Jennie Little

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old fart. Married. Former retailer, technical writer, electronic assemblist. Perpetual student.
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The seeds I think  aren’t viable, I scatter into the garden beds or add them to the compost. The others, I plant, all into one place. Sometimes I get food. Last year I got a citron, for example...
I have two gut and conflicting reactions. There is a political truth in the u.s., want to change things politically a lot? Start local, make changes on a state basis, the federal will follow. See the legalization of gay marriage as an example. If that’s true, focusing locally is just right, but it needs direction and/or coordination perhaps?

The reasons I do not dive into permaculture 100% are addressed in that article.

I am not a political activist. I am not interested in becoming one. I don’t believe there’s only one way to do things, or accomplish goals. There are days I stay away from here because it sounds liKe an echo chamber. I don’t think the ideas are wrong, but I don’t necessarily agree that the ideas are always right either. I think there might be a different way, something in between Monsanto and being self-sufficient, and I think there needs to be that possibility, or it will not grow sufficiently to do very much.

It’s my opinion, that’s all. But I think that unless permaculture can find a way to talk to the unconverted in a way that doesn’t require them to change their lifestyle all at once, it will never take hold. The Wheaton scale only addresses those of us who start down the same path, but not the ones who don’t.
2 weeks ago
I wear mismatched socks all the time. I prefer socks to slippers which drives my husband nuts. He prefers a knock around shoe, which drives me nuts. We compromise and don’t talk about. After being married for nearly 40 years, you just let it go if it isn’t important!
2 weeks ago
I don’t know if this is new to you or not? We here in my small New England town have a brush pile, so I looked for something similar in SF. If you know about these folks, Apologies!

https://sfenvironment.org/compost-in-sf
2 weeks ago
Jay that sounds like a great idea, if you have any warning. I hadn’t thought of it. I can and will get a card made, but...

I don’t always have any warning. I have a friend who was raped on a carpet of a particular color. Most of the time, she just goes by things that color, sometimes it triggers her.

I talk about my PTSD events as being like a jack in the box, you know it’s going around, but not when it will jump out at you. Sometimes I don’t know I’ve been triggered until I’m in the midst of reacting inappropriately. My PTSD started at 3, and like the Nam vets who’re stuck on that battlefield, i get stuck in little kidness. It can be damned embarrassing, I’m over 60!

If I have warning or know I’m having a bad day, yeah, I stay home. But sometimes you can’t stay home and sometimes whatever happens when you’re out triggers the response.
2 weeks ago
Obvious to those of us in publications, advertising or authorship. I think I’d include antiques in there too. I do or have done all of them. They’re print slugs for print advertising. Unfortunately, I don’t have a pic to post to this thread, although there’s a few things here.

I agree they’re cool!
2 weeks ago
I have a slightly different ask for compassion. I have PTSD and am a recovering hoarder. I have friends who have Asperger’s, Lyme disease, and cerebral palsy. All of us have worked very hard to overcome our diagnosis: physical or mental or emotional.

When we have a bad day, universally, people tend to dismiss the issue. Because we cope and cope well most of the time, that does not mean that we always will. When someone around you suddenly seems to turn into a “wimp,”  you might want to ask what’s up, rather than dismissing what they say as overly sensitive, fussy, being wimpy, etc. They may, like my friends and I, have an actual condition that isn’t always obvious!
2 weeks ago
Turnips, beets. Nasturtiums too. Chickory. And sweet  potatoes?  I didn’t know the leaves were edible!

Are there lettuces where you also eat the roots? I know that there are some you eat the flower stalks, but don’t know which ones.

Is there a list? Except obviously you can’t keep them growing, it always seemed to me  to be the most efficient type of plant to grow...

2 weeks ago
I have a celery I pulled out of the yard and transplanted into a 1/2 gallon milk jug on my kitchen window.
2 weeks ago
I forgot to put this in the post above. I buy chicken thighs in bulk and break them into approx 1 lb pkgs of 3 thighs. if I make something where we eat the whole piece, like oven fried chicken, we’ll have one left over. It’s enough for one lunch, turn into a side dish, or use it in stir fry.... three thighs fit nicely into one of my medium freezer containers. But if I don’t know what I’m going to do with the left over pieces, I try to cook the meat or main piece as plainly as possible.then use it in whatever I want, sandwich spread, soup, stew, rice dish,  whatever.  I do this a lot if I know I’m making something  in a pungent sauce, like  a curry.

Or,  especially with meat or a large squash, make one meal from the large piece and another planned for the leftover, smaller bits. And again, make the pungent meal the second one.

Other books which may help Eugenia bone’s kitchen ecosystem, talks about making something, using the something, and using the scraps too. Arranged by ingredient, not category of food.

Much older, but something I learned a lot from, the working woman must eat cookbook, I forget the author’s name, sorry. She has menus which deliberately use all the left over bits. It’s horribly out of date, and I’ve never made her recipes, but I refer to them as resources.... have to cook more x now than we can eat, what can I do with three remainder? Actual title: the working girl must eat, published by little brown & co, 1938. The author’s name is Hazel Young. If you read her “menu suggestions” in order, you can use the left over cream, etc two days later....

Apologies for all the old book references. But most of my life I was a used book dealer and it’s an inevitable result of doing that for so long!
3 weeks ago