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Caitlin Robbins

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Carla Burke wrote:

N. Neta wrote:

Carla Burke wrote:For emergency heat, we've stocked up on some clay pots…

Excuse my ignorance, Carla… but could you explain how you use clay pots for emergency heating?

This is the basic setup my husband(John) put together:

Thank you for sharing the vid, that's a great idea! I need to get some pots, though, so I don't have to sacrifice my pothos-named-Porthos...
2 weeks ago
That's a great list to start from! Sometimes the list of survival needs are long and complicated, and you've boiled them down to essentials. It looks doable, even for those of us in tiny apartments. So thank you!
2 weeks ago
I always thought pokeweed was poisonous except for, was it the young shoots?
2 weeks ago
It's always interesting to me what different people call fasting. I'm an Orthodox Christian and we follow the traditional way of fasting during times such as Lent, Advent, Weds and Fri, etc. Only fasting for that is basically eating vegan and eating less than normal. There are times of total fasting (not eating at all) - before taking communion, certain holy days like Good Friday - but mostly fasting is eating less, eating simply. I'm not always good at it, but I find it often makes me feel better, and helps me to concentrate on God as I'm not really thinking about what to eat - with limited choices it's easier to throw something simple together.
1 month ago
Jeff, I can sympathize with your frustration. I live in a city (thankfully an old-fashioned one with more green spaces than, say, NYC), near to my parents. My parents did the farm thing in their youth and noped out of there after the state forced them to kill all their chickens due to a salmonella outbreak - the best thing they can say about it is that it was a learning experience and now they know they never want to farm anything again. Thankfully that doesn't mean they don't like growing things - I share a few community garden plots with my mom.

And that's a thing that's nice about my city - there is a large group of people into urban farming with a series of community gardens. Is there something similar in your area? (I know in Florida it might be more difficult). Even if your family isn't involved in it, community groups like that are a good place to meet like-minded individuals. Is there a farmer's market near you? Maybe the farmers there could use some help, or just willing to talk about permaculture with you.

I live in a city apartment and it will take me awhile to earn the money needed for land nearby. I have no experience building, so my plan is to hopefully get land with a small house and start from there. But it's frustrating waiting for that to happen. So I work the community garden plot, and tend my window plants, and I found a teacher to teach me sewing, and I'm trying to badger my dad to teach me basic woodworking. I've taught myself crochet and make my own grocery bags. I make my own yogurt, and am attempting fermenting other things. I try to bake my own bread, and cook most of my food (going out has always been a treat, not something common).

I am definitely not always successful. I attempted basket-weaving and nearly cut the tip of my finger off. I've yet to succeed in fermenting anything other than yogurt, or at least anything I want to eat. I often forget to make bread, so when I need it I have to buy it. We have had a total of 5 zucchini coming from our many plants at our community plot this summer and the Mexican bean beetles decimated the beans.

But I am enjoying my permie attempts! I know I may never be a homesteader with a cow and sheep, a spinning wheel and loom, acres of food forest, or build my own house. But I do what I can to improve myself, little by little, and try to enjoy the process. My understanding of permaculture is that the point is not the end product - a picture-perfect homestead, but the process of becoming more and more self-reliant, learning news things, and improving oneself and one's knowledge.  So I guess that is my suggestion - do what you can and enjoy the process, both successes and failures, as I think even if you succeed in your wildest dreams, if you don't learn to enjoy the process you won't enjoy the dream either.
1 month ago

Ben Child wrote:from my studies , which including listening to any doctors and scientists, that have been pushed away from the forefront, the cause is usually vaccines. the host culture goes through a filter, but th edna gets fragmented. when this is added to the nano particles of metal and goes through the blood brain barrier, the brain attempts to figure out what its supposed to fight..often ties its your own body. Anti  inflammatory lifestyle is the best solution.. we've been experimented on our whole life and their is a consequence . you mean nothing to the medical establishment  

Umm, did you miss the part where I talked about how my great-grandmother had terrible arthritis and that it's so inheritable that it probably went back generations before her? They weren't exactly giving rural Pennsylvanians regular vaccinations in 1900.

Also, since everything I want to say about vaccine conspiracy theories would probably get me thrown out of the forums, may I politely suggest that is a topic better suited for the cider press.
1 month ago
I've always considered tone of voice rather than words. There's a world of difference between "Hey, how are you doing?" when said casually, tone swinging up and down, signalling that it's good to see someone and "Hey. How are are you doing?" said sofly, head tilted forward and down when you really want to know how someone is feeling. The first I know that the speaker is just saying hi, that the correct response is "Good, how are you doing?" before you launch into further small talk. The later is when someone actually wants to know if you're struggling, if you need help. Now, if I don't want to go into what's going on in my life, I'll just brightly reply "I'm doing good, how about you?" and the person usually gets I don't want to talk about it. And if I'm the one asking someone else how they're doing/feeling, I try to read their body language beforehand and when they respond I try to follow their lead.

It took me awhile to learn this - I lean towards the neurodivergent and the ins and outs of conversation is something I only figured out with practice. And I know for some people, figuring out tone and body-language is very hard. But yah, for me it's all tone and body language, not necessarily words.
1 month ago

Jay Angler wrote:That suggests you may be hunching forward during the day, or your spinal discs are shrinking during the day. My friend has a weird contraption that she can clamp her legs into and tip it back until she's slightly hanging head down - only about 15 degrees from horizontal when she started. This is like having very gentle spinal traction safely done at home (so long as you don't try going further than your body thinks is comfortable!) If the machines weren't so bulky and expensive, I'd try one at home myself.

the highest rib sticks out noticeably by my neck  

That suggests that at least part of the problem is coming from the spine, or the clavicle. If the clavicle's in the wrong spot, but the rib's in the right spot, it might look out of place. In a mirror, do your clavicles look similar on both sides?

Just to point this out again for people who might also be having shoulder problems. One of the first signs that my neck was getting arthritis was my shoulder hurting. Turned out my posture (scrunched and hunched) combined with a family history of arthritis had increased inflammation in my spine and worn down the cartilage. The pain had first radiated out to my shoulder before locating more specifically on my spine. Physical therapy helped immensely, though if I don't do my exercises often enough the pain comes back.

But yah, shoulder pain could actually be back pain.
1 month ago
I toss it with some glugs of olive oil, a good bit of nutritional yeast and some salt.
1 month ago