QUIT all sugar and yeast, the lyme buggers feed on that. pay attention to YOUR body and your reactions: knotweed did not agree with my body, but teasel root extract does, and is part of my daily regimen. best of luck!
Cassie Langstraat wrote:... I just tested all the forms and they are working properly so maybe something was happening at the time that got fixed? Care to try again and let me know if it is still not working?
Hi Cassie, I tried again, same problem. I use firefox as my browser. Just to troubleshoot, I tried on microsoft edge, and it worked there. but for whatever it's worth, I do NOT use and WILL NOT use microsoft when there are other options. I hate EVERYTHING microsoft - they are privacy invasive and worse. I used it this time just to troubleshoot, I have some of their tentacles on my computer because I MUST for my J-O-B, but I HATE HATE HATE it. Hope you can get stuff working on other browsers. I look forward to seeing the film. Thanks!
LOOKS powerfully important, i just tried to submit my name/email on the website form (to get details on when/where to watch the film), but "Something went wrong while submitting the form." Don't see a 'contact' option on the website, so thought i'd try to let you know here...
since you asked again, I'll say it again, "don't fix it if it ain't broke!" like it just the way it is... less IS really more - if it were a long read, i'd have to save it for later, and then most likely NOT get back to it. As short as it is, I can easily skim, and click on topics of interest right away or MARK the email as important so I DO get back to it later. AND always, it generates a quick smile. THANKS.
I all but gave up milk 30 years ago, when I moved away from my 'raw' source. But just last year, a young man I know took the lead at his parents farm which is just around the bend from me, and he formed a food freedom club. His invitation included "grant me the simple ability to freely choose the food I eat and the ability to freely choose where it comes from, without government oversight and interference. I don't wish for the USDA to be abolished, I reasonably and politely ask that I, and everyone who wishes to, can opt-out of the USDA's "protection of the public" and exercise what I would confidently call the most basic and uncomplicated human right. Freedom of food choice." I'm in, and raw milk is back in my diet. (btw, my young friend just returned from the Rogue conference, VERY energized and excited: "What John Moody said Saturday is true, 'if there was ever a hill to die on, this is it.'" It's sad we need to FIGHT for the right to choose what we feed our bodies, but we're fortunate there are those willing to lead the charge. THANKS!!!)
I personally visited Punxsuntawney Phil yesterday, at Gobbler's Knob. (we've had so little snow, and temps in the 30's, so it seemed like THE year to make the trek after joking about it for years.) HE promises an early spring, (perhaps only for us in the north eastern U.S.A.? But I did meet folks FROM UTAH who came JUST for the weather report!!!) It started snowing just before the groundhog made his prediction, and got thicker as the morning progressed. We waited for the storm to pass before we headed home, then drove 5 hours through snow covered vistas and arrived to a winter wonderland at home. But it IS already melting, with 50degree temps today and tomorrow. So I'll believe the "prognosticator of prognosticators" this year, and wish an early and HAPPY SPRING to all!
fortunately, gramps filled HIS pockets with hickory nuts. so after also tasting wild grapes, and picking wild apples to snack on when we got back (in their sunflower stalk teepee), the evening snack was fished out of gramps' pocket for more 'look what we found in the woods today' fun... (this land IS really available to SHARE; it's TOO beautiful to keep to ourselves, and we want others to have the opportunity connect with nature.)
we get too busy to hike often enough, but when grandkids visited, we took them to search for hickory nuts. they decided to help the wildlife by filling a nest cavity with the nuts instead of filling their own pockets!
I felt fortunate 30plus years ago to have this doctor in my corner (and right AROUND the corner) when I struggled to decide whether or not to continue immunizations after my 1st son had a bad reaction to his first set of shots. This decision should be VOLUNTARY, not mandatory.
