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January 2011 part 2 What lies ahead in the end of January?

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

As we have all suffered from cabin fever, there were most posts on this former thread http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1147753/#new than Possum Bell can deliver to those of us still on dial up.

Hoping all the homesteaders followed us.

I am awaiting seeds and have my wintersowing jugs ready to go. The next few nights will need the heater cooking in the greenhouse so please come sit with us by the fire and tell us what is going on at your homestead.

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Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

Whew, I also was close to losing you all, as I'm on wireless here. Thanks for starting the new thread, Podster.

What a way to start the day.....a cozy fire and a cup of coffee!

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

aaawww i missed Jane leaving.
my comp was in the shop and i just got it back.
sending happy trails and many blissfil travels. see you when yo get back.
that fire looks sooo warm and cozy oh i just could crawl up and sit and look at it for hrs on a couch
not much going on here

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Not much going on here, either. Today I visited at the farm that supplies most of my meat; the young caretakers are pretty nice folks... with 3 very blond young'uns, babies almost. The baby is experiencing her first "outside" in the cold weather... had lots of trouble navigating partially frozen, hilly ground in her boots!

I visited the farm today that raises most of the meat I buy. It was a lot farther than I thought, and I had to drive home in the dark, which I do not do well. I was hoping to work out a trade for some of my (eventual) cured pork salami, smoked bacon, proscuitto, etc for some pork to play around with on my learning curve. Alas, whatever their religion is (I think not Jewish, though), they do not eat pork... and they are totally out of most beef cuts until a big spring slaughter.

I did come home with a couple of free packages of pork that had broken the vacuum seal done at the packing house when they were slaughtered. They aren't allowed to sell them, so I got them free. One is a big shoulder roast. I'll just cut off any freezer burn, and cube/grind the rest for sausage. They have recently sold off all their pigs and are now raising only beef, so I'll have to find another supplier for pork when that one pork freezer is empty. It's already pretty slim pickins'.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Can I pull up a chair and enjoy the fire?

Rode to town with DH yesterday. He goes to wound care every Thursday. I had not been to own in a month and everybody was asking about me. They are really nice folk. Doc made me bring home a magazine I was copying a recipe out of. I always bring them magazines.

Went o the PO in town as I kept forgettting my "mailings" when I passed our PO eveyday. Typical for me. I sent off a seed trade and ordered Southern Living magazine. They sent me an offer for a years subscription for only $10. I thought it was a good buy and I love their magazine. Good stories and great recipes.

Went to Wally world for a few things. Got some more feet and handwarmers for this cold spell. Got 1 of DH's meds filled. It was only $4. Don't mind those at all.

Went to TSC and got feed and a new book. It's called Mini Farming Self-Sufficiency on a 1/4 Acre. Then when I got home a box had been left for me by the mail man. It was a box of books Jay sent me. I started on the Mormon Trail book last night. I'll have plenty good reading for the rest of the winter. I read 4 books at once but I have to make sure they are different genres so I don't get them mixed up.

Came home and got the feeding done. Was trying to hurry so I could get my stuff together and get cleaned up for the ladies meeting at church. Got a call they were all afraid to come out because the storm was so close so we canceled it.

Gotta get going this morning. We got an inch or 2 of snow overnight and it's in the 20's this morning. BBL
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Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

Frigid cold and 10* here this morning. But the sun is shining....

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

We were expecting those really low temps but thank the Lord He spared us. That's waaay to cold for my liking. Keep yourself warm.

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none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

1 degree here for us today.
all 5 of my eggs broke but one . oh well. just can't win them all
it got up to 9 by noon and its 57 in my GH with just the sun ! wow excellent. can't wait to get them heaters running and get some things started.
sounds like you had fun Cajun. I saw documentary on the Mormon trail ? or i think it was ? . just about how they got here ect...
kids have a snow day again. :(
got my hair done
darius i got a buffulo ranch not to far from me. I m hoping my family likes it ? . no corn feed meat there! your meat curing sounds like a great idea. i love that stuff !!
this spring i may try and cull my own chickens. i will build then a fence so they can get a bit more roaming.
Lucy our dog likes to chase them so we can't let them free roam all over .

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Sue, I've only had ground buffalo... tastes like a really good quality ground beef to me.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

good to know darius. i think i will like it , just don't know about the family.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Sue, that is terrible cold!!!! Good about the GH temps. Trying to sell DH on the idea of building a hoop house over my garden spot. My guard dog, Cowboy, will kill chickens. BC, Galloway will let them eat with him.

Started another book. Calamity Jane. Truth is so far from the fiction that has been accepted about her.

