September302014

After the two frosty mornings that wiped out our squash and cucumbers, the weather returned to the high 80’s and sunny for a couple of weeks. This week, though, cloudy, cool, and wet. 



It smells so good!  I just love the way the trees and long grass smell when the autumn rain hits. It seems a bit different, sweeter and cleaner than the earthy scent of spring rain. I’m comforted by it as a reminder to slow down. 



Luckily, with the rain here, Michael’s cabin is nearly complete. Roof shingles and outer siding are about all it needs to look like a real little house. We installed the windows last week and the inner insulation and wooden panelling are going up now. 



The kids put in many hours of help on this project. Quite a bit of hands-on learning they will use again, I’m sure. Both Mia and Jiah hammered, held, and sawed. They got time with hand saws and a power miter saw. Mia especially has shown an interest in learning to build.



Something else that happened in September was the first shearing of my new angora goats. I had never sheared anything before so these darlings were my guinea pigs (Poor dears). I tried to find an actual person to learn from, but was unsuccessful. So, I read up and watched a few YouTube videos to get a grasp on this new task. 



The first test goat was Patrick. I had just watched a how-to and had all the precautions, tips and tricks in mind. But, reality is rarely as cut and dry as a how-to video. He seemed bigger upside down than right side up and I couldn’t reach his back legs the way it showed in the video.



There were a few things that I discovered -and remembered- that I didn’t pick up from the books and videos. Such as, males have nipples too, and just what getting bit by the shears feels like. My finger and Patrick’s nipple were pretty sore for a bit. 



One thing I discovered is that angora goats are pretty trusting animals.  Once you lay them down to shear them, they oblige the leg pulling, skin tugging and even my beginner slowness quite politely. Polly only protested about having her rear end shaved. A girl has her limits!



The task is done and lessons were learned. What’s left is to wash and comb all this lovely mohair. This will be my winter project: processing, dying, and refining my spinning technique.  Here’s to embracing the chilly days with warm craft projects.

September292014

huffingtonpost:

This Man With Severe Cerebral Palsy Created Mind-Blowing Art Using Just A Typewriter

Last year, 22-time Emmy award-winning reporter John Stofflet posted this news video he created for KING-TV in 2004, featuring Paul Smith and his artistic talents.

See the full video to see more of Smith’s artworks and to learn more about his inspiring story go here. 

(via transpyro)

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modfarm:

Someone Abandoned $80,000 Worth Of Raw Chicken After Failed Ransom AttemptAccording to the Missoulian, a local paper in Missoula, Montana, the story is thus: one as yet unnamed truck driver began hauling about 35,000 pounds of raw chicken, valued at around $80,000, in his 53-foot big rig. The driver, whose truck is registered in Idaho to a company called Dixie River,…

My town makes the news…

modfarm:

Someone Abandoned $80,000 Worth Of Raw Chicken After Failed Ransom Attempt

According to the Missoulian, a local paper in Missoula, Montana, the story is thus: one as yet unnamed truck driver began hauling about 35,000 pounds of raw chicken, valued at around $80,000, in his 53-foot big rig. The driver, whose truck is registered in Idaho to a company called Dixie River,…

My town makes the news…

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permacultureandhomesteading:

“Sowing Seeds in the Desert, a summation of those years of travel and research, is Fukuoka’s last major work-and perhaps his most important. Fukuoka spent years working with people and organizations in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States, to prove that you could, indeed, grow food and regenerate forests with very little irrigation in the most desolate of places. Only by greening the desert, he said, would the world ever achieve true food security.”
Available here: Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security

permacultureandhomesteading:

Sowing Seeds in the Desert, a summation of those years of travel and research, is Fukuoka’s last major work-and perhaps his most important. Fukuoka spent years working with people and organizations in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States, to prove that you could, indeed, grow food and regenerate forests with very little irrigation in the most desolate of places. Only by greening the desert, he said, would the world ever achieve true food security.”

Available here: Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security

(via transpyro)

7AM

usvakorpi:

Redesigning civilization - with permaculture

Everybody should watch this. Every one.

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omgbuglen:

Hindu Sculpture of Ganesha

omgbuglen:

Hindu Sculpture of Ganesha

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September282014
inspirationfeed:

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inspirationfeed:

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4PM
acochlidette:

all hail goth moth


He’s the satanic priest of the insect world!

acochlidette:

all hail goth moth

He’s the satanic priest of the insect world!

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4PM
michaellogangardner:

Slowly but surely, 3.5” at a time…

It’s going to be good.

michaellogangardner:

Slowly but surely, 3.5” at a time…

It’s going to be good.

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alandistro:

I don’t ever take screenshots of tweets and post them on tumblr, but damn, I’m feeling this. [x]


Want. But waiting.

alandistro:

I don’t ever take screenshots of tweets and post them on tumblr, but damn, I’m feeling this. [x]

Want. But waiting.

(via edwardspoonhands)

September272014

So… I just got a text from a random out of state number… that just said “caca”.

Wut?

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