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Ladies Section • Re: Does Anyone Still Sew?

September 22, 2017 Anna 0

I once bought an huge size (I mean very HUGE) double knit dress at a thrift shop. From it I made each of my dd’s a pair of slacks and a pair of shorts in girl’s sizes 8 and 10. I bought a nightgown in the huge size (probably from the same individual) and make a crib sheet and several bibs.

When my mom was pregnant with my youngest sister she had no money to buy diapers, blankets or anything else. She took a couple flannel sheets and turned them into diapers and then dyed some of the fabric yellow and made receiving blankets. I think I was very lucky to be raised by people who were always thinking outside the box! I’ve many times been in situations that totally befuddled others where I could see a common sense solution.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Randon thought – refugees

September 10, 2017 Anna 0

A number of years ago we were at a state park campground and there was a huge group of gypsies in very upmarket campers all dressed to the nines having some kind of celebration. Had a long table heaped with flowers, food, statue in the center. They was a trailer with a couple washers, water tank and generator going through the campground and stopping at various trailers doing laundry. Obviously a well planned group. I never saw anything negative other than the pit they’d dug to roast meat. They ignored us and other than dh’s uncle mumbling about thieving gypsies nothing negative was heard.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 5, 2017 Anna 0

The end of August I started inventorying preps. Discovered I have way more home canned green beans and tomato juice than I need so switched plans for this year’s tomatoes and left green beans to go to seed to harvest seed for next year’s garden. I made catsup (6 pints & 3 half pints) and just took 11 pints of chili sauce out of the canners. I have a huge crop of tomatoes and peppers in the garden but the cooler temps have really slowed ripening. The smoke blowing in from Canada and Montana fires has kept our days hazy for about a week. Today was the worst with the addition of clouds it was quite a dark day.

I requested a physical therapy evaluation to see if exercise will help with back issues. Also, had my annual physical. At any age its important to stay in good physical condition but as I get older it seems even more imperative to be proactive on health issues.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Looking for Info on Butter Churns

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I bought a used separator when we had goats, but it did not work. I was never able to make butter from goats milk.

Cows milk is simple, let set in fridge overnight and then skim cream off in the morning.

I used to give my ds the churn and tell him he had to churn the butter while he watched TV. He was a TV addict and I wouldn’t let him watch unless he turned the churn. I would start the butter in the blender and then move to the churn to finish so it didn’t take long.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Looking for Info on Butter Churns

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I bought a used separator when we had goats, but it did not work. I was never able to make butter from goats milk.

Cows milk is simple, let set in fridge overnight and then skim cream off in the morning.

I used to give my ds the churn and tell him he had to churn the butter while he watched TV. He was a TV addict and I wouldn’t let him watch unless he turned the churn. I would start the butter in the blender and then move to the churn to finish so it didn’t take long.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Looking for Info on Butter Churns

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I bought a used separator when we had goats, but it did not work. I was never able to make butter from goats milk.

Cows milk is simple, let set in fridge overnight and then skim cream off in the morning.

I used to give my ds the churn and tell him he had to churn the butter while he watched TV. He was a TV addict and I wouldn’t let him watch unless he turned the churn. I would start the butter in the blender and then move to the churn to finish so it didn’t take long.

Statistics: Posted by Anna — Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:02 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I’ve spent a lot on preps this month and plan to buy a few more items before the month is over. First two pairs of shoes. I have a hard to fit size and have to have shoes special ordered so I ordered two pairs which cost over $230. I don’t think I’ve ever had two new pairs of shoes at the same time in my entire life, but shoes are an essential prep especially when you know you can’t buy them in a local store.

Monday I did a major stock up on OTC meds, supplements, vitamins, etc. which should be enough for 12 to 15 months. I’m going to do a new inventory to make sure I have everything covered. That is the area that still needs additional items.

The garden due to drought hasn’t been producing much. I’ve kept tomatoes and peppers watered and tomatoes are starting to ripen. The green beans I’ve kept alive hoping for rains so they will produce. We had a little shower last week and the beans bloomed. They need to be picked, but it rained yesterday and is currently raining. The rain is truly a blessing even though not enough to make a dent in the drought. I should be able to can 9 pints of beans and 5 pints of tomatoes by the end of this week.

Since the first of the year I’ve been sewing clothing to regain my formerly good seamstress skills. I have a decent stash of fabrics that I’m trying to use although I’m always looking at sale fabrics to add to my stash. The fact is, I do not need clothing because I shop at thrift stores, but I feel I do need to revive my skill set. Thrift stores and close out sales in clothing stores cost less than fabric for sewing. I have a good and varied stock of basic patterns and pick up thread on sale and watch at thrift shops for zippers, bias tape and other findings. Yesterday I finished the squares needed for a quilt top.

