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  1. Very timely advice. Hopefully folks will pay attention to it and heed it. I remember the 60s. s**t erupts without warning, and we are rapidly going down that road again.
  2. I have found wonderful information on living sans refrigeration on the sailing forums. Many sailors cruise around the world without electricity, refrigeration or freezers! Here is a synopsis of the best article I have found so far giving concrete guidelines for unrefrigerated living... from http://www.sailingbreezes.com/sailing_breezes_current/articles/may03/refrigeration.htm article "No Refrigeration? No Problem! by Barbara Theisen Barbara Theisen's family lived on board a sailboat for nearly 10 years without refrigeration. Some tips for living without refrigeration: Meat: 1) cut back on meat by substituting beans or lentils for meat. 2) rely on freshly caught fish or seafood, but unless you have ice, do not catch more than you will eat in the next meal or two. 3) Provision with canned meats, either home canned or purchased. 4) Eggs can be stored without refrigeration IF you start with fresh eggs that have never been refrigerated. In the US find a farm that sells fresh eggs. Do not clean the shels as there is already a protective seal on the eggs you don't want to wash off. The easiest way to keep eggs for a month or two without refrigeration is to simply turn the egg cartons over twice a week. Powdered eggs are also available and are a great substitution for any baking that calls for eggs in the recipe. 5) Nuts are another great source of protein and they store well on a boat. Add nuts to stir fries or salads or use peanut butter or almond butter to make sandwiches. Nuts make a great snack as well. 6) When you have access to a market where meat is available and you're in need of a carnivorous fix, plan on a meat based meal on shopping day. 7) If you enjoy sampling the local cuisine while cruising, go out to eat occasionally and order a meat dish. Milk 1) Powdered milk is least expensive solution, storing well and widely available. If you are just getting used to using it, gtry adding a bit of sugar, a drop of vanilla, or use a chocolate milk or cocoa mix. Here's a tip to cool down any beverage (milk, beer, etc.). Take a wet towel and wrap it around the can or bottle for a few minutes. Evaporation will help to cool the bottle a few degrees. Even if you don't like to drink the powdered milk, keep a good supply on hand for baking. Remember to mix only what you will need. 2) Long-life milk is milk that has been sterilized using Ultra High Temperature (UHT) pasteurization and sealed inside a box, so it does not spoil even at room temperature. It needs no refrigeration until opened. Even at room temperature you probably won't mind the taste of this on cereal. If we plan on having cereal and milk for breakfast and open a long life milk but have no ice in the ice box, I just plan on using some in my baking that morning - I usually bake in the AM when its cooler anyway. 3) Canned milk such as evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk is widely available. Cream and Sour cream 1) canned cream is available in other countries, but is hard to find in the US. To sour it, add some vinegar to a can of cream and let sit an hour or two. Cheese 1) the harder the cheese, the longer its storage life. 2) buy cheese sealed in a heavy wax coating, if possible. As an alternative you can dip a piece of cheesecloth in vinegar, wrap the cheese in this and store in the coolest part of your boat. 3) Velveeta brand cheese and other American cheese products need no refrigeration. Butter 1) Canned butter needs no refrigeration. Buy canned butter from New Zealand or Ireland. 2) You can also save money by preserving your own butter. Sterilize jars with screw on lids. Cool on a clean surface. Next, boil one-quart water and four tablespoons of salt. Let cool. Place 2 sticks of butter (1/2 cup) in the sterilized jar. Fill jars with cooled water/salt mixture and screw on the tops of the jar. Your butter will keep for months. 3) You can also can it using the melt and shake techniques discussed elsewhere. 4) Whipped margarine in plastic tubs will stay fresh for several months if left unopened. Butter flavored Crisco works great for many baking recipes and needs no refrigeration. Yogurt It's easy to make homemade yogurt using a thermos. Fruits and Vegetables 1) Fresh: many store well without refrigeration for weeks or even months. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions, carrots, winter squash, turnips, apples, oranges, limes and lemons are good bets. 2) Use canned. canned tomato products, canned corn and canned mushrooms to be excellent choices. I'm not a big fan of canned peas, although I love them fresh and frozen. We also enjoy canned fruits such as peaches, pears, pineapples and applesauce. 3) Dehydration is an excellent way to preserve many foods. You can buy many of these dried fruits and vegetables at a large grocery store or from a natural foods store or use either an electric dehydrator or a solar dryer to dry your own. However, solar dryers may not work well in humid climates. Other Items Many food items that you may have refrigerated back home don't actually need to be refrigerated. Soy sauce, hot sauce, peanut butter, mustards, pancake syrup, molasses, pickles, etc. need no refrigeration. Many cruisers keep opened mayonnaise without refrigeration. The trick is to never, ever introduce any other food into the mayonnaise jar. I recommend buying small jars of mayonnaise and tossing it if you are at all suspicious about its quality. Find recipes to make your own fresh salad dressings and make just what you need at the time.
