Just saw this video. Those mice sure can fit in tiny places!
I like to have a bucket trap set up even when I don't see any mice, just in case one finds a way to squeeze into my house. I love that bucket traps also don't have to be checked and reset nearly as often. When we had a bunch of mice in our garage last year, we set up the bucket trap and would empty it every few days. It was much easier than having to check 12 different traps, dispose of the mice, apply more peanut butter, and reset each trap.
I started this thread as a way to share--not so much debate--our holiday traditions and their meanings for us.
Winter has always been my favorite season. I love beauty of the snow and how it often puts "life" on hold. When we're snowbound, or have a power outage, we can't do a lot of things (go to work, run errands, check facebook, whatever). It's out of my hands, and so I just get to enjoy the simple things: candle light, time with family, winter wonderland walks, sledding, etc. over the years, my little family has already made a few of it's own traditions. When the power is out, my husband puts my son on his back and goes "dun-de-dun-de" around the house, in and out of the rooms, singing bonanza. Every time they enter a new dark room, they yell "DARK!" It's a little tradition, and a silly one, but it's ours. Every time it snows, too, we go for a "Winter Wonderland Walk" around our neighborhood, singing "Walking in a winter wonderland."
And, then there's traditions that have been carried on generation after generation. When I was little, my mom's side of the family (around 20 or more of us) would gather at my Grammie's house. Before opening presents, we would pass out songbooks of carols. There were never enough, so we usually had to share. Everyone was able to pick which song they wanted us all to sing. I always picked 12 Days of Christmas! It was so magical and special to hear my whole family singing together, rejoicing together in Jesus' birth. It's been a few years since my Grammie passed--we thankfully almost all were there the last Christmas before she passed, and were able to sing carols with her. Since she's passed, my mom's family doesn't gather together for Christmas. My mom is now "Grammie" and me and my brother with our kids (he has two and I have two) join together at her house. This year we're making our own song books full of carols, so we can continue the tradition of singing together as a family.
What are your favorite and cherished traditions? Why are they so meaningful to you?
(I purposefully put this topic in the Cider Press so people can mention if they want to their faiths/religions/lack-thereof and how that makes this season special. But, please, let's have this discussion about sharing our traditions, not about telling each other that those traditions or their meanings are wrong. Thank you so much!)
The challenge begins December 26th and ends January 6th. I put the dates in the little graphic, too, for easy reference. We announced it now to give people time to think about and plan their challenge :D.
I'm still thinking about mine. Having a 1 year old and a 4 year old, I don't really have a vacation. But, something I've wanted for YEARS to do is make a big family chrest, all painted and weather proof. I have the design all figured out--but when will I find time to paint it without the kids getting acrylic everywhere???
Like the article mentions, it is rather creepy what companies can use that data for. But, more importantly, I think, is the fact that those kids are asking these machines those life questions, rather than their parent. It's great that the kid is doing independant research, but there's so much bonding and chances for deep discussions when kids ask things like "why is the sky blue." And, parents learn a lot, too, when they answer those sorts of questions.
When my son wants to know how a volcano works, I might load a youtube that helps explain it, but I also watch it with him so that I can learn about the subject more deeply, and answer questions and fill in holes in his knowledge. I'm there to pause the video when he seems confused, to replay things for him, to answer his spoken and unspoken questions. A computer can't do that.
Or "Game Fowl and Other Birds" --this would then also be a place people might talk about wild birds in their garden...I don't currently think we have a forum for non-predatory, non-domesticated birds.
I like having chickens by itself, as it's a very popular one, and a lot of people keep chickens.
Water fowl (ducks and geese) make sense to keep separated from "other fowl," as they have different needs and care. I like it as Ducks and Geese, as a lot of people are raising ducks now, but "Water fowl" works well, too, as it also would include other waterfowl, like swans.
At my house, with a messy 4 year old and 1 year old, we often only use napkins once--they're far too dirty to re-use! We also have like 25+napkins and only my husband and I usually have one at dinner, so I just wash napkins with the dirty rags a few times a week. We've never run out, but, we have a lot of them!
But, when I was a kid/teenager, we used out napkins for probably a week before washing them. They really didn't get that dirty that fast. So, we just left the napkins folded--or in napkin rings--where we sat (we always sat in the same spots) and used the same napkin over and over until whenever Mom decided to wash them. I honestly don't know when she decided they needed washing, but we had multiple different sets, so we'd just switch to a different set of napkins. And, of course, if company came over, we always got out new napkins, generally from one of the larger sets of napkins, or we'd use two different sets that were complimentary to one another.
