[Homestead] Wither Homestead?
lurine at com-pair.net
Mon Feb 1 20:16:31 EST 2010
Ah geez, now I wish I hadn't said hibernating, in a joking manner.
We aren't doing homesteady type things. We're getting the house ready to
sell. Thursday we are going to look at 3 properties closer to the coast.
Don't know how much I can knock the one price down but would sure love to
have it. However, we will be looking seriously at the one we can pay cash
for so that we will not have anything to pay out except taxes and insurance.
I am busy putting everything in pots. Not going to leave the strawberries,
raspberries, logenberries, grapes, etc. behind. I'm also diggin up half the
iris and slipping the lilac, honeysuckle and other stuff and putting them in
pots. As soon as we dry out we'll give the exterior of the house a quick
spray with paint and list it.
Although, I may not list it with a realtor and might just advertise it in
certain segments of society as I have what they are looking for.
I do find it strange that folks are so set against talking politics. Seems
many left another list because they were being treated like children and not
allowed to talk about certain things and in particular politics.
Personally, I like to know what others are thinking, have learned some
things I hadn't heard elsewhere and refuse to put my head in the sand,
fingers in my ears and merrily sing "lalala." I want to know what the
morons are doing.
I guess I got that from sitting around the homestead on the ol' veranda and
listening to Grampa and the uncles and my Dad and the uncles talking
politics. It seemed to be what everyone did at the end of the day after a
hard day working the farm or in the woods.
----- Original Message -----
From: "EarthNSky" <erthnsky at bellsouth.net>
To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Wither Homestead?
> Ah come on, Marie, be a sport...here's a good quote for you...
> Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing
> your temper or your self-confidence. Robert Frost
> Actually, IMO, the list has been dead for a long, long time. In the
> winter, people say we are hibernating or planning, in the other three
> seasons, everyone is busy...I really wish someone would prove me wrong.
> There would be nothing I would enjoy more than seeing this list come
> alive again.
> Speaking for myself, I have a zillion irons in the fire, the least of
> which is my job. I just became certified as a Lead Auditor for ISO
> 14001, that is, Environmental Management Systems. Woo hoo! This is a
> big deal for me.
> Ron has decided that he likes gardening and is currently learning about
> Fukuoka and Mollison and Permaculture and such. He's jumped into the
> deep end trying to design an irrigation system. We have some t-tape and
> other supplies for low pressure irrigation, so we are now trying to
> design a way to pump rainwater from our collection tanks to a more
> elevated platform. We are looking at pedal power and tread/wheel power
> ideas from the Handy Farm Devices book. I think the system will be a
> lot simpler than it sounds.
> So far, I have all my cole crops started, broccoli, cauliflower,
> cabbage, gailan, pakchoi, etc...they are up and growing, and I just
> sowed my tomatoes and peppers, tomatillos, etc. I have way too many
> varieties of peppers to list. We will be drying them and making paprika
> and chili powder blends. I've also started some asparagus from seed,
> but so far, nothing has germinated. It's been 6 or 7 days.
> I broke down and put a light in the coop for my chickens this winter and
> we have been getting 13 or 14 eggs a day from 18 hens. I just have
> stopped the light because I want to give the birds a hormonal break. I
> feel guilty about inducing them to lay with light. I don't like playing
> God, (whatever-no offense intended to anyone), but having eggs in winter
> is really nice.
> My daughter had to move and we inherited her two cats, so now I have two
> dogs and two cats. Bear and Bingo are Australian shepherds(I just love
> them!) and Jade and Beetle are our cats. Jade, a gray tabby/Maine Coon,
> is inside, Beetle, a typical orange tabby tomcat, is outside. Beetle
> became a bit aggressive with my leather sofa, so out he went. He's a
> sweetheart, just not suited for the house. Jade, on the other hand, is
> a fat cat who likes laying around and soaking up the heat of the
> Personally, I've got a few health issues going on...nothing too serious,
> I don't think, but enough to create a distraction in life. The rest of
> the family is well...Ron is still cancer free, Kate is back in college
> studying biology again, and TJ is still out driving submarines in
> Hawaii. Life goes on at EarthNSky.
> Beverly, who really, really wanted to make a few political jabs, but
> refrained... :)
> Marie McHarry wrote:
>> No. It's just been really, really quiet. I've noticed that usually in
>> the depths of winter when homesteading isn't so busy this list turns
>> to political discussion. Now that that topic has become something
>> that most of us what to ignore, I think everyone is hibernating.
>> On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 5:11 PM, Sandra Carrillo
>> <sanricov.2 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I was wondering the same thing, Tim! No news in weeks - is
>>> everybody snowed in? Or have we suddenly become socially
> Many of our greatest American thinkers, men of the caliber of Thomas
> Jefferson, Henry Thoreau, Mark Twain, William James, and John Muir, have
> found the forest an effective stimulus to original thought.
> Bob Marshall
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