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General Preparedness Discussion • National Park Lifetime Senior Passes

August 19, 2017 Cin 0

If you are over age 62 and camp or travel to the National Parks, you are entitled to a LIFETIME Senior Pass for $20.00 until August 28, 2017. After that time, the price goes up to $80.

Here is the URL to get your pass before the expiration date.

https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/park/senior/SeniorPassInfoCollect

Please note: The website has a list of National and Conservation Corps places to get the lifetime senior passes for $10. However, Husband and I found out that all the passes are sold out in our STATE and no more will be issued to the listed places. So we had to pay an extra $10 to get it online.

Here is the list of places to buy the passes in person – please call in advance to see if they still have any.

https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:55 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • National Park Lifetime Senior Passes

August 19, 2017 Cin 0

If you are over age 62 and camp or travel to the National Parks, you are entitled to a LIFETIME Senior Pass for $20.00 until August 28, 2017. After that time, the price goes up to $80.

Here is the URL to get your pass before the expiration date.

https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/park/senior/SeniorPassInfoCollect

Please note: The website has a list of National and Conservation Corps places to get the lifetime senior passes for $10. However, Husband and I found out that all the passes are sold out in our STATE and no more will be issued to the listed places. So we had to pay an extra $10 to get it online.

Here is the list of places to buy the passes in person – please call in advance to see if they still have any.

https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:55 pm


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

August 18, 2017 Cin 0

We’re back home now. My Dad had a heart incident and so we felt it best we were home for now. We didn’t finish everything with the kid, but we’ll probably go back for a week or so in the future, if needed.

Kid had 2 copies of the same book, so she gave me one – The Gift Of Fear by Gavin De Becker. Interesting read about how to develop and use your gut feelings/instinct/intuition to assess other people.

Grocery store and yard sales today.

No yard sale finds this time around.

Groceries:

Small light bulbs
Dog food
Cat food

Husband ordered some FD meats – the box came in and is stored away in the LTS.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:38 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: The Engine of the Prepper

August 16, 2017 Cin 0

Check out the book, The Gift Of Fear by Gavin de Becker -a book written about how we can use intuition knowingly by recognizing gut feelings, body language, and instinctual behavior in predators who mean to do harm.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:49 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: The Engine of the Prepper

August 16, 2017 Cin 0

Check out the book, The Gift Of Fear by Gavin de Becker -a book written about how we can use intuition knowingly by recognizing gut feelings, body language, and instinctual behavior in predators who mean to do harm.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:49 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: The Engine of the Prepper

August 16, 2017 Cin 0

Check out the book, The Gift Of Fear by Gavin de Becker -a book written about how we can use intuition knowingly by recognizing gut feelings, body language, and instinctual behavior in predators who mean to do harm.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:49 pm


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The Survival Mom Forum Discussions • Re: List of important papers to have when SHTF ?

August 13, 2017 Cin 0

We don’t take our important papers anywhere with us. We have it all in a safe location (actually we have all in 2 locations). We keep it there mostly in case of loss of something (vehicles, property, someone needs a backup copy of something or whatever).

If SHTF and the situation comes up, we can prove who we are, and that we own what we have if ROL is in place (WROL it probably won’t matter…but we can hope for some semblance of order).

I do carry specific phone numbers/addresses/email addys on my person at all times because it’s convenient (I mail a lot of stuff to some indviduals).

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:45 pm


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The Survival Mom Forum Discussions • Re: List of important papers to have when SHTF ?

August 13, 2017 Cin 0

We don’t take our important papers anywhere with us. We have it all in a safe location (actually we have all in 2 locations). We keep it there mostly in case of loss of something (vehicles, property, someone needs a backup copy of something or whatever).

If SHTF and the situation comes up, we can prove who we are, and that we own what we have if ROL is in place (WROL it probably won’t matter…but we can hope for some semblance of order).

I do carry specific phone numbers/addresses/email addys on my person at all times because it’s convenient (I mail a lot of stuff to some indviduals).

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:45 pm


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The Survival Mom Forum Discussions • Re: List of important papers to have when SHTF ?

August 12, 2017 Cin 0

Insurance (auto, health, life, etc)
Mortgage papers/deeds
Credit cards
Shot cards (WHO or other health cards)
IRS/Taxes
Emergency phone numbers/addresses/email addys on paper in case phones go out (I carry this on my person at all times)
Topo Maps of your area or where you want to go
Wills/Estate settlements
Medical records
Current Prescriptions
Animals’ rabies certificates
DD214 if you’re military
College transcripts and degrees
Current photos of every member of your family (passport/visas)
Any licenses – first responder, Red Cross, CCW, real estate, driver’s license including CDL, badges, and other types of work permits, professional licenses
Appraisal papers of valuable items and photos of such (we have a video of every room of our house, slow pan around the room on a flash drive for insurance purposes)
Small bills – from one dollar bills to twenties

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:29 pm


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The Survival Mom Forum Discussions • Re: List of important papers to have when SHTF ?

