That last little item is such a lifesaver! I had thought that I had to pre-soak the beans before I canned them and never remembered to. Then my friend Jane from the late and lamented blog, Hard Work Homestead, clued me in. These little pints of beans will be so useful!
I woke up this morning with a little more basso in my breathy squeak, but whatever reserves I had were used up within the first hour at work. I am back to silence. The dogs are still happy. Especially Pepper, who now feels he has a reason for not responding....
Another sad state of affairs is the total lack of basic living skills had by many young people. The young fellow with whom I work draggled in to show me his new winter coat (made in China) that he had purchased five days ago. The buttons were already working themselves loose. And he had no idea how to fix them. None. Nor, apparently, did his girlfriend. Sigh. I battened them down and told him that I was going to make him (and his girlfriend) a sewing kit and would teach him how to use it. I mean....really.