then in 2010.


To read the answers to this question, please go to:






XI. Country Homesteading COUNTRYHOME3.jpg


hatching chicks without electricity by: GoatLady


Ok, I'm looking at incubators and I'm thinking, hmmmm, what if we don't have electricity? Is there a way (besides the obvious brood hen LOL) to incubate eggs sans electricity?


For all of the relpies, please go to:







XII. The Homeschooling Haven: homeschool1.jpg



A nice (free) resource for thematic units... by: HSmom


...for primary grades.




I found this while looking for resources to go with our "Oceans" unit.


No one replied to this post, but, I just took a look at the other link and there is a lot of good info in there. smile


Please read this info and then tell what you think, in order to do this, please go to:




Also, there are so many other posts in there that one should read, so if you are a homeschooler, please be sure to read the posts as they come in. smile





XIII. DIY, formerly known as Handywomen At Home tools9.jpg



No power no Oven? by: HappyCamper45


My husband says our stove lights and keep the temperture correct by a sensor that is run by electricity.


Has anyone found a way around this so that we can still use our oven if theres no power...


So far the only thing I've come up with is using the barbaque as an oven but making bread and cookies is tough using a barbaque.


Thanks for sharing.


For the answers, please go to:







IVX. Holiday and Gift Central: gifts2.jpg


Priceless Gifts to Give for Free by: Jewlzm


Gifts dont always have to cost money. Sometimes the best gifts are free. I received the following as a Christmas gift on a red sheet of paper and I thought I would share it.


The Gift of Listening: No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your responses. Just Listen


The Gift of Affection: Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.


The Gift of Laughter: Share articles, funny stores, and cartoons to tell someone, "I love to laugh WITH you"


The Gift of a Written Note: A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime and may even change a life.



And a lot more. smile


To read the rest of them, you will need to go to:






There are so many great posts in each forum, you will just have to go check them out on your own. smile




I do hope you all had a nice Easter. It was early this year and I wasn't thinking about it when the last News Letter came out.


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I want to say THANKYOUCOMPUTER-1.gif to all of you who read the News Letters. smile



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Summer 2008







July is . . . . National Baked Beans Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Tennis Month, Read An Almanac Month, Anti-Boredom Month, and Hitchhiking Month


July 1 is . . . . . Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day and Build A Scarecrow Day

July 9 is . . . . . National Sugar Cookie Day

July 21 is . . . . National Tug-Of-War Tournament Day

July 25 is . . . . Threading The Needle Day


July 3rd, is the New Moon

July 4th, Independence Day

July 18th, Full Moon






August is . . . . National Catfish Month, National Golf Month, National Eye Exam Month, National Water Quality Month, Romance Awareness Month, Peach Month, and Foot Health Month


August 3 is . . . . . National Watermelon Day

August 12 is . . . . Middle Child's Day

August 23 is . . . . National Spongecake Day

August 30 is . . . . National Toasted Marshmallow Day


August 1st is the New Moon

August 4th is Civic Holiday in Canada

August 16th is the Full Moon

August 30th is the Blue Moon. smile Now if anyone does not know what is ment by that, it is the 2nd New Moon in a month. smile







September is . . . . Self Improvement Month, Be Kind To Editors and Writers Month, International Square Dance Month, Cable TV Month, National Bed Check Month, National Chicken Month, National Courtesy Month, National Honey Month, National Mind Mapping Month, National Piano Month, National Rice Month, National Papaya Month, and Classical Music Month




September 5 is . . . . . Be Late For Something Day

September 10 is . . . . Swap Ideas Day

September 17 is . . . . National Apple Dumpling Day

September 27 is . . . . Crush A Can Day


September 1st Labor Day US and Canada.

September11th is Patriot Day

September 15th is Full Moon

September 29th is the New Moon







1. Sunporch: SUNPORCH3.jpg




Be sure to check out the sub forum too, 'The Porch Swing'.


This spring we have had bad snow storms and floods, we have also had tornados and flooding in several areas of the country. Several of our people here were in harms way but, as far as I know everyone and their belongings are fine.


There are several posts covering some of these things so I will point you to just one, it is the latest one.


Floods? Everyone Okay??? by: cookiejar.






2. Reporting For Duty: MARINES2.png


We have so much to be thankful for and so many men and women to thank. There have been wars since the beginning of time, and if not wars, there have been talk of wars.


Thank you to all who are serving our country now and who have served in the past.


please.gifMEMORIALDAY2.gif and pray for them.


In God's Hands by: Karen




Again, THANKYOUBIRDHOUSE.gif, each and everyone who has ever served and are serving now.







3. Where The Heart Is: th_ATT00022.jpg


Do you have a story to tell about something or someone in your family or a friend?? This is where you might want to post it. smile


There have been rough times and good times there are always things changing for each and everyone of us. Here is a story of a change.


Big Changes... by: MommyofSeven








4. The Family Tree: FAMILYTREE4.jpg


Have you ever wondered who you were/are related to?? This form can help you with this, if you ask questions and are willing to search.


Some of us have found many relatives on line through different places on the internet and have posted about it here.


We have some sticky posts about how to start searching, where to get charts from and places to look for information.




The following post is not about what I have mentioned, but, it is a very good post and makes one stop and think.


From an e mail I got today... by: Tripwire







5. Mrs. Survival Chat Archive CHATTING3.gif




Not everyone goes into the chat room, but, we have HSmom who saves them and then posts them in this forum.


This is just one of the chats that you will find in the fourm. Please be sure to check them all out. Could be you might just find something you didn't know before. Remember, you learn something new every day. smile


CHAT 4/12 - Stretching food to fill hungry bellies by: HSmom






6.: The Flu Clinic SICK2.gif


Have you been concerned about the flu?? Maybe you have thought about what would happen if the 'Bird Flu' came to the place where you live. Maybe you have thought about things things to have on hand and things to work with while you or your family or friends have the flu.


Here is the place to come and check out the sticky posts about what to get to help you. There are also posts with links to other sites about the flu.




Tyson finds chickens with mild bird flu strain by: Joan






7. The Kitchen--The Heart Of Our Home: KITCHEN6.jpg


Is the kitchen the 'Heart of your Home', it is in many homes and it is sometimes the best place to have talks as well as learn how to do things. smile




Remember to check out the sub forum 'Kitchen Recipes'.


Have you ever used yeast that wouldn't work the way it should or old flour? Sometimes the yeast isn't the problem, maybe the water is to hot. Old flour, that would make it smell and taste different.


old yeast, and old flour ?? by: pamcat






8. Urban Homesteading HOME1.jpg

Do you live in the urban area? Even if you don't, there are things in this forum you might learn from.


There are two sub-forums here too, 'Urban Side Street' and 'Urban Farming', be sure to check these out too.


Just about anyone can have some sort of a garden, just using containers. smile


Pictures of my container garden by: Andrea





Be sure to check this out, as you can see she did it and anyone with any space at all can have a few containers. smile




9. Pinching Pennies: PENNIES1.jpg





Ok, we do have several great ideas in here. There is one thread about making soap for your laundry and then there is another thread about being careful, DON'T make it. I'm wondering if it could be the kind of soap the person was using that made it so hard on her.


So, here is the thread on making the soap.


Make Your Own Washing Soda by: Amber




Now, here is the thread about not using it.


Warning about homemade laundry soap by: RedDaffodil




I guess you will have to decide for yourself if you want to make it or not.




10. Homemade Memories: SCRAPBOOKING1.jpg




Be sure to check out the two sub forums in this fourm too.


Learn to Knit, Crochet or Macrame! and Learn to Sew!


There are so many things you can make and do to make memories. smile There is quilts, scrapbooks, aprons, just so many different things.


Here is one I felt should be put in the News Letter this time. smile


Making plastic out of potatoes! by: Leah







11. Within These Pages: BOOKS4.jpg


There is a sub forum in this forum too, 'Joy's Legacy', this is a story that one of our own wrote tow or three years ago.




