Joshua Frank wrote:I want to give bottle beekeeping a try and I think the closest thing we have in the US to what he's doing in the video is 5 gallon water jugs.
I don't want to actually buy water, but to divert a few empties from the waste stream. These bottles are generally reused, but at some point they probably get worn out and recycled, and I'd to access them then. I don't mind paying a few bucks each, but not more than that.
Does anyone know how one might obtain these?
Our food coop puts them out for the taking. They get them with soy sauce (used in their hot foods), etc. Ask at your local food coop what they do with such things, if they get them? Or a local market with bulk that includes liquids?
This year, we're baking bread again, as usual. I'm low on garlic salt too, so I may just make a double or triple batch and give some of that away as well. It takes next to no time, it's cheap, and oh boy does it show up the supermarket tasteless junk!
We give the neighbors home-baked bread for Christmas. Two loaves for the people with kids, 1 for the families without. We've been doing this for 20+ years now, so it's a tradition. We bake a single-rise yogurt bread. Takes about 1.5 hours start to finish, usually takes 3 rounds of 4 loaves each round.
That's ultimately what I did. This is what happens when you read old cleaning books like I do. Since I've read books from before the Civil War to present, I have asst. bits & pieces of cleaning suggestions lodged in my brain. It wasn't until after I posted this and kept trying to remember wtf it was...? that I remembered it was to clean furs. Since I own 0 furs that's not helpful. Could also be rugs, but again, the problem with it being rancid... so it went into the compost.
Thanks for the comment. If I ever actually find (again) the reference, I'll post it in this thread.
I have this tickle in the back of my brain telling me I can store (something) in the 1.5 pints of rancid wheat germ I have in my back pantry, labeled "discard 11/2020". I've been trying for a few days now to remember wtf it was I was supposed to store in old wheat germ, without luck.
Do you know?
Edited to add: I seem to remember it was used to clean furs. Not very useful, as except on the cats, we don't have any. Any other cleaning ideas?
I persuaded a local farm to sell me a bushel of hardened onions, with tops. There are now 2 onion strings in my kitchen. Yay! This maybe nothing to all of you, but it's been something I've wanted to do literally for decades. Badge or not, since it's so "basic," to me it's an accomplishment because I had to find a farm who'd sell me what I needed, look up the instructions (Wartime Farm, Series 1, episode 1, the instructions last oh, 30 seconds or so) and follow them. Then I found a YouTuber who had instructions, but I'd already made the strings.
Accordingly, this year, instead of buying 50 lbs of onions and trying to store them, I will only buy one 25 lb bag and I'll share it with friends and neighbors. Hopefully, that will reduce the waste to 0.
We have a good shop vac. DH makes sure the tools he uses can be hooked up to it for dust removal. Given what you already have and budget, which I don't obviously know, can you adapt some of your tools to connect to a vac/dust collector?
I've always wondered if something like the in-house grill fan have would work. The grills a neighbor has have a provision to remove smoke or whatever right at the grill level. I've wondered for a long time if you couldn't do some sort of workbench vac scoop that after a project is done and the tools removed you could just turn on and then brush the bits into?
I don't know if the ideas here are practical or useful? I'm just brainstorming.
I know a lot of people for whom order is a requirement of serenity! I wish...
For me, it’s the opposite.
My stuff was given away, stolen, etc. without my consent as a kid. I didn’t “own” any of it. The more I was attached to something, the more likely it was to be broken, belittled, stolen, or given away. I learned camouflage and to treat the things I cared about the most as if I cared little for them.
Programming works, however you’re programmed. And it’s damned hard to undo.
I am NOT organized, it has been a problem, forever. A problem I've only seriously been able to even attempt to solve in the past 15 or so years.
Background: I have chronic, complex PTSD from emotional abuse, by our housekeeper, since very young, around 3. One manifestation of this is that I'm a hoarder.
I do NOT have a hard time getting rid of things. I have a hard time not being in a mess. I have panic attacks when my space is very clean. The reasons for that are way too much info for most people, and it doesn't pertain to the question anyway...
After my PTSD was diagnosed and I did the work that I could on the PTSD, I decided I'd tackle the hoarding. I've been doing that for the past 15 years or so. It was ... difficult. It's very hard to stop yourself when adreneline is pumping into your system to tell yourself things are "really fine -- keep going".
