Opalyn Rose

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Note: You found me    This is a page I am developing as a way to show an Otis my PEP Badges and Badge Bits.  It is a work in progress!  This is not how I track my BB for certification.  I am experimenting with Ash's BB Tracking on Trello/Workflowy and an Excel Spreadsheet.  

BB and Sand Badges Earned
     

I've Earned at Least One BB in These Aspects
 

No BBs yet in Natural Building

Animal Care
Sand - Complete 5 BB from Joel's List to Earn this Badge
  Make a Bee/Insect Watering Station
  Training Animals for Goodies
  Daily Food/Water/Safety Check for 4-Legged Livestock
  pick one
  pick one more
Straw - Complete 35 Points to Earn this Badge
  Breed a Rabbit Resulting in at Least 3 Kits (4 points)

Commerce
Sand - Complete 4 BB to Earn this Badge
  Develop a Possible Residual Income Stream that Brings in at Least $5 per Year
  Perform Some Sort of Labor Over the Internet and Get Paid at Least $50
  Sell Goods I Made (Snowmen from Forest Waste)
  Get Paid for an On-Homestead Service (Cottage Industry)

Community
Sand - Complete 3 BB to Earn this Badge
  Brand a Physical Location
  Thorn List - Create or Update a Map
  Thorn List -
Straw - Complete 35 Points to Earn this Badge
  Brand a Piece of Equipment (1 point)

Dimensional Lumber Woodworking
Sand - Complete 3 BB to Earn this Badge
  Wood-Burned Sign
  Swanson List -
  Swanson List -

Earthworks
Sand - Complete 8 BB to Earn this Badge
  Three Scoops with an Excavator
  Small Dry Stack Retaining Wall
  Trail Maintenance for 200 Feet of Trail
  Eliminate a Road Pothole/Puddle
  15 Minutes Moving Dirt/Soil With the Loader on the Tractor
  Add a Small, Simple Trail to a Berm
  Improve a Berm
  Sealed Pond Test

Electricity
Sand - Complete 5 Points to Earn this Badge
  Install a Permanent Light Fixture 110v ac (1/2 point)
  Install a Light Switch (1/2 point)
  Label the Breakers on an Electrical Panel (1/2 point)
  Replace a Bathroom Fan Switch with a Timer (1/2 point)

Food Prep and Preservation
Sand - Complete 13 BB to Earn this Badge
  Cook Rice  - stovetop
  Cook Rice  - rice cooker, crock pot or instapot
  Cook Rice  - solar oven
  Cook Rice  - haybox cooker and rocket stove
  Make Soup
  Make a Stir Fry
  Fry an Egg on a Cast Iron Skillet so that it Slides Around
  Salt Brine Ferment/Pickle Something
  Dry Food in a Solar Food Dehydrator
  Vinegar Brine Pickle Something
  Canning: water bath canning or steam canning
  Make Pizza
  Bake 2 Loaves of Bread

Foraging
Sand - Complete 5 Points including one from each category to Earn this Badge
  Dry List - Harvest, Dry, and Store 1# Mint (1/2 point)
  Fresh List -  (1/2 point)
  Tea List -  (1/2 point)
  Dish List -  (1/2 point)
  Seed Balls - Make 4 Pounds (1 point)
  Dry List -  (1/2 point)
  Dry List -  (1/2 point)

Gardening
Sand - Completed 3 BB to Earn this Badge - Received Badge 11/02/20
  Chop and Drop (50 square feet)
  Build a Hügelkultur
  Ruth Stout Composting

Greywater and Willow Feeders
Sand - Complete 7 BB to Earn this Badge
  Give Urine to Growies
  Use Water from a Dishpan
  Use a Bucket of Water from a Shower
  Move One Willow Feeder Can to a Willow Candy Warehouse
  Move One Willow Feeder Can to a Willow Tree
  Upgrade a Willow Feeder
  Plant Five Trees

Homesteading
Sand - Complete 8 BB to Earn this Badge
  Drive a Truck and Trailer Backwards
  Little List - Repair a Window Screen
  Little List -
  Little List -
  Little List -
  Big List - Clean, Repair, Improve Gutter
  Big List -
  Big List -
Straw - Complete 35 Points to Earn this Badge
  Setup a Security Camera System (from a Kit) (2 points)

Metalworking
Sand - Complete 5 Points to Earn this Badge
  Build a Kindling Cracker (4.5 points)

