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  1. I don't know any thing about condensing units but this sounds interesting. The amount of rain received here if gathered properly will supply the water for a large cistern. If people had dark water and grey water septic tanks and used all the grey water for their gardens this would help considerably.
  2. Congratulation I am sure your apartments are a wise investment. At the rate the aquifer is being drained with all the developments and berry farms, I think in just a few years the wells will be in trouble. They can drill deeper with mixed results. Sometimes you go to deep and the mineral content makes it unfit for use. I am sure the lake will be tapped as a water supply. Hopefully there will be a lot of rain to keep it supplied' In your case the SIMAPA well will probably be hooked to a lake supply. Hopefully your cisterna would not be affected.
  3. In another thread Mainecoons and cedros are correct. The aquifer is being drained and will never recover. This is water in the ground which has been stored for thousands of years. Current rains add very little to it. As the aquifer drops more and more wells will dry up. There is the lake for water but when dry years come the lake would soon be not viable. A partial solution is cisterns. A good cistern would probably supply all the water a household needs thus help prolong the use of the aquifer. Many countries get almost all their water from cisterns. I remember as a kid we had a cistern for all our water. The water level was to deep for a well in our area. Now they have rural water but this was back when. I am planning on more construction at my casa this fall and I am going to look into the cost of a cistern. If people lakeside started putting in cisterns I am sure it would help the problem. During rainy season a large cistern would soon be filled. With a good charcoal filtration system you will also have some great potable water.
  4. In the United States there are less cows now than there were 40 years ago. Most of our foreign markets have dried up is the only reason there is adequate beef for the states.
  5. You may be right but I have heard the government is planning a large beef buy. Again mainly hamburger meat. This is to feed the hungry school children who use to get free meals at the schools, homeless people and other low income or unemployed people.
  6. Prices can vary widely within a region. Actually most of the calves in Oklahoma go to feedlots in Kansas, Nebraska and New Mexico. They are usually processed in the same states. Meat from there goes to New York, California, etc. In Oklahoma most of the grocery stores get boxed meat from Canada.
  7. Very few ranches finish their calfs. They go to large feedlots. There is no way readers from here with all their friends will affect the prices of the millions of people who buy beef. I was simply giving a heads up. Prudent people may want to store a little extra beef. If and when it gets bad in Mexico it will probably be worse than here. The processor uses cows and bulls for hamburger, bologna and other lunch meats. Your steaks and fine cuts come from the fed out calves from the feed lots. People in Mexico have not walked into a Walmart or grocery store and found the shelves empty like here. I believe people will start hoarding there like here, and I don't believe Mexico has an adequate resupply system. As for the toilet paper for some reason people have hoarded and my son-in-law in Germany is using a spong.
  8. I have returned to Oklahoma to take care of my cattle. Prices for calves have dropped by 30 to 40 cents whereas old cow and bull prices have increased by 10 to 15 cents. This is due to Hamburger meat, they are trying to get all they can. Hamburger meat can be used to make many different dishes and can be frozen for up to 3 or four months. Steak and roasts can be frozen up to a year at zero degrees farenheit. Some stores here have already started limiting hamburger purchase to one 2 pound package. They use to have 5 and 10 pound packages but I don't see them any more. I am selling my old cows but I am sure there will be a nation wide shortage of beef, especially hamburger meat. The other thing I can't find is pinto beans. I am sure where you come from in the United States or Canada there is items there which cannot be found but I think Hamburger meat will be a national shortage. There is plenty of chicken and it is easy to increase supplies. For cows you only get one calf a year. You might consider buying some extra hamburger meat for the future.
  9. rafterbr

    darn it!

    Thank you Chillin, a little more about the Mennonites. They had Mennonites in Oklahoma even before the Mexican migration. During World War II they refused to go into the service so they built a special work camp for them until after the war. Here in Prague where I live a family settled here from Chihuahua, Mexico maybe 50 years ago. They did well and more and more Mennonites came here. Today the biggest businesses in the area are owned by the Mennonites. A large cement plant, a trailer manufacturing plant, a metal fabrication and construction plant, and a feed store that sells farm equipment all across the United States. As for the women, a main thing is the raising and selling of parakeets. They sell thousands of them each week. Sometimes they don't have sales so will just turn that weeks supply loose. Of course, they don't last long in the wild. The people are hard working and honest. One time I was having lunch with them and they were discussing the election for Deacon in their church. One suggested the owner of the cement plant and another said, "we can't vote for him, He lies!"
  10. rafterbr

    darn it!

    I am sure other viewers aren't interested in the Mennonite discussion so I will forgo it. My apology for getting away from the thread.
  11. rafterbr

    darn it!

    I owned a Mennonite restaurant where all the employees were Mennonite my mother had Mennonite maid and later a Mennonite care giver. The men have built houses for me and made repairs. A Mennonite bales my hay for me and I buy my feed at Mennonite feed store. I speak with them several times a week. The Mennonites here mainly came here from Mexico. They were going each year to a reunion in Mexico and to Canada on alternating years. They have had to forgo going to Mexico because of the drug cartels. Most are now leaving Mexico and coming here or to Belize. You may have book learning but I have personal knowledge. As for the women working I think I have a better knowledge of what the women do than you. I have gone to their church meetings, singings and picnics. I have also owned a antique store and mall and have done appraisals. I have traveled all over the world and visited the museums while there. I have many Mennonite stories and may one day write them.
  12. rafterbr

    darn it!

    I beg to differ with you. The main group came from the Ukraine(Russia). They were originally industrious farmers in Germany but were out casts there. They were invited to Russia and given free land. This they made into prosperous farms but when the communists took over, the farms were taken from them and they had to go elsewhere. This is when the the great migration to the Americas happened. They settled with Mennonites already here in Canada, United States, Mexico, Belize and several other South American countries. This is why ,at least, in my area they speak a black dutch german.
  13. rafterbr

    darn it!

    Perogies is usually spelled Pierogi and are a product of central and eastern Europe. In my Mennonite restaurant we stuffed the dumpling with home made cottage cheese but depending on where in Europe many stuffings were used such as potato, sauerkraut, cheese and meat. I sold many pierogi's to the mennonite community due to the time and trouble it was to make the cottage cheese. I guess the wife's had better things to do. The Mennonites in Canada, United States and Mexico mainly came from Russia and Switzerland. They are a good people and I have many friends among them.
  14. When La Pacena first opened I thought it was great and told them so. Later a brother/partner left and it started going down hill. I ate there several months ago and it was terrible. Glad to hear it is improving, will have to try again.
  15. Thanks ComputerGuy for the cost analysis. I have ate at restaurants which did not have a price on the menu but not since I retired. Cost and quality of meal is important to us and we are not going to go to a restaurant with high prices when there there are plenty of good restaurants Lakeside which charge reasonable prices. We usually eat out twice a day so price can become very important. I have found high prices don't always mean the best meals. In fact some of the highest prices I have paid here were for mediocre meals.
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