Marci Sudlow

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since Oct 25, 2017
Vermont, USA (zone 4)
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If I had to pick a single color it would be red, but I also love any combinations of green, orange, purple, and/or bright pink.  Colors I do not care for are white and any washed-out looking pastels.
3 weeks ago

Overkill? Perhaps, but those trees never fell over when two 15lb cats chased each other up and down them...



I've always been a fan of the overkill method myself.  When we used to get full sized cut Christmas trees, I used a purchased stand (woefully inadequate but it held water) and then attached the tree with hefty screw eyes, one screwed into each side of the trunk about halfway up, tied or wired to two other screw eyes screwed into wall studs.  Our trees also were subject to cat attacks but the only victims were a few glass ornaments; the trees always stayed upright.  I would think that a bucket weighted with stones would have worked just as well, since my trees were primarily held in place by my tethering-to-the-wall method.

Cut evergreen trees will last a lot longer outdoors in a frozen state than they will thawed out in the heated indoors, so if you plan to leave the tree up for 3 weeks, water is advisable.

(At this point, I guess any advice about Christmas trees is intended for next winter.)
1 month ago
Vinegar and salt are my go-to copper cleaner.  Pour vinegar on the object, then pour salt on it, rub gently with a scouring pad or sponge, and rinse.  Repeat.  

Vinegar by itself is my cleaner of choice for fruits and vegetables. I soak any fruits/vegies with a thin skin (peaches, peppers, berries, tomatoes, celery, lettuce) in a vinegar/water solution for 15 minutes or so, then rinse and dry thoroughly.  I can tell that the vinegar still retains its antibacterial/antifungal properties because berries that have undergone this treatment will not mold in the refrigerator, as untreated berries will, and they do not disintegrate as they do if treated with sugar (sugar being another extremely effective preservative).

I would second the warning against mixing bleach with ammonia.  Many people have succumbed to the toxic fumes produced by this combination.
1 month ago
I have zero experience with raising chickens myself, but the farm where we buy our chickens uses an electrified mesh fence and it works well for them.  However they do have farm collies who deal with predators, so without protective farm dogs, I'm uncertain how safe the birds would be, during the day in such an enclosure.  (Presumably they will be in a secure chicken house at night.)  I think that this sort of electric fence is pretty easily moved from place to place.

https://www.facebook.com/EarthwiseFarm/photos/pb.241722076633.-2207520000.1424487855./10150975928481634/?type=3&theater
1 month ago
Thank you Timothy Markus, but I have no desire to raise and/or slaughter any meat animals.  I prefer to buy from those who raise meat animals organically and humanely and support them with my dollars.  Also I like that the (finely) ground (raw) quail that I buy for my dog contains all parts of the bird, except the intestines, so it supplies nutrients that my dogs would not otherwise get.  

I remember my grandma painstakingly plucking the many small game birds that my grandpa used to shoot, and it was a great deal of work.  The results were so worth it though!  The skin and organs of these creatures were always my favorite part!  I think she drew the line at squirrels and other mammals and just skinned these creatures before cooking or had my grandfather do it.  They used to have a game dinner every New Years day and it was wonderful.  Now I'm reduced to seeking out local game suppers in neighboring towns.
1 month ago
I would like to echo Winter Solstice greetings (as well as any other winter holiday greetings that may apply) to everyone.  What I love about the Winter Solstice is that it signals the return of the light and longer days.  That can only be good!          
1 month ago
My husband and I are childless by choice, and now that we are old, I just accept it that I will eventually die here, and our house and land will pass along to our nearest relatives who will almost certainly sell the property.  My belief is that the lives we have lived will exist forever in an infinite number of alternate variations, as quantum physics dictates, so what we have built will never disappear from the time/space continuum.  
1 month ago
I have no experience raising any type of fowl (or any meat animals for that matter) but the place where I buy my dog's raw food (Hare Today) offers ground quail which contains every single part of these little birds, except the intestines.  Preparing quail in this manner would surely eliminate much of the painstaking work of dressing a quail (no removal of the head or feet; no plucking feathers) so to feed a dog, quail might be practical.  I only feed ground quail as a portion of my dog's diet because I think too many ground feathers might not be a great idea, but there are doubtless many nutrients in the heads and the organs that might not be found elsewhere.
1 month ago
If your brother is interested in technology, he might check out reddit.  I'm not sure what their rules are - moderators have been known to remove posts for breaches of rules (which vary according to each group or "sub-reddit") but I haven't heard of anyone being sentenced to "reddit jail."
I have a bag that contains a change of clothes (t-shirt, jeans, sweatshirt, undies, and socks) as well as a spare pair of sneakers and winter boots, and an extra winter parka.  

However the following items are also in my car (both our cars in fact): gloves and winter hats and summer hats (baseball variety), a comforter blanket, pillow, reflective triangle thingies for car breakdown on highway, jumper cables, chain, nylon rope, a wide variety of tools (hammer, pliers, wire cutters, push drill, crowbar, hand saw, duct tape, etc), various medications including aspirin, imodium, benadryl, and others, writing implements and paper, scissors, chapped lip remedy, bandaids, flashlights, spare dog leashes and harness, drinking bowl for dog and bottled water for both of us, snack crackers in a plastic container, sunglasses and reading glasses, maps and atlases, a snow shovel, re-usable grocery bags, and probably many other things not coming to mind.

When I am in the car I have a small bag with me that contains my cell phone and car keys, along with many more similar items and duplicates of items already in the car.  In my jeans pockets at all times are a pocket knife, my wallet, kleenex, cough drops, money, and a couple doggie clean-up bags.

Yep, I'm a pack rat.  You should have seen all the items I used to pack in saddlebags when horseback riding back in the day.  Before I retired, I carried a vintage lunch box which held the usual sandwich and other food items, but also all sorts of other provisions, safety pins, flashlight, pliers, tampons (a necessity back in the day), nail files, etc.  I was the go-to person that my co-workers would ask if they needed this or that.  As far as traveling/vacationing/visiting, I take a minimum of two suitcases cram-packed full and a cooler of food.  "Traveling light" is not in my vocabulary.
1 month ago