Something to consider: Put curtains around the beds. If you have an electric warmer of some sort, they will add heat to the room, so constraining that heat with curtains of some sort will help the temp at night.
I don't like sleeping with electric on me, so I use an electric blanket, with 2 other blankets on top of it to insulate it. It sits on top of my bedding, I warm it for a few hours before I go to bed, then remove the 3 of them as a set, and sleep in my warm, no electric field bed. The curtains keep the heat in and I'm quite comfy.
A man was walking past a restaurant when he noticed a sign in the window which read "Unique Breakfast" so he entered and sat down at a table.
A waitress brought him some coffee and asked what he would like to order.
"I noticed the sign in your window," he said. "What exactly is your "Unique Breakfast?"
"Broiled chicken tongue," she replied.
"Broiled chicken tongue?" Have you any idea how revolting that is? Never would I even consider eating anything that came out of a chicken's mouth!" he snarled.
Unruffled by his attitude, the waitress asked, "Well sir, what would you like then?"
"Scrambled eggs and toast," he replied.
Recently, a routine police patrol was parked outside a local neighborhood bar. Late in the evening, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes with the officer quietly watching.
After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his own car which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.
Finally, he started his car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a dry night), flicked the hazard flasher on and off, tooted the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained stationary for a few more minutes as more patrons left in their vehicles.
At last he pulled out of the parking lot and started to drive slowly down the street. The police officer having patiently waited all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and carried out a breathalyzer test. To his amazement the breathalyzer indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all.
Dumbfounded, the office said "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken."
"I doubt it," said the man. "Tonight I'm the designated decoy."
A man has a dog called Mace, which he keeps in the house all the time, because all it does is eat grass. He also has a favorite tool, his wrench, which he uses all the time. One day He loses the wrench. He looks every where for it but can't find it.
The dog gets out, eats all his grass and there in the middle of the lawn is his wrench! The man starts singing "A grazing Mace how sweet the hound, that saved a wrench for me".
Mike Barkley wrote:
This place was built on love for the animals & out of respect for the environment. Nothing less is acceptable here.
Yes, they have their one bad day ... we all do eventually.
To me, that's the way the world was meant to be. I hate seeing CAFO lots or the big chicken and turkey houses around here. I see live turkeys in tight cages by the truckful going by on the road past this house. Saddens me that the world has become like this.
Although their diet plan is intended for all “generally healthy individuals aged two years and older,” the authors admit it falls short of providing proper nutrition for growing children, adolescent girls, pregnant women, aging adults, the malnourished, and the impoverished — and that even those not within these special categories will need to take supplements to meet their basic requirements.
Sadder still is the fact that the majority of people in this country and in many other countries around the world are no longer metabolically healthy, and this high-carbohydrate plan doesn’t take them into consideration.
And that, to me, is the crux of it. I'm a big fan of nutrient dense food, and preventing chronic disease with good diets, and see horrifying things done in the name of profits or politics, and too many people who don't listen to their own bodies falling for the propaganda that is pushed by the profit motive. It's very sad that people listen to advertising of any stripe more than their own bodies, and ignore the realities of how their food is grown and processed in making their food choices. And seem surprised when it catches up to them health-wise.
If I could wish one thing on this culture, it would be to get the big money out of the discussions about food, that would change so much. Instead, as the OP mentioned, " They're doing it AGAIN!" and people will probably fall for it, again... Saddens me.
Jinn Girardot wrote:So I know this is an old thread, but I was trying to work on the scavenger hunt and I don't have the bumper sticker option in my settings and I can't find a "bumper stickers enabled" checkbox anywhere.
It has been fixed!
It's an old thread, but a recurrent problem.
Welcome to permies!
Oh, I'm sure there are dozens. That's why I asked, to see what climbs for others. I'm looking for the pattern behind it, so I can see what would be worth trying. So far it sounds like the Moschata family may end up my best bet.
