Monday, September 28, 2015

Our New Dog A Great Pyrenees & Neat Can Storage

We have a new dog and we really hope she works out. Her name is Lily. Her owner died around 3 months ago and has had someone dropping by the house to feed her twice a day.
We put her out this morning (they spent the night in the enclosed front porch) with grandsons dog Bear in an area that is field fenced and they somehow got out this morning. They went for a walkabout and we had to go find them. Bear will follow her anywhere and he was all tuckered out and climbed into the truck gladly.
We started her off on scrambled eggs as she wasn't eating and today I mixed a scrambled egg with her dog food and she ate it :).
It has been cold the last couple of nights, night before last it was 30 degrees F. when we got up this morning it was 32 degrees.
The days have been nice but we sure could use some more rain as it is getting pretty dried out again.

Food Storage:
Daughter shared this with me. It is a great idea for keeping cans in a neat space.

This is a wooden pallet.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Potatoes and Rain

We received some rain this morning in our area, was wonderful to see. We have dug up about 75 lbs of potatoes but still have 5 more 50 foot rows to go. We grew Red Patomics, Goldens and Blues.

That was going to be today's chore but we gladly are taking the rain instead :).

Our daughter C is here safe after driving pretty much straight through from Northern Virginia earlier this week and has already been job hunting and got a job. She is living here for the time being.

We are also babysitting a grandsons dog and Bear who has lived here before is doing just fine.

We have another couple of loads of wood in the woodshed from trees on our property and it doesn't look good for getting back in the forest to cut wood. They are saying if the area doesn't get a good amount of rain to put the fires out that the fires in Umatilla National forest would burn well into October.

The south fence is finished except for putting the ties on a few t-posts and then it is on to another side.

We are just trying to get as much finished as possible while the weather is still good and before the snow flies.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Frost On The Pumpkins

Yep, it frosted here already. Friday the 4th of September. We had 30 degrees. This coming week we are supposed to get out of the 40's and 50's and be back to the 70's in the day time.

Cleaning the chimney at 40 degrees outside.
The fire is out on the east and south east. But still raging on the north and west :(. We have been without smoke for three days now and it is wonderful to breathe clean air again. We have also been blessed with a couple of nights and a morning with rain. But unlike parts of Montana we did not get snow at our elevation.

We just finished yesterday getting all our camping gear put back away and only a few kitchen items to unpack yet. We feel very blessed to be able to unpack.

On another note we finally got to buy a wood splitter instead of having to rent or borrow one. Which always meant a day of marathon wood splitting to get it all done and the splitter back. It is getting harder for us to be able to do that anymore. The splitter isn't a big one but works well and it was on sale. Took us a long time to be able to get one of our own. We spent a part of yesterday afternoon splitting wood. It is already stacked in our wood shed.

Cleaning and etc.

I found a site with some great ideas on uses of peroxide.