Facebook groups or other local groups are also great for this. I'm in a local homesteading group, and right now there's a thread going for people to sell/exchange their creations with one another. A local group would be a good fit for product swaps because there's no need for shipping, and you're building local community.
John Schinnerer wrote:Then there is the question of whose napkin is whose, and keeping them handy yet out of the way between meals. To that end, check out the nifty cloth napkin rack kit here:
For bigger families, just get several and put them all in a row, or over-under, depending on space available and/or height of various family members.
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Love this! When I was a kid, my mom had napkin rings. Everyone else had a plain one, but I always used the one shaped like an elephant. I also used to make napkin rings out of toilet paper tubes with everyone's name on their and decorated in their favorite colors. If there's no room on the wall for a neat napkin rack, perhaps different napkin rings or napkin colors would do the trick? I'd imagine a family could also have everyone pick out a napkin ring from a thrift store, or even make their own out of clay or metal (or toilet paper tubes, LOL) so everyone can tell them apart. Having different napkins in every person's favorite color seems like a really fun idea, too!
Today we have something different with apple polls.
We'll have one day to suggest what belongs on the list. Then sometime Saturday morning, we'll stop accepting new suggestions and open up the voting until next Friday.
Haven't done this before, so it will be a new experience for you and me both.
Seems fine to me. If this was your first post, we might deal with it a spam, but you've obviously been a great contributer here on permies, and you even posted it in Blatant Advertising, which is perfect! I added it to "art," too :).
I'm making an Apple Poll based on this thread: https://permies.com/t/60678/worst-Christmas-songs#609378. What is your favorite Christmas song? What one brings back happy childhood memories and fills you with joy? What song speaks to you? What song is the best written/composed? Or are there a bunch you love and you just can't decide? I know I have so many that I love. Vote here!
And, once again, if you want a song added to this list, mention it in the comments and I or another staff will try to get it added!
Those childhood songs bring back such happy memories and feelings.
I will admit to always having loved Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. Every year, I would listen and listen to the radio in hopes they'd play it. Since every Christmas we drove 4+hours to see family and then 4+hours on the way back, we listened to a lot of Christmas music. Some years the station never played Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, and I'd be so depressed! I love songs that tell stories and evoke the imagination, and that one sure does!
What a nifty idea! My sister-in-law often is sad that she cannot knit socks, but she makes shoes by hand and can upholster chairs. I can't do any of those things, but I can knit. I love learning lots of skills, but it's also great to specialize and get good at a few things and to trade with those who've specialized in other things (especially if you don't have a passion for learning the thing they're already good at!).
Another thing to have doctors look for is PCOS (polycystic ovaries). I have them, and a gluten-free, soy-free, less inflammatory diet has been linked with reducing the severity. PCOS can also get worse if left untreated. So, it makes sense that when I changed my diet, my PCOS and therefore menstrual cycle got better.
I guess I'm making stock, then, regadless of which defintion, because mines thick and made from bones.
But, really, I think it's just called "Bone Broth" because it sounds cooler and most hipsters have no idea what "stock" is. Like, isn't stock for Wall Street and buying things? People know about broth. It sounds tasty, and bone broth is an alliteration.
Similarly, people now call prunes "dried plums" because it sounds yummier...
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:I tried to keep a rag in the kitchen just for wiping out and greasing up the cast iron pans. I even put it on a little plate next to the stove top labeled "cast iron only." And the rag would get used to wipe counters, wipe floors, wash dishes, and then get thrown in the wash with other things, making a whole load of dish towels VERY greasy, too. Then none of them absorbed water any more! Gah. Gave up on that pretty quick.
I gave up on using rags for oil for much the same reason. Wiping down pans/grease is now one of the few things I use paper towels for. I then use the paper towels for firestarter (probably not the best thing for my woodstove, but it sure does make starting a fire easier, which is really nice when I'm watching two little ones and short on time!), or put them in our "this can compost so I don't want it in a landfill, but I don't want it in my food either" compost pile. It's far away from our gardens under some conifers, and we just put paper towels or other things that have food spills on them so they can't get recycled. They sit out there and slowly compost and don't contaminate much, and I feel better about not having the stuff sit in a landfill where they would take 30 years to decompose, verses 3 years.
I've found for slightly oily rags, that a hot wash with lots of detergent, followed by a hot wash, helps them quite a bit. Soiled rags and soiled diapers are the only things that get washed on hot in our household--everything else gets cold water!
