Jesse Glessner

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since May 09, 2020
Born and raised in Indiana - joined the Army for 3 yrs right out of High School. Moved to California after service and had a job with Hughes Aircraft for 35 yrs total with a 2 yr break in the middle of that. Received AA, BS in Business and MBA/CIS all classes after hours of work. Moved back to IN after retiring and taught low level computer courses for 11 years. Totally retired I got back into gardening, then canning especially for Emer. Prep.  Now into woodworking of all sorts but working on lathe and desktop CNC systems. Still gardening with 4 ea 3 ft X 16 ft beds and 4 ea new 4 ft X 4 ft. beds, plus a couple of short fence rows and berry plantings - most recently red & black currants and several Elderberry bushes. I read a lot and don't get to fish nearly as much as I wish!
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I asked Dr. Sharashkin questions when he was on the boards here along with many others. It got me interested enough that I purchased his book, "Raising Bees With A Smile" and read it through and thought that his horizontal hive was the "bees knees" and I thought about making one from his free plans. But, I went to the web site and found that he was having a seminar on keeping bees naturallly.

I hadn't gone anywhere for a long time and just decided to register and go. Well, long story short - I came home with a horizontal hive! The site and his book both have free plans for building such hives. And I got to talk to a lot of people attending - around 55 attendees from 16 different states. Oh, and when all of those people gathered around several of his hives back in the forest - no mad bees!!! No one got stung and many did not have their bonnets up! With the frames touching each other at the top the bees were basically kept inside the hive except for the one-frame-at-a-time that he pulled out to demonstrate differences in the frames and what each of those meant.

The horiz hives have approx. 2 1/2" to 3.0" thick hollowed walls - filled with wool for insulation - so the bees are helped with weather conditions year round. You still need to do things to set up your hive for winter and most of that is INSIDE the hive. The other huge benefit other than the thick walls is the fact that you can get directly to any frame you want to inspect - and if that is a somewhat full honey frame it is probably somewhere between 8 lbs and 12 lbs., so easy to lift.

IF you are in doubt about how effective these hives are you definitely should think about attending one of Dr. Sharashkin's seminars. The more comfortable the bees are I would thing they would produce more honey - but all honey production is based on the environment surrounding the hive in about a 5 mile diameter - conditions like blooming flowers and plants and water being available too.

On his web site Dr. Sharashkin has a photo of one of his hives with about 3-4 inches of snow on it and those bees survived that winter.
2 days ago
Dr. Leo Sharashkin was on a "permies" forum a couple of months ago for a week to answer questions about raising bees.
SO, I got interested and purchased his book, "Keeping Bees With A Smile" and have read it cover to cover very quickly. The book covers almost all aspects of keeping bees in horizontal hives as well as gives drawings/dimensions of the hives so you can build one yourself is so inclined. You can also purches the hives either from the web site or at the seminar site if you choose to attend one.

I was so interested in the Horizontal Hives that I went onto the web site and saw that they had a two day seminar, Oct. 3rd & 4th covering "Natural Beekeeping In Horizontal Hives". (They also have other seminars during the year.) I registered and attended the seminar and I can highly recommend that if you're interested in keeping bees - this seminar and the horizontal hives might be for you, especially if you don't like lifting up to 80 lb boxes of honey from a vertical hive to check on the brood in the lower boxes. The horizontal hive, per Dr. Sharashkin, is better for the health of the bees - and the lifting of the frames is maybe at most 10 to 12 lbs.

"Keeping Bees With A Smile" is a great book just to learn more about bees in general too!
2 weeks ago
Emergency Preparedness around here is a non-event! I compiled a nice EP PowerPoint presentation over a whole variety of topics and had four 8 ft. tables spread with samples of what people could do with very little money. The crowd at our local Senior Center was more interested in what they were going to have for lunch than in the articles or the presentation.

However, I'm posting a photo of a lighting system that some of you may want to actually make for power outages as well as having that in your stash of items for emergencies. It is a simple 12V, two wire system. You can make the wires however long you need them. The bulbs are LEDs with a socket that you can turn the bulb either way in - and make your attachments on the wires wherever needed, maybe even only one bulb per room, just to get around without tripping over something. IF you turn the bulbs to the ceiling you get about twice the output as they reflect off the ceiling nicely. Use a coat rack, a tall camera tripod or a home made stand to tape the bulbs in an upright position. I just show a small 12V battery, but what that battery cost, plus a few extra bucks will buy a 12V car battery at WalMart. You can buy the wire, LED bulbs (2 prong type), and the sockets on Amazon for some surprisingly decent prices. See the photo below!

Oh, also, I have a JayGee modified version of a PVC & 5 Gal bucket toilet with a seat if anyone would like to get the photo of that also.
3 weeks ago
IF you are on one worksheet in Excel that needs a reference to or from another worksheet simply do the following:

1.  Make sure your cursor is in the proper CELL on the worksheet ( say worksheet #4) that needs the data. Press the EQUAL sign on the keyboard.

2.  Move your cursor to the TABBED worksheet ( say worksheet # 2) where the data needed resides and click on that Tab.

3.  Locate the CELL you need to reference in (worksheet #2) and click in that cell then hit the ENTER KEY.

4.  You should be automatically switched back to the worksheet ( w/s #4) to the CELL location you originally started out in.

5.  Note that your CELL (w/s #4) is now filled in with a FORMULA that referenced back to the worksheet ( w/s #2) with the data.