This variety likes warm heat but nothing stifling. Afternoon temp of 25 is great, but 30 is not so good. This year was insane Martian heat climbing to 40 for weeks on end. Egads, NOTHING in my garden enjoyed that weather except the weird asian red noodle beans I have.:) Everything else shrivelled and burnt to crisps, including myself..
Thank you for the information!!
My climate is hot, and humid when it's not drought.... I don't think they'd like Missouri :)
Hopefully the information will help others who want more northerly climbers!
I was cleaning up some stuff I got out of the trash (I'm a dumpster diver) and realized I have a bunch of things that will hook to my cattle panels to be support for the fruit. If not, I'll use cloth, I have lots.
A cartoon was posted in the Hilarious, rib tickling memes thread (Thank you Jocelyn Campbell!!) that made me laugh unreasonably.... HEY! I resemble that remark!!
This spring I had plants to go into the new garden I made. Most of them in this picture are tomatoes, of various types, some I grew, some I bought... 84 tomato plants! But when this picture was taken, I actually had space for 24 of them. Only leaves 60 to account for...
Do you resemble this remark? Show off your excess plants! We will all be envious!! :D
Pearl Sutton wrote:It's also strangling grass where it's on the ground.
When I had the man-eating spaghetti squash -- looked to me like the tendrils actively sought out and strangled competing weeds. Pretty much did away with bindweed and mallow foolish enough to grow underneath it. Left the corn alone, tho wove between the rows.
I had a spaghetti squash like that volunteer out of the compost one year. It ate the entire side yard. Put out something like 23 squash, without being watered r anything. I was very sick, and just let it run.
Mike Haasl: thank you! That's what I was wondering!
The kabocha I have on a bit of fence climbed it, ran out of fence, looked around, found something else and is eating that too. Cthulhu squash! That's the kind I'd like to have. It's also strangling grass where it's on the ground.
I know LED bulbs are not some people's first choice, but I use them due to the low power use. If you are putting brighter lights in your home or someone else's, like an elderly person, consider looking for 16 watt LEDs. They look like standard A19 bulbs you are familiar with, but are 100 watt replacements. They LIGHT UP an area! I put one in the dark garage here, oh MY is that nice! I bought Halco #84976 and am very pleased with them. I wish, in this town of older folks I live in, I could buy several cases of them and give them away and install them in people's houses for them, it would stop a bunch of the broken bones I see due to falls.
On that post I linked I also mentioned timers for lights.
Another trick I use for lighting is timers that turn lights on automatically. We use all the natural window lighting we can, but I have good bright lights on timers, set to come on 1/2 hour before dark, and stay on till the time we go to bed. (Don't forget to adjust them as the season changes!) Especially in winter, they are wonderful. We don't tend to notice it's getting dark and get up to turn on a light until its IS dark, then you are looking for light switches in bad visibility, and that's when falls happen. A cat or dog runs under your feet when you don't see them, and it can be very bad. It's also great to go to bed with good lighting, and know it'll shut itself off. Turning off the lights as you go to bed is a dark trip hazard. Hall lights on timers might be excellent.
Since I wrote that, the lady diagonally across the street did exactly that, tripped over the dog, broke her hip, had to go live at her daughter's because her house has steps, ended up in a nursing home because she didn't get along with the daughter, caught the flu and died of pneumonia, and her house was repo'd and flipped this summer. The new owners haven't moved in yet. This happens more than most people want to think about. And generally, it starts with a preventable fall. It's called the Precipitating Incident, and it's where things can possibly be changed.
Part of what inspired me to write this was the neighbor across the street, an older lady, who does not think ahead, was telling me yesterday "I'm having such severe vertigo I can't drive, my friend is driving me places." I mentioned to her later that she really needs to get the steps made less steep and a decent rail put on "Oh, I never go up those steps!" Um, you just DID when she dropped you off... "Well, that's only because I can't drive right now." So you are having severe vertigo, and think steep steps with a crappy rail is still fine? And she can afford to have the steps done. But she won't. And I watch to see if she falls every time she goes in, if I can. One day her friend (as old as her) fell on the steps, and she fell on the porch as she turned to see what had happened behind her. I get frustrated. She won't listen, I'm not rich enough to just make it happen, and I wish there was a way to help other people who ARE open to it. So I throw it out here, in hopes of it making someone think about people they care about.
