Emilie McVey

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since Oct 28, 2014
I am originally from (the great state of) Texas and have been an expat living in PA for 26 years, the last three of which have been in beautiful central PA.  I love gardening and the outdoors and the concept of sustainable living; that said, neither my beloved of 28 years nor I are handy - we feel very accomplished
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I was a doula for many years and would love to share what I know can help. I just found this thread; if you are still expecting or are in the throes of new motherhood, email me privately and we'll talk.
1 week ago
Years before I knew better, I had a badly cracked molar. A root canal, and a few years later, a crown , were the result. It's been over 10 years, but this "dead" tooth still hurts. The dentist has shown me the x-rays that show then roots are gone; he believes it's referred pain from another tooth (or that I'm making it up, I think)..
Any ideas on this? I have two other cracked molars and don't want the same for them...

For the other molars, I have even considered extraction. But losing molars reduces one's chewing ability, besides letting teeth shift around. Becoming a haggle-toothed old crone is something I would like to avoid for a few more decades, at least.
1 month ago
Years before I knew better, I had a badly cracked molar. A root canal, and a few years later, a crown , were the result. It's been over 10 years, but this "dead" tooth still hurts. The dentist has shown me the x-rays that show then roots are gone; he believes it's referred pain from another tooth (or that I'm making it up, I think)..
Any ideas on this? I have two other cracked molars and don't want the same for them...

For the other molars, I have even considered extraction. But losing molars reduces one's chewing ability, besides letting teeth shift around. Becoming a haggle-toothed old crone is something I would like to avoid for a few more decades, at least.
1 month ago
I'm sure I've seen photos of (probably European) RMH-like heaters using beautiful tile instead of cob. I am trying to sell my DH on the idea of RMH, but he doesn't care for the cob look. But my google attempts to find them have failed. Does anyone know what I'm describing who could help me find them? Thanks!
3 months ago
I guess a reed bed is not the big draw for me, necessarily, it's making use of otherwise wasted water. There's a community near Gettysburg that cleans/recycles its effluent thru a greenhouse system; I think it is even re-used in some way within the houses. I would like to use grey water to water my gardens, reserve it for next year's garden, or reuse it in some way within my home. Maybe a water-cooled air conditioner, like some places in Texas still had when I was growing up. I can't remember the name of those things now....  Could it be safe for animals to use, to water chickens, goats,etc?
7 months ago
It's so interesting that this is the topic of the hour! Just yesterday I was thinking ahead to our next home in a couple of years, and would it be possible to put a grey water system in so that we don't have to waste all that water. I live in central Pennsylvania and have not a clue about how to start with it all. One question I did have is, I can see if you are starting with new construction, digging a foundation routing all the pipes Etc. But if our next home is a pre-owned home, is it  even possible to put in a grey water system even if we have say an acre of ground? Or is retrofitting an existing house pretty much out of the question economically? My husband and I have great intentions but pretty much no skill in home construction / maintenance items like Plumbing electricity Etc.
7 months ago
I'm sorry to ask what may be a basic, obvious question, but what is a walapini?
8 months ago
Is there any biological distinction between herbs and weeds? I always think of a weed as merely a plant you don't want in a particular place, and/or one you don't (yet) know how to use. But perhaps there is a real difference?
After I cleared all the plantain weed out of my lawn and flower beds, I learned that they actually have uses similar to comfrey. So now I have it planted in my herb bed; though it is a pity it's not got more attractive flowers. Dandelions, which are so bright and cheerful, are good tonic for the liver, and the flowers can be battered and fried into donut holes with the kids
I use lavender, calendula, comfrey, and plantain in healing salves and hand cream. I'm looking for uses for sage, chives, lemon balm, dill, nasturtium and false strawberry. And real strawberry!
8 months ago
Glenn, thanks for the invitation! How do I give you my email so you can let me know when your RMH is up and running & open for a visit?
2 years ago
I live in central PA. Does anyone reading this who operates a RMH live in central PA? I would love to come visit you to see how this thing really works and if it might be something we could incorporate into our next home (we are in the early planning stages). Thank you for considering it!
2 years ago