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So somehow, sonetime, I managed to subscribe to a preppers site on Facebook. It’s got some interesting things that come across my feed as a result.

For some of it, I just roll my eyes and scroll past. Like the composting toilet, which is illegal in many areas anyway.

Sometimes it posts things that are interesting, like a link to an article about getting rid of spiders naturally.  http://www.homeandgardeningideas.com/13-natural-ways-to-rid-your-house-of-spiders/ The problem I see is that some of these things will be difficult to find if something does happen.

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If you don’t like the heat

Get out of the kitchen.

But what happens when it’s 100+ outside and you’re trying to work in a house without ac?

I think I ended up making myself sick a week ago. I spent the week drinking extra water, and I’m still not feeling 100%. Then again, I haven’t been feeling 100% in a long time. I gained weight and I eat too much processed food at the grandparents house. I need to do better about eating veggies in the morning. I think I need to change a bit about what I’m eating at work.

I guess I just need to change things a little at a time until I get to feeling better.

To start with, I’m watching what I eat and adding a green smoothie every morning.

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Not my circus

I keep seeing a picture going around Facebook that says ‘When someone tries to pull you into their drama, remind yourself not my circus, not my monkeys.’

I always laugh at that, and try to remember when the drama happens at home. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the place to live, but sometimes I feel like I’m going to have a hole in my tongue with how hard I have to bite it around my sister in law.

There’s so much controversy on Facebook since the supreme court made their ruling. Here’s the thing, Christians are saying homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible. Ok, but how does gay marriage and marriage equality affect straight people? I don’t mean the baloney (autocorrect doesn’t like the spelling of balogna lol) about how it makes straight marriage mean less.

The Bible is against sex outside of marriage, but they’re not outlawing that, and that’s one of the 10 commandments! The Bible is against divorce, but that’s still legal. Yet, unlike divorce, gay marriage is supposedly an attack on the ‘sanctity of marriage.’ How are the other 2 not an attack on it? What does it matter what someone else does? You don’t have to agree just because you don’t prevent.

The Bible speaks of love. Why not love and let people answer for their own actions? We are called to look at our own sin first. Jesus did say to go to your brother about his sin, but He also said to let the one without sin should cast the first stone.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I know I’m not without sin, and I know for sure the Bible says we’re not blameless, no, not one.

This post has been more religious than my normal, but that’s because it’s the ones quoting the Bible that are the most vocal right now.

If you don’t agree with how someone lives their life, pray for them, be an example of God’s love. Don’t lecture them and drive them further away.

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Latency issuers and vaporware

Or lag, lol

I’m trying to get my mind off how long it’s taking to come up with the money for the electrical work that needs to be done at the house. I’ve been spending so much money on sheet rock and appliances, I haven’t saved anything. I can’t get too mad, my back window has been replaced, and I paid $100 for a water heater and $200 for a fridge. So I’ve been listening to podcasts from HowStuffWorks.com.

I started out listening to one called ‘Stuff You Missed in History Class’ then started looking at the other podcasts they have on the app I downloaded. My new favorite is either ‘Tech Stuff’ or ‘Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know.’

It’s all so fascinating.  I told my son that I found my new dream job. I was joking, but I’d love to do the research for some of these articles. 

Anyway, not a lot more to add. We are waterlogged but we haven’t floated away yet. We did go from a severe drought to abnormally dry in one week. Life isn’t bad, but home life is stressful with living with family for more than 3 years. The light is still there at the end of the tunnel, it’s just sometimes hard to see it. I sometimes wonder if it’s juat a hyperactive child with a glow stick though :)

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There’s no place like home

All the work we’ve done on the house over the last few years, and it’s getting close to being done.  It’s not done though, and I’ve got what seems like a lot to do to get it finished.

The framing is now done and inspected.

The electric is now roughed in and inspected.  We still need what they call the ‘top out’ where they put in the outlets and switches.

The plumbing is now roughed in and inspected. We still need the ‘top out’ where they put in the fixtures.

The insulation is now in on the walls and inspected.  It’s not on the ceiling yet.

We’ve done a lot of work with drywall, at least 4 weeks’ worth, and I need to buy more to finish the bathroom.  We have both bedrooms, the office, the living area and the kitchen done.  They started on the back room last Sunday.

With it being so close to being done, I’m tempted to move in once we finish the drywall in the bathroom.  We’ll have to put in a shower head and get the water turned on  We’ll have to get fixtures in the kitchen sink.  We’ll need to get a new stove if our current one doesn’t work.  We’ll need a hot water heater.

