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  • Birthday 01/31/1954

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    self reliance; lo-tech living; cooking, crafts, anything to do with food!!, camping, livestock, garden & orchard, hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, etc.
  1. Aggravating when you get older and sharp objects again become safety issues.....I tell myself I'm getting younger (not regressing). I love my mandolin, but can no longer go without a holder for the item I am slicing. With my arthritis in my hands I cant move quick enough to avoid blood-letting. Embarrassing.
  2. Hi gang! MtRider, your dh's adventures sound awfully familiar....especially that good ol' domino effect that sometimes takes over. Glad everyone is OK. Nobody heals up as quick as they used to.... Our new pup Jack has grown some and now does look like a purebred Aussie. His hair is all curly and there is a lot of it; he is a handsome boy, but wow! he is headstrong. Smart, yes, but thinks he is smarter than us. We keep him on a short leash (figuratively) with lots of luvs when he gets things right. At 6 months we are seeing some indication of brains (finally!) but he is in hyper-dog drive most of the time, and I wish I knew if he was still teething, because he likes to chew up everything he can find (his other nickname is 'Jaws'). Even metal items (he loves to chew up flashlights) are fair game; he keeps us hopping to take away hazardous items so we don't need an emergency vet run. He gets neutered next week to hopefully tone down his dominance issues a little. We don't want the other dogs intimidated by him. We are pretty sure we have our house sold to another neighbor. A realtor we know told us we could get more, but we would have to fix so many things, take out half our furniture to keep things model home neat for showings, then pack up all the pets, pet dishes, kennels, et al for each showing that we decided to take the lower price and save ourselves the trouble. We are getting $5,000 less than I paid for it, but it would take $10,000 and time and effort we don't really have in us to possibly get more. The neighbor has been inside twice to look around and measure, and will take it as-is. So hopefully we close early next week. Mary called the mobile home place down in Georgia where we want to go and told them to get some land ready to show us and some price quotes on our two favorite models (we debated and looked at floor plans and virtual tours until we were dreaming of them!). When we get the money, we can then go down, order our model and pick our options, pick out the land and designate which trees to clear out, etc. We will stay down about a week then come back up and pack. One of the reasons we let our neighbor purchase the house, is that he said we could stay in it rent free while we packed up, until Nov if we wanted to, as long as we kept the lawn mowed and the yard neat. He made the higher offer because he said he loved the sturdy construction (he said his own newer home was not built as well) and the double lot & fenced back yard, which is invitingly shady in the late afternoons. He plans to remodel (yes, the house is rather 1950s, but we liked that part) over three years, part time (he will do the work himself, he is a plumber). I have a sneaking hunch he will maybe move in himself, as he has no yard in his newer house to speak of, and several children. My father offered me $10,000 dollars to help out (!) and told my brother that I could either keep it and deduct it from my share of his estate when he dies, or pay him back a couple hundred $$ at a time. He helped out my brothers and sisters like that as well. I am considering taking him up on it, and am glad that I kept the lines of communication open, even after he (badly) hurt my feelings a couple times. I had just decided to let that pain all go, that he probably did not realize his hurtful words, and at his brother's funeral we had a lovely long chat. He told my brother he really enjoyed talking with me, and now this. Do I put the past aside and accept his offer at face value? Bro did say that he would want lots of photos and reassurance that we did not fritter away the money - that always has been one of his pet peeves - but he is Internet savvy so no problem with sending him stuff. Mary says 'aren't you glad you kept in touch, and sent him Fathers' day cards, birthday cards, and the like, even though he didn't seem to respond much?" Yes, and she is entitled to say 'I told ya so'.....as long as she does not ride it into the ground, which she wont. I will call him after we close, and probably accept his very kind (tho unexpected) offer. We gave our boat to a fishing pal. He is a fixit kind of guy who likes to have a project to work on (and has relatives who work on boats) but could never afford to buy a bass boat & motor, and always wanted one, whereas we were stressing on how to pull it down south with us, plus afford the repairs it needs. So we gave it to him and he darn near cried....he said nobody every did anything that nice for him in his life. He is helping us move our stuff down south, saving us quite a bit of money in professional movers fees (he offered before the boat thing came up) so we are very pleased to give him the boat . Mary & I have many acquaintances, but few we really call friends....true friends to us are very special, and we like to see them happy. Class reunion tonight (Sat). 45 years and even the jocks and homecoming queen are gray haired, pot bellied, and have grandchildren! I had a nice time, even though I had to keep reading name tags because I didn't recognize anyone!
