John David Johnson

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I believe there is a solution to everything and I have many interests in permaculture and sustainability. I seek to create a life for myself and a model for others that is healthy for the individual, the family, the local community and the world.
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I was just going to put it in a pot and have it be a houseplant until I move to a warmer area and then plant it in the ground.
1 year ago
Haven't posted in a while and thought I'd get back into it with some photos of my avocado seedling!

The seed is from an organic avocado and this was my first attempt at growing one, so I feel lucky as I've heard it can be difficult. It took a good long while for anything to happen and I thought it was dead, but I gave it more time and it eventually sprouted. It's a little tall, so I pruned two small leaves this morning. We'll see what happens!

I believe it was started in February, so you're looking at a little less than four months.
1 year ago
I know it as Panela and was unaware of its nutritional value. From Wikipedia:

Panela manufacturers and advocates claim the substance to be healthier than refined sugar, suggesting it has immunological benefits, a lower glycemic index, and higher micronutrient content. As the authors of The Ultimate Guide to Sugars and Sweeteners point out, "it's still sugar", with only a trace amount more vitamins and minerals, and little research to support other claims.

I understand where you're coming from though. I definitely have a sweet tooth and have tried many times to quit cold turkey - it never works.

I haven't tried, but in my research on essential oils I've heard smelling grapefruit oil is supposed to help with sugar cravings. You could also try stevia.

Good luck in your efforts to eat clean!
1 year ago
With renewed interest my mother found a picture of the one we have on pinterest. It was referred to as a marlinspike. No other info though.

Apparently fids are made from wood and metal and marlinspikes are metal only. Appreciate the help in solving the mystery!
1 year ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:
Do the scoops on the front and back connect to each other? Or is it two separate scooped bits?

They are separate. It has been suggested that it's used to splice rope, but not too sure about that.
1 year ago
I have no idea what this is and my family has been trying to figure it out for a long time - solid brass.
1 year ago
I will look into tooth powder. I have a feeling I won't like it as much, but worth a try!
1 year ago

Rufus Laggren wrote:
Have you listed out what kind of waste you produce and how much? There may be low hanging fruit that's easier to score than trying to make custom toothpaste to eliminate the tube.

My toothpaste was also to experiment as I'm interested in this whole way of life, but your point was well received.

After I read your comment I dumped my kitchen trash on the floor and separated everything - it's mostly food packaging, paper towels and then food scraps. Since then I've stopped using paper towels and throw my food scraps (except animal products - mostly fruit and veg) in the woods surrounding my apartment complex. Still working on food packaging, though I've been looking for a recycling labels.

1 year ago

Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:My favourite is Pandemic, because it is a cooperative not  a competitive game.  

Pandemic is a great game! My favorite game of all time, which sounds like it would be fun in the scenario OP described, is Betrayal at House on the Hill. Usually one person ends up being the traitor, but it's actually a lot of fun to be in that position. Another working together game is Flash Point. I find the co-op games to be a lot more fun than traditional board games.
1 year ago
I'm very much interested in zero waste and am slowly making the transition; however, I've hit a few bumps with the few attempts I have made. I tried making toothpaste from coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint essential oil. I tried it immediately after making it and found it a little unpleasant. The taste was not terrible, but could have been better. And unlike commercial toothpastes, it did not foam. (I believe the foaming is a result of sodium lauryl sulfate?) I could live with these two issues, but the next morning I found that the oil had separated a bit which was disappointing especially because I had distilled the essential oil myself. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

I also bought a set of three (because I couldn't find just one ) metal earwax removal tools. They were a bit smaller than I thought and to be honest, they don't work as well as Q-tips. They're also from China which I didn't know at the time. I will check next time. I'm wondering if anyone has tried them and if maybe I just need to get used to them.

It's not a lot of progress, but it is progress.
2 years ago