home
forums directory search about DD
Sign-in or Join for Free!
Recent Diary Entries
Horn_Of_Plenty 4 hrs
BearCountryGG 10 hrs
Donkey 15 hrs
InnerPeace 1 days
legcramps 1 days
Maria7 2 days
thinkpositive 3 days
grannyannie 3 days
Sunny2020 11 days
vettie 4/30
abdab74 4/19
Duaa123. 3/08
jazzstorie 2/24
tgshare 2/13
Southernboy 2/09
happy-1 2/08
MaKI 2/06
questforthebest 11/14
OArecovery 11/12
graindart 11/01
trishpiglet3 7/28
BookLover 4/27
greengirl 4/12
CICO 4/05
Jayhawkjen 3/30

Recent Forum Topics
Cannot edit entries :( - 1:16P 27-May

 Hi Webmaster! We have a new spamme - 9:40A 26-May

spam - 6:14P 27-Apr

Diet Pills - 8:51A 18-Feb

Mr. Lonely here. - 3:40P 5-Feb

Slim Fast - 5:54P 22-Jan

view BearCountryGG bio page
BearCountryGG - Saturday May 30, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

A little bit of news went a long way this morning......turned that off and doing some things that are more productive. 

Coffee with sf skinny syrup and water with crystal light so far along with a multiple vitamin, extra c, extra D, extra omega, zinc, elderberry, turmeric and a baby aspirin.....

Not hungry so not eating yet......lately that has been an issue...old habits creep back in so easily........fighting that off again.......there is no way that I allow old bad habits to sabotage what I have done...............They say only 5% of people who lose weight can keep it off indefinately......with that in mind........I can't let my guard down.....so I wait...for hunger and won't eat just because it's breakfast time.

Breakfast

coffee = 4

skinny syrup = 0

crystal light drink mix = 10

instant cream of wheat = 260

-------------------------------------------------

274 cals

Lunch

2 sizzle steaks =365

1/2 cup fried mashed potattoes/butter = 155

red/yellow peppers = 25

-----------------------------------------------

545 cals

Dinner

chicken tenders sauteed with a few pepper strips in olive oil = 225

veggie straws = 130

spinach dip = 200 or less

------------------------------------------------------------------

555 cals

 

 

 

 

Total cals for the day was 1374

 

Donkey on 05/30/2020:
Still working on the SF Skinny Syrup for your coffee, or is this a different (better) flavor?

Oh the food pictures are back!!! I don't think you realize what a fan base you have here, for those food pictures. (lol) I noticed that you have a Blender Bottle - so do I and I love mine! Mine is 24 ounces, but I've seen them in smaller sizes, too. I had 2 and one of the lids cracked, so now I only have 1. I use the other one, sans cracked lid, to water plants and such.

bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
It is a different bottle but unfortunately the same flavor....mocha...not a fan for sure...no real flavor, just a artificial sweetener taste. I also love these bottles...mine are 20 ounce...I have black and pink and I'm mind of bummed when they are both in the dishwasher at the same time...LOL


Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
As a note of encouragement, if you look at my very first entry here at DD, you will see that I wrote that I lost 50 lbs. in 1998 and since my first entry which was December 2000, I have mostly held it off (I have been a little higher and a little lower but never had to start all over again from the highest of 205). So, it can be done. It really takes not giving up. Especially, when you feel you have really went overboard and gained a few pounds. My most important help has been the Lord. Prayer to Him has helped me tremendously.

bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
You have done great Maria........you are setting a good example. When I lost it in the the late 90's...I did put it back on.....I sure don't want that to happen this time. I noticed that being at home more seemed to mean snacking more....as much as I don't like to count ( it makes me think about food too much).....I see I really do need to.


Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
I count every day and also write down what I eat every day as well as what I drink if it has calories. I keep a pen and paper where it is easy for me to simply write it down each day and this also helps me stay on track. If I go overboard one day in calories, which I don't count them precisely but I round them off to 50 or 100 when I count them and let it go at that...like if something is 177 calories, it becomes 200 cals and if something is 30 cals, it becomes 50, like that, as it is easier to count that way....but if I go overboard one day, I try to put a limit the next day of how many calories I will allow, which I aim for them to be a little lower than the previous day. You are doing fantastic and I am happy for you.

bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
My metabolism is so slow that I always end up counting exactly...or as close as possible.....I have to stay around 1,200 or 1,300.......to maintain...sometimes I can go up to 1,500....but not daily.....I wish i could round the numbers...you are lucky that you can.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2020:
Nice eats !

Lately one of my favorite things is chicken nuggets / fingers / tenders !!!!! I crave chicken all the time lately !

Nice job getting protein in!

I never have fried mashed potatoes sounds good like home fries a little bit !

bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
I use leftover mashed potatoes....and some butter....quite good.....I'm liking chicken too.


login to leave comments

BearCountryGG - Friday May 29, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Rained all night.........and will continue all day....so that will cool things off a bit.

Another day where quarantine is easy....we need for nothing so I'm staying in...although D will possibly take the pup to the vet for his shots.  It is time and I know he gets antsy........me...not so much....so I stay home.

The dentist called yesterday....and wanted to reset D's 2 appointments.......they set them up and then she proceeded to tell him of the mask on/mask off protocol.......I guess the idea of her with her hands in his mouth while she was in full protection.....and him with no mask at that time was a bit much....and he told her he changed his mind and wasn't going...of course he knew he couldn't wear a mask during the dental work....but the vulnerability became a little more obvious.....I'm glad he told her he would call her when this is all over with...........

