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, philosophize, and read fantasy. She doesn't HAVE spare time, but does like to fantasize about it!
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My heart is filled with sadness for you and your family, Travis. Know that, for the first time in probably 5 years, I got down on my knees in prayer. May you be healed, and--most importantly--may your days be filled with laughter and peace and as many good times as you can cram in.
7 hours ago
I don't think many people will grow their own food if (1) They don't know what food is, and (2) They don't know how to cook it. So, the first bricks I would give people are the ones my husband first took: learning what food is, and how to cook it.

Very early level:

  • Read the ingredients in your food
  • Learn how to store common veggies and fruits: carrots, potatoes, onions, lettuce, apples, berries, peas, tomatoes
  • If you don't have a skillet and a pot, go to the thrift store and buy stainless steel ones.
  • Get silverware and plates at the Thrift store, if you don't have any
  • Fry an egg
  • (NOT necessary for vegan/vegetarians)Cook meat from raw
  • Soak and prepare beans from dry state
  • Make a stir fry
  • Make a soup
  • Install low-water nozzles on sinks/shower
  • Get a stainless steel or glass waterbottle

  • After these skills are learned (or if they are already learnt), one moves on to the skills of growing things. These are ones I think people can do while still in an appartment. The digging and the hammering are skills. I remember when I first tried to swing a hammer. NOTHING happened. I swung that hammer for 10 minutes, and couldn't get the nail in. When I tried to dig a trench, I had no luck, because I had no idea how to dig. These are skills that a lot of people, if they were raised in the city (or even not, as is my case) just don't have. 

    Early Level:

  • Buy potted herbs and grow them in your window sill
  • Make tea from leaves from edible weeds. Start with dandelion
  • Dig a hole with a shovel
  • Wear a coat or sweater inside during the winter
  • Hammer nails into a board
  • Turn off the lights in rooms you're not using
  • Clean your counter and sink with vinegar and baking soda
  • Visit thrift stores for clothing
  • Find a baking sheet at a thrift store
  • Use reusable bags for grocery shopping
  • Cook one thing from scratch per week

  • [u]Beginner/u]:

  • Make cloth napkins, or get some at the thrift store
  • Plant a start of something that grows REALLY EASILY in your area, like raspberries or strawberries.
  • Cool your house at night by opening your windows (if you don't live in a high-crime area)
  • Accrue a few fans to help keep you cool without as much AC
  • Cook three things from scratch per week
  • Combine shopping trips--if you're going to one place, think of where else you need to go that's in the same area. And, if the errand can wait a day, let it wait in case you think of other things you need!
  • Make or get cotton washrags to wipe down messes

  • That's all I've got so far: I've got to go to bed!

    19 hours ago
    I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
    21 hours ago
    I LOVE this thread, and I just realized I could add a poll to it, so I did!

    Please only use ONE apple to vote, so the results are easy to read for everyone. Thanks!


    P.S. If you don't have an apple, ask below, and I'll try to get you one so you can vote!

    (I hope it's okay, Leila, that I added a poll to your marvelous thread. If you don't like it, I can remove it!)
    21 hours ago
    *Snarf!* I saw this today on facebook. I'm an INFJ. I'm totally a "compassionate weirdo. "And, um, while I don't like snakes, a lot of these jobs are oddly fitting. I write dailyishes...that's kind of like fortune cookies, and I love history. If I liked tacos, snakes, or believed in the benefits of adult diaper cream, I could totally do all of these jobs.

    My husband is an INTP....I'm pretty sure he could and would do all of those job descriptions, and merrily. Especially the bed tester.
    22 hours ago
    100% cotton handtowel by Seams Geeky--I just couldn't resist!

    (It's 15% off for today only )
    1 day ago
    Speaking of towels and cats, we lay a towel inside our cats' boxes to make a cozy place to sleep. And, we use an old towel to lay in front of their kitty litter box to help contain the spread of kitty litter (we use woodstove pellets as kitty litter so we can compost it. Once they pee on it, it turns to sawdust, which can get a tad messy!)

    I think this now brings us to 46!
    1 day ago
    I missed using it as a weapon and I don't know how else you'd use it as a weapon other than snapping it. So, I guess I didn't get us to 39!

    Amit already mentioned family cloth.

    But! No one has mentioned the poulices or vegetable wrap. That brings us to 40!

    Aaaaaaand, Kim just added three more. That brings us to 42 and then 43! Extra pie and apples for Kim for getting us to the magic number!
    1 day ago
    We're up to 38 uses for towels. We just need four more!

    Here's one I just thought of: Snapping a wet towel at someone! (Not to hard, of course!)
    1 day ago