Nicole Alderman

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Five acres, two little ones, one awesome husband, 12 ducks (give or take), and a bunch of fruit trees and garden beds. In her spare time, Nicole likes to knit, paint, draw, teach kids, make fairies & dragons, philosophize, and read fantasy. She doesn't HAVE spare time, but does like to fantasize about it!
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Recent posts by Nicole Alderman

I think when one lives at a constant state of "Go go go!" for years, it's really easy to kind of crash for a while afterward. Maybe it's adrenal fatigue, maybe it's just general mental need to take a break, maybe it's something else. I don't know. But, I know it's happened to me a few times after a series of busy/stressful months &/or years.

Take the rest you need to recover! I know that when my husband and I over do it, our health really tanks. We've both experienced enough auto-immune flare ups after periods of activity/stress to know we just need to rest when our bodies demand it and we have a chance to do said resting!

Dez Choi wrote:Pps. We finished the deck at Josiah’s.. what a feeling..!

I just spotted this (my life's been busy with homeschooling my kids!), I'm so glad you got a chance to see Josiah, and got to help with his deck! I hope he is doing well!!!

Christopher Weeks wrote:This thread is pointing to a local weakness that I've been thinking about too. I think this place is better when we go find an old thread and contribute to that, but the scavenger hunts incentivize, even if only subtly, the fracturing of the discussion into new posts (which staff might then go and fold together, requiring work on their part).

I also really love having a thread full of all sorts of good answers to a question. I've been known to, on occasion, go and merge a bunch of old threads on the same subject into one comprehensive thread on the subject, like this thread: Cat Litter--What to use and how to compost it. If you find a bunch of threads on the same subject and think it'd make sense to merge them, you could probably make a post about it (like in the Pollinator's only forum, or in Tinkering) and maybe a moderator with some free time will push the magic buttons! A lot of us like having things nicely organized around here, so chances might be pretty good that someone will take a stab at it.

Another thing you can do is make the thread...and then you'll likely find other threads on the same subject. If you do, you can make a reply in the thread with links to other related threads. I've done that quite a few times. The first one that comes to mind is the Staple Foods thread. I was learning so much through all the threads, and so wanted to list them all in one place for people to more easily find the info.

That leads me to another type of thread I often end up making: ones with links or lists full of info! Like Raven, I like to stash my research here on permies to make it a lot easier to find it (like my Toilet Paper Castle and the Favorite Preschool Aged books about nature). And, sometimes I find myself answering the same question over and over, and so just make a thread that answers the question to refer people to, like my Edible Plants for Wet/Shady Areas. Sometimes I spot a bunch of really great threads, and so make a thread that indexes those thread, like List of Dr. RedHawk's Epic Soil Series Threads.

One thing you can do to get inspired for thread-making ideas is to click on the profile of someone who's made lots of good threads, and see what they've done. Pearl Sutton has made 300+ threads, with lots about growing specific varieties of food, managing finances, some silly threads, life management, neat things she's found, etc,  It looks like I've made like 600+ threads. It seems like a lot of of them were SKIP/PEP badge threads, some were silly things, others were projects or questions I had, and a lot were helping out permies by making digital market threads. (that's another idea for a thread! If you have something you've made--digital things are easiest, but you can sell physical things here on permies, too--you can make a Digital Market thread selling it. It doesn't cost anything to list something there, and it might make some money!).

Another type of thread you could make is a Book Review thread! Got some books that you love (or hate, or have constructive criticism about) that you don't see on the book review grid? Go ahead and make a Summary Thread for it! (here's a tutorial on how to do that) You can actually make rewiew threads for:

  • Books
  • Seed & Plant Sources
  • DVD/Films
  • Gear
  • Critter Breeders

  • Think of all the knowledge you can stash here on permies in 100 threads!

    Bethany Paschall wrote:The requirements mention a permanent location. What if I do rock balancing at the local park? Those only last for a few days usually. Would that work for this BB?

    I don't think so. But, public art could just be something at the roadside of your property that's visible/accessible to the public. Usually the edge of a property is technically owned by the city and can be taken for expanding the road, sidewalks, etc. I'm thinking art in that easement area kind of exists in a sort of grey zone that works for this BB.
    2 weeks ago

    Leigh Tate wrote:

    Nicole Alderman wrote:The first step is to make a Digital Market thread that lists your product. If you already have it listed in the freebies, excellent! Just contact me or respond to this thread, and I'll get you added to the dailyish list.