Breakfast = coffee with sf syrup, yogurt, crystal light

Thinking that with all of the chaos that is going on maybe I need to just turn the TV and Computer off for awhile..........and accomplish some things that make me feel more in control......I always seem to revert to that when the world outside my door is losing it. 

Decide what I need to do and set my day up for success.

It won't hurt to be oblivious to what is going on for a few hours and do things that bring me peace. 

An hour after breakfast a leftover chicken patty was calling me...gave in and ate that.

Stripped the bed and got laundry going......on second load now.........mailed bill.

I had a pile of laundry to fold......and did part...and was tempted to quit.......but something kept popping into my head....the phrase...FOR THE GREATER GOOD.....it's

 old...and I find that my mind reminds me of it...when things are especially chaotic.....and I tend to listen...it's only there in bad times..........so...while I wanted to stop folding laundry.....I asked mysef...WOULD THAT BE FOR THE GREATER GOOD?  I kept folding until it was done.  I'm glad it's done for now......it was for the greater good.  My activity around here spurred D on to start doing things too........the laundry is folded, D is doing things that need to be done...it was for the greater good.  I usually find plenty of excuses to do or not do things.........FOR THE GREATER GOOD needs to occupy my mind more often.....maybe I will print that out and hang it on the wall!!!  When things are totally out of my control and it feels like the rest of the world is falling apart........I need to spend that time especially..........doing what is just and right and calms me.

Thinking about the greater good remined me that I had made some resolutionf for this year.......and one was to post pics of everything I ate daily....i did that for awhile and grew bored with it...but it truly was for the greater good.........too late to do that today....but...it's an idea to get back to tomorrow.

Back several months ago I ordered 2 of the 23 and me dna test kits for us.  The plan was to do them in April.....but with things the way they are now...we put it off......today I got them out and looked at the instructions....we will probably do that on Monday......The kids keep asking if we did them yet...I think they are more excited than we are.......should be interesting though.

And OH YEAH....when I was reorganizing food.......found several things I couldn't live a moment without.....UGH....got that out of the way BUT....while none were horrible...none were really needs....they were wants............call it a food fit.

Lunch was chicken peppers and mashed potatoes and I just realized that I ate lunch automatically and really wasn't hungry........that proves it....I'm definately off track......and my pants are tight today too.

 

 

 

Donkey on 05/29/2020:
I received an email from my dentist that his office is closed through June 15th. I'm ok with that, although in having some problems lately. Not a dental emergency - yet.

I usually like an errand or 2, but am still refraining as much as possible from shopping. Our Old Kitty needs dental attention. Husband was supposed to call about that this week. I don't think he did.

bearcountrygg on 05/29/2020:
The things that need to be done apparently haven't stopped because our normal lives have stopped......I'm wondering how long it will take for us all to go back to our old ways. I like errands too....but keep putting them off....D really does need to see the dentist....but for the first time ever......it seemed less important than going.


innerpeace on 05/29/2020:
The times are for sure more chaotic. I resort to the music channel - continuous music - no news!

I have often thought of taken the 23 & me kit - haven't yet.

Food pictures are always a good thing!

Enjoy your rainy day.

bearcountrygg on 05/29/2020:
I'm kind of interested in finding out heritage especially since my Dads brother told him that my dad had a different father from the younger 6 kids.......we shall see...it should be quite obvious if his brother is right. My Dad passed away never knowing....I wish I had gotten a 23 and me kit for him....but then again...maybe he was better off not knowing.


horn_of_plenty on 05/29/2020:
Nice job cleaning up and finding more things in the pantry :)

Lately I’m eating lots of potato in my meals due to Dinnerly always sending them lol! They are fun to slice into thick fries !

bearcountrygg on 05/29/2020:
Nothing wrong with fries ;)


Donkey on 05/30/2020:
I had to smile when I read your update about finding food, while reorganizing, that you couldn't live without. Ha ha, I know EXACTLY what you mean!


login to leave comments

BearCountryGG - Thursday May 28, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Found this in my FB feed today and found it interesting...I've always wondered about these things.

Just planning to keep busy today....nothing special.....

horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2020:
That’s why I like my carrots, apples and oranges :-)

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
They do keep forever...we still have apples and carrots from several weeks ago too.


Maria7 on 05/28/2020:
That is very informative and good to know. Refrigerated eggs keep a long time, too. I know cause we raise chickens and keep fresh eggs at all times. I hope you have a wonderful day. Smile.

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
Also good to know....thank you!


thinkpositive on 05/28/2020:
Good information- thanks!

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
Wish I had this info years ago.


login to leave comments

BearCountryGG - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

The local station isn't working today.....it popped on just long enough to tell us that it would be in the 80's today.............so I could wear summer clothes for sure...YET......with the AC...it will be just like winter in here...so i need warm clothes....LOL....my summer quandry has once again started........layering......my only answer.

Poor cat.....his worm meds and his harness and leash both arrived yesterday.....my guess is that he must think yesterday was the worst ever.........fight to get him in the harness ( which he escaped from outside).....me yelling NO...when he finally found his chance to explore the yard for the first time ( lucky for me that he automatically stops whenever I say no)...then...getting back in his house prison.to get wrapped in a towel and .. to have worm meds forced into his mouth......poor guy....totally confused and suspecting that we aren't such nice people after all........

