They like to get me in the back of the leg, between upper calf and bend in the knee. The little buggers will land, spend about a minute, then bite. If you chase them off before they bite, they will circle right back to the exact same spot, and sit for that minute then bite. They will come back repeatedly if you keep chasing them off, until they get their sit and bite.
I have had middling success in chasing them with cutting a fresh cayenne pepper and gently rubbing some on my skin. Carefully, not too much as I don't want to blister. Usually they have an hour to an hour and a half before and during local high noon then usually go hide for the rest of the day again. Early morning when it's cool they hide too. They come out when the day starts hotting up. Or at least the ones I met in Front Range of Colorado and the OK Panhandle.
(I'm scratching the back of my knees and calves just THINKING about this... grrrrrr)
My front yard has a 'green fence' for privacy about people looking in, and it happens to be fruit trees that give me fruit. My opuntia (cactus) collection is decorative, a great deterrent for the neighbor kids NOT to climb the fence, and provides me paddles and fruits to eat. And so on. A tree is the classical stacking function item... provides shade... may help block a view... gives me fruit to eat... holds soil in place... provides habitat... area microclimate for raising certain things here because it provides filtered shade and hail protection. I will use a tree to describe the idea to non-permies.
Devin Lavign wrote:I highly suggest paulownia trees. They grow very fast (fastest growing hardwood tree) and have giant leaves. Great for shading. They are also a tree you can cut down and it will regrow.
Do beware. Pawlonia have issues with altitude... I wanted to grow some badly and found that I'm about 2000 feet too far up for them, they like to be below 2100 feet. If it wasn't for that I'd have them growing all over here. They are one I can endorse as worth planting.
I built a trellis box on south side of my place, 12' high, 24' wide, and 8' deep. I grow snake gourds (long gourds) and plant one every four feet along the frame, at each corner and one on each side. The side towards the house I leave open. These grow fast. The fruits will hang down inside the trellis box. I can also set a few chairs inside there after they've gotten some height, and enjoy shady leafy.
They can be notorious to get started but are well worth it. The trellis is free standing from the house, but helps provide shade.
Crocheted with yarn rag rugs tend to wear the yarn and that will be the fail point. My mother made tons of rag rugs from 1.5" strips sewn together to make a huge ball... then had a crochet hook dad whittled out from a piece of wooden mop handle. (Q plus sized crochet hook). Just keep working and you have a choice of round or oval (start the curl immediately, or do a straight strip then start going around and around). Used up tons of otherwise worn out or stained useless clothing and could always be added to to make it bigger.
I have a dryer and the timer started eating knobs. Then it quit turning. I had purchased a $30 replacement module and it took me about 10 minutes to replace. (and a broken toe, I pulled it out and set it down with one of the small feet squarely on my left big toe). It works well. Life expectancy for that timer dying, 3-5 years. I nursed mine along farther (pliers) before replace. A lot of people have that bit die and buy a new one ($300-500). In fact he has an identical one on the junk trailer and just made an offer to them to buy it, they'll let me know Monday, I offered $25. I tried it, that module is gone as it won't turn. Hm...
In this case the life of the item plus relative cost versus replacement plus life left in the item, well worth repairing (I bought that dryer because I broke a bone in my foot and couldn't use my clothesline...)
I have two soy pots-these are used to grind, heat, and turn soybeans or similar into 'nut milk'. I had to take one apart once and completely dry it out. Most of the electronics are encased in resin. If something does die that isn't simple (replacing power cord or a few solderable connections within) that pot is not practical to attempt to repair it. You either hope to have warranty still on it, or you just buy a new one.
The cooling fan for my laptop recently went. It was ailing and I noticed that things were warming up (kick in turbo cool and it didn't roar to life anymore either). $24. Simple dissection to take out the old one, clean a lot of heat sinks within, and install the new one. I'm well past warranty. I've also added a new keyboard to this. I should get another 3-5 years out of this system, and a few minor repairs means not having to find money for a new one. So, it's called justifying the repairs against the life/service already given and the life/service expected afterwards. 5 years from now, a dying fan might not be worth replacing....
