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  #61  
Old 08/17/14, 04:47 PM
 
Join Date: May 2002
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Yes, Cowbelle, fall is on the way. Fifty degrees here this morning. Can't hardly keep up with the mowing this year, DH has been mowing every day trying to keep the 'house portion' of the place mowed up. At least it looks like someone lives her now!

Hooray for your gd. Some just seem to take longer to get their heads around going to school. Maybe she is just too bright for regular school and bored. Our son was that way. I'm still waiting to see if our grandson is going to start college this fall or not. He's been pittering around. Was hoping to go to baseball, and was good, but not fabulous. Won't be his future, I guess. Good thing he has other talents. Wish I'd known what I wanted to be when I was younger. At least with some warning, you know you have to cut back to less income next year! Some never get a warning, just ZAP! No job or fewer hours. How are the worms doing? And the chickens?
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Old 08/18/14, 03:04 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Oklahoma
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Hi Everyone!
It feels like forever since I've posted. It's going to take some time for me to catch up with everyone.

I've been out of state for two weeks. The first week of August I was in a training course for work. It was very interesting and I learned alot, but very intense technical stuff and I was glad when it was over.
I flew from there (Philadelphia) to Norfolk, VA. to meet DH for vacation. We rented a car and visited family and friends all over the state. We visited Chesapeake, D.C., Mt. Vernon in Alexandria, Old Alexandria, drove down Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah Valley, Blacksburg, Christiansburg (to see my Aunt), then down through the Smoky Mountain National Park and up to Gatlinburg and ended our vacation in Memphis having dinner and drinks on Beale Street (home of the Blues). We made it home last night at 7:30 tired but re-energized after a week of fun.

While we were gone DD and the kids moved to a new home and got settled in, due to a lot of help from friends. The youngest DGD got a piece of wood in her eye and had to have surgery last Wednesday - Praise the Lord, she's okay. Her 4th birthday was yesterday and since we weren't here, I'm planning to go over after work to see them and give her birthday gift to her.

School started back on Campus today, so the traffic is a bit of a nightmare until the kids get settled in and know where they're going.
My grandkids start their new school tomorrow. It's hard to believe Summer is almost over.

It was nice and cool when I left, but it is HOT out there now. It looks like a hot week, then a possible cool off and some rain next week.
I'm playing catch-up with everything right now and trying to get back into the work groove.
Have a great day, all!!
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Old 08/18/14, 04:38 PM
 
Join Date: May 2002
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DH picked elderberries yesterday out in our pasture. He got them off the stems and washed and I cooked them down, mashed them and drained them. This morning I canned up 14 pints of elderberry syrup. We like it over pancakes and to make into a tea when we feel a cold coming on. Last year our elderberries didn't do well so I was down to about 5 pints. I may make up a few more if DH harvests any more.
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Old 08/18/14, 09:46 PM
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Indiana
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What a pleasant day .Had our monthly sewing day ,this time we met at a friends house instead of church .Even with all the talking ,laughing and eating we got a lot accomplished.We are making hundreds of Christmas stockings for soldiers over seas. Another Church is filling them and mailing them later on.Also worked on prayer blankets ,and other projects.
Saturday our daughter and I went shopping out of town for all the gluten free flours and things I need for my gluten free diet.That stuff is not cheap,but after baking a tea bread and ginger cookies ,it's well worth it .It is amazing how many different flours you need for one recipe .It will take some getting used to .But you do, what you need to do. I wonder if there are others on here who are GF ?
Family dinners will be interesting, hubby is diabetic , oldest grandson lactose intolerant and now me GF ,some eat everything and a couple are very picky.
I am finally done canning enough salsa for us and sons family.Tomorrow I will can pickle relish and then comes spaghetti sauce..The rest of the stuff we will just eat or share with friends. Might dehydrate a few more herbs to make more soup mix to give away as gifts.Just can't see anything go to waste.
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Old 08/18/14, 10:08 PM
 
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Vickie, welcome back! Hope you are revived and refreshed after your vacation with hubby.

Nancy, I'm so envious of your elderberries! Good for you getting them canned up.

Oma, As I recall there are several folks on here who are gluten intolerant. You'll find some great recipes and family dinners will be wonderful, something everyone will be able to eat! Do share them when you find one you like on the recipe forum!

