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Blessed Yule

Posted by antigoneluce on December 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (3)

I hope everyone had a good Winter Solstice.  

Out of Pocket

Posted by antigoneluce on October 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)

I won't be posting a podcast tomorrow.  I'm sorry.  I'm going to be out of pocket for a while.  As soon as I'm able to again, I'll get back on it.  Again, sorry.


Posted by antigoneluce on October 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Man, I gotta talk fast to get everything I wanna say in to a 10 minute podcast.  Just sayin.  If the cafepress shop takes off, it will pay for a hosting package that should allow me to tackle subjects more in depth.  Let's hope.

Shingle Hung!

Posted by antigoneluce on October 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay, I'm working on a swag shop for the group.  I'm still designing stuff to put in it that is gender neutral and cool looking...I hope.  Let me know what you think, and if you like it enough, please feel free to purchase whatever you want.  I'll keep adding stuff as I get ideas.

When A Door Closes...

Posted by antigoneluce on October 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

... Another one opens.  Today, hubby and I tried to attend a Tulsa Preppers Meetup, which ended up being a 60 mile round trip for us... one we  could not afford to make.  Well, since we had trouble finding the place, we were late and hubby said we weren't  going in halfway through the class.  I was just so fed up with the idea of driving 60 miles just to go to these things, I decided it wasn't for me.  I left Tulsa Preppers Meetup.

Since it was at a library, though, I chose to take advantage of the free wifi.  I checked my email to find that I'd been invited to help coordinate an Ark2 group in this area.  This is Bruce Beach's group.  Last time I had tried to join Ark2, there wasn't a nearby existing group, and I was a newbie prepper.  So, I was kinda sad about it.  I continued to follow Bruce Beach and Ark2 for several years.  Then recently, I started working on a writing project with his group, which brought my name back up to them, I guess.  I was contacted by a team lead for an Ark2 group in a nearby state, who asked me if I would be interested in helping to coordinate a group here, since there isn't one currently.  I accepted.  He forwarded my info to the national coordinator, and I heard from him this evening.  I'm trying hard not to get too excited, just in case something falls through, or I'm not qualified.  

Keeping fingers crossed, though.

An Overabundance of Pears

Posted by antigoneluce on October 9, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

...and i'm reaching for things to do with them.  I've already mentioned pear wine, and of course, there's been copious amounts of fresh eating.  So, today, I peeled, cored, and chunked about a half bushel of the buggers and am canning them up in a cinnamon syrup.  Really simple to make.  Just simmer a few cups of sugar and several tablespoons of cinnamon in about a quart or 2 of water.  I didn't measure, I just went by taste.  So, first load has already pinged, and second load is being processed.  I wish I already had apples to do this with, but my trees aren't old enough to produce yet.  Right now, I only have the honeycrisp in the back yard and the gala in the front yard.  We should have a granny smith in the front to replace the fuji my hubby killed earlier this year (he collared the thing on accident when he was weedeating around it).  But I'm grateful that the owners of the empty house up the street lets me harvest the pears off the trees there.  I think tomorrow I"ll be going back up there to get more pears to preserve.  I got lots of cinnamon syrup left to use up. LOL

First frost was a month earlier than I expected.  I should have known that either I remembered wrong or it was reported wrong.  Probably erred on my part. LOL.  So, we brought in the sweet potatoes, which netted us a laundry basket full of orange spuds.  Also got a few more watermelon off the vines before they died off.  The okra are still producing, but right now I'm letting it go to seed.  Got lots of huge pods on the plants right now.  I think i'll be sharing okra seed next spring with friends.

So, been thinking about what to do about Yule this year, as with hubby off work injured, finances are extremely tight.  Been working on a knit scarf for Weebit as a gift, but hubby, I have no idea what to do.  I don't wanna give wine as gifts as much as I want to just share the wine at holiday events.  I still have 1 carboy bubbling right now.  I should have plenty to share for Yule.  So, I have a few ideas of what to gift to ppl, but I'm not sharing the ideas since some ppl who read this might be recieving the gifts.  Don't wanna spoil the surprise.

We're kinda having our own little shtf time right now.  Hubby is off work until his sternum heals.  He injured it when he pushed the truck a mile to a friend's house when it broke down.  I didn't know it was possible, but apparently it is.  It's called costochondritis.  That explained the tightness in the chest, the pain, and the low stamina for activity of any kind.  He's not allowed to lift anything over 5 lbs or lift anything at all above his head.  It's kinda driving Weebit crazy since she loves to rough-house with Daddy, and he can't.  I find it funny, though.  I'm having to use some of my food preps right now to keep us fed, and I think we're eating great.  This is kinda giving the family an idea of what it will be like when the real shtf happens.  