Permaculture is about looking at patterns, and fixing the actual systemic causes of problems, so the later effects are what we want. Caring about other people can be seen that way too, helping eliminate the Precipitating Incidents that cause the landslide that leads to disability or death. because it happens that way, WAY too often. Removing things that will just be inconvenient (like fixing the pipes now, pruning the bushes while it's convenient so more light gets into the house) is also looking at the patterns, and using our awareness to mitigate later problems. And caring about other people is definitely permaculture :D
As you start to winterize your house for the upcoming season, remember to check the homes of your loved ones who are older, differently abled, or just not good about thinking ahead. It's mid September as I write this, but with all the stuff we do to our own homes and gardens, we tend to forget other's homes until it's already cold and difficult to deal with. If nothing else, looking at it soon will let you know how much needs to be done, and allows time to schedule other people for help if needed.
I'm starting to check and change our lights, the smoke from the fires out west are keeping the sky grey, like it was winter, reminds me that soon we will need our winter lights. An exercise I gave in another post ( Gifts for challenged people ) is to put on dark sunglasses, walk into an older person's home, and realize that on a bad day, that is quite probably what is visible to aging eyes. What needs the lighting amplified? What trip hazards need to be mitigated? Porch lights might need to be brighter also, and stair railings checked for sturdiness before ice is an issue.
Check the plumbing outside and under the house for small drips, that will make a pipe break when it's really inconvenient to fix. I'd much rather replace a pipe fitting now than when I'm laying in freezing mud. I have done both, I prefer to schedule it well :D
What else is worth thinking about this early, to make later less work?
Update on my kale stems...
Currently in a water bath canner, is kale stems (cut to about an inch long,) beet stems (also about an inch) and daikon radish leaves and stems (cut to less than 1/4 inch) in a basic garlic dill pickle vinegar brine. Sounds to me like the radishes will add good heat to it all (I like red chile in my pickles, didn't add them to this.) In a couple of months I'll find out if it was a good idea or not.
And I'm pretty sure I got all the cabbage moth worms off it all! I checked it all several times.
In my house I have what I call "franchised spiders." If you have a web, stay in it, and eat things I don't like, I won't remove you. I once saw a itty bitty jumping/hunting spider attack, take down, and eat a huge water bug! Size wise that would be me like taking down and eating a school bus. I told it "you, and anyone who looks like you, are franchised, even though you don't stay put!" Amazing little spiders.
I used to be phobic of spiders, now they are my friends. :D
T Melville wrote: My cucumbers are nearly done now, but produced like gangbusters, though they're vertical
That is exactly the theory I'm working with. Get them up out of bug and fungus zone.
I lost all my cukes too. And all types of melons.
My count for the year is 3 tromboncino (one of which I'm seeding) 1 scallop squash, 1 cucumber. Zero melons. And I planted all kinds of different types of all of these. 99% failure rate. Sad part is the reason I did all those varieties was to see what grows well here. I still have no useful data. At the moment "none" and that's not an answer I want to hear, I LIKE squash etc!! Hate buying it here, very heavily sprayed.
Rez Zircon wrote: stock panels on cinder blocks (laid flat on the blocks), to get the squash plants completely up off the ground. Needed some initial guidance but once they got bushy the plants wanted to stay on top on their own.
That's interesting!Wonder what goes on under the panels as far as bugs, rodents and weeds... Hm.. Might try that. Thank you!! :D
anathea chavez wrote:Im SUPER sensitive to this! I call what i feel in my head the " wub-wubs" because it feels and sounds like that.
