Lyda Eagle

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I have weaved a few baskets , though it was long ago.  I would like to learn various techniques.   Would also like info on building looms, I made a small ridgid heddle loom.. from layer of cardboard and will take the plans and do one in wood when I can but would like to make a floor loom ... just a small one not like the big ban looms pople use to make though they are awesome too.  I want one I can move around.  like the saori metal or wood looms
ai know some would say why not just buy one of those.   mostly I can not afford one. they cost aound 1500to 2000  and I dont even get that much ever month.    and I would like to have the knowledge to make one for myself.
Just not sure I have the knowledge to make all the parts it would need and not forget something vital.  or the skills o make it.   Would also like to make an electric spinning wheel.  I have a small one but would like a studier one that could handle bigger/bulkier yarn making.   But do not know what motor I would need to the parts to turn it into a spinning wheel.  
SI have made smaller bags from butcher paper that will hold 2 lbs. and weighed it out and froze four that way.  I made a flour glue with water to hold the bag together but when dried I did put on some tape on the seems just to be sure. I then put them in zip lock plastic bags, probably not necessary but I thought it might keep the freezer burn taste off the flour and I have never had any trouble.  you might be able to use paper lunch bags instead of making your own.  or I have a few times cut sheet of parchment paper and lined zip lock bags with it so the flour was not in direct contact with the plastic. You could just put it in the zip-lock bags  I just didn't want the flour touching the plastic. And it does help keep it fresher tasting when you have it in paper first I think.It seems to last in the freezer months longer and still taste and cook better then without the paper bags.  you could probably put a whole 5 lb bag in and be fine.  I just wanted smaller portions I could pull out when needed.  I usually keep wheat grains in mylar bags or jars and grind what i need at the time.  And do keep some of the grains in the freezer too.  And always put the grains in the freezer before I store them to kill off any eggs or little hitchhikers I don't want in my grains.   I will leave the grain in the freezer for 5 days and then let it sit out and make sure it is dry before storing it for long term. whether in Mylar or jars.  Sometimes I sprout the grains  and then dehydrate them before storing too.    Sprouted grains are easier for people to digest especially if someone has a gluten intolerance. As I do and many in my family do.  I also try and get Einkorn wheat  or other ancient grains as they have less gluten naturally and have not been hybridized so much.  more like the grains people first ate.
4 hours ago
I would also love a freeze drier.  I know if the power is down then I wouldn't be able to use it ... but wondering how big  a solar setup I would need to run one.  Even though solar will not last forever either.  Would love to live where I had a fast stream close enough to have some kind of water turbine to produce power. Wouldn't want to dam up the whole thing but I know I have seen Turbines you can just lower into the side of a fast moving stream that are suppose  to work great.  I think that would be a better long term solution to power or a windmill. Not one of the jumbo ones  but more like they used to have on farms.  We live on a farm that had one and I love going around it and watching how it worked. IF I ever get a place of my own I want to try and have something like this.  ..... OF course you don't need electricity to can or even gas.  It can be done on over a fire or wood stove you jut have to watch it very carefully because you don't want it to hot but mostly don't want the pressure to fall on a pressure caner you have to maintain a certain pressure or your timing must start all over again and that can cause the food to get mushy    MY grandmother canned over a coal stove so that is about the same in having to watch it constantly. ... I hated all the coal dust everywhere. And I do mean everywhere.  As soon as you would take a shower you would get covered by the dust within a few minutes. But it was fun to watch her cook on that old stove.  
5 hours ago
Even stored lids don't last forever the ruber breaks down over time.  While I do can and will continue to do so . other methods would be ones best bet if supplies are no longer avaliable  drying, fermentaion, smoking,  would   probably be the best . Country cured ham sounds really good right now.   Just have to make sure to have ennough salt and spices saved up.   And it should be salt without idodine in it.  I get khosher and sea salt in large amounts when I can   saving spices now is good and especially saving seeds.  I am also atttempting to grow spices indoors that are not  able to take the cold where I live,  like vanilla and cloves
20 hours ago
 I have seen vids from this girl doing other amazing things. And this one it right up there at the top.  I have done some spining, weaveing, sewing. with raw cotton and it is not a quick projects. It can take weeks just to get the spinning done.  I can only work on it for short periods of time but even if you worked 8 hrs a day it would still be a long project.  I have never done one like she did but found it so absorbing to watch.  I still have a couple of bags of raw cotton I need to process. But have other projects in the making.  I did however order some cotton seeds that have different natural colors, green, pinkish tan, and brown.  I have not place to plant them except in containers so just as an experment I want to see if they will survive growing indoors.  I would love to be able to grow the seeds, process the cotton, spin,weave and sew a garment.   Or knit something too.  I will post pics when I get the seeds.  And still want to do flax  and other fibers as well.
3 days ago
I think this looks great!
Everything that is but the tires.
I just would not want all of the off gasing around the food I was planing on eating.
I know we need to do something with all the used tires, I just am not convinced they should be in
homes or greenhouses.
4 days ago
  Dr Leo I was so excited to see you on Permies. I have watched many of your youtube vids and have learned so many valuable tips on bees. I really like the horizontal bee hives. For me they would be so much more parctical.  I have a very bad back and can not lift much. So Having to lift the square stackable bee hives would be imposible for me.
 And I think this design is better for the bees.  I like that  you can see the whole hive at once and get a better Idea of how the whole hive is doing. And it looks like it would be easier to harvest the honey as well.
 Also really enjoyed seeing how to collect "wild" bee swarms. Having bees that are already living in an environment is practical on so many levels. I was very amazed at the differences in the bee hives on the vid from Off Grid with Doug and Stacy.
 I feel so bad for the bees shipped around the world and for the ones constantly moved from crop to crop.
 Hopefully one day I will be able to have  my own hives.  Thanks for sharing all your wonderful knowledge with others!!!  
4 days ago
 I had some fruit delievered today and there was a very tiny bee inside. At least I think that is what it was.  I flew away to hide somewhere in my apartment. I have never seen one quite like it before.  I looked up what I think it was. An Agapostemon splendens (Lepeletier), a sweat bee.  
 Most of the sweat bees I have seen are dark. This one had a metalic green look to it's head. Very cool looking. Hoping I can find the tiny creature again and get a picture of it.  I have attempted to attach a google pic. not sure I was successful.   If no pic is here then you no I failed lol
 Bees are just such varied and amazing beings.  
4 days ago