Are you reading something extra good or are you looking for something to read. You might find something interesting in this forum that someone else has read. There are even 'Book give aways' in here. smile


Anybody pick up Dawn's Light yet? by: Tiger









12. WWW: COMPUTER5.gif



Do you need help with something that is not working correctly on your computer?? If you have questions about computer things, or if you would like a nice sig, just make a post in the WWW forum and someone will answer.




There are two sub-forums here too. 'Computer Tips' and 'MrsS Signatures'.


To make a word or series of words a clickable link by: ArmyOfFive4God





13. Mrs. Survival's Survival and Preparation Manual: BOOKLETS.jpg




This forum is for leaning how to do things you didn't know you could and to find out what to do in case of.


This Is Your One And Only Notice !!!!!!!!!!! by: mommato3boys




There is a lot of good information in this forum.




I want to say THANKSTHREEPUPPIES.gif to everyone who has had a hand in making this site what it is today.


THANKYOUSOMUCH2.gif Darlene for being here and being the owner of this site. THANKYOUBIRDHOUSE.gif each and every Moderator on this site.


I don't know about others, but, this is my home on the net. smile


Now, please be careful, if you are driving, swimming, or just staying home and sunning. Remember, use that sun-screen. Watch out for others who are not as careful as you are. Have a th7695d583.gifth4thflowers.gif


Remember to watch for the children as some schools start in August and others in September.





Also, if you read this, it would be nice to know. Please let me know that you did by posting under this post or sending me a PM. HOUSEWORKISEVILANDSHOULDBESTOPPEDTH.jpg


If you can think of anything that would be good to add next time, please let me know.


THANKYOUBIRDHOUSE.gif and have a good summer.



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Welcome to the Fall Mrs. S. News Letter.







October is . . . . Adopt-A-Dog Month, Computer Learning Month, National Apple Jack Month, National Car Care Month, National Clock Month, National Cosmetology Month, National Dessert Month, National Pickled Pepper Month, National Popcorn Poppin' Month, National Pretzel Month, National Sarcastics Month, National Seafood Month, National Kitchen and Bath Month, and Vegetarian Awareness Month


October 5 is . . . . . National Storytelling Festival

October 13 is . . . . National Peanut Festival

October 30 is . . . . National Candy Corn Day CANDYCORNDANCE.gif




October 9 is: Yom Kippur Day

October 12 is: Columbus Day, Traditional (USA)


October 13 is: Columbus Day, Observed (USA)

October 13 is: Thanksgiving Day, (Canada)



October 14 is: Full Moon

October 28 is: New Moon

October 31 is: Halloween






November is . . . . International Drum Month, Peanut Butter Lover's Month, and Slaughter Month


November 3 is . . . . . Sandwich Day and Housewife's Day

November 15 is . . . . National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

November 29 is . . . . Square Dance Day



November 1 is: All Saints Day

November 2 is: Daylight Savings Time Ends


November 4 is: Election Day (USA)



November 11 is: Veterans Day (USA)


November 11 is: Rememberance Day (Canada)


November 13 is: Full Moon

November 27 is: New Moon

November 27 is: Thanksgiving Day (USA)


November 30 is: St. Andrew's Day (Canada)






December is . . . . Hi Neighbor Month, National Stress Free Family Holiday Month, Bingo's Birthday Month, and Read A New Book Month


December 4 is . . . . . Wear Brown Shoes Day

December 15 is . . . . National Lemon Cupcake Day

December 28 is . . . . Card Playing Day and National Chocolate Day

Had to put at least one chocolate day in. smile


December 7 is: Pearl Harbor Day (USA)


December 12 is: Full Moon

December 21 is: Winter Begins


December 22 is: Chanukah


December 25 is: Christmas Day


December 26 is: Boxing Day (Canada)


December 27 is: New Moon

December 31 is: New Years Eve





Here are about half of the public forums that are in Mrs. S. I will try to put some interesting threads in here from each of them. smile


1. Streams In The Desert: th_winterhike042.jpg




Boundaries by: Ginger




I thought I would share a taste of 'Fresh Grounded Thoughts' by Jennifer Rothschild. (author of Self Talk, Soul Talk) It really spoke volumes to my heart regarding the essentials in my life and weeding out the non-essentials. May her fresh grounded thoughts bless you as well! ~G


What God Has Been Teaching Me Lately

Do you like the way you do life? Does it work for you, or do you work for it?


Several summers ago, I decided the answer to the first question was, "No. No, I don't like the way I do life."


The answer to the second question was, "No. Life isn't working for me; I think I am working for it!"


Life had become so full. It was like an insatiable master who was demanding and was driving me beyond my desires and often my abilities. But the irony was that I had created this "slave-driving" life without even realizing it. So, I spent a little time studying my life!


Have you ever studied your own life? You may be surprised by what you learn. I consciously became an observer of my life and not just a mindless participant. What I discovered was the beginning of making life work for me.


I observed that I needed boundaries. Where were the boundaries in my life? It didn't take long to discover that the reason I couldn't locate my boundaries was because there were none! Life had just become one giant free-for-all! Like a pinball in a machine, I pinged, bounced, rolled and sped with the momentum of the game. It wasn't that the "game" was bad--it was just that it never stopped, it seemed to have no rules, and I wasn't the one pulling the trigger making the ball roll! It was others' expectations, my prior commitments, and some old habits that were in charge now.


I learned if I don't set my own boundaries, they will be set for me. There is only One whom I trust to set boundaries for me, and it was His guidance I pursued in my new quest. The psalmist said that God had drawn the boundaries in pleasant places (Psalm 16:6). So, that's what I began to pursue--boundaries that were set in pleasant places. The purpose for my boundary pursuit was not self-indulgence; it was stewardship.


I don't think I'm the only woman who lacks boundaries. Am I? The boundaries I discovered and began to implement will be the subject of the next few Fresh Grounded Thoughts. Here's something to whet your appetite!


The boundaries I discovered were in these areas:


1. Simplicity

If I add, I must subtract.

If everything has a cost, can I afford it?

Does this choice I am making add complexity or simplicity to my life?

Do I have a place in my home, calendar, or heart for this?

Who or what will I have to neglect to add this?


2. Privacy

Do I actively pursue and engage in solitude?

Is there any part of my life that I feel it's my right to keep private?

Can I say no to someone with out explaining why?

Do I give myself the liberty to let the phone ring? Do I think it's okay to let it go to voice mail and listen to it when it is a better time for me, rather than allowing it to disturb my privacy?


3. Work/Leisure

Do I choose when I can and will work, or do others choose that for me?

Do I carve out time to have a hobby?

Does my motivation to work stem from guilt or performance?

Are others' work and leisure ethics my own?


4. Friends/Family

Am I proactive or reactive in relationships?

Did I choose my friends, or did my friends choose me?

Do I make the effort or sacrifice to invest in my friends and family, or are they the last to get my attention because I know they understand?

Do I allow personal honesty or others' expectations to govern my relationships?

Am I intentional about being a friend?


A sage man who had spent years in public ministry once told me, "Jennifer, you will find that everyone will love you and will have a wonderful plan for your life."


He was right. That great advice applies to you as well. Everyone will love you and will have a wonderful plan for your life. Your boss will love you and will think of an incredible plan for your life. Your husband will love you and have a great plan for you. Your kids love you and have a fabulous plan for what you can do every minute of every day! Your friends, neighbors, church and family all think you are great and the plans they have for you are without limit! It's not that their plans are bad; it's just that maybe their plans aren't best. That's why we need boundaries...so we can live out the best plan for us.


There is One who truly loves you more than He loves Himself, and it is His plan for you that is absolutely wonderful. His plan is trustworthy, and when accepted, it will give you life that really works--life with boundaries that are drawn in pleasant places.