August 12, 2017 Cin 0

Insurance (auto, health, life, etc)
Mortgage papers/deeds
Credit cards
Shot cards (WHO or other health cards)
IRS/Taxes
Emergency phone numbers/addresses/email addys on paper in case phones go out (I carry this on my person at all times)
Topo Maps of your area or where you want to go
Wills/Estate settlements
Medical records
Current Prescriptions
Animals’ rabies certificates
DD214 if you’re military
College transcripts and degrees
Current photos of every member of your family (passport/visas)
Any licenses – first responder, Red Cross, CCW, real estate, driver’s license including CDL, badges, and other types of work permits, professional licenses
Appraisal papers of valuable items and photos of such (we have a video of every room of our house, slow pan around the room on a flash drive for insurance purposes)
Small bills – from one dollar bills to twenties

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:29 pm


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The Survival Mom Forum Discussions • Re: List of important papers to have when SHTF ?

August 12, 2017 Cin 0

Insurance (auto, health, life, etc)
Mortgage papers/deeds
Credit cards
Shot cards (WHO or other health cards)
IRS/Taxes
Emergency phone numbers/addresses/email addys on paper in case phones go out (I carry this on my person at all times)
Topo Maps of your area or where you want to go
Wills/Estate settlements
Medical records
Current Prescriptions
Animals’ rabies certificates
DD214 if you’re military
College transcripts and degrees
Current photos of every member of your family (passport/visas)
Any licenses – first responder, Red Cross, CCW, real estate, driver’s license including CDL, badges, and other types of work permits, professional licenses
Appraisal papers of valuable items and photos of such (we have a video of every room of our house, slow pan around the room on a flash drive for insurance purposes)
Small bills – from one dollar bills to twenties

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:29 pm


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

August 10, 2017 Cin 0

Husband and I are visiting one of the kids, helping to unpack and move in.

Stocked up on water as best we could with this little apartment. I see what apartment dwellers go through, now! Yikes. Right now, a crate is filled with 4 gallons, and another gallon is tucked away. Not much, but better than nothing. There’s also individual bottles of water and Gatorade.

Kid has a GOOD bag always packed, including MREs and a couple bricks of Datrex (sp?) inside. There are other essentials in the car to make a run for it if necessary (tent, sleeping bag, cooking utensils, firestarters, etc).

Didn’t know this, but the kid developed a secret code with another sibling in case of emergency and gave us the secret sentences for various scenarios.

I’ve made a bunch of meals and packed them in the freezer, but beyond that, there’s not a lot to do, as kid already has prepped quite a bit.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:25 pm


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

August 10, 2017 Cin 0

Husband and I are visiting one of the kids, helping to unpack and move in.

Stocked up on water as best we could with this little apartment. I see what apartment dwellers go through, now! Yikes. Right now, a crate is filled with 4 gallons, and another gallon is tucked away. Not much, but better than nothing. There’s also individual bottles of water and Gatorade.

Kid has a GOOD bag always packed, including MREs and a couple bricks of Datrex (sp?) inside. There are other essentials in the car to make a run for it if necessary (tent, sleeping bag, cooking utensils, firestarters, etc).

Didn’t know this, but the kid developed a secret code with another sibling in case of emergency and gave us the secret sentences for various scenarios.

I’ve made a bunch of meals and packed them in the freezer, but beyond that, there’s not a lot to do, as kid already has prepped quite a bit.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:25 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: My Home, My Property

July 27, 2017 Cin 0

We have signs posted, and in the old days, Husband used to do a perimeter check every night with the 1/2 wolf dog, who was excellent at stealth. However, she has passed, and we’re not ready to replace her yet. The 1/2 golden retriever we now have has the golden personality and is no good at stealth unless it’s a bird. We still don’t know how he survived being feral for a year, he doesn’t have much sense at all!

Initially, we had trespassers quite often, but once we posted signs, no one has trespassed that we are aware of (in daylight). I’m pretty sure we had someone trespassing at night a few times, but nothing bothersome (except that itchy feeling you get when you know you’re being watched). The perimeter checks every night took care of that issue. Never found anyone, but they obviously saw the dog and Husband out and about at all hours of the night and probably figured we weren’t an easy target, so they left.

Husband still does random checks, and I traipse back and forth on both back deck and front porch letting animals in and out at all hours, so there’s no pattern. Even when we’re gone, we have the neighbors coming in and out at odd hours – my parents, and several neighbors have keys and access to our place. They check on the place every day, feed the animals, and borrow our trailer/vehicles, if needed. This gives the illusion that someone is here.

We also have minimal stuff anyone wants to steal – a few very old electronics, an old TV, no satellite, and most of our stuff is “old” (well taken care of, but old). The youngest car is 10 years old and has hail damage, the other two are over 20 years old. Inside the house is the same – old stuff, well-maintained, but nothing that would bring easy, quick money. The few valuables we have are more sentimental than worth anything, and they are hidden where no one would know, since the hiding spot isn’t readily visible and is disguised as something else.

Nothing of any value to steal here, move along.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:52 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: My Home, My Property

July 27, 2017 Cin 0

We have signs posted, and in the old days, Husband used to do a perimeter check every night with the 1/2 wolf dog, who was excellent at stealth. However, she has passed, and we’re not ready to replace her yet. The 1/2 golden retriever we now have has the golden personality and is no good at stealth unless it’s a bird. We still don’t know how he survived being feral for a year, he doesn’t have much sense at all!