  3. Rain, hot and humid, more rain, more hot and humid. Looks like we brought a Ga summer back to Wis. Ugh. Right now (late night) the thunder is rumbling nonstop. And several of our dogs are afraid of thunder. So they want to sit on our laps as if its not hot enough already. Poor babies. All except the baby Jack. He just misbehaves, chewing up all kinds of things. How long will he keep teething, I wonder. We are at 6 months now, and there are glimmers of brains now and again.
  4. Are you making it by the jar, or by the crock? I'm planning on making my own this year, the store stuff is just too salty (I can taste they use waaaay ,more than I do. Plus my home made is less tart. Nice to taste something else in the meal with the kraut. Nice Job, Mr. Momo.....German fellows like to wield sharp things, and chop, chop. chop. I'd help with more German, but I only know police commands and cuss words! ...."HALT!, Polizei! Heben Sie die Hände über den Kopf und bewegen sich nicht!"
  5. Don't ask, don't tell....specially when it comes to totin'.
  6. OMG, I think I started that! Years ago I had someone complain to me that her spouse was against her prepping. I told her it was because he thought she would turn into a hairy-legged, tobacco-spittin', gun-totin' female; she should refer to prepping as 'self-reliance' or 'self-sustaining' or 'minimizing our carbon footprint' (the newest term at the time). The sad thing is that it works. Funny how folks latch onto words & labels, isn't it. Mt. Rider, maybr that explains why medical people snicker when I refer to 'persons of alternate reality" when speaking of those who are crazy. I thought it had a catchy ring to it.....
  7. Yes, I would. Corn syrup would make the texture thicker, leaving it out would be OK. The sugar will thicken things. Butter amt is too small to change anything. What you are doing is in essence a thin jelly, so go for it.
  8. Ohhhhhh yes, sounds delish (have to dig up that recipe since the strawberries are starting up). Right now doing rhubarb stuff. Rhubarb sauce, Rhubarb-strawberry pie filling, etc.... Scored 10 lbs of rhubarb at the farmers market. When I get a craving I generally buy waaaay too much, esp when it is on sale lol. My bad....
  9. Aldis will be one of the stores I survey next; folks who go there say prices are excellent, and their brand names, though unfamiliar, are good in general. I'm looking forward to see how well they compare.
  10. Our wal-marts don't price match anymore either. I was pleased when down in Georgia last winter to find that the Kroger was almost exactly like the Pick N Save I shop at in Wisconsin (my meat place). The meats were excellent there, and the seafood display was amazing! Even if I can only afford lobster once a year, I love to look at it now and again. I could not find dehydrated hash browns easily down there, though; only one brand and expensive. Made home fried for breakfast instead.
  11. Mine are just starting up. MMMM. Strawberries over ice cream for dessert tonight!
  12. Its not the dog, its the owners, I truly believe. They let the dog dominate them, instead of controlling poochie, then aggression usually follows against strangers. ( I probably should not say anything, but I'm surprised the govt nannies have not yet required training & certification to own a pet.....Oh crap, now they'll try it.....Sorry) and in true 2017 form, I just got back from my last surviving uncles funeral! Good to see all the family, but under such sad circumstances...! Now my 88 yr old father has no siblings left.
  13. Makes me glad I learned how to cook! I pity the multitudes who do not know how to do it - you save sooooooo much (and the food is much tastier, besides). I am not amused by the fact that the restaurant prices are now sky high in my town. Sit down dinners start at $10 for a minimal plate (3 oz meat, 1/2 c potato, 1/2 c some other veggie -- no gravy or butter on the taters and certainly no butter, salt, pepper or condiments on the table; and the food tasted like it was warmed up in the microwave, not cooked fresh). $10 for something I can cook for $2. Needless to say, I don't eat out very often. I'm too spoiled by my own cooking.