Of course......after making a trip to the bank yesterday...a check for 48 cents arrived in the afternoon!!!!!!    48 CENTS....the cost to mail it was more than the check.........this has been happening for the last year.......stock that splits off into small little companies must issue dividend checks...........and .........it's crazy.......I could toss it.......waiting for another ck to arrive would take too long........so.......I end up adding 4 dollars and 52 cents in cash....and depositing it.  This will be done the next time I go to town........I probably spend more gas money doing this than the 48 cents.  BUT...I will be darned if it stops me from cashing it...it's the principle of the thing!!!   They will not force me to rip it up!!!!     I'm getting that 48 cents if it costs me a couple of dollars to do it!  OKAY.....rant over.

Plenty aroung here to keep busy with. 

Going to follow Annies lead.....and make a list of things to do......and then pick one each time I get the urge to accomplish something.........that will get at least 1 thing done per day.....and likely more.

coffee with sf skinny syrup.......( note to self...don't buy that anymore....way to artificial to be enjoyable for me).....but i will use it up...because that is how I am.........( choke that stuff down...because i bought it...LOL)  Teach myself a lesson....be a lot more careful whart I buy...because I might just HAVE to eat it)

Breakfast ended up being chicken, a RX bar and a fiber one bar

Lunch was chili, brat and tater tots....using some odds and ends up

Donkey on 05/27/2020:
From yesterday's entry, I'd be interested in your impressions with MCT oil.

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
Haven't opened it yet but will definately give some sort of report on it.


Donkey on 05/27/2020:
None of the 7 cats I've owned tolerated a harness. If it's a choice between moving with a harness or flopping on the ground in protest, they all chose to flop.

Poor kitty! We've been giving Baby Kityy, aka Sick Kitty oral squirts of medicine for months now. She hates it. We hate giving it to her.

And then last night, she was such a mess that I gave her lower end a bath, but not after clipping her nails, for my own survival. I think that checks off all the boxes of things she hates to do.

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
This is the 2nd cat slipping out of a harness...not sure what to do now...i'm thinking adding some sort of straps under back legs? Don't know....this one pulled on the leash...then decided to walk...but slipped his front legs out and head...when he got tangled around a table leg.......UGH...poor things.


horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Ricky My friend is so great at fixing things - if we lived by you, he’d have that cat harness adjusted and working perfectly !

We also had nice weather today high 70s so nice !

I also am not a fan of many of the sf syrups out there bc of the same reason - too artificial tasting

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
I'm thinking of adding some shoelaces strategically located on that harness....That would be nice to have a problem solvers help....I'm sure you appreciate his help. I'm using that syrup up....but never again.


legcramps on 05/28/2020:
Is your cat really yearning for outside time? That's hard when you need to make sure he sticks around and stays safe.

I, on the other hand, have a neighborhood cat whose owner lets it just roam around, who spends all of it's time in my yard chasing birds and creating chaos. I used to like cats, but now i'm not so sure :( especially when it seems to be killing the baby birds simply for sport.

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
We also have a cat that came around and killed the birds at our feeder....so we had to stop feeding the birds sadly. Our cat came from the shelter and had access to inside and outside and he loved both...now he sits in the windows a lot during the day...I thought he might like going outside on the deck only....but I can't chance that again until I remake his harness..The nice thing about cats is that you don't have to take them outside at all.....so they make good house pets.....and really do just do what they want inside......This is my second attempt with a cat in a harness outside...the other one got out of her harness too....so I can see....i need to add something to this one to make it escape proof.


login to leave comments

BearCountryGG - Tuesday May 26, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Beautiful day....have to head out to the bank and then back home........Stimulus check showed up on friday....so need to take care of that............Slept a good 7 hours last night and feel like I'm full of energy today...so taking advantage of that....got a lot done yesterday which spurs me on again today.............

Coffee....and multi vit, extra c, extra D, extra omegas, zinc, turmeric, baby aspirin, elderberry...not hungry yet...so waiting on that.

Big order of a lot of small things coming from Amazon today...( things we would have gone out to buy ourselves....Amazon sure comes in handy sometimes).....( cat harness and leash so I can take him out on the deck, wormer for cat and puppy, multiple car cleaning things that D wanted, D's glucosomine, can opener, MCT oil....to try out)......Amazon is quite amazing.....just not ordering magazine subscriptions form them anymore...that was a disaster....in fact no more magazine subscriptions for me anymore at all....D gets lots.....but I'm not renewingg anything...I need to read all of the books we have here...and then pass them on.........lots to work with there.  I like to finish a book and then if it isn't a keeper i put it in the free library at the grocery store...(in their foyer)....I see they have removed that for now understandably....but hopefully it comes back in the future......I will hold onto donations for that until it returns.........

Did the big overhaul in my clothes closet yesterday and love it......still working on the mess I created in the bedroom though....today I tackle that.......no need to keep suitcases in my closet if we aren't going anywhere.....to the basement with those now.

Dressed and ready to start the day.

banking done, bills sent, trips to town are short when i don't stop at any stores....and that could be a good thing. 

Yogurt for breakfast

Lunch = chicken, potatoes, granola bar, chocolate

Dinner = shaved beef with cheese, rice with kale and granola bar

Thought this was interesting...according to Dr Berry...any oil higher that 20%  is not conducive to a long healthy life.

 

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
Sounds like you have a busy, full day ahead! :-)

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Got a lot done already just waiting for the bank to open at 9:30


Donkey on 05/26/2020:
I wish we could edit our comments. But I wanted to add that a nice day and good sleep are wonderful things!

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Yes they are......I'm working on not napping during the day...some days i succeed......it really helps me to sleep better at night if I don't nap.


grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
Busy day! I feel better when I clean out a closet or something.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Me too...just spurs me on to do more.


