Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
USDA Zone 8a
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My current weather situation is a good one to help explain the reasons to do food storage.  I am not a prepper though I do believe in trying to be prepared.  Like having stuff to stop bleeding because my husband is on blood thinners and easily bleeds.  Since this is about food storage, I don't want to get into first aid.

Currently, all the counties surrounding me are having evacuations due to flooding.  When it rains we cannot go anywhere because we have to cross what is called a wet weather creek.  Normally, there is no water crossing the road, when it rains it becomes a fast flowing river. In my part of the country, it is a common usage to build driveways over wet weather creeks or make low water crossing.  At low water crossing, a vehicle normally drives thru it without any harm.  Right now both wet weather creeks and low water crossings are under water or have become raging rivers.  I do not need to worry because we have plenty of food and water to last a long time.

I saw on the Sheriff's facebook page that our Ranch Road is closed at both ends due to flooding of the low water crossings.  We were not going anywhere and now we can't if we wanted to.
2 hours ago
Here are some neat things to do with plastic bags:

3 hours ago
Lucretia, Here are some of the reasons that my All American Canner book says:

Pressure timing was not complete or long enough

Jar turned upside down before they cooled

Bands were not tight

I try to set the jars where they will not be disturbed while they cool.  It make me unhappy because my husband is always touching the center of the lid while they are cooling.

4 hours ago
This is something neat to do with bottles:

These are made from old CD's.

4 hours ago
Here are some things to do with plastic bottles:

Doll Houses

Bird Houses or Bird Feeders

Wind Chimes or maybe this hangs over a baby's bed?

4 hours ago
According to the Sheriff's Facebook page, our Ranch Road is closed at both ends by low water crossings that have flooded.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state disaster declaration for these 18 counties Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in response to severe weather and flooding

It is sad for those affected.  As long as we have electricity we will be ok as we have plenty of food and water.   If the electricity goes off then we will lose our cell phone signal and will not be able to call anyone.  We will have heat since we use propane. I am not used to having cold weather this time of year.

Since our altitude is over 3000 ft, I am hoping not to have any problems with flooding though our house has wet weather creeks on three sides and our pond is about to over flow.  My husband has been concern with what will happen if it over flow.  We may find out. 

I might have to sing that Johnny Cash song about rising water.
5 hours ago
Since kids are restless , I used a bowl to cut their hair.  Works with both boys and girls because you can leave the back as long or as short as you want.

Like these pictures I found:

8 hours ago
My favorite spice blend is Essence of Emeril.  I believe he now calls this: 

Emeril's Essence Creole Seasoning


2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme


Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

8 hours ago
Dane, if you put the chunks in water to soak will they breakdown? If so, could that be easier to use in a garden to add gypsum/calcium sulfate to the soil?
1 day ago