Vinnie Cappitani wrote:
Now I'm thinking about buying a cat grass for my cats to eat
You can just use regular wheat berries to sprout and grow if you happen to grind your own grain. My kitty loves fresh wheatgrass, my yard grass, and especially lemongrass. I bring a pot of lemongrass inside in the winter because it lasts longer than the wheat or cat grass varieties inside. Make sure whatever you plant in is sturdy/heavy enough to resist being knocked over by an exuberant furball
Thought I should expand on that, lol. Her name is Gabby Mayhem, because when she isn't talking (exceptionally loud for her size) she is creating mayhem. When she is sweet, she is super-lovey sweet . . . and when she is not, she can be an absolute terror. She loves eating mice, playing with snakes, and absolutely ruling her domain. But back to the original question, I love the silver/smoke-colored kitties like this:
I wonder if elderberries could be trained as a living fence, or if it would just be a pruning nightmare. They are so easy to sprout from cuttings, I've got a jar of them starting in my kitchen window for planting at my cabin.
John C Daley wrote:Instead of those T joints with compression fittings, you may be able to get push-in fitting that cost a lot less.
Absolutely, I got a big deal on a kit that came with the compression fittings/hoses/hose-bib connector/bleeder valves (used on last year's "capsule" project) and several other fittings. It was a previously returned warehouse deal from the big "A" retailer in a beat-up box. The float valves do use a push connection that we were worried the hose from the kit would be too flexible to seal, but everything is holding for now. If I were starting from scratch, I'd go with push-fit connections.
So in my urban garden, I've wanted to make better use of my rain barrels for watering...but I'm also a lazy gardener. And one who likes to leave my garden to its own devices for weeks at a time to go camping or see family. What I wanted, was a way for my rain barrels to water my plants automatically. Last year I tried making capsule-type ollas (glued 2 terracotta pots to each other) and plumbed them with drip irrigation lines to a barrel. Without pressure behind them, the capsules worked "ok." Once filled, the pressure from the barrel would cause them to leak badly and they would drain the 85-gallon barrel quickly. This year I reworked the original idea and used larger flower pots, metal "lids," and a micro float valve for each pot. Once the float is lifted, the barrel pressure is removed from the terracotta pot, and only the water inside the pot applies pressure. My micro tomato & pepper garden is a month and a half late going in this year, but I think I've finally gotten the watering system automated with no electricity and no oversight. Hopefully I'll get a few more plants in the space but I struggled just getting these in this year so if this is all I grow in this bed so be it Attached are pics of the garden plot, olla/pots, and float valves. The brick visible in 1 pic is holding a temp blocking plate since I have 1 more lid and float valve combo to make so it is just to keep debris out of the flower pot underneath.
Nancy Reading wrote:... when the Doctor's not available!
I hope you get into the doc or an ER soon Nancy! I am still (1 yr later) dealing with joint pain. Not horrible, but I still have to stay on a low dose of the basic herbs in Buhner's standard protocol or the pain comes back.
If you have an area with cell signal, you could try a setup like we use at our cabin by using a cellular hotspot. We have a WeBoost 4G home booster/antenna with a "replacement" power cord that lets it be powered off our charge controller off a small solar panel that puts out 12 vdc. We voided all warranties by powering with said cable, but it works. I just don't know that you'd get an entire workday out of the thing without substantial batteries to supply it.
Thought I'd share another angle for curbing food waste at least for store-bought food. There is a program/app available in some areas that you to purchase food that is nearing its "best-by date" at roughly 50% of the normal cost. The benefit to stores is they can claim waste offsets and consumers get (sometimes) a big discount. It can be hit or miss as to what is available but I've been able to get a few deals and help keep something that a store would have tossed out of the waste bin. For anyone interested the app is FlashFood (you buy in the app and pick it up at the store). Anyone that has it in their area and wants to can mooseage me for a savings code which I can detail if anyone is interested (I don't want to be spammy). Sometimes I've found regular store clearance prices are better, and sometimes it is difficult to know if you are getting a good price if the weight of the item isn't listed.
The best way I ever found to minimize food waste I don't currently practice (shame on me). When I used to sit down and make meal plans for a week, I would factor for using all of an item (i.e., if one recipe used 1/2 a green bell pepper, I would need another to use up the remaining). As long as I followed my meal plan I'd get to the end of the week and have almost or no waste. Boy, we ate cheaply then, but it was very limiting.
I love to keep a bag of veggie scraps in the freezer. Onions, carrots, celery, peppers, tomatoes, ect. Once I have a full bag I make veg stock out of it and then compost the filtered out remains. Better than any store-bought stock
My M-i-L sometimes finds bags of clothes for a quarter or so from thrift stores and then pulls apart the seams to get useable fabric. She would then use that fabric to make comfort quilts for people with serious illnesses. I think that was a great way to reuse old clothes and gave comfort to plenty of folks in need. I agree with May about getting an old machine, I found an old 1930s-40s Singer in a nice wood desk cabinet for $25 with a ton of feet and spare bobbins and it is a workhorse of a machine.