Tee-hee, that sounds like something my husband would do. In fact, he usually grabs whatever bit of cloth is around to wipe the kids hands--it might be a napkin, a dish towel, work rag, a bathroom hand towel, one of the cloth wipes, or a napkin. It doesn't matter as long as it's near by and absorbs stuff. Problem is, when he uses the diaper wipes or diapers and they get oil on them, they don't absorb as well after that. So, now we have a box of random rags and wipes that are for cleaning and the diaper wipes and cloths are ONLY for diapering. And, I try to supply him with actual napkins before he finds any random bit of cloth to act as a napkin!
My broth itself never tastes too fantastic by itself. But, when added to other foods, it makes them delicious, and vice-a-versa.
Our bone broth usually consists of whatever random leftover bones we have stashed in our freezer from previous meals and some meat scraps that are attached to said bones. This time it was 6 marrow bones, a turkey bone, and some chicken bones. I stuck in it my Instant Pot pressure cooker with some salt (1/2 tsp, I think) and peper and applecider vinegar and clicked "meat stew" for 2 hours.
It came out tasting, well, bone-y. Drinkable, but not delicious. So, I turned it into egg drop soup. It was seriously the best egg drop soup I'd ever had. Egg drop soup without broth is blegh, and broth without the soup flavoring is blegh, but by their powers combined, they are delicious!
Here's what I did. I didn't measure anything, so this is a rough estimate of what went in.
4 quarts (gallon) bone broth
1 tbsp palm oil/coconut oil "shortening" (any sort of yummy oil or butter would work)
6 green onion stalks
3 cloves garlic
1-2 tsp-ish grated ginger
salt to taste
6 duck eggs (or 10ish chicken eggs?)
2 cups of sweet peas
4 or 5 carrots diced
1/8th-1/4 tsp turmeric (optional--to be added to eggs)
Put oil in bottom of pot with diced garlic and grated/powedered ginger and put the burner on medium. Let those simmer in there while you slice green onions into the pot, and add carrots and peas to pot. Add broth and bring to a low boil. Taste test to see if it needs more of any type of ingredient. While pot is coming to a boil clean and crack all the duck eggs into a measuring cup with a pour spout. Add in some turmeric for color and medicinal goodness. Stir the eggs enough to mix them up.
Now the tricky part, which works a whole lot better with two people. While the soup is at a low boil, have one person stir the soup while the other attempts to slowly drizzle egg into the pot. It may come out in glops--it's not supposed to, but it always does for us. A slow stream of egg makes for thinner, more-delicate egg drops. The person stirring needs to keep stirring while the egg is poured in to keep those nice strings of eggs from turning into clumps of eggs. Once all the egg is added take the soup off the burner. If you don't take it off, the eggs will turn rubbery. If you don't have two people, you can stir with one hand and pour eggs with the other--it usually works okay but it's a lot easier with two people!
I also like use my broth to make chicken soup (parsley, lovage/celery, marjoram, rosemary, garlic chicken, thyme, carrots, peas. random mild greens from garden). It's also great as a base for broccoli soup (broccoli, chicken, lovage, parsley, onions &or garlic, thyme, salt/pepper and then blended with a immersion blender). Really, any kind of chicken/turkey and vegetable soup is 10x better when broth is used instead of water. I also once made the most delicious french onion soup with bone broth.
So, we usually leave our broth plain and then season it when it gets turned to soup. I've also been known to just put "chicken soup" seasonings into the bone broth without the chicken or vegetables, and that works out pretty well, too. (Just add some parsley, lovage/celery, marjoram, rosemary, garlic, thyme and let it heat for a little while with the herbs). Another easy way to make broth yummy is to put garlic and ginger and salt and pepper in it. Even just some powdered ginger and garlic with salt and pepper works wonders. That makes it taste like egg drop soup (garlic and ginger is my go-to way to make things taste like "Chinese" food without any soy sauce. I put Chinese in quotes because I'm pretty sure the American versions of Chinese cuisine taste little like food in China...).
When I switched from conventional pads to 7th Generation pads, I had an instant reduction in cramping. I went from pain so bad I was doubled over every cycle for years...to little or no pain for every cycle thereafter. It was astonishing. That was the only variable I changed at the time. I honestly don't notice any extra improvement from switching to washable pads, but just going to 7th Generation pretty much got rid of all cramps. The change from conventional maxi pads to 7th Generation also wasn't a hard one. They operate the same way and actually feel better. If the women in your life use pads, and you buy them some 7th Generation ones, they will probably be so amazed you bought them pads, and they don't have to buy themselves some, that they will use them. I HATE shopping for pads. When I buy them now, I buy them on Amazon!
