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Oct. 9th, 2008 12:02 pm
helwen: (water drops)
Getting it together for Ashfield Fall Festival (happening this Saturday and Sunday). Won't have some things, will have others. Had a few hiccups with the PC and printer but L helped me with fixing and/or creating work-arounds, yay!

Need to finish one more scarf by Sat. It's half done so I should be able to finish and wash it.

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Meeting Tues night went well. Lots of people there interested in seeing what ideas there were for helping people winterize and/or deal with heating for the winter.

- Weatherization workshop next Thursday, where people will learn some weatherizing skills and what to look for at people's homes. Follow-up is that when someone wants help with doing these things at their homes, there will be more people who can come over and help do it.

- Raffle starting at the Fall Festival for various items like restaurant certificates, a cord of wood, quilts, etc. I donated one of my scarves. Raffle culminates in December and the proceeds will go toward buying weatherizing supplies, etc.

- No expectation that we could raise enough money to help pay heating bills, but trying to get the word out to people to apply for LIHEAP. Two women there had gotten training in helping people fill out the forms and another wanted to learn -- the forms aren't that difficult but the help is needed to ensure proper documentation accompanies the forms.

- Fellow from Triads and some other folks spoke on aid available to seniors, including checking in on those who wish it. The police chief said the police are often the point of contact for people needing help and they coordinate with Triads and others, then he had to go into the Health Services meeting, where some of the concerns about members of the community getting heat were also being discussed. We should be getting some funding for supplies as well. One of the senior craft classes coming up will be making draft-stoppers. Every bit helps!

- Will also be articles published in the paper, and a collection spot for warm clothing will be arranged. Someone suggested one of the churches or the Food Pantry, but it may also end up being in Town Hall. I'll finally have a new home for a box of fleece hats and mittens I have leftover from when I used to make them for sale!

- We discussed how some folks may feel awkward about getting help, especially if they don't have the money to pay for materials (pride, etc.) -- thoughts were that they can maybe help others in other ways, and/or remind them that by reducing the amount of energy they're using to heat their homes, they're helping all of us to save the environment, and to save more fuel for the future.

- We signed the contact list so we should be in the loop for future meetings, and signed up for the weatherizing team as well.

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Three years ago Rob Hopkins and some interested folks started an experiment in Totnes in the UK -- A Transition Town. Today there are 85 places working toward transitioning to being low-energy, more self-sufficient, reducing their carbon footprint, with an eye to being prepared for peak oil as well as helping the world's climate and environment. There are ~700 other places indicating interest in learning about being Transition Towns or even Cities.
Future Proofers is an excellent article on how larger communities are seeing what they can do to help themselves be ready for the future, including roof-top gardening in Brixton (a London borough).

Although we don't have the currency idea around here, I do have some hope for our area, with the CSAs and farmers markets, Northampton's plans for becoming more sustainable, and now our own town's work to help folks here. This new group is not just talking about help for this winter but in future years as well.

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And speaking of planning for the future, Kew Gardens is working with African healers to create gardens with the 30 most-used healing herbs, so that the herbs in the wild won't be completely decimated. Use of herbal medicines is on the rise and some herbal populations are getting hard hit -- bad for them and bad for the people who will be counting on them down the line. Part of the Breathing Planet Programme, which is also working in places all around the world on conservation and reducing CO2 emissions (1/5 comes from deforestation):
Natural Healing - Kew Gardens and the Breathing Planet Programme

Article mentions something called the Eden Project over in Cornwall, will have to look that up later!

Exciting work being done!
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Conference and some thoughts )

Glad we went, but glad to be home again. What a pleasure seeing the stars and the Milky Way when we got home last night, in all their brilliant glory!

And the air is noticeably better here than at lower elevations.

