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SKIP Club - Doing 1 BB a Week for 2022!

 
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Hello Permies!



For 2022, It's my personal goal to be PEP1 certified and have a good chunk of my straw BBs done in order to be PEP2 certified in 2023.

In order to reach these goals it's my New Year's resolution to do 1 BB a week!

In order to reach this goal I wanted to create a thread to share my progress in the hopes that there would be other that are keen to do something similar. Maybe your resolution is to do 1 BB a month? Or even a BB daily!? Either way, I though it would be fun to share photos of our journey, highlight our progress, and help keep each other accountable in reaching our goals.

Please let me know if you're keen to join "The SKIP Club"!



 
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Also, let me know if you have more clever name than "The Skip Club"!
 
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I'm in! 1 BB per week sounds doable. I'm not necessarily looking to get PEP1 certified, but I see lots of areas that I need to build skills and knowledge in, and PEP seems like a great starting point.

Building a step stool is on my list this week. I've been complaining for weeks about climbing onto our bed whole holding my baby. I've never built something from wood myself, and I'm looking forward to making my own instead of buying a step stool.
 
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I am very interested in joining you on the path to skill development in 2022. I just finished my PDC and have two acres in the California foothills. Lovely country, but I feel I have done very little to progress my property in the 11 years we have owned it. Skill development seems like a great place to start.
 
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This topic offers some get choices to get everyone interesting in PEP and the Skip Club!

https://permies.com/t/172587/permaculture-home-care-cleaning/purity/Ohsoji-Big-Year-Cleaning-Time

One a week sounds like a good place to start.
 
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I’m in Ashley!! I really want to be more consistent with taking pictures and posting BBs. I have been working on several and I just have to post them. There’s so many cool things to do, some I do all the time, and so many things I want to learn. Taking pictures at every step keeps tripping me up. It’s already my resolution to be more diligent with the BBs. I think a physical copy of the SKIP book is going to help me with that.
 
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Done! I organized a dysfunctional closet for the nest straw badge. It feels good to have that closet organized.
 
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I can't keep pace with something so regular, but I'll be happy to join in for motivational posting. I knock out a few BBs when I have the time, need, and energy.

Mostly posting to watch the topic!
 
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Good Morning!

It's the first day of SKIP Club 2022!

I will be focusing this month on trying to get my Nest Sand badge. Just with how cold the weather is here, I wanted to focus on a badge I could do inside. I have a few already completed so I also think it's good motivation to smash this badge out!

I washed 5 wooden kitchen items in order to have them dried and ready to go this evening. I will post the BB and pictures here later this evening!
 
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First BB of 2022! Spent an evening near the fire oiling wooden kitchen items:







What BB are you working on?

 
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Nice start!

I am getting my big to-do list on paper again for 2022. This year I'm using bigger paper, so I have more room to get stuff off my head... Up to 83 items, many of such are BBs or oddball tasks. Several are ventures, jobs or events I want to organize, begin, or restart. One is getting my masters degree... A lot of it is financial paperwork and stuff I despise doing but need to clear from the head as soon as possible.

Not enough of these are garden oriented though... I still have a hard time planning garden tasks like sowing, propagating, and such. If I can get my compost game together that should accelerate things in that department.

Anyway, I've got a good 50 or more BBs or oddball tasks to do this year
 
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I just posted making a spoon carving knife in the PEA Metalworking badge.  All it took was a box end wrench, dowel, sandpaper, round file, dremel and a belt sander.  Could've done it without the power tools if needed but I'm glad I had them
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Link to submission - Next show it to us in action please!

 
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Ashley Cottonwood wrote:First BB of 2022! Spent an evening near the fire oiling wooden kitchen items

What BB are you working on?



Nicely done! I didn't think I had enough wooden utensils to do that BB, but then we received 4 wooden cutting boards as Christmas gifts. I need to read up on oiling wooden things!