Initially, we had trespassers quite often, but once we posted signs, no one has trespassed that we are aware of (in daylight). I’m pretty sure we had someone trespassing at night a few times, but nothing bothersome (except that itchy feeling you get when you know you’re being watched). The perimeter checks every night took care of that issue. Never found anyone, but they obviously saw the dog and Husband out and about at all hours of the night and probably figured we weren’t an easy target, so they left.

Husband still does random checks, and I traipse back and forth on both back deck and front porch letting animals in and out at all hours, so there’s no pattern. Even when we’re gone, we have the neighbors coming in and out at odd hours – my parents, and several neighbors have keys and access to our place. They check on the place every day, feed the animals, and borrow our trailer/vehicles, if needed. This gives the illusion that someone is here.

We also have minimal stuff anyone wants to steal – a few very old electronics, an old TV, no satellite, and most of our stuff is “old” (well taken care of, but old). The youngest car is 10 years old and has hail damage, the other two are over 20 years old. Inside the house is the same – old stuff, well-maintained, but nothing that would bring easy, quick money. The few valuables we have are more sentimental than worth anything, and they are hidden where no one would know, since the hiding spot isn’t readily visible and is disguised as something else.

Nothing of any value to steal here, move along.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:52 pm


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

July 25, 2017 Cin 0

The family was here for two weeks – an assortment of my siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, grands, my kids, and even my niece’s neighbors – they were visiting family about 2 hours away, and met up with us to hang out.

I didn’t get much done prepping-wise, but we all had fun. As with the last time everyone came, they didn’t want to leave, and some are now even more earnestly making plans to move here. We discussed options, and we’ll see how it all shakes out. Best laid plans, and all that…

The new addition was a big hit – 5 girls ended up out there on cots, enjoying their spacious, private space. All my handmade laundry bags and the store-bought totes were a huge success – the girls really liked all the goodies in their bags.

My prepper niece brought 2 pints of her homemade strawberry jam, we polished it off in no time.

Husband and I need to harvest the remainder of the garden since we neglected it while everyone was here. We got one blackberry (the birds got the rest), and a handful of strawberries (the heat index was too much for them despite copious watering). We had plenty of jalepenos and some peppers.

Our neighbor provided squash, cucumbers and tomatoes from her garden, mine are still not producing in quantity.

I did get some sewing done – hemmed up jeans for a niece and mended some other garments for the others, too. One niece is learning to sew, she brought both her yard-sale machines for my Dad to look over, we got one running, the other needs more work.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:20 pm


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

July 25, 2017 Cin 0

The family was here for two weeks – an assortment of my siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, grands, my kids, and even my niece’s neighbors – they were visiting family about 2 hours away, and met up with us to hang out.

I didn’t get much done prepping-wise, but we all had fun. As with the last time everyone came, they didn’t want to leave, and some are now even more earnestly making plans to move here. We discussed options, and we’ll see how it all shakes out. Best laid plans, and all that…

The new addition was a big hit – 5 girls ended up out there on cots, enjoying their spacious, private space. All my handmade laundry bags and the store-bought totes were a huge success – the girls really liked all the goodies in their bags.

My prepper niece brought 2 pints of her homemade strawberry jam, we polished it off in no time.

Husband and I need to harvest the remainder of the garden since we neglected it while everyone was here. We got one blackberry (the birds got the rest), and a handful of strawberries (the heat index was too much for them despite copious watering). We had plenty of jalepenos and some peppers.

Our neighbor provided squash, cucumbers and tomatoes from her garden, mine are still not producing in quantity.

I did get some sewing done – hemmed up jeans for a niece and mended some other garments for the others, too. One niece is learning to sew, she brought both her yard-sale machines for my Dad to look over, we got one running, the other needs more work.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:20 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: BOL vs Camping or Base

July 25, 2017 Cin 0

We live on our BOL.

The short version of how we did it: Husband went overseas to Saudi Arabia to build a nest egg so we could do as we wished. It was hard, we were scared of being separated at our ages (He was already 62). But we sacrificed 14 months of our lives to make a pile of money to be able to do everything we needed to do with cash, and set up a comfortable “retirement” (we actually work more now than we did when we had jobs!). We built this property from raw forest – we’ve put in the well, septic, electric, have a generator, a large raised garden, fruit trees, and done other improvements to get us as off-grid as possible (we’re not completely off-grid yet).

If you can’t afford a BOL, but you desperately want one, look into taking overseas jobs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and so on. Yes, there are risks. Yes it takes at least a year. But several of our family and some acquaintances are now doing it, simply to build their own BOLs. Some are military, some are civilian contractors. You want money fast to do as you wish – that’s how. You have to make sacrifices and take risks to get the life you want. Most people really don’t want to do anything that requires either of those things.

And about those nomads living in abandoned properties? We live in an area with 20 plots of land ranging from 3-12 acres…most belong city people who only come here once or twice a year. We know all our permanent neighbors, and most of those vacationers. In a SHTF/WROL scenario, you are not welcome to come and take what isn’t yours. If you ask, we might consider it. As I said on another thread in this forum:

All our neighbors are as self-sufficient as us, and some more so (they have more animals).

If you arrive with a trailer full of gear to help you survive, you’re more than welcome to the back forty.

If you arrive empty-handed, you’d better be ready to work. Around here, the man/woman who does not work, does not eat.

