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Posts by Ellendra

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    07/22/2016 8:31:31 PM PDT · 37 of 38
    Ellendra to Diana in Wisconsin

    I’d gladly take some cucumbers from you, ours didn’t make it.

    Cucumber slushies are the best thing on a sore throat, so I was hoping to peel and freeze a few for winter.

  • Social Intelligence Test

    07/22/2016 12:31:39 PM PDT · 4 of 34
    Ellendra to RoosterRedux

    I got a 28. Better than I expected, I’m terrible at reading people.

    Maybe it helped that it was only the eyes, and I could study them without them seeing? Most people get weird when a stranger stares into their eyes too much.

  • Racially Incorrect Facts Regarding Race and Slavery

    07/22/2016 12:08:47 PM PDT · 23 of 33
    Ellendra to T. P. Pole

    Not all slaves were black.


    07/22/2016 10:22:56 AM PDT · 18 of 38
    Ellendra to Dirt for sale
    Sunflowers got devoured by bugs, whatever, I would prefer native flowers that are tough.

    I'm not sure where you're located, but sunflowers are native to the Americas. Some of the modern varieties have been "improved" to where they can't take care of themselves, though.

    I'd suggest looking for an older variety. Maybe Hopi Black Dye?

    07/22/2016 10:02:02 AM PDT · 10 of 38
    Ellendra to greeneyes
    Garlic braiding is a learned skill, and I clearly need more practice:

    The hardneck braid is already coming apart. I'll wait until they dry a little more and redo it. The softneck braid is messy, but holding, so it can stay as-is.

    While talking with an advisor about some unrelated matters, I mentioned my plans for my farm. He suggested that I rent the unused fields from 2 of my neighbors. That would give me almost 3 additional tillable acres to work with, and the average rate of $200 per acre per season is certainly reasonable, if I can be sure the lease period is 3 years or more. Pleurisy Root should bring in an estimated $14,000 per acre every 3 years, so I'd be able to rotate a full acre every year, where before I was assuming 1/3 of an acre. With my expenses as low as they are, that's enough to live on. It'll just have to wait until my hours pick up, because I don't have the money right now. Those neighbors are currently letting a local farmer use the fields for hay, but he's not paying rent on it at all. And when I spoke to him last spring, he said he was mainly farming those fields because it pained him to see them go unused. I think I can make this a win-win-win situation. Eventually.

    We had a gullywasher of a storm last night! The backyard garden seems to have come through ok, in spite of the hail. But a friend on the other side of town posted pictures, her street is flooded 6 feet deep in spots!!! Thankfully she's ok, but there's a lot of cars that tried to go through it that are total losses.
  • North Korea Is Sending Mysterious Coded Radio Messages Again

    07/21/2016 8:10:59 PM PDT · 22 of 57
    Ellendra to NormsRevenge
    "From now on, I will give review work for the subject of mathematics under the curriculum of a remote education university for exploration agents of the 27th bureau."

    So, they're using a book code based on "The Science of Star Trek"?
  • Police: Ex-Marine, 81, held hostage in motel for 4 years

    07/21/2016 12:42:35 PM PDT · 17 of 25
    Ellendra to PROCON

    Skip the jail, just put him in a room with a few marines, and turn the security cameras off. . .

  • Local courtrooms 1st to embrace remote court reporting

    07/20/2016 10:03:37 AM PDT · 7 of 9
    Ellendra to Mr. K

    Lots of places do for non-criminal hearings. I’ve transcribed a number of them.

  • Norwegian school permits burkini in swimming classes

    07/20/2016 7:55:37 AM PDT · 5 of 11
    Ellendra to Olog-hai

    Didn’t those used to be called wetsuits?


    07/19/2016 8:34:38 AM PDT · 158 of 179
    Ellendra to tubebender

    There’s no well yet, so no water to wash as they grow. They seem to deal with the dust just fine.

