Checking In

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Not having my own internet access, I am rarely able to post.  At times I take my laptop to a location that has wifi, but I’m not really comfortable with exposing my computer to unsecured wifi.  Today, I am able to be on a secure network!  YAY!  Hence, this quick post.

The house continues to be a work in progress.  I began working on it May 1, 2012 and now it’s been a bit over a year.  We ended up gutting the interior and now I’m finally up to taping and floating all the new sheetrock.  As soon as we get the texture on and the kitchen in, I plan to move in!!  Another YAY!!!  We have been blessed by our church family by their provision of  a place to live for the past few years, and many of the men and ladies of the church have worked above and beyond the call of duty on my crazy house.  What a wonderful family! 

As I’m working on the house, I am also planting fruit trees and trying to get the property in order.  The very back of the yard is a jungle.  I can’t seem to keep it in line.  It doesn’t help that there is an abundance of poison ivy!  Finding out that I am now reactive to the crazy plant has been one maddeningly, itchy revelation!  The weed trimmer slings particles everywhere…mostly on my skin, it seems.  Actually, at first, I thought I had gotten into redbugs, or as some call them, chiggers.  So here I was, using the old treatment of painting nail polish on each spot.  Boy, that not a good idea!  Not having medical insurance, I mainly used anti itch cream and waited for it to go away.  I think I really need a Tyvek suit for working in the yard!  My best friend, my son and my ex-husband all got into it too, and they had severe reactions.  Luckily for them, they all had insurance and were able to get steroid shots and steroid blister packs. 

Well, I guess that’s all for now.  Hope you all are doing great!   Take care and may God bless you all.
Until next time.

Daughter of Texas

About My House

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The house is an old cottage style home on a quarter acre lot in a rural town. It has a well and is fenced in. The neighborhood is old with some newer homes that have been built in the last few years. It feels pretty safe and is well kept up! I really like the area.  Although, the mosquitos are BAD. I’m used to mosquitos, but these are a constant. I figure that I’ll have to put up some purple martin houses and maybe some bat houses too.
I got the house very cheaply because it has a lot of issues. The main being termite damage. I’m taking down all the sheet rock and most of the flooring to repair the damage to studs and floor joists. It’s hard work for me, but if I ever get it done, it will be a great little house.
It was a foreclosure home, and the person who owned it before thought they were hurting the bank by tearing the house up. Plumbing fixtures broken off into the walls, HVAC unit stripped, and general damage. Folks, don’t do this, please! It doesn’t really hurt the bank, it hurts the next owner. I don’t have the money to replace the AC, so we will be using the old standby, window units. The bathroom has no windows, so I’m trying to figure out how to cool it while taking showers. Any ideas? Also, no heat, so we will have those little heaters that look sort of like a radiator for our bedrooms. I’d love to have a small wood stove sometime in the future.
I had many promises of help with the house…don’t ever count on that! That’s my tip for the day. I started this the first of May and still have a lot of demolition work to do.  Many of my friends who are ladies have helped tremendously. A few teens have helped a couple of times, and two men from church have come out for a day. I am going to have to try to get some help from some kind of group that helps “needy” people. That gets under my skin a bit. I don’t have much choice though. Never planned to be in this position as an older middle-aged woman.

Well, enough griping…just having a low day.  Take care.

Daughter of Texas

Absence

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Life has been very crazy for this old girl for a while now.  I bought a house back at the first of the year and am still working to renovate it.  It’s a really old, very run down place, but I am working hard to bring it back to glory!  Hard to do on your own with no budget though!  Ha.  It will get done and my daughter and I will have a home finally!  Yay!

All this to say that I have been too busy, working and renovating to post anything.  I miss it, but can’t keep up with everything these days.  I do hope to get back to it when things settle down.  Hope you are all well.   Take care and keep on prepping!