In the case of the pot, it sounds like useful life to repair cost may be too high. I'd look into replacing the pot, with a 'better' one. If a few years have passed there may be something better on the market. Or, is there an alternative that's more ecologically sound (a metal pot you can put on the burn barrel top of a RMH to heat water) instead?
You saved TP roll cardboards all winter and cut ends and folded and made starter pots for spring
You have about five ways to cut up and use 2 liter soda bottles for starting plants and useful stuff about the house and shop
Gallon jugs are so useful (water totes with top cut out, bottoms for pot catchment, open top for collecting/storing things with a handle, half height with handle for planting in, high cut for bottom container and top for funnel, the other half of pot catchment for planting out cloches (take the lids off for daytime venting and put back on for nighttime warmth) .... ) oh, and you can haul liquids around in them too. Just CLEARLY marker identify if they're no longer being used for water. [the cloche tops are PERFECT for getting your strawberries started in their bed !!!]
Arizona and Gatorade bottle flats are serious prizes for using for starter flats, so nice and deep.
[my suffering spouse watched me collect all winter, then in about four days use up all of them for spring prep....] recycle don't discard... that's a permie.
"Owner shoots like this" (those half dollar paper targets at some shooting ranges for 50 yards) and five holes within the circle. Dated. No more than a month old at any given time) "If you can read this I have a bead on you."
I have a gazillion pine cones from several happy donor trees. I use the best for crafts and the less than perfects get soaked in the fat... let to sit and drip onto old paper or cardboard, and used as firestarters. Both the cones and the soaked cardboard.
My bone frame is small and thus wrists and ankles are not as strong as they should be... I am literally stronger in arm and in hand grip than my wrist will take. I can handle some of the 14.4 and 18's cordless IF I put on some wrist bracers. I also like to lay out any work with such cordless tools to allow me to take frequent breaks as required.
Years back I wanted to buy a very large router, meant to be mounted in a router table and whirl panel cutting bits. I picked up a 3.3 hp one from a display in a woodworking store, rolled it over in my wrists into upside down position and both wrists did their very loud krik-cracks that that much compact weight would cause. I grew a very worried store rep just like that, whom I reassured that I intended it to be permanently mounted in a router table, but I was examining overall balance... I did end up buying it. Don't ask I haven't seen it in fifteen or so years. It is still doing duty buried in the heart of a serious router table that my hubby uses to murder innocent wood.
We have 'her tools' 'his tools' and 'our tools'. Sometimes the person uses said tool on behalf of the other one, in their presence. Or in my case, I figure out the work around so I can tackle it as is with what tools I have or can get. He buys the cheapo linesman pliers, I buy the quality pair. Similar size. Why? The quality pair is better made, better balanced and cuts much easier because it has better leverage. It's too big for my grip so having the better quality tool that does the job better means I can do with it what he does with the cheapo pair.
I would love downsized tools that are lighter and does the same but lacking that, I get to make do. The wrist bracers I have are no metal Velcro fasten that go from mid palm to somewhere down the lower arm. They restrict movement but not so much as to prevent me from working. And they allow me to pick up the bigger heavier tools to use. So. Working smarter as well by arranging the work so it's easier for me to access to do the work with whatever tool also makes a big difference.
Loving the information about the older handsaws. Thank you.
Reporting back, yep, 2017 was just a cold year here. My lettuce never bolted, when usually it's gone by the 4th of July. So no surprise that my clemson spineless okra sulked at 6" tall and only gave me 5 pods. Next year it's going back against the cob wall.
Deb, the gutter heat tape is genius. Have you (or anyone else) had any okra luck with the wall of water contraptions they make for tomatoes?
I've never used wall-of-water for anything. Just cold frame, cloche, or hoop. I have a piece of turf that bakes mightily and I'm going to install the next attempt at Okra there. I'm also going to start them indoors with 'tender root' protocol like I do for competition pumpkins to get the plants up and raring to go first. (and some direct seed).