Thank you, I'll tell my mom your comment. She was thrilled when I said it got thumbs-ups! She turned 75 this year and I think it was her best work. She likely won't quilt again, she lost all the feeling in her fingertips due to chemo-induced neuropathy. But now she focuses on counted cross-stitch.
Sounds great! I know there is one Amish, farm market vendor here that smokes Cooper American cheese. The first time I had it, I thought it was actually a smoked white farmhouse cheddar. Nope, just an American cheese w/o the yellow coloring He told me there was only a small window that he could make it every year, he said it had to be really cold outside for it to smoke properly without melting to nothing. I have no idea if that is true but it was really good too! Good luck, smoked pepper jack sounds amazing!
Do you have a pic of the area? I know that wild geraniums will grow darn near anywhere Also, saffron crocus bulbs grow well on the west side of our house, most of the year they look like grass, and come September we get to harvest saffron threads (zone 7a).
My mom quilts 100% by hand. This is the last quilt she made (and it was for me) using a dahlia pattern and is for a queen-sized bed. Ignore the giant spot in the image, the camera was dirty. She prides herself on ridiculously tiny and precise stitches. She should have been a surgeon. She came up with the lotus flower stitching design for the field quilting. She never did hand-tied quilts, but they were common in my husband's family. We were gifted a family quilt from his g-grandmother that was hand-tied and made from feed sacks.
We have a setup at our cabin where we have solar panels that charge a motorcycle battery. Then we connect from the charge controller to our signal booster (Weboost). We had to buy a special cable or connector, can't remember at the moment, but if you list the model of your signal booster, I might be able to let you know how you could run off a 12v battery. We are able to charge cell phones and run a few lights off the battery. At some point we'll probably get better panels, but we are just using ones from Harbor freight now.
My mom was struggling with insomnia and I got her a dodow sleep light after reading a ton of reviews. Dodow light Even after I got it I was thinking there was no way it would work, but I figured what the heck, she won't do pills. She has been using it and said it actually worked for her! She was super skeptical of it but was amazed that she just falls asleep easily with it. It works similar to meditation where it slows your breathing down while you breathe in and out to the pattern of light it emits. It is completely silent, which mom likes and it turns itself off and is small/ fits easily on her nightstand.
Thank you for the video, really enjoyed it. I'm going to look for the book he recommended. We are concerned about the o-rings and rubber seals in the van too. We've heard WVO can be problematic and cause some seals to fail depending on the vehicle.
Looking for anyone that uses waste veggie oil (WVO) for their converted diesel vehicle. I'm love to hear best practices for filtering with the least amount of mess. All benefits and downsides. Feasibility of small-scale operations. Space requirements for storage. I'd love to consider WVO for our diesel van, but space is an issue. We live in an old neighborhood and only have a 1-car garage for storage that was built when model-t's were the rage. TIA!
Oh thank you! It is hollyhock, she has a bunch of really pretty ones and when I was there they weren't in bloom so I wasn't sure where they were. She was thoughtful enough to dig some out while I wasn't looking and made sure I'd have some for my garden. Thanks again!
Hi! My MIL gave me a plant several months ago (amongst many) that I realize I almost forgot about (gah!). Unfortunately I have no idea what it is. I was happily raiding her garden for plants I knew what they were and that I wanted to divide, but she snuck in and dug this out and handed it to my husband. He promptly forgot what it was and I didn't find it till recently and winter is coming. He thinks his mom said it was medicinal, so I'm thinking it might be used for tea? She does mainly self-seeding perennials and geraniums, mints (mainly monarda), hostas, roses but also has many other plants. Anyone recognize the leaves? TIA
Even with asthma, you can rub a small amount of DE into your kitties fur (put the cone on for extra precaution) and then apply a very small bit of the DE to her back and rub or comb it in. Doesn't take much and you really only need a small amount focused under the the back of the neck and the back at the base of the tail and if you can a little on the belly close to the legs. Focus on areas the fleas normally congregate. The DE is only harmful when airborne, once settled and there are no airborne floaters kitty can safely wash and ingest with no worries. Taken internally the worst it can do is kill any parasites or worms she may have. Note whenever you apply DE to anything, you should mask up.
Our city has pretty good water but the chlorine smell from the tap is dreadful. Our water also has a good bit of iron in it. I love the berkey, and we use it for almost all cooking and coffee/tea brewing. Night and day difference in clean tasting water. I was using the regular filters with the added fluorine filters, but now am just using a black filter.
Look up the building codes officer for your area and contact them. Edit to say the codes person will be able to tell you if they are allowed or not and you can ask what the procedure for getting them accepted is.
My cell phone has survival apps on it that has a compass and allows me to download maps of the area.
Mart, if there is an emergency and cell towers go down and/or you are in an area that has no signal, the app-based cell compass will not work. (I speak from experience). Much better to have a real compass that is liquid-filled to guide you.
So I started what I hope will be an herb spiral at my cabin (upstate NY). I just used what was laying around so it was framed with some old cinders and broken clay tiles. I lined the bed with plenty of dead wood, topped with peat, leaves, and the best dirt from down by the creek in a boggy area. Threw a bunch of seeds down and am hoping some sprout. We aren't there continuously, so I can't baby or even water anything regularly. I planted a couple of leftover Thai chilis that I didn't have room for in my main home garden around it as well thinking the deer might pass those by. After 1 week I think the basil was sprouting. I'll be going up in a couple of weeks so I can update the pics then with what I hope will have more sprouting.
