Pearl Sutton

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Chronic reader, creative dreamer, a LOT of hand skills to make things real, intense health issues that limit my activity, but not my creativity or dreams. Moved to southern Missouri with enough tools and junk to build a life that might work well with my health. One of god’s gigglers, I punctuate with smiley faces and exclamation points when I type, and smile and laugh a lot in real life. (Often at things no one else understands.) And I both curtsy at people (even when wearing grubby work clothes) and purr when hugged, both online and in real life. “Normal” is not a word that has ever been used for me.
Been organic gardening all my life, and bought 4 acres that I have designed from the ground up. Making it happen is being the most fun I have ever had in my life, the best 3D jigsaw puzzle ever! Reading Mollison’s Designer’s Manual was like coming home, ah, THERE I am! A reality where I can use all of my multifaceted talents and skills!
Dumpster diver, recycler, second hand store shopper, I tell people I am attracted to rust and lace. I have violated every warranty I have ever met, I’m a tool using animal, and I use my tools to modify everything in my world. And it only gets weirder...
Bricolage: something constructed or created from a diverse range of available things. Adding ier to a french word means one who does that activity. I am a bricolagier, the things I do are all made of a wide range of things that I have acquired from diverse places.
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Cross cut shredding and compost them.  Mix them with grass clippings and they'll go down fast.

Be SURE to shred them though, I'm a dumpster diver who has been horrified by what people throw away unshredded.
1 day ago
I'm on the spectrum too. And I realized long ago my path was not to live a "normal" life, but do the things I do well, and let the normal people do the normal things.
I have a thread here   Be a Bright Spark!
Where I talk of a dream I had many years ago:

I saw the whole of humanity as a huge bonfire. As people were born they became a bright point of light, as they died that point faded out.

The mass of humanity, the good people who have a good, peaceful, normal life were the hot center of the fire, they are who made the fire bright and glowing.
But out on the edges were the flames that made beautiful patterns, and the sparks that danced, they were the beauty of the fire.  

I try to make the world a more interesting place, but I'll never be part of the solid flame that moves civilization forward in the mundane ways it has to be done to move the whole culture. But I dance on the edge of the fire, I'm a bright spark.

Someone has to move the more mundane things forward, lack of that would result in much harder lives for us all. Those on the spectrum are excellent for their sparkles that add beauty and neat ideas.
2 days ago
The ESC key may work.

Sounds like you made it full screen.
2 days ago
This is all standard construction techniques, but they have excellent explanations for why to do things. Worth looking at before you build naturally, and make sure the concepts you are using are filling the needs that a house has.

This is their series on healthy homes, that don't get moldy, stuffy, rot, etc. Worth reading if you are doing anything involving a house, including living in one!

GM-0602:READ THIS: Before You Design, Build, or Renovate -- on

GM-0606: READ THIS: Before You Move In -- on

GM-0604: READ THIS: Before You Ventilate -- on

And if you are a landlord, or buying or renting something old
GM-0603: READ THIS: Before You Turn Over a Unit -- on

A piece off the first link, so you can see what kind of stuff they say:

The principles for a healthy home are the same for all types of construction: rehabilitation, new construction, low rise, high-rise, single family or multifamily.

The design and construction options for rehabilitation are limited by conditions of the salvaged building and equipment and extent of the rehabilitation. Despite the limitations, the same principles apply to whatever work is done as part of the rehabilitation.

There are seven principles to a healthy home. Ideally, a healthy home is:

   Pest free
   Toxic chemical free
   Well ventilated
   Combustion by-product free

Not all principles can be controlled by design, construction, renovation and maintenance. How we live in a home also matters. And not all principles can be achieved perfectly or completely or practically — they are goals.

Applying the principles for a healthy home to design, construction, renovation and maintenance does not have to result in significant cost increases. By understanding the interactions between building systems we can identify cost saving trade-offs that improve building performance and improve control of interior conditions such as comfort — particularly temperature and interior humidity.

There are download links at the bottom of each article. I have "Before You Design, Build, or Renovate" open on my computer right now and it's a 52 page PDF with lots of pictures. Lots of good information!  

2 days ago
The Aztec chinampas were fertilized that way, and were amazingly productive!
I'd say you could mix the mud with either one.

Chinampas in Mexico
3 days ago
Ok, points for all of you. I had two people hold it still, and used a pry bar. It DOES work, but that's seriously stiff.
Definitely not as easy as his.
Points for all you clever people today!!

5 days ago
Ouch. That hurt. Not by me. Not today. I'll try again with tools on a better day.
It's an interesting idea though!
5 days ago
Timothy: That looks like it, and that's what I thought too.
I'd say this ones dysfunctional then. It does not open and close. It closes, and closes harder.
Probably why it was cheap! That one you linked is 38.00!
5 days ago
I saw this at a second hand store, was puzzled by it, but bought it because it has a 5 foot oak handle, brand new, nice tight grain to the wood, and was 2.50, which works for me, as I was looking at the handle.

I thought it was a mop. Doesn't seem to be.
When you lift the curved part that goes down the handle, it tightens up the crack between the metal loops, it doesn't loosen them to make it open up. It closes it tighter. The space between them is under a 1/4 inch gap to start with, and it's not easy to stuff things in there. Might be under 1/8.  Small gap.
If it were a mop it would open the jaws, is my guess. It's obviously not something I'm familiar with though, so I might be wrong. I can't get it to open wide enough to put anything in there.
Width across the top of the square loops about 6 inches.

I can think of things to use it for, including just remove it far the handle, but what did I buy? I have no clue...

5 days ago