thomas rubino wrote:Isn't that what chocolate chip cookies and milk are for???
Chocolate cake topped with ice cream???
Are there no other confirmed chocoholics out there???
Am I the last one???
Scary mid day thoughts indeed!
I was going to say: a pint of ice cream [dairy free for me] (especially during the summer when it’s still hot in the evening.)
I do like the organic millet ramen from Costco, as a soup for with stir fry veggies for a done in 10 minutes dinner.
Or I do any type of pasta and about 3-5 minutes before it’s al dente I throw in a veggie with the noodles in the boiling water and then add tomato sauce after it’s strained. Boiling the veggies Al dente with the pasta saves me one more pot/pan to wash.
White rice in the rice cooker or instant pot is done in 4 minutes paired with some steamed veggies topped with sesame oil and an Asian sweet or soy sauce is another go to when I don’t have time or desire to put forth more effort.
Harmony d'Eyre wrote:I reckoned the rust superficial after shoving my camera up in the hole, and decided it was within my diy comfort-zone. I'm now a home-owner and happy with my investment!
How is the trailer holding up for you? Would you like to show us the improvements you’ve made?
I am also a newbie who was recently looking to buy my first RV/Travel trailer. Due to some recent health issues a friend and I have had due to mold exposure, she recommended that I be cautious of water damage and look for signs of mildew & mold.
Do you have previous experience & tools DIYing these sort of things?
I’m not sure if this would save you electricity or not… but in Mexico I had friends who used portable electric emersion heaters in buckets of water to heat water for dishwashing & for bucket showers.
I don’t know what brand they used or where they bought them. I wouldn’t even come close to knowing how to DIY one but it seemed like a useful tool to have.
This is what a quick search on Amazon found: Limited-time deal: GESAIL 1000W Electric Immersion Heater, Bucket Water Heater with 304 Stainless-Steel Guard, Submersible Bucket Heater with Thermostat and Auto Shutoff, Heats 5 Gallons Water in Minutes https://a.co/d/jlUkyHD
I am still on here and I do try to check permies regularly. I recently shared with someone, “my search (for a mate/partner/husband) is more like a browse… like a browse one does at a store when they already expect not to find anything they’ll buy but they choose to enjoy the looking anyway.”
I am certainly open to what God has for me and how it comes to pass… even if that would be via this site but most days I do feel content in my singleness. I would LOVE to have a life partner (and a biological family) and enjoy all the many benefits that come along with that… but if it never happens, that’s okay too, I suppose. After living outside of the U.S., I have a new appreciation for some of the simple pleasures in life.
I try to purple moosage people I don’t publicly respond to. Right now, I’m in a bit of a crazy transition where I quit my job (which included my housing) and am figuring out what’s next… slower than I’d like.
I appreciate you all reading my quirky post and your responses. I also very much appreciate having this online community.
I definitely go back and forth on this idea & topic. Though, I prefer waxing over shaving because it lasts longer but it is painful and can cause skin irritation.
I do tend to yield to my partner’s preference on this, when I have a partner. It’s not a non-negotiable for me but I prefer to be more natural, especially during seasons when I’m not wearing short sleeve tops.
I think every woman should try it at least once… and if nothing else to evaluate our own beauty standards, understanding how culture, upbringing, and media has shaped our opinions on what we think is beautiful & desirable for ourselves and others.
It’s a good experiment. I thought I’d feel more comfortable having hairy underarms in public the more I tried it… but I still feel an unspoken societal pressure and nervous about people’s reactions. I still don’t find women having hairy underarms ‘beautiful’ or ‘normal’ but it’s been nice fighting the beauty norms internally & externally.
As an educator and caregiver of children, I have attempted to normalize natural beauty without makeup or chemicals. I think it’s important to grow up feeling comfortable in our own skin… and hair.
I also think like most aspects of our body… hair serves a beneficial purpose. (I’d love to do a research article on that one day.)
I really can’t tell if the Feliway products made a difference. I think I’ll probably need to get some type of prescription for my kitty when we fly back. She did better than I thought but definitely freaked out at least 5 times and I feel bad for her emotional turmoil.
She did great going through the metal detector at the TSA checkpoint and waiting for the flights in the airport.
She does act more like a wet noodle with the harness on but I was happy how quickly she adjusted to it.
I’ve never used any flea/tick/pest control on her before but where we lived previously, I could keep them under control through natural means like sweeping & vacuuming often and brushing/combing her daily. Now that we are in PA, ticks, mosquitoes and pests are much bigger of a problem. Does anyone have any experience with BRAVECTO or collar repellants or Wondercide?