Nicole Alderman wrote:I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns! It covers three main types of bees (mason bees, leaf cutter bees, and "wild bees"). I wish there was more information about the wild bees, but I really liked reading about the ways to care for the different kinds of bees.

This book does a nice job of explaining how to clean and maintain mason bee houses, what various pests and diseases to watch out for, what to make nests out of, what the life cycles and habits of the different bees are, and it has links to lots of resources.

I really like how the book is organized and laid out. It is easy to navigate, and nice to look at. The graphics and pictures aid the book, rather than detract.

All and all, this book is fantastic, especially for the price! If you want to learn about mason and leaf cuter bees, this is a really good way!

Dr Leo Sharashkin has a book about bee keeping and talks a lot about the benefits of getting "wild bee" to keep. How to catch them. How much more resilient, and prolific they can be.  Here are a couple of vids that he is in.
5 days ago
  While looking up articles on beneficial insects I came across an amazingly talented little wasp.
           The Potter Wasp.
  The wasps not only make the cutest little mud nest shaped like a clay pot, they can also be a great help to gardeners by collecting catterpillars. like the ones that love to devour  your plants.  They sting the caterpillar making it imobile to take back and put inside their little pots. After collecting from 1 to 12 they will lay their egg inside the pot and seal it up. the catterpillars are kept alive, nice and fresh for the little larva to munch on... grissly I know. But benefical to plants and to gardeners who want to be the one eatting the plants, not the caterpillar.  
   They live, apparently, over much of the Northern American continent.  And have many kinds/types in this species. Why then have I never seen them or their nest?  Well, I may have seen them and just thought they were a mud dauber or another type of wasp.   I would really have loved to find a nest as a kid, since I was very fascinated with all bee and wasp nest...could be why I was always getting stung.  
These however are not aggresive, though they can sting,  and will not usuallly defend their nest like most bees and wasp.

  Here is a vid of a female working on her little pot nest. She is quick and so delicate and precise in her work.
And she does all this with a brain smaller than a dried pea.  I am jealous.

 So this year I will be on the look out for this awesome little creature. Let me know if you find one too.
5 days ago