Some are great ideas.
3% Hydrogen Peroxide Uses:
  • Acne – to help clear up skin, dab pimples with peroxide using a cotton ball.
  • Finger Nails – to whiten, soak a cotton ball with peroxide and rub it on your nails.
  • Hair – to gradually give your hair highlights, mix equal parts peroxide and water and spray on wet hair. Comb the solution through your hair and dry.
  • Mouthwash – instead of purchasing expensive mouthwashes, try using peroxide instead.
  • Teeth – to whiten, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes daily.
  • Toothpaste – to make your own, make a paste using peroxide and baking soda.
  • Health care
  • always consult a doctor before using hydrogen peroxide as a treatment
  • Boils – to heal, pour ½ a bottle of peroxide in your bathwater.
  • Canker Sores – to prevent, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes.
  • Colds – to cure in 24 hours, put a few drops of peroxide in your ear, when the bubbling stops (5-10 minutes), drain onto a tissue. Repeat for the other ear. Colonic – to make your own, add 1 cup of peroxide to 5 gallons of warm water.
  • Corns and Calluses – to soften, soak feet in a solution made of equal parts water and peroxide.
  • Cuts – to keep from getting infected, clean the cut with peroxide.
  • Detox Bath – to rejuvenate, add 2 quarts of peroxide to your bath water. Soak for at least a ½ hour.
  • Ear Infections – to relieve, place 6-8 drops in the affected ear.
  • Ear Wax – to remove, add a couple of drops of warm olive oil followed by a couple of drops of peroxide. Sit with head tilted for several minutes and then flush the ear with warm water.
  • Enema – to make your own, add 1 tablespoon to 4 cups of water.
  • Foot Fungus – to cure, spray a solution made of equal parts peroxide and water to your feet every night.
  • Infections – to heal, soak the infected area in peroxide for 5-10 minutes several times a day.
  • Sinus Infection – to relieve, add one tablespoon of peroxide to non-chlorinated water to be used as a nasal spray.
  • Toothache – to relieve pain, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes.
  • Yeast Infections – to control, add 2 capfuls of peroxide to your douche 1-2 time per week. 
  • General Cleaning
  • Bathroom – to disinfect, fill a spray bottle with equal parts peroxide and water.
  • Counter tops – to kill germs, spray the counter tops with peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.
  • Grout – to whiten, make sure the grout is dry, then spray a generous amount of peroxide on the grout. Let it sit for 1-2 hours and scrub the area with an old toothbrush and some warm soapy water.
  • Mirrors – for a no steak clean, spray mirrors with peroxide and wipe with a paper towel or newspaper.
  • Mold – to control, clean the area with peroxide.
  • Tile – to remove stains, make a thick paste using flour and peroxide. Apply the mixture to the stain, cover with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. Rinse clean.
  • Toothbrush – to kill germs, soak your toothbrush in peroxide.
  • Kitchen
  • Cutting Board – to kill germs, after rinsing off your cutting board, spray it with peroxide.
  • Dishrags and sponges – to clean, soak them for 15-30 minutes in a solution using equal parts peroxide and warm water. Rinse.
  • Fruits & Vegetables – to clean, spray them with peroxide (food grade) and let them stand for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.
  • Fruits & Vegetables – for a non-toxic sanitizer, pour peroxide (food grade) into a dark colored spray bottle (light destroys peroxide) and fill another spray bottle with vinegar. Spray your fruits and vegetables with the peroxide and then repeat using the vinegar.
  • Fruits & Vegetables – to neutralize chemicals and prolong freshness, add ¼ cup of peroxide (food grade) to a sink full of cold water. Soak vegetables for 20-30 minutes. Rinse, drain and let dry.
  • Refrigerator – to disinfect, spray the interior with peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.
  • Salad – to prolong freshness, lightly spray with a solution of ½ cup water and 1 tablespoon of peroxide (food grade).
  • Laundry
  • Blood Stains – to remove, pour peroxide on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes. Then rub and rinse with cold water.
  • Clothes – to whiten, add a cup of peroxide to your wash.
  • Peroxide is more mild than bleach and will keep your clothes from wearing out as fast.
  • Wine Stain – to remove, mix together equal parts peroxide and liquid detergent. Pour the mixture over the stain. With a clean cloth blot the stain and wash with warm water.
  • Wring Around the Collar – to remove, spray the area with a mixture of 2 parts peroxide and 1 part liquid detergent. Let it sit for an hour before rinsing. *Works great on armpit stains too.
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mites – to kill, spray with area with peroxide.
  • Plants – to improve their root system, water them with a mixture of 32 parts water and 1 part peroxide.
  • Seeds – to sprout, soak seeds overnight in a mixture of 1 ounce peroxide and 2 cups water.

Monday, August 24, 2015

In Holding Pattern

The fire seems to be just holding but no new outbreaks from yesterday. We are still at a level 2, they said for a couple more days as we are under red flag warnings. Plus air quality alerts as the smoke is so bad.
Even the Lewis/Clark valley is really bad.

Here is the ash falling on us last Thursday afternoon. Everything is covered with it but the wind today is helping that. Made the picture look like it's blurry but that is the ash.
This is what we look like yesterday and today.

Here is a recipe at Honeyville for all those that like Chocolate Brownies. These are made with zucchini.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

More Fence & Gluten Free Tortillas

The fencing work continues. Concreting in posts we nail to, that replace the old, old 1930's Rock Jacks. Pulling T posts and taking old fencing down and putting new up. Right now the concrete has to cure for a few days before they can be finished.
The Elk did a real number on the old one below last winter, knocked it clean apart.
I was walking around in the woods and these are the things below one finds out there.
 This is the sun through the smoke. The sun looks red in real life.

