Meli Mot

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52 year old single asexual female, no kids, retired early, offgrid tiny cabin on 13 wooded acres, southern Indiana. I embrace a very low tech, minimalist, low EMF/low pollution, joyful life. I use rainwater catchment for all water needs; woodstove for heat, cooking and boiling water for drinking; humanure compost system/sawdust toilet; small 2 solar cell array for recharging phone only, no other electricity; solar lanterns for light. Goal is food self-sufficiency by a vegan food forest of fruit and nut trees, using fermentation to aid in digestion and enriched nutrition. I already have the following trees (mostly young): pawpaw, persimmon, chestnut, mulberry, hazel, pear, walnut, apricot. There are also mature beeches and hickories but they don't seem to produce much. I would like to try to use nettles for fiber for clothes, baskets, hats, sandals.
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Thank you for the quick reply! So fascinating how age-old traditions quickly got changed by modernity!
3 weeks ago
I do "intermittent fasting" daily, eating only between 4am and 8am, nothing else all day but water. It makes life a lot easier to not have to make a fire to cook and wash dishes multiple times a day, as r ranson mentioned above. I don't get hungry because i am eating to satiety.

"That corner of England had 4 extra letters in the alphabet when my dad went to school,"

Wow, what were the letters?
3 weeks ago
I do not take showers or baths.

I have long hair (to my waist), i never shampoo or wet it at all, except around once a month when I henna/indigo it. I just 2x daily, "scritch" and "scratch" (fingernail and fingertip scalp massage),  and comb with sandalwood comb and real horn comb. I never use soaps, shampoo, or water at all on my hair, except the henna/indigo paste and rinsing it out, around every 4 weeks. I agree with above mention, of cleaning one's combs every so often of sebum. I use a strip of dental floss to clean between the tines of the combs. I only do this when i notice that combing doesn't seem to be effective on removing grease. Then i know it is time to clean the combs.

For my body, i do a "Tudor" style dry bath (from the book "How to Live Like a Tudor"), with real linen rags and a spritzer bottle of distilled rainwater. The only body part for which i use soap are my feet.

This keeps me smelling sweet all day. I noticed when i went to town and used city water, that i started to smell during the morning. So i re-washed with some of my distilled rainwater which i had packed, and that corrected it!

I have been washing this way for years now. It is nice to be free of the toiletries and also to use so much less water. I have also previously tried soapwort, soapnuts, vinegar, baking soda, and shampoo bars, and this current has worked best for me.

I also just brush my teeth with baking soda, with the blessing of my dentist for over 10 years. Followed with flossing and occasional diluted peroxide swishing for brightening.
3 weeks ago
My aha moment was when I realized the drip from the stainless steel water tank attached to my woodstove could be utilized for distilled water! Previously i thought the drip was just annoying, and would put things under it to catch the drip. Then it occurred to me, this is distilled water! Wow! Now i have distilled water when I need it!
1 month ago

Sibyl Buck wrote:Dead leaves all day long in this one if you don’t want to buy cover material. If you don’t mind buying it, coco coir is the If you have pee in there and use a less dense cover material I bet it will heat up more. I agree deeper than 2 feet helps to get the heat. I have used 4x4x4 piles for loooong periods of time because it breaks down so much so fast it’s almost an endless situation. I do large scale food compost for 1600 women over two weeks and have humanure at home for 10 years

Should the coco coir be used in the potty, or as the cover in the pile?
1 month ago
I suffered with this all through my teen years! It was terrible. I do not reccomend antibiotics as they killed my gut microbiome and it suffered permanent damage. I do recommend avoiding dairy, sugar, nightshades, onions, garlic, anything non-organic, preservatives, and also to ferment all grains. I do not recommend topicals, creams, or soaps, just pure water (distilled, or clean rainwater, also for drinking too). Salt exfoliation works to help clear up old scars.
1 month ago

Jocelyn Campbell wrote:I posted about this in another group and someone commented there that alcohol sprays like this have been used a lot for ballet costumes to freshen and deodorize between performances without a full cleaning.

Thank you for this tip! I tried it due to a current drought and it works!
1 month ago
Hello! I can be a phone buddy! I will pm you.
1 month ago
I just wanted to update my posting! I have decided to make my homesteading community more of a women's spiritual retreat/monastery following a similar lifestyle to Buddhist monks (the eight precepts: abstinence from taking life, from taking what is not given, from unchastity, from false speech, from intoxicants which cause a careless frame of mind, from taking food at the wrong time (midday-dawn), from dancing and music (except ceremonial), shows, flowers, make-up, the wearing of ornaments and decorations, and from tall, high sleeping places). A beautiful, quiet, meditative, content life, respectful of the beauty and sacredness of the forest!

I am working towards a nutritionally complete vegan perennial food forest (fruits, nuts, berries, and sustainably foraged greens), fermentation for B12 and improved nutrition. Already have rainwater catchment system, humanure hygiene system, woodstove for heating, cooking, hot water, limited solar for recharging devices. Low EMF area with very little noise, air, or light pollution. Also going to experiment with making fiber from wood nettles for clothing and simple shoes and maybe baskets.
1 month ago
I planted flax a few years ago here in southern Indiana. Although i got some lovely flowers, it really wasn't much output. Instead I am casting my hopes towards wood nettle for a fiber source, and walnuts for an oil/fat source.
1 month ago