Well, that's what's been percolating in me lately...


If you go back, you will find so many good threads and I'm sure you haven't read them all, I know I haven't.





2. Announcements and Help megaphone1.jpg





Gotta question that is probably real easy to answer but.... by: Nett


I am just too slow to understand. Okay when I start a new topic I have all these options to chose from as far as smilies and all but when I post from inside a thread I don't see this. WHY? (i feel like the cow)

ps....and how come my picture doesn't come up with my name?


(Nett is referring to the cow icon that is going around in circles.) Snow







3. Daily Diary: DIARY11.gif




Seventh Anniversary of 9/11 by: Stephanie




We'll never forget that day will we? I bet each of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing when it happened. I had just started teaching the preschool class I was teaching that year.


It was one of those defining moments in history. Like my mom and grandmother tell the story of watching the TV with me an infant on my mom's lap when the President was assasinated.


I just wanted to say I remember! I remember the lives that were lost and the horror that filled our hearts and the influence it had on my life. It is partially responsible for my prep-mindedness today.


God Bless America!








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Summer Classes for Men at by: Trip





by Friday, August 22nd 2008




Class 1

How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays--Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.

Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM .




Class 2

The Toilet Paper Roll--Does It Change Itself?

Round Table Discussion.

Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.




Class 3

Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub?--Group Practice.

Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.




Class 4

Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.

Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.



There are 14 classes, so be sure to check them all out. smile






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What should i do for a burn blister? by: arby




I had my forearm outer side touch the hot coffee pot on the stove the other day. I let out the water from the blister.

Do I leave the separated blister skin on my arm?

Should I remove it and then put antibiotic on it and dressing?

Its about nickel sized, not infected, but concerned it could become so and not sure about the obviously dead burned layer on top of the burned spot.

Any suggestions?



If you have any suggestions, please let her know. Snow





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Water bath newbie questions by: carr




Okay y'all, I'm finally attempting to can. I'm trying Darlene's apple butter instructions because it's easy, economical and my (grown) girls love apple butter.


But I do have a few questions, now that I've started the process and put the food on the line ... lol.


My mother used to make apple butter, and my consistency after cooking overnight does not seem right. Hers certainly seemed thicker. Will that come over time? How long after processing should I wait to open a jar for eating?


The instructions that came with the jars said after processing to remove pot from burner and let cool. Does that mean I leave the jars in the water and wait to start the second batch, or can I pull the jars and put in the second batch immediately?


Those same instructions said to wash jars and lids and dry completely before using. It also said to keep in hot water before filling. Do I take them from the hot water and dry inside or can I just dump the water from jar? Wow, that really sounds like a dumb question now that I've typed it out, but I'm from the no-such-thing-as-a-dumb-question school, so I'm going to risk looking the beginner I am and ask it.


Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.


I've really always wanted to do this and am excited to finally be getting started!!!






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Diapering my veggie plants: by: Shari





We live in the heart of downtown. I am blessed with a huge outside deck. I planted 21 tomato plants and six pepper plants and a bunch of other veggies out there this spring. They are in various containers. They have full sun all day. Toward the end of July, we got a long, dry, hot spell that darn near killed all my food. August is just as bad. I try to water twice a day and really soak those babies, but if I water in the morning, by 4:00 p.m. when I am done with work, these poor things are showing signs of stress and dehydration. Today, my hubby went to a customer's house to fix her air conditioner and noticed she had plants in containers and that they were lush and obviously well hydrated. He said "You must water these things an awful lot. They don't look dried out like my wife's." She said she waters only once a week. She bought the cheapest disposable diapers she could find, poked little holes in the plastic outer covering of the diapers and tucked them in (plastic-coated side up)around all her plants and watered until the diapers were saturated. No weeds, no constant watering! Once a week holds them! This won't work very well for the beets, beans and carrots because of the containers I am using, but it should work on all the other "crops." Hugs! Shari (Another twist for WTSHTF!)




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Dealing with Diabetes by: Stephanie




Hi Friends,


I've noticed many of you are diabetic or have a loved one who is diabetic. I'd like to hear from you concerning what you're doing to control it now and what you'll do THEN in a crisis.


I am Diabetic 2, diagnosed about 3 years ago? I'm on a variety of medications and trying hard to reduce my weight (25 lbs lost).


I know there are a number of herbs that work as well. Are you taking something in particular now? Stocking up on it?








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Who is BOB? What about GHB? Hint: it's "what," not "who"


by: HSmom




If you're new to this world of preparedness, this thread is for you. If you're an old hand, you might find some new ideas, and we need you to share what your experience has taught you.




BOB = Bug Out Bag = Emergency Pack = Grab-n-Go

A BOB can be many things. There is as much variation in BOB contents as there are people. Basically, a BOB is a bag or backpack that contains essentials. It's always at the ready, usually kept at home, and can be grabbed should you need to evacuate rapidly.


GHB = Get Home Bag

This is a similar bag of supplies that is kept away from home, often at work/school or in one's vehicle. It contains the essentials to maintain a body until home can be reached.


EDB = Every Day Bag

Again a similar bag, often a backpack or a large purse, containing essentials that one carries every single day.


EDC = Every Day Carry

Items that one carries every day, but not necessarily in a bag, such as items in a pocket or on a keychain.


BTW, two or more of these can be one-in-the-same kit.



Getting started: Read about BOBs



This is just a small part of the post as well as it is a long thread. Snow





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A Sad Thing in the Newest Generation by: Crazy4Canning






As most of you know, I'm a teacher. I also tutor privately. This is a bit of a soapbox, but mostly a rant....a sad one.




One of the little girls I am tutoring is now reading "Ramona the Pest" by Beverly Cleary. In the very beginning of the book, Ramona goes to kindergarten and sings about the 'dawnzer lee light'...of course the confused words from The Star Spangled Banner "the dawn's early light".


When I was first reading this book as a child, I thought it funny a little kid would mess up the words because I was never given the chance. My parents made VERY sure we knew the words and said them CLEARLY.


This girl, couldn't get it. I had to stop the reading and ask a few questions:


Do you know the National Anthem?


Okay, I'll try again - what about The Star Spangled Banner?

(Blank look) No.

Okay, what do you do when your class pledges allegiance to the flag?

(Puzzled look) Nothing, I just stand there - they make me stand there.

So you don't know any patriotic songs like My Country 'Tis of Thee, America the Beautiful, or even Yankee Doodle?


Do you know why you stand for the pledge?


Do you want to know?

Not really.

Okay, let's talk about what's happening in the book. You need to understand something before we go on....


So, I had to explain to her the line of the song, how it was interpreted in the book by Ramona - essentially giving away the whole beginning of the story because the child didn't know.


As a teacher I know students don't have to SAY the pledge, but they ARE required to stand respectfully. No student has to SING a patriotic song, but I at least I thought most knew the songs or knew about them.


Guess not.


This strikes a very dissonant chord within me. I realize now that when I taught in a private school setting, EVERY DAY we said the pledge and let the children pick a patriotic song...do you know HOW MANY there are?!?!?!


This truly saddens me in many ways.


I don't want to take this conversation to the OH (OutHouse) but just wanted to share my sadness that many young children DON'T KNOW patriotism....at least in the schools I teach in.


My thoughts are swirling...if she doesn't know the National Anthem, does she truly know why we have a Memorial Day holiday? Probably not.


Would her and her family take off their hats or stand tall when the flag is passing by? Doubtful.


Although there is a proud military history in her family, no one has stopped to tell this little girl WHY men and women enlist and WHY it is such a BIG DEAL....


Very sad. So, because she and her family WON'T, I will.


Thank you to the veterans, particularly those who are disabled, lost someone in service, or didn't come home. Thank you to those of you who still STAND and cover your heart when the flag passes by. Thank you to those who KNOW words to the patriotic songs and still remember ALL the words to the National Anthem.