Those who try to take what my neighbors and I have will most likely regret what the future holds for them.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:42 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: BOL vs Camping or Base

July 25, 2017 Cin 0

We live on our BOL.

The short version of how we did it: Husband went overseas to Saudi Arabia to build a nest egg so we could do as we wished. It was hard, we were scared of being separated at our ages (He was already 62). But we sacrificed 14 months of our lives to make a pile of money to be able to do everything we needed to do with cash, and set up a comfortable “retirement” (we actually work more now than we did when we had jobs!). We built this property from raw forest – we’ve put in the well, septic, electric, have a generator, a large raised garden, fruit trees, and done other improvements to get us as off-grid as possible (we’re not completely off-grid yet).

If you can’t afford a BOL, but you desperately want one, look into taking overseas jobs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and so on. Yes, there are risks. Yes it takes at least a year. But several of our family and some acquaintances are now doing it, simply to build their own BOLs. Some are military, some are civilian contractors. You want money fast to do as you wish – that’s how. You have to make sacrifices and take risks to get the life you want. Most people really don’t want to do anything that requires either of those things.

And about those nomads living in abandoned properties? We live in an area with 20 plots of land ranging from 3-12 acres…most belong city people who only come here once or twice a year. We know all our permanent neighbors, and most of those vacationers. In a SHTF/WROL scenario, you are not welcome to come and take what isn’t yours. If you ask, we might consider it. As I said on another thread in this forum:

All our neighbors are as self-sufficient as us, and some more so (they have more animals).

If you arrive with a trailer full of gear to help you survive, you’re more than welcome to the back forty.

If you arrive empty-handed, you’d better be ready to work. Around here, the man/woman who does not work, does not eat.

Those who try to take what my neighbors and I have will most likely regret what the future holds for them.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:42 pm


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

June 30, 2017 Cin 0

Today was grocery shopping and yard sale day.

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
Gatorade for LTS
Items for our depleted travel snack box

Yard sales:

Graco Toddler bed – $5 (older model, but looks like it retailed for about $60-$80)
Cast iron tabletop firepit – $7 (really pleased with this, lowest price I’d seen for fake ones was $60)

Husband and I are now in high gear – trying to get the property ready for family visiting next week – setting up the stock tank pool, getting in new gravel for the driveway and spreading it, decks power-washed and re-stained, outdoor furniture re-painted, new cushion covers made, beds set up with sheets and covers, food to make and freeze, housekeeping, etc. Looking forward to some fun with the family, too!

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:40 pm


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

June 30, 2017 Cin 0

Today was grocery shopping and yard sale day.

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
Gatorade for LTS
Items for our depleted travel snack box

Yard sales:

Graco Toddler bed – $5 (older model, but looks like it retailed for about $60-$80)
Cast iron tabletop firepit – $7 (really pleased with this, lowest price I’d seen for fake ones was $60)

Husband and I are now in high gear – trying to get the property ready for family visiting next week – setting up the stock tank pool, getting in new gravel for the driveway and spreading it, decks power-washed and re-stained, outdoor furniture re-painted, new cushion covers made, beds set up with sheets and covers, food to make and freeze, housekeeping, etc. Looking forward to some fun with the family, too!

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:40 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: OK Preppers, Time to Sound Off

June 29, 2017 Cin 0

I like cooking a variety of ways – on the grill, over a fireplace, on the stove, on the wood-stove. I also love making bread – not with a machine, but by hand.

I used to love quilting, but it fell out of favor for a while when so many people wanted me to make stuff for them, with their specifications. Now that I’m making stuff on my own again, I’m starting to think I might start liking it as much as I used to. I’m not sure yet. :)

Although I am by no means an expert, if someone around me is sick, I’ll go down the research rabbit hole and try to find a way for them to be healed – whether with conventional medicine or with something herbal that will help them. I have helped several people get the care they need, just by doing the research for them. One has taken my recommendations to a doctor and received some of the care I specified. Another person has been told the doctors can do no more for her chronic condition, so I researched and researched and she is now on an herbal that allowed her to eat food just in the last week, that she’s not been able to eat for years (if you’ve ever had c.diff bacterial overgrowth, IBS or GERD, and possibly chronic ulceritis, look into Saccharomyces Boulardii – https://www.amazon.com/NOW-Saccharomyces-Boulardii-Veg-Capsules/dp/B0053W995W/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1498776118&sr=8-1&keywords=NOW+saccharomyces+boulardii DISCLAIMER: Not a doctor, am not one on TV, and only requesting you look into it. What you do with that information is on you.

Foraging – I do not actually forage much, however, I’m getting familiar with the food plants that grow around us, and know the way they are meant to be harvested, and their uses.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:44 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: OK Preppers, Time to Sound Off

June 29, 2017 Cin 0

I like cooking a variety of ways – on the grill, over a fireplace, on the stove, on the wood-stove. I also love making bread – not with a machine, but by hand.

