John F Dean

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I began homesteading in the early 1980’s. I presently live on 11 acres. I have Nigerian Dwarf Goats, KuneKune Pigs, bees, and an assortment of chickens. My driveway is the boundary between zones 6a and 6b. Annual rainfall for me is at 46 inches. I don’t consider myself an expert on anything. I am thoroughly enjoying myself in the adventure I created for myself.
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I am going to hook my kitchen range up to a couple of deep cells with an inverter. I am curious.  
1 hour ago
Hi Timothy,

Maybe.   ROM does not seem to be affected. Pain is brought on by kneeling or applying pressure to those spots that would be impacted if I was kneeling.
2 hours ago
I have compost bins made from pallets and skids.   I keep a reserve around for emergency fence repair.
8 hours ago
It has been three weeks since the fall. I am keeping the brace on.  As I commented earlier, it is to protect from bumps rather than it is for support.  The fall has not impacted my mobility. The only time there is pain is when pressure is applied at certain points.   Those points are shrinking , and there is less pain with pressure.  So, I am pretty optimistic.  

While I am still of the opinion it is a sprain, the three week time frame leaves me less confident.  Still, there in no swelling. I can bear weight without discomfort.   I can walk without discomfort. I can lift 50 pound feed bags without issue.  
8 hours ago
Sitting in a hospital waiting room, but I am game.  I am thinking cheap.  Trace the circle on a piece of wood.  Drill holes around the outside of the circle.  Insert hub. Insert dowel rods into holes.   Insert wedges between dowel rods and hub to tighten.


Wrap wired around hub. Tighten by twisting wire.
23 hours ago
I would like to see how it. Is designed.  Maybe a photo or two?
23 hours ago
Hi Douglas,

Great post.  Yes, the moment someone offers a price below asking ( and they always do) I always add the condition of “as is”.
I have seen paper put through a hammer mill and used for insulation.   Insects and fire prevention would be a concern.
1 day ago
We have a large pond that the deer bed down by on the far side of our property.  Our dogs have kept the coyotes away from the deer ….   And they keep the deer out of the orchards and garden.   Yes, the dogs have a complicated job description.
2 days ago
I agree. Mine end up in soups and stews.  When my mother fixed them, which was rarely, she cooked them to death and mashed them like potatoes.  
2 days ago