Finally, I got my tetanus booster and have scheduled my annual physical.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I’ve spent a lot on preps this month and plan to buy a few more items before the month is over. First two pairs of shoes. I have a hard to fit size and have to have shoes special ordered so I ordered two pairs which cost over $230. I don’t think I’ve ever had two new pairs of shoes at the same time in my entire life, but shoes are an essential prep especially when you know you can’t buy them in a local store.

Monday I did a major stock up on OTC meds, supplements, vitamins, etc. which should be enough for 12 to 15 months. I’m going to do a new inventory to make sure I have everything covered. That is the area that still needs additional items.

The garden due to drought hasn’t been producing much. I’ve kept tomatoes and peppers watered and tomatoes are starting to ripen. The green beans I’ve kept alive hoping for rains so they will produce. We had a little shower last week and the beans bloomed. They need to be picked, but it rained yesterday and is currently raining. The rain is truly a blessing even though not enough to make a dent in the drought. I should be able to can 9 pints of beans and 5 pints of tomatoes by the end of this week.

Since the first of the year I’ve been sewing clothing to regain my formerly good seamstress skills. I have a decent stash of fabrics that I’m trying to use although I’m always looking at sale fabrics to add to my stash. The fact is, I do not need clothing because I shop at thrift stores, but I feel I do need to revive my skill set. Thrift stores and close out sales in clothing stores cost less than fabric for sewing. I have a good and varied stock of basic patterns and pick up thread on sale and watch at thrift shops for zippers, bias tape and other findings. Yesterday I finished the squares needed for a quilt top.

Finally, I got my tetanus booster and have scheduled my annual physical.

Statistics: Posted by Anna — Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:50 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I’ve spent a lot on preps this month and plan to buy a few more items before the month is over. First two pairs of shoes. I have a hard to fit size and have to have shoes special ordered so I ordered two pairs which cost over $230. I don’t think I’ve ever had two new pairs of shoes at the same time in my entire life, but shoes are an essential prep especially when you know you can’t buy them in a local store.

Monday I did a major stock up on OTC meds, supplements, vitamins, etc. which should be enough for 12 to 15 months. I’m going to do a new inventory to make sure I have everything covered. That is the area that still needs additional items.

The garden due to drought hasn’t been producing much. I’ve kept tomatoes and peppers watered and tomatoes are starting to ripen. The green beans I’ve kept alive hoping for rains so they will produce. We had a little shower last week and the beans bloomed. They need to be picked, but it rained yesterday and is currently raining. The rain is truly a blessing even though not enough to make a dent in the drought. I should be able to can 9 pints of beans and 5 pints of tomatoes by the end of this week.

Since the first of the year I’ve been sewing clothing to regain my formerly good seamstress skills. I have a decent stash of fabrics that I’m trying to use although I’m always looking at sale fabrics to add to my stash. The fact is, I do not need clothing because I shop at thrift stores, but I feel I do need to revive my skill set. Thrift stores and close out sales in clothing stores cost less than fabric for sewing. I have a good and varied stock of basic patterns and pick up thread on sale and watch at thrift shops for zippers, bias tape and other findings. Yesterday I finished the squares needed for a quilt top.

Finally, I got my tetanus booster and have scheduled my annual physical.

Statistics: Posted by Anna — Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:50 pm


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General Family Preparedness • Re: Measles

June 14, 2017 Anna 0

Don’t forget a whooping cough booster. My doctor recommended I have one, but I’ve yet to get it done. Can’t get that one at doctor’s office. Have to go to county health which means coordinating with when the nurse is available. A lot of county services have been cut so will have to see whether there is still a county health office or which neighboring county I’ll have to go to. Bummer. Should have gotten it done 3 years ago when first recommended.

I’ve had the shingles shot.

I’ve had measles (various varieties), mumps and chicken pox so assume I’m immune. Had small pox shot and have scar to prove it — does it give lifetime immunity?

I also keep my tetanus shot up-to-date. Was raised on stories of g-grandmother on dad’s side and g-grandfather on mom’s side dying of lockjaw. Doctor says I’m her only patient to keep track and show up requesting a booster. Just checked and I’m a month overdue for a booster. Guess I’ll inquire about other boosters when I go in for tetanus shot.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Measles

June 14, 2017 Anna 0

Don’t forget a whooping cough booster. My doctor recommended I have one, but I’ve yet to get it done. Can’t get that one at doctor’s office. Have to go to county health which means coordinating with when the nurse is available. A lot of county services have been cut so will have to see whether there is still a county health office or which neighboring county I’ll have to go to. Bummer. Should have gotten it done 3 years ago when first recommended.

