Josephine Howland

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I am an old crone of a witch, with a degree in Fashion, living in the middle of the forest with a husband, two dogs and a cat.  We try to grow our own food, can, freeze and dehydrate for winter eating.  Both of us are now disabled, so with his lung trouble making it impossible to raise chickens and livestock, and last year I broke my hand, we have had a rough couple of years.  We have 13 acres which I would love to see more food growing on.
White Mountains of New Hampshire zone 5
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This topic is great, I will try to get some of the flexible glue. I have a number of old book, the oldest is a family bible from 1840, which looks in the same shape of your book Raven. Mind you I am not Christian, but it is an interesting book to have around for those who are, and the family history is something I cherish.
12 hours ago

Joel Bercardin wrote:

Josephine Howland wrote:Specking of lawsuits, I did trip and break my hand at our transfer station, but it was their fault. They left a 8" piece of rebar folded over stuck in the ground. Now when your carrying bags of trash, you shouldn't have to watch out for hazards. The parking area is all nice and shiny new now.

Sorry to learn of your accident, and glad to learn that they smartened-up the parking area and made it safe.

The unfortunate thing about the metal-dump areas is that, while yes the things & materials can be used to generate cash, benefit doesn't go to individuals (or families, or co-ops) who can use these materials and components to upcycle and increase, rather than convert, their value.

Yes, we still sneak and grab things when we can. It is awful how much waste there is. We have an area for reusable items so that keeps some things out of there. My husband sometimes get annoyed with my picking, but then he finds something he likes and feels better. Let's face is my favorite price will always be free.
1 month ago
Yes, you can't take from the metal pile, but it's mostly because someone has the contract to take and sell the metal. Specking of lawsuits, I did trip and break my hand at our transfer station, but it was their fault. They left a 8" piece of rebar folded over stuck in the ground. Now when your carrying bags of trash, you shouldn't have to watch out for hazards. The parking area is all nice and shiny new now.
1 month ago
we've picked up a lot of stuff from our transfer station AKA the dump. The food dehydrator we found, still works great. All kinds of good to use stuff. I once found a box with almost a complete set for 8 of my best childhood friends dinnerware, that made her husband so happy, because he knew he wouldn't have to dish out money for replacement dishes when any broke. We've gathered lots of building supplies also. I've found furniture that just need a fresh upholstery to be given a fresh start. When we had pigs, my daughter would  bring us home banana boxes full of day old produce. As for roadkill, we've had deer, Bear, and wild Turkey.   The best "dump" ever though was when I'd visit friends on Cape Cod. The Bourne Dump Store, has the most awesome stuff there, along with pile of wood chips, compost, sand, and oh my the brick & flagstone pile.
2 months ago
I read earlier when you first started this article questions about the pros and cons of using a blower between two layers of Poly. I recently attended a program with a local retired orthopedic surgeon turned green house promoter. In his poly tunnel he uses a blower. He's also elected official in NH so he's pretty easy to reach if you want some real-life experience with someone.   Jerry Knirk is his name and his web site is:
2 months ago
Thanks to Nicole for bring up this thread. I should start by saying that my mother and grandmother were both dressmakers and that I started sewing doll clothes at 3 years old, and drafted my first "newspaper" pattern at the tender age of 8. I also, way back in the late 70s, received my degree in Fashion Design. I think the wool clothing would be great for the cold Montana winters. I live in the White Mountains of NH, so I do know a bit about staying warm in the winter. When I lived in cities and worked in offices, I loved to make myself and others basic wool skirts. You can easily draft some skirt patterns and change them up by adding pockets or trim.  Don't forget the classic Celtic kilt for that matter. I wore a wool coat that I made myself for years and it was very soft and warm.  Look for some nice wool in a heavier weight for the outer layer, then use an interlining of a soft felt type fabric, and a different lighter weight fabric for the lining. We do the same 3 layers for winter draperies. I also had a very warm cape that my mother made many years ago. I know that as rural residents, we tend to hang out in jeans and work wear, but there is no reason that we couldn't wear wool pants in the winter as well. I remember years ago, someone could not believe that I made a pair of wool pants, because the plaids were so well matched. All of this is very well, but as for thread, you will be hard pressed to find an all natural thread for the sewing.  Most thread these days are polyester; it simply is stronger and holds together longer for a longer lasting garment. For winter clothing I would also recommend that you invest in more classic styles that will age better, and keep your summer lightweight clothes the trendier styles. Let's face it a light or white colored cotton garment will get soiled easier and therefore isn't expected to last, while a good wool skirt or coat could last for many years. I did recently order my husband some American Bison socks from National Geographic. They are expensive, but I waited for a sale. He loves them, they are warm and soft, and he always gets cold feet, so they were perfect.
I like lamps, and will grab lamps, chandeliers etc. from the dump if they catch my eye. So I would watch out for a lamp with a nice base from the dump, reuse store, yard sale, and then switch bases if one fits. Rewiring lamps is  not hard, I have even make lamps out of birch tree logs, the key to making a base is to have enough elevation to run the cord under it. You can use all types of things as the feet. Old wooden thread spools are a favorite for me, because I sew. Again, wander dumps and yard sales and keep you imagination working.
3 months ago
That is awesome! I've been wanting to do that for years, but nay-saying spouse has prevented me so far. How about some black barrels filled with water on the North side to work as solar heat sink?
4 months ago
I'd also be interested, We're in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Glass yes, yes, yes. Please use some sort of mason jar if you can. I'd like to see some regulation come about that ALL product sold in glass jars fit standard mason jar lids. It is so annoying to me when I get a glass jar, empty it, wash it, then it doesn't fit a standard regular or wide mouth jar lid and ring. What a waste! Especially the ones that are made to look like (some even have Mason embossed into them) mason jars, then they don't fit the standard lids.
5 months ago