Maybe TMI, but I've had unexplainable pain and irritation *down there* since giving birth 10 months ago. My husband asked me this week, "could the toilet paper be bothering you, since you've gotten sensitive to so many things?" TP hadn't even crossed my mind, but after reading about the chemicals used, it's possible. So I completed the BB in Nest for setting up a rag system and will be using toilet cloth for pee. Toilet cloth wasn't even on my radar until Permies, and I really appreciate that each BB has links to videos and/or articles to go along with my learning. I have high hopes that the rags will help!
 
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I saw your post Nikki! My husband and I switched to toilet cloth during the 'great toilet paper hoarding' of 2020. Turns out this works much better for my husband's sensitive bottom :)
 
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Sorry L, I didn't get a perfect action shot but here's the spoon under construction.  I also didn't take a finished pic of the spoon and it's been gifted already
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Mike Haasl wrote:Sorry L, I didn't get a perfect action shot but here's the spoon under construction.  I also didn't take a finished pic of the spoon and it's been gifted already



Then carve another one, silly! Hahahaha!

So seriously...is no one gonna make the obvious joke here:

"First rule of PEP Club: Everyone talks about PEP Club!"
 
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This is a great idea, Ashley! I think this will be great to keep motivation going to slowly complete some of the badge bits I've been meaning to get to; I'm not sure that PEP1 is possible in my current situation, but knocking out a bunch of badges is! My first one for the year is making some twig cages for the Woodland Care badge.

Looks like we're off to a good start!
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I love this idea! I was feeling a bit lost with intentions and goals and resolutions around the New Year and this club seems the perfect mix that allows for flexibility and creativity. Count me in!

My first BB this week is going to be branding a physical location. We have plots at the community garden that I've always wanted a sign for but never get around to in the gardening season. Now to come up with a punny name...
 
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Jori Love wrote:I love this idea! I was feeling a bit lost with intentions and goals and resolutions around the New Year and this club seems the perfect mix that allows for flexibility and creativity. Count me in!

My first BB this week is going to be branding a physical location. We have plots at the community garden that I've always wanted a sign for but never get around to in the gardening season. Now to come up with a punny name...



you're (ALL) inspiring me. I'm IN,
and I just got a community plot last week. Working on Ruth Stout garden & the compost BB. NOW I realize a wooden sign there would be PERFECT!
 
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It’s a very cold day out today, so soup is on the menu… for all the from scratch cooking I do, I constantly forget to take all the pictures. Today I already have bone broth cooking ( I did that badge already) and my goal today is to get the pics I need to get my soup making sand badge.
 
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I took my pictures!!! Yay! Now I just have to put it all into a post……………….
 
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I posted my first badge bit for submission. Making a pot of soup from scratch.
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Good job Theresa! Soup looks delicious. Congratulations on your first BB!!
 
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So I actually ended up doing two BBs this week:

I cleaned an oily dish:



I hope it goes through... it's a "grease jar" not a plate or bowl.  Hopefully I don't get slapped on the wrist for that one I just saw an opportunity and went for it. It was time to clean out the jar and the chickens could use a high calorie snack with how cold and windy it has been.

I washed laundry by hand:







I found washing laundry by hand very informative. I feel like it is a skill I would like to get better at. It was a lot of work but oddly rewarding at the same time. Would 100% need some sort of wringer device to help squish the water out. Also it's winter here and that day was -20C so all the clothes I hung by the fire. In the Summer it's so much easier to hang laundry to dry!




 
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The weather here has not been conducive for hanging up the signs we're making. So I'm leaving those in progress for a week and submitting for Grind 2 Grains into Flour. We needed more wheat flour anyway and now we're going to try oat flour for the first time.
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I'm in "Skip-to-maloo" I entered a 28 day cooking challenge so I'm looking for bb that match with it.  The rice I made for a side with the cook with traditional fat stir fry passed. But my stir fry did not because I used canned bamboo and water chestnuts with the fresh veggies, sigh. Also hubby said it was not a stir fry because I didn't have noodles in it I "lied" and should have called it a rice bowl.

