Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Wednesday already?

 We are under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. tonight.  So far, it's just dark out but no rain or anything yet.  It's to the West of us and should arrive about I always get anything to do with water done and out of the way before a storm.  My Mother was hit by lightening once during a storm while washing dishes in a metal sink.  Knocked her clean out!  She came to and was fine but it was pretty scary!  In reality, you should not be in a tub, flush your toilets, run your washing machine or your dishwasher during a storm.  Just an F.Y.I.

Meanwhile,  I went out this morning and got the rest of the brush to the ditch and took all the firewood back out to the stack outside.  I keep a bunch in the house during the winter in an old washtub along with kindling.  

I've gotten all my supplies now to start gardening gray totes......

A bolt of green tulle for covering my plants so the critters can't get to them

shepherd hooks for bird feeders and plants

My soldering iron, power bank for cordless water pump and the pump!

I will use the soldering iron to poke holes in the totes and the water pump will be a "bubbler" that the humming birds will enjoy and other birds too.

I'm reading this Guide to Food Preparedness...she has a website, The Food Organizer and an Etsy shop.  It will be a slow process to build a food pantry but I will be working towards it every month.  I'll keep you updated.  I'm also downloading the LDS Preparedness Manual for free but only 30 pages at a time as it is 509 pages altogether!

I am trying to get back to the Flylady cleaning method with Zones but so far I haven't started.  I'll let you know when that happens.

I did try a new recipe which I like for a fairly healthy was a recipe from one of my Hannah Swensen mystery books called Imperial Cereal........

Here's the recipe:

Preheat oven to 300 F...rack in middle position

9 cups dry cereal any combination (I used rice chex and cheerios)

1 cup nuts (I used pecans)

1/4 cup orange juice concentrate

1/4 cup brown sugar packed

Note: You can use any cereal, any nut, any fruit juice concentrate, and any dried fruit you want)

1/4 cup salted butter (1/2 stick)

1/2 cup Craisins

Place the cereal and the nuts in a 9 X 13 pan and mix together.  In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the orange juice concentrate, the butter and the brown sugar.  Heat for 1 minute in the microwave or until the butter is melted.  Stir thoroughly.  Pour the mixture over the cereal and nuts in the pan.  Mix it all together until the cereal is evenly coated.

Bake uncovered, at 300 F for 15 minutes

Take the pan out of the oven and mix in the Craisins.  Leave the pan to cool until room temperature. Stir it again to make sure it is not stuck together in big pieces.  Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.

Yield:  approximately 10 cups

I finally got a picture of the red headed woodpecker!

Well, it's thundering and raining now...time to turn on the weather radio!  Stay safe and well where ever you are.

Happy Trails!!!



  1. You can never be too safe:) Hope the bad storms miss you. You must be all set to garden!

  2. It will be fun to watch your garden grow. Stay safe.

  3. That is a scary story about your mom! I remember back in the day huddling in our hallway (center of the house, no windows, no basement) with about 4 toddlers when my husband was out of town and getting a call from a telemarketer. I yelled "I have to hang up - We have a tornado warning" over the sound of the storm. He wanted to stay on the line because it sounded exciting, he never heard of someone having a tornado warning before. I hung up.

  4. Wow, your mom was lucky (blessed, really)! Hope the storm passed without any damage.
    Your woodpecker looks a lot like the red-bellied female we have visit our feeder. There is a male that comes more frequently. I'm not sure how our birds in Florida differ though.

  5. You look ready for spring gardening! Hopefully, your weather will cooperate.

    The preparedness book looks really interesting. I've never regretted keeping a preppers pantry. It's come in handy so many times; both for us and for others. One time I was able to give a friend an entire trunk load of groceries from my pantry. Her husband was out of work and they had no food. I couldn't have afforded to do that out of pocket, but because I had built up my pantry, I was able to share with someone in need.

  6. Wow, your mum was lucky! You look like you are ready for the garden when it all clears up.

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