Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
USDA Zone 8a
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Marius Pollard wrote:Citric acid can be used easily to safely to rid your home of bacteria, mold, and mildew. The fact that citric acid is ingestible and used in food makes it a harmless choice for cleaning your home. You can clean surfaces that come in contact without worry.

Sounds like you know a lot about citric acid.  Do you know if it will get rid of hard water stains?
9 hours ago
Stan, Here are two of Fannie Farmer's Boston Cooking School Fruit Mince Pies recipes and a Mock Mince Pie recipe:

English Mince Meat
5 lbs. raisins, seeded 5 lbs. currants
5 lbs. suet finely chopped 5 lbs. light brown sugar
5 lbs. apples 1/2 teaspoon mace
4 lbs. citron 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
11/2 lbs. blanched almonds 21/2 cups brandy
Cook raisins, suet, apples, citron, currants, and sugar slowly for one and one-half hours; then add almonds, spices, and brandy.

Mince Meat (without Alcoholic Liquor)
Mix together one cup chopped apple, one-half cup raisins seeded and chopped, one-half cup currants, one-fourth cup butter, one tablespoon molasses, one tablespoon boiled cider, one cup sugar, one teaspoon cinnamon, one-half teaspoon cloves, one-half nutmeg grated, one salt-spoon of mace, and one teaspoon salt. Add enough stock in which meat was cooked to moisten; heat gradually to boiling-point, and simmer one hour; then add one cup chopped meat and two tablespoons Barberry Jelly. Cook fifteen minutes.

Mock Mince Pie
4 common crackers, rolled 1 cup raisins, seeded and chopped
11/2 cups sugar
1 cup molasses 1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup lemon juice or vinegar 2 eggs well beaten
Mix ingredients in order given, adding spices to taste. Bake between crusts. This quantity will make two pies.

1 day ago
Is one of these a shapeshifter? Cats come in all shapes and sizes, even boxes:or baskets!





1 day ago

r ranson wrote:Living with COVID hasn't changed much in my life.  I already spend as little time as possible near other humans

And this:

Jack Durston wrote:Well quite frankly I'm enjoying the solitude

We might have stopped by a fast food place in February.  Dear hubby would have gotten a burger and I shared the fries with him.  

I have been dreaming about a chicken fried steak from Cracker Barrel and a burger from Whataburger.  It has been at least 8 years since I was in a Cracker Barrel and maybe 5 years since we splurged on that kind of burger.

I will probably just keep dreaming about those and go about my usual life.

It might be fun to go to a big chain grocery store and be able to buy lots of stuff on the frozen food aisle like fruit and veggies.
2 days ago
This one: "the permaculture superpower in berms" has the Sun Scoop:
I have been using yahoo since about 1995 more or less.  I have several accounts with them.  As long as I use Basic Yahoo I am very happy.  I have no reason to have a paid account.
Jocelyn, that sign is way cool.  The only problem is I would need to buy a business to go with it!

The coolest thing I ever bought was a jar opener.  I bought it at a local event.  A man used scrap lumber and saw blades to make them.

I tried to find a wood one. It looked like this:


The one I use now looks like this:


While I was looking for the wooden jar opener I found these neat silicone dishwashing gloves that look cool:


This door knob gripper looks like it could be handy too:

4 days ago