I spent the morning being checked from stem to stern to detmine why I was having some chest pains, all turned out to be nothing serious, thankfully. Then took Mama to the retina specialist to have her injection in her eye, picked up some veggies from the stand that gives us his rejects, as well as two boxes of wonderful corn for us and one for the chickens. Tired and worn out so ready for bed!
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Old 08/19/14, 06:50 AM
 
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Location: west virginia
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nancy, its great to hear someone else cans up elderberries. I got to pick a few this year. this is the 2nd year for my elderberries and I got lots this year. I decided to dry mine. ended yp getting a cold last week so I got to use them for treating the cold. they do help!
DH picked the blackberries for me last night and I picked about 1/2 bushel of pears!!
I am hoping to can the pears.
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Old 08/19/14, 08:31 AM
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Fl Zones 11
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Between the trip 2 DS & GFB's hospitalization. I've not been around much. Need to buy some Irish potatoes. for chitting. for autumn garden. We seem to be having a lot of computer. issues so I am using my small screen semi smart phone. Gfb also discovered our land lines were out. Hopefully afterATT comes out we'll. be able to access Internet.
Jan- if you get a clear cardiac bill of health you mig
ht experiment with omeprazole or famotidine. It cured MY "cardiac " pain, and a lot of our Hospice patients "atypical " angina.__
Gfb still is easily. fatigued. I posted elsewhere about his hospital ixzation
Edit to add-on due to the heavy rains I started fertilizing the "pots" orchard. The yacon. peaches and saba. nut Seton be ok but the apples are just addiing branches & leaves. I found my Apples in the City snooker on one of my old laptops and it seems most bloom failure in hot climates is due to excessive nitrogen and water
I can't do anything about the rain but shall immediately stop fertilizing
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Old 08/19/14, 11:00 AM
 
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I have 42 pints of dill pickles now so will stop with those and start on doing pickled beets. I got the last 7 dills put up this morning. Also doing laundry and have that on the line. Need to snap green beans yet as I picked 3 ice cream buckets full last night. Not canning any of these but will eat fresh and give away. I could pull the vines but I hate to do that when I still have beans on.
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Old 08/19/14, 11:41 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Desert of So. NV
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Howdy everyone! GMB, again prayers sent for your DH.......

Busy around here still. Had the DG out for 8 days - not sure how I made it thru 8 days with a 6 y/o but somehow I pulled thru! My daughter has been officially and finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease, and after several weeks of oral anti-biotics, she now is on a PIC line. This was installed into her bicep area and once a day for at least 5 weeks she has to inject a different anti-b now. Prayers for her please. I kept the DG so she could rest a lot while starting this treatment.

My lovely hollyhocks have decided they are going to bloom again! I'm so tickled!

The garden is producing like gangbusters. The peppers are really happy. We have put in three separate new corn patches, staggered time-wise. If you recall the first patch never got properly pollinated. I think it was because we were using a sprinkler and the pollen was being knocked down. The new patches are ground watered.

Cukes keep producing so DH has made lots of quarts of pickles. Beans are finally producing quite a bit and DH did get some makeshift fencing up to lift them up. Some rows are just too heavy and he ran out of fencing. We now know we need mega strong support for them. The bush yellows are making a lot. The ones I planted from those seeds I won are all different, some I don't like, some are good. The Fortex, which everyone raves about, they are not happy here. I also don't really like them. I think next year I'll stick with the yellows, purples and there is one out there, I like. No string, that's the other thing, never again will I grow ones with strings.

I had enough from one picking to fill the 9-tray Excaliber. I have no room left to put any more food into the freezer. DH doesn't really like the beans canned, so I'll dry the ones we don't eat fresh and use in soups and stews.

Melons are crazy and spreading so huge now!

DG picked so many carrots, some everyday. She had a blast. We made cupcakes for her to take home. We also baked chocolate cake and jam thumbprint cookies in the Easy Bake Oven. Played a board game I found called Wack a Mole, like the game at Chuck E Cheese or one of those arcades. So fun!

Lots of crafting done too. I cut out little paper bodices, and then we take coffee filters and make skirts. There is a front and back bodice piece, so you tuck the skirt "waist" up under the bodice, then we take a 6" lollipop stick and glue that under there. I call them Lolli Dollies. We decorate them with flowers and glitter and ribbons. So fun.

Have to go to town today for my 6 month asthma doc check up. I may try to get the shopping done too as I only have a few things I need.