My equalibrium is all out of whack, nausea, vomiting, etc
Does anyone else experience this??
Welcome to Permies! I get that one a lot. In me that's the barometric pressure affecting my chronic sinus issues. When my sinuses feel okay to me, but they do that with barometric changes, I cut out dairy again, as it's mucous forming, and blocks up the deeper sinus cavities causing that kind of wub wub type reaction.
My face was shattered in a car wreck when I was 18, I am very used to your wub wub feeling, and the inner ear imbalance that makes me throw up etc. My upper sinus cavities cannot drain properly, so the pressure changes makes them act like they have even more fluid in them.
A visual for what happens in the body: the bursa in the joints are fluid filled bags that pad the joint, kind of like a balloon. As the pressure outside falls, the bursa swells to match it, effect is like a balloon getting bigger, so the joint can’t move as well and that hurts. As the pressure goes back up, it shrinks back down, hurting less.
Sinuses that block up work just like the bursa in the joints, when the pressure goes up and the fluid can't move anywhere, it presses on the inner ear, which affects your balance, and the nausea etc comes from that too.
Mike Haasl wrote: Trellising gave 1.5 squash per plant and sprawling gave 1.6 squash per plant. Considering the trellising ones were at double the density, I'd say that trellising did better and clearly didn't do worse. Other than the labor to guide them up the trellis.
THANK YOU!! That's incredibly useful information to know!! And since I think trellising might cut down on my fungus issues, that adds even more pluses for me.
A question though, you had to "force" it up the trellis? Butternut was listed earlier in this thread as a climber, does it not climb a trellis on it's own? How much forcing did it take? The tromboncino and kabocha I have on trellises I had to show them where to go, tied up the first couple of runners, then they took over from there, I'd definitely call them climbers. Does butternut not climb?
A Baptist preacher was seated next to a cowboy on a flight to Texas.
After the plane took off, the cowboy asked for a whiskey and soda, which was brought and placed before him.
The flight attendant then asked the preacher if he would like a drink. Appalled, the preacher replied, "I'd rather be tied up and taken advantage of by women of ill-repute than to let liquor touch my lips."
The cowboy handed his drink back to the attendant and said, "Me too! I didn't know we had a choice!"
A 12 year old kid is walking through a luxurious neighborhood looking for odd jobs to do when he approaches a large house. He goes up to the house, rings the bell and the owner comes to the door. The kid tells him he looking for any odd jobs that he can do. The man thinks about it for a second and then remembers that he has been wanting to paint his porch. He asks the kid if he can paint. The kid says, "Sure, I can paint!" "Well, I've been wanting to paint my porch, how much would you charge?" the kid replies."I don't know, say 50 bucks?" "Sounds good. Go ahead and get started." The kid pumps his fist in the air and yells "Alright!!" The man closes the door and walks back inside.
His wife asks him, "Who was at the door?" He tells her of the kid and his enthusiasm and then told his wife that the kid agreed to paint the porch for 50 dollars. The astonished wife says, "50 dollars? That porch goes the full length of our house and then some. It will be at least a few hours job. You really should pay him more." "But that's all he said he wanted, and anyway he's just a kid, I don't think he'll do it all!"
10 minutes later, they hear a knock on the door. The man answers the door and the kid stands there and says, "All done!" With a surprised look on his face the man says, "I can't believe it, you're already done painting the entire porch?!" "Yes, and by the way it's not a porch it's a Ferrari."
Ken W Wilson wrote:Squash bugs move up from the ground, so any alliums around the stem should help.
I wondered about that. Part of why I'm going to make my squash climb next year. They do fly though, I have seen them. I am planning to put alot of rowdy deterrents on the ground level.
I got a book at a booksale yesterday, one of Rodale's big books of pests and controls, will be reading the squash section of it soon! I glanced enough to see that nasturtiums will help with bugs, need to see what else might climb with them and annoy the bugs.