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    We are getting ready for major...

    We are getting ready for major downsizing/decluttering. Starting on books today. I didn't realize how long I have had most of my books -- and hardly ever look at them anymore, in the advent of...
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    I think my most frugal addition to my usual...

    I think my most frugal addition to my usual frugal repertoire is making homemade laundry detergent, which I'm sure many of you do. I don't buy storebought laundry detergent at all any more, just the...
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    I love survival stories. We get so disconnected...

    I love survival stories. We get so disconnected with the awesome world we live in when we are inside all the time.

    I remember hearing that jewel weed, or touch-me-not, healed itchy skin ailments....
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    Wonderful! Blessings to all of you.

    Wonderful! Blessings to all of you.
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    Yay! Thanks Alan!

    Yay! Thanks Alan!
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    Wow, a thread for me! I was AWOL -- sorry, just...

    Wow, a thread for me! I was AWOL -- sorry, just got busy doing other things. I love you guys!! What is going on in your lives?

    My newest frugal venture: homemade laundry detergent. Works great and...
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    A friend gave us 50 lbs of potatoes, so after...

    A friend gave us 50 lbs of potatoes, so after canning some (diced), my husband decided to make a huge pot of mashed potatoes. Last night we made mashed potato cakes with the leftovers, and tonight...
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    Good for you, Rob. I cared for my mom when she...

    Good for you, Rob. I cared for my mom when she was sick with cancer, went down to half time work to be available for my dad after my mom died, and I certainly don't regret it. I am sure you can...
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    While I was recuperating from surgery this month...

    While I was recuperating from surgery this month I watched a lot of cooking shows, and saw Rachael Ray make pickles like this. I have never made quick pickles but intend to try it with my cucumbers...
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    home canned potatoes

    A friend brought us over 50 lbs of Russet potatoes, so I peeled, diced and canned 10 quarts of them. I have never canned potatoes before. Does anyone know how long their shelf life is? And what...
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    Great thread, and happy belated birthday to razz....

    Great thread, and happy belated birthday to razz.
    I am grateful to be recovering well from major surgery and enjoying life again after a long stretch of dealing with health problems. I am also...
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    That not-remembering stuff just sounds like...

    That not-remembering stuff just sounds like classic menopause to me! :)

    My daughter has had migraines since early childhood. Her childhood migraines gave her an upset tummy and just flattened her...
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    thanks for the tip, Mrs. Hermit -- I will...

    thanks for the tip, Mrs. Hermit -- I will definitely tell DH to just wash and freeze as many as he can.
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    putting garden produce by!

    Well, we had a bumper crop of green beans already. I put up 21 pints and 4 quarts with the first picking last night. I am willing the edamame beans to wait until I return from Africa in mid-August,...
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    We are doing great this week with the garden's...

    We are doing great this week with the garden's help. We've had stuffed zucchini, zucchini fritters, mountains of fresh steamed green beans, homemade pizza, and spaghetti. When we leave for vacation...
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    We have been at war with the coons too this...

    We have been at war with the coons too this summer -- but only for trash picking. How awful to lose your chickens! I had an opossum take out half my duck flock, once long ago. It really is...
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    That's a dream house!! So happy for you. I love the atmosphere you have created there!
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    This isn't exactly a food/diet approach, although...

    This isn't exactly a food/diet approach, although I do eat low fat vegetarian foods and exercise regularly, but I have had amazing success with Wholemega fish oil capsules and red yeast rice...
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    Thanks Cathy, I am doing much better!! DH found...

    Thanks Cathy,
    I am doing much better!! DH found a bowflex machine at a yard sale for $75, we got it put together, and I am doing rowing and resistance exercises. Arms are better. Then I had a wisdom...
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    I am doing kind of a cooking marathon this week...

    I am doing kind of a cooking marathon this week -- homemade pizza, beef and broccoli for DH, lentil stew for me, spaghetti (both vegan and meat), and bean soup. What we don't eat right away will go...
  21. I always use peppermint leaf tea as a natural...

    I always use peppermint leaf tea as a natural decongestant, with noticeable results. My family will all drink hot peppermint tea when they have colds or allergic inflammation. Doesn't help with the...
  22. These are good lists! My choices would be: the...

    These are good lists!
    My choices would be:
    the Bible
    Lord of the Rings trilogy
    Sherlock Holmes collection
    Back To Basics, or some such how-to book

    those are all I can think of for must-haves,...
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    I love reading Peace Pilgrim's story and words!...

    I love reading Peace Pilgrim's story and words! The Peace Pilgrim website has a lot of great links.
    http://www.peacepilgrim.com/index2.htm
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    It's Meatless Monday again! I may do spaghetti...

    It's Meatless Monday again! I may do spaghetti with veggie crumbles tonight. Unless I get more creative by suppertime!
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    started PT today. I am hopeful, and the young...

    started PT today. I am hopeful, and the young therapy dudes are super cute! :D
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