The kitties were happy to see us too, and vice versa :)

Today, more emptying of boxes and trying to make space. Our grain and container supply came in this past Friday. One of the things I ordered was rolled oats (organic even), because we often have oatmeal for breakfast, so I thought storing larger amounts in re-usable containers would be better in the long run -- yes the containers are plastic but have great durability, and now we won't have to keep buying it in smaller containers... although I may save some of the cardboard containers we still have for storing non-food stuffs. Looking forward to trying out grinding wheat to make our own flour too -- I've heard that the bread is quite different made from fresh flour. And there was something else I ordered in a small quantity to try... can't remember what it was at the moment. Guess I'll find out later, when there's space up here for unpacking the shipment :D

Oil is around $98/barrel now.... glad we don't live at the house in Holyoke anymore! And I'm sure the new owners are glad they were able to get a nearly full tank of oil at the lower price we paid earlier in the year! The farm's heat is primarily a wood furnace, with oil backup. It's a good furnace, not one of those nasty short stack things. Burns cleanly, works well, and vents high up. Still going to insulate more though -- don't want to use any more wood than we have to.
helwen: (Tower)
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. - Henry David Thoreau

This was the quote I chose to be next to my senior year photo in high school. I've been working on those foundations off and on all this time, and this year will probably be one of the most intense for that, although most people will probably not see a lot of it. That's okay, foundations are like that.
helwen: (MacGyver)
http://www.repp.org/index.html (Renewable Energy Policy Project)-- working with CREST.org now (Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology)

Mostly you'll see links and areas for energy, but in the side menu there's a link for Discussion Groups, and through there is a link for a Straw Bale discussion group, greenbuilding, stoves, etc. -- And access to the archives. A number of articles on the discussion page as well.

I found Crest.org years ago and then forgot about it until I was looking for more stuff on straw bale recently. Nice to see them working with REPP. The research and people's projects seem to be thriving and growing.
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My Moosie spindle came today. The whorl is made from moose antler, and the wood I chose for the shaft is called kingwood (dark). The ones in the photo on http://www.journeywheel.com/specialspindles.php look a lot like it. I've spun a little on it already of course, seeing as they ship it with some wool already started on it. Spins for quite a long time, and quite finely too!

Decided to make the car and farm first aid kits using a couple of large tins I had in storage in the attic. I want the containers to be somewhat insulated but I hate putting in zippers, then saw the box with the tins and thought, "hmmm...." So I've cut out cotton batting and fabric for both tins. One I've finished sewing the pieces and glued them into the tin -- looks like it should work just fine. Will do the other one tomorrow.

Went to the mall but just missed getting to the post office in time. We put in a good walk around the mall, couple circuits as usual. Tomorrow morning I'll go back and mail that package, plus I have to stop at S&S to get some meds, and maybe check out Family Dollar for a few things. Oh, and last week someone told me they'd found organic fruit juice at Ocean State Job Lot, so maybe I should check them out as well, before stopping at the bank on the way home to make a deposit, just to get in as much as possible in one trip.

Tomorrow I have to warp up the table loom. If possible I will also have the small rigid loom we got at the New Year's Eve party also warped for other people to try out. Friday evening is the demo at Sage Park school in Connecticut, and I plan to be weaving there.

Saturday we'll be stopping in at Letterpress Things in Chicopee to drop off one of our eye charts -- the owner collects first prints, and since he's been so helpful to us in various ways, seems only fair he should get one :) Not sure what else is planned for Saturday at this point.

Sunday morning we're off to the farm to look at the land with [livejournal.com profile] fitzw's dad, and talk to both folks about possibilities for agricultural development and construction. Then Concentus practice in either the afternoon or evening (yet to be decided).
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Interesting article from Energy Bulletin:
http://www.energybulletin.net/25033.html

I tend to agree that leaving some of the tech stuff behind has been easier than one might think, and I enjoy not being tied to the tv especially. The time we do watch a show it's a more special occasion/treat, rather than feeling like a drug I have to take regularly to function. It isn't for everyone of course, but as time goes on I have a stronger preference for making my own schedule. The $50+ per month is a nice little savings too, of course.

Mind you, our lives are still pretty darn complex and full of stuff and activity, and likely to stay that way for a while. But it's been good to see progress, even little bits of it, as time goes on.

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This morning and a couple times in the afternoon I worked on award recommendations - mostly writing people in for AoAs, but also co-wrote on a Manche, added a tidbit for a Silver Crescent, and one Tyger's Cub.

It warmed up to over freezing today, so we walked to the bank and deposited some checks. A pleasant walk, and nice to get out for a bit.

I got some fabric down, some to inventory and store and some to use for making bags for first aid kits and stuff, but haven't gotten past that. Tweaked kit #2 and made notes on a few things I'd like to get for the car and farm kits, as well as one or two more things for the daypack kits. It's looking pretty good though!