Please go read the replys to this post.







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Puppies, Mixed Breed - We are looking for you! by: Hillbillee




This post was posted July 26, 2008



We are looking for a home of our own and our own family to love. We will make really good companions and great farm dogs. We would love to play with our family. Mom likes to chase balls and herd chickens. (Not harm them, herd them.)


We will also make great farm dogs with the mix of Australian Shepherd, Corgi and a little German Shepherd too. We will have a good nose for tracking (We started tracking at three weeks old.) and are used to farm life and animals including cats.


We are five weeks old now. Our pictures are available through email. We have been eating out of a dish at three weeks old and eating dry dog food since we were 4 weeks old.


We love to be held and petted. We are so laid back we will just lay still in your arms and contentedly listen to your voice and let you pet us. We are even content to cuddle up and sleep in your arms. We are not high energy dogs, we are content to just be near you.


We will be ready to go home with you on August 1. Our Mom has already weaned us.


We are located in Northern Lower Michigan.



This is just part of the Post, so if you want to read the rest of it, please check it out. smile Snow





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Where do I go to find out if my neighborhood zoning restricts chickens? by: bluegrassmom




I live on a small street with a few other houses. One way in, one way out. We are not in the city, but not the buttcrack of the boondocks either. I have a decent sized piece of land here, but want to know what the restrictions are, if any. Where do I start? The courthouse?






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Having Fun with Solids, Liquids and Gases by: PoGo






I just thought this might make an interesting class for some of your students.







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Simple emergency generator by: Campy




With some used (or free) parts (lawn mower motor and GM alternator) an emergency generator for charging 12 volt batteries can easily be made. If you add an inverter you can run many AC electrical appliances or tools.








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practical, inexpensive guy stocking stuffers by: Betty




Target has men's plain white handerkerchiefs boxed set of 6 for $5.00. (With some cross stitch or lace, they could become women's handkerchiefs too)


Big Lots has 12inch wide duct tape in a box for $7.00. Could do some serious repair with this 12x30" piece!

They also have tarps for $10 right now with the grommets in the corners.


For those doing buckets of car items for their guys, check out Big Lots right now. They have quite a few wash/polish/ArmourAll kind of items as well as bundles of cloths. They always have a wall of car accessory items too. I only go every few months, so every time I check out their "guy"isles of hardware, camping, tools, batteries, etc. If you can find what you are hunting, they have great prices.




See what others have to say. smile




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Luke 2:11-12

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.



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Mrs. S. Newsletter




Happy New Year 2009





January is . . . . National Careers in Cosmetology Month, National Eye Health Care Month, National Fiber Focus Month, National Hobby Month, National Soup Month, Hot Tea Month, Oatmeal Month, Prune Breakfast Month


January 3 is . . . . .Festival of Sleep Day

January 15 is . . . . Hat Day

January 21 is . . . . National Hugging Day

January 30 is . . . . Escape Day


January 1: New Year's Day

January 6: Epiphany

January 11: Full Moon

January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 26: New Moon







February is . . . . National Blah Buster Month, National Embroidery Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Snack Food Month, National Weddings Month, Responsible Pet Owner Month, Return Carts to the Supermarket Month, Creative Romance Month, International Twit Award Month, Canned Food Month


February 3 is . . . . . Cordova Ice Worm Day

February 15 is . . . . National Gum Drop Day

February 21 is . . . . Card Reading Day

February 28 is . . . . Public Sleeping Day



February 2: Groundhog Day

February 9: Full Moon

February 12: Lincoln's Birthday

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 16: Presidents' Day

February 22: Washington's Birthday

February 25: Ash Wednesday




MARCH: th_march.jpg


March is . . . . Foot Health Month, Humorists Are Artist Month, National Furniture Refinishing Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Noodle Month, and National Peanut Month


March 3 is . . . . . I Want You To Be Happy Day, Peach Blossom Day and National Anthem Day

March 15 is . . . . Buzzard's Day and Everything You Think Is Wrong Day

March 21 is . . . . Fragrance Day

March 30 is . . . . I Am In Control Day



March 1: St. David's Day

March 8: Daylight-Saving Time Begins

March 11: Full Moon

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

March 20: Spring Begins





I'm wondering if there is anyone out there/here who could name each and every president in the order of which they served our country.


Because we are getting a new president January 20, 2009, I feel we should get to know all of our presidents. We will learn just a little about each one of them when I put them in the News Letter according to their birthdays. I am adding a tiny bit about their wives too.





Millard Fillmore


13th President of the United States

(July 9, 1850 to March 3, 1853)


Nickname: "The American Louis Philippe"


Born: January 7, 1800, in Locke Township (now Summerhill), New York

Died: March 8, 1874 in Buffalo, New York


First Lady

Abigail Powers Fillmore


Born: 1798


Died: 1853




Richard Milhous Nixon


37th President of the United States

(January 20, 1969 to August 9, 1974)


Nickname: None listed.


Born: January 9, 1913, in Yorba Linda, California

Died: April 22, 1994, in New York, New York

First Lady

Patricia Ryan Nixon



Born: March 16, 1912

in Ely, Nevada


Died: June 22, 1993 in Park Ridge, New Jersey




William McKinley


25th President of the United States

(March 4, 1897 to September 14, 1901)


Nickname: "Idol of Ohio"


Born: January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio

Died: September 14, 1901, in Buffalo, New York


First Lady

Ida Saxton McKinley


Born: 1847


Died: 1907




Franklin Delano Roosevelt


32nd President of the United States

(March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945)


Nickname: "FDR"


Born: January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York

Died: April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia


First Lady

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt


Born: October 11, 1884

in New York City


Died: November 7, 1962

in New York City






Ronald Wilson Reagan


40th President of the United States

(January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989)


Nicknames: "The Gipper"; "The Great Communicator"; "Dutch"


Born: February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois

Died: June 5, 2004, in Los Angeles, California


First Lady

Nancy Davis Reagan


Born: July 6 , 1921

in Tampico, Illinois




William Henry Harrison


9th President of the United States

(March 4, 1841 to April 4, 1841)


Nicknames: "Old Tippecanoe"; "Old Tip"


Born: February 9, 1773, in Berkeley, Virginia

Died: April 4, 1841, in Washington, D.C.


First Lady

Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison


Born: 1775


Died: 1864




George Washington


1st President of the United States

(April 30, 1789 to March 3, 1797)


Nickname: "Father of His Country"


Born: February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia

Died: December 14, 1799, at Mount Vernon, Virginia


First Lady

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington


Born: June 2, 1731

Chestnut Grove Plantation, New Kent County, Virginia


Died: May 22, 1802

at her home, Mount Vernon, Virginia






Andrew Jackson


7th President of the United States

(March 4, 1829 to March 3, 1837)


Nickname: "Old Hickory"


Born: March 15, 1767, in the Waxhaw area, on North Carolina-South Carolina border

Died: June 8, 1845, at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee


First Lady

Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson


Born: 15 June, 1767

near Chatham, Virginia


Died: December 22, 1828

at the Hermitage Plantation, Nashville, Tennessee




James Madison


4th President of the United States

(March 4, 1809 to March 3, 1817)


Nicknames: "Father of the Constitution"


Born: March 16, 1751, in Port Conway, Virginia

Died: June 28, 1836, at Montpelier, Virginia


First Lady

Dolley Payne Todd Madison


Born: May 20, 1768

in Guilford County, North Carolina


Died: July 12, 1849

at her home in Washington, D.C.




