Jocelyn Campbell

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Jocelyn's life is all about balance. Maybe that's why she's an accountant and is such an advocate for keeping our natural systems healthy.
As a child, she perched on branches, collected moss and fungus, caught frogs and snakes, and climbed up into swaying tree forts in her beloved Pacific Northwest woods. Then, as a teenager, she learned that reining in sugar kept her more alert and energetic. These youthful observations grew into passions for walks in the woods, gardening, herbal remedies, and natural parenting with whole and traditional foods. More recently, Jocelyn's interest in the natural and healthy led to all things permaculture and she completed her first permaculture design course in 2010.
Jocelyn enjoys helping 1- and 2- person micro-businesses spend less time on their bookkeeping, or putting on feast nights at wheaton labs (the permaculture community where she lives with her guy, Paul Wheaton), or helping achieve further world domination for the empire.
Missoula, MT
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When someone sends you the most amazing art:   handmade, handwoven textiles of their own design, in earthy tones that are just beautiful.

Then you take pictures outside (after sweeping the turkey poo off the picnic table and laying down a clean, ecru colored sheet)....annnd NONE of the pictures do them justice!!

These are more lovely than my picture represents.

Even the stamps were fun!


(By the way, in some thank you posts, I have not named names to protect the innocent, er, kind souls who might not wish to be named.)
You know you have a turkey infestation when

(a) they keep devouring your rhubarb shoots before they have a chance to get past the top of the soil line (rhubarb, no less!)


(b) they leave their scat on top of the picnic table!!

13 hours ago
Ever heard of Christopher Moore? Paul looooves this author! I enjoy him too!

So imagine how happy we were to receive this advance copy of Noir by Christopher Moore (Amazon affiliate link) - so cool!!

Thank you Jami!!

Other permies threads on Christopher Moore books:
  • A Dirty Job - this happens to be my personal favorite
  • a mention of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (another Amazon affiliate link) in this post in Paul's thread about "I want to do what you are doing"

  • See also
  • books forum
  • What Are You All Reading thread

  • Aw, what sweet faces! Those made my morning, wayne!
    1 day ago
    In honor of the spring equinox, I'd love to see what gets you inspired. Or even what gets you out of bed in the morning!

    Here, is a picture that sort of represents what I'm looking forward to this spring, this year, (this decade?).

    Hope and flowers in the midst of (in front of? ) lots of innovation, learning, construction and community building.

    Though I should really post a picture of coffee. Coffee helps me get out of bed! :-)

    What about you?
    1 day ago
    I'm sensing a theme in my recent sign posts here...

    I like this one!
    2 days ago
    Found Gert napping on the hay box cooker today. Yesterday I learned some think Saint Gertrude is the patron saint of cats! Who knew?
    Joseph, I like your "Minimize Electronics" day and all that it implies.

    Vera, your comments resonated with me, too. The "Goldilocks zone" for screen use IS highly variable - that's quite astute of you.

    I agree, folks should be creeped out by the smartphone tracking and listening...and, I still am pretty glued to my smartphone, even knowing the creep factors all too well.

    I listen to audio books probably similar to your radio listening, Vera; or others and their voracious podcast consumption. I don't think that's too horrible. I don't like listening as much outdoors as in the kitchen or around the house because it does shut out the sounds of the birds, bees, and other nature sounds outside.

    When I upgraded my smartphone, I purposely did not install my favorite card game. I think that has been an addictive habit of mine used when my stress levels are high. I'd rather fix the stress levels, and improve how I feel about my world, than keep playing that stupid game.

    I've been using the phrase "change the rat cage" a lot based on recent research of drug addiction behaviors perhaps more related to lifestyle, trauma, and environment than the substance or physiology or DNA itself. I think screens can be addictive for some Goldilocks...and I'm likely one of them! My improved rat cage is a work in progress...always. :-)

    3 days ago
    I'm cooking a LOT these days. It's been due to testing foods, (ala the gallstone and gout issues), trying to be frugal and use things up, trying to have warm/hot foods for most meals on these cold winter days, trying recipes in small batches to see if they work...which has meant cooking three meals a day, seven days a week (almost any way).