I’ve had the shingles shot.

I’ve had measles (various varieties), mumps and chicken pox so assume I’m immune. Had small pox shot and have scar to prove it — does it give lifetime immunity?

I also keep my tetanus shot up-to-date. Was raised on stories of g-grandmother on dad’s side and g-grandfather on mom’s side dying of lockjaw. Doctor says I’m her only patient to keep track and show up requesting a booster. Just checked and I’m a month overdue for a booster. Guess I’ll inquire about other boosters when I go in for tetanus shot.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: How do preppers keep from losing their minds?

May 2, 2017 Anna 0

I’ve built a good how-to library by buying books at library book sales, garage sales and thrift shops. The series of how-to Readers Digest books includes sewing and gardening as well as the one mentioned above.

My preps also includes sewing and quilting supplies. I’m thinking that mending and sewing clothing might be skills much in demand. I also have sewing patterns and a huge stack of quilting magazines with patterns.

If you read about “downtime” for our ancestors, you’ll find that mostly meant sitting down to do mending or other sewing for women and the men often spent their downtime mending tools or harness. Books were read aloud to the whole family which is great entertainment. My dh read the little house series to our kids one winter and all three loved them. The oldest was in high school and the youngest hadn’t started school yet, but all were fascinated by dad reading aloud. The TV was broken and I was in no hurry to get it fixed so we went over a year without.

Several times a year neighbors would gather for frolics working together to do harvest or help out a neighbor after illness or accident. The men would do the work, the women would cook and the kids had a ball playing outside together. My grandmother often talked about threshing crews and how neighbors would gather at the farm where threshing was happening to help. In the country the neighboring women would often form clubs and get together to sew or quilt. Back then farms were 80 to 120 acres so lots of neighbors. Church and school events were also important gatherings bringing neighbors together. Until the mid 1950’s there were still country schools and churches. The big weekly trip to town to “trade” on Saturday nights was still happening in the 50’s although phased out as TV came in. I can recall the streets of our small town being packed with people standing on the sidewalk visiting. Mom would take her eggs and cream to the grocery store for credit to purchase food. In the summer there were band concerts on Saturday evenings at the park. At Christmas time the merchants sponsored a drawing for prizes and everyone would gather to see if they won.

I think it was a saner way to live. Today everyone walks around with their eyes on the electronic devises living in their own world. They don’t converse, they text. It will be interesting to see how things shake down after a major SHTF. Will neighbors band together in mutual aid or will they shoot each other?

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General Family Preparedness • Re: My experience in a city without water

May 2, 2017 Anna 0

We had three boil orders last year. The first thing I do after the call is to fill several canning kettles with water and boil it as required. It takes time for it to cool so getting it done sooner rather than later is my goal. If there is no water, I do the same boil procedure with storage water. Our typical reason for no water or contaminated water is water main breaks which primarily happen in winter. If we go into winter with the soil dry, frost will go deeper and result in water main breaks.

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Financial Issues • Re: Are We Being Stupid????

February 15, 2017 Anna 0

I would never call you stupid. The decision is obviously yours to make.

However, at your age I would never cash in a 401-K and lose so much to taxes and penalties. Plus at your age with retirement just 20 years away, you will likely never be able to rebuild. I’ve seen a lot of people do this and live to regret it when they are facing retirement with only Social Security income. I prepared bankruptcies for 25 years and I saw numerous people who’d done just that and once the money is gone, its gone and basically thrown away on temporary financial problems.

Are you still using credit cards? If yes, STOP digging yourselves in deeper. I would look at seriously reducing expenses and throwing every penny possible at the credit cards. I’d also look at ways of earning extra income or possibly selling stuff you don’t need and applying that to the credit cards. Once they are paid off your dh could take a lower paying job and you’d still have your retirement cushion.

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Ladies Section • Re: Does Anyone Still Sew?

January 30, 2017 Anna 0

The first of January I decided to sew clothing this year. I do not need clothing but, I decided I needed to refresh my sewing skills and learn new ways. I’ve been spending a lot of time watching u-tube sewing videos and enjoying it a lot. I’ve also bookmarked a couple of sites that have good how-to videos. For instance, I’ve never done a separating zipper and found a good video for that.