By cutting out gluten and going paleo, I went from having a very irregular cycle that ranged from 18-28 days, with 7 days of bleeding, to having a cycle that was constantly 27-28 days and only bleeding for 3-5 days. That was an amazing and wonderful transformation, and directly linked to change in diet. If I eat junk, my period is longer. If I don't eat junk, my period is shorter. I also started drinking Red Raspberry Leaf tea, and that also likely contributed to a more regular cycle.
I also used to become really weak and foggy-headed on my period. Adding in iron supplements &/or liver pretty much fixed that. If iron alone didn't work, adding in some magnesium or coconut water for extra electrolytes did the trick.
Still haven't found anything that helps with the crankiness and funky hormones before my period starts, other than not eating bread/sugar and getting enough sleep. Still doesn't banish the crankiness, but it keeps me from being extremely cranky.
Their clearance stuff is really hit and miss. In previous years, I've been able to find multiple shoes for my kids (I buy the next few sizes up). This year, I didn't notice that the sale was on until 45 minutes into it, and there were no moccasin/rambler type shoes in my kid's sizes. I was really bummed! They sold out fast--faster than I've ever seen them sell out--which is understandable. Their prices have gone up a lot in just the last four years. It used to be that a kid's shoe was $35...now they're $55. And, the adult Merry Janes were, I'm pretty sure, $75 a pair, and now they're $90. They're really great shoes, and I'm sure they have their reasons for the higher prices (they just moved to a larger facility, for one, and hopefully everyone is getting paid a great wage), but it is hard when my budget is so tight as it is.
Maybe my sister-in-law and I can figure out how to make some shoes. She's been making slippers for herself and shoes for her daughter, and I just bought the kickstarter for making your own boots/shoes for her for Christmas. Now to find the time...
I think apple polls are also nice because any staff can keep adding things to them. They kind of act as a summary of all the things in the thread, and it's right at the top, so it's easy to see the summary. Often, on long threads, it's hard to see all the different suggestions in it. Like, there's a thread on staple foods, but it's really hard to see all the staple foods listed. But, if we had a apple poll, we could list all of them, add to them AND have a discussion down below about them. Or, if we had one of Favorite Fruit Trees, we could have a nice list of fruit trees with ideas of which are liked the most, and then a discussion of said fruit trees down below. I really like that! I'd often wondered how to utilize apple polls, but I think this is a really neat way to utilize their power.
Sorry guys, I'm having a total brain fart on how to explain what I'm seeking. Maybe someone can take these broken thoughts and put them into something comprehensible?
It looks like what you're wanting is what Julia did here, a title for the poll and three options for people to vote for:
Julia Winter wrote:best fermented pickle (cabbage, cucumber, carrot)
Here's more examples:
Best Christmas Song (Silent Night, 12 Days of Christmas, Oh Holy Night)
Favorite Fruit Tree (Apple, Pear, Mulberry, Quince)
So, really, what R is looking for is the idea for the poll, and what you'd put in it. We (and other voters) can get more things added to the poll once it starts, but we'll start with the things you suggest.
The polls are interesting, aren't they? I think Paul likes people who have more apples having more votes as a reward for being active contributers... let me see if I can find the thread that introduced them. Ah-ha! (https://permies.com/t/43502/Vote-Paul-DVD-Set-Rocket)
paul wheaton wrote:Apple polls is a new feature in our forum software. I asked cassie to use it for this poll so that we might be able to test the feature as well as narrow down the list of possible names. Stacking functions!
It sounds like apple polls needs a little more polish.
The apple poll stuff was designed for polling on really important stuff like "best book" or "best DVD". A problem with most polling stuff is that it can be gamed: people will create a hundred accounts so they can put in a hundred votes and thus make their product "best". But with apple polls, you limit the voters to "judges" rather than something that can be gamed. Through a bit of configuration, you can determine who can be a judge: people with a certain number of posts or apples? And people with a lot of apples - can influence the vote more than people with just a few.
Since this is not something where anyone might try to game the system, my suggesting the use of apple polls turns out to be silly.
Personally, I rarely ever use all of my apples, because it just seems unfair. Like, I have 332 of them! That's a whole lot more than other member. So, I usually only use a like 5-20 spread out over some options. Maybe it'd be fun to have both apple polls and normal polls? I like polls, and I find them really fun to do. I was actually really excited when I became a Gardener because I could finally make some polls! It's the little things in life that make me happy, LOL!