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Ah....that was one thing I did today.  You reminded me, Little Sister.  I never leave much in original packaging due to mice in this old cabin.  So I put much of it in juice bottles.  DH had brought home some big packages of dry pasta so I wiggled that into the bottles today.  Much safer than in the plastic wrapping.  It sits on shelf much better too...without crumbling the spirals, etc.  He picks up more when it's on a sale. 

 

I need to climb up into the loft to get a juice bottle of plain ole salt down within reach.  No stairs or ladder.....kinda complicated to get up there.  Thot for sure I'd brought down a bottle of salt....  Mebbe I'd better look again.  We mostly use sea salt but sometimes I use the Mortons type. 

 

MtRider  :pc_coffee: 

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After church today we went to Kroger store. Needed gas and had enough points for 1.00 off a gal.  Went in store to check out prices as we had not been in awhile.  They had a great deal of things on sale that was not in the add. So I may have to start going there at least once a week. It is not the closest store to us but not really that far either.  Got spices buy one, get one free. So got some I knew I was low on. Picked up a few other things on sale that I use a lot of. So now got to get busy getting things organized and repackaged into mylar bags and 5 gal. buckets.  The store was so packed you would have thought it was a race to stock up. So many people,  you couldn't get down some of the aisles. So had to do some back tracking.  Will be cleaning out kitchen cabnets tomorrow, so going to try to figure out a better way of storing the older foods in kitchen. Going to pack up some dishes I haven't used in a couple of years to give me more storage. Thinking I may have found a way to get all my spices out of the boxes and onto a shelf in small bedroom. Still working on those plans to make sure it will work. also going to be going into attic to put toilet paper into the plastic bins. I started on it and then couldn't get back to it again. So I will be mulitasking tomorrow. Just hope I can get it all done in one day. DH will be at market cooking collards. So he will be out of the way. Makes things go much easier. Also got laundry to get done. Wish me luck. Lots of projects to get done tomorrow. 

 

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I got another long list of stuff to get at Wal-Mart this week. Among other things I need some canned foods for winter. Since Christmas is around the corner, I want to pick up one of those tin boxes to keep the extra eye glasses readers in. They are just the cheap Dollar Tree ones so they are pretty flimsy. The little box will keep them clean, safe and all together... in theory.

 

I saw an as seen on TV gadget that looked cool. It's an outlet cover that snaps over your wall plug in outlet. In the dark, lights shoot out the bottom for a nightlight. It's motion activated. Wish they made them for light switch covers.  But then again, everything looks good on TV/Internet. I dreamed I bought two of them. Just be fate. :grinning-smiley-044:

 

It's turned cold here and I don't like it. I'm so not ready for winter. I need to reset some clocks again. Stove, microwave, 2 wall clocks, watch, one of my Kindles, car etc. Another reason I don't like time change. Now it's getting dark so early.  Wish they would stop it. 

 

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Have been cleaning out kitchen cabnets all day. Did the ones with the dishes first, using new shelve paper.  Tomorrow I will be doing all cabnets that house the food. Need to pull everything out and change shelve paper as it is worn out.  Then I am going to get all the oldest cans together and get them in kitchen cabnets to be sure they get used first. When that is finished, I am hoping to have a better place for pastas,  I have most in mylar bags but need to repackage a few more that I got on sell.  I have some now that were put in canning jars with o2 absorbers and dry vacummed.  Don't want to use my canning jars for this as it takes up to many that I need for my canning. Went though most of the spices and was able to get many of the larger bottles in top shelf of a corner cabnet that I keep my spices in. Still have that box of spices I need to get out of closet and figure out what to do with them. need to come up with storage plan for spices. We do use a lot of them. And the grocery store that went out of business,, Yes I was buying $7.00 a jar spices for .50 cents each.  Couldn't pass that up.

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Spices are so expensive. Getting them for 50 cents is a very good deal. I know I'd stock up on them too! 