All this stuff is going through my mind.  Then I wonder why I can’t relax enough to sleep at night.  I bought some tea that’s supposed to help me relax and turn off my brain.  Of course, I keep forgetting to make any to drink. Tonight I’m hoping that blogging will help.  Things are too crazy where we are.

Once we get in the house, we can keep working on it.  We can do a little at a time until we’re done.  We’ll need to get doors and more insulation and all sorts of stuff that I don’t want to think about.  We need to put in a loft for the bedroom for my hubby and I.

I’m more discouraged than anything right now because we did have a stove and refrigerator.  I don’t think the stove will work because it’s been getting hit with the weather because my garage had a hole in the wall that I didn’t know about until about 6 weeks ago.  The fridge didn’t work once we got it plugged in.  The compressor stopped, though it worked when we bought it.

I just need to focus on the good parts and remember we’re closer than we have been at any time in the past.

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Awww, man

I had a long conversation with someone at the place where I buy my local honey.  Apparently, the drought in OK is part of why there’s no possibility of local maple syrup.  You’d have to go through way too much water to be able to get enough sap to make syrup.  I haven’t done enough research to verify whether this is true, BUT the trees need to be at least 12″ across, and that will take years.  I will buy a couple of maple trees, but it’ll take awhile to for them to get big enough for me to tap.

I’ve been trying to find the least expensive way for me to get my fix in the meantime.  Though the syrup wasn’t a bad price at this place, it’s a grade B – which is for cooking – instead of the grade A that you’d use on pancakes.  Which means I could make a maple syrup pie, but I’d rather have it on pancakes.

I’m planning on a trip back to VT in September for a wedding, so I’m looking at prices in that area.  I can pick up a gallon (and ignore my hubby’s teasing on how much I spend on it), so we can have a fix while I’m figuring out what else to do.  A gallon bought in VT will be much cheaper than buying from this place that only has grade B.

On the other hand, they have local honey, which is yummy.  They have loose leaf teas and they carry other things that I’ll continue to buy.  I’d rather buy local, or buy from companies that are being careful of what they sell to me.  It’s time for us to eat healthier and more naturally.  Which will dovetail into the garden I want to grow, so yay.

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Taste of Home

There’s a local cooperative that sells meat, vegetables and a bunch of other products from around here.  Everything is organic, and local.  They have a school bus that’s been repurposed and redesigned inside to have shelves and freezers.

Since my allergies are so bad here in OK, I try to buy honey from them.  I like honey in my tea, but I also found that 1 tsp. of honey a day helps make my allergy symptoms better.  It can’t be warmed, it has to be raw, but I love the taste of honey mixed with a bit of cinnamon, so it’s not a big deal.

Anyway, I got an email from them on Tuesday, and I’m very disappointed that I didn’t manage to make it to see them in town on Tuesday.  They should be here again tomorrow, I’ll email and double check.  They have some maple syrup as well.  That has me curious, so I may have to stop by tomorrow to see what they have for syrup.  I’ve been craving some real maple syrup for awhile now.  You can get some at Aldi, but it tastes off.

I’d probably do better buying some when I go to VT in September, if anywhere has any left.

On the other hand, maybe I need to buy several sugar maple trees and tap them myself in a few years.  Then I can make my own syrup.  It’ll still taste different, since syrup tastes different depending on the soil, but I’d have a guaranteed way to get a bit of syrup.

If I don’t buy a bunch of trees, I won’t be able to have a sugar on snow party, or maple candy, or maple butter.  Mm, toast with maple butter sounds good as well.

Believe it or not, I’m not hungry, just remembering the tastes of home.

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Hehe

I was looking on one of the “news” sites one day, and found a bunch of political cartoons.  I thought this one was funny enough to warrant being shared.  I think I got it from Yahoo, but it was originally printed by the Sacramento Bee.

 

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoon

Laterness and G’night.

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Interesting

https://www.yahoo.com/food/which-supermarket-sharp-cheddar-tastes-best-112901075698.html

My mother and I have had several discussions over the years. She’s always said there’s no difference in taste between yellow and white cheddar cheese. I always say the yellow tastes different – not as sharp.

The above article says that people could tell if the cheese was white or yellow in a blind taste test. I guess I wasn’t imagining it after all. Turns out my favorite Cabot cheese was voted the best of a list of supermarket cheeses. Of course, I prefer the Vermont extra sharp, but I’m just different. LOL

Laterness :)

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Interesting way to retain moisture when planting

Interesting way to deal with dryness and growing plants

I live in OK and have problems when I try to grow plants in a pot outside – like tomato plants. They get dry, even with daily watering. I have extra diapers that are a couple of years old. I bet they’d still work for this, and my nephew will be potty trained soon, so he won’t need them.

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