 
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Mike Haasl wrote:I just posted making a spoon carving knife in the PEA Metalworking badge.  All it took was a box end wrench, dowel, sandpaper, round file, dremel and a belt sander.  Could've done it without the power tools if needed but I'm glad I had them



I'm impressed. I started this PEA badge but gave up after two hours with a Dremel.
 
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I'm all for people doing PEP and think this is awesome. Including PEA badges I think I'm averaging one a day since I joined Permies, but took a break before Christmas when the whole family was home. It's time to get back on the horse and carry one, though I'll be going at a slower pace. I've picked of a most of the low hanging fruit and now they require proper planning. I was planning to get PEP1 this year but there are a few badges that I won't be able to get. I'm just happy to improve on my practical skills.
 
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I have been on this site a long time. We are headed back to Montana and looking for land. I am interested in joining the skip club. I have a lot of skills already but always something new to learn.
 
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Edward, you just need to take a short trip to WL and those hard-to-get badges will suddenly get a lot easier...
 
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There is a better than average chance that we will be setting up a BB20 event in the late winter at Wheaton Labs.  This is where anyone with at least BB20 can come out for 5 days and work on BBs for free.  Well, due to the time of year and the desirability of tent camping, the lodging may or may not be free, not sure how that works.  

The date would be arranged around when the SKIP books are delivered and I have to go out there to sign them with Paul.

Please note that having BB40 AND having visited WL are prerequisites to be considered for the role of assistant instructor for the 2022 two week SKIP event.
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Edward, you just need to take a short trip to WL and those hard-to-get badges will suddenly get a lot easier...



You're so right and I'm making advance plans for 2023. This year I have family commitments having been effectively grounded for the past two years.
 
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Today I got a spiffy new Nest air badge for sweeping the basement floor and getting that BB. I also applied for my BB5 badge and it looks awesome!! Thanks Permies!
 
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I got my bahco bowsaw blade yesterday, so I'll be completing the basic bowsaw bb soon-ish.

I could really use one... so many tools to build so little time. On the bright side I'm restoring a lot of old family tools and building ones my kids can use, so it's a multigenerational chain thing.

Looking at the bowsaw plans on-line is a little daunting... I might just make a really basic blocky thing to see if it even works before spending the time carving beautiful curves.
 
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I completely fell off of the PEP bandwagon, well... I fell off of practically every bandwagon in my life, this summer due to an illness so now that I'm better this would be a great idea to get me back into doing BB!

I actually have some pictures on my phone of some BBs I worked on ever so slowly during the fall but they were so long ago and super buried by many other photos... finding the photos is a lot of work in itself lol May be worth the digging for the seed saving one I was working on though!

First on my list for the year is going to be a plumbing BB because my toilet is leaking. :(
Think it will be an easy fix, but I just need to do it...
 
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First on my list for the year is going to be a plumbing BB ...
Think it will be an easy fix, but I just need to do it...


keen to see!
 
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I was thinking about which BB to do this week, and then my husband said he wanted to clean the back of the fridge today. That's always been one of his household tasks, so I think I surprised him when I said I wanted to do it. I don't remember even looking at the back of our fridge before, much less cleaning it, so that BB in Nest was a first for me.
 
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Nikki Roche wrote:I was thinking about which BB to do this week, and then my husband said he wanted to clean the back of the fridge today. That's always been one of his household tasks, so I think I surprised him when I said I wanted to do it. I don't remember even looking at the back of our fridge before, much less cleaning it, so that BB in Nest was a first for me.



I think my husband is going to have a similar shock when I ask him where the caulk is so I can fix the tub caulking!

He actually fixed it not long ago but one stretch of it didn't seal right... so I'll try my hand at it this time.
 
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Forgive my newbie ignorance please.  What is a BB?!  

OOPS, never mind, I found the explanation below!  
 
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Christa Lynn wrote:
Forgive my newbie ignorance please.  What is a BB?!  

OOPS, never mind, I found the explanation below!  



Welcome to Permies, Christa!
 
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