I learned the gutter tape bit from competition pumpkin growing. To have the fruit ready for harvest and weighoff you count backwards to when you have to start and if you have an iffy spring or cold nights, the heat tape and the hoop can give you six to eight weeks start on getting the plant going. I'd rather just use cold frames than electricity....
(rumors of my death have been seriously and greatly exaggerated but wholy believed by myself until a few days ago. Never get a 'double cold'... one on top of the other with different symptoms).
Silkies are about the best broody hen out there for raising chicks. If you breed them to something else (a different rooster) you will get a bigger chicken that still has that broody streak. So you breed up. Hybrid silkies are your best bet. Fugly is in the eye of the beholder but if it will sit eggs when you are working on your flock, it's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen.
I pick at ripe. I have blems. Four grades: store perfect (hahaha), a few minor bits like catfacing, a few blems and minor bugbites, and the Is It Homemade Salsa/Sauce or is it compost?
Nothing can compare with the home grown, as you can market heirlooms that are tasty but don't take to shipping... I admit the only thing I use on my tomatoes is Blossom End Rot spray as soil in this area is notorious for low calcium. I add gypsum but still can have problems. Else they eat compost and rain water and city water only if there isn't enough rain water (they basically pull out of the aquifer and occasionally give the tower a shot of chlorine)
So often market garden will also be very organic and natural. Usually too at end of day, there's "I don't want to drag it home" prices. Plus sometimes there will be sale on 'it's not perfect, it's edible today and NOT at all tomorrow' blems. Person I got a roast tomato recipe (drizzled with olive oil and herbs and slow roasted chunks) from that had a stall near her that would sell a whole brown grocery bag of blems and seconds for cheap. If she took them home and processed immediately it was great quantities cheap.
I bless for safe travails and returning to their loved ones. A cluster of 4x4's, ATV's, dogs, men and weaponry (unloaded THANK YOU). One of the ministers here got on my case and I explain I bless for the people and related to be safe and come home. Oh.
What blew me away as a teenager was finding that they sold (EXPENSIVE) rolls of camouflage toilet paper. Men got shot when wiping in the bush and someone mistook the swipe of white TP as a buck's tail flip and fired. It also blows me that deer can't see hunter orange. I guess if you're going to use the bush you better be in a lot of hunter orange.
I've heard that from others that have set up an area and blind, that they will go out there and meander and spread their scent on purpose but not wee near there. Unless you're a veggie your urine can carry a tinge of 'predator' which they don't like. The UNGLORIOUS needing a 5 gallon pail with a tight lid if you're not a he, so you don't smell up the place... female anatomy is a bit harder to accommodate in the field (though I had the rule if anyone else used my bucket (that means you fellers) THEY got to carry it back out). Last couple years I went out we had a blind so yes, I got used to dealing.
Karen, do you have sassafrass in the local flora? Here it might spook things as I don't think we have any.
I never used cover scent and my very first deer I didn't get a clean shot and it ran a long ways. I had to go fetch it. Dad helped me dress it and we quartered it so I could pack it out (5 pieces actually). Yes, he literally watched me drag my deer out. Our rules... Warden wasn't the happiest when we made it to the truck and though my tag was properly attached... Gimme a break, I was 14 and about 5' and weighed about 105# fully dressed soaking wet. I can tell you I sure smelled when I got done though, but nothing a buck wanted to be near. I do remember washing clothes in borax only and hanging them outside for about a week to air, though. And a very long rinse with no soap in the basement shower rig (we won't go there, this was very primitive) for the humans.
I do hunter blessings. I made a chausible and stole of Mossy Oak, and a few have given me a light ribbing over it. Um I'll be glad to give you the pattern and you buy the fabric and make me one in whatever pattern you think I should be wearing. The garb isn't cheap even if you make your own. Some suggested I should dose the stuff with the scent stuff from a bottle. Nope. I have to keep those things in the closet, no thank you.