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6 hours ago, Jeepers said:

one of my Kindles,

 

....um, how do you even start to change the time on a Kindle, Jeepers?  Settings?  :shrug:   My mom 'brags' twice a year about how easy her [non-digital] watch is to set.  Twist the button on the stem - manually.  :lol:  If I didn't desperately need the DATE available on my watch.....since I can't keep track of the date OR day half the time.....I'd be tempted to simplify!

 

To PREPARE...... I located and washed 2 SS [stainless steel] bottles....single wall/not insulated.  Needed for a 'cooking utensil' for our BOBs.  I'd bought them loooong ago while shopping with Darlene in GA.  Can boil water in them for basic warm drinks or to prepare dehy foods.  Digging that far into that corner, I had to bring out sweeper and further sanitize as I went tho.  One of the reasons it's so hard to dig into the deep recesses to clear/sort.  Turns into a very ambitious activity.

 

MtRider  :pc_coffee:

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A HA!  I did it!  Kindle time change:  Settings.......Device Options....Device Time......  :curtsey: 

 

MtRider  :amen:    ....now to set the bedroom clock before I really get myself confused...I'll be late for a BO...

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Time change...ugh!  Abby got us up at 5:30am...had to let her out but made her wait for her breakfast.  Went through this last time with her on the fall back thing!  Hopefully she'll get the hang of it again in a few days.  

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Went to WM and did some shopping for "me".  They had their t-strap cami's on sale for 1.68 each so I stocked up.  I wear them as my top undergarment.  They're pretty fitted and very comfy.  Also picked up some Anchor Hocking glass storage bowls...and pitched some plastic ones.  Trying to get free of as many plastics as I can, other than my vacuum seal bags etc.  Also picked up a new set of kitchen knives and gave hubby the old cheapies...he'll use them for something I'm sure.  Stocked up on more Gossner's shelf stable milk and another large container of Nido.  I use them to make my greek yogurt (in a thermos).  I love knowing that I don't need fresh milk to make my greek yogurt.  It's VERY thick and we love it on our granola as well as using it as a substitute for sour cream.  My next mission is to make some cottage cheese using the milk and Nido. 

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I'm trying to get away from plastics too when I can. Some things like my coffee and tea maker and blender etc. I can't replace. But things like mixing bowls and pitchers are already gone. I did keep one of those long thin pitchers with a spigot for water in the fridge. It said it was BPA free. Who really knows. They say the stuff they use in place of the BPA is worse than the BPA. I am trying to use glass and stainless steel when possible. 

 

I need to get another can of Nido too. My other one is probably 10 years old. :ashamed0002:

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Y'all can give your plastics to me.  My hands cannot lift glassware reliably.  Too heavy. 

 

I'm with Abby on this time change.   Just not feeling right....but then, it's fall.  or wait....it's WINTER.....or maybe late fall....  :tapfoot:  And THAT'S the real reason why MS folks have trouble with this time of year.  :sigh:  

 

MtRider .....will TRY to get up and walk the dog tonite. 

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I hate the time change too! I have to change all the clocks around the house, then go down to my mom's and do it all over again. You'd think our Washington representatives could do something useful with daylight saving time instead of bickering all the time. My brothers and me didn't argue and throw things as much as they do in D.C. these days.  :24:

 

Most of the garden is picked and dug up, except for the potatoes. I've got about 100 more pounds to dig, but covered them with leaves and will do it during the winter. It works out great, and I always miss some that end up being our first finished spuds for the next year.   :whistling:

 

DH graduated from PT to the hand specialist. He suffered through steroid injections in each thumb. The braces are off, but the trigger thumb is only a temporary fix. :yar:

 

We're back to working on the dining room and kitchen. DH has been good about only unplugging a few appliances at a time. He loves to eat and knows what would happen if he went too far.  :grinning-smiley-044:

 

We're using lots of repurposed wood to put the walls back together. He sandwiched the dining room table between the sheets of insulation and drywall. I almost have to yell at him at the other end of the table during meals.   :thumbs:  I DO LIKE all the new windows he cut into the concrete block, though. We can see all across the meadow to the pond. Too bad I don't deer hunt anymore. I could do it from the dining room table and not have to get dressed except to clean it.   :rolleyes:

