Andie Carter

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I don't see romantic love in the same light as you do, but I do think that the best way to find people is to actively engage in what you love.

My own concept of romantic love is more along the lines of two individuals who are whole and complete in and of themselves joining together for mutual companionship, enjoyment, and support. We (that is, my partner and I) are together because we help each other become our best versions of ourselves, and support each other in our efforts.

Similarly, I build my friendships around mutual support and enjoyment.

Getting back on the topic of how to meet gentle souls (whether for romantic partnerhood, friendships, or roommates), I think the best way is to engage in group versions of your passions. Like, I love gardening, and I'm a member of a local gardening group that shares produce, advice, labor, and throws regular potlucks. I also am part of a few different communities in my town, and I've met and befriended a number of people through them.

I also have meet friends through shared housing. I find the key is to put it in you ad exactly what kind of weird you are, so people who love that are excited, and people who don't love it steer clear. For example, in my most recent housing ad, I included that we compost, garden veganically, are car-free, and like to do acrobatics. Someone who likes those things are going to be stoked to find someone else who does too, while others are going to run in the opposite direction.
2 years ago
It's the weed version of amaranth, people call it pigweed.
3 years ago
I've had cats poop in my garden beds, and it's not a pleasant occurrence (especially since I do most of my digging by hand). If you do go through it, make sure you ask the rest of the people in the community garden, or you might seriously tick off some folks.
3 years ago
I appreciate the feed back! I actually do have a coupe reasons for wanting the lawn type area. First off, we do partner acrobatics outside as one of our favorite summer time activities. It's much more pleasant to do this on some sort of lawn area than rocks or sand (softer, no sand falling in eyes, etc). Other hobbies include slack lining, yoga, etc, some of which work ok over rocks and some of which definitely should not be practiced over hard areas.  The second reason is to serve as a source of composting and mulching material to enrich the soil of the edible gardens.

I don't really know what kind of grass I'm dealing with, I guess I should figure that out first! Maybe I'm lucky and it's an easy to kill kind.
3 years ago
It's really awesome to see the progression over multiple growing seasons. We're about to get started with our own 1/4 acre plot, on the west side of the other Washington, so this is really great to see. Thanks for sharing! And I may have questions later!

3 years ago
It's been ages since I had rabbits, so I'm sure someone else will chime in soon.

I do remember being able to keep members of the same litter together, but you do need more space for a pair. Rabbits naturally live in colonies with one another, but colonies typically had more space per rabbit than humans tend to allow (which leads to grumpier rabbits). So that be my first step. Giving them other things to chew on/distract themselves with/hide from each other in also seems like a really good idea- maybe even giving each a nesting box even though you're not breeding them. At nine months, I don't think it will continue to escalate due to hormones, but rather due to territoriality.
3 years ago
To be to the point, both of us are allergic to grass, although it usually only bothers us when we mow, or when the grass gets so tall that it flowers (ok, that's not actually true- it itches any time bare skin comes in contact with grass, with the exception of the soles of the feet). We have about a quarter acre suburban plot, much of which will be built into gardens, however, we do like to entertain outside, have picnics in the back yard, etc, and so some space will be left resembling a lawn-type area.

The soil seems decent, not wet, with a strong southern exposure for most of the area (we live in zone 8, the wet side of the Cascade mountains). I would like to transition from grass to a predominantly clover lawn (with stuff like English daisies, yarrow, sheep sorrel, violets, crocuses, etc mixed in)- what is the best or easiest way to do this? It doesn't have to be fast, but I would like to have the process started before the summer. I work as a teacher, so I don't have oodles of time to spend on this, unfortunately. Pie-in-the-sky-amazing would have a good sized patch of clover lawn established and ready for use by June.

Here's my thoughts so far:
- Borrow/rent a rototiller (Cons: have to wait for the soil to dry out, costs money, messes with the soil structure, spreads any tenacious weeds that are started from roots, unpleasant smells and noise and sight until the clover starts to cover. Pros: done in all in one go, or as close to one as I can manage)

- Solarize the lawn one patch at a time (Cons: slow, tedious process, have to buy plastic, ugly, pita, kills bacteria/fungi as well? Pros: Cheap, physically easy, quiet, no noxious fumes, can start soon.)

- Dig a patch at a time (Cons: Labor intensive, takes a lot of time, also disturbs the soil structure, only giving the clover a head start because it's not actually killing the grass. Pros: No new purchases, quiet, will intimately know yard by the time I'm done, can start soon.)

- Sheet mulch a patch at a time (Cons: will take forever, will have to hunt down a lot of mulch, might be considered ugly, lots of physical labor. Pros: Probably very cheap, increases the organic material content of the soil, no awful smells or sounds, can start soon. )

Thoughts and ideas? Anyone with advice who has done it before?
3 years ago
For basic getting you finances under control and working for you, I suggest two blogs: early retirement extreme, and mr. Money mustache. You might not like their style, nor wish to retire in the traditional sense, but they lay out exactly what you need to know and do to get your money under your control. Start at the beginning and work your way current.

If books are more your speed, read 'your money or your life'- dramatic title, but very sound.
3 years ago
Thanks for the welcome, Tobias! I actuality had an account here years ago, but couldn't remember the login. Oh well, fresh start.

3 years ago
What helps me:

- taking a b12 and vitamin d supplement regularly.

- going on long walks with my sweetie.

- meditating

- a warm cup of tea,  or if really low,  coffee with cinnamon,  cardamom, and nutmeg.

- tending to something living.

- thinking, and then acting on,  ways I can improve, or ways I can improve the situation.

- spending ten, and just ten,  minutes working on something that's really stressing me out.
3 years ago