A Proud Daughter of Texas

Some Help With Grocery Prices

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My sister-in-law ran across this on Life Hacker.  It’s a Month-by-Month Guide to grocery sales. She thought it might be of interest to folks.
January
National Oatmeal Month: Quaker Diet Foods: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs, Yogurt Super Bowl Sunday: Pepsi, Coke, Chips, Dips, Cheese, Sandwich Items, Crackers, Snacks, Wings Seasonal Produce: Oranges, Pears, Grapefruit, Tangerines, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Cabbage, Spinach Clearance: Christmas Decorations, Toys, Wrapping Papers, Winter Health: Cold Medicines and Vitamins
February
National Canned Food Month: Canned Fruit, Pie Fillings, Vegetables, Meats: Tuna, Chicken, Salmon National Hot Breakfast Month:  Malt O Meal, Oatmeal, Eggo Waffles, Syrup Valentines:  Chocolate, Hershey’s, KY Lubricant, etc Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Noodles, Canned Water Chestnuts Seasonal Produce:  Artichoke, Asparagus, Raspberries, Potatoes, Strawberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Spinach
March
Frozen Food Month: Ice Cream, Frozen Vegetables (Boxed, Bag, or Steam), Frozen Meals, Foster Farms Chicken, Waffles, Pizza Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Asparagus, Haas Avocado, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Spring Onions, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerine
April
Easter:  Ham, Eggs, Spices, Baking Supplies: Sugar, Spices, Baking Mixes, Chocolate Chips, Butter, Coconut, Marshmallows, Brownie Mix, Cake Mix Earth Day: Organic Foods, Energy Saver, Reusable Totes Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Grapefruit, Haas Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Rhubarb Clearance: After Easter sales
May
Memorial Day: BBQ Sauce, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips, Grilling Meats, Hot Dogs, Hamburger Meat, Marinade, Salad Greens Paper Products: Plates, Utensils, Insect Repellant, Sunscreen Cinco De Mayo: Salsa, tortillas Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Green, Beets, Blackberries, Carrots, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Peas, New Potatoes, Raspberries, Strawberries
June
National Dairy Month: Eggs, Milk, Ice Cream, Cheese, Cream Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, Whipping Cream, Whipped Cream, Cool Whip End of June is Fourth or July Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips Seasonal Produce: Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Honeydew, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Raspberries, Red Onions, Squash, Summer, Strawberries, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Tomatoes, Watermelon
July
National Ice Cream Month More 4th of July BBQ Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips End of July: Back to School Sales Begin: Crayons, Pencils, Folders, Binders Seasonal Produce: Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Beans, Green, Blueberries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Nectarines, Onions, Red, Valencia Oranges, Peaches, Sweet/Bell Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon
August
Back to School: Pudding cups, Lunch meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Lunchboxes Disinfectant:  Clorox, Purell Clearance:  Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, charcoal Seasonal Produce: Gravenstein Apple, Haas Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Berries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Onion, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Bell Pepper, Plums, Raspberries, Squash, Summer, Tomatillo, Tomato
September
Back to School Sales through Labor Day:  Crayons, Pencils, Folders, Binders Diabetes: Bayer Glucose Meters, Glucerna Cereal Seasonal Produce: Apples, Artichokes, Beans, Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Onion, Valencia Orange, Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Pomegranate, Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Winter Squash Baby Items: Major Baby Equipment, Baby Safety
October
Halloween: Candy, Fresh Pumpkin Beginning of the Baking Sales: Canned pumpkin, Evaporated Milk, Baking Chips Daylight Savings Time Ends Promotions: Alarm Clocks, Batteries, Safety Equipment, Smoke Detectors National Seafood Month Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Pedigree, Purina Seasonal Produce: Almonds, Apples, Artichokes, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Chard, Chestnuts, Cranberries, Lemons, Parsnip, Pears, Pomegranate, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Spinach, Squash, Winter, Turnips, Yams
November
Hot Cocoa, Coffee, Tea Baking Sales in Full Swing: Nuts, Chocolate Chips, Evaporated Milk, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Coconut, Cake Mixes Canned foods: Soup, Broth, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce Thanksgiving Items: Turkey, Canned Pumpkin, Stovetop Stuffing, Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jello, Marshmallows Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Celery, Comice Pears, Cranberries, Kiwi, Lemons, Orange, Potato, Squash, Yams Clearance: After Halloween Sales
December
Holiday Dinner: Egg Nog, Deli Platters, Instant Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jello, Marshmallows. Sour Cream Dips, Crackers, Chips, Soda, Ham Baking: Flour, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, Muffin Mix, Breads, Pie Crust, Marshmallow, Whipped cream Canned Foods: Soup, Broth, Condensed Milk, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Bok Choy, Bosc Pears, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Dates, Grapefruit, Haas Avocados, Kale, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lemon, Napa Cabbage, Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, Red Cabbage, Rutabaga, Savoy Cabbage, Spinach, Winter Squash, Yams, Turnips, White Potato Clearance: After Thanksgiving and After Christmas Sales
Thanks again to my Sister-in-law.
Take care everyone.
A Proud Daughter of Texas

Two Questions

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Sorry I’ve been so lax with posting lately.  Lots going on in multiple areas lately.  Anyway, here’s a question…

What is your favorite prepping tip?

Come on guys, give me some feed back.  If that one doesn’t interest you, then another question…

What is the prepping item that you really, really want but can’t afford?

Let’s see what all we come up with.

Dehydrating and a solar generator are my two answers.

Thanks guys!

A Proud Daughter of Texas

 

Warning for Parents with Young Children

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For christmas one year, my parents gave my children  a TV with a built in VCR.  It was a great gift and they loved it, although it didn’t last but about a month before a tape got hung up in the VCR.  So we took it back to the store and on a whim decided to trade it for a Nintendo 64 game console and a couple of games.  We thought it would be a fun thing for the kids and I wanted to play too. I look back at this move as one of the worst things I have ever done to my son.