I have not felt well today. BP has been low and I have had no energy.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

good morning everyone
not much here
today is -7
guess no fresh eggs today LOL

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Low 20s here but the wind is kickin'. Got all my feed dipped and let Ben out but I'm resting before going out to feed. I got 5 eggs yesterday. Judging by the size of a couple eggs, some of my pullets are starting to lay. Miracle laid me a nice big egg yesterday but she can't hold a candle to the golden comet. Hers is a honkin' big egg.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I'm still piddlin' with meat... the fatback I got Thursday is fantastic (not part of the free stuff, I had to pay for it), and I'm rendering the thinner pieces for lard. The thicker parts will become cured salt pork, using a recipe that has lots of herbs. Should be yummy cooked in greens or beans! Not your grocery store partially rancid salt pork.

I finally got my "cold smoke generator" and plan to smoke a few things in my cardboard smoker box next week, weather permitting. On my list is to smoke salt, sugar, some nuts, some sun-dried tomatoes for a sausage recipe... and some local honey. Who knows what else may crop up in my thoughts before then? LOL. I'd smoke some cheese if I had any!

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Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

How does that thing work? I have never heard of smoking most of the things you mentioned. I must live under a culinary rock.

Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

According to an online weather site, our low was 10 this morning, which is what it was yesterday morning. Night temps are suppose to be going back up a little.

Taynors, that is TERRIBLE cold, gives me a chill just thinking about it.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Caj, some foods require "cold smoking" at low temps that do NOT also cook the foods, just impart a smoky flavor to them.

The sawdust-filled gadget I posted above is ignited by the tea candle, and placed in a container where it simply smokes... apple, pecan, hickory, whatever sawdust you use.

Here's a link to a video that shows the process pretty well. The whole cardboard unit isn't sold in the US, just the cold smoke generator part.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkj-KvGl1VA&feature=player_embedded

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

That was fun. I had heard the term "cold smoked" on an episode of "Chopped" but had no idea what it meant. Did you see the videos on how to make your own with a soldering iron? Did you buy one of the cardboard jobs? I have only eaten smoked pork and smoked fish. When we grill, we like to put pecan wood on top of the coals. When we lived down the bayou we had our own tree and they are famous fro shedding limbs. Everyone that fell was saved for grilling.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Caj, if and when I make Andouille sausages, you are elected to be my "tester"!

I have tried all the cold-smoke options including soldering iron, and this one I just got looks like it will work the best. As I posted above, their cardboard surround isn't sold in the US.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

yeppers it is cold, got 3 eggs before the split from the cold.
sweet smoker darius.
well not much here

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I love me some andouille if it's not made with hot peppers. If it is, DH will be more than glad to help you out. LOL

That smoker is great. I think with a bit of tweeking you are on to something. I did not know pastrami was made from tongue. I have eaten grilled tongue before and found it a bit tough.

I had a split egg today too, in my layer pen up the hill. Must have been laid late yesterday evening. I usually make an after dark trip up there but haven't felt up to it last night or tonight.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

The andouille won't be hot; my system doesn't do hot peppers very nicely!

Pastrami is usually made from brisket that is first corned (cured in a brine), then coated with a pastrami spice rub and smoked. It is also braised (or steamed) along the way, sometimes before smoking, to tenderize it.

Hope you are feeling better today.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I have had a good day. Heart is still a bit irregular but it is most of the time so nothing out of the ordinary.

Be sure to post some pics when you d the cold smoking. I have never eaten pastrami.

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Cajun, Are you on medication for your irregular heart beat.
Our family found out we have a hereditary thing that is easily controlled.

Strong SW wind here tonight. Bringing in warm air, but sure cold in the meantime.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

No. I had lots of tests done a few years back. They said it was something I was born with and was not a problem so I don't worry about it.

Snowing here again and cold. I had expected to wake up to rain and warmer temps but that didn't happen. Got a fresh layer of snow about 2" deep. Bad thing is, yesterday was Sunday and the trucks weren't out salting so even the main road is covered now. I guess they will send the trucks out about daylight to salt and plow, then we'll have to wait for it to start melting. I have a little fun trip planned for this morning and it's on hold until I can see what the road condition will be. You don't take chances with snow and ice in the mountains. Three people got killed last week going over the banks.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Oh dear... this sounds like the winter that will never end in KY! What had you been planning for today?

On your heart problems, over years, things do change with your condition as well as in the medical field. And I do understand, I would be the same as you but your husband, kiddos and grands (not to mention all your critters and us) would be lost without you! You might consider getting checked again. I have also learned in these last 10 years that one Drs' opinion is not always correct.

Warm and rain here so it can get colder again tomorrow. But after hearing what y'all are dealing with, I won't complain.

Grew up eating pickled tongue and it was good. I like anything pickled. The key to tongue is cutting it very thinly and crossgrain of course.

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

I spent a week in the hospital when I was a wee lad. About 1946. They called it a heart mummer then. Now it is A-fib or something like that. Top of heart beats at different rate than the bottom.

My dad died at age 54 in 1967. We are thinking he probably had the same condition.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Did you ever have rheumatic fever when young?