It's pricy, but monkfruit sweetener is an almost dead-ringer for sugar and doesn't spike blood sugar levels. I like the Lakanto brand, it's zero calories and zero glycemic. The only difference I've noticed is when making a simple syrup with it I need to add a pinch of xanthan gum or it will crystalize and I have to use less monkfruit to water.
I have a rose that has one of the absolute best "rose" scents of any I've ever encountered. Mme Isaac Pereire (pink), if I moved I would absolutely make sure I had a rooted cutting before I left! The blooms are stunning too. Next best is growing next to it and is Darlow's Enigma (white).
Thank you Ellen! good to know, we have deer, mice, weasels, coyotes, black bears, porcupine, red squirrels, and fishers among others to contend with. Most food is easy to to bring in from a grocery store, but herbs can suffer in the transport (and it's cheaper and more convenient to have them on hand). The closest grocery store is about 45 minutes away. I wouldn't even consider a berry of any kind, since the bears have been active in our area, and they ripped off part of the outside sheathing, I think the were after bugs or something. They left paw/claw prints as a calling card. We don't have a basement there either, just a one-story cabin on piers. The rock cave room was originally designed for processing "harvested" deer, but I don't eat meat so it would be better as a cold storage room for me. Not sure if it was a natural cave or dug, but it was lined with cinder blocks and capped with a cement pad roof that has a vent stack through it for ventilation.
Our vacations are to our cabin are off-grid. So far the longest we had been able to be there due to work was 2 weeks at a time. Over the years we have added many creature comforts, but even originally it had a propane fridge, range, and a couple gas lights. We just use a small 30-lb and back-up 20-lb tank. We used to haul water from the spring in 5-gallon buckets, and now we use a small dc-powered pump to bring water up to a barrel. We still bring it in via buckets. I heat the water to wash on the range or the wood burner and we filter drinking and cooking water in a drip "Berkey-like" system. We've added some kitchen gadgets that make it a little easier. We use an old stovetop vacuum coffee pot, hand-crank versions of a mixer, popcorn popper, & food mill, a pull-cord food chopper (like a small, s-blade food processor). None of that is necessary, but I'd really miss the coffeepot & mixer. We do a lot of cooking on a fire outside or when we are heating on the wood burner. I'm thinking about making a wonder box or hay cooker after reading about them here. This year I'm hoping to start an herb garden there, but I'm not sure if the critters will leave it alone when we aren't there. We added a small solar panel for charging up batteries and have a few dc-things: couple of lights we move around, the water pump, chargers for smaller batteries & cell phones, gps, etc. If we lived there full-time we would need fix a cold room that is set into the rock face of the small cliff that the cabin sits atop of. The door to go into the "cave" needs a new frame and hinges because they are seized and rusted.
I use a paper planner in addition to a shared Google calendar with hubs. I don't always stick to it and don't beat myself up if don't tick all the chores/tasks, but it does help me to keep things straight. For things that occur on a set schedule like changing the fridge filter or something I set a reoccurring calendar event in my G-calendar to notify me. I've found that adding tasks that might otherwise get forgotten about are many of the things I add, like something that should be regularly deep cleaned (that really should be done more more frequently than once a year or decade).
I got my second shot of Moderna almost 2 weeks ago now (YAH). I got side effects, at almost exactly 12hrs after the shot I had chills, general pain, mild fever, sore and red arm and I'd do it all over again. I felt overall moderately cr@*py for about 15 hours. I still was able to get things done around the house and at no time was it debilitating, it did wake me so I had 1 day of light sleep. SO had nothing other than a sore arm. Tomorrow we are considered fully vaccinated and I am thrilled! Bring on the booster!
Thank you Kristine! I may give that recipe a shot, it's crazy that hemp flour turns the batter a brilliant green! I don't even know where I could get hemp flour here. I agree with everyone else on the type of WW used, I've been using hard white spring wheat and it is lighter in color and flavor than red wheat. I might look into a better sifter, the one I have is just your standard and it does leave a ton of the bran and larger bits (even though the mill does make a pretty darn good flour IMO).
Aha, well I can't point to good books, but https://heatinghelp.com/ has tons of info to help you either fix it yourself or if you need help finding a pro (for any type of heating system). There is also a forum where you can get a ton of info and advice for your system.
Hi! As a back-up you may want to keep your boiler system operational. Do you have steam or hot water heat? I ask because if it is steam I know tips and books to direct you to, in order to help you raise the efficiency of the system. I have steam heat in a 2-1/2 story, mainly uninsulated brick house in PA and was able to drop my gas heating costs and usage significantly. Most steam systems I've seen in our area have been hacked and made to "work" with more modern stuff, but have lost all the originally efficient functionality. I rebuilt my entire near-boiler piping when I bought this house and have been happy with it since then. I don't personally have any experience with hot water, but I can still send you links to people that might be able to offer greener solutions for your system.