Didn't get any work done on my afgan yesterday due to my herbalism class. I really enjoy(ed) these classes and next week is the last one. We did get into some 'hands-on' stuff, mostly samples of infusions and decoctions. The room was too small for the class to actually have the students do more hands-on mixing/making of tinctures/salves, although the teacher showed us how it was done. But having samples of a plant (part of our homework) to pass around and have on-hand during the class was really cool. It made the information we're learning a lot easier to understand by actually seeing what she was talking about. We could go back and apply things we learned in previous classes to the plant and what we were doing last night.
There was a controlled burn last night as well (lighting a controlled fire to prevent worse wild fires). It just proves how interconnected things are since it wasn't near where I was but we could still see and smell the smoke from it, many miles away.
03-15-2019, 12:34 PM
I think I am among the living again, though the cough is hanging on a bit. This has truly been a lost week. Today and the weekend need to be catch up time for all the things I put off doing.
03-15-2019, 01:13 PM
Glad you're feeling better, D. I hope everyone else under the weather will be doing better soon, too.
Has anyone tried wrapping cheese in wax paper to keep it from drying out? We like cheese sticks when we travel, but they're expensive, there are limited flavors, and they use a lot of plastic packaging. It would be easy enough to cut an 8 oz block of cheese into 8 sticks and wrap them up in wax paper for single servings. I keep trying to figure out how to cut down on single use plastics. I'm not all gung ho about it, but if everyone did a few little things, that would turn into one giant huge enormous big thing. It's also frugal, and right now I'm looking for ways to cut back without giving up much. I guess you could say I'm trying to have my cheese and eat it, too. I'm thinking about a hybrid solution, wrapping the individual sticks in wax paper, then storing all of them in a multiple use plastic dish, like my beloved Tupperware. I think I need to give that a try. Plastic wrap would work better, I know, but that would sorta defeat one of my purposes. I've thought about DIY cheese sticks for a long time, but never got past the idea stage. But I think the time has come. I'm out of wax paper right now, that's why I'm asking if anyone has tried it.
Every day is Saturday now. It's a little disorienting, but I'm sure I'll adjust.
Decided not to take the gas grill camping, but use it for day trips. We used to do that all the time, take a grill and have a picnic somewhere. We always have our Cobb in the camper, and the reason I requested the gas stove/grill was so we could have that combo and avoid carrying two gas appliances, so we have plenty of options, also including the camper stove, Dutch ovens, and the campground fire pits and grills. Spring needs to hurry and get here so we can inventory all the stuff in the camper and be reminded what's there. I'm wasting too much time redoing stuff that's already been figured out because we've forgotten what we have.
03-15-2019, 04:16 PM
Only thing I can think of is using the wax paper and rubber bands to keep it snug against the cheese. Most large cheese wheels come in wax rinds (as in dipped/coated in wax) and I would guess the wax paper, provided it doesn't get too hot to melt the wax or soaked, would do the same.
03-15-2019, 10:05 PM
The wax paper is thin though. I'm not sure it actually has wax on it. I did find a scrap of wax paper and wrapped up 3 pieces of cheese. So far, so good. They won't dry out because they're in the plastic box like we always store cheese in. The test would be to have them in a bento or cooler for a few hours between when we break camp in the AM and lunch. I will be leaving one of the packages in the fridge but not in a container to see how it works out. I know I could leave the cheese sticks unwrapped in their box and wrap them a few at a time, but it's always a rush in the morning when we want to get on the road, so it would be easier to have them all wrapped and ready to grab and go.
Thanks for the rubber band idea! That would work great. I was trying to think of a way to keep the wrapping closed but all I could think of was tape. I don't want to mess with that. Rubber bands would be fast and easy and reusable. Bet I can get some cheap at Dollar Tree.
I wrap our sandwich wraps in wax paper since I'm too cheap to buy sandwich paper, and that has worked out very well. I just now thought of that. Our wraps don't dry out, so I bet the cheese won't either. The wraps are always in a plastic bag or bento though.
Husby went out to salt the driveway, and found the A wall on the camper had collapsed. We don't know why. We've been through some pretty bad storms in that camper with no problems. It's possible it wasn't latched right. I hope that was the problem, but we will probably never know. Luckily the counter it fell on was clear and the glass tops on the stove and sink were closed or there would have been damage. No snow got inside either, so it could not have been open very long, also lucky.
Got the bag repaired for the roll up table, so Husby put that back in the camper. There was plenty of room to add the new table skirt in with it. He also brought in the second pantry basket. Which had an unopened roll of wax paper in it. It figures.