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
That’s adorable you can take the cat outside on a leash !!!

I’ve just renewed and received my gumMies order from amazon! Lol ! Soooooo many!

It’s good to feel comfortable with some things you need off amazon at this time.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
The harness and leash arrived...took him out on the deck...and he escaped from it...he was standing at the steps and ready to run down...when i told him NO and luckily he stopped.....Ugh...I need to alter it somehow to make it work I guess.


grannyannie on 05/27/2020:
We use Amazon UK ALL the time! Especially now.

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
It was great...everything appeared on the front porch in 3 packages yesterday..........It definately is keeping us out of the public and for that we are grateful.


login to leave comments

BearCountryGG - Monday May 25, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Bright and sunny today....birds chirping so that makes me happy

There has been a huge police presence around here since friday.......still plenty of non residents here....but very little racing on the roads.......they are now driving at the posted speeds..........so.....that is fine..........I've seen more police cars on our dirt road in the last 3 days....then I have seen in the entire town in many years.......we can deal with that.........even though we are still in lockdown......they are here....but I guess that isn't a crime?  At least they are not going 100 miles an hour anymore.

Still working on reorganizing my walk in closet....and I like it......but wow...the mess in the bedroom now.....LOL....today....I work on all of that.........will just be making a pile of donations and leaving them in the basement I guess,.......that stuff used to go in the car right away for dropoff....but no place to drop things off now....so no need to fill  the car up with that........I used to do the same thing with cans...also....no place to drop off now.......so they sit in the garage.

20 years of prepping is paying off........if we want or need something specific....I go.....but if we can make do with what we have here....we can last a long long time..........there was one other time when the prepping paid off.......and again now.......I sometimes have asked myself if it was worth it.........( the room it takes up...the continual rotation, D's aggravation about just the numbers of supplies......being called a hoarder( although this stuff was bought before the pandemic).).......and just the aggrivation of having it in my face all of the time....and my final answer is...YES YES YES...it was worth it........do I get irritation with the quantity of it...ABSOLUTELY!!!  Yes...some things have gone bad...it's obvious when you open a package and it's rancid( that happens with drygoods that have oils and grains in the package)........you know immediatly.  I've only had one can actually leak....and it was in perfect condition otherwise....it was cranberry sauce......well....out it went......there are some dented cans....I'm using those myself...and so far..they have been fine.........could I end up getting botulism?????  I suppose...but I think I would sense something is wrong before eating it......I have thrown out some things that I just didn't want to take the chance on.......I'm fine with that.  The bottom line is in the US...our supply chain has been broken.........and it's not improving............it will only get worse from here........it's time to pick up a few things each time you shop...to just set aside in case.  My family is all doing that.........they aren't buying out the store...they are picking up some extras each trip and stashing it away......the fact is....unless you have a garden and can or freeze extras..., have chickens for eggs and meat.......or....you have some things that keep stored away....you could be very sorry at some point in the next few months or years.....besides......if for some reason....you will be able to purchase what you need....it sure is nice to have that stash set aside....if you just don't feel like cooking, or you have a loss of income....or you just don't want to go to the store..........it is up to all of us to plan for these things...........Even our government tells us to have up to a years supply of food........they mention a minimum of 3 days...(OMG)......suggest 6 months and a year even better.  We are not mormon....but mormons have been keeping a years worth of food for a very long time. 

We have been happy to share with family and friends when they were in need.....that makes us very happy that we could ease their burden a bit......that will continue. 

It makes me happy to be able to have a back up when D says.........do we have anymore almonds, olive oil etc.......so far...I have been able to hand him what he asked for within minutes.

My frustration comes with the fact that I need to have it organized better.........and that is a ongoing issue.....working on that again today also.

As soon as D's prescritions are able to be renewed...I do that.....I would rather have too much of that for him...than not enough.

I'm just so much more relaxed knowing that I can come up with a solution...at home ...I may have to open a few bins....but I usually find it......and if not...it goes on a list for the next shopping trip.

I never clear shelves....I've built this up over time....1 or 2 at a time......it's not hard.....but it sure comes in handy at times.

Currently...we have enough food for at least a year....will me miss some things...absolutely......but will it keep us alive?  ABSOLUTELY.  We have enough dog food for more than a year...and enough cat food for several months.......( need to get a little more of that each trip)

When people were in a panic over toilet paper.......while I noticed there was none here for sale......and so many were going without.....we had plenty, as well as kleenex, laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap........

Being prepared for everything is not necessarily being a hoarder........instead...I believe that that it is being prepared to take care of myself and family when needed.....without stressing about it.  When what you need to survive is right there in your home there is such a feeling of peace and contentment.

Ok....enough about me and my suggestions..........I was raised by parents and grandparents that lived through the great depression......I have had many times in my adult life when there was only a couple of days worth of food in the house....and I wasn't worried..........but....there has also been lots of time pass...lots of water over the dam and under the bridge...lots of unemployment, prosperous times and weeks when the bills took up all of our income so we just didn't buy food......we never missed a meal.....but lets just say...that sometimes...there was  an awful lot of pancakes and macaroni and cheese..............but we made do..........and that is what I aim for again..........survival.....and while I can pick up an extra can or soup or 2 to set aside...I'm doing it...because it adds up.....and gives me peace. 

I hope everyone has what they need...wants are one thing...needs are something else....and once I started to prep....it became fun and a new hobby that actually has had a calming side to my life.  Times are changing....and i'm not as worried as I could be..........

