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WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THIS WEEK TO PREPARE? PART 43

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Wow... 1000 replies to part 42. :o I had tried to keep them at fewer replies in the past because the old program had trouble with hundreds of replies. But I let this one go on.

 

I'm gonna go ahead and start PART 43. :)

 

Link to Part 42... http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=37936&st=0

 

 

Let's see... what have *I* done lately? :blush: I've been sorting, throwing away, recycling, organizing things. It's a huge job... two kids are out of the house and I still have MUCH TOO MUCH of their things in MY house.

 

After seeing the stress and troubles involved in the aftermath of Mom's death, I am determined not to repeat that for my family. That, too, is a sort of preparing. No sense in having the preps if nobody can find them when they're needed.

 

And a while back I put some water bottles & a wind-up lantern in bigDD's house basement "just in case". :D

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I canned another 7qts of goat milk today. Each qt will feed one buckling for a day. The more I can, the longer the bucklings can grow and the more meat I'll get.

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CGA - What does goat meat taste like? We used to have goats, some nubians and boers, but we never ate them. I have always been curious about that. Those little bucklings would get so annoying at times I would've butchered them myself!

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Nicole, I think it tastes a bit like venison only not as strong. The younger you butcher, the milder the taste. I don't like a grown, intact buck, but a wether or doe tastes good.

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Put up another 14 qts of milk. Have some meat thawing to pressure can in the morning before we go to town. Going to visit the eye doc and get some new glasses.

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Thanks CGA! I have been thinking about getting goats again in the next couple years. I have to get the fencing up to par first though :-/

 

Last night DH and I cleared out the blackberries (thornless thankfully!) and now were ready to build a new trellis for them to climb. The wires we had set up for them were fine when they were tiny, but they've outgrown them now! We've got to get some posts and some hog panels for that. I am hoping to find some second-hand on craigslist so we don't have to spend so much on them at the farm store.

 

Also, DH picked up a couple flats of canned veggies while he was in town. We're hoping to get our cabinets organized better this week too. The way they're set up in this trailer is pretty annoying. Half of your cabinet space is inaccessible because it goes beyond where the cabinet doors are. I don't know if that makes any sense or not... lol

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Half of your cabinet space is inaccessible because it goes beyond where the cabinet doors are. I don't know if that makes any sense or not... lol

 

Yup, makes sense to me. ;)

 

Some people get a cheap "lazy susan" to spin in there. Or something to set things on so they can pull them over, but then you have to move other stuff out of the way first. :(

 

(a few lazy susans)

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=3744181

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I have that issue in a few of my kitchen cabinets... I think that a lazy susan will be one of my next purchases.

 

I stocked up on a few groceries over the weekend. I bought 6 lbs of butter, 6 boxes of cereal, 10 packs of turkey bacon, a few snacks to keep on hand for the grandkids (they wiped me out again!), an extra bag of sugar to try to hold us until the November baking sales start. My sugar supply is a little lower than it should be. I will rectify that then.

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We're hoping to get our cabinets organized better this week too. The way they're set up in this trailer is pretty annoying. Half of your cabinet space is inaccessible because it goes beyond where the cabinet doors are. I don't know if that makes any sense or not... lol

 

I have a cabinet like that too. It's a corner one that goes back beyond the cabinet it abuts up to. Anything in there is soon forgotten because I can't see it. I have to climb up on the counter top to reach anything back in there.

 

A lazy Susan probably wouldn't help me much. I'd still have to climb up on the counter top because of the stuff in the front part. Being 5 foot 2 1/2 dosen't help either.

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Half of your cabinet space is inaccessible because it goes beyond where the cabinet doors are. I don't know if that makes any sense or not... lol

 

Yup, makes sense to me. ;)

 

Some people get a cheap "lazy susan" to spin in there. Or something to set things on so they can pull them over, but then you have to move other stuff out of the way first. :(

 

(a few lazy susans)

http://www.amazon.co...F8&node=3744181

 

 

I understand too. In mine, I just put things that are seldom used (Holiday, seasonal) back there. It will be like Christmas when we move into the house!LOL

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CGA - What does goat meat taste like? We used to have goats, some nubians and boers, but we never ate them. I have always been curious about that. Those little bucklings would get so annoying at times I would've butchered them myself!

Can I jump in here too? :grinning-smiley-044: To me, adult goat meat tastes a lot like lamb. If you're curious, most Asian grocery stores sell it. That's where we get ours.

 

Speaking of the Asian grocery stores, we got a ton of beef bones there so I can can stock next week. I asked about getting bones at my regular supermarket and they blew me off. The butcher around the corner sells his extras at an astronomical price.

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I'm glad I actually made sense! Seems like it is a common problem. All of our cabinets except the ones with dishes in them are like that. I think we are going to try to keep appliances back there that we don't use very often. Frustrating though because there is soo much space back there and I only have a couple things that I don't use very often. Sometimes I do put cases of extra canned goods in there, but I keep the majority of that stuff in my parent's basement. (They're next door)

 

Jeepers - I am 5' 9" and I still have to climb on the countertop to get to the stuff back there!

 

Leanna - I might have to check out some of the stores next time I am in town. I am always up to trying new things :)

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If your cupboard has a blank wall that is accessible from any side, you can cut it open and put a new door there.