03-15-2019, 10:33 PM
I think weather and location is a big factor of where to live. what if you can't drive anymore? things like that. medical treatments like cancer. now it is better but I remember not that long ago and for most..they have to travel to get specialists appts or chemo. just what has happened to neighbours and parents. my mil couldn't even make it up the front stairs for years here ..not many because of her weight. neighbour had a stroke. my moms heart got bad ... just plans change because of life.
we thought about moving to a bigger place less neighbours but realized we are too old to change it up because if can't drive etc. here we are close to transit, shopping, malls library etc. so staying put. have big back yard and lots of parks. and plans for more privacy.
finished a cowl last night out of xmas yarn from bernat clearance stuff.
03-16-2019, 09:15 AM
My husband and I do not drive now. So that is something I keep in mind. It is why I have ruled out rural, suburban and cabin in the woods. Also ruling out small towns because you need to be a certain size before you develop public transportation.
That is one of the reasons I want to live in the downtown area of a mid sized city. Lots of things are walking distance or a short bus ride away. All public transportation tends to radiate out from downtown.
My husband is not so good with stairs now. And our current place has stairs. The next place we choose will not have stairs.
I have been reading on line about reusable food wrappers. A new think now is fabric coated with a thin layer of beeswax. The commercial ones seem overpriced. They are tutorial online for doing your own. The drawback is that they need to be hand washed in cool water.
There is another lady who said she makes cloth food wraps with a layer of PUL in the middle. These have a button and a loop to close. No tutorial but it seems simple enough to make from the explanation.
03-16-2019, 11:28 AM
We currently live in the woods near a small town and that's what we're struggling with, the medical aspects. We have primary care here and a small hospital, but with the push to eliminate ACA which would remove a lot of funding for rural hospitals, being able to continue getting care here is something we worry about. We're looking at small 'hub' cities of 25k or less that offer a fair amount of medical services that are part of a network tied to the regional medical center. In our case, the hub is in Duluth, a 2-hr drive or 45 minutes by Medivac. If we moved to Grand Rapids, the hub would still be in Duluth about an hr away. Extreme cases go to Minneapolis or Rochester.
Kathy, it's not exactly accurate that there is no mass transit in little towns. We have Arrowhead Transit here, which offers rides in town and also to other towns. My mom utilizes that, mostly in winter. They have wheelchair lifts on their buses and the driver helps people load and unload. There's a charge but it's not expensive. It's not like a regular urban bus line in that they don't necessarily show up on this corner at that time. Mom gets picked up and dropped off at her house and they take her right to the door of the grocery store or the clinic. I don't know all the details, but it works for her. She can arrange for transport to appointments out of town, too, even shopping trips. I think those require a minimum of 5 people riding, though. People call ahead because they don't run on a set schedule.
There are also volunteer drivers who can take people where they need to go including out of town. It's kind of like Uber except payment is voluntary and rides need to be arranged in advance. Mom has used volunteer drivers for appointments in Duluth, 110 miles away. And even our little town has a taxi. I think it's $5 to go anywhere in town, which takes about 10 minutes. Of course, we don't have zoos and museums here, although the arts community is large for the population.
You might be surprised what small towns of around 25k people sometimes have to offer. Plus they're generally safer and cheaper to live in. The museums and arts of course would not compare with where you live now, but no place in this country could.
Smaller cities often have travelling exhibits and shows in places you might not expect. Duluth (100k) had an exhibit of King Tut's treasures, for example. Across the bridge in Superior, WI, Cirque du Soleil Crystal will be having a show soon, which I would love to see. Duluth often has Broadway shows and all kinds of art events. I'm not pushing Duluth, just saying small cities often offer more than first meets the eye, but maybe not on a permanent basis.
03-16-2019, 11:36 AM
PUL is not airtight, so probably about the same as wax paper. Not all PUL is food safe either, which it seems a lot of people don't realize. I've read about the beeswax method and I didn't feel like it would work very well, although at this moment I can't remember why I thought so. There's also the issues of toxins in most fabrics.
03-16-2019, 12:37 PM
I am blessed beyond measure in my retirement living. I have the pleasure of country living, but essentially inherited new family with the wonderful neighbors, who are actual family of a long time friend. It was totally unexpected and unplanned for and I hope I am sufficiently grateful. I have all the privacy I want, but if I need help, they are only a text away. Not to mention they barbecue some killer ribs!
Things are getting more on track here. The two must-do things hanging over my head and nagging to be attended to are done - vaccination last Tuesday and last night I filed federal and state taxes. What’s been such a pain the last couple of years has been figuring out state taxes for online purchases. I used to keep a list through the year but that bit of organization had fallen away. However when I was slogging through figuring it out for for the 2018 taxes, I started a list for this year. That is one habit I will reestablish or else.
