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M James wrote:You might be a permie if...

6. Your Christmas list resembles a popular mechanics wish list.

7. You're with a group of friends and you lie about your plans for the weekend because you're well aware that your idea of fun and their idea of fun ain't even in the same ballpark.


WOOT! Welcome to permies! You have found a home!!
I'd edit your post for myself with:
6. And no one knows what any of the items on that wish list even are.
7. your friends have learned not to ask about weekend plans because you'll tell them!

 
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M James wrote:

3. You attend garage sales but don't have to get there early because there is no competition for the stuff you're interested in.

So true, but I'll add:
And the sellers are usually willing to knock more off the price later on.
And you stand there looking at something while your permie brain figures out what you *could* use it for, regardless of its intended purpose.
And you're trying soooo... hard not to look guilty when you score a valuable tool for peanuts, because no one else has a clue what it is and how to use it.

Any more???
 
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Pearl, I love your "edit" lol!

The reactions to lots of my "unusual" questions are amusing, but can also be annoying. Compounding the situation, for me anyway, is the fact that I'm a very private person that doesn't really like telling people what I'm up to. Still, I've shared many laughs with others because of all this. Gotta laugh lol!

So many of my projects take a lot longer than they should because I'm not mechanically inclined to begin with, but also because the necessary components aren't readily available in my area. Then trying to explain these things to the employees at the lumber yard, to see if I can use other things in order to improvise.....you get the picture lol!

I have a cache of "dead" materials from experiments. The positive side of that is that I've bedn able to use lots of those things in later experiments that "have" worked out, so it's all good.

Ps: yes, I've found a home at permies. Ty!


 
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Jay, you've described my garage sale shopping experiences to a "t"!! Lol!

 
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you shop the dump for useable stuff after dropping off your recycles
 
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Oops, sorry for contributing to a thread hijack...

When your partner goes looking for you in the garden but can't find you for awhile because you were crawling on the ground after a new and mysterious insect you saw so you can find out who it is. And what its role in the ecosystem is.

When the song stuck in your head is almost invariably one by Formidable Vegetable.
 
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The thread hijack was about UV flashlights, and it has moved to here:   UV flashlights for homestead use The rest of the merge stuff will self destruct in two days, but this post will stay. if you have stuff to say about the UV lights, come over there to say it.
Excellent topic starter Heather!
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How your day changes when you go out to cut up dead wood for fire wood and begin to find to many mushrooms...
 
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Heather Sharpe wrote:Oops, sorry for contributing to a thread hijack...

When your partner goes looking for you in the garden but can't find you for awhile because you were crawling on the ground after a new and mysterious insect you saw so you can find out who it is. And what its role in the ecosystem is.

When the song stuck in your head is almost invariably one by Formidable Vegetable.



Heather, I do that too!
 
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...when planting potatoes becomes a moral dilemma because of your no-dig philosophy.

...when learning about a new nitrogen fixer seems more important than cleaning the cat box.

...when you lose sleep thinking about the downspout you haven't yet diverted to the pawpaw trees.

...when you're psyched you got laid off because you can spend more time transplanting edible groundcovers.
 
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Karl Treen wrote:

...when learning about a new nitrogen fixer seems more important than cleaning the cat box.



or when you realize the cat box IS a nitrogen fixer ;)  ***


*** Disclaimer: Do not apply dirt cat box pellets to your garden vegetables where contents could come in contact with food items. We're talking tree crops here people!

 
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...the Google Earth Day Doodle makes you cry because tree planting is such a miracle. Also, very Permies - the contagious joy of it.
And sad, because I look at the food forest on our tiny suburban garden and all the insect and bird life it now supports, where there was none 18 years ago. And I cry some more because if we sell this house, the new owners will almost certainly bulldoze the lot, and turn it back to flat dead suburban lawn.
 
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...when you get a call from work but you can't focus on what they're saying because you're watching an earthworm!!
I rarely see earthworms when they don't feel disturbed and this one was so carefully exploring the soil around it before deciding where to go... like when elephants use the tip of their trunk for some very precise activities.
 
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When you start a new job at the local coffee house, and you can't decide if you're happier about the free pound of coffee everyweek, or about the fact that you suddenly have first dibs on all the spent grounds!
 
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When your husband wants to remove all the dandelion heads from the lawn and gets glared at by you because you want them to make dandelion balm ;) (literally happened yesterday! - people have been divorced for less! lol)
 
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When you knock on a random person's door to ask them about their experience with their fig tree planted against their house, hoping to be reassured that planting a standard-sized tree 5 feet away from your house won't damage the foundation in 20 years. Because you've already spent months deciding where to pack in 20 trees while accommodating slopes, views, sun, wind, soggy areas, early-bloom frost damage, pollination, allelopathy, deer, property lines, utility lines, and future projects!
 
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You refuse to let the fact that you drive a four door sedan stop you from picking up 10 foot+ long branches from the side of the road. This may or may not have been the only time I filled the car with wood, much to the dismay of onlookers...
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Heather, LOL! Never drive empty is my mantra as well.
 
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I made a small, tie-on orange flag so that I could take advantage of situations such as Heather Sharpe pictured and still keep everyone safe. It stuffs easily into a cubby in the trunk.
 