Almond Flour Tortillas at this site.
One can use non gluten flour mix as well.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

5 ways to preserve milk from survivopedia

It has been hot but that doesn't stop the work that has to be done around here. Mostly working on fences, ours and helping the neighbor with his and our shared fence line.

Friday is supposed to bring some relief from the heat. We have been under red flag warnings as far as fire danger goes and everything outside is getting crunchy.

On another note a site has 5 ways to preserve milk. Looked good to me.

Site for directions
Salting is important to the preservation of anything and that includes your milk products.
Though you probably don’t want to salt your milk before you can it, you definitely want to salt your butter, cottage cheese and other products.
This will not only help them last longer but will also give you access to a food in your emergency food supply that has that necessary mineral (and flavor enhancer) in it.
If you’ve dehydrated other foods, it may have occurred to you that you could do the same with milk. As bad as I hate to burst your bubble, it’s not so easy to do if you want to preserve the flavor and nutritional value. You also need to have special equipment such as an atomizer that won’t come cheap. You will also need a ton of milk just to yield a pint of dehydrated milk. Skip this idea and just buy powdered milk.
Yes, it’s entirely possible to freeze milk but I recommend not doing so for a couple of reasons. First, if SHTF you probably won’t have the electricity to keep the freezer running so your milk will go bad within a couple of days, especially if it’s hot outside.
Second, frozen milk is fine to use but it often gets a grainy texture to it. It separates out but that can be dealt with just by shaking it up. Still, the texture thing is an issue and is the main reason that I don’t recommend freezing it for everyday use.
Canning Milk
We’ve discussed canning in other articles but many people don’t realize that milk can be canned, too. Just as with all canning procedures, it’s imperative that you make sure that your jars and seals are super clean. Warm your seals if necessary in order to get the best seal possible.
To can milk, start with extremely clean milk. Clean the udder, the buckets and all the equipment in addition to the jars. As I already stated, I recommend pasteurizing, too. At the very least, strain it well using a milk sieve or several layers of clean, lint-free cloth such as cheese cloth. Pour the milk into a clean bowl and cover it so that nothing gets into it while you’re prepping the jars.
Wash your jars in hot, soapy water and rinse them well. Keep them submerged in hot water until you’re ready to use each them.
Fill each jar with milk, leaving a half-inch at the top for headroom. Clean the rims of the jars thoroughly and put the sterilized hot rims and rings on them. Put them in your pressure canner and fill with the recommended amount of water. Place the canner over the hottest part of the stove, on about medium.
Bring the pressure to 10 and cook quarts for 25 minutes or pints for 20 minutes. Make sure the pressure stays at 10 or else you’ll need to start the time over.
The reason that I gave you directions for using a pressure canner is because milk is a low-acid food and is therefore susceptible to botulism found in the soil. Pressure canning brings the milk up to a safe temperature and holds it at that temperature long enough to kill any bacteria.
Canned milk will keep up to 2 years and is great for cooking and even drinking though the color will change. It will have a slight caramel color and may taste a bit sweeter or just cooked. Canned milk is great for any recipe that requires milk; however, you can’t make cheese, yogurt or rennet desserts from it because the milk won’t clabber.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

From backdoorsurvival, Vinegar and Uses

Working here as possible, it has been hot but is cooler today. There is smoke coming in from west and south of us from the fires between us and Wala Wala WA. and the Southern part of the Umatilla National Forest in Oregon. High fire danger here but so far things are alright. 

We found these Devil's Trumpets growing in the crevices of huge boulders in AZ.

Here is some great suggestions on what uses vinegar has from Backdoor Survival. Backdoorsurvival