Perhaps my two cats had a polite conversation with the critter and it decided under my house was not the optimum location. I've not seen it again, but on occasion I catch a whiff of skunk musk in the barn. Nothing too strong, though, nor lingering. So the skunk has either found a way to co-exist, or has moved on. I felt so lucky to see it that day, and equally lucky that it did NOT take up permanent residence! Things like this just make life WONDERful!
thank YOU! I did gather enough berries to make my first pie this summer, and was a bit disappointed - 6 cups of blueberries would have worked better in my deep dish pie plate. But it tasted as good as we remembered, so BF and I ate the WHOLE pie in one evening, lol! Also, in re-reading my post, I see I wrote different amounts of sugar in the ingredients list and in the instructions; i DO now use only 1/4 c OR LESS.
going blueberry picking again today - hope the birds and Japanese beetles left me some...
Lymes has improved my diet: to keep ahead of the disease, I needed to eliminate sugar & yeast. That's currently working well enough for me, with the benefit of slow and steady weight loss. THANK GOODNESS I can enjoy blueberries in moderation, and don't pay too high a price for an occasional 'cheat' with sugar. The recipe I found (Farmer's almanac, I think) called for MUCH more sugar - I've cut it way back because blueberries are sweet enough (and after cutting so far back on sugar, my tastes HAVE actually changed anyway... even without Lymes, that's worth a try for improved health!)
1 9-inch single crust 3 - 4 cups FRESH* blueberries 1/4 cup sugar (to taste) 1/8 cup cornstarch 1 cup water 1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
• Bake pie crust.
• Pour 1/4 cup sugar, 1/8 c cornstarch, and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Mix until smooth.
• Add 1cup blueberries and cook over medium heat, about 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture is thick and semitransparent.
• Stir in 1T lemon juice, then 2T butter.
• Turn off the stove. Let the mix in the saucepan cool off or the fresh berries will cook & get syrupy like store pies. • AFTER cooling, stir in the remaining fresh blueberries.
• Taste, and add more sugar to taste, if necessary.
• Pour into baked pie shell and chill until firm.
• Serve with sweetened, vanilla-flavored whipped cream. (I skip this part... it's good enough to stand on it's own!)
a mostly WHITE skunk - ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, but WHAT am I supposed to do about it? LOL!!! I think it's living under part of my house! I know it has a place in the balance of things here, but am worried about it being right under the house. Any suggestions? (see video at http://bit.ly/whiteSkunk, taken from my living room window.)
it's a BEAUTIFUL morning here in northeastern PA; after many soggy days, the greening of everything and the white clouds on blue skies just makes my soul sing. Even in the rain, or snow, or thunder, or anything, I love it here, and I RARELY have cause to wish I was anywhere else. BUT - having to pass up on an opportunity like this gathering because I'm so far away, well, it does make me wish I lived much closer. ENJOY A WONDERFUL LEARNING EVENT, ALL!!!
In my childhood, I loved my 'hiding place' under the canopy of a bridal wreath spirea shrub at the front of our house; all of nature surrounding me in that space, and no one could see me; our suburban yard didn't call to me so much. In fact, it was a chore I dreaded, when it needed mowing. There was a playground with fields and trees only a bike ride away. imho, green space feeds the soul - but if where you are doesn't have enough room, just make sure it's near enough by...
WELCOME Kaci Rae! (just as i was trying to decrease my screen time, along comes THE resource I need for the organization we have begun growing.) Can't wait for rainy days so I can do MORE reading. THANKS for sharing your knowledge in a way that WE can easily share further!!!
BEAUTIFUL! I'd love to do the same, but am trying to avoid plastic everywhere I can. So I'm very curious why you needed to use plastic in those beds. What need did it address, and any suggestions on how else I can address it for a satisfactory end result? In any case, THANKS so much!
buying in bulk and sharing is a great solution!!! (when you can afford it, and when folks are in sharing distance one way or another.) that reminds me of the food containers an elderly friend 'shared' with me (for eventual community use?). I set aside a basket full of the containers, which I bring to a local vo-tech food class's buffet lunch that they set up several days a week, open to the public. I purchase a takeout meal at a great price, but don't use the takeout containers. Instead, I fill my friend's containers, then visit her. We enjoy lunch and conversation and try to solve the world's problems.
plastic will be burned during the firing process
worries me. Isn't "fairly clean" still toxic? Or is it the 'least' of all possible bad choices?