I used to love quilting, but it fell out of favor for a while when so many people wanted me to make stuff for them, with their specifications. Now that I’m making stuff on my own again, I’m starting to think I might start liking it as much as I used to. I’m not sure yet. :)

Although I am by no means an expert, if someone around me is sick, I’ll go down the research rabbit hole and try to find a way for them to be healed – whether with conventional medicine or with something herbal that will help them. I have helped several people get the care they need, just by doing the research for them. One has taken my recommendations to a doctor and received some of the care I specified. Another person has been told the doctors can do no more for her chronic condition, so I researched and researched and she is now on an herbal that allowed her to eat food just in the last week, that she’s not been able to eat for years (if you’ve ever had c.diff bacterial overgrowth, IBS or GERD, and possibly chronic ulceritis, look into Saccharomyces Boulardii – https://www.amazon.com/NOW-Saccharomyces-Boulardii-Veg-Capsules/dp/B0053W995W/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1498776118&sr=8-1&keywords=NOW+saccharomyces+boulardii DISCLAIMER: Not a doctor, am not one on TV, and only requesting you look into it. What you do with that information is on you.

Foraging – I do not actually forage much, however, I’m getting familiar with the food plants that grow around us, and know the way they are meant to be harvested, and their uses.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:44 pm


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

June 29, 2017 Cin 0

I decided to sew laundry bags for each of the visiting family members, and I finished making the last one for the 12 girls’ bags yesterday. I still have two guy bags to make. Laundry mix-ups were prevalent last time they visited, so I’m hoping this will alleviate that problem. Plus, they’re cute reversible drawstring bags, so the girls can use them for something else, too.

I got the chair recovered, too – Husband had to cut a new board bottom from a piece of scrap wood since the old one was deteriorating, the chair is over 50 years old.

I harvested 6 pints of green beans, got them blanched and frozen. Harvested the cilantro, parsley, sage, and basil. I experimented with putting the fresh herbs in olive oil. I have been using some of the olive oil-coated cilantro and I can’t even taste anything but olive oil. So I decided to freeze the fresh herbs, just clean ’em and bag them up. Tonight I made a chicken parmesan casserole with the frozen basil and it tasted great! The basil tasted fresh, wouldn’t have known it was frozen. So, from now on, I’m freezing the herbs instead of packing them in oil.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:38 pm


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

June 29, 2017 Cin 0

I decided to sew laundry bags for each of the visiting family members, and I finished making the last one for the 12 girls’ bags yesterday. I still have two guy bags to make. Laundry mix-ups were prevalent last time they visited, so I’m hoping this will alleviate that problem. Plus, they’re cute reversible drawstring bags, so the girls can use them for something else, too.

I got the chair recovered, too – Husband had to cut a new board bottom from a piece of scrap wood since the old one was deteriorating, the chair is over 50 years old.

I harvested 6 pints of green beans, got them blanched and frozen. Harvested the cilantro, parsley, sage, and basil. I experimented with putting the fresh herbs in olive oil. I have been using some of the olive oil-coated cilantro and I can’t even taste anything but olive oil. So I decided to freeze the fresh herbs, just clean ’em and bag them up. Tonight I made a chicken parmesan casserole with the frozen basil and it tasted great! The basil tasted fresh, wouldn’t have known it was frozen. So, from now on, I’m freezing the herbs instead of packing them in oil.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:38 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Inside Cheyenne Mountain II

June 29, 2017 Cin 0

On April 1, 2008, we had a massive lightning strike in our driveway.

My computer was turned off and plugged into a gee-dunk surge protector. Despite that, the resulting EMP destroyed my hard drive.
Had to get a new computer. 6 weeks of photos and documentation, including 150 pages of the book I wrote, were gone. Needless to say, I now do regular backups of everything.

Husband got a powerful new surge protector, but we still unplug the computers and other devices if we know a storm is coming.

I cannot imagine a country-wide EMP…

Thanks, Gunns, for posting about the whole house surge protector. I’ll look into that.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Inside Cheyenne Mountain II

June 29, 2017 Cin 0

On April 1, 2008, we had a massive lightning strike in our driveway.

My computer was turned off and plugged into a gee-dunk surge protector. Despite that, the resulting EMP destroyed my hard drive.
Had to get a new computer. 6 weeks of photos and documentation, including 150 pages of the book I wrote, were gone. Needless to say, I now do regular backups of everything.

Husband got a powerful new surge protector, but we still unplug the computers and other devices if we know a storm is coming.

I cannot imagine a country-wide EMP…

Thanks, Gunns, for posting about the whole house surge protector. I’ll look into that.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:08 pm


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

June 23, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping and yard sales today.

Grocery shopping:

Re-stocked on what we used
Rebuilding the stock of Gatorade we had – it’s been hot and muggy and I’m keeping the contractors and Husband re-hydrated hourly!

Yard sales:
4 hanging plant holders – 40 cents
1 nutcracker – $1 – retails for $16 (for pecans, walnuts and other hard shells)
3 yards of fabric – 50 cents
2 curtain panels for the new addition’s windows – $4
Foam floor puzzle pieces with alphabet – $5 (retails for $30) – I read somewhere to use these on the floor of a tent, so was on the lookout for them.

I took our ailing neighbor the groceries she requested and she gave me a vine-ripened tomato from their garden.

Husband caulked and painted the first outside wall of our newly built room addition.

I sewed a fitted tablecloth for our bistro table (which may go inside the new addition).

Also harvested jalepeno peppers and poblano peppers from my patio garden.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:13 pm


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

June 23, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping and yard sales today.