Why You Need Vinegar In Your Stockpiles

1. Disinfect wood cutting boards.
2. Soothe a sore throat; use 1 tsp. of vinegar per glass of warm water, then gargle.
3. Fight dandruff; after shampooing, rinse hair with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
4. Remove warts; apply daily a 50/50 solution of cider vinegar and glycerin until they’re gone.
5. Cure an upset stomach; drink 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar in one cup of water.
6. Polish chrome.
7. Keep boiled eggs from cracking; add 2 tbsp to water before boiling. (It helps sometimes)
8. Clean deposits from fish tanks.
9. Remove urine stains from carpet.
10. Keep fleas off dogs; add a little vinegar to the dog’s drinking water.
11. Keep car windows from frosting up; use a solution of 3 oz. vinegar to 1 oz. water.
12. Clean dentures; soak overnight in vinegar and then brush.
13. Get rid of lint in clothes; add 1/2 cup vinegar to rinse cycle.
14. Remove grease from suede.
15. Kill grass on sidewalks and driveways.
16. Make wool blankets softer; add 2 cups distilled vinegar to rinse cycle.
17. Remove skunk odor from a dog; rub fur with full strength vinegar and rinse.
18. Freshen wilted vegetables; soak them in 1 tbsp vinegar and a cup of cold water.
19. Dissolve mineral deposits in drip coffee makers.
20. Deodorize drains; pour a cup down the drain once a week, let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
21. Use as a replacement for a lemon; 0.25 tsp.. vinegar substitutes for 1 tsp. of lemon juice.
22. Make rice fluffier; add 1 tsp. of vinegar to water when it boils.
23. Prevent grease build-up in ovens; wipe oven with cleaning rag soaked in distilled vinegar and water.
24. Kill germs; mix a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
25. Clean a clogged shower head; pour vinegar into a zip-lock bag and hang it around the shower head. Let it soak overnight to remove any mineral deposits.
26. Shine patent leather.
27. Remove the smell from laundry that has been left in the washer too long; pour 1 cup of vinegar in with the load and rewash it.
28. Make propane lantern wicks burn longer/brighter; soak them in vinegar for 3 hours, let dry.
29. Act as an air freshener.
30. Soften paint brushes; soak in hot vinegar then rinse with soapy water.
31. Remove bumper stickers and decals; simply cover them with vinegar-soaked cloth for several minutes.
32. Prolong the life of fresh-cut flowers; use 2 tbsp of vinegar and 3 tbsp of sugar per quart of warm water
33.  Prevent Mildew; Wipe down shower walls with a vinegar solution.
34. Soften calloused feet; soak your feet in a mixture 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water for 30 minutes then scrub them with a pumice stone. The dead skin should slough off easily.
35. Treat Acne; start with a solution of organic apple cider vinegar and water at a ration of 1:8, apply the toner to blemishes and  leave on a minimum of 2 minutes.
36. Preserve food; many vegetables that would otherwise require pressure canning may be water bath canned if you pickle them in vinegar.
37. Remove stains from white counter tops; mix a paste of baking soda and vinegar, apply it to the stain overnight, then scrub it clean in the morning.
38. Remove cooking spray build-up; vinegar cuts grease on baking sheets when spritzed on from a spray bottle, then washed as usual.
39. Control blood sugar; drink high quality apple cider vinegar 4 times per day to keep blood sugar under control.
40. Keep psoriasis under control; wash the affected area with plain white vinegar several times per week.
41. Kill moss; spray it, undiluted, on moss.
42. Penetrating fluid for rusty items; soak metal items that are rusted together in vinegar overnight. If you begin to get some movement, replace the vinegar with fresh vinegar and soak for one more day. The items should become freed up.
43. Use in place of commercial fabric softener; add it to the last cycle in your washing machine. (Don’t worry, the water will rinse out any vinegar smell)
44. Remove pesticide from produce; soak produce in a sink full of water with 1 cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda
45. Remove ballpoint pen marks from walls; dab full strength vinegar on the spot with a cloth. Repeat until the mark is gone. (Don’t scrub, though, or you’ll just smear the mark all over the wall.)
46. Remove sticky residue from scissors; dip them in a cup of full strength vinegar. Then use that vinegar for other cleaning purposes.
47. Remove candle wax; if you get candle wax on your wood table, soften the candle wax with the heat of a blow dryer. Dip a cloth into equal parts vinegar and water, then gently scrub away the rest of the wax.
48. Get rid of the smell of smoke; if you burn dinner (or have a smoker in your home), you can get rid of the smell by sitting a bowl of pure vinegar out in the area where the smell is.
49. Make a trap for fruit flies (gnats); put apple cider vinegar in a Mason jar.  Poke some holes in the lid large enough for them to get in. They’ll be drawn to the smell, then die in the jar.

50. Kill weeds in the cracks of your sidewalk; forget about using toxic Roundup on weeds. Spray full strength white vinegar on the plant at the roots. (10% is best if you have a real issue, not the kitchen kind).