That's the frustration - if we find ways to "deal" with it, we don't STOP using it. And even if we DO stop using it, there is so much ALREADY here. (and there was NONE when I was born, so how can I leave the world 'better'?)
HOW are everyone's 'less plastic' attempts going? This was supposed to be the start of positive changes, but seems to have fizzled out.
I'd love to hear some success stories. I feel so frustrated that even after buying less & repurposing more, it's nearly impossible to not drown in single use plastic from some of my food purchases. I'm starting to make ecobricks but don't know what I'll build with them (seems it would need to be something permanent that won't get unbuilt in the future, so my plastic doesn't become someone else's garbage.) Over on the Financial Realities Waste thread, William Bronson wrote "Here is what one guy that has no access to recycling does:TRASH-ROCKS-Eliminate-Unrecyclable-Trash", which looks promising - but in reality, it's not a one person job. (thus, another idea added to the files for consideration of future stewards of this land... sigh...)
My only REAL success in less plastic is at the monthly 'dish to pass' meal I attend. Instead of a food item (there's always TOO much food, anyway) I carry a large picnic basket full of REAL plates, bowls, cups, silverware, and a large vinyl lined totebag with a dishpan and 'food bucket'. Seems like a win-win - I don't need to find time to prep food on a busy workday, the dishes get washed at my convenience the next day, then packed and ready for the next gathering, the food scraps go to my compost pile. And of course, it raised some awareness. So, so far it's working (but we're reaching my limit of a eighteen plates - guess I better check the thrift store...)
HOW ABOUT YOU? Please INSPIRE US with YOUR SOLUTIONS THAT WORKED.
Wish I'd seen this thread the year my garlic shot up early before the winter snows, and then I panicked and tried to cover as many young plants as possible with bedsheets stretched across haybales on either sides of the rows, to protect them from frost and bitter winds. I didn't have enough frost cover, but ALL the plants did just fine, covered or not. (needless to say, I'm NOT going to post the pics I took then - though when I see those pics pop up on my computer screen saver, I have a good laugh at myself!) It was one of my earlier years growing, and now I'm more relaxed...
BUT, regarding a comment made several pages back on this thread,
many of the big garlic farms in new york state, where a lot of seed garlic is grown, had some really bad disease issues this year.
... I've attended a few field days, and when I learned about nematodes the first time, I also learned they can live several years in the soil, so "practicing at least a four year rotation is recommended." That's ONE tip I wish I'd learned earlier. Since I'm not selling seed garlic, it's not worth the cost of testing, but also since I have enough ground, I've been rotating ever since. I don't THINK my garlic is infected, but I can't help but wonder at some of the slightly yellowed clove papers (and so have been culling those before I replant.)
Reaffirming some of the other helpful 'tips' I read here, Growing Great Garlic IS the book to have, SCAPE pesto is absolutely the BEST (I've made it with walnuts in the past; next summer, I WILL try sunflower seeds - thanks for THAT suggestion!); and I also enthusiastically agree with the prior poster who pointed to bloomingfieldsfarm.com/garbrdhow.html as the best guide to braiding.
thanks, Perric and Tyler!
I like that photo suggestion - (I sure DO take a LOT!) and will need to add that as soon as i can (but already have one friend who wants to come up and do a mason bee workshop - in february?!? so need to scramble to see what's needed for that!)
I don't think we can reach out to anyone for help until we have 'something to show' and help tell what we're about. So that's what this is attempting to do, but it feels more like like showing 'warts and all' instead of a grand reveal. That being said, this community seems a safe place to do so.
If you care to comment, please be honest (but gentle) in your critiques. I want to make this work, and will appreciate your helpful suggestions to move it in the best direction. (After all, you've ALL be encouraging me along this path for a long time... THANK YOU!!!)