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On 11/4/2019 at 11:15 AM, Jeepers said:

I saw an as seen on TV gadget that looked cool. It's an outlet cover that snaps over your wall plug in outlet. In the dark, lights shoot out the bottom for a nightlight. It's motion activated. Wish they made them for light switch covers.  But then again, everything looks good on TV/Internet. I dreamed I bought two of them. Just be fate. :grinning-smiley-044:

 

 

I think they are called "Theater Lights" because they illuminate your walking path just like in a movie theater. :D Problem is, if the power is out they won't be illuminating anything! :blink:

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Wow, Homesteader, that looks awesome!  I’m looking forward to seeing the finished work.  

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I hate the time change too. To make matters worse, Indiana Is split up. Some central time and some eastern time. 

 

I'd gladly give you my plastic Mt.Rider. I don't have problems with glass...yet, but I can't do cast iron on the daily any more. Too heavy for.me. I'm having luck with a small skillet I got at Wal-Mart. It's a gray ceramic type of stuff. Practically non-stick. A good little pan for egg frying etc. 

 

Awesome job on your home Homesteader! Ahem, if you do decide to do 'dining room deer hunting' please call me first. I have visions of Granny Clampett with her long gun pointing out the window. I wanna see it.   :24:

 

Midnightmom, I think the brand is called Power Snap. The night light doesn't stay on. It's a motion activated thing. The last time I was in a theater was to see Babe with D-ex. :grinning-smiley-044:  I googled the switches and Amazon has the light switch ones but they are pretty expensive. Good to know they are out there. Yeah, no power no light but I could use a couple now to find the light switch at the top of the stairs in the dark. Well, never mind. You can't use the light switch one on a 2 switch light. 

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Homesteader...that room is looking wonderful!  I know you're enjoying it and will even more when it's finished.  :cheer: Like Jeepers...visions of granny come jumping in my head. 

What did I do to prepare?  Most of it I've already posted.  Freezing up more meats, buying more books, buying more under garments and walking to get a bit more in shape...and to walk off some of hubby's birthday foods! 

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Homesteader, the room is coming along and looking great. Can't wait to see the finished product.  I know you will greatly enjoy it when it is finished.

I have still be working on the kitchen cabnets.  More to do than I thought.  This time I changed up a lot of things to make it easier for me to find things.  Still have the cabnet under stove and sink to do and then that job is done. So hoping to finish up in the morning and move on to another room. With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, I need to give the house a good cleaning. So that will be next on my list.  General cleaning just doesn't cut it for the long run. Windows need cleaning after all the cement dust from driveway. That was one big mess. So far I had just hosed off the whole house and used DH's air hose to blow off the dust from the brick on house, then hosed it down. But it is all still in the garage and I have only got it halfway cleaned up. Will have to take everything off of shelves to clean them and wipe and wash up things that were on the shelves.  Need to do that anyway as I want to do something different on those shelves for storage. 

I did get all the summer and winter clothes switched out. Just have a couple of boxes to go to shed. So that job is done. 

As far as preparing, I have also been taken inventory of all the food we have stored.  With all the oldest food now in kitchen. Will be getting to the closets after the first of year as that is going to be one hard job. Three closets are full of long term storage as well as store bought foods for long term. Only wish I had some help on that one. But looks as though I am on my own. DH just gets to tired even though he tries to help me. I really don't want to ask him for help unless it is something I really need the help with. Daughter works and is in college so not going to ask her as she is really working hard on her college coarses and both grandkids that are still around here are both working and in college as well. So it has been a tough year for getting help with some things. But I am getting there.  Daughter only has one year left to go.

 

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Got my mom out.....FINALLY.  I've been so laid up with MS Fatigue, I haven't left the property [except dog walk] since....mid Oct.  My mom gets to doc, P.O., one grocery, and that's about it.  She still gets out more than I do tho.  :rolleyes:  I haven't been to Walmart for.....8-10 months.  And DH does the grocery shopping, thankfully.  So...this was the BIG {exhausting} day. 

