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DIY and Homemade Gear / zipper pulls
« Last post by asemery on Yesterday at 12:55:26 PM »
zipper pills/key riung fobs

General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by imnukensc on Yesterday at 09:04:41 AM »
General Discussion / Re: ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 08:47:05 AM »
It would have to be New Bedlam, old Bedlam is at Fort Laramie. 
General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 08:45:35 AM »
Well that is a good start to the day.  Pretty cool.
Food and Cooking / Re: More pickle magic
« Last post by Moe M. on January 18, 2019, 10:09:57 PM »
My brother made several 5 qt. ice cream bucketfuls of those refrigerator bread & butter pickles every year.  When things like zucchinis and cucumbers start producing overwhelming numbers of fruits, pickles are about your only hope of keeping ahead of them.  We just leave them in the buckets in the fridge and they keep for months without canning. :shrug:

 I've never made this stuff before I ran across a recipe that got me started,  I've always been interested in food preservation, I remember when I was a kid, we lived in my grand parents three family house, we on the first floor, my grand parents on the second, and my aunt & uncle on the third floor.
 They had all experienced the great depression and the rationing of WW-2,  so they raised chickens, a lot of chickens, the folks bartered what we didn't use, for milk from the milkman, bread and pastry from the baker, Ice from the ice house, and beef and pork from the butcher shop.
 We also had a big victory garden (about a third of an acre,  there was a root cellar in the basement along with shelves for storing canned goods, starting around August until October the family was harvesting a canning as the produce was ready, my mom and dad and my uncle and aunt did most of the work of picking, cleaning, and canning, my grand parents were up into their 60's (people aged younger back then), they helped where they could, but the bulk of the work was left to the younger folks although it was my dad and grand dad that did the butchering and made the sausage.
 To the point, I was always interested in it but it was harder work than I cared to get into,  I've always had the urge to make jellies, jams, and pickles but never pursued it,  all that prep, pressure cookers, sterilizing jars and lids and all the assorted canning tools seemed like more work than fun.
 With the discovery of these quick and easy recipes without the need for pressure cookers and the assorted tools and hours of work,  it's made it possible for me to jump into it without having to fall too far.
 I used to have a garden every year, but my arthritis makes kneeling and bending to tend the garden too difficult even with raised beds,  but thankfully we still live in a semi rural area and there are plenty of great farmers markets going continuously from about June to October, the produce is always nice and the prices always reasonable. 

General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by Old Philosopher on January 18, 2019, 08:11:26 PM »
When I started this thread back in 2012, it was not just for posting photos. I was hoping there would be other content that celebrated all wildlife, and our relationship with them.

Hope you enjoy this video!

General Discussion / Re: ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
« Last post by Old Philosopher on January 18, 2019, 08:01:57 PM »
Not a creature was stirring.......not even a mouse. :shrug: :coffee:

I hear they are considering renaming the House, "Bedlam".....
General Discussion / Re: MEGAKOTA?
« Last post by Old Philosopher on January 18, 2019, 07:58:10 PM »
Stan might have to change his name. :shrug:

 It's just another Dumbocrat ploy to get rid of two Republican Senate seats.

I think you just decoded their plan, Moe!
Fire! / Re: Light my fire
« Last post by wsdstan on January 18, 2019, 07:57:56 PM »
Epoxy the square one in a piece of deer antler and it would make a good striker for a ferro rod.  We have a HF in a town about 60 miles away and next time I am there I will look for them. 
General Discussion / Re: Weather whether you like it or not
« Last post by Old Philosopher on January 18, 2019, 07:53:32 PM »
We live up in the Rocky Mountain Trench.  Last year on this date we had 31" of snow on the ground.
Today we hit +37 and all but 2" of our winter's snowfall has melted.  We've had a total of 4". It's the 18th of January in NW Montana, and we can see the grass in our yard. It's not even supposed to go below freezing tonight. We have NOT had ONE night in the single digits yet. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the mid-40s. I'm still watering my greenhouse.
This is nutz!
Am I complaining? He!!, no!!!
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