It's been too long since I've had time to "write" seriously, and even longer since I worked as an editor. But on my bookshelf, I have both of my most used guides from those jobs: Strunk and White's Elements of Style, and the New York Times Manual of Style and Usage. Just because online searching is handier than leafing through contents, indexes, or dogeared pages of my previously trusted 'friends', I now rely on the Purdue Online Writing Lab at https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html if I want to quickly check my own short missives. That said, I agree with Dave: go with "whatever feels like you" and your writing will sound genuine and will connect with your audience. I'm not a fan of my boyfriend's "style" of writing, but his stories are interesting so I enjoy them in spite of my preference, and he gets a LOT of positive feedback from readers who look forward to his next article in our local papers and magazines. Write to share, don't worry about perfection...
30 plus years ago, I was lucky enough to find an OLD set of Uncle Wiggly books to read to my little boys (am combing through the attic now to see if I can find them as I await the birth of my granddaughter due next week) While Uncle Wiggly wasn't exactly teaching nature stuff, what preschooler wouldn't like hearing stories about a funny bespectacled rabbit building and traveling in his own balloon air basket? I also have at the ready my personal favorite, Skunny Wundy, Seneca Indian Tales. And last but not least, Old Mother West Wind. ALL of these older books bring back fond memories, built a great foundation/love of nature (and who needs to BUY NEW when there are so many OLD books that need new homes or libraries to borrow from?)
This was a fun thread to read, especially since I had just started cleaning the attic; how timely!
Don't know where I read this first, but I tried PEANUT BUTTER, AND IT WORKED! maybe it's the oil in it - but because it's PB, it's easier to smear on and leave on for awhile. I have an old jar of PB under the kitchen sink that tasted awful so I kept it for mouse bait (I hate throwing anything 'away' - the IS no 'away') Now I use it for removing label glue too, it works most of the time. Washing it off the "next" time I'm doing dishes is usually all that's needed. Sometimes, an extra scraping (an old credit card is a great scraper - strong enough but still flexible...) is the next step.
reasons why 2900 people opted out, I can make better kickstarters and do a better job on world domination!
first, imo, our money isn't the real measure of dominating. what folks learn here and the pieces we begin to apply to our daily lives is a better measure. you're making a big difference and just don't see how far the pebbles you're tossing are rippling. even those of us who thought we were headed in the right direction get buoyed up and swept further along. (thank you.)
aside from that - like Josephine, I'm in the 60yr old granny club (and gave her a thumbs up), with life challenges that limit choices. you don't really need my dollar on a great project that is way over fully funded; i'll put that dollar to needed use elsewhere, sharing and applying what i have learned here.
(and even if i could spring extra funds, i have limited internet, streaming videos don't fit my data limits.)
So no dollars here, just 2cents because you asked... and as always, with grateful thanks. in actions, not funds.
a recent 'revelation' has helped me: "JUST ONE THING!" I was visiting a nearby farm a week or two ago that has long impressed me. The owner and I share 'widowhood' in common, and her persistence inspires me. In conversation with her, I mentioned my difficulty at seeing my own progress; I tend to look at all the work in front of me and forget to look at how far I've come (considering my limitations.) She mentioned the book "Just one thing" and briefly expounded on what it meant to her. For MY purposes, just the phrase and our short conversation was enough (and I don't have time to read the book!) Since then, I have started each day with just ONE thing (or two, I can't help myself, but they MUST be 'reasonably achievable' things) to accomplish, and then I make sure that no matter how scattered I get, I DO finish the ONE thing. I DO now end the day with that sense of accomplishment. (Which shouldn't surprise me, since I used a similar tack to get through the first two years after my love passed away. To try to keep my grief at bay, I looked for any ONE good moment, no matter how tiny, in the long and lonely days - sometimes it was only that the coffee tasted good, or even that I didn't FALL down the stairs. Eventually, there were several good things in a day, and eventually, the balance started shifting, until there were some sad times in mostly GOOD days.) So re-employing that focus, JUST ONE THING, resonated with me. There is incredible energy in FOCUS, and I'm feeling better about what I SEE myself accomplishing (no matter HOW little), instead of worrying about what I haven't done or how much more there is to do.
