Thursday, October 01, 2015

The tale of three

Three grandchildren
as different as the night and day and other day

Two started speaking before they were born
not really
but it seems like it

The third prefers not to say a word
except "Hello"
How many ways can one child say hello?
We are destined to find out.

All three bright as the sun.
Two climbers
Two talkers
Two will include you in on anything
Two singers
Two dancers
One amazing puzzle master
All different attributes
but so much the same.

Have you learned how to can?

The present for my birthday this year
is a pressure cooker.

Although my birthday was last week
my research for the perfect cooker has just begun.

Living so close to a farm store
next year my intension is to can everything as it becomes ripe.
My prepping continues!

Pressure cookers, like everything else in the US, has lots of options.
Choice one

wowza! Do you think I am ready for this thing?
Bells and whistles galore.
Choice two:
Lots less expensive
Lots more guessing
Those who know me will never try anything I can in this one.

Really this is what is desired
Of course this pressure cooker is not made for canning
Why? Oh Why?
It would be SO much easier!

Off to research!

Closing a house

A good friend's husband worked at a plant that laid off 90% of their workers
and so
I went to a her state
and began to help her close her house.

As an Army family
we learned to let go and just move.
This week marked a time in which I am beginning to understand
what a stressful thing it is to move.

What a week it was:
Facebook discussion with an African American
who informed me that he couldn't be racist
against Ben Carson because
he was black.

Blood moon viewing with my grandson
after birthday cake celebrating our birthdays.

News of the lay off and invitation to help pack

Planned Parenthood off the rails
baffling people with their bull sh=t

Listening to the news about the Russians and Syria

Hearing about another school shooting
but wondering how many African American kids
were killed in the last month, but nobody cares.

Gosh, Depressed?
No time, got to get ready for a hurricane.

Really, all is well. Looking forward to a quiet week of retirement

Friday, September 18, 2015

The tales of a closet prepper!

We moved to Delaware before we found out that we are in the direct blast zone for DC.
Not only that, but I had no idea that this area is filled with nuclear plants
(No wonder why no one in this area cares if coal is stopped.)
We live on the "other side" of a five mile bridge to my kids.

Prepping has started.
One could say that they are simply getting ready for a natural disaster.
Growing up practice to duck and cover did change me from a
niave little girl to a long time "look after yourself" person.
Even if it turns out to be for a natural disaster,
my house will be ready!

Here is the latest and greatest
within my budget, of course:
This is called a family life straw. 
It filters water in remote areas of Africa to better standards then most US cities.
You can buy a personal sized one
but it has a limited life.

This stuff is a bit pricy, but ultimately cool.
It does what it says it does
puts anything back together

Not like I am going to run away from my house....
This will be kept in my car from now on
( along with my small leatherman and my seat belt cutter).

When we lived in Germany we were required to carry a good first aide kit.
That kit has disappeared over the years 
(or maybe it migrated to my husband's truck).
A good first aide kit lives in my car once again.

After we were "iced" into our house for ten days in Kansas
we learned to have plenty of easy food on hand
and a way to cook it. 
Plenty of fire wood, a cast iron pot and some great eats
will keep us happy.
Hope we don't end up forging!

The best part of prepping is to hope that you will never have to use your supplies.
Canned chicken anyone?

For many more great ideas on how to be prepared
This guy has wonderful links!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Off to the races

Most of our stocks have been sold
Canning is almost done for the season
CSA has been purchased for the fall

YMCA has been joined for the winter
I am ready for the grands
And we are ready for fall!
Wonder how many bags of leaves we will have in about five weeks!
Best of all---- I have already started shopping for Christmas

Friday, September 04, 2015

Sleep can be very illusive

It is three am
My husband and dogs are fully asleep
He will be up in three short hours
and I will be soooo tired.

Anyone have some great tips on how to sleep through the night?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A week of sweet treats

The boys were here last week.
And one of my closest friends in the world.
And my daughter
and her daughter.
It was a full house.

Guess what?
It was a blast!
We went to the Farmer's Store,
Observed buggies of all sorts,
took walks and observed stars,
Went to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge beach
Went to Rehoboth Beach,
and went to Bethany Beach!

My grandson learned how to play poker.
We played Trouble and
Ticket to Ride.

We got to Church thirty minutes late
which still gave my youngest grandson
the opportunity to say "hello" to everyone
in the area.

And we laughed and played and chased and napped.

Such fun!

And! my stocks were fine in the end.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

That hurt! Stocks on the move!

Half of my retirement money is in the market.

My husband got out entirely on Monday.
Shoulda, woulda, coulda.

 took a huge hit today
because someone decided that cable tv was going to disappear soon.
Somehow they missed the part about Star Wars coming out in December.
But that is a whole other story.

Most of my investments are stable companies
They all went negative.
Still ahead, my thought is to go ahead and get out.
The last drop was like this-
drip, drip, splat!
I will have to sleep on it.

There was this huge "patting on the back" procession
in the last two years
that things are back to normal.

I guess they are not!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When you are in doubt that the world is going OK

You need to look around

I have had more babies in my life in the last two years then in the last twenty.
A new child really says
The world is full of wonder to share!

What does a little person think is important?

I handed my two year old grand the camera.
First she took pictures
and then asked me to take a picture.

She sums up life-
doesn't she?

 Daddy and Mommy
 Best friend
 Shoes are amazingly important to a little. "Doggies don't wear shoes!"

Riding and picking flowers!