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  • My husband and I have a two account system as well...
    He opened a "secret" one at the beginning of the summer. I found the bank paperwork on our bedroom floor. I haven't confronted him yet.

    Some friends at work told him he should have his own in case we break up. I have no idea how much money he is taking from his check to put into it because he deposits his check.

    Wow, now that was one hell of a revelation huh?
    Primal since 9/24/2010
    "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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    • No mention thus far of what his solution is. Assuming nothing is going to change - methods or handlers. Maybe he and his dad had a talk and he decided to let it be. He was fishing with his dad while we were arguing about it so I'm sure it became a topic of discussion. Or maybe he's plotting my death... who knows.
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • My home cured bacon is SALTY!! OY! It burns my tongue. Asked on the IPMG page what I can do to correct this next time and they said it's as simple as using less salt. Well then... next time, instead of 1/2 cup of salt, I'll use 1/4 cup and see what happens. Maybe the issue is b/c the recipe was for an 8 lb pork belly and I had 3 lbs of sliced bacon... you know what... come to think of it, I halved all the spices EXCEPT the salt... no wonder it's so damned salty! I used twice the salt! lol *smh* Silly Jenn. The overall flavor is great, once you get past the overwhelming salt. It's so salty I can't even eat it! Bacon: take three!

        Went to my Grandma's house for the first time since before her death. My dad and stepmom bought it from Dad's brothers (it was split 3 ways as part of the estate). One brother lives in Minnesota and has no real interest in it, and the other brother was hurting pretty bad for money and moved around from place to place working. So Dad bought it from them. He's doing some minor upkeep things on it now until he can fully remodel it. Plans to use the grounds (10 acres) for a really large garden, some grazing animals and chickens. Recently his brother, the traveling one, called and said he'd lost his job and wondered if he could use the house. Dad told him he could move in for a while, rent free, until he got a job and could move out to his own place. Anyway, Brady and I went down there yesterday to pick some apples. There are 3 red apple trees, 2 green apple trees, 3 peach trees and 1 apricot tree. While we were there, I took a tour of the house. It had been AGES since I'd been upstairs in that house. It is such a neat old house! We went into the attic and found some really neat old furniture, an old baby carriage, and my Aunt Shirley's shoes from when she was a child (she died at the age of 24 from pneumonia. Stepmom says she was physically disabled b/c the dr wasn't ready for her to be born yet, so the nurse tried to push her back in and caused spinal damage - I had never heard this story before). When we were going through the basement looking for canning jars, we came across Grandma's hot water canner. I got so excited and asked if I could have it. Stepmom said yes. So, YAY! Excited me! I have a canner now! I also found some corning ware dishes that she said I could have. I love corning ware! I don't know why - I just do. We looked around further and it looks like I'll be getting Grandma's china and the hutch it's currently stored in. Stepmom thinks it's just Montgomery Ward china and nothing really valuable or "real" but whatever. It's a nice set of dishes and I don't have one of them yet. I just have to figure out where I'm going to put the hutch b/c it's really big. And I'll have to lock it to keep the kids out - Makenna's still in that exploring stage where she gets into everything and I don't want her breaking the dishes. The hutch doesn't really match the decor of my house so I may have to refinish it (it's stained a dark walnut or something). I'll have to look and see what I can do with it, if anything. Maybe I'll have to keep it in the garage or basement instead of my dining room - which isn't really big enough anyway. We'll figure it out.

        Anyhow, all that rambling to tell you I'm excited for my new canner! I have a ton of tomatoes and apples to do next weekend. Pretty stinking excited, I am. I want to take time off work so I can get it all done.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Forgot to mention that today is day 9 of my Whole30 and I'm down the 8 lbs of bloat I put on when I went "offroading" (that's what they call going off track on the Whole30 facebook group I'm a member of). I'm back to my primal low of 171. Can't wait to break that number and see the 160's!! YEEEEEE! GIDDY!
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Maybe the salt will be good in a stew or soup? You don't have to add any salt to the recipe

            Nice work with your Whole30!
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            • Yay Jenn on the canner!! Are you an experienced canner? If not I would suggest getting the Ball book of canning if you don't already have it. Can get it at Wally World, it's not expensive. I absolutely love to can! You name it & I think I've canned it. lol. Ok maybe not...but I've canned my own beef stew...chicken...peaches...pears...even hamburger patties! Potatoes...carrots...sweet potatoes...green beans...pickles, relishes & of course lots of tomatoes, in different ways. Hubby's big garden didn't do to well this year, I guess cause of lack of rain, so I didn't do a lot of canning, cept tomatoes. Watering is ok but it's not the same as rain. Anyways...I have a pressure canner (actually 2) & a hot water bath canner (2 as well). The stuff you can is soooo much better for you & you control what goes into it. As far as meats go, if you can afford to buy in bulk you will save money in the long run. Mom & I canned some more chicken last month, it was .97 a lb buying in bulk at Sam's. Anyways good luck on your canning journey! If I can help ask away. If I don't know the answer I'll help you find it...I have lots of canning books & there is a helpful site on the internetz, I'd have to find the link don't remember off the top of my head.