One of the new skills I need to learn is proper fitting. I have forward shoulders, forward neck and rounded upper back all of which require adjustments to get a good fit. April/May 2016 issue of Threads magazine had a good article on making these adjustments. The August/September and October/November issues of Sew News had a two part series entitled Fitting The Aging Figure. I get both magazines from the library so I made copies of the articles to refer to at home. I also have a Singer book The Perfect Fit. It would be helpful to have another person to help mark needed changes while I have the garment on so I’m going to beg my sister to come visit for a week. I believe once I work out the changes needed they will easily transfer to any top whether jacket, dress or blouse. Once I accomplish that my next skill I need to learn is fitting garments from the waist down.

Using thrifted garments as fabric to make new garments is a good idea.

I have an old government bulletin called Clothing Repairs published in 1965. I bought it for 25¢ in the early 1970’s. It is very detailed on how to do all kinds of repairs and I’ve found it tremendously useful thru the years. In the 1980’s the same information was issued in individual bulletins form by the Extension Service. Some of the titles are How to Replace Knit Collar and Cuffs on a Jacket, How to Replace A Jacket Zipper, How to Replace Elastic in Underpants, Half Slips and Pajama Bottoms, How to Replace a Broken Fly Front Zipper, How to Fix Torn Buttonholes, How to Patch Knees in Pants plus several others. In a SHTF situation knowing how to repair garments would likely be a very important skill to have. Like any other prep now is the time to collect good guides and to practice/learn new skills.

Since sewing and mending has fallen out popularity in recent years I don’t know how much information is available from USDA/Extension Service, but it would be worth checking. Each state has its own Extension Service website so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on one, check another state’s site. I suppose the USDA might have a site listing all their bulletins but I’ve never checked. I do know and use the site they have for canning, dehydrating, freezing and storing of food.

Statistics: Posted by Anna — Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:42 pm


Ladies Section • Re: WOOL (and other fiber) ALLERGIES *whimpers*

January 25, 2017 Anna 0

Since you’re having a breathing reaction rather than a local skin reaction, I’d bet its some sort of “dust” from the fibers — that’s why its an issue will all the different products. Have you tried washing them before you handle them? Also, after washing and drying I’d store them in a sealed container to keep them from getting dusty again.

I have asthma and allergies and am very allergic to wool, but its a contact allergy not breathing. My dh used to wear wool socks and I would get an itchy rash when I darned them. I cannot wear wool next to my skin or I get hives. I currently have on a wool sweater with a cotton turtleneck underneath and no problem. I also wear other wool items as long as there is no direct skin contact.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Supermarket Sweep – Prepper style

January 25, 2017 Anna 0

Since I’m pretty well stocked up on most things, I’d buy a lot of meat to can. Beef roasts, pork loins, hams, bacon, whole chickens and boxes extra canning flats. Those would be so nice with all the beans, rice and pasta in my stash. I don’t have a lot of meat canned or frozen on-hand because its so darn expensive. If the store had garden seeds, I’d dump the whole display into the cart letting it fill any empty spot. Nuts, oils and chocolate are always a good choice. Lard keeps well so that also would be a good choice. Thinking about it, boxes of canning jars would be a good long term item to grab although not many would fit into a cart! I guess you could stack them high on top of the food since they are light weight and would be easy to balance with one hand while pushing the cart with the other.

It seems to me most of the grab sweeps are limited to only food items.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Yo, It’s About To Snow…Emergency Supplies List, Go:

January 25, 2017 Anna 0

I try to have winter preps completed by the end of October each year. That includes furnace checked, yearly maintenance on generator, everything I need to hibernate for a month if I need to and arrangements made for driveway to be plowed. I went from December 27 until January 19 without shopping other than picking up milk, sand and ice melt. We had back to back ice events which turned my driveway and sidewalk into an ice rink. Even walking across the grass to the mail box required yak traks which by the way do not work at all on smooth ice rink type of ice. Fortunately, I did not break anything when I fell.

I actually had ice melt and sand but couldn’t find them — until I bought more. Milk I could have easily managed without but since I was going out for ice melt anyway I bought some.

We’re currently in the middle of a blizzard. Forecast was for 3 to 6 inches of snow by tonight, but I shoveled over 6 inches this a.m. and its still snowing. Heavy wet snow. I assume we will get another 3 or so inches. Snow isn’t a problem, but the 35 mph winds moving it around is. Since I retired, hibernation (with my preps) is my primary method of winter survival. It would make me crazy to have to do a panic buying trip to be prepared for a winter storm or any other event.

Statistics: Posted by Anna — Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:45 pm