My sister did and developed a heart murmur as a result. Odd but they said she also passed it on to one child.
That did not make sense that a heart problem caused by RF could be passed on but... ???

Now they can treat A fib by meds can't they?

Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

Just popped in to say hi. Went to see DH for the weekend in VA. The little bit of snow that fell where Al is staying was already melted on the roads by 7 am, and thankfully I got within 25 miles of home before the rain started. Beautiful country out there, but I'm sure glad the mountains along the trip route weren't as big as the ones up where Cajun lives. I was thinking that Cajun must have had some major culture shock moving from Lousianna to eastern Kentucky and learning to drive through those mountains. Personally, I much prefer my rolling hills. But if I did live in the mountains, I wouldn't leave at all during the winter. I'm too much of a coward when it comes to winter driving.

We met Darius for a late breakfast Sunday morning. It was sure good seeing her again. Wish I could get out to meet all of you. I met Country Gardens at the Ky roundup a couple of years ago.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Glad to hear you made it home safely. I figured from Cajun's post she wouldn't get out to meet you today. :(

Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

I was disappointed, but it wasn't safe for her to be out driving. If the roads had been bad down where I was starting from, I'd have turned around and gone back.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I was super disappointed I couldn't make it. The plows got out a little later and the temps warmed up and melted everything. We were able to do the work easy later on. Wish it had held off another day. Drat the snow!! We are looking at 6 to 10 inches Wednesday and Thursday. *sigh* I am so ready for Spring. I was looking through my seeds this morning trying to decide what to plant. It's so hard to leave anything out but I have no choice.

I had a heart murmur when I was a kid. Result of a bout with German measles. Also left me with a dry, hacking cough that lasted 8 months. This does seem to be getting a bit worse but when you don't have insurance you don't have a lot of options.

I had one of my goats for sale. I was asking $50 for her. I traded her yesterday for $50 worth of hay, 10 bales @ $5 a bale. I had already bought hay from the guy and it's some of the best I have ever gotten. Well worth the price. So I will still be getting what I wanted for her and I was going to use the money to buy hay anyway. :) I am also going to breed my brown doe to his brown buck at no cost. A friend from church is bringing his buck to my house on Thursday to breed my black doe. I need to move the brown doe to my friend's before that. I want to use different bucks so I can sell the kids as breeding pairs. I don't want to keep the kids, I just want to be able to milk my goats.

Talked to my Mom tonight. My younger DGS was in the ER last night. For several months he has been throwing up and having pains in the bottom of his stomach. The hospital told them it was strep throat. Go figure. He is still sick and in a lot of pain. My son is taking him to the ER again. I suggested a different hospital. It sounds like his appendix. Please say a prayer for him. I prayed with him over the phone. Poor little guy sounded so pitiful.

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Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Forgive me for cutting in again.
I am a retired EMT. The upset stomach and pains in stomach is NOT a symptom of Strep Throat. He may very well have strep throat. But he has something else also. Take him somewhere else.
Vickie

Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

(((Poor little fellow))) Hard to see them like that.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

That is exactly what I told my son. He was admitted into the hospital last night and is undergoing tests today. Elevated white count and swollen lymph nodes. CT scan showed no problem with the appendix but sometimes it doesn't pick it up. They want to do a sonogram (or one of those grams LOL ) but they will likely have to sedate him as he cannot stand to have his stomach touched.

Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

I feel bad for him being in the hospital, but it is for the best. Maybe they can figure out what is wrong with him.

The weather is looking awful coming in TN, across Ky and Eastern Va, then on up into NY. I'm about tired of winter.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

I agree , my kids had streap and no stomache issues ?
with an appendix he would have a fever, does he have one ? i think ifi t was appendix they burst pretty fast ?
i took my son in with bent over, crawling pain in his side. he was constipated beyond normal ! poor kid. Even the pain meds they gave him didn't help the pain.
could he have swollowed something ? and its obstructed in his bowl ?
poor guy sending T&P and hope he gets fixed soon. not fun.
i have cousin who has ALS and its poor condition, needs oxygen ect.. almost died on wendsday .
not much else going on here

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Ray was transferred to Ochner's Foundation Hospital in NO today and a surgeon from Children's Hospital operated on him tonight. His appendix was infected and had a hole in it. He is on antibiotics. He will be in the hospital until he has been up walking around and fever free for 24 hours. I am so relieved and thankful to God for answered prayers. God is sooo good!!!

Sue, I will be praying for your cousin.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

That's good news, Caj. You sure nailed that diagnosis, didn't ya?

Appendix trivia: The human appendix (uninflamed) is about the size of a little finger. It used to be deemed to be functionless. The newest theory is that it stores intestinal flora in case the normal flora are purged by ? (a poisonous plant, etc).

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

oh Cajun i m so glad to hear they got to him in time and he will be on the mends.
good to know on the trivia ,, LOL i can say l learnt something today
sending T&P to your little guy.

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