  14. a bite stick is a tool I read about on a pit bull site - they recommended all responsible owners have one on hand - it is a special shaped stick you insert in the pit bulls mouth when its jaws are locked s**t, and allows you to pry the jaws open with minimal injury to teeth, etc. its sad when I consider getting one and I don't own a pit bull.... some people have used stun guns to bread a pit bulls grip only to find the pit bull figures out what happened and goes after the stun gun wielder....and throwing water in its face does not always work, though it worked for us when our dog Max was locked in a pit bulls' jaws. (Hence the interest in finding out what was recommended for breaking a pits grip)
  15. For the last 5 years I make an annual survey of the three cheapest grocery stores I go to. This allows me to plan my shopping to take advantages of the best prices, and to better recognize whether a sale is a genuine savings or not. I learned several interesting things: 1. Prices were all over the place. Meat went up, overshadowing savings on fruits and vegetables. The more processed the food, the more the prices went up; plainer food prices went down. Overall, more prices went down than up, but the savings did not amount to much when you averaged them out - less than $1 on my standard grocery list! 2. Stores specialize in certain things. One store in my shopping circle has superior prices on bulk rice, beans, and pantry items, and a superior international food selection. Another store has superior meats and excellent service from the meat cutters (they give me heads up on upcoming sales, cheerfully cut the meat the way I want it, and order special things for me without complaint or extra charges. Oddly, their meat prices, as long as I buy on sale, were also the lowest. So I shop their meat sale cycles regularly. (They also do not limit how much you can purchase on meat sales, which to me is valuable, when I am bulk buying for the freezer at a good sale price.) The third store has the best prices on brand names and canned fruits and vegetables. So these surveys pay off in discovering my local food patterns. I don't mind shopping at multiple stores to take advantage of sale pricing. 3. Cheaper is NOT always better. One store with the cheapest produce also had their produce go bad much more quickly, and the employees tended to throw around the food, bruising it. One store with a sale on meats tended to require you purchase a certain amount of other things, then limited how much you could buy (to me, that's not a sale, it is 'price re-alignment'). Another store I tried that had extremely low prices on meat had extremely tough meat. Fine for pot roast, and I canned a lot of it; but it was not so good on the grill - we actually could not chew it! So I have learned to consider meats sales cautiously. 4. House brands DO vary from store to store, so there are certain things I buy brand name: ketchup, cooked salad dressing, margarine, bratwurst and cheese are things I do have a particular brand that I favor. Brands are pretty much the same on plainer foods that have USDA standards, like canned peas, butter, or pasta. I am more willing to experiment with different brands on those things to see if I like them or not, and I have many house-brand favorites (Shur-fine is popular in this house). In my younger (and broke-er days) my husband and I would prioritize our shopping: generic aisle first, then the house brands to fill in what we could not find generically. The checkout clerks always were amazed at how much food we bought on our limited budget, and used to literally take bets on how many carts of food we could get for our $50 monthly budget (the record was three piled high carts, at the time). I don't see generic (black & white) labels much any more, but they rarely let us down. I always taste test the new, cheaper label brands when I find them. Some are worth it, others are not (more stems in the green beans, tomato skins left on some of the canned tomatoes, and the like). 5. If you live near a food processor (Johnsonville meats, a vegetable canning company, a spaghetti plant) call to check and see if they have a company store to sell their 'seconds' or imperfect in appearance food. You can save a bundle buying spaghetti bends (where they drape it over the rack), mis-cut short lengths of sausage sticks, dented cans, and the like. Cosmetically imperfect foods still taste the same, and the savings are amazing. (I have noticed the meat prices drop when they have a new meat cutter learning to cut it up, LOL. I'm there with bells on to take advantage of those crooked chops or steaks!) So this year, my survey will include the Aldi's down the block, as well as Wal-mart (good pantry food pricing, not so good on produce and meat), and Woodmans (bulk food price leader). I will continue to shop at the store with the superior meats, but will not survey them this year, as they have never been the loss leader on anything except meats. But I certainly consider the drive worthwhile to stock up on items where each store excels, and my price studies pay off because I can now spot a good sale price from 3 aisles away!