I’d like to put something natural on her but if it doesn’t work, I’d hate for she or I or my friends’ pets & family members to get ticks!
I did watch a cool video by Dr. Becker on Mercola Pets about making a homemade repellant… but I haven’t tried making it yet.
My ‘beauty’ routine has definitely changed over the years. In my teens and 20’s, I went out dancing and singing karaoke a lot. I wore Mac foundation, Maybelline mascara (the iconic green and bright pink container) and glitter eyeliner I designed myself… before it became a big thing. And sometimes, we got home so late, we slept with it on. I wasn’t super into fragrances… and I didn’t wear makeup or do my hair daily but I regularly got dressed up with friends, wore high heels and it was lots of fun.
Well, my skin feels better without anything on it and even then my eyelashes felt ‘heavy’ with mascara on. And well, high heels and most beauty products aren’t healthy.
For the last several years, I’ve just used an oil (olive, avocado, sunflower, argon…) on my face as a moisturizer. I did try a few natural moisturizers but I wanted to minimize waste and to buy things that had multiple uses.
As I approach 40, I realize that wrinkles or more gracefully known as ‘expression lines’ will likely show more… but I don’t necessarily like mine. (I’ve always been a very facially expressive person!)
A few weeks ago, I found myself very curious about a recommendation made by one of the crunchy mama blogger’s e-mail lists I subscribe to for a product called ‘frownies’ https://www.frownies.com/ Since my job has been extra stressful lately… I found myself sleeping with a scrunched up face and it wasn’t a good look in the morning… so I bit the bullet and bought some, along with some rose water spray… not the most permies purchase but one of those… I can’t believe that I’m gonna be 40! ones.
It’s a little embarrassing… but why not embarrass myself with all you wonderful people.
Any of you have unusual approaching or in my 40’s purchases that you never thought you’d buy?
It has a “Neutralizing Phytic Acid” chart and it also talks about the hardness of water and it’s effects on cooking beans. Age of beans can determine the cooking time which in turn could affect how well one digests them.The nourishing traditions cookbook suggests soaking in lemon juice, vinegar or whey but I haven’t noticed a significant difference with that. I did try sprouting lentils once or twice before cooking but the texture is a lot to get used to.
Side note: Peruvian beans make an excellent and creamy hummus.
I too like beans more than they like me back… but not to the point of being in pain. Thanks for sharing your experiment with us! I might try implementing eating some beans every day to see if that makes a difference in my body’s reaction to them.
I had to laugh when I just read the daily-ish… and wondered… how did Nicole know I made beans for dinner tonight?!
Thanks for that input John. I definitely do the calm conversation and even petting her against the outside of the screen of the carrier seems to help calm her down.
I just ordered a product called Feliway, https://us.feliway.com/products/feliway-mulitcat-starter-set, I could use this at home while I pack and in the moving transition and if I leave her with someone to watch (who already has cats)… I also ordered a spray to put in her carrier for the car/plane. The reviews were mixed, some said it worked great, others it didn’t work at all.
Another website also recommended a product called Thundershirt which is supposed to calm anxiety and thus helps unwanted behaviors due to stress.
I found out if I take her to PA, I technically will need proof of a rabies vaccine and a clear bill of health from a certified vet. This makes my practically free trip… now cost quite a bit of $. However, considering I’m not sure how long I’m staying in PA… possibly more than 1 month… maybe it would be okay.
It’s disappointing that she needs a rabies vaccine and clean bill of health to travel from CA to PA but didn’t need one to cross the international border from Mexico into CA.
I did find information about PureVax which is a somewhat new line of feline vaccines that don’t have adjuvants (that can cause death, disease & disabilities) but now I can’t seem to figure out how to find a vet that carries/offers those nearby.
My kitty does hunt for and feast on mice nearby for at least a few hours each day but she is more of a house cat than a barn cat. Being all black also makes her stand out quite a bit for predators like hawks.
I rescued a kitten 🐈⬛ from a ministry I worked at. Her mother lived in the chicken coop and I noticed the kitten wasn’t growing (like her siblings.) For three months, a little boy at the ministry and I brought her and her mom food and water. One day I noticed that the mom was pregnant again and was not sharing her food with ‘kitty’ so the day the kitten was brave enough to let me touch her, I took her in and she did grow but she’s still a lot smaller than her siblings.
Anyhoo, I adopted kitty out to two people and paid for her food & litter to ensure she had a nice life. Her second family needed to give her back to me due to job loss and move. I am now moving and looking for a new job and perhaps a new start. I have booked my ticket and hers to fly to Pennsylvania.
