roberta mccanse

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My cistern is made of heavy plastic, polymer? It's buried enough to keep it from freezing. All pipes are underground and as I live underground, earth sheltered, there is a minimal drop from the cistern to the pressure tanks in my garage.

The hand pump is the Excelsior E2 from Rintaul's Hand Pumps in Owen Sound Ontario. It was discussed in another thread here having to do with being off grid, as on the occasion of some natural disaster. Based on that discussion I also bought a Voyager solar crank radio by Kaito. It comes in several colors (mine is yellow), and it connects to NOAA for weather alerts. It has a lantern type light and will charge my phone.

The windmill people are Ironman Windmill Company. The windmills come in several sizes (and maybe colors as well) and are very efficient. You can activate even some of the larger ones just by blowing on them.

So let's hear it for elegant engineering. I daily whisper thanks to Elon Musk and reaffirm that I believe.

19 hours ago
My well is 352 feet deep and at first produced 5 to 6 gallons per minute. This settled down to 2 to 3 gpm so I put in an 1800 gallon cistern. This is adequate for watering the garden and keeping three or four visiting kids happy. Interesting that at 300 feet we brought up petrified wood so there was a forest down there at some point. Neighbors who went 500+ feet have 10 to 12 gpm.

Water security is a major concern for me so I am looking for an off the grid way to ensure supply. I would love a wind mill that would keep the cistern full. We don't have wind every day but we sit above a draw and wind does often come up from the Kootenay river. People keep telling me that I need solar as wind is fickle but that's expensive. I would like to have a solar setup adequate for all of my needs, I use around 450 kwh/month, but I keep waiting for Elon Musk to come up with better batteries (that I can afford).

Now I am looking for a resource that can tell me how much wind we actually have, the Rockies not withstanding. There is a company in Texas that make beautiful efficient wind Mills. I would have to find someone to install one and it would be a risk without electrical or solar backup. In the meantime my son has purchased for me a lovely hand pump that will bring water from the cistern to my pressure tanks should we have an extended power outage. So who among you has had experience with windmills or can point me to other resources? Thanks for anything you all can come up with.
Steamed cranberry pudding with rum sauce is a favorite with my family. Someone, I don't remember who, gave me the recipe years ago. It's not too difficult but I have to remind myself every year about how to steam it.

Mix together:
2 cups cranberries
1 1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup boiling water

Pour into a well buttered mold or bowl. Fasten mold lid or tightly cover bowl with foil and a string tied around the top. Place in a pot with water that comes up at least an inch on the mold or bowl. Cover pot and gently boil to steam one hour. Cool before turning out.

Rum sauce:
Heat together until sugar is
1 cup half and half
1 cup sugar
Add 1/4 cup butter and rum to taste.

You need the rum sauce to balance the tart cranberries. Yum.
3 weeks ago
Merry Christmas. My favorite deer.
4 weeks ago
Yes, Huckleberrys! They may be free for the picking, if you don't mind the climb, but you could end up fighting the bears and yellow jackets for them. I send huckleberry jam to friends and relatives around the country, all consider it a delicacy. My neighbor used to pick them with a big thing that looked like a cross between a rake and a broom, sort of like bear claws. Never hurts to imitate a predator.

With regard to what deer will not eat, the Forest Service will send you a list. It is all lies.
4 weeks ago
Upside down handles would be harder to open with your elbow when hands are full.
2 months ago
When I plant my tomatoes I toss a scant handful of epsum salts into the hole. (Noticed that carrots that got an accidental dose did exceptionally well.) Later, as plants are flourishing I crush Tums and add a tablespoonful around the stems for calcium to prevent blossom end rot. Of course they get deep watering a couple of days a week. So far so good.
Weather in northwest Montana was difficult, a late spring that carried through June, wet and cold. Very hot in July. And then a hard freeze September 8 and 9. I was admittedly late getting things started indoors. All in all the tomatoes, and I, not happy.

Stupice does come early and keeps bravely on all summer but I find the flavor uninspiring. I usually get good Mortgage Lifter, big, tasty, sometimes funny looking, but not this year, just a few. I tried Latah and it did pretty well when it finally got started. One survived a vicious ground squirrel attack. I just picked the green ones as we are having cold rain, probably another hard freeze in the morning. San Marzano did well. My grandson, who is a sushi chef, really liked it.

And of course, Sun Gold is great. One tomato that surprised me was Lemon Boy. It survived outside of the hoop house. And a couple large cherry plants that I got a deal on because they had already started to crawl, produced pretty well. The gardener who sold them to me couldn't remember what they were called.

Actually none of them did as well as I would like. I don't have the heart to stress them but I think that the weather did that for me.
An amazing accumulation of knowledge, and what a lot of work. My aspiring chef grandson needs this book.
3 months ago
Thanks, Mik. I do can cherries and raspberries, sometimes pears and apples, in light syrup. I will probably let it go at that.
4 months ago