Grover Cleveland


22nd and 24th President of the United States

(March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1889 and March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1897)


Nickname: "Veto Mayor"; "Veto President"


Born: March 18, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey

Died: June 24, 1908, in Princeton, New Jersey


First Lady

Frances Folsom Cleveland


Born: 1864


Died: 1947




John Tyler


10th President of the United States

(April 6, 1841 to March 3, 1845)


Nicknames: "Accidental President"; "His Accidency"


Born: March 29, 1790, in Greenway, Virginia

Died: January 18, 1862, in Richmond, Virginia


Tyler was married twice.


First Lady

Letitia Christian Tyler


Born: 1790


Died: 1842


The first President's wife to die in the White House, Letitia Tyler ended her

days peacefully on September 10, 1842, holding a damask rose in her hand. She

was taken to Virginia for burial at the plantation of her birth, deeply mourned

by her family. "She had everything about her," said Priscilla, "to awaken




First Lady

Julia Gardiner Tyler


Born: 1820


Died: 1889







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Posted by: Cat





If you like those snowglobes that are filled with water and "snow" or glitter, PLEASE be careful where you keep it.


Hallmark, Inc. is recalling their big snowglobes because, left in sunlight, they concentrate the light like a magnifying glass and can start a fire with nearby paper. Just because they're recalling the "jumbo" ones, doesn't mean a smaller one couldn't do the same.




Jumbo snow globes + sunlight = consumer hazard

Tue Dec 23, 2008


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 7,000 jumbo-sized snow globes were recalled by Hallmark Cards Inc. because the holiday decorations can act as a magnifying glass when exposed to sunlight and ignite nearby combustible materials, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday.


The snowman-shaped snow globes were sold in October and November at Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide for about $100 each.


The consumer agency said Hallmark has received two reports of the snow globes igniting nearby materials but no injuries have been reported.


Consumers who bought the snow globes, which measure 11 by 12 by 17 inches (28 by 30 by 43cm), should immediately remove them from exposure to sunlight and return to a Hallmark Gold Crown store for a full refund.






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Posted by: Trip





How sad that so many never get it.....


Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by

civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes,

forgetting that it was there long before they were.


A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the

back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the

local paper complaining about a group of F-16's that disturbed their

day at the mall. When that individual read the response from a Luke

AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit.



The complaint:

'Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:

Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at

precisely 9:11 A.M., a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass

over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500

feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the 'Tom Cruise-wannabe's feel we

need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyn's

early bird special? Any response would be appreciated.'



The response:


Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets' (Letters, Thursday):


On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship fly-by

of F-16's from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over

the grave of Capt... Jeremy Fresques. Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer

who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on

May 30, Memorial Day. At 9 a.m.on June 15, his family and friends gathered

at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.


Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly-by, and because of the jet noise,

I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps, or my words to the

widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on

behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen

and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.


A four-ship fly-by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to

those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional

aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed

was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.


The letter writer asks, 'Whom do we thank for the morning air show?

The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your

thanks to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you,

for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of

their lives.


Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you.....Jesus

Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul and liberty; the

other for your natural freedom.


(signed) Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr. USAF






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Posted by: michelle




I'm not sure where to put this but since charity comes from the heart this was the best forum I could come up with... if it needs to be moved please feel free to do so. Thanks mods!



I enjoy doing charity work. I try to do something for charities when I get the chance. I've been looking for something to do for the holidays (I know its getting close now) but I'm upset and annoyed at some of the charities. I hate to say it and I'm sorry I feel this way but it bothers me the requests some of them make. I haven't looked yet this year (haven't seen the tree up yet) but last year the angel tree was full of nothing but angels asking for outrageous gifts like playstations, etc. Expensive items I can't afford to buy my own kids. I'm going to look again this year but I doubt it will have changed.


I saw the ad for Toys for Tots and wanted to do it til I saw it says the gifts 'must be new with a value of $10 or higher'... since when do you HAVE to spend that amount on a charity gift? I can get decent toys for cheaper than that and help more kids.


Looked at some of the soldier programs as I'd love to get into writing a soldier or send a care package to one but so far all I've found are ones saying that if you adopt a soldier you have to write once a week and send at least one care package a month. Thats wonderful but I'd like to help even if I can't make that kind of contribution.


I'm just aggravated right now. I want to contribute to a charity but I'm feeling outraged. They all appear to be self-righteous idiots! Demanding that if I can't afford to spend XXXX on a donation its not worth it. Even if all I can afford to do is buy a couple of small toys from the Dollar Tree or something I'd like to help. Where are the charities that truly need the help and appreciate anything you can do even if it is small?




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Posted by: Snowmom





Want to learn how to work on genealogy, are you interested in genealogy??? If you are and don't understand how to get started or work on it. There is a site where you can get 4 weeks of lessons.


Here is what it says.



Discover the wonderful world of genealogy with this free, online class. Packed with tips, techniques, and advice, Intro to Genealogy teaches you the basics you need to get started tracing your family tree. Learn how to navigate both the Internet and offline resources to find your ancestors.

This free Intro to Genealogy class includes four weeks of lessons, plus interaction with a professional genealogist:


Learn at your own pace through independent study lessons, and reinforce your knowledge with quizzes, plus optional homework assignments.

Interact with the instructor and fellow students through the Intro to Genealogy message board

Receive tips and advice on how to find your ancestors online

Get started today, and you'll soon be on your way to the fulfilling pastime of genealogy research.


This is the url for this information.






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The Chat Archives are just that and if you want to read them, that is fine, but, I am not printing any of it here.





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Posted by: MomM




I was at our county health dept Tuesday a.m. and a nutritionist there told me that they have already had some confirmed cases of the flu. She said the health dept already has the flu vaccine,but she didn't say if they were giving it yet. Tuesday afternoon, I went with DH to our family doctor (he hurt his rotator cuff) and I asked if they had the flu vaccine in yet. He said they had it in, but didn't plan to start giving it out until the end of Oct. They don't want to give it too soon, or it won't be as effective during the peak flu time. I guess we should all be very vigiliant with our hand washing techniques.





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Posted by: Aint2nuts





Taste of Christmas: Someone on another forum started a topic on this, and I thought it would be nice to have it here!


So, what tastes like Christmas to you?


I will start,


Tamales. Here in the south Hispanic families make tamales for Christmas and oh my Lord are they good. I could eat a half dozen by myself. I love the sweet corn with jalapeno pepper in it, so good.


Lasagna. My Dad is Italian, and we always have Lasagna for Christmas along with the ham. LOL





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Posted by: Midnightmom





Butterfly Kerosene Stove FOR SALE

Butterfly Sockwick Stove, 4 extra wicks, and oven box. $100 / OBO

(stove value $80/replacement wicks value $25/oven value $55)


Buyer pays shipping.


Items never used.(Unfortunately, original boxes are not in good shape.)


Instruction books included.



Sockwick Stove (#2688) info.



Butterfly Oven #2421 info.




Pictures and e-mail are in the post.






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Posted by: LaBellaVita




Hi everyone,


I have a storage room off of the master bedroom that just so happens to be above the garage (2 story house). This room is not very big, regular room height for a small section, maybe 4 ft wide, then it slopes on down to the floor under the roofline, and the depth runs alongside the whole bedroom wall.


Now that its cooler here, I've been thinking about moving our stash of supplies off the master bedroom floor, into the storage room (dear hubby is not too fond of cases of food, oil, etc, but we don't have a basement nor much closet space so I didn't know where else to put it).


This is basically what I have, can all if it go into an unheated storage room, or will it get too cold?


* canned fruits and veggies

* canned tuna and chicken

* rice milk in foiley cartons

* coffee, tea

* molasses

* juice in jugs

* juice boxes and milk boxes

* ketchup and mustard

* spices

* lots o' pasta

* dehydrated veggies

* veggie and olive oils


I'm sure there is more up there, but don't feel like digging through it all. Maybe the better question would be, what can't go?


My white rice, brown rice, flour, sugar, oats, & wheat is in the garage, though I could move it up there too. Is it too cold for those things too?