However, some things worked better to try and deal with the hoarding/panic attacks/disorganiazation than others:
1) As much as possible, figure out what the underlying issue is and deal with that. If you keep doing x or y or z and it drives you nuts, you probably had a reason back in the archives. If you can figure it out, you may be able to solve the problem.
2) Try making it a game and give yourself "prizes," I started getting rid of things and counting them. I started with the year number, 2018, then doubled it the next year 2019, then tripled it... etc. Until the process was triggering panic attacks and quit, about 5 years later.
3) I realized that I had to deal with the panic attacks. I figured the minimum I wanted to get done daily (dishes, laundry, cat box, sinks, toilet) and worked for 90+ days to make it a habit. The reasoning behind this was that if I made it a habit, I wouldn't think about it anymore and I might be able to get around the panic attacks. It takes 90 days to set or change a habit. When I failed, and I did, I just ignored it and kept going. THAT worked.
What hasn't worked is trying to repeat the process. Which is just annoying.
My latest iteration of this is to send things to auction and sell things in larger lots. They go away in swathes. It's working.
And, amazingly enough, the woman who has been taking the extra furniture and housewares for auction said something to me I never thought I'd hear, "You're the most organized person I know." Say what? Me?
Part of that is that the process of writing down things I'm culling is my emotional touchstone, if it irks, the piece gets pulled. If not, it goes. Part of that requirement is also that some of this is the end of my bookstore's stock, etc. and I need records for the accountant. A lot of it too is that I know if I don't back myself into a corner beforehand, send her a list, and move the pieces out of the house into the yard or porch, that I will find reasons to keep it all.
I don't know if anything in here will help anyone else change, but I will say that I've read housekeeping books from the Civil War on, and the problems with getting organized are NOT new....
Some of my dream items are a new version of a Victorian kitchen window box or a "California" closet. All of these have to do with food storage btw.
The window box was a tin box with a shelf (like the interior of a bread box) with flanges which was manufacturered to extend out of a window, like a window air conditioner. The box was a mini fridge in fall-winter. My idea is to make such a thing, but insulate it heavily and do extensive crack sealing around the edges of the window/box joint on the inside and maybe the outside. My husband isn't sure of the utility of this, so we haven't done it. I know where I can get someone to make the box, but... it may never happen here.
I call one idea a "California Closet," not sure where I got the name? A closet with a vent pipe in the roof for exhausting hot air and a feeder pipe through the floor, into the unheated basement to bring in cool air. In between, an insulated closet with wire shelves. I've always planned on using old stove racks...
There was a 1980s article about someone who created fold down furniture and such. They kept their shelf-stable foods, grains, etc. in an insulated closet on the exterior of the building...
I have not read all the posts in this thread. If this is covered, I apologize.
The USDA in 1951 published plans for an approx 600 square foot farm house, which could be added to, deliberately, as a family grew or needs changed. Look for "expansible farm house, USDA" and you should be able to find it. "Excpansible" is the key there, it's part of the title for that and other plans like it...
The USDA also published plans for dorms, cabins, horse barns, shelters, etc.
I wanted to stop buying fabric conditioner sheets, because I rarely used them. After some thought, I bought a bottle of liquid fabric softener, which lives in my laundry room. When I want such a thing, about 1x a year or so, I soak a washcloth with the fabric conditioner and throw it into the dryer with the damp, clean whatever. Works. No waste, except the bottle -- but they last a long, long time at this rate.
Okay, nut mlik bags. I don't have one. i'm willing to buy one ONLY if I need it. I made oat milk just fine in the blender. Anyone have an alternative filter idea I can use for a trial for almond milk? I'm okay with multiple sieves, and thought maybe a pillow liner (dust mite proof, should keep out a lot of almond meal, right?) or a pillow case would work for the wringing out part. Do I have to wring it out? Is a nut milk bag really necessary for a trial run?
We were doing that "paying attention to what you do" thing. Realized that the single item which got us to go grocery shopping more than any other was milk. Hm. We used about 1 quart a day.
Enter oat milk and almond milk. We decided to try it. We have. And, yes we like it our coffee etc. So the next step is we will try to make our own. We use dried milk, but not for drinking. I tried canned, but it doesn't work for us either.
Big plus with the almond/oat milks is that the "left over" is still usable. We figure we'll put the oats in bread and dry the almonds and use the almond meal in something.