 

I canned 1 qt pork broth, 1 qt duck and 5 qts chicken today before my friend took me to town to stock up. Got new glasses ordered and the eye doc added a prism to them to help with my double vision. She also filled out the Library for the Blind application so I can get talking books again.

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Half of your cabinet space is inaccessible because it goes beyond where the cabinet doors are. I don't know if that makes any sense or not... lol

 

Yup, makes sense to me. ;)

 

Some people get a cheap "lazy susan" to spin in there. Or something to set things on so they can pull them over, but then you have to move other stuff out of the way first. :(

 

(a few lazy susans)

http://www.amazon.co...F8&node=3744181

 

 

I understand too. In mine, I just put things that are seldom used (Holiday, seasonal) back there. It will be like Christmas when we move into the house!LOL

 

Sounds like my cupboards.

 

I've been going through and analyzing my supplies. With close to $100 a month for food and gas, what we have is filling in the gaps for what we need to get.

 

Today, I saved the seeds from raw long green chili peppers, to plant in January.

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Great CGA, that you got a ride into town and multiple things done! My friend changed to prism glasses and ...you be careful as you get used to those things! It takes a week or two but after that period of training her brain, she did find they helped a lot. B)

 

And a note for anyone else with eyesight or other physical difficulty in reading regular books..... The national library for Books on Tape [aka Talking Books] is GREAT!!!! I've used them for years. Not just for vision-impairment anymore. For me, I can't hold hard cover books in the weak grip of my hands. Sooooo wonderful when I'm so fatigued and must rest ....and to have someone read me a story! :cloud9: All FREEE! Ask at your local library. Books you chose, mailed right to your door. Now in digital format instead of cassette tapes in CO.

 

 

I'm trying to get the beets/turnips taken care of. I might turn them into dehydrated chips? Easiest for me tho I dearly love pickled beets. :wub:

 

 

MtRider [eatin' my root crops, finally! :yum3: ]

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I don't have a visual impairment, but recently I subscribed to Audible.com because they had a 2 free download deal going on. I wasn't sure how I'd like it but I really love it! Since I work 3rds and normally listen to my mp3 player for 8 hrs a night I figured I'd do something productive and listen to books instead. It's nice because I can "read" books that I normally don't have time to sit and read. So far I've listened to a couple political books about our country's (and the world's) travel down the road to socialism... , one is "The Road to Serfdom" by Frederick Von Hayek. Very grim. But educational and important to be informed about.

 

OK, sorry I got off topic! Back to your regularly scheduled programming... :)

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Nope, it's completely on topic! Education about our world/national situation and many other topics is important prepping!!!! Glad you have the opportunity.

 

MtRider

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Today I canned 1 qt pork broth, 2 qts chili (that was in the freezer), 4 qts chicken, 14 qts 3 bean with squash and carrot stew. I also put a coat of paint on the new canning jar shelves in the hall.

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21 qts of stew (chicken, turkey, onion, navy beans, green beans, squash, carrots, dried apples, tomato puree, and honey mustard)

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I had a $$$ off coupon for Ace Hardware. They have an umbrella style clothes line that I finally bought today. It's big enough to get the job done but small enough to put up in the house or shed if needed. I'm not anchoring it in the ground but using an old table umbrella stand to hold it up. That way I can move it around the yard. With the cost of electricity climbing I think I'll be hanging out my clothes more often.

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I got my permanent crowns on my dental implants today. Supposed to last at least 25 years ! I do not want to worry with the old bridgework breaking, especially in a time of crisis and no way to get it repaired. So, I invested in this and I feel it a wise decision.

 

If I wasn't so chicken I would have eye lasix done on my eyes, too. The thought of them cutting my eyes is scary and seems creepy !

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On the blind cabinets,I have 4 of them-what a weird way to design a kitchen! I've tried several things and the best for me has been to measure the width and length and buy plastic baskets that will fit-a basket will hold a lot of things-then all you have to do is pull them out to access whats in them.

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I didn't realize so many of us had that sort of cabinet or what they were called. Good idea about the baskets.

 

 

Violet, I had the eye surgery done about a month after it was legal in the US. I was the second patient my opthalmoligist did the procedure on. Brave...naw. Nuts...probably. I loved the results! The procedure is even better today. Now they don't cut, they laser. No pain. The worse part was getting the eyedrops and sitting still. The effects last for about 10-15 years. My eyes were very nearsighted. It corrects your eyesight however, as you age your eyesight will continue to get worse again just as they would naturally. So, I've been back in glasses after about 12 years. I do plan to have mine done again this winter when outside chores settle down. There was a couple of weeks of focus issues but it was temporary. The eyedrops really do numb your eye and you don't feel a thing except for the doctor messing around with your head.

 

My eyes were something like 400/20. They went to 10/20. One of my fears was breaking my glasses in a crises situation. I also would fall asleep with them on and wake up with them bent out of shape. And of course fogged up in the winter.

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Had a Sunday School party at a miniature golf place that has an ice cream shop. I saw all those wonderful 2.5 gallon buckets with yummy ice cream stored in them. I asked the couple who run the shop what they do with the used plastic buckets and lids. :whistling:

 

We came home late last night with buckets and lids strapped to our motorcycles. Was quite a site! :laughkick:

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Bought half a dozen more plastic totes. Now I'm emptying some boxes and soaking the broken down boxes in water from the pond to put in a compost pile. I have a bunch of empty paper feed sacks to soak and compost too, so I'll be working on that to help get the place cleaned up. Trying to sell it.

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