Most people can handle playing video games.  They spend an hour or so playing and get up and move to another activity, but there are those in our society, in increasing numbers, who become addicted to the activity of gaming.  Along the same lines of gambling, alcohol and drugs, to be honest.  My son is one of these people.  His life has been  consumed and ruled by nothing but gaming, sleeping and eating for almost a year now.  Before that, school was the major distraction from his gaming.  He has been allowed to carry on in this behavior since about kindergarten, and now, after pretty much hitting bottom, he  has finally come to the realization that he is ruining his life.  I just hope and pray that he will give it his all to beat this problem.  For the last year and a few months, he has been living with my ex husband who has allowed this to go on…to be honest, it’s pretty hard to know how to deal with someone like this, so I don’t know how much better I would have done myself.  Before we divorced this was a problem that we dealt with constantly.   Now, he is going to move in with his grandparents, who have great hopes of helping him to make some great changes in his life, like getting his driver’s license, getting a job and going on to college.

I don’t tell you all of this to gossip about my beloved boy.  I just want to put a big WARNING out for those of you who have young children…PLEASE don’t let them play video games!!!  I know, everyone thinks that their child will never have these problems.  Well, I never thought it would happen to us.  To be honest, I never knew this problem existed until I started to live it.  The stress of gaming and losing games started to change my son’s personality at a young age.  I noticed it pretty quickly, but didn’t have enough snap to take the system away.  The anger and tantrums should have told us to toss that piece of technology into the nearest trash bin, but we didn’t.  I did try to limit the amount of time he played … thus the tantrums.  Oh the mistakes I look back upon.  I kick myself over and over.

You can do some easy research on this subject and see that it is a massive problem in today’s society.  It breaks my heart to look at others making the same mistakes and I have tried to warn them, but again, they usually think that their family is immune.  I pray that they are…otherwise they are in for a huge amount of heartache.

Please, please consider this as a plea to save your children.  Thank you and take care.

 

A Proud Daughter of Texas

Guest Post by A Fellow Prepper

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 GUEST POST BY MY SISTER-IN-LAW…A WISE WOMAN!
I was recently talking to Ted, a 73-year-old friend who explained how he survived the great depression.  As a boy, he lived in a house on 3-4 acres; his family had a garden and some animals, and his mom canned food.  He explained the great depression this way – “we were poor before the depression and we were poor during the depression.  Life was the same.”   As the U.S. continues to spend trillions of dollars we don’t have, it is almost certain we will experience another great depression in our lifetime.  Let’s hope it’s that simple.  We all know someone who has lived through the great depression and we know how to prepare.  Should the country experience an economic collapse, that’s when we will be in uncharted territory.
Over the past couple of years, my family has been stocking up on household goods and food in our basement-turned-pantry.  Some things we have stored in big plastic bins and forgotten until recently.  As we have reassessed what is down there, I have found that the canned goods are the most easily stored.  I ran across an article that suggesting using a soda can holder for canned goods.  I have 5 and plan to get more.  I purchased them from Wal-Mart and they have been a great addition to our pantry.  They are stackable and a great way to add new cans to the top and pull the older cans from the bottom.  I plan to buy another 10 to 15.
The boxed and packaged goods are another story.  They have a shorter shelf life and I haven’t found a good way to keep a constant rotation going.  We also discovered a package of trail mix with a hole in the side.  Seems the mice love our packaged goods as well.  We have big plastic bins we use to store goods, but these bins are not airtight and the food tends to be forgotten.  If you’ve found a good way to store and rotate packaged goods, please let me know.
Some of our habits have changed over the last several years.  In addition to stocking up on food, we started a garden.  I also spend a lot less time going to the big chain grocery stores and more time visiting the local butcher.  Our butcher had to double his space from last year and he is still having trouble keeping up with demand.
Reuters recently printed a relatively positive article about preppers.   If the media is writing non-mocking articles about people who prepare, then the trend is becoming mainstream.  Those who don’t prep, well, frankly, I believe they’re the crazy ones.  And all the people out there mocking the preppers (whether civilian clothed or in uniform), don’t come knocking on my door in an economic crisis.  And don’t call me un-Christian.  Noah didn’t have any room on the Ark for mockers either.
As the economy stagnates and small companies close or go bankrupt, some new business are thriving.  Farmers markets selling locally grown produce and butcher shops with grass-fed, hormone free meats, eggs and milk are doing well.  Farmland purchases are on the rise, people are saving more money and homebuyers are skipping the McMansions and opting for smaller homes with more land.  The old way of doing things has become the new way again.  I’m glad to be a part of the growing trend that values traditions, the Bible, self-reliance and smaller government.  What’s wrong with honoring our mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers or our Founding Fathers for that matter?   Some may want us to forget where we came from.   I say we embrace our history before we become it.
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Thanks, Sister.  To the rest of you, I hope you enjoyed hearing from another prepper.  We all have our unique stories and it’s good to hear the accomplishments and even problems others have.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
A Proud Daughter of Texas