Did some of the finish work on the tunic tonight, then read more of _Dies the Fire_ aloud while [livejournal.com profile] fitzw worked on binding a book. It's red with a black spine and looks very pretty.
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Last Wednesday was my last regularly scheduled day at the chiropractors' office (unless they're unable to get someone to cover this week - I said I'd work if they couldn't get someone). The continuing lack of communications about changes in office procedure once again reared its head last week (why am I hearing about a change on Wednesday that they've been working on implementing since December?). And quite frankly, given that I rarely got a full shift (once in the last month) nevermind a full week, makes it more expensive for me to be working there than not. So, I'm on their list as a sub still, and will do some work at home.

I'll spend some time working on house projects, catching up on some artwork, reading more for my Novice Schola class, and putting together photos of books for [livejournal.com profile] kass_rants. Since we don't merchant a lot and don't have a commercial web site, it'll be nice to have our books getting more exposure. With any luck, it might help to keep me busy and out of trouble :D

Last night instead of watching a DVD or whatever, [livejournal.com profile] fitzw read to me while I had some tea, etc., then I read to him while he re-worked a bookbinding. We're reading _Dies The Fire_ together right now.

Today was pretty uneventful - washed and hung up a load of laundry, washed a few dishes, put some garb away, and started inventorying and bagging some fabric I don't need access to for a while (yes, the inventory includes where the bags are located). [livejournal.com profile] fitzw and I went to Ingleside to pick up a few things today and also got in a walk while we were there.

I made some mini travel sewing kits for our just-in-case kits. Since [livejournal.com profile] fitzw and I both have Swiss Spartans now, it's just a few needles and thread, but I thought they'd be useful to have -- 'just in case'.

I figure this evening I'll work on a tunic I cut out before Pennsic but didn't have time to sew, and do some tweaking of my Yule/12th Night dress -- I noticed this morning that one side of the front opening on the bodice isn't quite square enough.

I guess that's all the news from this little corner of the world.
helwen: (Xena)
We walked to S&S again yesterday, wearing our daypacks (reg. size backpack) and did some grocery shopping. I was probably carrying about 12 lbs. coming home, and [livejournal.com profile] fitzw had 15-18 lbs. in his pack. It's .9 miles each way, plus walking in the store (altho' that part's kind of a break). Not a bad walk, and more gas saved of course.

Did two loads of laundry yesterday and combined things from both loads that most needed a dryer. The rest was hung to dry in either the living room or the bedroom (drying rack, two portable/expandable window screens on chairs, and the 4-poster canopy-style bed frame) -- dryers are one of the biggest electricity users in a typical house, plus this way I get to humidify the house :D I might go for three loads next time, as I could have put more things in the dryer quite comfortably. Altho' maybe one of the reasons the load didn't take long to dry was not only because it was a light-medium load but also because some of the items were let to dry a bit from the first load... hmm

Anyway, [personal profile] ellid and I went for a walk at the mall this morning, making two complete circuits at Ingleside, one on the upper level and one on the lower level. Quite a few people go walking there, so the mall leaves some of the outer doors open all the time, as a community service.

Then we came back to the house and had the lovely bagels and cream cheese she got from Bruegger's, with grapefruit juice. After she left, [livejournal.com profile] fitzw and I went to S&S again, this time to get water, plus we got a couple of quarts yogurt. There're high wind warnings for today, and a lot of trees have been going down all over the valley. It's not likely we'd lose water here, but since I haven't re-stocked since last camping season, we were a little low anyway. California safety recommendations (and I imagine national and other places) are to have either 2 or 4 gallons of water in the house per person. I couldn't remember which, so we got 3 each. We used the new backpacks for this trip since we knew we were getting a lot of water and I wanted to try it out over a short distance. A gallon of water is 8 lbs., my pack is 7 lbs. 2 oz. in total, a bit less without the daypack. So, I carried 30+ lbs. coming home. [personal profile] fitzw's pack is a little larger, and he had the yogurt, so he carried 35-37 lbs. My right knee's been bugging me for a while, but aside from one stop to stretch it, the trip home wasn't bad. And yes, I'm having my ginger and licorice tea and have been icing my knees now that I'm back home.

It did give me a good idea of how much I have to do to get into better shape -- a lot! Upward slopes aren't bad, but going up stairs is hard. OTOH, it was undoubtedly better than I would have done a few weeks ago.