    It's been a bit of a burden on my over-taxed brain to figure out what to make, so now I'm doing theme days. So far, I have:

    Mondays - Thai or Indian - I love curries! And peanut sauce. Yum.
    Taco Tuesdays - because tacos!!
    Wednesday - Asian food
    Thursday - squash
    Friday - fish
    Spaghetti Saturday - aka Italian food - because Paul thinks of lasagna as spaghetti cake and pizza as spaghetti pie!
    Sunday - chicken

    Paul can eat mozzarella cheese these days, and we found a beautiful vegan, almond milk ricotta, so lasagna has been a dreamy treat! Spaghetti cake for the win!! Haha!

    Any way, we're mostly avoiding meat or fish except for Fridays and Sundays (and any leftovers from there). There are foods that are supposed to be super healing to the liver (and thereby the gallbladder) and these include lemons, artichokes, olive oil, so when splurging on chicken, this dish came across my radar.

    Crispy Chicken Stew with Lemon, Artichokes, Capers and Olives

    This is not my picture - it's from the recipe link above:

    I was too busy cooking and then eating to take a pic!

    There were leftovers - whew! I'm looking forward to cooking larger meals to have more leftovers again to make my life easier. Plus the theme nights are really helping me more than I thought!

    What yummy thing is crossing your plate? How do you make cooking simpler in your household?

    3 days ago

    Anne Miller wrote:Thanks for the links.  I probably should have explained better. 

    A few years after being diagnosed with the thyroid/low blood sugar, I felt really bad, like tired all the time.  I went to the Dr. for blood work and he said everything was fine.  I knew I didn't feel right.  While searching a book store for something that might help I found low carb. Since I started eating low carb my thyroid is Ok. I had blood work last year and my thyroid was in the desired range.  When I eat too many carbs I can tell by the way I feel. 

    So far, I am mainly eating vegetable and fruit carbs and everything seems OK.

    I really want to control the gout with diet.

    Ah, gotcha! I guess I babbled a bit there.

    I'm sure you read Paul's comment here that said:

    paul wheaton wrote:

    A few numbers:

    rice 26
    almonds 31
    peanuts 49
    dried nori seaweed: 592
    eggs 0(zero)
    yogurt 5
    strawberry 2
    Avocado 18
    broccoli 70
    carrots 2
    ginger 2
    parsley 289
    spinach 172
    beef 79-110
    chicken 122-154
    pork 62-138

    So, carrots and eggs are good.  Seaweed is bad.  During a gout attack, probably wise to not eat anything with a score of 20 or higher.  And eat plenty of stuff with a score of 10 or lower.  And, as always, lots and lots of cherries.

    And then I spotted this:

    chlorella 3183

    This is bluegreen algae.  

    I was putting spinach and parsley in a LOT of things, and we were eating nori seaweed snacks instead of chips. That was on top of the chlorella AND the chicken and fish to avoid gallbladder issues! All very high purines. Gah! As we might have already written, we cut those out, or significantly lowered them, and we cut out all mushrooms, too, because of potentially high purines.

    I recommend making your own "safe" foods list out of the foods that you like to eat.

    I like mushrooms, so I'm coming back to this stuff both to reply and to double-check on what might be "safe" for Paul. In the chart Paul linked to, there is a section on mushrooms which says:

    Most mushrooms, except for dried shiitake and hiratake, contained 6.9–98.5 mg/100 g purines, so they were classified in the low or very low group. Dried shiitake contained more than 240 mg/100 g purines. It is thought that the amount of purine became larger because purines in mushroom was condensed and the weight became light by drying.

    It listed raw shiitakes as having only 20 mg purines, so I thought that sounded low. Last night I made a curried pumpkin soup with shiitakes and Paul was a little nervous. No gout symptoms though - yes!

    Then there is this purine chart:

    Which lists:
    white rice 10
    oats 42
    tapioca 37
    peanuts 42
    almonds 13
    pecans 13
    sunflower seeds 65
    yogurt 0
    peas 62
    apple juice 3
    pineapple 8
    apple 6
    cherry 6
    eel 48
    pork chop 49
    ham 83
    chicken 125

    I'm still confused on bell peppers - the former (more scientific looking) list showed them on the high end, while the latter (simpler) list showed them the low end. I use them a lot in our cooking, and have probably only reduced that a little since Paul has had his gout, and he's stayed symptom free with them in our diet.

    It frustrates me in my cooking that onions and garlic are considered gallstone triggers, but they are VERY low in purines which makes them super safe for gout. I still cook with onions and garlic, though I have reduced what I used to include by about half and Paul seems okay on both fronts.

    Is this kind of diet stuff more what might be helpful to discuss, Anne?

    5 days ago