Any pointers would be greatly appreciated! Don't want oozing going on...


If I need to make room for this stuff under the bed, in the back of every closet, in my sock drawer, please let me know.




Here in GA we do get below freezing, but not as many days of it obviously as those up north would.





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Posted by: Momo




A Nutritious Frugal Meal


When I was in a grocery store the other day they gave me a flyer when I checked out. It was 4 days of suggestions for meals. They were each under 5$ and supposed to feed a family of four. When I looked at the ad closely I noticed it was heavy on processed foods and very little fresh foods. Can you put together a meal for 4 for under 5$ that is healthy?


I thought we might give each other ideas.


Off the top of my head I have seen chicken leg/thigh quarters for 49 cents a pound. Two pounds would be enough for 4 people. They would be easy to bake and cover with a little bbq sauce if you want. Sweet potatoes have been 25 cents lb. lately. They are delicious baked with a little butter on them. Cabbage is around 49 cents a pound. Slaw is easy to make. You would still have enough of the 5 dollars left to make biscuits or homemade garlic bread. This meal is packed with nutrition and is well balanced.


Any other ideas?




There are a lot of ideas, so please read this post. :)





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Posted by: Leah




Crochet 2 old shirts into a new purse.

Crocheted Denim Rag Bag





There is a picture in the post too.





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Posted by: Vic303




Lone Survivor - Marcus Luttrell

No, it's not a fiction work... this is the true story of a 4-man Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan who were attacked by an Taliban army of 140-200 men in the remote mountains. Luttrell survived. All the 4 were highly decorated for their actions in Operation Redwing, with the Lt being awarded the MOH (posthumous) and the others all receiving the Navy Cross (2 posthumous awards, 1 living).


Read it. Trust me. It will make you proud, and make you cry too. Just read it.







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To make a word or series of words a clickable link

ArmyOfFive4God ArmyOfFive4God

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Registered: 12/31/06

Posts: 3396

Loc: At the Continental Divide



To make a word or series of words a clickable link, you use:




so it would look similar to this:


Code:Mrs Survival Homepage


and looks like this:


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Posted by: WormGuy




Keeping track of preps

To some keeping a spreadsheet is simple; to others a notebook is simple. With the way and places that people live we all have different storage situations. We need to try different approaches for storage and rotating our stocks until we find the one that works the best for our situation.


Stocking supplies is the most important thing we can do for ourselves, and our family. The next most important two things we should do is date and rotate our stocks. These two things should be done in order to assure we are using our preps and not letting things get out of date.


Here are some links to read so you can see how others are managing their preps.




















A question often asked is “How long does food stay good” Here are a few links to help answer this question.








This is how a few people do it:


I only have five places where food prep items are located - and I do not spread it out any more than that or it would become impossible to keep track of. Of those locations... there is an order of rotation that ensures I keep a handle on it... pantry is current opened/usage items stocked with things moved in from the first tier storage rooms (there is two). Second tier storage areas have items that will not be used within a year's time (longer term items). Once a year, I rotate items from the second tier storage areas into the first tier storage that are ready to be rotated into use and then I replace with new products in the long term storage area.


At the time that I do the rotation... I do a couple of inventory management things:


First, I do a physical inventory and put in on my inventory sheets (computer spreadsheet) - this only get's done once a year and gives me a baseline to evaluate what needs ramping up and what is overstocked.


Second, I clean the storage areas including the pantry shelves (vacuum up cobwebs, spilled items, and dust - wipe down surfaces) and move the first to be used items forward and put the recently moved in items at the back. While doing this I inspect the items and make sure nothing has developed problems.


Finally, I date all new items coming in with the date purchased/stored(i.e. Jan 2008).


This get's done once a year. Last year I started doing all my major restocking at the start of the year (prebuying to replace the current year's expected usage to lock in lower prices) and that makes this system work even better... as I just do all the inventory management and restocking all within a months time frame and then am done! It works quite well actually but requires carving out some time for the rotation/cleaning/inventory and saving your cash for the big annual restocking purchases. It's cheaper though and more efficient in my mind.


Another one:


I have one pantry and everything gets crammed into it except what goes under the bed, behind the couch, on top closet shelves and etc. Once we are a bit more finished with the remodeling though will be another story.


I'm hoping to put in shelves that can be loaded from the back and used from the front. That way there is less moving things around other than moving them forward on the shelf.


I do not keep a written inventory but do take frequent visual ones to see what needs to be tweaked. I buy certain things yearly also but not all at the same time. When I find a good sale on something we use regularly, like T-paper, I buy enough to last a year or two depending on its storage life. Those are usually non-food items and are stored separately. Because I buy this way it frees up funds to buy the next good sale. Most of my monthly buying is based on the sales ads.


Most of my food items are easily inventoried at a glance but only because I've been doing it so many years that all I have to do is calculate approximately what is on a shelf and the time of year to know if I need to stock up further at the next sale.


One thing I do is to mark all items with the date of purchase and use the oldest first. Canned goods and such I also mark with the name of the product inside just in case we have a problem and the cans lose their labels. I had that happen once and it's not always nice to have a surprise when preparing a meal LOL.


One thing that I do keep very close tabs on is the hidden inventory of food and non-food items to make sure they are rotated. Normally I just take new items as I buy them into the area and remove the older ones for everyday use. Many of those items are for long term storage so they are not switched as often. If "someone" decided they needed my pantry of food more than I did at least there is a chance they would not find the hidden supplies.


Here is what can happen if you don’t have an inventory of your supplies:


I thought I had more flour but I could not find it. So I chalked it up to having been used. That was until last night. I was looking of something in the hall closet and there in a big 21/2 gallon zip lock bag were 2-5lb bags of flour. Not my favorite brand but hey its 10lb of flour!



Yes...I sometimes have to shift things around and am always pleasantly surprised to find some "lost" item. I thought I had used up all of our soap (but could not remember doing THAT, either) only to remember that I had moved it from its original storage location to a new set of storage drawers that I had simply...forgotten about!



I keep a little coupon saver type pouch and list my preps and where I have stashed them on index cards. It is a nice system - I carry it with me where ever I go. If I spot a sale I know what to purchase. If I have extra dollars, I know what I could use, yet. It is a good system unless I forget to write down my purchases, however! We ate a lot of sauer kraut last winter because I bought, stored and didn't write down the fact that I had stashed twelve cans of Kraut!!








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For Arpil, May and June of 2009






April is: International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, National Anxiety Month, National Humor Month, National Welding Month, National Garden Month, and Uh-Huh Month




April 2 is . . . . . National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 6 is . . . . . Sorry Charlie Day

April 22 is . . . . National Jelly Bean Day

April 29 is . . . . National Shrimp Scampi Day


Pslm Sunday, April 5th.

Full Moon, is April 9th.

Passover is April 9th. passover3.jpg

Good Friday is April 10th.

Easter Sunday is April 12th. thEasterJoysBeThine.jpg

Full Moon is April 25th.




May is . . . . Better Sleep Month, National Good Car Care Month, National Photo Month, National Salad Month, National Egg Month, National Barbecue Month, Revise Your Work Schedule Month, Date Your Mate Month, National Hamburger Month, and Fungal Infection Awareness Month




May 8 is . . . . . No Socks Day and Have A Coke Day

May 11 is . . . . Eat What You Want Day and Twilight Zone Day

May 26 is . . . . Grey Day

May 31 is . . . . National Macaroon Day


Full Moon is May 9th.

Mother's Day is May 10th. happymothersday4.gif

Victoria Day, (Canada) is May 18th.

New Moon is May 24th.