It's an ongoing experiment, but we got past the first, big hurdle: whether we could use the oat and almond milks instead. We can.
A new concern for us, or a new focus anyway re the aging in place: removing the items which require getting on a ladder, stepladder, precarious perches etc.
My herb drying rack WAS near the ceiling of my kitchen. I bought last year a folding, huge laundry rack that sits on the floor to use instead. The idea is that when I don't need it it's tucked away, somewhere.
Shutters instead of curtains. My dad redecorated the house when I was in junior high school. He got remarried when I was almost out of college. The fancy curtains which had been custom made were in shreds. He hadn't used them hardly ever, they sat in front of a plate glass window, and I doubt the liner was UV resistant. He and my new step mom went around about them. She wanted new ones, I mean they literally had shredded. He didn't want to spend the $... i learned to NOT buy curtains of fancy fabric. Do not leave them alone for about a decade. So, I've always put them up and taken them down and put them up.... Blinds etc. have the same problem. So do shower curtains.
I want to get rid of all of them and replace them with plantation shutters. Mucho expensive. So DH is looking into doing some of them, or maybe all. But we'll never have to do any curtain replacement again, or at least if we do, I can make it a piece of fabric that I drape around artistically. If it dies? Well, it does.
And just to show what a hypocrite I am? I have 7 yards of new fabric sitting in my kitchen, waiting for me to turn it into curtains for 2 windows.
Clay, two ideas: 1) potatoes are the vegetable with the highest satiety value, acc. to one source I read years ago. Add some mashed potatoes? And 2) Try some cooked wheat berries? The bran should help you feel full.
i donated a copy to my local, tiny library. The good news is that the state I live in has a state-wide database. Everyone in the state can borrow from almost any library. So, by donating it to my local, tiny library, I have effectively made it available to all 1,3xxx,xxx people in my state.
The good news is that this will apparently be the first copy in the state. Or, at least I couldn't find it in the interlibrary loan catalog.
Thank you guys! We own an old heavy duty pressure cooker, like this one, but much older. Bought it used at an antique store, thought we might ahve gotten a bargain, but it's not water tight. Of course, that means it's also NOT air tight. All I have to do now is figure out where to cook it. It's way too tall for our wood stove.
I sent you some books which may be helpful for the PDC today. If they or things like it are NOT helpful, purple moosage me and I won't do it again. If they are useful, you can let me know that. None of these are either new or directly permaculture books. I have those, somewhere, but didn't find them first.
i have no interest in irritating you. I hope they are helpful or interesting. I think there's 3 in the package?
Again, it was intended as a donation and to be helpful. They are gardening and homesteading related. If this is a total PITA, I apologize. You can write "refused"on it and send them back, and that would be okay. Or, if upon opening them, you find them to be not useful, stick them back in the envelope, put new postage on it and i'll reimburse you. Like I said, this wasn't intended to be a problem.
I've been sick, doing my taxes which weren't easy, and not here much. I should have run it by you first. I intended to, and forgot I hadn't...
I'd probably stick them somewhere in the back of a group of flower pots and use them as saucers which won't break? You wouldn't want to use them for veggies because of the plastic, but under daisies or roses or something near a door on a patio, with the handles up against the building, they'd make fine saucers.
After much consideration and reviewing what I already have, I made a decision about what to try.
Michaels sells a 2.5" circle cutter. I already have a kit, including food-grade beeswax, to make DIY beeswraps.
I will order the 2.5" cutter from Michaels, cut cotton fabric I already own, use the food-grade beeswax (either before or after cutting with the cutter). I'll try putting some beef string on the disks to help pull them out too.
I'm trying to create a list of substitutions I can make, to reduce the amount of supplies we buy and garbage we generate: paper towels replaced by rags as an example. Kleenex with a handkerchef is another. I'm looking for ideas that are either significantly cheaper OR something which can be used and reused. Assume I know nothing and have no ideas of my own.
I wasn't talking about instead of -- I thought we take the write ups here and use them to create the programming as the text. My idea was that it becomes a personalized instruction book. It is here, but we pick and choose what we do or don't and how fast. How to replicate that was why I suggested this. Also, if I have a problem with a PEP badge here, I can ask a question. A book reader can't.
However, I'm talking through my beard or whatever. Since I have done none of the PEP/SKip badges or work formally, nor do I expect to.