Some one here, had asked what disease I have of the bowel, it's plain 'ol IBS-D (D for the runs, some have IBS-C, some toggle back and forth between the two). I happen to have a particularly bad case of it. I also have attacks where my colon goes into complete spasm, pain so severe it's like childbirth pain. These last anywhere from 2-4 hours, and I am literally on the floor of the bathroom until I need to be over the potty. If DH is home he helps me thru those by holding me up on the potty. It's awful. Sometimes my colon clamps down towards the end of it, and doesn't un-clamp. That can last for several days. Pain killers barely touch the pain of these attacks.

Had three bouts with it in my earlier years, that would last 6 months and stop (but no colon spasm attacks then). About 6 years ago it hit and it was BAD. It never stopped (which it usually does). It completely shut down my life for a while. Now, I adjust by not participating in any activity that requires that I be at a certain place at a certain time as I never know when it will hit. I have missed my share of doc appts. because of it, but they have all been understanding.

All the tests have been done, for all the other diseases. It's not gluten related, it's not "lactose intolerance", which so many folks just assume. The top three food triggers (in general) are: dairy, whole wheat and red meat.

I take three meds for it, depending on symptoms. They help but nothing stops it entirely. I know my food "triggers" now thru elimination trials: dairy, avocados, whole wheat. I also cannot eat too many fruits and veggies. I have tried all the "remedies", the concoctions, pro-biotics, nothing has ever helped. Doc says, it's one of my "genetic weaknesses".

People with IBS suffer silently mostly. To look at them you'd never know they have such a terrible problem.

Okay, what else is going on around here? The pantry is lookin' good what will all the potatoes that got canned and the pickles, and oh, I made Dilly beans for the first time, but we decided to let them "brew" a bit before tasting them. I sure hope they are good.

Finally purchased some OFF so I can go out into the gardens again - the skeeters just loooovvvveeee me. I have that "smell" I guess. Unfortunately I have a pretty strong reaction to a mosquito bite so OFF is a must.

DG had fun with that - the OFF. We would "put OFF on, and later we would take a quick sponge bath to take the OFF off". She loved that!

Well I had best get OFF this computer and into the shower! Have a great day everyone!
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Old 08/19/14, 04:28 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
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Oh my homesteader, I feel so bad for you! That must be so painful. You are such a sweetie too. And talented! I remember your kindness to little Cheeto.

Well, really all of you put me to shame!

I just spent a few minutes putting primer on the plywood floor in my future sewing/quilt room. This room has sat unfinished since 1988, much of the time full of odds and ends. It is one of the many things left unfinished when my ex took off. After my S/O passed away 3 1/2 years ago, I made an attempt at it, and found I could sit on a folding chair and just stare at the wall for hours. Nothing got done except some trash got carried out. EArlier this summer, around the end of June, I started working on it and got it pretty well cleared out and the drywall primed and finally painted. I realize that if I had just done one square foot a day, it would have been done years ago. I have my scanner on and should be able to hear if the tile police come. My arthritus and back prevent me from clearing the furniture I am keeping out so I am doing sections. I am rolling Zinnser down because possible past pet infractions, and then I have a primer that Lowes encouraged me to use also.
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Old 08/19/14, 07:05 PM
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Indiana
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Homesteader ,I know what you are going through.I have the same problem only never was told it's IBS-D ,just IBS.I also have had those horrible colon spasms,ended up in the ER every time thinking I am going to die because the pain is so terrible. Have tried all kinds of meds over the years but found nothing to prevent any of it.Last week my gastro Dr. gave me a script for a probiotic which after insurance is over 150 dollars for 30 days .Didn't get it yet since I don't know if I can tolerate it. I know MSG and other preservatives make me terribly sick.So 3 weeks ago I went on a gluten free diet and it's better but it hit me again. Don't know any body with my problem and would love to glean more of what has helped you .Would you be willing to pm me( or what ever it's called) ,since I don't want to bore every one ,since people don't know how bad it is if you haven't experienced it yourself.Have an app. with a colon surgeon next week
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Old 08/19/14, 08:53 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Desert of So. NV
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Oma I PM'd you.