Breakfast = coffee, multi vit, extra c, extra omegas,, extra D, zinc, turmeric, elderberry.....not hungery yet.  Building up our immune systems...so that we hopefully stay as healthy as possible.

Breakfast ended up being toasted english muffin with peanutbutter

Lunch was philly cheese steak sandwiches, baked beans and brown rice with kale and chia seeds

 

Donkey on 05/25/2020:
I found your insights on prepping to be very interesting! For one thing, I've never heard of a can leaking! Good to know that can happen.

Also, I learned that boxed goods can go bad, myself, when my daughter tried to massage a cake with an expired box. It probably would have baked ok and been edible, but it smelled "off".

Finally, I never considered the amount of time and organization it requires to maintain a stockpile pantry, with rotations and such.

On a different note, I've seen elderberry gummies at the drugstore, and have considered perhaps starting a regime or at least having some on hand for allergies and other maladies.

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
That leaking can surprised me too.. .so since...I always do wash the lid before opening...wait for the pop of air...look, smell...and make sure it seems normal. If it smells off...best not chance it...i agree totally. I think I can do better with the organization of it.....I have too many different things mixed together...but I lack shelves that would make it easier since it's in a walk in clothes closet.....I'm thinking maybe book cases? We are on our second bottle of the elderberry....and I'm not sure if it's helping or not but I don't think it's hurting anything......we are healthy so far.


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Exceptional, excellent post! I agree 100%. People call preppers hoarders, who didn't stock up a little here and a little there when they were able to do so, putting priority on getting their fingernails and toenails done at the salons in malls, instead, or other frivolous things they threw their money away on. Now, with our country at an employment rate just about the same as it was in the Great Depression, people still are not waking up and getting prepared, but instead are striving for the same lifestyle they have become accustomed to, and thinking that preppers are nuts. Anyone who has less that a month's supply of food and supplies put up, surely needs to take action quickly and get food and supplies while they are available. Stock up while you can. A hoarder is a person who is mentally ill and fills their homes with items they never use to the point of leaving themselves no space to live in inside their homes. A hoarder does not think about stashing food for the present and future, they think about stashing anything and everything they can get their hands on, whatever it may be, useful or not. People are not taking our economy seriously. They think it is just going to 'snap back' to how it was pre-pandemic, which was not good, even then but is greatly multiplied from that now. It is enough anxiety to deal with the pandemic and the lockdowns by themselves without adding worries about having not prepared for times when food acquisition might be very restricted. The grocery store that Hubby and I go to has entire areas of NOTHING...no toilet paper, forget rice, there have been times of not hardly any meat for sale, etc. You never know when you go in there what they will be out of but they are certainly out of a lot of items. In our town, bleach is not easy to find at all. Yes, we have some stored and thankful to the Lord we do. Very thankful to Him. I've tried over the past few years to add a little here and there when I could. For those who are beginners in prepping, I would advise to start working on a month's supply to being with, of basic foods like dry beans, canned foods, self-rising flour and oil or shortening to make bread (biscuits or fried bread, etc.), sugar, coffee, and creamer (forget expensive lattes), RICE, pasta, whatever you eat for breakfast (grits, cereal, oatmeal), canned meats you like, and don't forget to stock up on cleaning supplies, including bleach, as well as paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) and a good first aid kit would be my recommendation. Finally, have an alternative source of heat for where you live and also battery powered lanterns with batteries. A good oil lamp and lamp oil is something good to acquire, too. These are just some of the things that come to my mind. This is what I would recommend to new preppers. I should have written it on my post but didn't know I was going to write this much. Smile. Have a blessed day and again, thank you for your very informative post today.

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Maria...you know I agree with you 100%........so much GREAT advise here.....it isn't difficult to prep....but when you need it...is worth a million $.....We also have areas in our local store that are totally empty......the meat department one day had only chicken.......and then the next week...only beef.......our food chain has already been broken...recovery could take many years.......plants are shut down and will not just be able to run as normal right away.........if they can't get the goods they need to run...they won't run. The damage has been done and it's mighty. Being able to take care of ourselves will be the best thing we can do...instead of wasting our resources on unnecessary things. People will say they were caught off guard...they didn't know....well....they weren't listening then...because when they are hungry and have nothing to eat....they will cry the loudest. Right now....along with the staples you mentioned...and you also mentioned canned meat......that is something ( canned meat) that we are focusing on right now...any canned good with meat or chicken in it...or a can of solid meat/fish/poultry...... I think that meat may just disappear all together. Very good advise...thank you for your input.


grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
We've got everything we need. It was sparse at first but fine now.

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
That's great Annie......in the US...it varies greatly from week to week. The last time I shopped the cleaning supplies were bare as well as no TP....I didn't need those thankfully but anyone else that did still had to go without......Our Dollar General stores seem to be doing better at keeping things on the shelves...and I did pick up TP for a son there....but canned veggies were sparse........I hope the US can fix it...but not sure how long that takes......It's nice to see that Scotland is doing well though.


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
People talk about buying silver and gold...well that all well and fine if a person has it to spare to do so, but you can't 'eat' silver and gold. I'd rather have extra food and supplies, myself and to me that is a good investment. People are buying things for entertainment with their stimulus checks...thinking the economy is going to go back to the way it was pre-pandemic, which was not in good standing even then...I thought we might be in for an economic collapse before the pandemic, the way the US economy was going...As for the meat being restricted/not available, I think that the elite are preparing us all to accept 'Fake Meat'...lab-grown meat...I guess they think that if people get hungry enough for meat they will eat almost anything. No thanks. Very smart to get canned foods with meat in them. Anything with protein (but not fake).