Oh, and apparently apparently hanging things up to dry a bit more often, turning off the tv (completely), and some of the computers and printers when they aren't use, plus turning the heat down an hour or so before we go to bed, is making a difference. Our electric bill for the last month was under $60. For those who don't know, we live in a turn of the century house with basement, two full floors and a partially finished attic level. With 22 windows. Down 4.51 KWH per day from a year ago; not bad, eh? Can't wait to see what next month looks like... our Gevalia coffee pot died so we're alternating between the old blue pot and the tea kettle, and no longer leaving the power on most of the day for it. And we got a good windup timer so that we won't have to use the microwave oven to time the tea, so that'll be going on a powerstrip so that we can turn that off when it isn't in use. Should be interesting!

Meantime, we printed copies of period appropriate plates last night, so I'll be painting this afternoon.
helwen: (MacGyver)
Was poking around on energybulletin.net (some good stuff there, but thick reading at times) and found an article on small scale farming/victory gardens, by Sharon Astyk. If you want to read the whole thing, you can find it here: http://www.energybulletin.net/24634.html

I've pulled a section from it for here...

Small scale agriculture )

She talks about being creators, not consumers, and I think it would be marvelous if more people grew at least some of their own food. Most folks I know don't have enough land to grow all their veggies and fruit, but I imagine even a small garden would not only be useful, but really there's nothing more tasty than veggies straight out of your own garden. I usually grow one grape tomato plant (if I can get one -- otherwise, a very sweet cherry tomator will do), simply because I find them to be great snacks, esp. when I'm out gardening and starting to feel a little peckish. And lettuces are remarkably easy to grow.

more of my thoughts on small scale gardening/farming )

The Plan )

Uff!

Jan. 18th, 2007 05:44 pm
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Well, I don't know how much the fabric I hung on the stairway wall will help keep the house warm, but it sure warmed me up getting it up there :P

The draft stopper for the door, OTOH, is working quite well!

The sleeping bags arrived today from Campmor.com -- amazing. They said it could take up to six days, but only took two.

pickle barrel, first aid kits )

It's my sincere hope that I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow. Our group has Needleworkers gathering tomorrow, but I need to stay home and try to get some work done over the next few days. Although a walk at the mall with [livejournal.com profile] ellid and possibly [livejournal.com profile] sorcieredeneige is planned for Saturday morning. Continuing to work on including daily bits of fitness into the schedule. I'm not much for walking in cold weather -- lungs don't like it -- so the mall will have to do for a little while.

The Yogi digestive aid tea (ginger, licorice root, lemongrass, etc.) seems to be helping with my knees. Yes, I know my knees aren't where the stomach and intestines are, but the licorice root is supposed to help with overall body 'congestion'. Since I haven't changed anything else since yesterday, I'm assuming the tea is helping. In fact, I didn't have any ibuprofen today, which is nice.
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Sundry cleaning-type things in the a.m., then off to the chiropractor for my adjustment. Knees have been a problem lately, among other things. She noted a general congested state of being and recommended ginger, licorice root, and slippery elm. Well, I have a tea at home that has two out of three and the licorice (yuck) is what's most helpful with congestion of all sorts apparently.

Then I had a little over an hour to kill before work, so I went to Don Gleason's Camping on Pearl Street in Noho, and got topographic maps for between Holyoke and Ashfield, both through Easthampton and northward and also Williamsburg and Greenfield maps.

Then went to Deals and Steals on Pleasant Street (close to Don Gleason's). Got probably 2-3 years' worth of Toms of Maine toothpaste (hey, at those prices I wasn't going to argue, and the sell-by date was sometime in 2009), as well as some Luna Lemon Zest bars, and some cute little bottles of Toms of Maine jasmine liquid soap. Should be handy when camping, and the bottles are re-usable.

Dropped things off at the car, stopped in at Acme Surplus to buy some safety pins, tape, and gauze for building the first aid kits. Picked up a muffin and a cookie (I know, really healthy) in Thorne's Market on the way back to work. Did laundry at work again, between massages, filing, etc. So, I got a little exercise running around town all afternoon. Home again, home again, to show [livejournal.com profile] fitzw the maps and stuff and get ready for a client. [livejournal.com profile] fitzw made beeswax cakes after the client left, for sale at Birka. The double boiler is quite handy, and the cakes are yummy-looking. Unlike the soaps I used to sell at Birka, if someone were to actually take a bite of one of these, nothing bad would happen to them (as far as I know, glycerin isn't that great to take internally, at least not in large quantities). Hopefully they'll be of use to embroiderers, bookbinders, etc.

