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When, during harvest season, there are no open flat spots in your entire house. Including the floor!
 
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You know you are a Permie when you are still finding uses from things you bought for your wedding 11 years ago.   My husband and I had a very large family wedding. Instead of renting polyester table cloths I bought bolts of 108" wide unbleached cotton muslin for less money knowing I would have uses for the fabric in the future.  

Since it is the end of summer we are not shopping much these days I discovered we didn't have any paper bags in the house. I needed something to bundle my lettuce plant tops so they could finish drying out and no longer be in my way in the garden.   I grabbed a remnant of one of my remaining cotton muslin table clothes from my wedding and used them to bundle up my lettuce seeds stalks.  This piece of fabric has been used to frost protect my plants in the past and it was also used to teach several teenagers basic pattern making skills when they wanted to make a mascot costume for our FIRST FRC robotics team.  Once I have harvest the lettuce seeds it will be washed and put back into my fabric stash to be used for some other project.  Other table clothes have been used other parties, tie dye workshops, sewing patterns, and other uses.  I Still have a good sized pile of this fabric and a good chunk of it will be uses to line the Roman shades I want to make for all the windows in my house.





Here is a photo of the costume the kids made.

 
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Kate Muller wrote:

You know you are a Permie when you are still finding uses from things you bought for your wedding 11 years ago.

We bought green fabric for our wedding. I turned it into a huge stack of "Christmas Present" bags, many of which are still being used 30 years later. We had a friend I gave 5 to. They celebrated Christmas with 3 different groups of people, so those sacks got used 3 times each year and the garbage it saved was incredible.
 
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Jay Angler wrote:Kate Muller wrote:

You know you are a Permie when you are still finding uses from things you bought for your wedding 11 years ago.

We bought green fabric for our wedding. I turned it into a huge stack of "Christmas Present" bags, many of which are still being used 30 years later. We had a friend I gave 5 to. They celebrated Christmas with 3 different groups of people, so those sacks got used 3 times each year and the garbage it saved was incredible.



I love this.  I will be making a bunch of gift sacks and totes for Christmas this year.  It is going to be a very hand sewn Christmas this year.
 
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When emptying pockets for laundry yields a pile of seeds.

When you have more pictures of plants on your phone than your own children.

When your browser seems slow so you get to work closing the 40+ tabs of 'Permies - Recent Topics'.
 
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You know you're a Permie when.... you are obsessively monitoring your security cameras to make sure the sun is falling just right on the tray of baby seedlings you just put outside under new shade cloth.
(Sure boss, really I'm working!)
 
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When you remember a couple different things you weren't able to get seeds for, and make a special trip to the store, in hopes they'll have what you're looking for in an organic, so you can harvest the seeds.
 
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When you get the mail and you laugh... I was sent seeds, and the sender reused one of the cool looking Baker Creek seed envelopes. I laughed, because I sent seeds to someone else a while back, and I reused one of the cool Baker Creek envelopes also!
Wonder what percentage of those get reused?

 
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I used to frown at black walnuts all over the grass, piling them up to rot in a corner of the yard, this year I  am harvesting them for both nuts and dye. I have hulled over 400 and there are still more on the tree.
 
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...a friend of yours on Facebook posts the frustrations of hanging lace curtains and decides to just discard them, and you suggest that ”lace may be compostable.”
 
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You consider cruising alley ways with your partner "rescuing" useful items from people's trash to be a romantic outing. And then giggle together about being trash pandas.
 
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Heather Olivia wrote:You consider cruising alley ways with your partner "rescuing" useful items from people's trash to be a romantic outing. And then giggle together about being trash pandas.


Me and one of my exes called dumpster diving "going on a date." "What do you want to do tonight?"  "Let's go on a date!" "Ok! Got the gloves and bungee cords?" "You KNOW I do!!"

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When your dogs toys come from your fabric scrap bin.
 
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When you wake up in the morning, excited to have a breakfast of yogurt you (or your spouse) made from whole, raw milk, with granola you made, and jam you made, and eggs your own chickens laid.
 
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You know you're a permie when a sunny, breezy day comes and your first thought is, "YES! Perfect day to do laundry!"

-then my mother is a permit:)
 
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When you set up a vinegar trap for fruit flies in your bathroom and feel bad, cause all those fruit flies are just going to waste. Then you rejoice when a rather large funnel building spider sets up its web over the fly trap, catching them and eating them instead! No more waste! And then you name the spider and tell people not to bother her or be scared, even though she's a foot from the toilet.
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pet spider :)
 
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I have to admit I took a spider out this morning. One of the big black and yellow garden spiders... Making a lovely huge web right above my desk. Um, no. She's now out in the garden.
 
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You know you're a permie when....
upon leaving in the morning, your husband says "uuuh, look under your flip-flops, I think there's a worm?". You go look, it's a wee snake.
You immediately rescue snake, do the happy dance, take pictures and share with your peeps. The majority get hysterical about OMFG-snake-in-your-house, but you think it is the best day ever. Snake goes out in the garden to eat termites (it is a worm snake, flowerpot snake, blind snake) and to generally make the garden beautiful. This is why we do it!
[snake was maybe 12 cm/5 in long. Gorgeous. 2nd I've found here, but the first in a flipflop]
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worm snake!
 
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Thereza Okava wrote:

Snake goes out in the garden to eat termites (it is a worm snake, flowerpot snake, blind snake) and to generally make the garden beautiful. This is why we do it!
[snake was maybe 12 cm/5 in long. Gorgeous. 2nd I've found here, but the first in a flipflop]

Totally awesome Thereza. I admit I've not yet found a snake in my house, but I adore seeing them outside and have been known to relocate them in the hopes they'll eat a few slugs in places I don't want slugs. (Yes, I know slugs are useful in the ecosystem, but they've almost completely eaten my 2 young kale plants I started, before the poor plants got large enough to support a hungry slug. Slugs seem to particularly adore kale!)
 
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You know you're a permie when your neighbor says, "Hey, I've got this garden hose full of holes that I kinda ran over with my car, I saved it because I figured you'd want it."

Me: "YESSSSSSSSSS THANK YOU THANK YOU" *happy dance ensues*

(my neighbor is just like me. "It's full of holes, I ran it over.... but it's still a good hose!" I do really like the people in my neighborhood, the overlap between permie and old-time thrifty is really nice.)

So now I have a nice holey hose to help in my greywater irrigation efforts (supposed to be a dry summer this year).
 
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Hi Tereza,

Yes!  I love it when someone comes by and says " I've got a couple of dozen pallets. Do you have a use for them?"  I always have a use.
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