Btw, for those of you who don't know SHTF stands for $#!+ Hits The Fan.  Further info:  TEOTWAWKI stands for The End Of The World As We Know It.  These really are abreviations that are used in the prepper community.  I didn't make these up.  There are lots of other abreviations, like BOB -  Bug Out Bag... also BOV - Bug Out Vehicle  (the vehicle you will use to evacuate), BOL - Bug Out Location (the place to where you're bugging out), the aforementioned DGI - Didn't Get It, TPTB - The Powers That Be, and others.  I'll try to remember some more of them to help ppl get caught up with the abreviations. 

There are also some sayings that are unique to the prepper/homesteader community.  For instance the 3 B's - Beans, Bullets and Bandaids, which refer to the 3 categories of prepping.  Beans, of course refer to food.  Bullets refer to security.  Bandaids refer to medical, which includes storing extra of any prescription medications, and possibly some austere types of trauma care.  This one was made popular by James Wesley Rawles, the author.  Another one is Gold, Guns and Grub.  This one comes from Shane Connor, the owner of  Both of these are really intelligent ways to look at prepping.  

Oh man, I still have to do my podcast this morning.  I better shut up so I have something to talk about when I do it.  I think I"ll put it off till after I get some sleep.  Don't wanna yawn while on air. LOL.  Okay, gnite.

Chat Room Up

Posted by antigoneluce on September 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey.  I put a chatroom on here so we can get together and discuss stuff live.  I would like it if we could schedule a time that we can all get on and talk, share ideas, and give each other moral support.  Please chime in with your opinion.


Posted by antigoneluce on September 26, 2012 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (1)

I don't think it's too much to ask that anyone who comes here be respectful.  Well, apparently this "christian" that goes by the name of PeppermintSushi on the JMR chat thinks that it's too much to ask.  Here's our discussion from the chatroom.  I won't be going back there anymore.


Cag3db1rd: found my mix recipes

 Cag3db1rd: is momma still in/

Cag3db1rd: ? (fricking shift button)

Rightsatrisk911tol: Doesn't look like Mother is still here. She's logged off.

Cag3db1rd: well, here's the link to my rice mix recipes i just posted on pp


Rightsatrisk911tol: Thanks Caged...I'll go check it out now

Cag3db1rd: i also have the book "make your own groceries" that might be helpful to ppl. i just have to figure out how to share it.

Cag3db1rd: just saw there are some other recipes mixed in there. oops

Rightsatrisk911tol: These sound sooo good! Thanks for posting them to your website! As soon as I'm able...I'll put some of these together...except...I may use mason jars and I'll be careful using the brown rice. It tends to go rancid.

Cag3db1rd: everyone is welcome to be there as long they are respectful.

Rightsatrisk911tol: do you have alot of ppl not being respectful Caged?

PeppermintSushi: pagans are liberal, liberals are by nature disrespectful.

Cag3db1rd: rights, you just saw what i am talking about

Cag3db1rd: thank you, sushi, for proving my point

PeppermintSushi: there ya go rights. dare to disagree with a liberal and you are disrespectful

Cag3db1rd: no, you disrespected me by assuming that because i am pagan that i am a liberal, and therefore, disrespectful.

Cag3db1rd: I have done nothing to you to deserve that disrespect

Rightsatrisk911tol: I try not to judge. It's not my job. I leave that to the Lord. I also get judged because I'm Morman.

PeppermintSushi: never met pagan that wasn't a liberal

Cag3db1rd: you've been chatting with me how long?

PeppermintSushi: you were first to bring up the disrespectful comment

Cag3db1rd: no, i didn't.

Cag3db1rd: i wasn't even talking to you.

PeppermintSushi: You sure did. Read your own comments.

Cag3db1rd: you interjected with a rude comment about pagans.

PeppermintSushi: About 14 lines up. you made the comment about people being welcome only if they are "respectful"

Cag3db1rd: my exact words are "everyone is welcome there as long as they are respectful."

Cag3db1rd: so, you think that i should allow someone on my board if they're gonna yell fire and brimstone at me?

PeppermintSushi: You made the comment on respectful first

Cag3db1rd: yes, and it was a positive statement.

PeppermintSushi: Is that a hateful comment about christians

Cag3db1rd: why are you being like this?