Memorial Day Observed, (USA), May 25th. memorialday6.gif




June is . . . . Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, American Rivers Month, Cancer In The Sun Month, Dairy Month, Turkey Lover's Month, National Accordian Awareness Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, National Ice Tea Month, National Papaya Month, National Pest Control Month, National Rose Month, Fight The Filthy Fly Month, and Zoo and Aquarium Month




June 4 is . . . . . Old Maid's Day

June 11 is . . . . National Hug Holiday and King Kamehameha Day

June 17 is . . . . Eat Your Vegetables Day

June 29 is . . . . Camera Day


Full Moon is June 7th.

Flag Day is June 14th. FLAG2.gif

Summer Begins June 21st.

Father's Day is June 21st. Happyfathersday3-1.gif

New Moon June 22nd.

St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec) is June 24th.



Spring can not come to soon for most of us. We have had a lot of snow this year and also a lot of cold temps. I am just in hopes there will not be a lot of flooding this year. They are really watching some areas for flooding though and will be watching for the next several weeks. The Red River Valley is one of the bad spots for flooding as well as along the Des Moines River.




I wish each and every Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother a Happy Mother's Day.


I wish each and every Dad, Grandpa and GreatGrandpa a Happy Father's Day.



She was there at the beginning

When the world was new to you -

She was there to turn to happy times

Those when, you were hurt or blue.


She was there to listen to your thoughts

And when you asked, to give advice -

She was there to tell you, "Those don't match!"

Or, "Hon, you sure look nice."


She was there with you at nighttime

To help you say your prayers _

She was there to tell you, "It's alright."

When you had a dream that scares.


She was there at morning time

To get you up and out of bed -

She was there when you didn't feel good (or did)

To say, "You'd best stay home, instead."


She was there when you were hungry

And when you had those dirty clothes -

She was there when you needed her

(How she knew? Only heaven knows.)


She was there at the beginning

And she'll be there your whole life through -

She'll be there in your mind and heart

Just like a mother is supposed to do.


Submitted By: Del "Abe" Jones

found at: http://www.theholidayspot.com/mothersday/p..._poetry.htm#mom



What Is A Dad?


A dad is someone who

wants to catch you before you fall

but instead picks you up,

brushes you off,

and lets you try again.


A dad is someone who

wants to keep you from making mistakes

but instead lets you find your own way,

even though his heart breaks in silence

when you get hurt.


A dad is someone who

holds you when you cry,

scolds you when you break the rules,

shines with pride when you succeed,

and has faith in you even when you fail...



~By Susan Ceylise.~


found at: http://www.funmunch.com/events/fathers_day...ay_poems4.shtml




Now, we will continue with the Presidents: :) How many of you read about the Presidents in the last Mrs. S. News Letter?? How many of you learned something by reading about them? :)




Thomas Jefferson


3rd President of the United States

(March 4, 1801 to March 3, 1809)


Nicknames: "Man of the People"; "Sage of Monticello"


Born: April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia

Died: July 4, 1826, at Monticello (near Charlottesville, Virginia)


First Lady:


Martha Wayles Skelton


Born: 19-Oct-1748

Birthplace: near Williamsburg, VA

Died: 8-Sep-1782

Location of death: Monticello, VA

Cause of death: unspecified

Remains: Buried, Monticello, VA




James Buchanan


15th President of the United States

(March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1861)


Nickname: "Old Buck"


Born: April 23, 1791, in Cove Gap (near Mercersburg), Pennsylvania

Died: June 1, 1868, at Wheatland (near Lancaster, Pennsylvania)


First Lady: He never married:


The White House hostess was his niece:


Harriet Lane


Born: 9-May-1830

Birthplace: Stony Batter, PA

Died: 3-Jul-1903

Location of death: Narragansett, RI

Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

Remains: Buried, Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD






Ulysses Simpson Grant


18th President of the United States

(March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1877)


Nickname: "Hero of Appomattox"


Born: April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio

Died: July 23, 1885, in Mount McGregor, New York


First Lady:


Julia Boggs Dent


Born: 26-Jan-1826

Birthplace: St. Louis, MO

Died: 14-Dec-1902

Location of death: Washington, DC

Cause of death: unspecified




James Monroe


5th President of the United States

(March 4, 1817 to March 3, 1825)


Nicknames: "The Last Cocked Hat"; "Era-of-Good-Feeling President"


Born: April 28, 1758, in Westmoreland County, Virginia


Died: July 4, 1831, in New York, New York




First Lady:


Elizabeth "Eliza" Kortright


Born: 30-Jun-1768

Birthplace: New York, NY

Died: 23-Sep-1830

Location of death: near Leesburg, VA

Cause of death: unspecified

Remains: Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA






Harry S. Truman (Why the period?)*


33rd President of the United States

(April 12, 1945 to January 20, 1953)


Nickname: "Give 'Em Hell Harry"


Born: May 8, 1884, in Lamar, Missouri

Died: December 26, 1972, in Kansas City, Missouri



First Lady:


Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia Wallace


Born: 13-Feb-1885

Birthplace: Independence, MO

Died: 18-Oct-1982

Location of death: Independence, MO

Cause of death: Heart Failure

Remains: Buried, Courtyard, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library





John Fitzgerald Kennedy


35th President of the United States

(January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1963)


Nickname: "JFK", "Jack"


Born: May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts

Died: November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas



First Lady:


Jacqueline Lee Bouvier


Born: 28-Jul-1929

Birthplace: Southampton, NY

Died: 19-May-1994

Location of death: New York City

Cause of death: Cancer - Lymphoma






George Herbert Walker Bush


41st President of the United States

(January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993)


Nickname: "Poppy"


Born: June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts


First Lady:


Barbara Pierce


Born: 8-Jun-1925

Birthplace: New York, NY







1. Streams In The Desert: BIBLE4.jpg





Right now we have many concerns in this forum. People in the hospital and floods are going on all over. So, I'm asking you to pray for everyone involved in these things.


But, this one I'm putting in here is something that could be useful to someone you know. It is by: Trip


God Works in Mysterious Ways it is found at:




Mar 9 2009, 11:30 PM


Ladys please don't freak out that the Ol bear is postin here in the sunday School Class ok? I know your all half scared to read this but I assure you it will be OK........


Please read the whole thing,,, You'll love it.

I am reminded that "God Works in Mysterious Ways "


Tampons (A TRUE STORY)


Tampons to the rescue in Iraq!! Don't worry, it's a good story, and worth reading. It's even humorous in parts. It's from the mother of a Marine in Iraq.


My son told me how wonderful the care packages we had sent them from the ladies auxiliary were and wanted me to tell everyone thank you.


He said that one guy we'll call Marine X, got a female care package and everyone was giving him a hard time. My son said, 'Marine X got some really nice smelling lotion and everyone really likes it, so every time he goes to sleep they steal it from him.' I told my son I was really sorry about the mistake, and if he wanted I would send Marine X another package.. He told me not to worry about Marine X because every time I send something to him, he shares it with Marine X.


He said when my husband and I sent the last care package, Marine X came over to his cot, picked up the box, started fishing through it, and said, 'What'd we get this time?'


But my son said they had the most fun with Marine X's package. He said he wasn't sure who it was supposed to go to, but the panties were size 20, and he said one of the guys got on top of the Humvee and jumped off with the panties over his head and yelled, 'Look at me, I'm an Airborne Ranger!!!!'


One of the guys attached the panties to an antenna and it blew in the wind like a windsock. He said it entertained them for quite awhile. Then of course... they had those tampons. When he brought this up, my imagination just went running, but he continued.


My son said they had to go on a mission, and Marine X wanted the Chap-Stick and lotion for the trip. He grabbed a bunch of the items from his care package and got in the Humvee. As luck would have it, he grabbed the tampons too, and my son said everyone was teasing him about 'not forgetting his feminine hygiene products.'


He said things went well for a while, then the convoy was ambushed and a Marine was shot. He said the wound was pretty clean, but it was deep. He said they were administering first aid but couldn't get the bleeding to slow down, and someone said, 'Hey! Use Marine X's tampons!' My son said they put the tampon in the wound. At this point my son profoundly told Me, 'Mom, did you know that tampons expand?' ('Well....yeah!')


