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You know you're a permie when you can't believe how long it's taken you to get around to trying to read every post in this thread again, as a reminder of all the awesome ideas you've forgotten, since the last time, and you want to see which ones you can implement, this week!
 
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You know you're a permie when you read about someone wishing they could bring their poop home for compost or have their body fed to wild animals when they die and instead of your first reaction being "I should find out where they live so I can call their local mental hospital" it's "wow, they're really taking this seriously. They must be a lot farther up the Wheaton Eco Scale than I am"

Edit: just after I posted this I looked down and read "Whatever you say buddy! And I believe this tiny ad too" lol!
 
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When you don’t have the space for proper livestock, so you’ve decided to farm mealworms instead, both for their poop (great fertiliser) and as a feeder insect because the birds love em 😊

When you also get excited that flesh eating beetle larvae turn up with your new mealworm colony, as it means you can now breed them too. They’ll help clean the mealworms by eating all the shed skins plus I can feed em the meat scraps that regular worms won’t (to my knowledge) eat, thus increasing the nutrient range I can add to my soul via insect poop.

 
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You know your friend is a permie when she exchanges chicken-shit inoculated wood shavings with a fellow in return for some help with upgrades to her chicken brooder house. Good deal for both parties!
 
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You are driving behind a car on the highway and they turn on their windshield wipers and washing solution and you speed up to get close up behold them so your filthy truck will catch some of the overspray and get a second use out of that liquid.
 
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…your single’s profile includes:

“Looking for someone with an affinity for or open mindedness toward building & owning composting toilets.”
 
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When your idle thoughts for the day are something no one normal would think... like "hitting those osage oranges with the mower was probably very much like mowing over a pineapple!" as you are picking osage goosh out of your hair....

90% of them I hit just broke up, two of them exploded wetly. I had a shirt on with fairly tight sleeves, I got goosh up my left sleeve! The mower throws right, not sure how that even happened.

And it's icky in your hair....  About like mowing a ripe pineapple, I'd say.
 
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When you come up with a new Permaculture System and begin writing the basic theory and how to act on it...

When you replace your lawn with a fully integrated systems formed up as an ecosystem.
 
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when you transplant worms. Seriously... I dug into a several year old compost pile to get some good stuff for a tree I'm planting. The top was good looking dirt, but all of a sudden I found a pocket that had yet to decompose and the worms were having an orgy. I took a spade full and took them down to my raised tomato bed which I'd just tucked in for the winter with a topping of veggie scraps and leaves, on top of the old tomato stems. I pushed the surface aside, slid in the worm orgy, and tucked them in surrounded by a nice fresh food supply. Go forth and poop little squirmers!
 
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... when you dig through the trash can to retrieve an eggshell you accidently threw out. That's a snack for the compost pile!
 
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I don't see a way to reply to a post--wanted to mention that I copied and sent Alana's, about the singles ad including tolerance for composting toilets, to my ex-neighbor. Because he was widowed in March2020, just as the COVID lockdowns were starting. Had a hard time, and started looking for a new sweetie. His biggest problem was that when he'd mention the outhouse, they'd lose interest. But--the reason I had to send him that post via email, is the happy ending--he found a sweeties (he will be 80 on April, she's 78) and went to live with her in her community in Tennessee. (So our land trust may have an opening--he wants to wait a year to relinquish his rights in case it doesn't work out, but it's looking good (and we met her, she came for a visit so it was kinda like bringing your girl home for ma and pa to check her out...we all liked and approved her).
 
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When you think rich people have nothing on you.  Here I am in the sugar shack melting down fresh lard from the three hogs we butchered over the weekend and working on a new maple boiler.  Took the picture under a Coleman fuel lantern.   They have nothing on me.  I get to make the TV show they watch.
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Thanks for all the chuckles and information!  You know you're a Permie when instead of reading, watching youtube or Netflix for a pick-me-up you read a few pages of "You know you're a permie when..."
 
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When you have no more room in the freezer to put the freshly smoked bacon, so you pull out blueberries and make a big batch of brandi!  It will be nice to have something to warm us up while collecting maple sap at the end of February.
 
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... when you grow tasty corn so that free ranging pork will deliver itself.
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When you wander your property picking up trash and realize that you are automatically sorting it according to its future use.
 
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When half of your kitchen table is filled with all sorts of food goodies from neighbors, friends and customers during the holidays.  We are definitely blessed.
 
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Mary Cook wrote:I don't see a way to reply to a post--wanted to mention that I copied and sent Alana's, about the singles ad including tolerance for composting toilets, to my ex-neighbor.



Thanks so much Mary for sharing that testimonial with us! It gives us single permie folks who hope not to be that status forever, hope.

As a person who lived in a dry area of Mexico with both outhouses and flushing toilets. Outhouses far outweighed the flushing toilets!!! If you only had a limited amount of ‘clean’ water would you want to use it to bathe, wash dishes, clean your fruits and vegetables or flush a toilet?

This year… multiple people and I shared a Rotoplast water container and the city wasn’t filling our pilas or Rotoplast as often… we ran out of water almost daily for a time… our pump to get the water out from the pilas in other parts of the property was electric, so when we had power outages for hours at a time, we also couldn’t access water we did have.

Thank God (literally) it was never an emergency but being able to alleviate oneself (in a way that won’t become unsafe to yourself or others) is kinda an ongoing necessity.

(Aside: I’ve found the only way to respond to a specific post is by pressing the ‘quote’ button. As you can see, I just left a bit of your original message above this one. I hope that helps.)

