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leila hamaya

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northern northern california
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an easy way to store elderberry for winter is to stick them in big ziplocks and put in freezer. its also a bit easier to get them off the stems when they are frozen, which can be a tedious task. you dont want any of the little stem pieces, as many as you can get out.

another way is to make syrup with the elderberries when they are ripe. boil it down sort of like jam, add honey or another sweetener. then its like a simple cough in jars or bottles till you need it...
3 weeks ago
third vote for elderberry !

elderflower as well...

another one - mint, other essential oil, a little bit of it into a big pot of just boiled water. towel over the head to catch the steam and breathe it until your face is bright red and you cant stand the heat anymore !
3 weeks ago
when reading threads like this on these forums and others, and seeing what a lot of people talk about with pricing these systems, it really makes me realize what a different world i live in than many.

but emphasizes the repeated point here with solar, the key is to drastically reduce your energy consumption, drastically.

all lights super low watt LED or likewise, convenient power strips to shut down all appliances at once so no slow drain, and unfortunately no fridge/washer/dryer/air conditioner/major appliance etc.

for just lights, computers, stereo, some small kitchen appliances...all this doesnt take much to run and 2-4 small solar panels can do this, with a basic inverter and a few or more batteries in a bank.

maybe a fan, sometimes, and even occasionally a blender smoothie =)

and also - when its actually sunny and theres an overflow at those times...when your system is totally charged up in the middle of day, you can occasionally make a blender smoothie without everything beeping at you =)

but yeah i know for a lot of people this is not enough.
at this amount of use though solar makes great sense. for 1-2 thousand dollars (or less if you salvage stuffs from somewhere)
you can have years and years of that much electricity use for basic lights, music/entertainment/ computers, screens, charging phones...and small kitchen appliances.

there are some interesting mini fridge/cooler, ovens etc...for DC / truckers...i have had a couple of low power kitchen type appliances that you can get through trucker outlets and trucker supply cookers, blender, coffee pots, etc...that all run on low amounts of DC power...too...

but theres always propane, or wood stoves, or other things for cooking...and hot water....

having cold storage, a "larder" / cool area, and several coolers on the north side outside...was how i lived with only super cheap solar power for many years.
go to town and always pick up ice... enough cheese milk and fun stuff for the few days this will stay good without real fridge...

and even salvaging used batteries...for very cheap from where people bring older batteries. you would be surprised how many of these of these are in good enough condition...people throw away good batteries all the time...
i think the solar set up i had was all total about 500$
most it spent on the wires and little things to hook everything up
and my only power for over 5 years.

but this is maybe too minimalist for most people?

ah sorry for your needs and wants OP to have electric car, maybe this is less relevant.
i do like the idea above somewhere...stated...which is i think what i would do in that case...get a deal with a neighbor or friend to charge your car up at their place. they probably wouldnt care much, it probably would cost them too could pay them monthly or whatever...or in the neighbor barter system =)
then drop the car off at their place  and walk home...and/or somewhere near where you work and charge all day...

when i lived off grid like that for a long time i would definitely make use of my friends and neighbors houses and power, all of which had regular grid electricity. charge my phones and stuff up at their places...and even sometimes, store a few things in their of my neighbors let me use her fridge for cold stratifying seeds =) and to throw some Cream and ice cream to get later...
and thats like big deal for someone...if they had an out door plug or something...and you pitched in on the bill.
1 month ago
and here for some giggles...

1 month ago
^^^about the above ^^^
talking about differences in people's reaction to stimuli, in people's different ways of processing information, and also the sitting and rewinding going over and over details of conversations and/or mistakes...

Dabrowski (positive disintegration) talked about similar things, and did different tests and studies on the physiological differences in reaction to stimulation...and found that there were differences in groups of people who had clear, measurable, extreme sensitivity in nervous system reaction to various stimulation. so that there are people who literally feel everything much more intensely, the good and the bad, and that this is observable on a physical and physiologically level. this he called "over excitabilities" and showed that it was an extreme sensitivity of the nervous system and reactions of certain groups of people who had a lot of developmental potential.

i'm rather into dabrowski's ideas and work, he is one of the only psychologist who i really think is getting it. partially because he seems to be one of the only psychologists who start from a basic perspective of recognizing that normal socialized and ingrained behavior  is largely sociopathic and messed up!

to be integrated at the "primary level"  as he would call it, is to be self serving and normalized into unhealthy cultural norms. living through 2 world wars and watching immense suffering in his lifetime, he based his ideas on seeing that what passes for normal behavior is largely psychopathic and sick.

and further went on to suggest that the "disintegration" of this unhealthy primary level integration..dark emotions, crisis, and what could look like "mental illness" to others, is part of the self healing becoming more aligned with true mental health, the authentic self, and what out to be - as the individuals with this developmental potential move through intense self reflection, crisis, craziness, extreme ideally come out the other side of such things as truly healthy autonomous individuals aligned to their ideals.

and then instead these types of experiences are pathologized, made to look like sickness, when it is actually a path of healing, improving oneself and inner work, with some pain coming from the changes, disintegration, "positive maladjustment"....