              Congrats on day 9! I'm on day 7. Tomorrow I will weigh & see how the week went. I'm gonna weigh once a week. Going 30 days without stepping on the scale would be hard...not because of being attached to it but because for me it's a useful gauge in how things are progressing. That & the tape measure. Keep up the good work!!
              Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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              • Nice job, Jenn! You always ROCK the whole30!
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • I am NOT an experienced canner... This is my first year. So far, I have two pints of tomato sauce, 5 pints of tomato juice (that I will later cook down into sauce, but I was out of time, so I canned it as juice to keep it til I'm ready for it - might end up drinking it b/c it is so freaking good!!). I've frozen a BUNCH of zucchini and later learned I was supposed to blanch it first to kill the enzymes that will cause it to break down. An experienced canner friend on FB told me that it'll be ok as long as I use it up this winter. Oh, and I froze 7 spaghetti squash after baking them.

                  My method previous to the "new" canner was this: take 4 inch deep sauce pot (it's my big pot), fill with water, bring to boil, blanch tomatoes. Clean pan.

                  Use same plan to make sauce/juice, whatever. Transfer to jars. Wash pan.

                  Fill pan with water about half full, bring to a boil, add jars of cooked goodies. Boil for 35 minutes (or whatever is needed - tomatoes require 35 minutes for pints according to Ball). Clean pan (hard water so I get a calcium build up in the pan that I have to clean out before using again),

                  Repeat.

                  It's so tedious using the same pan for all steps! I'm sooo excited to have a canner now! Now I just need to get a bigger sauce pot so I can do more than 1 gallon of sauce/juice at a time. Maybe two so I can blanch and stew at the same time.

                  I think next year stepmom and I are going to make it a larger operation, but I don't know who's kitchen we'll use. Neither are really big enough for two people to be working efficiently in. Maybe by larger operation we mean more tomatoes. Since they have the farm to their disposal now we can do much larger quantities of plants.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • I loved reading about your race. Good job, Jenn!

                    I saw that movie, too. Very wrenching.

                    Hugs on the money situation. To you, too, Pebbles.

                    Yay to a canner!

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                    • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                      Nice job, Jenn! You always ROCK the whole30!
                      Thanks, Tomi. I think it's my "magic" combination, but oy is it hard to stick to forever. I mean, who can give up all sweeteners forever?? I mean, honey? Really? But, it's just to break the cycle, so...

                      Anyhow, I think it's my perfect solution. Supposedly we all have one.
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • Jenn add a little white vinegar to your canning water. We have hard well water & if I don't do that my jars get that ugly film on them. The vinegar does the trick. Don't need much, just a good splash. How's that for accuracy! lol. Always remember that your jars have to be completely covered with water in the water bath. At least an inch...more would be even better. & the pot should be covered too. You may already know that tho.
                        Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                        • Originally posted by Sabine View Post

                          Hugs on the money situation. To you, too, Pebbles.
                          Thanks, Sabine. We're surviving, but it's not fun and that's the problem. There's no room for fun and he doesn't understand why there can't be room for fun... hell, I'm not even able to put into my retirement right now, so how the hell can I justify a bunch of fun? It'll get better someday.

                          But stepmom reminded me of something - without me, he'd be unable to race - especially given the division of debts versus income. With my income mostly going to his debts, he depends on me to keep things afloat. So, if he wants to keep racing, he needs to conform and accept things the way they are, and ensure I am happy. If things were to get too bad and I were to split, he'd be left high and dry and still without his fun. Well, I guess he'd still have fishing.
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                            But stepmom reminded me of something - without me, he'd be unable to race - especially given the division of debts versus income. With my income mostly going to his debts, he depends on me to keep things afloat. So, if he wants to keep racing, he needs to conform and accept things the way they are, and ensure I am happy. If things were to get too bad and I were to split, he'd be left high and dry and still without his fun. Well, I guess he'd still have fishing.
                            Yes, but does HE realize this?

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                            • Originally posted by theprimalcajun View Post
                              Jenn add a little white vinegar to your canning water. We have hard well water & if I don't do that my jars get that ugly film on them. The vinegar does the trick. Don't need much, just a good splash. How's that for accuracy! lol. Always remember that your jars have to be completely covered with water in the water bath. At least an inch...more would be even better. & the pot should be covered too. You may already know that tho.
                              My stepmom doesn't do this and when I questioned her, she said "My jars still seal and no one has gotten sick, so I don't think it's really as important as they say, so I haven't been doing it. Maybe now that I have a canner and will be capable of getting the water over the jars, I'll do it. Before I just did not have the capability.

                              OH! And I did pickles and cucumers and onions. Those were the first things I canned. The cucumbers and onions are DELICIOUS! But of course, not whole30 approved (hell, they're barely primal with all that sugar) so they sit in my basement right now.

                              I need a shelving system to store all my goodies. Right next to my freezer would be nice.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                Yes, but does HE realize this?
                                Doubtful. He's never sat down and looked at the bills and who they "belong" to by name. They're just "our" debts. But if he were to sit down and see what the debts are and who they actually belong to, I think he'd be shocked.

                                The conversation hasn't been had since the text message argument on Friday where he told me things were going to change or else, and when I said "or else what" he said he didn't know yet. Whatever. Threaten all you want buddy. It'll get you no where. I told him to find a solution and I'd let him run with it... I think he'll find that my solution is the only one that's going to work and that I've entertained all other options - especially the separate checking accounts to divide up the blame, but even THAT won't work b/c I'll be giving him so much money to make his own ends meet... but then again, maybe that's EXACTLY what we need to do so that he realizes just how much money he spends that he doesn't have... hmmm... tempting.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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