Thank you for the recipe, Karen D. I will pass it to a few I know here.
Looks like what we called a 'pinfeather' back home. Along the wing edge you will commonly find these. Unless it was writhing and moving by itself, that bird was just fine for consumption.
When we butchered chickens they would be found near tail, wing edges, a few near the neck nape. Once in awhile elsewhere like thighs or back. Depending on where the bird was in plumage (you mentioned this one was moulting). Grab and pull. A small needlenose pliers might make it easier. And they might ooze something when squeezed that hard, that's normal.
There was a linked ad on here a few years ago for some herbs and such, and the link dumped you into a fully animated instant launch page, with literally 110 decibel screechy pan flute music going on. AGONY. I got it shut down and didn't care if they were giving away free gold bars, no way was I going near it. It was one reason I decided that was enough and discombubilated the sound on this laptop and I gave feedback about this little surprise. Only other thing I remember about it was a little girl in a dress with white blouse under the top part straps, with low angle sun behind her lighting up her dark hair, and she was wading through almost waist deep to her lavender...
I haven't found anything yet that's helped other than avoiding loud noise and certain things that can set me off. I can't whistle. I didn't learn how before I developed the problem and if I could, I'd baseball bat myself.
I don't know what did mine in but it happened about age four. Possibly the fact we moved into the dump of a home we literally rebuilt over the next fifteen years. And dad and a circular saw is most likely it (mid 1960's, who thought about hearing protection. And lead paint? I still remember the smell of 'scorching' it off some of the woodwork-about 30 layers and paint remover isn't like it is today... bernzomatic flame it then take a putty knife to it)
I do remember twice in my adult years for some reason, my ears were silent. Strange as everything. I was low 20's, married a few years, sleeping in a small bedroom in a very quiet house. He was still sleeping and I could hear this repeating noise... it was his heart beating and echoing. I kid not. One other, I had to literally put on hearing protectors because the hearing was on high and it was driving me around one. I finally went to bed just to not deal with it anymore. Both were a few hours duration. Don't ask me what caused it to go to sleep.
I've tried a lot of things too and nothing worked, not even gallons of ginko bilboa leaf tea.
I figure I'm going to lose about 20% of my crop to the wildlife, but if I could only teach them to scarf ONE instead of just sampling eight.
Messing with bird net is a pain but it can help you get more of your tomatoes for YOU.
For birds, hanging red balls at the beginning of the season (grab some NOT overly shiny red plastic Christmas ornament balls after the holiday cheap) can teach birds that the red stuff isn't food. They go for it and find out it's not food, and it can make them go away. Leave them out during the whole growing season, so they can still find a NotFood and reinforce the red isn't theirs. You still might need net.
Squirrels, I have a cat that can almost catch them and I do mean he's awfully close to it. His mother COULD catch them. He scares one a few times and it doesn't come back. Cats aren't normally squirrel deterrent, but dogs are. Squirrels are very intelligent when going after food. It might take woven chicken wire of 1" holes to keep them away. When I moved here there was a 4' x 8' box 2' high made of wooden frame, calf panel, and covered with 1/4" hardware cloth. With strawberry plants in it. Else the previous owner couldn't get ANY because of the squirrels.
Try Joseph Lofthouse's Short Season. They gave me some good tomatoes, once they got to producing, LOTS. The other one that did well this year was Super Fantastic, I had to buy plants-I was trying to market garden and I needed something that did well here as a base for selling fodder. I also grew a lot of heirlooms, and most didn't make it to producing (thank you not, this spring in general) though I finally got a Black Sea Man From Tula to produce. Unusual looking tomato when sliced, in the beefsteak family. I have two more I need to identify today, doing really good beefsteaks, different kinds. One has a blush shoulder forming, really late starter. Supersauce was a disappointment, stick to something like Roma VF, they give a smaller nice solid tomato. I also got some Heinz sauce and they didn't do much either.