That's it for now. No earthshaking thoughts or philosophical stuff. G'night!
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As usual, plans rarely go as planned.

We did go shopping, but it tool a little over 3 hours, so other things are behind. Am printing out some things to look over, so that I can write the recommendation tonight. NS/BB will have to wait, but will be done this week.

We did quite a bit of walking at the mall, so more exercise, yay!

Went to Petco, got nutrical, catfood, etc. I went to the post office at Ingleside Mall and sent of the books, while [livejournal.com profile] fitzw found a DVD disk cleaner. Then we stopped in at Christmas Tree Shops because they were having a storewide clearance sale, and found a cute little telescope that comes with small pair of binoculars. The binocs have a working compass on them, and the telescope can be handheld or attached to a stand (stand included). They also had larger pairs of binoculars, 10x50, for only 24.99, so we got those as well. The 'scope's not a serious tool, but it'll do for some amateur stargazing. Picked up a nice peeler and some measuring cups as well.

Then off to EMS. They were closing this store as it turns out, so everything was 50% (close date is Jan. 21). Got a couple of really sweet backpacks there, with detachable daypacks. No sleeping bags there and nothing suitable at Target, so went back online when we got home and found a couple of Slumberjacks at Campmor.com. Both good to -20F, but my being short turns out to be an advantage. They had a short (5'4" and under) for $20 less than for other folks.

I did get a set of Swiss Army knives at Target, too - a Spartan and a smaller pen knife -- so now [livejournal.com profile] fitzw and I can match :D Oh, and we found a tea kettle there also. Our old pot died, and rather than get something that we'll be tempted to leave heating all day, we got something we'll have to pay attention to (whistle type), and have to turn off the heat when it's done its job.

Made the door draft stopper, which is working just fine. Good thing too, with all the wind we're getting. Didn't get to hanging fabric on the shady wall, but hopefully tomorrow morning. It's pretty chilly out!

Tuesday

Jan. 16th, 2007 11:32 am
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Did some research online last night, will be hopefully looking at sleeping bags at Target and backpacks at EMS later today, when we go out to Petco and the post office (combining trips, yay!)

We continue to work on getting in better shape, building endurance and losing weight. I'm far from being able to hike with a backpack, but that's one of my eventual goals. If I can wear armor and fight for several hours at a time, I know I can do this too. The trick is to be able to do it without killing my knees the day after :D

Must make draft stopper today.

Bags for my cards and stuff arrived today. Hoping the leather arrives this week.

Must work on a recommendation and on painting today.

Hopefully more work on NS/BB today (putting in the class descriptions that arrived yesterday), so it can go online by the end of the week latest.

[livejournal.com profile] fitzw is being very productive, and has gotten 4 VCDs done so far -- we'll be bringing [livejournal.com profile] prince_hring's books and VCDs to sell at Birka. He wrote books on making a medieval clock and making a portative organ, and made a VCD on the portative organ as well.

Maybe next year we'll have a book of our own to sell -- I've been bugging [livejournal.com profile] fitzw about doing one on gothic bookbinding. He has something online (free), but not everyone has online access, and there's a lot more he could put in about things like English vs. German bindings, etc. The internet has many wonderful things to offer, but sometimes a book you can hold is simply better.
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Was talking with someone about how since [livejournal.com profile] fitzw and I will be spending more time up at the farm, working on improving some of the land up there, I'll be putting some things in storage there. The spot we'll spend most of our time at has a small building on it, called a double sugarhouse. First job will be to put missing boards up on the walls and part of the floor -- [livejournal.com profile] fitzw's father may be working on that at some point, since he has some wood that might work for the project -- they talked about it a bit last time we were up there.

Once that's done, we'll have a relatively secure place to put things. It should be dry and safe from large critters. To protect from small critters I plan on bagging most things and putting them into boxes or tubs. We'll also keep some tools up there so we don't have to cart them back and forth. The idea is that we could go up for the day, the weekend, or a full week, and most everything we would need would already be there. Although generally speaking I might prefer to bring my own lunch, storing some dry and canned goods there might not be a bad idea.