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
I agree totally....they are already talking about the fake meat putting the meat industry out of business.....we will see....i bought a package of that fake hamburger several months ago...it's still in the freezer...D already has said he isn't eating it......I will at some point but haven't got there yet. I agree about the silver and gold...if you can't find someone to buy it from you...it's worthless. There is a new world order in progress and it's totally frightening....we can resist but I'm not sure how long we can hold it off....exposing the culprits has to happen.....but...in the meantime....we just need to be prepared and ready to survive on our own wits. We had the gold/silver discussion here.....not going with that......money may become worthless here as in Venezuela....but I'm willing to take that chance. I'm trusting banks for the moment.....and that may change at any moment. We are prepared to protect what is ours if you know what I mean....We give freely by OUR choice.....but will not fall prey to theft. Lets just say we are both good shots....and I will leave it there.


Donkey on 05/26/2020:
100% there with Maria. I just can't understand spending money - lots of it - on vanities like nails and such.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Me neither........I've never had my nails done....hair salon only once in my life.......I'm a do it yourselfer too...LOL....we try to put the finances in places that we will benefit longer from...it's become a habit......


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
I wish I could see all your food storage ! You are very prepared !

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
It isn't very pretty right now...maybe sometime when I get it more organized I will be able to take pics.


login to leave comments

BearCountryGG - Sunday May 24, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Another governor rant here from me......after the midland floods that cleared the town and evacuated so many............Whitmer dropped into the shelter where so many are evacuated to.....quickly told them that they were standing too close together and then got back in her car and headed for Traverse City...where she is having a graduation party for her daughter.......refused to open the hotels, restaurants, or thrift stores in the next town over so that those who lost their homes or homes are flooded can at least eat, sleep and buy some used clothing. 

Anyway...no more about our witchmer.

Poured rain all night here....and that's ok...because there was a large forrest fire a couple of days ago and the rain will help with that kind of issue.

Doing some heavy cleaning here today....already have a lot of things out of my closet.....and some won't be going back in......luggage to the basement........no plans to use that anytime soon.

English muffin for breakfast

Maybe leftovers for lunch and dinner......definately working on using up food....not a good time to waste it.  

Getting the ladder out......the cupboards that are waaaay up at the ceiling are usually just empty and kind of hard for me to reach...but now I have to say....I'm finally thankful for them....canned goods going in there today....and out of my way.

I also have to say that the printer that took so long....is working like a charm......so cheap and wifi and the best printer we have ever had.......so the wait was well worth it....HP Deskjet 2600 series..under $70.....and can't say enough good about it.

Cat jumped right up on the kitchen counter in front of me today.......shocked...i yelled GET DOWN NO NO........he jumped like he was onfire...turned around and told me NO NO right back..........I'm not sure if he was mad that he got caught or embarassed......a little later he jumped on my lap and was giving me little head bumps ( a cats way of saying YOU BELONG TO ME).....LOL......I so wish that I knew what kind of life he had previously lived for 8 years....I think someone must have loved him very much......and taught him many things......he is a little smarty pants.......and I keep learning things about him....if I tell him to sit down...he sits......the couple of times that I told him he was being a bad boy for scratching the woodwork....he just collapsed like I was breaking his heart.........then I felt bad.  A friend and I had a conversation about pets yesterday...and how some just seem to exist around us and we take care of them...but there is little connection otherwise...and others have a personality that just jumps out at you and there is a real connection.

Very wet and gloomy today...so basically no outside.  Last night as we were heading for bed...it became very obvious that the next door neighbors were roasting hot dogs over a campfire...LOL..........D couldn't get that thought out of his head for at least a half hour........LOL......New neighbors on the other side....a state policeman and a nurse expecting their first baby soon....he grew up  in this town and didn't know that there are bears here............We can't figure out how that got past him for 27 years.....really cute couple and happy to have them here.

 

 

Grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Had bears near my house way back when I lived in St. Ignace.

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
Oh yeah! Really...if we don't bother them...they don't bother us.......but they like the bird feeders a little too much.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
So great about your new printer and yes it’s a tricky phase of quarantine between opening and closing and new decisions coming out !

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
We are closed until June 15th.....every 2 weeks it gets extended 2 weeks.....but we aren't going anywhere anyway so it's Ok.


Donkey on 05/24/2020:
That's very funny & cute about your cat :-)

Perhaps you are getting our rain from yesterday. If that is so, then tomorrow should be beautiful weather for you.

I had forgotten about your printer saga! I'm glad your story has a happy ending. What a story! I feel like that would be perfect for Reader's Digest or a snippet in the local paper.

I had previously commented here that I agreed with GrannieAnnie regarding your governor. I left it and then didn't feel right about leaving it just there, since I do think that Governor Whitmer is doing a fairly good job for the hard hand she's been dealt (virus, dam breaking). However, what is happening to you in your area is NOT OK, and like I have said before, a similar thing happened with my folks up in Wisconsin too, before leaving the area.

I don't think that's the Governor's fault though, since stupid people in Wisconsin do the same thing -- defy shelter-downs and head up to the forest and lakes. Good grief!

I do liken that to what I mentioned about my neighbors blaming Governor Pritzker (Illinois) for the shut-down when they should really be blaming the virus. And we have the inconsistencies here too, how some businesses are closed for being non-essential, while others, who sell or service the same thing, have been deemed essential and are allowed to remain open. It's not a perfect world, it's unfair, and it sucks.,

But overall, both I feel that both governors are trying to do their best, and shame on those fools who choose to disregard what we all need to be doing to keep this virus from spreading.