Nothing like a good old Brandywine, I call them Candymaters. Nothing like having to find some old pantyhose and make fruit slings to keep the tomatoes on the plant until they ripen. That stuff lets the moisture drain. I've also had to make bags from old sheer curtains and yarn for drawstring and bag fruit, it seems everything else loves my Brandys too. If you can stick a loose fist into the bag and the drawstring falls mid arm, it should be big enough for most brandys, my plants when happy will go 12-16 oz fruits easily. I build cages from calf panels for them, one 2'x2'x7' tall (when sunk in) tower will hold one pink or red suddeth; started indoors early and uppotted from deep starter flat to trade gallon to go out mid May, starts giving me ripe fruit here end of July until frost. Bagging keeps bugs from munching after fruit set, but doesn't slow down a squirrel.
Determinants are great but indeterminants or semi's give me fruit over a longer season than say the Roma 'squat' and everything comes in in about 4-6 weeks.
Hope someone else from your area can jump in and give you more on something determinant that would grow for you. Though each year can be different...
Sorbus domestica aka Service Tree aka Jerusalem Pear aka Whitty Pear aka Sorb Tree
Forestfarm.com in Oregon is supposed to have plants but their website answers with a 403 error no matter how you try to get to it. Will try calling them after the holiday (US Columbus, Canada Thanksgiving)
A few places sell seed. The seed is stratify and soak 24 hours before planting.
It is listed as a zone 6-10.
Bletting is the process of letting the fruit sit and over-ripen to the point of rotten. Otherwise it's rather bitter. Fruit are rather small.
There is another variety that is 'wild' so make sure of what you're ordering, go by the latin name.
Panagiotis Panagiotou wrote:So one man decides for all the rest?
This isn't permaculture.
Here at Permies we try to foster a nicer sort of theme to the forums. Anything that could be of a divisive nature, highly emotionally charged, (politics, religion, personal opinion) and less of a helpful, knowledge sharing nature; has special places to be freely discussed. To help prevent flame wars, trolls, etc.
To get to those places does take some time and effort. And have a few parameters to get there, which basically boil down to some time spent hanging out and learning how things are done here. The general tone of the way we post things.
That is permaculture, to be in a kinder place, that shares knowledge and encourages others. You can say your piece the way you want to say it, when you get to that level that allows you to post in some of the more 'volatile' areas.
Permaculture is, sharing, encouraging, and being kind to your fellow beings. A lot of the internet may not be. We are, here. I've been involved with BBS and forums for about thirty years (the days when USENET map fit on one piece of paper). I like it here. We hope you will too, soon.
Paul has a vision, and this is his place. He has a good vision. This is what has developed of it. Welcome to Permies.
Edit: The staff here is all volunteer, we all work together, and we all have slightly different interpretations. What Su Ba said is correct too. It is Paul's place. We follow. Trust me, this is a good place. Just give it a try. It may not be perfect and it may not fit you in the end, but it's hoped it will be.
I find if one don't want to cage a Brandywine they do fairly well with one or two steel fenceposts (right at the plant or two about a foot apart in line with the plant, so you can loop tie to the supports), Early Girl has returned well for an indeterminant. A smaller tomato with 4-6 ounce fruits. It will start fruiting at the bottom and go up as it gets bigger and older. One will keep someone in fresh eating tomatoes throughout the season, grab the couple a day that are ripe as it starts and it will keep at it to frost.
A good one I grew this year, mostly indeterminant, is Joseph Lofthouse's Short Season Landrace. I put them in 54" 9 gauge tomato cages and they tipped those some. Might suggest a back trellis of a calf panel and held up with a few steel fenceposts. Just tie the tomato vine to the pane, and a 16' long, 50" high with three set fence posts (one at each end and one in the middle) will allow for 5-7 larger tomato plants. These topped at about 4 1/2 feet. Fruiting from the bottom as they went up, some determinant tendencies to make a mid crop layer in the plant. Blooming and setting to the top of the plant as it goes, but tapering off after it loads the middle.