Also the total for crafts was totally shocking. I knew I had spent a lot getting together the stash for the new aspirations and purchasing fabric for one thing and another, but holy cow! That is NOT going to happen again. Of course, mostly it doesn’t have to. A sizable chunk was for books and tools, one time purchases. I had a wide range of size 11 seed beads, but little in 15. I expanded those, and we all know the cost of beads adds up fast. But again, they will not need to be purchased again. Ditto laces, trims, silk ribbon. Purchased usually in 1 or 2 yard lengths, depending on how it was offered, it will go on forever since I will be using it in short pieces. Lots spent on specialty threads. If I am crossstitching to a definite pattern, occasionally a color will need to be replenished, but for the embroidery and blackwork, I can use whatever is on hand.
In short, the stash is DONE. I have a huge array of fabrics and embellishments to choose from. I don’t regret spending what I did, because it’s a great trove on hand to work with. In fact, the only things I have bought for it since the first of the year are the templates from Australia, a planned JA trip for fancy fabric that got delayed until this year, the Goodwill excursion that was also planned and funded with some “found” money the state sent me - I have no idea from what since it wasn’t connected with taxes - and the yarn I bought for the baskets I’m making for Christmas presents, which isn’t really stash, though I suppose the leftovers will be. Oh, and the paper rolls for scrap quilting.
I can think of nothing else to buy because I’ve already bought all there is to buy - lol. Now I’m ready to roll. Evidence it is actually happening? All the yarn that is being used up on scarves and baskets, all the hexagons made and ready to go. Stuff actually being produced.
03-16-2019, 08:51 PM
I've been so happy for you ever since you said Sharon had invited you to join her little neighborhood, D. It just seemed so perfect for you, for all the reasons you've mentioned. It was so much fun to watch your house project grow and finally become reality for you, too. You seem so happy there, both with the house and your new family.
Last year when I modified the bed in the camper, I had to take the folding shelves off the ends of the cabinets. The shelves were above the bed, but they can't fold down now because of the bedding underneath them. I've been trying to figure out what to do about the shelves since redoing the bed because we need the shelves. My ideas have all involved making narrower shelves, which would not be as nice as the factory shelves. I didn't think about modding the bedding until this morning. The bedding is T shaped, with the bottom of the T being only about a foot high. The corners under the arms of the T have cabinets in them. That area is too short for us to put our feet in when we sleep. It occurred to me if I take the stuffing out of the comforters, bedspreads, and blankets, and remove the corners of the mattress pad and replace them with sheet fabric, the area where the shelves have to fold down would be much, much thinner so wouldn't stick up nearly as high. It might be enough of a difference to allow the shelves to work. All that bedding is also tucked under the mattress in those areas, so it's twice as thick. I think getting rid of that bulk would make a big difference. It's not like our feet would be cold because we don't use those little corners anyway. Dang, I hope the snow melts soon. So much to do.
03-17-2019, 01:06 AM
sounds like a great place to live dcompton! glad you know what you want kathyb.
well everyone in facebook group for caron cake yarn was posting clearance yarn ..had been very good about not going to michaels for weeks but was working right across the street from them so stopped in. got a clearance macrame kit for $15 too for the gift stash. half price for the yarn 4.97 each
I finally got back to some crafting yesterday - I finished the taller basket for the yarn balls. I like it a lot so plan to make a couple more. I’ll get a pic soon. It’s colorful and functional and chewed through a lot of variegated stash.
I also continued making headway on the general clean up. Through the last couple of months decluttering has involved a couple of “for now” containers. It’s time to deal with that stuff, the things that are a pain to do. This goes here, the next thing in another room, the third in a less accessible place ... you all know that drill, I’m sure. Or maybe you don’t. If you don’t, I am overwhelmed with admiration for you. I am determined to keep pegging away at it until it’s done.
That’s on the agenda today, along with laundry. Washers and dryers are among mankind’s most impressive achievements. That’s a core belief and nothing will make me change my mind on it. If I had to haul it down to the creek and beat it on the rocks it just wouldn’t happen.
03-18-2019, 01:02 PM
Pretty yarn, martha.
dc - the baskets are a good idea, especially for holding yarn. I usually use the cloth shopping bags for my projects but I do like the idea of the baskets.
Got a good amount of work done on my w/b afgan over the weekend. The skeins will probably take a fair amount of time since they're longer than what I normally use (although about the same weight). So I"m still working on the same skein - it's about skein #4 since I started it in the fall and set it aside to make afgans for others. The afgan is now just passed my knees (which includes the amount covering my stomach while I crochet).
03-18-2019, 02:11 PM
Yesterday I made some progress on the house and some on the basket. More of the same on today’s agenda.