  3. Jack is settling in nicely at home in Wis. Now that he has a yard to run around (and around, and around....) in he is much calmer and seems to focus better on learning things (like don't steal the cat food....don't dig up the garden.....etc.) He does like water, so we put some in the kiddie pool, and he jumps in and out same as any kid! Our vet seems to think he might have something else mixed in, as Aussies do not like water that much; maybe border collie? but that's OK, he is still growing and his looks (leg length, etc) seem to change almost daily! He is a good alarm dog - sounds off nicely when something catches his attention. And Dodger and he are thick as thieves, chasing each other all over the yard, 'rassling around, and generally acting like kids. We also introduced him to the neighbor's children, and he was a good (though hyper) boy. We are trying to socialize him a little, since he is so young.
  4. Bless you Rita....leave your foot in the door to let us in when we get there.
  5. If I ever run into the guy who started the rumor that computers were going to simplify our lives, I'm gonna slap his head so far down his neck he'll have to open his coat to eat a sandwich. He LIED. On a lighter note, we got home OK; found out that the neighbor who showed interest in buying our house only wanted to pay half price for it. Needless to say, no sale. Mary was bummed, but I reminded her that we do not have to rush - we still have no mortgage, and have as much time as it will take to get a decent price....no biggie. I really am enjoying having a real kitchen again, after cooking in the RV for six months (kinda like in a submarine). Tonight I actually used THREE burners all at the same time!! Made it much easier than juggling several dishes on 1-2 burners and trying to serve everything hot simultaneously. Too bad you cant put that on a resume..... The house we were in love with in Georgia sold to someone else, so it was not meant to be, I guess. She did some serious yard work today, tilling up our garden patch. Told her to take it easy tonight, so she is on my desk computer, playing a hunting game. I was blowing things up earlier. Strange how that relieves our stress....without the mess! Whiskey Jack (aka Boom! Jackalacka) is shaping up to be quite well behaved for his age, now that he has a fenced in yard to run around (and around, and around) in to get rid of all that puppy energy that makes him so mischevious. Our vet sez he is Australian shepherd mixed with something else, we think maybe border collie. How ironic....our German Shepherd-Malnois was microchipped as an Australian Shepherd-border collie mix, and now it appears we have one! Must have been fate, lol.
  6. Today we are heading north from Georgia to home in wis. weird trip.....we put rv in storage, are travelling in 2 vans with 7 cats, 5 dogs & one parrot. we stay at a motel chain that allows pets. night 1 & 2 were in Alabama...On night #2 Mary was accosted by 20-something intoxicated motel customer while walking the dog before bed. How charming...an invite to perform personal services for a drunk who wet himself, left his ummmm....tool hanging out while he ralphed on his mud covered truck. She pretended she did not hear him and walked the dog back to the room...and locked the door. His motel roommate came out and dragged him back into his room, scolding him. night #3 was in Evansville...teensy room, strong musty smell, defective faucet. OK, so all we wanted was a place to sleep. Good thing we didn't want a shower, the water was rusty. At 4:30 AM the new pup starts raising cain like he needs to pee. Moan... groan... Oh, OK... Mary puts shoes on to go walk dog.....gets as far as the door, tells me "grab the gun, someones messing with our cars" right in front of out motel room window, no less! Ropes to coolers on a cargo carrier were cut, someone had rummaged through the coolers, taking some NA beer. Car pulling away. Gave description to police, to make a record of it. We figure it was the pot smokers in the room around the corner with the munchies. If they were looking for beer they were surely disappointed! Tonight is night #4 in Gary, Indiana. Expecting peace and quiet - we have stayed here before, nice place, roomy, clean, no problems. Excitement is NOT what we are looking for. Sleep is. Tomorrow we will be home. Another adventure completed? We shall see what tonight brings. Uninterrupted sleep would be good at this point.
