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Old 06-08-2012, 10:49 PM   #111
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Re: the antibiotics, no prescription...bought them online from medsmex.com, a mexican pharmacy that will ship non-controlled-substance prescriptions from mexico to the us for a decent price. I paid like $3.50 per course of ampicillin!

Re: the dryer lint and needles, I think regular pine needles would work, but the thicker the better! Ours are from a fraser fir and they are REALLY combustible!

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Old 06-09-2012, 09:30 AM   #112
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Re: the antibiotics, no prescription...bought them online from medsmex.com, a mexican pharmacy that will ship non-controlled-substance prescriptions from mexico to the us for a decent price. I paid like $3.50 per course of ampicillin!

Re: the dryer lint and needles, I think regular pine needles would work, but the thicker the better! Ours are from a fraser fir and they are REALLY combustible!

good to know! Thank you
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:11 AM   #113
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I put dryer lint inside egg cartons and cover them in wax..like little eggs works wonderfully
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #114
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I was just wondering if I was the only weirdo woman into disaster preparedness??? I figure homesteading is about being self reliant, and kinda goes in hand with being prepared for whatever may happen. I have been trying lately to built my emergency stock of items, and am dedicating $20/payday to stockpile certain foods. I have 2 small 6'x10' garden plots in my backyard which isnt much but I am trying to learn to successfully garden. Its super hot here and I'm still learning what to plant when, hopefully I get to a point where I can not buy certain things at the grocery store anymore. I can jams/jellies, tomatoes, and pickle certain veggies, make cold process soap. I have a slingshot with metal balls, a longbow (hubby got me last Christmas) and for now just target practicing in hopes of one day hunting. I try to make things from scratch and use only basic & multipurpose things around the house so I can stockpile only those items (baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, etc). We live in a subdivision so cant have livestock but I would love to have a few chickens, ducks, and maybe a goat or 2 for milk. And a mini fruit orchard! Hubby isnt on board with this, he doesnt complain much but he doesnt understand my need to be prepared. He feels having a big saving account is being prepared. I feel when crap hits the fan, that money is gonna be good for wiping butts But even for small things like power failures, or say the stove dies on us, I want to know I can take care of my family without those things.

So am I the only one that has clothes hanging in the top half of her closet and cases of dehydrated/freeze dried food in the bottom???
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:33 PM   #115
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So am I the only one that has clothes hanging in the top half of her closet and cases of dehydrated/freeze dried food in the bottom???
Ummm....noooo.... I flat out cleared our closet out and put our clothes in drawers, then turned our master closet into our stockroom!!!
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:01 PM   #116
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Hi ladies! I have been out of the loop so sorry! Hubbies schedule is CRAZY, kids home for summer vacation, and I am personally trying to get myself back in shape and eating healthy so I can lose this baby weight...enuf said

So I kinda have to figure out my bug out bag a bit better. I have winter clothes in it, and while I dont mind jeans for year round wear, I am looking for an alternative for tops. Right now I have 2 longsleeve wicking material (polyester?) shirt which I have read are better for survival type situations. They both insulate and evaporate which is pretty cool. I would like shortsleeve shirts like this as well so keeping an eye out for that. I also bought my cookware, nesting stainless steel pots w/lid, big enough to cook for all of us but small enough to carry. I still have room for stuff, and I think I will use it to store freeze dried meals. While I have plenty in closet, I dont have anything meal-wise to put in bag. Those are the only 2 things working my nerve right now lol.

My 1 month pantry stockpile is falling to the wayside big time. I could go about 2 weeks without going to store, honestly I could probably go a month, but some things are low like pasta. I can make pasta by hand and have the rolling machine to cut it so wouldnt be an issue. I think I have unconciously decided to stockpile ramen noodles lol. We dont eat them often but they are so darn versatile, and easy to carry/cook.

Garden was doing pretty great til that tropical storm just about killed everything. I was averaging 1lb+ green beans a week, had radishes, corn, peas too. Right now I am down to cucumbers and the tomato & pepper plants are growing well. A big improvement from my garden last year thats for sure.

Dunno, I feel like I'm going in too many directions. My 5 mth old is teething and grupmy most of the time, on top of what I mentioned in beginning of post, sons bday party coming up, my bday next month, always something! And I like to christmas shop early...its all piling on too high for me. I'm happy that I'm more prepared than anyone else I know IRL, but I'm not where I want to be. Ok this is turning into a minivent lol. Keep up the good work, it motivates me to hear what everyone else is accomplishing.
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I'm running an experiment with the clay soil from my garden. I looked up how to screen it etc to make into clay that you can make pottery with. Mostly because I find spending money on things I can get for free with a little hard work pointless, but also because I need planters unique in shape and size, we're turning some shelves in the basement into an indoor grow area with grow lights, and I need them for that.

So I scooped up some soil put it in a bucket and fille dit with water, stired it with a big stick and broke up clumps by hand untill it was a thin sludge, screened out all the gras, twigs etc and let it sit for a couple hours to let any sand settle to the bottom and re-screened it. Then I let it sit overnight for the clay to settle and then dumped out as much of the mostly clear water on top. Next I put it into an old pillow case to leech out some more of the water, but it was raining, still did an ok job.

Today I put a large sement block on it to help squeeze out some more of the water. Tomorrow I'll form it into a brick and let it dry a little more before testing it again for plasticity. I'm pretty sure it will be fine. My inital roll of the soil BEFORE screening had it pliable enough to be passible. I got some sand out of it so it should be good to go. IN a couple days I'll make the planters and let them dry for a couple weeks inside and then in the sun. Next bonfire we have I'll fire them in the pit. If all goes well I'll sift out a lot more clay this fall and make earthen ware thru the winter and fire it in the spring, hopefully replace all the cracking platic ware DH buys since it's 'cheap'
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:09 PM   #118
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Oh and two fairly expensive things that are weighing on my mind that I'd REALY like to get before winter are a hand punp for our well. I need to see if we need a deep water one or a regular one. The other is a generator. I'd rather have woodstoves, but there is no way to put in a chimeny yet. This house design is a little complicated and to be safe we'd need a contractor to do it, so not this year. Nest summer though we are hoping to take out our propane fireplace and replace it with a wood fireplace. I'd like to take out the coat closet and put in a chimeny that goes thru the 2nd floor of the house too (it'd go thru the playroom, the centeral room upstairs) and put in a wood cookstove on the main floor and a regular wood stove upstairs in the playroom (probably a trailer approved since they do not get hot to the touch as well as a saftey fence).

Getting a pressure canner this week and have #25 lbs of organic black beans to can. Next year I will plant some of them (Grew marafax beans like crazy at my mom's last year, she planted half a feild of them this year hoping to sell some since they go for nearly $8/lb around here, I'll trade her fruit as it looks like I'm going to have berries galore for the beans).

Next crazy project, teaching myself how to weave a basket... Gotta love youtube! My friend learned to knit watching youtube videos and she taught me, so I figure I can learn to basket weave via youtube.
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Can I bump this thread up cause it has a ton of good info
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