In order to get her to my current home, it was about a 10 hour drive and she meowed on and off the first few hours…
Any travel tips for car or plane travel with cats? (Yes, I’ve “googled it” but I’m asking you all fellow permies.)
I did pet her while she was in the cat carrier and put her on my lap under a sweatshirt on the drive but those are things I can’t do on a plane.
I’ve read websites suggesting sedation but because of that thing going around, pets cannot travel as cargo and are not allowed to be sedated…
I was thinking that over the next couple weeks I should take her on short drives to help her get used to her carrier more and the noises and movement… I don’t want to be THAT person with the crying cat on the flights…
I would just have someone care for her while I’m away but most friends of mine have left CA or have other pet responsibilities. She does have a history of getting along well with other cats and dogs. I will probably be gone for a month.
Jay Angler wrote:I certainly wouldn't want to risk a lot of food, but adding a single noodle to the boiling water might be a good test as the food may be more prone to absorbing the chemical scent than the water.
I did the 1 noodle water test (I had to buy more noodles) and I didn’t notice any soapy taste or smell so hooray!
Travis Johnson wrote: A vacation? I am on vacation everyday as I can do whatever I want, when I want. I have nothing to take a vacation from.
Thanks for sharing! What an inspiring post! This quote was especially excellent.
The alternative I used for neither renting (with money) nor having a mortgage was bartering.
When I was younger, I contracted babysitting/nannying a certain number of hours per month for housing. The homes I stayed in where far above what I could’ve afforded then (or now) and I was able to work full-time elsewhere to cover my other living costs. I also, as a young single woman, was able to be a lot safer because I lived with a family and in low crime neighborhoods.
They were also blessed because not only did they have trustworthy guaranteed childcare for certain hours, they also never had to pay for a pet or house sitter if they went out of town.
(Of course, I recommend that if someone is bartering to have clear boundaries and expectations with lots of details so both parties understand expectations. One situation was a written contract and another was just verbal because there were years of trust built.)
I thought of this post and the early retirement posts.
I liked that this article covered the ‘Baby Steps.’
Debt Freedom and being at the beginning of Baby Step 4 allowed me to take almost a 2 year ‘Gap year’ and pursue philanthropic interests. Though I’m bummed to go back to Step 2 (because of some dental work I want done a specific way) and Step 3… it was a wonderful feeling to not be a slave to my job like many of my co-workers who stayed in a toxic work environment for years longer than I did because they had debt and didn’t keep a budget. It was also exhilarating to go serve at-risk youth and abused mothers and children without having to ask for money (depend on it) from others to fund my livelihood while I did acts of service.
My most conflicting idea in the Dave Ramsey books and other money saving books is their food budget/health philosophy and the types of foods they recommend. As a permie, voting with my dollar for local, organic, non-GMO produce is important to me… as well as pastured eggs, grass fed (& finished beef) so on and so forth. Because our food contributes to our health, and as permies the food we consume often relates our core values… it is part of the budget that I couldn’t skimp on. That being said, eating at home, packing lunches & snacks & water bottles, eating more organic rice & beans, using glass reusable storage containers… composting, gardening, and meal planning all helped.
The good debt, bad debt is a challenging topic and I’d say that many successful people I’ve met looked to me like they followed a blend of Dave Ramsey’s and Robert Kiyosaki’s philosophy (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad.) …I’ve never been a big risk taker with money but that has prevented me from seeing larger gains. However, I sure wish I started investing in aggressive mutual funds right out of high school. It is one of my regrets.
Retirement: I also think our world is changing drastically and it seems difficult to predict if retirement strategies that previously and currently work, will work in the future. After teaching in various capacities for the last 20 years and then in public schools… I’d much rather live a Gert lifestyle than work to obtain what I’d need to to retire ‘well’ but working as a teacher, in a traditional sense for the next 25-30 years. Do I trust the state of CA to manage what I’d be mandatorily paying into to be there in 25 years until I die? (I don’t.) Teaching has also morphed into something I find very difficult to participate in after being exposed to John Taylor Gatto books.
Permies has really inspired me to live more of a ‘conserver’ lifestyle and the diverse DIY skills of the permies on this website never cease to amaze me! The book, How to Survive without a Salary, reminds me a lot of Gert while implementing some of the shared philosophies of Dave Ramsey.
I absolutely agree. And not just water issues but electricity issues. I currently live where we use well water to flush the toilet but the well uses a pump that is controlled by electricity… so no electricity no water for flushing.
