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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:55 PM

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.c...opic=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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Posted 01 October 2011 - 07:13 PM

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.
"Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." Ps 57:1


"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. " Eph 5:15,16


"Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard" 2 Kings 19:6
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 02:19 PM

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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Posted 02 October 2011 - 03:36 PM

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.
"Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." Ps 57:1


"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. " Eph 5:15,16


"Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard" 2 Kings 19:6
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:27 PM

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.
"Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." Ps 57:1


"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. " Eph 5:15,16


"Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard" 2 Kings 19:6
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Posted 03 October 2011 - 07:58 AM

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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Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends. And whoever has control of the means must also determine which ends are to be served, which values are to be rated higher and which lower, in short, what men should believe and strive for. - Friedrich von Hayek

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:58 AM

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

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:19 AM

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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Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:59 AM

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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Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:33 PM


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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Job 13:15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him...

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:56 PM

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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Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:27 PM

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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Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends. And whoever has control of the means must also determine which ends are to be served, which values are to be rated higher and which lower, in short, what men should believe and strive for. - Friedrich von Hayek

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 05:17 PM

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.
"Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." Ps 57:1


"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. " Eph 5:15,16


"Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard" 2 Kings 19:6
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Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:40 PM



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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Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:40 PM

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:


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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:51 AM

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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The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. - Thomas Jefferson

Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends. And whoever has control of the means must also determine which ends are to be served, which values are to be rated higher and which lower, in short, what men should believe and strive for. - Friedrich von Hayek

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 10:38 AM

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

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:22 PM

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.
"Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." Ps 57:1


"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. " Eph 5:15,16


"Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard" 2 Kings 19:6
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Posted 05 October 2011 - 11:53 AM

21 qts of stew (chicken, turkey, onion, navy beans, green beans, squash, carrots, dried apples, tomato puree, and honey mustard)
"Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." Ps 57:1


"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. " Eph 5:15,16


"Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard" 2 Kings 19:6
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Posted 05 October 2011 - 01:33 PM

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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