Tereza Okava

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I cook for fun, write for money, garden for food, and knit for therapy.
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Recent posts by Tereza Okava

is that a scoop (? lack of a better word) for picking plums?
Or is it stronger than it looks and is used for... digging clams or something out of the mud?
I want to know more about the thing in the picture next to the  flower arrangement-stander-upper-pokey-things (all my languages are failing me on this item), the thing with the string tied around it. It almost looks like a mold for casting!
As for the last picture, I sure hope you didn't get them from Pirate Pegleg Depot.
5 days ago
the thing about business is that at the end, it's the clutch plate between what you do (and it sounds like you`ve given a good amount of thought to what you can and want to do) and the client who wants to give you money for what you do. Your "motor" can be fabulous, but the gear has to be there on the other side for you to engage into and for the car to go (i.e., getting people to pay you). Talking to people in your area to find out what people can spend, how they buy, where they buy, etc will tell you a lot.
You may find that you can combine both in unexpected ways. This week I saw canisters of bokashi for sale (not bokashi starter, but bokashi, sold as fertilizer) for 9 bucks in my feed store. I had no idea there was enough demand for this big fertilizer company to take risk launching a bokashi product! I make my own bokashi starter, and I've had people try to buy that off me (also kombucha), and I thought hmmmm... maybe there's something there (now to invent the human cloning device so I can clone myself and put all these ideas into action..... O-o).
6 days ago

Brody Ekberg wrote:We can hopefully find kitchen space to rent for this, but need to look into that because this has all fallen out of my mind since the pandemic started.

I have heard of people renting from churches, summer camps, and social centers (with certified kitchens) which are all suffering right now due to the pandemic and might appreciate an income stream. Might be worth checking out what's around nearby.
6 days ago
I've actually been following your other thread and thinking about responding but not quite getting around to it.
1. I am not a fan of doing what you love for work. Doing what you can accept for work, sure, but trying to make money from what I do for fun, drains the fun out of it, as you found with hunting and fishing. (I've found this to be true for writing fiction, crafting, and food, not saying it can't be done, just that I didn't like them as much anymore).
2. You say there is a market for fermentation. I assume you know that since there is some market activity for it. What can you offer that is different? Would clients be willing to move from the current product to yours? What niches are waiting to be filled? How does this fit with legal requirements about licensing, food regulations, etc?  
3. Similarly, with landscaping- what could you offer that is not being offered right now? Are there people who are still looking for landscaping services, considering the current economic situation? What makes your product different? How does that fit with equipment you might need to buy/finance/etc?
I'm a big fan of observing. Observe patterns and see where you can fit in to take advantage of need that exists. Running your own business involves risk and stomachaches and, occasionally, spending a shocking amount of money when there is no guarantee you are going to make it back (this past year has been disastrous for my husband's business, and the salaries still had to be paid. We've got backups and further backups and even more backup plans, so we've been okay. But still, there have been some sleepless nights). Do your due diligence, research first, it's the most important lab report you're ever going to do. Then sit down with people whose opinion you value and see what they can add.
6 days ago
Okra is great for making a cool "understory" below. I had cayenne peppers and now have Chinese greens and escarole under mine (season transition here into winter. when it's really cold, I'll cut off any leaves that didn't drop and the branch tips, and plant peas to climb up them).
If you have strong enough sun, you can plant them pretty close and they do okay. I often plant them in lines in the garden between other stuff and the do well too.
Judith, I'm assuming you need a new phone as well as service for said phone.
In the past I've bought cheap, unlocked phones off of e-bay and put simple pay as you go plans on them. These plans (at least last time I was in the US) I could buy a "recharge" card in a pharmacy (which is also where i get the chip, if the phone does not already come with a chip and number assigned --sometimes they do). This is what I did when my daughter traveled with me, we ended up with California numbers (we were not in California) but the calls were free on the plan I had so who cares.
I'd say it sounds like a used, unlocked blackberry might be a good deal for you if you need to have a real keyboard. Otherwise, it's either a flip phone (no keyboard) or a smartphone made for web applications.

As for pay as you go plans, I have used Tracfone, Orange, and a few others. Literally, whatever is available in the drugstore at the train station or pharmacy where my plane lands is what I go with when I'm buying a chip and plan for my phone.
1 week ago
Jen, you're just doing what society has trained us to do (mostly as women, but not exclusively)-- and what I think many people LIKE to do-- be nice and generous and friendly. It stinks when you realize that these good traits in yourself ultimately just make your life more difficult.
The bright side: you realized it as soon as it came out of your mouth. Now that you're aware, you can make change next time you're in the same situation.

Nothing is stopping you from calling her up and saying, "you know, when I saw you I was so excited about how great these masks are, but I realize I just don't have the time to make any more right now. Still, I'm going to send you the link for the pattern (or a photocopy of the pattern) and where I bought the fabric, because these masks are so great. I hope you try it and send me a pic when you're done."
(and if she doesn't like that--- imagine. She'll call up the town gossip and say "Jen offered to make me a mask and then called me up and changed her mind! The nerve!!" I would venture anyone hearing that would be rolling their eyes pretty hard.)

The biggest challenge for me has been to stop saying sorry and to think before I offer things. And to be super firm about my no (I work for myself, and I can say without a doubt that these firm no's and maintaining my prices have helped me get through the last year+ with most of my sanity intact). I still don't have it down 100% but I'd like to think I'm getting better every day. Practice helps, and you can do it!

1 week ago
Welcome, Ben.
I love your setup, I have way too many predators for that, I think (particularly with young bunnies involved), but I love the idea.
I find my rabbits love digging, whether in dirt or sand, it seems to be really enjoyable to them.
I found a sexual dimorphism only visible once the girls get their dewlaps. I've got Brazilian rabbits, and just after that the body shapes seem to shift as well- the male has a more angular head (almost ratty) and the female is more rotund. But that is from at least 1 year old, which is too late. I think C Mouse's idea of using feeding to capture the rabbits is the best, have a restricted feeding zone where you put the special treats (in the hutch with the ramp up?) and then take it from there.
2 weeks ago

Amy Gardener wrote:Do you have some support in your community? Letting others help you now will create more joy in your community in the long term. Autonomy is great but we are social beings that need community too. Without any real effort on your part, you could be the center that brings your neighbors together. I know that if you were my neighbor, I would happily load you up with all the fresh veg you could want.

Super great advice. Advice I was given when i had newborns was to acceot any and all help offered. It was sound wisdom!

You know, the way things are right now you might even get someone willing to work your plot for you. People are excited to learn how to plant things, and offering a "community plot" type thing might be helpful. Community being you and them! They get to start with a nice bed, with access to manure, advice, etc, it might be exactly what one of your neighbors is looking for, if you live close enough to others.
2 weeks ago
Welcome, Sage!
I agree heartily with Carla-- try to make as much peace as possible with giving up as much as you possibly can, lower your expectations (then lower them a wee bit more), and focus on your health and your baby. There may be people who farm with a newborn strapped on their back but personally, there was no way I could have done it. Be kind to yourself, and also enjoy that baby while it's small. Before you know it you'll have little feet running along with you in the garden. In that year and a half or two, put your energy toward keeping your livestock alive and maintaining your own health. And don't let yourself feel bad about it.

Also, your space is gorgeous. Weeds can always be pulled later, if you really want to do something, broadcast some green mulch seeds when you're feeling energetic right now, make a list of what you would like to do (not what you have to do, but what you would really like) and see if you can break those tasks down into tiny pieces to check off if you do find yourself with the time.

Be well!
2 weeks ago