Catherine Windrose

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The download is almost instant.  Not even 2 seconds.
1 week ago
Nope.  No issues with other zip files so far.  Just extracted BIAD without a problem.
1 week ago
Still a partial download issue?

Today's download looks like those above.

Retried opening other zip files which worked.  

1 week ago
Cool!  Thanks for the screenshot tip :.)  Also guilty of being more in browsers ^.^

I noticed something unusual after expanding the columns.  The file name extensions show .zip on a text file and the actual zip file shows zip.part.
1 week ago
Attached is a screenshot of what I see.

(Downsized to a small image.)
1 week ago
The "extract here" option still does not appear for the two zip files as noted above.  I tried opening a different zip and the "extract here" option shows.  Is it maybe a permissions thing 'cause you be the boss?

Clarification:  I deleted the first two downloads.  Then downloaded a second time.  The second try downloads just fine, though I still cannot extract either.
1 week ago
Scrolling down to "click here to download" allowed downloading these without a problem.  However the usual "extract" option in the pop up menu does not appear.  If the OS matters, this is on Linux Mint Mate 18.3 Sylvia.

File size: 767 megabytes


File size: 630 megabytes
1 week ago
Here are some ideas I've been contemplating and information sources I've been learning from.  

While researching ancient buildings that endured various natural disasters for many centuries and remain intact, what appeals to me most so far are thick adobe, stone, or cob walls (suitability depends on area and intended use) with basalt reinforcements to create stabilized earthen walls.  Thick walls of course will require much more intensive labor and time, but I feel the end result will be worthwhile.  

Most of my ideas have no less than 3' thick walls, and I am inclined toward domes (360 degree arch support) with 5' thick walls at the foundation that decrease to about 3' at the roof - all of which will be reinforced with stabilized earth using basalt fabric about every foot from within the foundation to the top.  The idea is if a freak gust of wind drops a large tree on the top, little to nothing happens.  As ideas firm up, I'll be asking for help to determine an optimal distance between layers of basalt fabric in layers of cob (my choice so far).  

I feel high, narrow, dormer-type windows are important and I've chosen hurricane glass.  The walls will be thick enough that the dormers can be inset to prevent wind, rain, and snow from reaching the glass.  And the outer area around the dormer windows will be shaped to direct rain and snow most appropriately.

To disturb the ground as little as possible, I am thinking of building a small shelter in ground, then building the rest of the home upward and surrounded by terracing and hugelkulturs as protection from wind, to both draw moisture away from the home while utilizing snow and rain for the food forest planned on and around the hugelkulturs, and for privacy.  (The earthworks come first and the land determines those, however I need to have an idea of what the home is about to plan around it.)  (Also planning a large-ish pond as water source, a way to bring water into the home what is not easily detectable from outside, and perhaps a separate small, sealed saltwater pond to create electricity without being on a short leash with solar.)

So far I am avoiding certain cements because breathability is a must to remain healthy and not create a sick building.  I am still studying breathable plasters and ways to protect a roof and walls from moisture.

While I don't perceive myself to be a prepper, I do have immense respect for the elements and nature's curveballs.  I also figure staying safe requires choosing an area in which the worst of human nature is most likely avoidable.  That said, to satisfy curiosity about weathering stray bullets from hunters, I found some youtube videos that demonstrated what kind of bullets go how deep in various materials and wall thickness.  I would post those links, but considerations most likely vary with individual concerns.

There are numerous other considerations, but this post is most focused on feeling safe and avoiding natural and human-related catastrophes.

Here's are some information sources I've researched specific to basalt rebar / rope / mesh / fabric.  A few months ago the pricing seemed reasonable, while stronger and less expensive than steel, more environmentally friendly, and does not attract condensation as metal does because basalt is glass.  Here are some links and permies posts that helped me begin exploring options.
1 week ago

When the immune system is suffering, a body's natural defenses are less able to overcome what ails us.

The link above references vitamin E, however no vitamin or mineral acts alone.  There is always a synchronicity at work that we are so accustomed to relying upon, that many of us tend not to consider what our body may be lacking that creates a friendly environment for dis-ease.

There is a book called "Nutrition Tests For Better Health" that helps the reader identify deficiencies, then provides information about a particular vitamin or mineral and often what might be related.

Anti-raw/whole milk adversaries talk long and hard about things like listeria because they don't delve more deeply for root causes.  A lot of businesses rely upon pasteurization and fear tactics to keep the majority of people in line and consuming less than optimally nutritious dairy, fermented or unfermented.  When I began hearing and reading about how scary raw dairy was, I immediately wondered how did my Grandmother raise 11 kids on a diet that included raw whole milk, and none of them ever became ill.  Not to mention most people in that era :)

Same goes with foods like sushi.  If sushi was such a terrible health risk, why does China have a billion people?  Why do entire sushi-consuming peoples still exist?  I once asked a doctor that question in a FB group and I was booted without a word ^.^

It is up to us to stop boxing with shadows.  Within reason, each of us has to decide for ourselves what is safe.  Too much oxygen, salt, or water can kill.  Moderation with respect for what it is that is being consumed is my personal guide.

That said, there is more bioavailable calcium in dark green vegetables than in milk.  Then again, I enjoy kefir and kombucha and the benefits of their probiotics and vitamins.  Especially the whey with additional protein, which adds great flavor to soups, gravies, and broths.

Specific to listeria, I've consumed raw milk at my Grandmother's and on my Dad's farm.  I never had listeria or any other illness related to raw whole milk, and I grew healthier.  That is what I remember most about raw whole milk.  All the nonsense from naysayers falls to the wayside in light of that personal experience.
1 week ago
SLP - Superior Leadership in Permaculture?

1 week ago