So, my plan for what to put in storage so far is:
- first aid kit
- bedding (sheets, pillows, comforters, eventually a spare pad)
- some food
- matches and a lighter
- toothbrushes & paste, nail clippers, files, comb, etc - hygiene stuff
- camp stove and fuel (we never use it here or at Pennsic so it might as well go up there)
- extra clothing, hot and cold weather (good if you get all wet and mucky)
- candles and holders
- shovel
- cooking kit
- dishes and utensils
- soap, vinegar
- empty containers

There's a brook nearby for some water uses, and we can always bring water in or fill up at the farmhouse before going up on the hill. I thought about storing water there, but the double sugarhouse might get too hot, and the water would need to be changed out periodically. Or, find something better and/or more insulated for storing water in than plastic jugs.

Does it look like I covered all the bases? I thought about adding a tent because I don't know if the building will be big enough for storing things and sleeping in as well. Will know more after we've looked at it up close and personal (been a few years).

re: water. In a more urban setting it's a good idea to have several gallons of water stored in a cool place, in case of a big storm causing power loss. I think it's something like 4 gallons per person for short-term. If we got warning of a big power loss when I was a kid, we'd fill some pots with water ahead of time (did plastic jugs of water exist in the 70's?). And even though we lived in Northampton, the electrical was iffy in our house, so my mom had candles with matches nearby in several places throughout the house.

Ah, I know. I should put a few oldie but goodie books up there, and some board games! Fun is a necessity :D
helwen: (MacGyver)
The Medieval Feast book arrived and I look forward to checking it out. Still trying to read other books at the same time, so should be an interesting couple of months, trying to prepare for Novice Schola, spring gardening, and more.

The Self-Sufficient Life... by John Seymour arrived the same day, and both [personal profile] fitzw and I have browsed through parts of it. I read the preface and some of the intro stuff, checked out the chapter and subheadings, then skipped to the back where it talks more generally about being a 'self-supporter'. Some interesting things of note from that section...

The successful person:
1. is debt-free

2. has more than one skill/more than one income source (just farming isn't enough these days, as my in-laws know well)

3. is part of a community that is mutually supportive (this means help when you need it, giving help when they need it, trading skills and goods, and ESPECIALLY having healthy social interactions)

#1 is probably my biggest challenge, as I expect it is for most folks. We're working on it though; it's a challenge I'm happy to take up once again. Of course, we just got an equity line this past summer and built an addition on the garage, but I think the resulting ability to have space for learning to weave, spin, and print were worth the expense. And we did our best to design it in a way that would make it attractive for re-sale, when we eventually move out.

#2 I'm working on. Great thing about being in the SCA, is all the opportunities to learn things from folks with all sorts of skills. It's given me chances to not only learn new skills, but learn what things I'd rather not do or am not very good at.

#3. is interesting, as over the years it's come up in random discussions that if there were some sort of 'disaster', some people have thought SCAdians would be among those who would fare better than the average Joe/Jane. Many attribute it to skills SCAdians have acquired. But according to John Seymour, any number of ecovillages and back-to-nature-type groups have failed because they only considered skills and not compatibility and an agreed-upon social structure. If SCAdians do indeed have a higher survival factor, it would be as much because of having a sense of community as of what skill sets the group contains.

Meantime, we're doing sensible things that we should be doing in life regardless of what one thinks regarding peak oil, pollution, etc. -- making more meals at home, eating healthier, going for more walks, learning new things, making new friends, deepening relationships.

I'm definitely not jumping in all at once. I like my different teas, thank you, nor am I giving up hot chocolate. But I did place an order with MotherNature.com during their last sale (20% off your entire order, and free shipping for orders over $50), ordering some things we get anyway but at lower prices. So, a compromise. And now I won't have to buy some teas for months!

We're going to do a major re-organization of the attic and some other areas this year. Some things will leave, others will move, and yet others will be put into storage for future use. We have things that will be useful on the farm but aren't as useful in the city. And I have more fabric than I can use in the next 3-5 years, but it's perfectly good fabric, so we'll determine what we're using in the near future and box the rest. The boxes will all be labelled, and an inventory list drawn up that will list the contents and location of each box. I wouldn't want to do it for a school or other institution, but for just one house it should be manageable. And who knows, we might even find some things we've been looking for....

Speaking of inventory, I'd best get back to the every day business of getting ready for Birka and count books, rats, and sheep...

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