I also have a long term goal of creating a community. To keep me from quitting, I have one 'pot luck' event each year since my husband died, making myself accountable to my friends (most of whom don't share my permies thinking, but are good FRIENDS none the less and come JUST to hold me accountable.) And though I have far less help than I WANT, I'm still here and still trying. Until others find this beautiful space to share, the LAND is my community. (And isn't this list community too? Not quite the same, but help comes in different ways, and this web space and SO MANY of the folks who contribute here DO help!) Keep going, Amit! It's the journey.
multiple permies wrote:
Mark Kissinger: Look for used items instead of buying new. Demand/Buy only repairable items: How else can we get manufacturers to do the right thing?
Cris Bessette: Even when I buy something new I look at it and think "what is the quality of this item and it's parts? Will I be able to repair this/ repurpose this someday?"
Chris Kott: Not only examining purchases to see whether or not they can be easily disassembled and how many unrecyclable or irreplaceable parts they contain, but whether the item being considered or the way of doing being used is the best way.
I've mentioned elsewhere that I finally recently incorporated as a "non-profit org" or more accurately, a "Community Benefit Organization (CBO)" (a phrase i'll be using more often, thanks to Michael Kumer, to describe what we ARE instead of what we aren't). I'm going through the drudgery of crafting the 'policy' book, and because plastics is a bane and re-purpose is such an obvious solution, it will be 'codified' in our purchasing policy. This page has several testimonials to that, and I'll be quoting them as i present the policy draft to our board. As always, this place is a wealth of sharing and an encouraging place to visit for inspiration. THANKS!!!
A link for Albatross, the film, came to me from one of my enviro email lists, and before sharing it with anyone, I wanted to preview it (because we all get too much stuff, and I don't want to waste anyone's time.)
well, I DID preview it this (snowy) morning - and found it to be beautiful, but be warned, horrifically so. I have long been an anti-plastic advocate (I've started bringing a picnic basket full of real plates and silverware as my 'dish to pass' to group gatherings) but THIS film gave me pause. I, WE all, need to do MORE. Once the organizational paperwork is done for 'my' new non-profit organization, i expect we will host some viewings. But it should be watched FIRST because it needs to be presented to your selected audience in a sensitive way. It's not for 'everyone'. But i think we permies may know folks who can 'face the dark realities' and have the 'courage to NOT turn away'
if you haven't heard about this film already and need one more nudge to look closer before following links, this is part of their "our story":
... And the experience of Midway had come to me as a life-changing gift that I felt should be passed along in the purest form possible. I also believe that now is the time for radically creative action by all of us on behalf of life, in whatever big or small ways we each have the power to do. One thing I can do is to give my eight-year labor of love as a gift to the world, as a gesture of trust in doing the right thing for its own sake.
With these principles in mind, ALBATROSS is offered as a free public artwork. Starting on Earth Day 2018 (Apr 22), ALBATROSS will be made available for individuals everywhere to host a free screening for their families, friends, communities, organizations, churches, etc. Thousands of people are already signing up to join in this collective-consciousness raising experience. Our “hosted screenings” campaign will culminate on World Oceans Day 2018 (June 8), when ALBATROSS will be screened at the United Nations, as part of the official World Oceans Day Program hosted by Parley for the Oceans. On that day, ALBATROSS will be made available for free permanently.
Because I requested to host the film, I got further instructions, including:
"A primary intention of ALBATROSS is to delve into feelings of a kind that we might usually tend to avoid. This film looks deeply into sadness, grief, beauty, and love, in ways that can feel uncomfortable. But as director Chris Jordan likes to say, that is the whole intention: when we allow ourselves to feel our sadness for what is being lost in our world, then we connect with the part of ourselves that loves our world. In this way, coming to know the true nature of grief can be a liberating experience. When grief is no longer seen as a “bad” feeling, then it can be embraced as a portal to deeper connection with life."
I found this true, and the film too moving to wait until our fledgling organization will be ready to host screenings later. Perhaps some of you have time and an audience to share this with sooner...
is it spring YET? lol, it doesn't FEEL like it - over a week into april and we've seen snow a few times this month. flurries right now, and maybe an inch expected overnight.