The only determinants I grow are Roma and sauce style, and those often do better with lower garden fencing, a few concentric rings to keep the vines off the ground and about 3' high. I thread the vines through at 18" to 24" and that is the fruiting layer, the height is to allow me to rig shade as the fruit will sunscald unless one grows in afternoon shade from shadecloth or a handy tree.
I am at 6b with fairly high sustained winds, low humidity, altitude (which can add to sunscald) and a bit of a calcium deficient soil. Early Girl likes to blossom end rot, so have a soil test done .
How large is your garden?
How much space do you have for tomatoes? I usually go on a grid, and figure 3' radius for a small tomato and 5' radius for a tall large beefsteak. This year I planted rows, I usually plant blocks of four plants and put a step paver in the dead middle for working. My line rows were 10' apart, and the plants put in either 30" apart or 60" apart depending on size.
How many plants do you want to grow?
Areas you grow tomatoes should be grown with something else in rotation, tomatoes every third year in that spot.
Do you want salad/eating; salsa and sauce; beefsteak; and what sort of a production do you wish?
To extend your season and choices, are and do you want to, start your own or get plants early and do a little uppotting and deep planting to add to the roots, sturdiness and get a head start?
If you JUST cut it, do you have some of the smaller limbs around (finger thick) or leaves or both? A thin branch plus a good picture of leaves top, bottom, and showing how they attach to the limb would help, thanks.
The sounds or music that isn't there is a real phenomenon, it's our mind playing tricks and trying to make sense of the sensory input around it. I was a young teen and got really fantastically sick (I spent an entire week home from school and I actually lost a day I have no memory of passing (I lost the Wednesday of that week). My fever went to just over 104f. I usually consistently return 97.5, so... the noise in my ears climbed as the fever did, and finally shut things out. If it was really loud and sharp it would come through, but if you tried to talk to me, nope (I said fill a metal garbage can half full of rocks and busted glass, lid it, and toss it down a metal stairwell. I might hear the can as it impacted the steps on the bounce down).
In my own little world I started hearing music, voices. A chorus singing tones. Sometimes male, sometimes female. Very pretty. They sang to me all evening, repeating certain patterns. My body also seemed to be trying to heal, it was actually very soothing and helped me rest.
Later years we use box fans for ventilating the house. Hubby and I both have heard snatches of music, often someone singing, and all it is is the fan sound against our tinntinitus. That our mind creates for us.
My maternal Grandfather was an auctioneer back before they really had PA systems or bullhorns and he didn't use a megaphone either. I studied opera seriously during my teens. I have leatherlungs. I've only witched out my other half ONCE. Usually we have the usual rants sorted down into semi-jokes we remind the other one of. It just saves time.
One thing I do love is flat screen monitor technology and even better is touchscreen. They don't make the noise that just magnifies my sound I hear all the time. A CRT if it's on in the building, I knew it and could walk right to it. My home computer is totally discombubilated for sound. No operating pings, nothing. Unless I plug a set of headphones into it. I took the microphone off too. It does NOT do random sounds at me. If I want to do Skype or Zoom I have to use my phone or tablet. I expect those to make sound and deal with it accordingly.
I can lose tonal ranges or pretty much everything for a few to several hours (with accompanying pain at the onset. Shutdown I equate to being hit with a bat in the head and I have retaliated against someone as reflex (the person that caused it who was usually right next to me). I try not to these days. I have learned to lip read and will hold a first finger up between myself and the one I'm trying to talk to. They will stare at the finger and keep their face towards me then so I can lip read. If I ever do this to you you will know why. Shutdown can occur when I get assaulted by a frequency or volume or both that causes the noise in ears to explode.