Please give my heartfelt congratulations to your neighbor! (Having trustworthy people/community to weigh in on your partner selection is a very important, so glad he had the both of you!)
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...staying away from home is stressful because you have to throw veggie scraps, cardboard, eggshells, and leftover bones into the...trash!?

...you're feeling ill and your kid runs outside to pick the perfect herb to make you feel better

...you drive by piles of grass clippings and cut brush on the side of the road and think, can I fit that in the back of the truck on top of the groceries?
 
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When you're really proud of your ability to haul salmonberry/blackberry prunings around in a wheelbarrow, and you've been meaning to take a picture and post it on permies (because you know only fellow permies would care about maximizing the amount of blackberries hauled in a wheelbarrow). You even search permies to see if you ever posted said picture, and sadly find nothing. And so, even through it's been like a month since you took the picture, and it isn't even the best bramble hauling you've done, you post the stinkin' picture anyway!

EDIT: You might be a permie if you get so excited about wheelbarrow hauling that you just go ahead and make a thread about it: Show Us What You Are Hauling in Your Wheelbarrow

EDIT #2: When you make said thread, and then look at the Similar Threads below it, read an interesting one, and gleefully spot an older picture of your wheelbarrow hauling. And then edit your post to stick the picture in it, because it's a lot easier to see the amount of bramble when the bramble has LEAVES on it!

I found my old picture of hauling stuff in my wheelbarrow. YAY!!!
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Not even the best I can do, but it started to rain!
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Very impressive bramble-hauling, Nicole!! Regrettably, I didn't take a picture of my last bramble-and-fruit-tree-pruning-hauling adventure. Bypassers cocked their heads funny when I crawled up on top of my truck bed to jump on everything to help compact it 😆
 
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Marie Abell wrote:Bypassers cocked their heads funny when I crawled up on top of my truck bed to jump on everything to help compact it

Been there, done that - but for us it's a trailer rather than a truck! You'd think Hubby would do it, as he outweighs me by a third, but no - it's always me that's the "branch compactor"!
 
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Jay Angler wrote:

Marie Abell wrote:Bypassers cocked their heads funny when I crawled up on top of my truck bed to jump on everything to help compact it

Been there, done that - but for us it's a trailer rather than a truck! You'd think Hubby would do it, as he outweighs me by a third, but no - it's always me that's the "branch compactor"!



We lithe, agile feminine types always out-compete the males in the real athletics, don't we 🤣
 
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You know you are a permie when you are reading this post.
 
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You know you're a permie when, during the New Year weekend, you are the only person on your block not barbecuing and drinking in a beach chair.
It was my first weekend off with no family or travel obligations in.... months. Maybe in forever. I spent two and a half days straight in the garden cleaning up over a year of neglect (sorry garden! work's been nuts!). I'm covered in bug bites and sunburn but feel like I got the best start to the year I possibly could.
I also have approximately half a ton of crap to chip up and make mulch with. Maybe this afternoon?
 
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Another "first rural'd problem" I noticed the other day.

When you bring something in from the car and go back out to close the trunk... you look inside before closing.

Because there's a chicken in there.

There's ALWAYS a chicken in there.
 
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When you realise there's a problem with your septic tank because of the amount of nettles growing round it. And you list in your mind the number of uses for said nettles.
 
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When you boil eggs on top of your RMH cook stovetop in an iron skillet, and the water’s only halfway up the eggs, because you need to conserve water, so you flip the eggs over halfway through to get ‘em done.

Then you put the eggs outside in the snow to stop cooking and get chilled enough to peel❄️ (Repurposing the shells, of course and cooling the cooking water for watering inside flowers)
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When you potty train your child in the garden area for next year.  Children with a purpose learn quick.

We had 40mph winds at 16 deg f and kits at the same time.  We were bound to loose some.  When your son finds a new market for frozen little bunnies.  He just sold $20 of these to a snake farm.  He said it's not as much as big bunnies, but it is better than nothing.  I think Joel calls this fixing the slippage.
 
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When you get 17 eggs in January and celebrate breakfast!  It looks like some of the hens we hatched in the spring finally decided to start laying.
 
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....when one owns enough seeds to plant every garden in the neighborhood for the next twenty years .............yet, there you are with three seed catalogs in hand circling even more planned purchases.
 
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You know you're permie when you're at a coffee shop updating your homesteading blog and this song comes on in the cafe:

 
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If you have ever wormed your hogs with diatomaceous earth and home grown tobacco, because ivermectin is too expensive.  

If you have ever tanned hides using edible chemistry from your wife's pantry.

If you have ever made bacon with only pork belly,  salt and smoke.

If you ever wondered how much energy it takes to move a ship across the ocean.  The rabbit hole...at 35 tons per hour the titanic used 19.4 lbs of coal per second.  
 
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When you plant wildflower seeds where the wild pig trap was because they plowed & fertilized the area. It's also better than having weeds grow back. Close to some bees too!
 
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If you ever have considered marketing your free range, grass fed, non GMO muskrats.

If your cats refuse to eat store bought food, because they want your free range, non GMO mice and sparrows.

If it doesn't matter where you get your milk, you always have to shake it.

If once a year you finally make it to the supper market and realize you have become a millionaire while looking at meat prices.  Apparently it is nothing for us to eat $100 worth of meat in one setting.  
 
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If it was 24 deg F, 15 mph winds and spitting snow durning chores and you were running around with a sweatshirt on with no gloves thinking I'm so glad for this nice warm weather today!  Feels like spring after -15.
 
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