BUT - I won't complain - it's off to an AMAZING start! January and February had some warmups, good days to drive into town with a friend, park the car, and get a few miles of exercise walking "the riverwalk." Rejuvenating and inspiring. Then conversations led to the end of 'just talking about' and actually DOING the paperwork to INCORPORATE as a non-profit! (using my dearly departed & my wedding anniversary as our official incorporation date!) I now have a great group of women serving as our initial board of directors, and helping me move this land share goal to the next level! (when we're fully up and running, i'll be back here with our website...)
As if that weren't enough good news, there IS a young man (three hours away) working on a 'sustainable ag' course who found my 'land to share' offer on PA Farm Link, and has been up to visit several times over the winter. We're working together as he formulates a plan on how to bridge the distance and start up here when his course is done. (or maybe even before: there are some enterprises he could start, we could keep going in his absence, and he could be here just occasionally to 'oversee'. In exchange for his use of the land, he'll can teach US !!!)
And the MOST exciting for me (because when i put aside my 'sharing' mindset and admit what *I* really want just for ME is ANYTHING to do with horses) is: A HORSEWOMAN HAS ARRIVED!!! I have two horses, but I don't know how to ride. (They DO provide great fertilizer for my garlic. And they're just beautiful to watch, so that's been 'good enough' ...) But I NEED someone around who knows what they're doing, and who can spend time with them daily (I have neither the knowledge NOR the time yet, having returned to the office to earn a paycheck...) That someone is here!!! A young woman who couldn't keep her own horse at home anymore (but whose parents otherwise support her dream) lives close enough that she can come here. She knows what she's doing, and the horses are learning that she knows what she's doing (and i've been back to the tack shop twice already, loving it!) It's a win for ALL of us!!!
ANOTHER HAPPY SPRING IS BLOOMING!!! And thank you again, all Permies, who continue to share and inspire!
"don't fix it if it ain't broke!" like it just the way it is, even the links to ads I can easily ignore (and occasionally follow when I have spare change!) respectfully disagree about a pattern, 'cause the unexpected brings smiles. thanks for all ALL of you do! (and happy holidays to all, whatever yours is wherever you are...)
it's coming up on 10 years since my husband passed, and my '9th annual farm event' is just days away. i started the event to hold myself accountable to keep moving forward regardless of what little progress i made, and to look back and recognize that however little, inch by inch i have grown. there have been overarching 'themes' at each event, too - as when, several years ago, i capitalized on my boyfriend's interest in the civil war and invited his friends to demonstrate dutch oven cooking over an open fire. one year, following a major flood, we prepared extra food for our mountaintop event, to be distributed to some folks who spent endless days cleaning mud from their valley homes.
some of the 'past progress' report: best garlic ever (less IS more!) and the multiple varieties growing side by side were just picture perfect. hay isn't only IN the barn, this is the year we didn't just contract the haying out, MY tractor actually was put to the task and worked!!! raking, baling, AND hauling wagons to the barn!!! (i always believed she had it in her; so glad to see her finally pull her weight!!!) good apple 'harvest' so far from the various old trees throughout the property, and I made delicious apple butter (a first for me, NO sugar needed, and wow, YUM!!!)
But the report looking to the future: this year, the theme is 'refocusing'. i have spent every spare dollar trying to enable a starting point for 'someone' who might show up 'someday'. a few inquiries, a few false starts, but the only 'takers' want me to promise and provide their success. so it's time to let go of that pipe dream. the land is still here to share, there is a good roof on the barn and a mostly reliable water source, but with my declining income and advancing age (and we won't even TALK about what that means in terms of health and health "insurance", this past summer's challenge), it's time to focus on MY sustainability. the 'share' offer was not because I 'need help', i don't. i can live out the rest of my life happily enough with what i have here. i just wanted to see the land grow to support a larger community, because with help, it CAN. but i can't chase that goal anymore, i need to downsize to work within my limits.
the link to my 'land to share' photo page will remain in case anyone eventually stumbles onto this page and wonders; YES, the offer is still open. the land is not going away. i'm just too busy elsewhere to update info here. (though i'll still return to permies for the wealth of info shared. what a great resource; thank you all!)