Cag3db1rd: you're specifically picking a fight with me

PeppermintSushi: It looked like a negative comment. They only welcome IF they are respectful.

Cag3db1rd: well, if i came on here and started going off on christians for some odd reason, then i would expect to be booted. i have no beef with most of the christians i know, and some of my best friends are christian, so i would have no reason to go off on anyone as a generality about christianity.

PeppermintSushi: You will never see me writing anything about me requiring others to be "respectful" on my website.

Cag3db1rd: but if someone were to come on my board and start being rude to me and my other members, then i would boot them. it's my board, and i make that determination. it's not up for debate. i have that right.

PeppermintSushi: You made the rude comment about others being "disrespectful" on your website.

PeppermintSushi: We're not liberals. We don't play that game.

Cag3db1rd: no, you called pagans disrespectful

Cag3db1rd: stop trying to pick a fight with me, peppermint sushi

Cag3db1rd: this was an a-b conversation. c ur way out.

PeppermintSushi: They are disrespectful. I know many of them. They are all alike.

Cag3db1rd: at this point, you're the one being disrespectful.

PeppermintSushi: Do you believe in the global warming farce?

Cag3db1rd: i wasn't even talking to you. you inturrupted my conversation and got rude with me.

Cag3db1rd: no, i don't.

Cag3db1rd: i believe that the globe warms and cools on a cycle and it's normal

PeppermintSushi: You are on a forum full of non-liberals. What did you expect?

Cag3db1rd: I'M NOT A LIBERAL

PeppermintSushi: You're a pagan?


Cag3db1rd: So, you're the one who came and attacked me.

PeppermintSushi: No such thing as non-liberal pagan.

Cag3db1rd: I'm hurt and dissapointed with you.

PeppermintSushi: Really?

Cag3db1rd: I honestly thought you were a better person than this

PeppermintSushi: Tell us why you demand that others be "respectful" when looking at your website? T

Cag3db1rd: because it's the right thing to do.

PeppermintSushi: We make not such demands. It is rediculous.

PeppermintSushi: We make not such demands. It is rediculous.

Cag3db1rd: are you purposefully trying to drive me away?

PeppermintSushi: I am trying to wake you up.

Rightsatrisk911tol: You know....I'm too tired to deal with this...and yes I felt a little offended by your comment Caged....I knew you were pagan..but didn't judge...hopefully you won't do the same....and I never got the feeling you were liberal Caged.....and even if you were, parents are democrat and very liberal...I don't judge them either. You both have a good night. I'm out!

Cag3db1rd: you know what, it's midnight. i'm tired. i'm now angry. and I think you just succeeded in driving me away. Good going, Peppermintsushi. I hope this isn't how you treat everyone you witness to. You're a perfect example of what we pagans face every day and why a lot of us have chips on our shoulders toward christianity in general. It's the way we're treated. Good Bye.

PeppermintSushi: It isn't too late to change.

Episode 4 In The Bag

Posted by antigoneluce on September 25, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Okay, so that went off without a hitch.  I was a good girl, though, and stuck to topic to the best of my ability.  Came in under 10 minutes again.  The good news is that in that short time, I managed to go through the steps I take to pressure can food.  I will assume you are working with clean, washed mason jars, with new lids and good rings.  I also assume you have already purchased a lid grabber, a jar lifter, and a canning funnel.  You will need those, a canner, a tea kettle, and a sauce pot to simmer your lids in.  That softens the rubber sealing compound so it seals properly.  I also suggest clean rags, towels, and pot holders.  And plenty of water... pressure canning is hot work, so you will need to replace what you sweat out.  Okay, off to can the second batch of carrots!

ETA:  OMG!  I forgot to tell y'all.  Start timing from when the regulator starts rocking back and forth, or, as we call it, "rattling."

Frickin Podcast is NOT up. Grrrrr

Posted by antigoneluce on September 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Okay, so, I jump through a lot of hoops to try to get the danged thing up, and I'm ready to scrap it at this time.  Even used a storage site to link to it, but I can't get it to play from there, either.  I broke it up into 2  good... 4 segments... no good... 5 segments... finally small enough,  but i'm only allowed to post one file per entry, so none of that was worth doing in the first place.  In the future, I will remember to keep my podcasts to 10 minutes, and stick to 1 subject if it's going to take that whole time.  No more than 10 minutes, and that won't leave time for bumper music.  Dangit.

Here's the offsite link to the podcast.  I hope it works for you.