    Nicole, are you still doing this? (you're so busy!) I'd be happy to add one of my eBooks to the freebies list. Here's its page in the digital market ->

    I haven't forgotten how! Here's your freebie page link: You can send that to anyone you want, and they can get the goodie for free by signing up for the dailyish. If they're already signed up, then it'll be offered as a freebie in one of their dailyish emails! You should now see it in the total list of dailyish freebies here.

    Thank you for offering it up as a freebie!!!
    This has got to have been one of the most fun giveaways to pick winners for, because I get to announce TEN winners.

    *Drumroll please*

    Congratulations to

    Ellen Lewis
    Rob McLellan
    Matthew Nistico
    V Coblentz
    Kim Huse
    R Scott
    Jennie Kies
    Row Morgan
    See Hes
    Hana Oshima

    Keep an eye on your inboxes for a message from Judson Carrol so he can get you your ebook! And, please, if you have a chance, support a fellow permie by posting a review here on permies &/or on Amazon.

    For those of you bummed that you didn't win, his book is available on amazon, as well as here on permies!!!

  • The Omnivore’s Guide to Home Cooking for Preppers, Homesteaders, Permaculture People and Everyone
  • Medicinal Shrubs and Woody Vines of The American Southeast An Herbalist's Guide - eBook
  • Look Up: The Medicinal Trees of the American South, An Herbalist's Guide - eBook
  • The Encyclopedia of Bitter Medicinal Herbs, a new book by Judson Carroll - eBook
  • Growing Your Survival Herb Garden for Preppers, Homesteaders and Everyone Else - eBook
  • Herbal Medicine for Preppers, Homesteaders and Permaculture People by Judson Carroll - eBook
  • 3 weeks ago
    It looks like there's a new Paul and Spirko podcast/video! I haven't had a chance to watch it yet (hard to get two hours of the day to watch/listen to something when I have kids), but hopefully someone else can!

    4 weeks ago
    Bethany, would you be able to post a picture of the twine with a ruler next to it, so we can verify it's the right length. Thank you!
    1 month ago
    Please join me in welcoming Judson Carroll, author of The Omnivore’s Guide to Home Cooking

    Read the book review here!

    Judson will be hanging out in the forums until this Friday answering questions and sharing his experiences with you all.

    At the end of the week, we'll make a drawing for 10 lucky winners to win an ebook copy of his book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the Cooking forum are eligible to win.

    To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email. Higher quality posts are weighed more highly than posts that just say, "I want this book!"

    When the ten winners are selected, they will be announced in this thread and their email address will be sent to the publisher, and the publisher will sort out the delivery details with the winners.

    Please remember that we favor perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Judson's name to get his attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.

    Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Judson and make him feel welcome!
    1 month ago
    I'm so glad to see a thread about this!!! Chestnut flour has been a "life saver" for me. Okay, it didn't really save my life, but it sure made it a lot more tolerable! Due to my psoriasis (as well as my husband's Crohn's), I've had to cut nearly all starches out of our diet. It works well to keep our auto-immune stuff in remission...but almond flour and coconut flour just don't make bread that tastes like bread. No mater how I do it, it tastes like almonds or coconut...and it's usually soggy and hard to cut. But, if you add chestnut flour to the other flours, you suddenly get a slice-able, toast-able, non-soggy loaf of bread!!

    My normal flour mixture is 4 parts chestnut flour, 2 parts almond flour, and 1 part coconut flour.  I got the ratios from this recipe by Paleo Pantry: BEST EVER PALEO CHESTNUT BREAD. I don't put seeds in my bread, and I usually add a bit of honey to most recipes just to give the bread enough "carby" taste. But, I've used the flour mixture to make everything from cakes to biscuits to pretzels to bread (of course) and pizza crust. It doesn't taste like a yeasty bread (I've never tried using yeast with it, because my husband can't eat yeast), but it makes a slice-able, toast-able, yummy bread. It makes my life a whole lot happier because I can have cakes a breads and biscuits that taste yummy to me!
    1 month ago