Grocery shopping:

Re-stocked on what we used
Rebuilding the stock of Gatorade we had – it’s been hot and muggy and I’m keeping the contractors and Husband re-hydrated hourly!

Yard sales:
4 hanging plant holders – 40 cents
1 nutcracker – $1 – retails for $16 (for pecans, walnuts and other hard shells)
3 yards of fabric – 50 cents
2 curtain panels for the new addition’s windows – $4
Foam floor puzzle pieces with alphabet – $5 (retails for $30) – I read somewhere to use these on the floor of a tent, so was on the lookout for them.

I took our ailing neighbor the groceries she requested and she gave me a vine-ripened tomato from their garden.

Husband caulked and painted the first outside wall of our newly built room addition.

I sewed a fitted tablecloth for our bistro table (which may go inside the new addition).

Also harvested jalepeno peppers and poblano peppers from my patio garden.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:13 pm


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

June 21, 2017 Cin 0

Had to go to town today with a neighbor who needed to pick up a prescription (she’s on meds, its OK to drive, but she wanted to be sure).

Restocked our Gatorade – we’ve managed to drink it all with the outside work going on with the addition being built, and garden stuff.

I got 2 pints of green beans from the garden today, as well as another pound or so of potatoes.

Husband thin-sliced some potatoes from our first batch a few days ago, and dehydrated them – turned out almost like potato chips!

I finished sewing the valances for the new room.

Probably a non-event, but the kid in the path of Tropical Storm Cindy has battened down the hatches and has food, water, and fuel. Also has a contingency plan to evacuate with a friend, if needed.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:24 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: OK: lets Talk About the Nasty Stuff-Hygiene

June 20, 2017 Cin 0

Lake – one mile away
Large creek flowing year ’round – one mile away
Creek behind my property – flows most of the year – 1/8 mile away
Creek on my property, dry some of the year – across my side yard
Spring on my property – won’t go near it unless desperate, the animals water there and we need them to (food)
2 wells (different depths) both accessible in a grid down situation

Water will be free to all our neighbors. A couple neighbors have already commented they’ll help protect the water source (we never asked, they just mentioned it and that’s how we found out they were preppers too).

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:58 pm


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

June 19, 2017 Cin 0

I’ve spent a very frustrating morning trying to fix a sewing machine someone else messed up! GRRR. After troubleshooting the machine (YouTube videos are wonderful), I decided to try a test sew…and that’s when I discovered the problem. While threading the machine, I noticed the entire needle housing and needle tightening screws are completely missing! Shot an instant message to the owner. “Oh, well, the needle broke and I didn’t know how to get it out so I unscrewed that part and took the stuff off. I thought I put it all back on. Maybe I have it in my toolbox somewhere.” :x

To top it off, all the parts stores online want a model number and there isn’t one on this machine, it’s a little plastic “toy-like” machine, didn’t cost much and can’t do much, but it does what it needs to as far as mending and making small projects. I bought it for $5 at a yard sale, and it’ll probably cost more to fix it than to buy a brand new one of the same machine!

Wasted the entire morning trying to fix it instead of sewing as I’d planned.

A caution and prep tip #1: Keep parts on hand or know where to get them for the tools you use frequently.

Prep tip #2: Check your frequently used tools and if you cannot do it – now’s the time to take them in for tuneups and maintenance.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:53 am


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

June 19, 2017 Cin 0

I’ve spent a very frustrating morning trying to fix a sewing machine someone else messed up! GRRR. After troubleshooting the machine (YouTube videos are wonderful), I decided to try a test sew…and that’s when I discovered the problem. While threading the machine, I noticed the entire needle housing and needle tightening screws are completely missing! Shot an instant message to the owner. “Oh, well, the needle broke and I didn’t know how to get it out so I unscrewed that part and took the stuff off. I thought I put it all back on. Maybe I have it in my toolbox somewhere.” :x

To top it off, all the parts stores online want a model number and there isn’t one on this machine, it’s a little plastic “toy-like” machine, didn’t cost much and can’t do much, but it does what it needs to as far as mending and making small projects. I bought it for $5 at a yard sale, and it’ll probably cost more to fix it than to buy a brand new one of the same machine!

Wasted the entire morning trying to fix it instead of sewing as I’d planned.

A caution and prep tip #1: Keep parts on hand or know where to get them for the tools you use frequently.

Prep tip #2: Check your frequently used tools and if you cannot do it – now’s the time to take them in for tuneups and maintenance.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:53 am


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

June 17, 2017 Cin 0

LetsPrep – I’ve heard dogs like sweet potatoes, I think I’ll snag a few and try dehydrating them too. See if our dog likes them.

Today was yard sale and grocery shopping day.

Our grocery list has been shrinking the last few weeks, due to us eating into the home canned LTS as we rotate old stuff. As we’ve cleaned stuff out, we’ve discovered foods we canned in anticipation of using, but actually never even using any of it (I love fresh fruit and we just didn’t eat any of the fruit I canned). We are also moving over to freeze dried foods, longer shelf life and easier storage. We still plan to can foods, but not on the scale of what we did in past years. We’ll also be more judicious in our choices to can – more foods we eat, rather than such a broad range trying to cover every vitamin/mineral/nutritional need. I’ll just stock up on vitamins. :)

Grocery shopping:
2 cans of corned beef for the LTS

Yard sales:
A container stack of coffee mugs – $4 (retail $17)
A Kitchen Rite mandolin slicer – $2 – (retail $20-$26)

We bought 6 cans of chicken TVP (on sale) via Emergency Essentials.