Back to the early 90's, and we were shopping for geekgear, audio and visual. The first flat screen Tv's had JUST shown and Laserdisks were on pass two but successful this time. We were in an (audio/visual geek store) and in the speaker room, which had a railed ramp down into it. We had looked at a laserdisc player and I'm holding an LP sized thick disk worth about $100 with high resolution images meant to show the quality of playback for different laserdisc players and Tv's. We were looking at a particular set of dolby surround speakers and the fellow tossed in this GunsNRoses CD. There is one song they do that has a long instrumental in front, and I admit it's a very good one to show off the response of a speaker set. I have no idea what their music sounds like or any knowledge of this particular song. We have it cranked, we like the speakers, life is good... AND THEY WHISTLE. They go from the instrumental and whistle about three times. Whistling is catastrophic to me, I can be baseball batted by this. My eyes cross, I am reeling and everything has exploded... I literally lurch and almost fall right there. I remember desperately looking for someplace to put that disc down before I dropped and broke it... somebody finally took it from me, and I crawled out of there on all fours up that ramp like my tuckus was on fire and I was being chased by a rabid Doberman. The reaction of mine was maybe two seconds but it seemed an eternity and I made it for the bathroom and cried for about half an hour. They sent a female employee in to see if I was alright and I could not hear her. DEAD DEAF. Only time I've managed that one so far. I managed not to black out. I finally returned, that employee couldn't kiss my toes fast enough. He nearly did, honestly. I can't hear anyone and literally state that I am totally deaf and we were leaving. It was dark, winter, and urban and I drove forty five minutes of urban with no hearing at all, my spouse said that was (deleted) scary. I went to bed. Next morning I could hear. The store called us and asked us to come back so we did, and the manager gave us the speaker set and half off that really fancy "box" that everything hooked to that we were looking at. I did explain what happened, and asked that the employee not be fired. It wasn't his fault but. Manager said they were going to dub a CD and be able to warn people that such and such a section had things like high pitched...
I have found smartphones to be a godsend for communicating with the spouse. No more yelling across the house (he is overall going deaf now, he has admitted to some hearing problems, and we are saving for the copay for hearing aids which he will need in the next few years) or misunderstanding. Just the rare total snarfup because of autocorrect. If we are in different rooms texting is how we communicate, and you can send pictures too. (example, he can be working in shop, I can be processing tomatoes and he as a question about what to do with something, so he texts and sends a picture of it. I just have to wipe off a hand and peck a bit, and we can both continue our lives...
He has become a huge fan of audiobooks as a background noise for himself.
I can hear you when you talk to me unless I've been 'batted' and lost some tonals.
...otherwise known as tinntinitus. There is always a noise that you hear, it can be louder or softer. Things can aggrevate it causing it to rise and block out other things you want to hear. Many things can affect it. No two afflicted people hear the exact same thing or react the same to the world of sound around them. I have this and so does my spouse. We are radically different. I personally always hear 60 cycle 'scream'. The sound of a CRT tube (monitor or tv) turned on. Some hear a sort of roaring or whooshing. It all varies. In our modern age I find earbuds have saved a life because I can put on a playlist and have a background drone noise to help wash it out some. Spouse and I also have high dB hearing protectors and use them when needed. He also has a pair that can be hooked in like earbuds to pipe him music. Trust me, being in there all by yourself, that sound can get on your nerves at times.
Something in my bother zone is sheet-plastic: cigarette wrapper cellophane (the WORST), mylar or plastic film chip bags, baggies... I often store craft supplies in baggies, but. If I want to use the stuff I will often take a mini muffin tin, put on the muffs, and pour out what I want to use and close all those little (deleted) baggies up, then once I'm set up, take the sanity-muffs off and work. Others think it strange, I say in three rustles just to get into that bag I'll retaliate. All my friends know I'll hand them the snackbowl as soon as I see that bag. Eat all you want, kill the (deleted) bag!
Pluses, I can tell my body temperature within half a degree just by the volume. I can tell if there's ultrasonic around (I can't hear it but it sets up harmonic resonances in what I hear. I can infer it's there)
Minuses, I loathe whistlers, chip bags, dog whistles, and ultrasonic pest chasers.
I'm reminded of it because I stored a snack I wished to partake of in a baggie and it's between 'is it worth dealing with that baggie just to get the goodie out'? If our lives had such simple dilemmas as our worst problems...