Natural Building
Sand - Complete 3 BB from the Lloyd List to Earn this Badge
  pick 3: Lloyd List - Create 12 Adobe Bricks 12X6X3
  pick 3: Lloyd List - Make a Natural Paint and Paint a 4X8 Area
  pick 3: Lloyd List - Make White Wash and Use it on a 4X8 Area
  pick 3: Lloyd List - Create a Rock Foundation Under a Skiddable Structure To Level The Structure
  pick 3: Lloyd List - Use Low-Grade Cob to Fill Between Logs in a Wofati - 20 Feet
  pick 3: Lloyd List - Add 25 Square Feet of Roof (Cedar Shakes or Similar Style of Wood Roof) to a Structure
Straw - Complete the other 3 BB from the Lloyd List plus 3 required BB and 2 BB from Donkey's List
  planned: Donkey's List - Build a Solar Finder and Permanently Mark True Solar South

Natural Medicine
Sand - Complete 7 BB (each from a different category) to Earn this Badge
  Create a Natural Medicine Journal
  Harvest, Dry, and Store Lemon Balm
  Harvest, Dry, and Store Peppermint
  Water Infusion - Brew a Peppermint Infusion (Tea) from Fresh or Dry Materials
  Salve - Prepare a Peppermint Leaf Salve
  Syrup - Make an Elderberry Syrup
  Vinegar Infusion - Make Elderberry Infused Vinegar
  Pick One More:  Oil Infusion, Decoction, Poultice, Tincture
 
not a bb: Fire Cider: Custom Recipe

Nest
Sand Complete 14 BB to Earn this Badge - 13 completed
  required: Wash Laundry by Hand
  Wash Dishes Without a Dishwasher
  Clean a Bathroom
  Clean a Kitchen
  Jeeves List - Install a Permanent Clothes Line
  Jeeves List - Sweep Floor
  Jeeves List - Make Rags From Old Clothes
  Jeeves List - Set up a Burnables Collection System
  Jeeves List - Oil Wooden Kitchen Utensils
  Jeeves List - Clean an Area Rug
  Jeeves List - Grease Hinges
  Jeeves List - Set up a Wood Ash Management System
  Alice List - Deep Clean the Interior of a Freezer
  Alice List - Deep Clean the Exterior of a Stove

Oddball
Sand - Completed 5 Points to Earn this Badge - Received Badge 11/02/20
  Ply-Split Braiding (4.5 points)
  Build a Bookshelf (1 point)
Straw - Complete 35 Points to Earn this Badge
  Ply-Split Braiding (0.5 point carryover from Sand level)
  Make Fabric from Silk Ties (2 points)

Plumbing and Hot Water
Sand - Complete 1 BB from the Big List and 6 BB from the Tiny List to Earn this Badge
  Big List - Replace a Faucet
  Tiny List - Install an Instant Bidet
  Tiny List - Clean/Decalcify A Faucet Aerator
  Tiny List - Clean/Decalcify A Shower Head
  Tiny List - Repair a Problem with the Lid/Seat on a Toilet
  Tiny List -
  Tiny List -
Straw - Complete 35 Points to Earn this Badge
  Install a Valve in an Existing Pipe (1 point)

Rocket
Sand - Complete 11 BB to Earn this Badge
  Start and Operate a J-Tube Rocket Mass Heater for 1 Hour
  Start and Operate a Different J-Tube Rocket Mass Heater for 1 Hour
  Start a Rocket Cooktop and Cook Something
  Use a Rocket J-Tube Stove to Boil a Gallon of Water
  Do the Annual Ash Cleanout of a Rocket Mass Heater
  Spread Some Ash on a Garden Spot (just a dusting)
  Build a Dakota Stove and Cook Some Food
  Start and Operate a Batch Box Rocket Mass Heater for 1 Hour
  Start and Operate a Different Batch Box Rocket Mass Heater for 1 Hour
  Start a Rocket Oven and Bake Something
  Start a Rocket Hot Water Heater and Get the Water Temperature Above 140

Round Wood Woodworking
Sand - Complete 7 BB to Earn this Badge
  Club-Style Mallet (hand tools only)
  Compound Mallet (hand tools only)
  Two (Three) Coat Hooks (hand tools only)
  Carve a Simple First-Timer Spoon (Hand Tools Only)
  Dry Peg in Green Wood Project (Build One): 4 Coat Hooks, Half Log Bench (Six Feet Long) on Four Legs, Stool
  Three Log Bench
  Add One Horizontal Log to Hügelkultur Berm Scaffolding

Textiles
Sand - Completed 7 BB to Earn this Badge (only 6 required) - Received Badge 11/01/20
  Mend a Hole - Quick Darning
  Crochet a Dishcloth
  Sew a Patch
  Make a Small Pillow
  Weave a Basket
  Knit a Hotpad
  Make Twine (Cordage from Yucca plant)