In Mexico, similar thing… where I worked lastthe pumps were controlled by electricity and we frequently had power outages. We had no outhouses on that property, so we literally could not go to the bathroom on site for hours and there were about 20 of us.
thomas rubino wrote: Saw this on the shark tank of all places ... Piper Wai, all natural underarm deodorant.
This is a product that holds up to all its claims No sweat/no smell and no toxic chemicals slowly killing you so your (oder) does not offend anyone...
If the woman in your life is still using the nasty chemicals that are in (regular) underarm deodorant then do yourself a favor and buy some piper wai for her , she will be so happy that you may find yourself with a happy purring woman who feels healthy and smells good ... a win win situation.
I love watching shark tank! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post.
Kudos to you for helping your woman feel healthy, smell good & purr.
Perhaps a future title should be “No, I’m not pregnant…” with the punchline I use budgets.
I think your parallel was quite humorous and realistic!
Since I’m only 1 person, I find the free version of the EveryDollar app to be good for me. In my paper planner I would hand write overall monthly costs that vary like gas & food to plan better for the following year. Before using the app I used a simple 3”x5” card. I had irregular income but like I said, only for 1 person it wasn’t as challenging to manage as for an entire family of business owner.
T.J. Stewart wrote:I will preface this by saying that I am a home educating mother of 11 (10 of whom are still living at home, 7 of whom do not work outside the home). So that's a family of 12 that I shop and cook for. Food costs could be REAL around here, if we didn't eat the way we do (very little processed foods). With Ohio food prices, I could easily feed my entire family for 400.00 a month (if I had to). My current budget is around 700.00 monthly (with splurges).
Wow! You are my hero. Where can I read/learn more about this?
- term life insurance (the only kind one should buy)
I learned a lot from his books and a class he offers usually via churches called Financial Peace University. They helped me a lot and shifted my mindset significantly.
His books line up well with the details found in the book, The Millionaire Next Door.
That said, after 5 years of not having credit cards, I do have credit cards (I pay in full each month.) I have a great credit score (which if I worked his plan, he says I wouldn’t need.) I recently got some debt to pay for a biological dental procedure that I was confident I would be able to pay off prior to the 6mos when I’d be charged interest (definitely not what Dave would suggest.) I can’t speak on the investment side of things because I haven’t made any, in a traditional financial sense… mine have been in myself and others. I also don’t think it’s a waste for a woman to have degrees and decide to stay home and raise her children. However, I do understand and agree with his point that young adults ought not to get $100K student loan debts and then decide to stay home and their spouse be paying that off for as long as a traditional mortgage.
I’ve heard it said that it’s beneficial to read books like eating a watermelon… eat the fruit and spit out the seeds…
That metaphor doesn’t work as well in a permie crowd… some would eat the seeds or plant the seeds and pickle the rinds, give them to the chickens, or compost them.
However, I would say for a majority of Americans Dave’s books and resources (especially the EveryDollar App) are incredibly beneficial… for the permies crowd seeking Gerthood… I don’t know if they’d be as beneficial.
I look forward to hearing your thought/opinions about what you read.
My wife and I are militant about eating 100% organic. As such, our food bill for just the two of us was a little over $700.00 at its peak. Now it's in the $500's because of the reduction in food costs due to what the food forest and garden are producing. So it's starting.
C. As the food forest produces more and more, I hope for our monthly food bill to get down to around $100.00 AND for me to be able to sell enough from the food forest where it's actually profitable for us.
D. It's hard to quantify the loss of potential expenditures such as health outlays because we are eating so healthy.
E. As food becomes more and more expensive (I believe it will be) I feel our food forest will turn out to be an absolutely fantastic investment.
Are you and your wife vegetarians or vegans?
10 years later has the financial gap been filled?
I don’t eat 100% organic but I would like to. My monthly food bill in Southern CA can range from $250/mo-$500/mo depending on multiple factors but the biggest one on how much organic local pastured meat I eat.
We, in CA, like most of Florida have a year round growing season but I am not growing much in my small raised bed.
I’d love to know how things are going for you both now.
paul wheaton wrote:
I hope that all of the boring work that thousands of people have put into these forums over the last 15 years makes it so that millions of people can achieve their permaculture dreams with a bit less boring work.
I believe that THAT hope of yours is coming to fruition. Thanks for doing the boring work!
I like to wash my whites first because they are usually not very dirty. Then, I use the same water for the first batch of darks. Undies & socks I like doing separately and last. I sure miss the cement wash boards I had in Mexico for items with extra dirt and grime. A few of the items in the dirty pile, I chose to wash at a later time, so you won’t see them hanging on the rack. I show multiple detergents I’ve used. We have hard well water where I am currently living and I’m pretty happy with how the 7th generation laundry soap is turning out. Generally, my favorite laundry soap is Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds.