Travis, in first and second passes in college I was told I was a generation too late, I have the 'knack' for being a machinist. One place I did work on manufacturing line we were processing wafer substrate and I was working with tolerances of half a micron. And could do it.
There is a point though that the tolerance needed versus what you can get is to be weighed. I was taught that in the mechanical engineering shop/lab classes. Or 'how not to have the shop foreman show up with your prototype in one hand and the biggest crescent wrench he can find in the other, and force feed you both through the orifice(s) of his choice'.
If the paper was presented in fractions, I would assume to have to work it as given, with fractions. If it has decimals, use decimals. If you are in a different number base, use that. If it's metric, you're going to use that. For schoolwork, you do it as presented (overthinking my calculus was always a big mess, I FINALLY learned).
So looking at this, I might assume some of the premise was wrong, the test was overthought. Now something on the order of where one batch working on the satellite used imperial and the other metric, that should have been caught! One system per project!
TIMOTHY TIMOTHY wrote:When Paul comes to visit us, we try to make his favorite meal. Meat loaf. Its 8lbs of ground beef, 16 eggs, 1/2 loaf of bread, qt of milk, 1lb of bacon, an onion, mozzarella cheese and almost 2 hours in the oven. sometimes i can get him to use a fork.
Making a note on what to feed Paul if he ever wanders this far (quantity wise). I can make a pretty wicked meat loaf. Two kinds of ground, 2/1 beef to pork, and if I can get venison then it's about 3/2/1 (beef, pork, venison). Bacon of course. I pause to drain it some about halfways in, it's still plenty moist unless it's got the venison. And a red sauce. Ketchup based if it's not made of fresh tomatoes.
Paul, you still partial to meatloaf? I know here, if someone else makes it it always gets a few notches improvement for that. Heh.
Driving the tractor is not the problem. Letting my better half know I can start and run any of the tractorlike objects around here means that that talent turns into WORK.
I'd rather let him do the sitting on those things and just go get various fluids and such that they need to operate and let him run them. So for now I ask him and wait on his schedule. Things mein Fadder learned me up on many a year ago back on the farm. Heh.
I thought the world's smallest number is the fraction of a cent I will file off a 2017 penny with my nail file and give to the evangelists at my door wanting to convert me and get me to give them money? (I dig out my minister credentials and I never see them again, for some reason they don't try to convert ministers.)
Smallest number has to be Infinity-1 zeros to the right of a decimal ending with a 1. Or the amount of time Paul and many of the rest of us have for various 'douche-bags' as Paul eloquently puts it.
Hands in dirt and potmix in my hair part. Great stuff.
Weeding is a good stress reliever for me. Though I work hard not to have to.
Fresher, and many varieties that would not survive shipping (especially tomatoes) right there for me fresh and ripe. I know what was put on them, what they grew in, and there's nothing like truly ripe collected versus the cardboard that looks pretty at the store...
I had my quince snarl really put the fruit on this year. Someone showed up at my door the other day and wanted to buy some. I had them hold the pail and I picked (no issues with how the tree and suckerbushes it grew were treated) and they took two full to top 5 gallon pails. It left me a goodly 'branch' left, which is what I wanted off the crop, and after they left I picked my share. They about fell over to find it was truly natural, no sprays, no lawn fertilizers, nothing. Just plain natural tree (and more) that grew and drank mostly rain water and put out some really great tasting fruit. I also took them on tour of the peppers and they would tell everyone they knew about my better fresher nicer produce. (now if things only cooperate to give me a crop).
Growing my own, difference between that and the market garden, is I purposely grow more than I can use, and others will help me pay the bills to produce it. Some things I can't possibly grow enough for my own use, so I have some for a 'fresh in season' crop that I can manage and enjoy, and rely on other ways to get my full year supply. But ooh, home grown, nothing will beat it. Just get used to 'blems' that eat fine but would never sell, I plant more for the bugs. Just wish I could teach them to eat up one fruit instead of sampling six....