Straw  - Complete 7 BB and 31 Points including minimums in 6 of the 11 categories to Earn this Badge
  Seven Required BBs: Completed
     Start a Button Jar (harvest buttons from old shirts)
     Sew On a Button
     Create a Textile Toolbox
     Harvest Fabric Scraps for Future Sewing Projects
     Make a Small Loom Capable of Weaving a Belt
     Mend a Small Hole or Tear Invisibly
     Sewing Machine Maintenance
  Repair: 3 point minimum - 2 points earned
     Remove Lint and Pills from Clothing (0.5 point)
     Mend a Hole in a Sweater (0.5 point)
     Unravel Old Sweater Into Yarn for Other Projects (1 Point)
     Planned: Alter the Waist on Pants to fit (1 point)
 Sew: 3 point minimum - 0 points earned
     Planned: Sew a Skirt (20+ gore and pockets) (3 points)
 Spin: 3 point minimum - 6.5 points earned
     Prepare at least 250 grams of wool (3 points)
     Spin a Plied Yarn (250 grams and 200 yards minimum) (3 points)
     Make a Drop Spindle (1/2 point)
  Stickwork: 3 point minimum - 7 points earned
     Knit Socks (3 points)
     Knit a Hat (1 point)
     Knit Fingerless Gloves (2 points)
     Crochet a Scarf (1 point)
  Upholstery: 4 point minimum - 0 points earned  
     Planned: add a permanent upholstery cushion to a chair or stool (2 points)
     Planned: make a firm, four button pillow (2 points)
     Planned: make a bolster pillow (2 points)
  Weave: 3 point minimum - 2.5 points earned
     Weave a Camera Strap (2.5 Points)
     Planned: Weave a Hand Towel (4 points) or Weave a Belt (2.5 points)
   Felt: no minimum - 2 points earned
     Needle Felt a Figure (2 points)
  Wax or Oil Cloth: no minimum - 1 point earned
     Make Three Wax Cloths (1 point)
   Dye: no minimum - 0 points earned
   Leatherwork & Fur: no minimum - 0 points earned
   Shoes: no minimum - 0 points earned

Tool Care
Sand - Complete 6 BB and 2 Points in Bicycle Maintnance to Earn this Badge
  Clean the Shop
  Sharpen a Knife  
  Sharpen a Hatchet
  pending: Sharpen a Chainsaw Chain
  Sharpen, Clean, and Oil a Shovel
  Make a Handle for a Tool from the Wedge Handle List
  Bicycle Maintenance (2 points required)
Straw
  Sharpen Three Knives
  Make a Handle for a Tool from the Pin Handle List - Peavey

Woodland Care
Sand - Complete 10 BB to Earn this Badge
  Drop 6” to 8” Live Tree with a Hand Saw
  Drop 6" to 8" Live Tree with a Chainsaw
  Drop 6" to 8" Dead Standing Tree with a Chainsaw
  Limb 4 Trees
  Drop 6” To 8” Dead Standing Tree with a Hand Saw
  Peel 2 Live Trees and Put Up Off the Ground to Dry
  Split and Stack Dead Standing Wood as Firewood - 1/2 Facing Cord
  Prep 10 Junkpoles
  Repair 24 Feet or Build 12 Feet of Junkpole Fence
  Cleave 6 Shakes with a Froe
Straw
  Put up One Cord of Firewood
Wood
  Put up Three Cords of Firewood


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3 hours ago
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Here is my submission for the Plumbing & Hot Water - Sand - Clean and Decalcify a Shower Head BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
a <2-minute video of me doing these things:
 - a before picture of the problem toilet seat/lid
 - an in-progress shot of you repairing the toilet seat/lid (with stills of the bolts)
 - an after picture of the newly repaired toilet seat/lid

 - a description of the problem and how it was fixed

The toilet seat and lid combo was loose and disconcerting to sit on it.  It was not broken and did not need to be replaced.  Since the wiggle was hard to capture in a still photo I did a short video and added photos of the bolts that I tightened.

3 hours ago
Here is my submission for the Plumbing & Hot Water - Sand - Clean and Decalcify a Shower Head BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - a before picture of the showerhead
  - an in-progress shot of you cleaning/decalcifying the showerhead
  - an after picture of the newly cleaned/decalcified shower head
  - a description of the method for how the shower head was cleaned/decalcified

I soaked the showerhead in the same white vinegar bath as the faucet aerators (reuse).  I also used a silicone scrubber and some dish soap to remove the last of the calcium and debris.
4 hours ago
Here is my submission for the Plumbing & Hot Water - Sand - Clean and Decalcify a Faucet Aerator BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - a before picture of the running faucet with a view of the aerator
 - an in-progress shot of you cleaning/decalcifying the faucet aerator
 - an after picture of the running faucet with a view of the aerator
 - a description of the method (and cleaners, if any) of cleaning

I rinsed the grit out of the filter then soaked the aerator in a white vinegar bath. I also used a silicone scrubber after soaking.