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When the answer to the question "What's for dinner?" was "something the neighbors would have sprayed, mixed with something I canned up last fall!" and when I taste tested the soup before I turned it on, I said "OOOH!"  :D

There are little wild onions out here, the neighbors hate them, I love them. I had to mow today, so I went out and harvested all the tops I could before I cut, they often come back from a mowing and bloom. I hope they do :)
Cream of potato and onion soup, made with potatoes that I canned that aren't the kind you are supposed to, because they go kinda mushy. I put them in a good broth, just so I could use them like I did. Russets don't can up well, but at $10.00 for a 50 pound box, I'll at least try them :) They seem to make excellent soup. OOOH!
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Esther Platt wrote:When you knock on a random person's door to ask them about their experience with their fig tree planted against their house, hoping to be reassured that planting a standard-sized tree 5 feet away from your house won't damage the foundation in 20 years. Because you've already spent months deciding where to pack in 20 trees while accommodating slopes, views, sun, wind, soggy areas, early-bloom frost damage, pollination, allelopathy, deer, property lines, utility lines, and future

I walk a lot and live in a small town. It took me several times of walking past a family's house to get the courage to do what you did (I'm shy). The man was so kind and answered all my questions about his dwarf fruit trees. He told me I could come by any time. He also has chickens and shares his eggs with the neighbors. He was so sweet, I wish he was my neighbor...

 
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You know you are a permie when the birds and the animals in the garden communicate with you, and you understand them.
 
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Tristan Vitali wrote:

Karl Treen wrote:

...when learning about a new nitrogen fixer seems more important than cleaning the cat box.



or when you realize the cat box IS a nitrogen fixer ;)  ***


*** Disclaimer: Do not apply dirt cat box pellets to your garden vegetables where contents could come in contact with food items. We're talking tree crops here people!


And you make the decision to use pelletized pine sawdust (also used for barn bedding) so that you can add it all straight into the environment and not worry about pelleted clay, or odd "scented" things.

And you come back later in the day to find your chickens have mixed *everything* together and repurposed your compost as a bizarre "Chicken Spa Experience".
 
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Karl Treen wrote:...when planting potatoes becomes a moral dilemma because of your no-dig philosophy.

...when learning about a new nitrogen fixer seems more important than cleaning the cat box.

...when you lose sleep thinking about the downspout you haven't yet diverted to the pawpaw trees.

...when you're psyched you got laid off because you can spend more time transplanting edible groundcovers.



Just in case you didn't know about it, no-dig potato gardening is completely do-able. You just need material to use as mulch (we're talking a bit less than two feet high here). I'm sure there is a tutorial available somewhere. I have a video on that but it's in french.


You know you're a permie...

when you are happy to discover new mushrooms in your potting medium (they look like ascomycetes to me).

when you are thinking about buying only cotton clothes so you can compost them at some point

when you are proud of the nettle colony that thrives in your garden

when you feel guilty when chopping down some flowering borage, even when it was destined to be chopped up as mulch

when the item to your left is actually about a hundred seed pack

when you take days off for child plant care

when you see those plants you bought everywhere after having bought them (ransom... it was flowering a few weeks ago, and since last year april was spent locked up I didn't know they existed where they are now...)

when you can't wait to get sick or hurt so you can try out all the herbal medicine you hear about

when you consider growing medicinal moss because why not
 
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Mike Lafay wrote:
when you are thinking about buying only cotton clothes so you can compost them at some point



Yes, so much so! I also have dreams of having such a natural home that when I sweep the floor, it's just actual dirt and food bits, and I can sweep it up and put it straight into the compost.

when you are proud of the nettle colony that thrives in your garden



We love our nettle patch!


The other day I was outside and took this picture...
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you might be a permie if you're proud of your lawn being full of dandelions!
you might be a permie if you're proud of your lawn being full of dandelions!
 
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You search the internet for the best buy on a double chamber composter; find it ; order it; when it comes in, you put it together; and when done, you take a picture and send it to your bestie, and they text back: Cool, but what is it? , and you get to tell them all about composting! *LOL*
 
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...you start reading this thread and post after post after post you think: yup, yup, uhu, yess yup, ooooh yes, absolutely, that's me, uhu, yuuup, that one too, good heavens this is so me, oh my ... I remember such conversations, yuuup, DANDELIONS, yesssss, yuuuuup, and so on... :-)

...you can feel in your heart that your life is changing (or has changed) into building a better world in your backyard instead of being angry at bad guys.

...you see bird poop on a leaf of your still small but growing or recently planted tree for the first time.
 
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When you hear that restaurants and cafes are getting ready to open their gardens and you think: "finally, they figured out that growing their own food is the best thing to do!".
 
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When everything you're weeding out of the polytunnel to make space for planting (yacon, jerusalem artichoke (sunchoke), chinese artichoke) is self sown and edible.

Chickweed, claytonia, fat hen, kale, parsely

Admitedly there were a couple of docks (but you can eat them too!)
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... when you stand in the shower and try to decide if you are tanning or so grubby it won't wash off.
Hard to say. Could be either one.
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When you ask your friends to join you for a chicken processing workshop (and they very enthusiastically agreed to go!)
 
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... when you save pasta cooking water for making bread and veggie cooking water for the soup pot.
 
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Leigh Tate wrote:... when you save pasta cooking water for making bread and veggie cooking water for the soup pot.

... and in the winter you leave it on the stove to cool, to recapture the heat for the house, and when you have too much in the summer, you give it to the veggies growing on your front porch (great place for green onions, mini-tomatoes and a bit of lettuce!)
 
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...when  you get plant mail and its the highlight of your day!
 
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When mulching around your garden plants and you notice you are neatly mulching around your favorite "weeds" too.... mmm,,, wood sorrel :D
 
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