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
I sure hope tomorrow is nice....right now...very overcast and dark.....but no rain at the moment...although our weather guy said almost all of next week would be rain.....so at least it's warm.....


Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
Animals are smarter than humans give them credit for. Your cat sounds amazing!

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
They sure are........I don't know how we got so lucky with him......he is a real companion...for sure.


login to leave comments

BearCountryGG - Saturday May 23, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Another beautiful day here....but the noise and dust will start soon I'm sure....all of the chaos around here even had D mentioning moving...and I never thought I would hear him say that........lots of talk also about the place we had made 2 offers on that was very remote and private and way off the road..back about 5 years ago......but it wasn't meant to be I guess.

I need to get myself in line I think.....too much sitting around.......and it isn't very productive in any direction.....so I will set some goals today.

1.  Both D and I slept terribly last night,.......so I need to work on that again

2.  I need to get cleaning here....dust from the road has come inside over the last couple of days

3.  I really should count calories today.....the rolls just seem to take me over yesterday...and I truly didn't care as I was shoving them in my mouth

4.  I need to get back to reading so will start a new book today

5.  I seriously dislike where I moved the filing cabinets too...so I need to move those again...and get a couple of pictures on the wall.

6.  Broke a mirror a few days ago and immediatly thought of 7 years bad luck.........I had left it on the floor for a moment and then turned around and stepped on it...........set myself up for failure there.....

7.  Decided that we will be keeping an eye out for places for sale that might just be more peaceful.........that doesn'rt mean that we will move...but just keep our options open.......this week so far has been the most miserable we have spent here.......the people that are here temporarily are destroying this tiny town........hopefully things calm down...but we have never seen it like this before..in quite this way.........and it's more like an invasion than we have ever seen......and not what we wanted for retirement.  The odd part is our governor did not even open our area up yet...on the other side of the state yes...but here no........we are still in stay at home mode...........well...at least we...and our immediate neighbors are.......This quarantine has brought the worst out in a lot of people.......and I think they all came here.....

Spent a lot of time playing with the puppy this morning and friends came over......to see him..........we kept apart by the 6 feet.....and since they are both still working and haven't been sick it will probably be okay...we also all stayed outside.

I've also been looking online  to see what is available house wise.....nothing at this time....the choices are few...and none are appropriate for what we want......

Donkey on 05/23/2020:
Too much sitting - probably not a good thing.

I don't know what to say about your living situation. It's sad to see things change. It's really sad when other people have total disregard for their fellow citizen.

My state (Illinois) starts opening next weekend and I think it's still too soon to do so. We could do it if folks would behave properly and wear a mask, etc., but God forbid they be told what to do.

Couldn't hurt to see what else is out there, as far as places to live. In the meantime, hang in there.

bearcountrygg on 05/23/2020:
Michigan opened a few things but she just extended our stay at home time to June 15th....she opened the upper peninsula and area 6 which is where she has her cabin and plans to have her daughters graduation party......Michigan has issues!


grannyannie on 05/23/2020:
My family is all in Michigan. My son worked at Kroger which I'm sure is where he caught Covid. In Scotland our lockdown has also been extended to mid June.

bearcountrygg on 05/23/2020:
My oldest son works in Walmart and has worked from the beginning of this, it is a worry since people are grocery shopping rather they are sick or not. Our governor is out of control and has been since day one. But.......I would be staying home anyway.....the general feeling here is that she has made it all worse...but...we comply the best we can....others are completely losing it here....


Maria7 on 05/23/2020:
Sounds like you have a lot of traffic in your area now. Do you think it is from tourists on vacation or people moving in to your area?

bearcountrygg on 05/23/2020:
They are coming up here to literally cut loose....full of pent up energy and rage.......just a few moments ago...a police car flew by...lights and siren going.......not easy on a dirt road. I think this could have gone much smoother.....our governor has ulterior motives...most see what she is doing and it isn't about the virus......she opened up the area that her cabin is in.......( the only section of lower Mich)....for her own benefit. She is making things worse.....she is so disliked here and the people are rebelling.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/23/2020:
Def stinks that the quiet town you moved to has been overrun! Reminds me of a book I read about out west where half the town lives there year around and then the cowboys come to town only for beef season and create all kinds of drama and shootings and drinking !

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
Sounds lust like us right now...and I'm not Kidding!


grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
We see many people in my area that we know don't live here. Many from London or other areas of England are coming to our area to hide from the virus. They either own holiday houses here or are renting one (illegally).

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
The people here right now are sleeping in trucks, or trailers or tents......a few are in cabins that we don't think have been used for years......so it does make us wonder if they just broke in...or suddenly remembered that there was a cabin in the family.......either way...they are WILD!


grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
My family all admires Whitmer. She should have done lockdown sooner and required masks in public. Maybe my son would still be alive. Kroger did not protect their staff and his store did not do so until AFTER he died. You can't build immunity to a virus your body has never been exposed to before. Nobody knows who will die and who will have a mild case. Even young, healthy, and fit people have died.

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
We are not whitmer fans......Walmart did start making employees wear masks just recently as well....and there haven't been any cases among employees at my sons store so far...although it is a continuing concern. We all need to take precautions for sure.

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
There is so much to learn about this virus......and the lives lost are so sad. It really did just catch the world by surprise and I doubt few really knew how to handle it. Your son must have caught it in March...or early april...when everything was in such chaos........I know the numbers of cases were huge in the detroit and surrounding areas...( we just moved from there a few years ago) and still have most of our family there.......Normally I would be in Oakland county today.....but not this year.......too risky.


login to leave comments

BearCountryGG - Friday May 22, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Another beautiful day here.........