Harvested some in the raised beds – about 15 pounds of potatoes and a pint freezer bag of green beans. I’m still clipping my cilantro and parsley, and freezing it. It tastes good, so far. We have about 20 volunteer cherry tomato plants – no problem with us as we love them! I’m hoping the volunteer cucumber comes back, too.

My deck container garden is doing well – we have poblano peppers coming out, jalepeno peppers, and two kinds of tomatoes on the bushes. The other plants are flowering, but no fruit yet.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:33 pm


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

June 17, 2017 Cin 0

LetsPrep – I’ve heard dogs like sweet potatoes, I think I’ll snag a few and try dehydrating them too. See if our dog likes them.

Today was yard sale and grocery shopping day.

Our grocery list has been shrinking the last few weeks, due to us eating into the home canned LTS as we rotate old stuff. As we’ve cleaned stuff out, we’ve discovered foods we canned in anticipation of using, but actually never even using any of it (I love fresh fruit and we just didn’t eat any of the fruit I canned). We are also moving over to freeze dried foods, longer shelf life and easier storage. We still plan to can foods, but not on the scale of what we did in past years. We’ll also be more judicious in our choices to can – more foods we eat, rather than such a broad range trying to cover every vitamin/mineral/nutritional need. I’ll just stock up on vitamins. :)

Grocery shopping:
2 cans of corned beef for the LTS

Yard sales:
A container stack of coffee mugs – $4 (retail $17)
A Kitchen Rite mandolin slicer – $2 – (retail $20-$26)

We bought 6 cans of chicken TVP (on sale) via Emergency Essentials.

Harvested some in the raised beds – about 15 pounds of potatoes and a pint freezer bag of green beans. I’m still clipping my cilantro and parsley, and freezing it. It tastes good, so far. We have about 20 volunteer cherry tomato plants – no problem with us as we love them! I’m hoping the volunteer cucumber comes back, too.

My deck container garden is doing well – we have poblano peppers coming out, jalepeno peppers, and two kinds of tomatoes on the bushes. The other plants are flowering, but no fruit yet.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:33 pm


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

June 11, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping and yard sales on Friday.

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
Ink cartridges – Husband wants to print out a binder full of prep info

Yard sales:
4 bags of Duplo blocks for the grand-niece – $3.50
2 shirts and 3 pants for same g-niece – $7

Husband ordered a surgical tool kit and is investigating suturing kits now. I’ve never had them in the first aid kit as I don’t have those skills, but he’s thinking maybe someone will come along who does, should we need it, or we’re learn the hard way. I know there’s classes, but they never come here, too rural.

Husband and I spent the morning dragging out the leftover Hardie-Board siding we’d bought in 2007 and stored away from when we built the house back then. We thought we had maybe 5 boards…we had 19. We will be able to put siding on the front and side of the 16 X 20 bonus room addition we’re building. Of course, we have to buy the rest, but this was a big savings. Found some leftover fascia, too, not sure if we’ll use that, though.

In my never-ending quest to de-clutter, I am cleaning out and sorting through my kitchen cabinets, getting rid of stuff we never use, re-organizing and putting things in proper order of use.

My deck garden is doing well – I have tomatoes and peppers on the plants. The orange tree is producing this year, too. The other plants have lots of blossoms, but no fruit yet.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:52 pm


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

June 11, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping and yard sales on Friday.

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
Ink cartridges – Husband wants to print out a binder full of prep info

Yard sales:
4 bags of Duplo blocks for the grand-niece – $3.50
2 shirts and 3 pants for same g-niece – $7

Husband ordered a surgical tool kit and is investigating suturing kits now. I’ve never had them in the first aid kit as I don’t have those skills, but he’s thinking maybe someone will come along who does, should we need it, or we’re learn the hard way. I know there’s classes, but they never come here, too rural.

Husband and I spent the morning dragging out the leftover Hardie-Board siding we’d bought in 2007 and stored away from when we built the house back then. We thought we had maybe 5 boards…we had 19. We will be able to put siding on the front and side of the 16 X 20 bonus room addition we’re building. Of course, we have to buy the rest, but this was a big savings. Found some leftover fascia, too, not sure if we’ll use that, though.

In my never-ending quest to de-clutter, I am cleaning out and sorting through my kitchen cabinets, getting rid of stuff we never use, re-organizing and putting things in proper order of use.

My deck garden is doing well – I have tomatoes and peppers on the plants. The orange tree is producing this year, too. The other plants have lots of blossoms, but no fruit yet.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:52 pm


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

June 11, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping and yard sales on Friday.

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
Ink cartridges – Husband wants to print out a binder full of prep info

Yard sales:
4 bags of Duplo blocks for the grand-niece – $3.50
2 shirts and 3 pants for same g-niece – $7

Husband ordered a surgical tool kit and is investigating suturing kits now. I’ve never had them in the first aid kit as I don’t have those skills, but he’s thinking maybe someone will come along who does, should we need it, or we’re learn the hard way. I know there’s classes, but they never come here, too rural.