  7. Its so true and I rejoice with you!!
  8. Whiskey Jack
  9. Welllllllll..............we have a new fur baby, when another aussie pup became available because a mom & dad decided their 10 yr old was not responsible enough to raise the one they bought. Whiskey Jack is black & white, and has a happy smile. Now we are helping him adjust to all the turmoil of his 12 week life. We suspect he was kept outdoors, or he was just ignored a lot because he is nervous and nippy, crate trained but not fully housebroken. The cats puzzle him (they hiss, swat, and don't run away), and the parrot unnerves him (he stares and barks at her as she ignores him). Jack acts just like a toddler in the throes of the "terrible twos" so he is keeping us hopping. He shows progress almost daily so he has a place here. He is learning fast "no bite" and "play nice" (with the other dogs). He could never replace sweet Petie, as he is very much his own self, but will make an excellent playmate for Dodger and "da boys" once he sorts things out.
  10. researched storm shelters for Georgia. down here on vacations we notice spring has many more and worse tornadoes than at home up north. the water tablr is high here so digging down is not practical. Best I' ve found so far is safesheds.com They are steel-reinforced concrete, with seamless steel interior, heavy duty screened vents, huge steel doors; with an attractive stucco exterior, painted in your choice of 90 colors to match your décor. 8x12 foot for around $6000 and they finance. I was impressed with the photos of their unit which protected occupant in a F4 tornado with nothing but cosmetic damage to the stucco from tornadic debris and scuffing on the door where a full size pickup truck was flung into it and was bent around the corner of it. The axle scuffed the door. The rest of the home & home business were obliterated. It impressed me; and the price includes delivery, anchoring with buried 4 ft deep concrete anchoring system (to keep it from sliding while things slam into it). I'm sold; when we set things up down south it will be the first shed I have put in. The 8x10 will hold us, our friends, and all our sundry critters.
  11. My research continues. I have been looking at gypsum as a soil amendment. Near as I can tell, it binds up some of the teensy slick clay particles to stick together and creates more air spaces in the formerly impermeable clay soil. You spread it on with a grass seed spreader, it goes right over existing vegetation, then you water it in. According to the studies I read, in three years use there should be a noticeable loosening up of the soil. Used with good compost it would appear to be my answer. So far, anyway. The best info on gardening in this general area so far has been courtesy of Southern Exposure Seed Co catalog, regarding cultivars and local disease issues...I'm wondering if the purchase of a metal tube bender for hoop house hoops would be a good investment for "winter" gardening (around $50 for the bender) since handling low hoops might be too awkward for me now. hmmmm. more research needed.....
  12. I love mullein - one of my favorite weeds. Leaves as tea are for lung issues; smoked for asthma, flowers in olive oil for ear ache...easy to identify and use. What's not to love?
  13. Hope he is all better now. Its very scary when someone you love is ill. Welcome him home with rejoicing!
  14. I don't understand why this year has been so terrible so far....It is bad enough we could not get a refinance mortgage on my house (I own it free and clear) to purchase a place down south; our friends (and our hosts down here in Ga) 30 yr old son had to have bypass surgery due to a heart attack; their 28 yr old daughter has major physical illnesses nobody seems able to diagnose; now one of our beloved fur-babies just died in my arms. Little Petey was hit by a car 1 1/2 weeks ago, was doing fine, then suddenly started having breathing trouble and died enroute to the vet hospital in my arms. I tried mouth to snout breathing, but no avail. I hate to bad mouth Southern doctors, but this is the 3rd time they have completely missed the boat....last winter they diagnosed a back vertebra injury in my back as hip bursitis, this year they diagnosed our friend's son as having pneumonia when he was actually having a heart attack, and now the vet completely messed up with Petie - diagnosing him as having a bad bruise and forgetting to remove his IV when they released him to us when he actually had a dislocated hip, torn ligaments and knee meniscus injury. I wonder if Petie would still be alive if they had not missed the boat and got it right the first time, and I'm becoming afraid of these docs down here. Tomorrow we mourn.