ah anywho i may be wandering a bit off on a tangent here, but i find this to be true. some people are actually wired very differently, it is a physical and genetic biological difference....
and to me these ideas all over lap - the highly sensitive people HSP, introverts, particularly the NF group ("intuitive feelers"), giftedness and it's drive towards perfectionism and being too hard on oneself, the desire to live aligned with one's ideals, and the introspective work on the self that can be brutally painful and difficult.... to make progress in the self's development and growth.

i think he had some big pieces of the puzzle put together, anyway, and made some major good points about true mental health, and society at large being rather messed up...
as well as studied the physiological differences in people's biological responses, and how life is more intense for people who have these sensitivities, and over excitability...
1 month ago
i agree it's a pickle.
sorry for my pro concrete posting originally, we posted at the same time, and now i can see maybe you think of this as a neccessary evil, potentially. in your first post you mentioned it, and i do think for several reasons it's an obvious choice for things below grade.

but yeah i have looked into this similar ideas, how to make your own soil concrete on the cheap, how to set posts that last.

when i have built fences and such i generally use soil crete.
a few bags of cement, lime, etc, a lot of gathered sand, rocks, gravel and clay/soil/fibers or whatever else...can go quite far on a basic foundation/footings/base for an earth plaster building or post and beam on top of it.
say 500-800 bucks for all the tools, misc stuff and bags of cement and lime, others.builder's sand, sharp gravel.
add to that quite a lot of labor hours gathering rocks, sand, gravel and clay/soil/etc...and well thinking tiny house square footage...

but anywho back to the post in ground topics...some ideas i have heard are doing as you suggest, with coatings on treated wood.
i have heard suggestions of borax, tar, polyurethaneother coatings. even think some people use gasoline. diesel?
ha, i dont know but i am sure i have heard of this.

another idea is burning the ends of the posts because the charred bottoms of the posts will protect the wood and make them last longer. i have found chunks of old wood in the ground that are from burnt wood, it does preserve the wood...the charring of it makes it less penetrable to water, it repels moisture.
1 month ago
^^^yeah this^^^ is what i was thinking too.

or something similar like stone and concrete, or lime, and /or concrete forms/bricks/concrete blocks + rebar.

concrete forms

or even - using a method like this for any parts below ground, and no wood in contact with the ground. sort of like making concrete posts, instead of using the wood ones.

also i think with any type of underground building, you need to zoom way out to the whole site design, water flow, and also to how you re dealing with moisture and rain fall in the surrounding ground around your building.

this is why i think the  UMBRELLA HOUSE ideas with insulating and water proofing the surrounding ground around your structure, are particularly brilliant.
in that they both insulate the surrounding ground for heat storage, but also shed water away from your building.

passive annual heat storage

if you keep that surrounding ground dry, and use methods like these, it would be better if you want to be using a lot of wood below grade.
1 month ago
yeah i want to do this too...but also do a large underground cave section attached to it. half cave, half wrap around greenhouse =)
where mostly the greenhouse pops up from the ground/is visible- looks like a greenhouse, but actually has a tiny house embedded within it.
where theres a below ground level, built into a hill underground section, and to soak up all that extra warmth and stabilize the temperature extremes.

i like the above suggestion, and i was thinking to say it too - light clay straw.
one issue is moisture, though...another thought is slip form stone.
and more slip form stone work

actually those two methods are very similar...light clay straw needing a post and beam frame...but both being a form of SLIP FORM.
light clay straw uses slip clay and straw stuffed into the boards/form...the other using stone and concrete.
1 month ago

John Duda wrote:I know, I know this is an old thread, but it was promoted and I read the whole thing and then realized there's nothing recent! So I left the thread and thought awhile. After all this time what results were gleaned from those of you who grew fruit from seeds.

Judith Browning
Jordan Lowery
S. Bengi
Leila Hamaya
Dave Miller

Dave you got one out of three apple trees to fruit in 6 years. That's considerably better than the war stories about growing from seed proclaim. That's what I'm interested in. Are the results of your efforts better than what the common knowledge tells us? Do your fruits taste better than you expected? Do you get quicker results, smaller trees than the giants they tell us results? Have you grafted to any of your seed grown trees?

Again I apologize for restarting an old thread, but I think it's a great chance for us to learn from those who've done it.

my gardens and 100's of fruit tree seedlings of many types, are all back in california, and i have been travelling a bit and all over the place around the northeast for a year now.
my gardens got the ultimate in survival of the fittest /STUN test last year...not only without me to baby and water them but also nor cal was crazy last summer, epic heat, epic wildfires, flaky landmates who dont water enough, etc. poor gardens =(

but we will see, after all the intense winds of change settle down ...whenever i finally make it back to california -what managed to get by and thrive in spite of this.

most of the trees i had been growing from seed were between 2-4 years old, and so had not produced yet, but were finally starting to be really something, growing larger fast.
there were a few seedling cherry, plum, and peach trees that had been planted there (6-7 years ago) that had just been coming into production when i left...and starting to get decent enough harvests with dozens of fruit. plums, cherry, peaches, other stone fruits are pretty reliable from seed and maybe don't take as long.

the peaches tasted just like the mother tree, but were a bit smaller. several other spots had some volunteer peach trees that were doing very well.
1 month ago
joules graves did a song about this  --->

and yeah JP sears has  done a few funny yoga you tube vids =)

2 months ago