Class of there you are!!!! Good to see progress made on your room. You must be loving it now!
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Old 08/19/14, 10:49 PM
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Indiana
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Homesteader did you get my 2 PM's? Hope I did it right
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Old 08/20/14, 07:49 AM
 
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Location: Fl Zones 11
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Thank you all who prayed for GFB. Just a reminder I am posting from a semi smart phone and don't. always catch the auto correct bloopers.
GFB told the guys who give him the subcontract that he's ready to go to work. So far he's scheduled for next Tues, Wed,& Fri. I have golden, purple & red potatoes from the grocery plan to spread them out on newspaper & let them chit. Skin Dr yesterday my count is now 60 basal. 5 squamous, 1 melanoma. What is scary is one of squamous was on back of my hand looked to me like a scar but itched terrible.
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Old 08/20/14, 12:09 PM
 
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Homesteader, I too have colon issues but mine is Inflammatory Bowel Disease. IBD instead of IBS. Someone once told me that they lump all the Bowel problems they don't really know how to treat into IBS I have to watch my diet like a hawk or I can't leave home because of D. Praising God I don't have the painful cramps though as you do.
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Old 08/20/14, 12:11 PM
 
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Wow, so much going on everywhere . our room addition is going very well we have the bedroom framed in, bathroom AND utility room . hubby has been down in his back the last few days , I think he pulled it lifting the walls. Gave him one of my flexeril last night. It is so dry here I'm having to flood part of the pasture to have grazing for my two cow's. Garden is good, going to do a little planting today. I have never been diagnosed with IBS but I have clearly experienced it. Not fun . the worse is when it hits you when you are in town.

GMB, you and GFB are both in my prayers. My mother ad a lot of skin cancers, they would freeze them but it was like freeze one two more would come back. Not sure which kind it was.

Well enough, everyone have a great day.
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Old 08/20/14, 04:44 PM
 
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Homesteader ,I know what you are going through.I have the same problem only never was told it's IBS-D ,just IBS.I also have had those horrible colon spasms,ended up in the ER every time thinking I am going to die because the pain is so terrible. Have tried all kinds of meds over the years but found nothing to prevent any of it.Last week my gastro Dr. gave me a script for a probiotic which after insurance is over 150 dollars for 30 days .Didn't get it yet since I don't know if I can tolerate it. I know MSG and other preservatives make me terribly sick.So 3 weeks ago I went on a gluten free diet and it's better but it hit me again. Don't know any body with my problem and would love to glean more of what has helped you .Would you be willing to pm me( or what ever it's called) ,since I don't want to bore every one ,since people don't know how bad it is if you haven't experienced it yourself.Have an app. with a colon surgeon next week
OMA - I've had IBS too. I've finally figured out anything with dairy in it sets me off. Onions and stuff with gluten make me cramp. I've pretty much eliminated those things and I do much better now. I use almond milk over a berry, walnut & almond mixture in the morning. Occasionally I will eat something with a little dairy or gluten and it makes me sick every time. I feel for anyone with a bowel disease, it's awful!
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Old 08/20/14, 09:47 PM
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Indiana
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My gosh it seems quite a few of us have IBS or some kind of colon problem.We could start our own support group with helpful hints to each other. I would if I knew how.
Went to another potluck tonight at church ,it was our monthly Senior group.Lots of wonderful dishes,but I brought my own food besides my dishes to share.Did really well ,only taking baked beans fresh veg.and fruit.And since we had home made ice cream had a little of that. All the other dishes and desserts didn't even tempt me. And it was well worth it. Was rather proud of myself
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Old 08/21/14, 03:22 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Desert of So. NV
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Hey all! Lost most of yesterday and most of today so far to tummy issues. We are quite the group aren't we?

Did get four more dinners' worth of carrots into the freezer. Not much else other than showered - I need to rest today that's for sure!

The gardens are so lush and lovely, DH and I just marvel at them every morning. I did try a Dilly Bean, whoooeee are they ever good! I think for me though they are going to be too hot.

I will try the not hot recipe next. But putting aside the heat - the flavor is so delicious! I have enough beans picked to probably get 3-4 pints.

My dd turns 32 today, wow..........we are going to have a 3-person birthday celebration next month though as she just isn't feeling up to a birthday party while she's on this Lyme disease treatment. So we'll celebrate hers, mine and my son in laws all at the same time!

Have a great late afternoon for you east people!
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Old 08/21/14, 03:40 PM
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Indiana
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Homesteader,sorry your tummy acted up again.I know it just wears one out. Makes it hard to plan things.Hope you feel better real soon.
Picked a bunch of beans again and cooked them up for us and son and family to take home tonight.Also got more tomatoes but will do them tomorrow,since we work in the food pantry tonight and that really keeps us running.Don't want to be tired before we get there.
Boy ,are we getting thunderstorms and rain the last few nights.I love them but our dog and cats are so afraid,hubby just sleeps without noticing .Made another batch of dog treats.So easy and much healthier.As soon as I take them out of the oven she sits right there waiting to sample
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