 

My mom and I each had our lists....mine was much longer.  Helped her to decide on some shoes for my dad's swollen feet....but they were still too small.  He needs to get swelling down!  :buttercup:   Mostly we'd split up and regroup to move to the next department.  It worked surprisingly well.  I was on scooter and she was slow walking.  She can't drive the crazy scooters.....it's not easy with merchandise packed so tightly. 

 

My prep items include:  #10 cans of dehydrated eggs.  Since our old ducks are sliding into retirement and we're not raising more babies...it's time to fill this hole.  Got fresh water purifying tablets.  Looked at other camping stuff....I always look at that, since I was a kid.  Interesting new tech being used in that aisle.  I finally got some Shoe Goo!  Got a few repairs to do!  Wondering how well it works...if it's flexible?? 

 

Stocked up on my sleep aid....as I did NOT go to sleep last nite til I remembered to take it.  Also more Tylenol and Nuprin.  Airline-size bottle of Listerine.  Has many other uses like disinfecting.  And keep canker sores from forming.  Only had the nasty MINT flavor.  Might dump it out and refill with the normal stuff.  I'm used to that original taste.

 

FIX A FLAT!  For DH who drives some awfully winding and narrow roads to and from work.  Told him....especially in winter/dark...you are not going to be able to change a flat tire on those roads.  This would be better...at least temporarily.  Been meaning to get it. 

 

Got a gallon of olive oil to set back in the cool basement.  Replaced the cases of Ramen the mice had found....nasty things!  Didn't have the brand I prefer....but it's cheap and I might grab the other brand if I'm elsewhere.  We use it for someone feeling sick....add beaten egg; stirring...for egg drop soup.  Or use boiled noodles then fried in a stir fry.  Other uses besides just the noodle/broth. 

 

Tried to find powered Gatorade for hydration....couldn't find it.   Package of Bic lighters for BOB and pockets.  I put them everywhere....and neither of us smoke. 

 

Met up with DH....he'd taken car for a wash and then oil change.  In time to get us thru the check out...and pay!  :)  Productive day....and he doesn't like to follow me around the store.  My mom found everything she needed...except the shoes didn't fit. 

 

MtRider  :shopping:    FINALLY! 

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Glad you were able to finally get out. :hug3:

 

Fix-a- Flat. Yes. I've been harping on that one for years. It has saved me twice. It really works. A regular size can works for a car but you need the big can for trucks, SUV's etc. I learned that on the Jeep Liberty old model, don't know about the newer ones. I had to use two regular size cans to get enough air to get to the tire place. So now I keep two big cans in the Jeep at all times. Also two quarts of oil. I learned that lesson with the car I had before the Jeep. Engine light came on and I was in another county. I got to the first gas station I saw and had to buy oil. It was a lot more expensive than at Wal-Mart too! 

 

Seems like the best lessons I learn are from the hard way. 

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Mt. Rider, I hope that this winter won't keep you down to much.  I know I have slowed down a lot from old age. But I keep trying to get things done.  It's not alway easy but just keep at it. I think the kitchen cabnets got the best of me.  But it is done. So going to try to move on to next project.   I am glad that you were able to get out and do a bit of shopping.  I am also going to be relying on some of the long term foods.  I have powdered eggs and the oval easy eggs.  They are  not bad once you get used to them. And they work great in baking. 

Seems that fix a flat must work.  Thanks for the heads up on that Jeepers. I have seen it in stores but never heard anyone that used it before. So since I have to go to wallyworld tomorrow, I will pick up a couple of cans if they have it.  Also have to go get car inspected. So will get both done tomorrow. I really do need to get my car washed and this time I am taking it to a car wash. I usually do it, but with driveway out right now, I can't get car in back yard to get it done.  Maybe in another week I can drive on it. I sure hope so.  

Hoping DH doesn't want to go with me tomorrow so I can take my time to find things I really need to stock up on. He slows me down a lot with his walking.  And I don't like just letting him wander off by hisself as his balance is really bad and he won't use the carts to ride around on. 

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