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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:48 am
by dirtmurphy
Today I stacked firewood, bought seeds for next year's garden, and planted wheat grass for the chickens.

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:32 am
by anomalous howard
Hi Kink,

I want to add that Ugly Stik rods are my personal favorite. Affordable and imo well tuned. Do you have experience with them? If so, how do you rate them?
I've also found Daiwa and Shimano to have very nice products as well.

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:17 am
by Kink
bailing water from around the foundation, as I have been doing monthly since early october. It's pretty common to have a day once or twice a week now that I get an inch or more of rain and it's practically a flood even here at 1k elevation. got some alcohol for tonight and I am kicked up, screw you rain!
Hi Kink,

I want to add that Ugly Stik rods are my personal favorite. Affordable and imo well tuned. Do you have experience with them? If so, how do you rate them?
I've also found Daiwa and Shimano to have very nice products as well.
Ugly stiks/FIN-NOR are my favorite too, but Daiwa/Shimano are also quality. Really you can't go wrong with any of these brands, my lists aren't in order of what I prefer only price. I rate the ugly stik/fin-nor as my best rods currently, but the Fuji Daiwa triforce is a close runner up. Hell it's efficient now to have 2 rods setup let alone when we are hungry for some protein 5 years for now, so if you can grab a decent daiwa in addition to your main rod I say go for it, the more the merrier in this case

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:43 pm
by Elew
Hiya :)

Sorry I was MIA in this thread...I'v been on limited internet time so had to focus on the shops and minds is more like fb...(drive by posting). I do alot of promo posting there and share the GSM videos. I did add the shaving cream and things to the recipe section here, and did the mod things that needed doing....I just was running out of time.

So to update...MC (my daughter) is healing. Lots of PT and some OT. It turns out her tailbone was fractured as well as broken ribs...but everything is healing. We have her on bone broth and miso along with gelatin. She can walk 8 feet with no crutches, but can pretty much get around her house with crutches and/or the wheelchair. I have her picking up marbles with her toes, doing a bit of feldenkrais to wake up and heal her nerves and keep her lymphatic system healthy, and really focusing on nerve and muscle memory. Building happy healthy memories to let them settle and heal after the shock.
Now we are on to finding another vehicle, lawyers, etc...

Energetically, the night MC had her accident, my shop sales flatlined starting the next morning....and stayed that way until I was free to be home and fill orders. I'm not sure how many others notice how what we energetically project affects the responses of others, but it is something I practice so understand well enough. Projecting a block is easy...getting everything flowing again takes a little more time. It took about a week for me to get the shop sales back up to normal.
Now I've had 3 people ask me if I make my charm holders and other jewelry in gold. I used to do gold work years ago, and do have the tools...so I might start again. I can get recycled (smelted) gold wire, so not supporting new mining, and then have gold onhand for when the price skyrockets. It's still in the contemplation stages, but I might do it.

What I've been working on for us, is getting into a routine...grind flour and baking one day, yogurt and milks another day, etc...so we get a good flow happening and I don't get stressed between work filling the shops, creating new things for the shops, and making all of our own food etc. One place I start is by actively thanking our little turtle home every day for keeping us safe and warm. It may sound odd, but what we put into our space builds up, and comes back as either calm or chaos...so the daily routines become easier when the home is helping too :)

Aside from those things I have been organizing, getting everything into it's own place so it is super functional...

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:55 pm
by Elew
Andy :)

Today I am wrapping orders and taking photos (if the wind dies down) of the 20 little smudge feathers I made yesterday, shop stuff. Working on an afghan for my youngest RC, and then on to youth mocs and a new style of hair forks...most of this will magically become a wood stove eventually.

It's 40* F here this morning!! First normal to warm temp we have seen in a while :D

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:26 pm
by dirtmurphy
Andy F wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:09 am
Wondering where everyone is?
I'm here Andy F! We've had a few days of warm dry weather, so I've been putting in as much work as I can. I've been scrapping metal for some extra farm money. I cleaned the coop and spread the dirty bedding on two King Stropharia beds and our medicinal herb garden. I also spread it around two elderberries, two Nanking cherries, a fig, an apple, and a peach tree. Other than that, I've also been hauling wood to the house and chopping it. I set up a new wood crib on the front porch, and we made newspaper logs and wax/wood chip firestarters.
I've also been taking food to a massage therapist on our street. We've worked out a food for massage trade, and I'm pretty stoked about that!
Oh, I also made some bone broth and ginger honey lemonade for our use, and I've been sprouting amaranth for the chickens. I'm new to sprouting, and It isn't my favorite thing (as a seed saver, this just feels wasteful), but it's all about the birdies!

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:59 pm
by dirtmurphy
Today I hauled and chopped more wood. I also took the time to admire what we've accomplished here over the years. One project at a time has built a farm. I'm so fortunate to have all of this life around me. We're now producing eggs, fruit, berries, mushrooms, vegetables, and medicinal and culinary herbs. Oh, and compost! Lots and lots of rich, beautiful compost.
For everyone just getting started on this journey of preparedness, take the time to enjoy it. If you love the plants and the animals, they will love you back.

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:59 pm
by Kink
So glad to hear your daughter is doing well and slowly gaining her strength/ability to walk back, @Elew! I'm also jealous of you @dirtymurphy lol, food for massages sounds amazing. Andy also has been a busy mofo :mrgreen:.

Just finished building the fourth wood crib and chopping some more wood. Big thanks to @Andy/@DirtyMurphy I've begun work on a gravity filter as well but ran into some complications so that's going to have to be put on hold for a little bit, so instead I'm going to attempt to build a Solar Cooker of some kind using hammertoned reflective sheets of Aluminum (Like these), plus some plywood and a glass door, hoping to make it adjustable angle wise for better sun coverage :).

A couple confronted me while chainsawing some wood, it was kinda odd, gone before I could even ask where they lived, I stupidly pointed to my firewood when asked myself. Grrr, I'm smarter than that :oops:. They ended up recently taking some firewood from my stockpiles and I busted them because I found a bunch of logs I knew were in the pile over by the woods dropped leading to their house, but I don't mind just wish they would have asked or even left a note first..

The fourth crib's skeleton, cut down some limbs for the side holders instead of stakes and also made it about the size of the two first ones I made:
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After cutting some wood for it:
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Cribs 4, 2 and 1:
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And finally crib 3:
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:40 am
by Kink
Andy F wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:55 pm
Maybe you can store wood inside a shed, or? IDK, I think I'd even store them in my home if I lived where you live.
I'm going to wait until it's seasoned before moving it into the shed, it's annoying but no point in caring until they try to take a large amount, which I may setup a camera at that point. But just gotta keep building cribs on top of cribs so unless they bring a backhoe they wouldn't be able to make a dent. Free exercise and all that :mrgreen:.

Tyvm for the links to the solar cooker plans link, definitely thinking on going the Box Cooker route :).

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:13 am
by dirtmurphy
@Andy F, good job on the scammer, cool comms idea, I'm with you about liars and thieves, and thanks for the links! I've been wanting to get around to building a solar cooker.
@Kink, you're really doing great. It's all about one step at a time. I've been working hard on bringing in firewood myself. I busted my axe handle today :(
On the bright side, I'm registered for the Organic Grower's School spring conference! Three days of quality instruction, including a full-day workshop on year-round growing taught by ira Wallace and Pam Dawling :D That conference helps me up my game every year.