Jan White

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On the topic of gophers...

Our first year on the property, living in a tent, our fridge was a hole in ground. A nice hole - lined with lumber, about three feet deep. We haven't used it in a few years. Last night my husband said, "Oh by the way, take a look in the cold hole when you're out tomorrow."
"Just take a look."

1 day ago

Paul Eusey wrote:I

They have organic dunlap and natural talalay. If you are a petite side sleeper you will want the softest configuration you can get. I’m a side sleeper and a big and tall male and I have the softest talalay as my top layer (the lighter you are, the firmer a foam will feel, so go for super soft). !

I'd say this is very much to taste and not a rule. I looked back in my email and found my invoice. I got Dunlop latex, firm, which is supposedly iLD 35-42. I find it very soft. I suppose at 130lbs I'm not terribly petite, though. I'd also rather sleep on a blanket than a mattress, so I may be an outlier. At this point my husband would fall over laughing that I said may be instead of am in that last sentence.
1 week ago
Last year we bought a new mattress...or rather a mattress topper and a shikibuton that we layered. Bottom is latex, on the quite firm end of the scale, but I don't remember the number. On top we have cotton. Both layers are three inches thick. I'm 130lbs and my husband is 160, and we both sleep mainly on our sides. My husband has bony hips that are sensitive to pressure and he loves our mattress. It was a little soft for me at first, but I've gotten used to it.

I like having two layers so I can carry the shikibuton up and down the loft ladder and hang it outside in the sun.
1 week ago
Eczema is linked to inflammation. I'd always had eczema off and on until I started eating a raw vegan, high fruit diet.  For ten years it was gone. Now, trying to base my diet on caloric staples I can grow here, I've started eating grain again - no wheat, all whole grain. And the eczema is back. If I eat squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes etc. instead of grain I do much better.
1 week ago
One of my favourite dry beans came from a package of what was supposed to be Kentucky wonder wax. The bean pods were really tough with big strings and different shades of yellow and green. Not what I would expect of kww. The seeds were all different shades of black, grey, brown, yellow, and cooked down into a tasty broth. So good dry beans can come from anywhere.

My favourite black bean is black coco.

I really like nez perce. Early, high yielding, tasty.

Papa de rola is one of the prettiest beans I've grown.
That tree looks like a weeping birch to me.
I don't know anything about tablets, but I have an old kindle I use all the time. I absolutely refuse to register it with amazon. I stick with the older models because they don't have the backlit screen. If you're okay reading on one of those, then a tablet would be fine. I would never be able to read for very long on a tablet, though.

What I wanted to say is about ebook file formats. I download mostly epub, but sometimes other formats. I download them onto my macbook and transfer them to the kindle using a free program called calibre. It automatically converts the file to the kindle format when it transfers. You can also use it to read any ebook file on the macbook.

If you like having devices synched, there are open source apps for android you can use so that you don't have to do everything through google, too.
1 week ago
That's about the size of our house. We've got a super basic metal box wood stove, about 15x20".  I would hate to have that thing going long enough to even boil a bit of water in the summer.  Even in winter, it's sometimes hard to run it hot enough for long enough to cook anything substantial without heating the house up unreasonably. I realize you'll have the mass absorbing heat, but still, it might be tough to make it work all year.

Another thing about cooking in such a small space is it produces a lot of humidity. And all your clothes smell like whatever you cooked for three days afterwards.
1 week ago
Thickening and richening stock with nuts and seeds is a trick I only recently learned about, too. Ive usually used sunflower seeds because the flavour is pretty neutral to me, but i now want to try pumpkin seeds.

The conversation about collagen makes me want to mention that pumpkin seeds are high in zinc - an important mineral if you want to ramp up your body's own collagen production.
3 weeks ago