Sonja Draven

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Please pass one apple along to each of them. ;) lovely!
3 days ago
Mike, I'm remembering the scene in the movie Willow when Mad Martigan rolls down the mountain picking up snow as he goes so by the time he arrives in the village, he's in a HUGE ball of snow.

It's the difference between that and someone rolling a snowball down the bunny hill.

We want the benefit of the time rolling down the mountain.

Edited to add a link to the scene I'm referring to.

And say maybe it's about not wanting to miss out on the fun sled ride Willow and the baby had.

Or maybe it's about knowing you helped win the war rather than just showing up for the party in the end


Okay, I guess that's enough Willow references for now. Hah
3 days ago
Thanks everyone! I went to bed and when I woke up, the permies elves had gifted me. :)

I want to avoid putting posts in the ground because they tend to rot and break off here.The structures that have held up best over the years were set on square flat "bricks."

I'm picturing a lot bigger than what you have, Nancy, but those are great! Thanks for sharing the pic.

Trace, that pic looks good for what I was thinking and I'll check out the plans. I appreciate the confidence in people thinking I don't need a template but I think it would make me feel better this first time.

James, thanks for the suggestion and link about solo building. I'll definitely watch that too.
4 days ago
I have a bunch of wood that I need to split and put up for winter but I don't have anywhere to put it yet.  I plan to build a new one.  I already have two smaller shelters with dry wood and my intent is to put the green wood in the new one this year and then rotate through them.

I'm feeling a bit intimidated with attempting this and know I need a plan.  I enjoyed algebra but geometry was not my strong suit in math and I always cut angles wrong if I don't have a template to follow.  But I'm decent with power tools and I'm determined.  

Anyone have any suggestions for building a wood shelter?  I'm prepared to buy more supplies but I have a fair bit of random lumber already and I'm hoping to use at least some of that.  I'm happy to follow someone's template if there's something available (I'm not seeing anything here in a search) but I think I can also pattern it decently off of one of the shelters that family built here.  

That being said, I'm really not sure how to manage it solo.  How do you square things and frame something without someone helping hold things for you?  (I've historically been the helper in this scenario.)  I've worked on and completed enough solo projects the past couple years that I already know that it's going to take me way longer to build than I hope or would like.  And I'm prepared for that.  But I'd really like it to be sturdy when I'm done and not fall over when I stack wood in it or worse, collapse in the first bad wind storm.

So any suggestions would be much appreciated.
5 days ago

paul wheaton wrote:About $100 to go ...

Not anymore!
5 days ago
It's been a week so I wanted to update.

The afternoon and evening of my first injection, my arm was really sore. I did a bunch of arm exercises and massaged it regularly into the evening and used an ice pack on it for 20 minutes right before bed.

By the next morning, the pain had decreased to maybe 4/10 and a couple hours later was probably 3/10. Later that day, it was sore like my arms often are after a good day working outside, so basically something easy to ignore.

Over the next couple nights, I needed a bit more sleep than usual, and my body felt a bit more irritated.

This week is business as usual.  

A good friend got first Moderna at around the same time and she had a bad (not migraine level) headache for several days. She's feeling fine now too.

6 days ago
*Ordering a Pizza in 2022*
CALLER: Is this Pizza Hut?
GOOGLE: No sir, it's Google Pizza.
CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number, sorry.
GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought Pizza Hut last month.
CALLER: OK. I would like to order a pizza.
GOOGLE: Do you want your usual, sir?
CALLER: My usual? You know me?
GOOGLE: According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust.
CALLER: Super! That’s what I’ll have.
GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust?
CALLER: What? I don’t want a vegetarian pizza!
GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good, sir.
CALLER: How the hell do you know that?
GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.
CALLER: Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetarian pizza! I already take medication for my cholesterol.
GOOGLE: Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly. According to our database, you purchased only a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once at Lloyds Pharmacy, 4 months ago.
CALLER: I bought more from another Pharmacy.
GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statement.
CALLER: I paid in cash.
GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.
CALLER: I have other sources of cash.
GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your latest tax returns, unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law!
GOOGLE: I'm sorry sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you.
CALLER: Enough already! I'm sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others. I'm going to an island without the internet, TV, where there is no phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me.
GOOGLE: I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport first. It expired 6 weeks ago...
1 week ago

Abraham Palma wrote:Are these fungi?

They are but I don't know what kind.

I like the flower placement too!

I like to just wander around and see what's doing what since my last time that way, as well as what needs my attention. That picture required no movement of anything and no cropping.
1 week ago
On my walk about
1 week ago