5.  Any time the DATA in the referenced worksheet (w/s #2 ) changes it will automatically update the other worksheet ( w/s #4 )

Once you do one of these operations you will be amazed at how simple it is.
Need to do sums from every worksheet into a SUMMARY worksheet?  Just do the same operation on every worksheet & cells line by line in the summary worksheet.
3 weeks ago
[quoteHey JayGee, thank you for taking the time to look through this and leaving feedback. These are really great points, so I've just published a new release containing a filled-in Example Workbook along with an expanded user manual. Let me know what you think!

Happy to give the feedback. I used to have to build complicated Excel worksheets when I worked at Huges in CA. I was always being asked, "How did you do that?", and "How do you use the worksheet?" so I was just speaking from experience.

The addition of a filled in worksheet and the Instructions should get anyone through building their own!  GOOD WORK!!!
4 weeks ago
Personally, what's kinder to clothes is *not* washing them until they're dirty (I know people who will wash their pants and bath towels after every use - underwear, yes, but pants get warn several days to a week, and bath towels are being used on me when I'm clean!) Also, avoiding a dryer at all costs in favor of a rack or clothesline will make clothing last much longer. I'm personally suspicious that many of these "attitudes" about "whiter than white" is about selling more detergent and more clothing. The clothing industry does not want clothing to last a long time. We're going to fix that!

There were 7 of us kids at home in the  50's & 60's time frame and my mother did a LOT of washing on one of these machines. I remember her being so proud of a new one she purchased and used it the day it was set in the house.

YEP, you don't wash regular clothes until the do get dirty, or have manure on them, or they smell strong from sweating. Undies and school clothes were different, although even school pants were normally worn throughout the week, but shirts and undies changed daily. That was just LIFE down on the farm.

Clothes went through washing, then rinsing, then being hung on the line throughout the entire year except when it was raining. We had clothes lines strung out in the house as well though as the clothes in the winter were frozen stiff and were brought inside to finish off the drying.

I'm surprised that my modern Kenmore, top load, washing machine has lasted as long as it has. I've had one belt replacement done on it in the 30 years I've had that. Bought that new around 89 or 90 and use it every 2 or 3 weeks to do my piled up laundry. Living alone it just doesn't pay to do a very small couple of loads - it uses too much water and electricity.  I've just bought clothes and bedding to last through at leas 4 weeks before it becomes MANDATORY to do my washing. And I still wear dress pants a couple of times and work pants until they can almost stand up by themselves. Work clothes get cleaned with the small rugs/carpets. C'est la vie!!
1 month ago

r ranson wrote:They have arrived!  

This next bit is a big disappointment to me.  I know it doesn't affect the useability of the calendar, but it grates against my aesthetic sensibilities.

The printer plastered its logo on the back of every single page.  

At that price, I can see why.  They get me to pay to advertise for them.  =

At the time of writing this, there are only 14 left to sell.  I don't think I'll be printing any more as I figure I should be sold out by Christmas.  
You can pick up your desk calendar here:

This may be preaching to the choir for some of you, however, many people do not recognize the significance of the dpi (dots per inche) resolution for commercial printing jobs.
IF you ever make another attempt at publishing another calendar you have at least learned what to do and what NOT to do on the next round.
FOR ALL:  Any literature, with photos, that you attempt to publish should go through a couple of extra hoops BEFORE sending to a PRINT SHOP:
     1. is your work going to be in Color or B/W?  Some gurus are now working with B/W in photos as it is catching attention - because it is DIFFERENT!
     2. Are ALL of your photos at a minimum of 300 dpi? IF NOT, make them so! Higher resolutions may also be appropriate for your Pub! But, if you do not have your photos at a
              minimum of 300 dpi you will have very grainy graphics on your Project.

              There is one possible way to check for how your photos will look when printed. Assuming that you are
              using something like MS Publisher or another Publishing tool, check your photos in that FIRST! Then SECOND print your article as a PDF FILE and this is where you begin to see
              the differences between 150 dpi, 200 dpi, and the minimum 300 dpi for Print Shop Printing. In fact many Print Shops will ask that you convert your article to the PDF format so
              that it comes to them in a non-changeable format. IT really can be changed in an emergency, however, basically what you see is what you get from the Print Shop when you
              view that PDF File on your computer.

And one last suggextion/thought for all of you! IF you want to see articles about your work in PRINT try sending your write-ups and photos to "The Farm Show" magazine, "Mother Earth News" magazine, "Grit" magazine, or "Countryside & Small Stock Journal" magazine. They are always looking for good articles to put in their editions - although this is NOT saying that your article will get published - but take a chance on it. YOUR article in ANY one of these pubs should increase sales, if you're selling, or further educate the public about your project.

1 month ago
I just took a quick scan down through your "Read Me" file and your Worksheet.
There is no doubt that you put a lot of effort in building your system.
However, some suggestions to help other people step into actually using this worksheet.

1. Build a step-by-step INSTRUCTIONS listing. Refer people back to the worksheet shown in #2 below.
2. Show an example of a completed system worksheet.

With those many more people might pick up on your system.
1 month ago

j. bong wrote:For me, it is Egyptian Walking Onion & Jerusalem Artichokes.

Have you heard of Potato Onions? They're supposed to be similar to "walking onions", but supposedly produce larger bulbs.

I just planted some seed, very late, but maybe they will grow enough by winter that they can be used.