Before: there seems to be a big air bubble in the water flow and some water squirts/sprays to the front of the sink.
After: the water flows more evenly and does not squirt/spray to the front.  :)
4 hours ago

Austin Durant wrote:
Between SKIP and PDC, which would you recommend a relative newbie take first? Is one course typically prerequisite to the other? It seems like PDC is more "book learning" whereas SKIP is hands-on.


Hi Austin,

I’m attending all three and wanted to share some information with you. There are no prerequisites for either but it is recommended to be familiar with permaculture to take the PDC!  

You can learn about the 2017 PDC videos here.  The SKIP and PTJ are definitely more hands on and the PDC is lots of lessons and design experience.
I was thrilled last night when my sister asked me to make a ginger carrot ferment.  

Slowly, I am seeing her choices shift toward permie options.  

Three examples stand out:

1. Ginger Carrots:
Sauerkraut is on my list of BB to do so when my sister was cutting cabbage for stirfry but cut it into strips instead of squares, I offered to make kraut and sliced the rest of the cabbage.
While reviewing the recipe booklet that came with my kit my sister was intrigued by the ginger carrots and asked me to make a pint.

2. H2O2 and Baking Soda cleaners
Recently I did the clean the exterior of your stove Nest.Alice BB and used Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda.  I discovered what an amazing cleaning combo this is and this past week, I made a paste to clean the glass top of the stove for her to use.  She was surprised at the lack of elbow grease required to clean the burn mark and has used it again.  A rewarding experience for me.  

3. Organic purchases
My sister is 7 years older than me and had never sought out organic items to purchase until last fall when I decided to make Fire Cider and she agreed that using organics to make medicine was a prudent choice.  Since then she has (without prompting) purchased more ingredients and asked me to make more.  We are using our fourth batch right now and have two more fermenting with a different vinegar for three experiments (apple cider, champagne, white wine).  

Please share milestones in your family's transition or conversion.
Here is my submission for the Food Prep & Preservation Aspect - Sand - Salt Brine Ferment Cabbage & Carrots BB.

Here is a photo of my fermentation kit (glass weights, airlocks, and tamper) for wide-mouth mason jars.


The kit provided about a dozen recipes including sauerkraut and ginger carrots.  My sister was intrigued by the ginger carrots and asked me to make some while I was preparing the cabbage.  

Sauerkraut (quart jar)
about 3 pounds of cabbage
1.5 tablespoons kosher salt (I used pink salt)
I skipped the caraway seeds and added 2 oz water to top up the liquid about 5 hours
I like to pack/tamp/pound cabbage into a pint jar first then transfer to a quart jar and tamp again.  I find that if I pack into an empty quart jar then I bang my hand on the rim of the jar - ouch!

Ginger Carrots
3 largish carrots
1.5 teaspoons of ginger paste
1.5 teaspoons salt
water to fill jar (about 1 cup)

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - Post a description/link to the recipe you used (above and photo)
 - post a picture of the ingredients chopped or ready to be packed in jar (including my process)
 - post a picture of the filled jar



Starting the conversation so I can put together the BB page for weave a small bag, purse, camera case (2-4 points)

Could you define small?

Is a particular loom preferred or required: inkle, zoom loom, backstrap, rigid heddle, tablet, or other?

Is any hardware or closure required?

what might differentiate points range?
  • size
  • lining
  • design or detail of weaving



  • Badge bit requirements:
    - design and weave a small bag, purse, or camera case
    - finish ends and attach hardware ??

    To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
    -  your bag in progress, with your loom visible
    -  your finished bag
    6 days ago
    pep
    Starting the conversation for the weave a small bag, purse, camera case BB
    please provide feedback and I'll put together the initial BB page.
    1 week ago
    pep
    Starting the conversation so I can put together the BB page for weave a small bag, purse, camera case (2-4 points)

    Could you define small?

    Is a particular loom preferred or required: inkle, zoom loom, backstrap, rigid heddle, tablet, or other?

    Is any hardware or closure required?

    what might differentiate points range?
  • size
  • lining
  • design or detail of weaving



  • Badge bit requirements:
    - design and weave a small bag, purse, or camera case
    - finish ends and attach hardware ??

    To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
    -  your bag in progress, with your loom visible
    -  your finished bag
    1 week ago
    pep