Husband and I spent the morning dragging out the leftover Hardie-Board siding we’d bought in 2007 and stored away from when we built the house back then. We thought we had maybe 5 boards…we had 19. We will be able to put siding on the front and side of the 16 X 20 bonus room addition we’re building. Of course, we have to buy the rest, but this was a big savings. Found some leftover fascia, too, not sure if we’ll use that, though.

In my never-ending quest to de-clutter, I am cleaning out and sorting through my kitchen cabinets, getting rid of stuff we never use, re-organizing and putting things in proper order of use.

My deck garden is doing well – I have tomatoes and peppers on the plants. The orange tree is producing this year, too. The other plants have lots of blossoms, but no fruit yet.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:52 pm


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

June 7, 2017 Cin 0

Husband is cleaning up trash from the new addition we’re building, in addition to running back and forth to the lumber store for whatever is needed as the contractor progresses.

I am decluttering my sewing room. I’ve been finishing up projects and also doing some new stuff for when the family comes to visit. I’ve made a bunch of laundry bags for the kids. Last time clothes got mixed up, and although everyone was fine with it, I like the idea of being more efficient.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:14 pm


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

June 7, 2017 Cin 0

Husband is cleaning up trash from the new addition we’re building, in addition to running back and forth to the lumber store for whatever is needed as the contractor progresses.

I am decluttering my sewing room. I’ve been finishing up projects and also doing some new stuff for when the family comes to visit. I’ve made a bunch of laundry bags for the kids. Last time clothes got mixed up, and although everyone was fine with it, I like the idea of being more efficient.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:14 pm


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Wanted • Re: wanted prepper family to share ranch in colorado

June 7, 2017 Cin 0

They’re looking for someone to do the work, and probably provide security. In return, they’ll let you live on their property for free in a home you have to provide. Oh, and obviously, for this generous space for your RV that they are providing, you’ll work for free, too. And if anyone comes after the grow operation, of course, you’ll be right there on the front line, taking the heat.

420 is slang for pot. Grow operation/growing operation are the kids’ operative words for a pot farm.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:57 pm


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Wanted • Re: wanted prepper family to share ranch in colorado

June 7, 2017 Cin 0

They’re looking for someone to do the work, and probably provide security. In return, they’ll let you live on their property for free in a home you have to provide. Oh, and obviously, for this generous space for your RV that they are providing, you’ll work for free, too. And if anyone comes after the grow operation, of course, you’ll be right there on the front line, taking the heat.

420 is slang for pot. Grow operation/growing operation are the kids’ operative words for a pot farm.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:57 pm


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

June 3, 2017 Cin 0

NJMike – I didn’t actually try the corned beef – but Husband loves the idea of corned beef hash, so I bought two more so he can tuck them away. He does plan to try it, though.

We had a hail storm on Sunday with hail the size of half dollars. The wind was whipping around and it was really coming down hard…we didn’t think we had any damage, but a neighbor came up and dusted off our vehicle’s hood and showed us the damage. OK, we called the insurance company and put in a claim. Then our contractor, who is also our neighbor who built our house, told us the check the roof. So we called the insurance company and put in a claim. The adjuster came out today. Not only does the house roof have to be replaced, but also the garage roof – we didn’t even think to check the garage! :'(

We are in the middle of building on a 16 X 20 addition…it wasn’t roofed yet. Once the contractor is finished with it…he will replace the roofs. Sigh.

I have a family reunion being held here in 5 weeks. We’ll see what gets done.

Grocery shopping and yard sales today:

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
Got more screw on mason jar lids (I store lots of dry goods and non-food in the jars, now)
Got fabric for the fancy laundry bags I’m making for certain people for the family reunion

Yard sales:
1 portable diaper changing pad with wipes case for the niece – $1
1 Weston electric meat grinder – $15 (retails for $85)
2 stainless steel utensils – strainer & spatula – 50 cents each

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:06 pm


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

June 3, 2017 Cin 0

NJMike – I didn’t actually try the corned beef – but Husband loves the idea of corned beef hash, so I bought two more so he can tuck them away. He does plan to try it, though.

We had a hail storm on Sunday with hail the size of half dollars. The wind was whipping around and it was really coming down hard…we didn’t think we had any damage, but a neighbor came up and dusted off our vehicle’s hood and showed us the damage. OK, we called the insurance company and put in a claim. Then our contractor, who is also our neighbor who built our house, told us the check the roof. So we called the insurance company and put in a claim. The adjuster came out today. Not only does the house roof have to be replaced, but also the garage roof – we didn’t even think to check the garage! :'(

We are in the middle of building on a 16 X 20 addition…it wasn’t roofed yet. Once the contractor is finished with it…he will replace the roofs. Sigh.

I have a family reunion being held here in 5 weeks. We’ll see what gets done.

Grocery shopping and yard sales today:

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
Got more screw on mason jar lids (I store lots of dry goods and non-food in the jars, now)
Got fabric for the fancy laundry bags I’m making for certain people for the family reunion

Yard sales:
1 portable diaper changing pad with wipes case for the niece – $1
1 Weston electric meat grinder – $15 (retails for $85)
2 stainless steel utensils – strainer & spatula – 50 cents each

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:06 pm