They successfully slowed the bleeding until the guy got better medical attention. When they went to check on him later, the surgeon told them, 'You guys saved his life. If you hadn't stopped that bleeding he would have bled to death.' My Son said, 'Mom, the tampons sent by the Marine Moms by mistake saved a Marine's life.'


At this point I asked him, 'Well, what did you do with the rest of the tampons?'


He said, 'Oh, we divided them up and we all have them in our flak jackets, and I kept two for our first aid kit.'


I am absolutely amazed by the ingenuity of our Marines. I can't believe that something that started out as a mistake, then turned into a joke, ended up saving someone's life. My sister said she doesn't believe in mistakes. She believes God had a plan all along. She believes that the 'female care package' was sent to Marine X to save our Marine.


Either way, our efforts have boosted the morale of many Marines, provided much needed items for our troops, AND saved the life of a Marine! God bless every one of you for your efforts and hard work, and God bless our Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and all our military service personnel.


Prayer: 'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need... Amen.'


Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.




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Privacy and personal messages by: MountainMommy




Someone mentioned something to me today that made me realize I should address a privacy concern.


Your personal messages and emails here are private. No one here can read them, not the moderators, not even admin. There is no way your private communications can be intercepted or read by anyone other than yourselves or the people you send them to.


Oh, I'm sure a professional hacker could do it, but we are not hackers, so please do not concern yourselves.










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We have a lot of just 'Hi' and such in this forum. :)


Here is something by Stephaine:


Snowing in Alabama, On the 1st day of March!


They said it was going to snow....quite frankly I thought they were nuts!


They were right and I was wrong, it's coming down pretty fast and furious, sticking so far, but not sure what will come of it.


To make it even more interesting we still have the tornado 'stuff' going on.


I didn't have to "run" and stock up on anything from the store.


I'm a good little prepper girl!!





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The Dog Food Diet, posted by: Campy




This one has been around awhile, but I still think it is cute.



Yesterday I was at my local WalMart buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Biscuit, the Wonder Dog and was in the checkout line when woman behind me asked if I had a dog.


What did she think I had, an elephant? So, since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices, and IVs in both arms.


I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet, and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete, so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)


Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me.


I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's backside and a car hit us both.


I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack, he was laughing so hard. WalMart won't let me shop there anymore.




5. Nature's Perscriptions: herbs6.jpg




Burns, by: Jewlzm




I burnt the soup out of my fingers making a batch of pear sauce. Is there anything other than aloe that I can put on it?

It hurts like the dicken!



Shoot I did it again.. Can someone move this?


You need to read this post in order to see the answers. :)




6. Preserving the Harvest: canning5.jpg




Can we can these items? by: Motherhen




Thanks to the encouragement from you ladies, we've bought a pressure canner and dh is really getting into this, now that he's been laid off.

He's eager and got some specials on meat today at the store...wants to know if he can 'can' peameal bacon--has a smidgen of cornmeal on the one edge;....and wants to know if liver can be canned too.




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We have an older post that has been brought to the top and it is interesting. It is about Victory Gardens, we also have a post about Victory Garden Seeds.


Victory Garden heirloom seed package, by Grace&Violets




I'm hoping to start my garden this year and came across a Victory Garden package. It has 76 packets of seeds, but some are varities that I am not familiar with. Even so, it might be fun to try new veggies and see if we like them. Is this a good deal? I've put the ones I'm not familiar with in bold (heard the name, but never tried them). Also, isn't coriander the same as cilantro?




I didn't copy all that was in the post, as it was the seeds so you can go to the post and get the list there. :)


The other, older, one was posted in 2002 and the name is now Guest_Guest_. I'm not sure who it was, could have been Wes. :)




Is anyone refering to their garden as "Victory Garden"

Anyone know the history of the Victory Garden?


Snowmom added this to the thread, but, names were changed in one of the moves.


There is a lot of info on Victory Gardens in the post, this is just a little.


To find out more about the 'Victory Gardens' of WWII, here are some urls to go to.


This url will tell you about the gardens. http://www.alsuccess.com/articles/221Feat4.html


These urls will give a bit of information on the Victory Gardens, but the first one was the best.






My mother-in-law use to talk about her land lady, in Washington state, having a 'Victory Garden'. She had flowers and vegetables mixed in a small patch just outside the door of the house. This was just before and after she was married. She lived in a rooming house and DH's dad was in the Army, based there.


My mother always had a garden while I was growing up and always canned what she could and stored the rest in the root cellar basement.




8. The Spa: spa4.jpg




Children's Health - born with life threatening complications, posted by: JennysMom


This is an older post, but, I thought it was so interesting to see that I am putting it in now.


You will have to go to a youtube to see the story, but, it is worth watching.




I wanted to share this amazing story that I found that just got to me. The strength and courage this little boy and his family had was just inspiring. This may bring hope and help anyone that is dealing with a similar situation


Keston's story



9. Are You Really Ready: storage6.jpg




Intuition, It will save your life, get to know it, by: Purdy Bear




In an emergency, or infact just every day life, your intuition will guide you and keep you safe. So many forget this natural instinct but those who do come to regret it.


So what does your intuition feel like? Its that gut churning stuff, the hackles going up on the back of the neck, that niggling voice or feeling saying not everything is quite right.


So how do you learn to hear it? Just become more aware what is going on in your body. When you get those physical feelings just sit and think why your getting it. Is it because there is rain in the air, or is that person walking too close to you, does that food smell right?


All mothers should teach their daughters to listen to their intuition. If you ever feel uneasy with someone, do not trust them and certainly never go anywhere alone with them.


I believe intuition is your higher self speaking to you, its like your direction connection to Heaven, but thats just me.


If you get to know your intuition daily and learn to trust it, then when that emergency comes you will already know and be prepared. For instance I heard of a tribe in the Indian Ocean that listened to its intuition and went to higher ground and survived the Tsnaumi (sorry I cant spell ).


Remember your intuition and you wont go far wrong.





11. 2 Bits, 4 Bits, 6 Bits a Dollar! PENNIES1.jpg




I'm not sure what has not sold yet, but, you will have to take a look and see just what is there. Then, PM whoever has it for sale. :)


Here is one that a lot of people might be interested in.


Jerusalem Artichokes by: urbanforager




As with the Mother of Vinegar, I have many more Jerusalem artichokes than I know what to do with. So if there is anyone out there who'd like to try growing them, please, please don't order them from anywhere! I will be utterly delighted to send you some tubers, I just ask that you send me a few shekels for postage. Just PM me if you're interested!




I will make a suggestion, when what you are selling or giving away or trading, is gone, please post and let us know that it is gone. :) Thanks




12. Country Homesteading COUNTRYHOME2.jpg




Meet Glennis, by: CrabGrassAcres




She is a 3 yr old LaMancha. This picture was taken last yr by her breeder. Glennis had tripletts as a ff and had twins last yr. She is due Mar 30th and is already bagging up nicely. Last yr she milked a gallon a day and the breeder told me she was hard to dry off and kept bagging up. I'm hoping to milk her thru this yr.




There is a picture there, so if you want to see Glennis, you will have to go check it out. :)




13. The Homeschooling Haven: (IMG]http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h20/Snowmom_photos/MY%20GIFS/GIFS%20TO%20USE%20FOR%20NEWS%20LETTERS/homeschool1.jpg[/img]






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15. Holiday and Gift Central: gifts3.jpg







I do hope you read and enjoy this Mrs. S. News Letter, if you do, I would like to know if you have read it. :) I would also like to have you inform me of any news you would like to have put into the News Letter.


I am so happy to see all of the new posters as well as some who have not posted in a while. Thank you all for coming to Mrs. S. :)




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