I do like hand washing clothing but I don’t get the same joy out of it lately, since I am hand washing to avoid interactions with the landlady… whose machine I am supposed to be able to use. The good news is that it gave me an opportunity to participate in this delightful thread with you all!
r ranson wrote:… If, from the start, we can stop it from getting scratched, it can act like a non-stick for decades. But anything harder than a fingernail (like metal) or adding salt to a cold pan can cause scratches and pits that rough up the surface and trap foodstuff (and smells) and also make the pot harder to wash.
You can buy specific stainless steel polish and this works marvellously well at restoring the inside of a pot (I use it for high-quality second-hand pots). But it's expensive and the chemicals make my skin try to fall off a bit. For mild scratches, a paste of baking soda and water, scrubbed in the bottom until the arm is too tired, once a day until it's better does the trick. I think this would also get rid of the chemicals as it would reduce the micro scratches it can hide.
Scrub buds (plastic and metal), as well as abrasive sponges, seem to scratch the pans very easily in their eagerness to get the food off.
I’ve made a baking soda paste, rubbed and let it dry on the pot over night… I scrubbed and rinsed it this morning. I can’t smell any fragrance but my sense of smell isn’t terrific anymore so I made another baking soda paste all over it and will let that sit again today.
I didn’t have any steel wool… so I didn’t try that. I do have hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle so I may try that tomorrow after I rinse out the baking soda, for good measure.
Perhaps, I’ll just boil water in the pot to test if the smell gets in the water so I don’t sacrifice any more expensive organic food before I know for sure.
I can definitely see how Foxtails, or any weeds for that matter, can aerate the soil and prevent erosion. We have fields of them on the property where I’m living!
I only have a cat but I’ve read some horror stories of what foxtails can do to pets and livestock… The weeds are also growing pretty tall near the property and drying out, which I’ve been informed is a fire hazard. I did the unpermaculture thing and pulled them out… not the entire fields but those close to the property. The property owners have lots of poison in their storage so I also pulled up the clover which grows in their walkways to prevent them from spraying.
If it were my own property I’d love to try out some of the methods mentioned here and see how they turn out.
A friend once told me that weeding can be better than therapy and a lot less expensive. (Though not very permaculture style… sometimes we must choose a lesser evil given out circumstances…)
I am currently working a Ferd job that I dread so the weeding was helpful for my mental state.
Anyone have any before and after pictures of foxtail elimination techniques that are more permaculture friendly that they can share with us?
David Williams wrote:I used to make my own de-greaser for getting heavy duty axle grease off my hands , that could probably be used for this .... altho i am not a "no'poo" person i use natural saponoids two of the main ones are rinse water from Quinoa and/or yucca root pulped and drained, then reduced slowly on a stove-top (rapid boil makes rapid foam), then adding aloe gel, tea tree and eucalyptus oils.... this combination creates a solvent that cracks even the toughest oils/fats , is antiseptic and antibacterial and not dehydrating for the skin...
Heather Sharpe wrote:Is it possible the silicone seal is holding onto it too?
Thankfully, I didn’t use the top with the silicone seal and I do have a 2nd instant pot stainless steel insert that I can use while sorting all this out. I do have extra silicone rings as well. I read it’s best to use one for savory and one for sweet (which I’ve only made one attempt at sweets thus far and it turned out so bad texture wise that I haven’t tried again… I guess that’s not true… I may have made tapioca pudding and it turned out okay but ‘baked’ goods… I haven’t wanted to waste good ingredients on something that won’t turn out well. And I do have an oven now, yay!)
Jay Angler wrote:Has anyone tried *really* hot or boiling water? Or actually boiling the clothes in a big pot on the stove? It might still need something like a little dish soap to keep the toxin suspended in the water long enough to get the cloth out and rinsed?
So I tried this (prior to reading this feed) with some baby blankets recently that I got from the thrift store but boiled them in my instant pot using the sauté feature because I don’t have any pots for a stove anymore. Now, I have a new problem. I can’t get that disgusting stink out of my stainless steel pot. I tried 7th generation dish soap, vinegar, hot water, etc. I thought I didn’t smell it anymore (but since C19 I don’t have my full range of smell & taste back.) I made organic pasta in it today and I had to throw the whole thing out… it tasted like it had Tide in it. (Not that I’ve tasted Tide! But the fragrance of it was in my food.)
Is there another feed on how to get soap tastes out of stainless steel?