Woke  up craving yesterdays leftovers

Breakfast was chicken, egg rolls and pineapple habenero sauce........and it hit the spot...and made my nose run...LOL...also coffee

Early 7:00 call from son B...........insurance questions..and changes to their policies....(he had waayyyy too much coffee this morning...LOL)

Makes me think that I really need to get our files in some kind of order since I'm the only one around here that handles buisiness things....I really do need to make up a book of directions for D and the boys....My dad did that for me....and it was such a help when he passed because I followed that completely when my Mom knew NOTHING about their business at all...and she didn't even know how to write a check....and died at 89 herself never having written one.......so his notebook of directions was so much appreciated.......I need to do that here......( not today but time to compile all the paperwork to do that.)

Luch was cjili and rolls

afternoon snack is chips and spinach dip and iced tea

Went for a ride the last 2 days........just through the woods....In the past...this was my day to decorate graves......but no traveling this year............it feels weird.......but thats the way it is......Last year I had to stop going to one cemetary because there were gun shots when I was there ( very bad area).....this year...had to drop the other 2 cemetaries.......first time not going to my parents.  Just feels strange.

It's very obvious that the quarantine has sent more people than I have ever seen up north before.......constant quad runners, motorcycles, everything.......travel trailers etc...dust flying on our dirt road like I have never seen it before......we went to the carwash...came home...and parked it in the garage.....so nice and clean now.........but the road is like a super highway.......quite unreal around here....noticed that the motels in town were all full.......restaurant serving food in the parking lot....non stop traffic..........I'm staying in.

 

 

 

 

 

grannyannie on 05/22/2020:
It's a good idea to have a book of instructions! Lucky you having a nice day. Rainy and windy here, but I can't really complain as we had almost 2 solid weeks of sunshine not long ago.

bearcountrygg on 05/22/2020:
That notebook was a wonderful guide for me.....some phone numbers had changed...but it was easy to find the new ones online......I ended up filling at least half of that notebook myself....as i took care of their business over the next 7 and a half years.......I still have it now 5 years later.....and will probably never get rid of it...and will use it as a guide to make ours up.


innerpeace on 05/22/2020:
Great idea! I need to do that for my husband...just in case. He should not how to do it anyway, it shouldn't fall on just one spouse to know and be aware when things are due.

bearcountrygg on 05/22/2020:
I agree....D and I had a few years there...when one was mad at the other...our worst action was to take the bills away from the other...LOL.....until the next disagreement...we were brutal...LOL.......one time he took the grocery money away from me until I used up everything in the pantry.......and then one morning he ANNOUNCED that he could see I was struggling so I "COULD GO SHOPPING THAT DAY"...LOL...NOPE I was having none of that!!! So I told him that there was no need....that we had beans and rice left for several days...LOL...he didn't care much for that...but I made my point!!!!...then when I noticed he was paying one credit card with another credit card...i TOOK the bills back...LOL...had them ever since...and that was about 25 or 30 years ago...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2020:
Another beautiful day here too!

Similar to your son, my mom was high on adrenaline / coffee this AM too! I was like, whoa, hold on, this is too much ! Hahah

bearcountrygg on 05/22/2020:
He was wired...not a usual coffee drinker and he drank too much......LOL....


login to leave comments

BearCountryGG - Thursday May 21, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

It's a pretty day here today....lots of birds chirping...wish I could send you all a sound bite.  I wish it could stay this temp all year long. 

Had the last bagel with butter and peanut butter and a cup of coffee for breakfast........( I am addicted to bagels...there I said it)

Lunch will be salad with chicken and egg rrolls

Since the last "meal"...is always whatever we individually want....who knows........

 

legcramps on 05/21/2020:
I listened to the birds chirping yesterday morning (I was up early at 5:30) and it was so nice. Until BF said it was driving him crazy LOL.

bearcountrygg on 05/21/2020:
I whistle back to them sometimes....and they whistle in response.....I wonder what we are saying....LOL


grannyannie on 05/21/2020:
Love bagels. Fortunate for me I can't find any good ones here. I love to listen to the birds here. It's normally quiet here and now most of the time you can only hear the birds.

bearcountrygg on 05/21/2020:
It is beautiful...and as I started typing this a woodpecker started attacking a tree...LOl....that one...is a little different...LOL


grannyannie on 05/21/2020:
We hear woodpeckers sometimes, also seagulls, and sometimes cuckoo birds.

bearcountrygg on 05/21/2020:
Oh Fun!!! The woodpeckers are fine with me as long as they don't peck on the house.........


Maria7 on 05/21/2020:
So sorry to hear what your state is going through. Hoping it does not affect you and your Hubby.

bearcountrygg on 05/21/2020:
It isn't affecting our area....it did destroy a family members house.....and they can't see the damage because the bridge to it is now gone......we are fine though.


Donkey on 05/22/2020:
Last night at yoga, since it's at home now, I listen to all the birds in my backyard doing their evening song.

The instructor has music playing in her room, but I can't hear it very well over Zoom. She has offered me a link to her Spotify playlist, which I would like, but I think I would miss just listening to the birds, especially during the second, slower half of the class.


Donkey on 05/22/2020:
During my lunchtime walks, there has been a bird call that intrigued me. Long story short, took me about 3 weeks to discover it's a red-headed woodpecker!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2020:
Beautiful day here too :)


login to leave comments

[ Previous Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Next Page ]