    I plant the garlic in September.


    07/18/2016 8:56:38 PM PDT · 154 of 179
    Ellendra to tubebender

    Make sure no one walks through that area barefoot! Broken marbles mean broken glass.

    I tend toward ball bearings, myself.


    07/18/2016 10:58:42 AM PDT · 153 of 179
    Ellendra to greeneyes

    I’ve been splitting my time between job-hunting and the farm. My current job isn’t giving me enough hours to pay the bills, so I’m hoping to find something better.

    In the mean time, garlic! I had 4 kinds of garlic planted in one bed. They were jumbled together enough that it’s hard to tell which is which. Some were ready to dig, most weren’t. But circumstances changed.

    The spot where I was growing them is on a terraced part of my hill, near the road. This is a private road, not a public one. On a busy day you might see 10 cars pass by. Because it’s privately owned, most years that means I can plant stuff right alongside it, and only have dust to deal with. That makes this terrace a perfect spot for root crops most of the time.

    Until now. This year, at the meeting with the other property owners who share this road, it was decided that it was time to spray the wild parsnips along the shoulders. So, ready or not, out the garlic comes! I have some that are so small it’s hard to tell they’re even there, and I have some that are full-sized and ready to pull. I dug every last one of them, no matter what stage they were at. Now I have two bags full, and not many places to store them. I’m thinking of braiding the smaller ones so I can hang them up. The biggest ones will be saved for planting.

    Eventually, I have selected the perfect strain for my growing conditions. For now, everything’s still in testing phase.

    On the plus side, my corn and beans are doing fantastic! They were late getting planted, but they caught up fast! I’ll have to start taking my squirt gun full of mineral oil next week so I can treat for ear worms.

  • The Only Escape From A Global Depression

    07/18/2016 10:38:11 AM PDT · 19 of 29
    Ellendra to boycott
    These folks are idiots. Why not just have a debt of $100 trillion if government spending is so good? These idiots defy logic.

    If the government calculated its debt the same way businesses do, it would be more than that already.
  • Baltimore Ravens TE Benjamin Watson: "The Government is Not Daddy"

    07/18/2016 10:33:40 AM PDT · 15 of 17
    Ellendra to Kozy

    Nor can it teach a girl how to ride a bicycle, how to bait a hook, how to catch a ball, shoot a basket, read a bedtime story, how to love a beautiful sunset, how to protect her kid brother, how to respect her parents, demand respect from her boyfriends, and how to be a woman.

    Girls tend to choose the same kinds of men they see their moms with.

  • 9-year-old breaks Md. fishing record

    07/16/2016 9:57:48 AM PDT · 15 of 25
    Ellendra to Trumpet 1

    I’ve been fishing since I was 5. When I was 9, I almost caught one big enough to drag me into the water. If the line hadn’t broken, it probably would have. My dad was on the other side of the river, I was doing it all myself. The only thing he did was drive me to the river that day.

    I believe her.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Reports of a nationwide military martial law declared by Turkish Army.

    07/15/2016 1:05:19 PM PDT · 19 of 1,264
    Ellendra to Paladin2

    There’s still room for errors involving marital law.

  • Let's see what happens when you punch a bear trap

    07/15/2016 10:05:33 AM PDT · 13 of 35
    Ellendra to w1n1

    Looks too small to be a bear trap. I think I have one of those for coyotes.

  • The Swiss, Muslim Immigrants and Shaking Hands

    07/14/2016 12:12:24 PM PDT · 18 of 20
    Ellendra to I_BE_THE_ONE
    They were completing a 32 mile tunnel to give you an idea of obstacles to movement presented by mountains.

    I hope they don't have that superstition about holding your breath while going through a tunnel!
  • New York Like Scene From ‘The Walking Dead’ After Large-Scale Marijuana Overdose

    07/13/2016 10:56:49 AM PDT · 11 of 36
    Ellendra to Mariner

    That description really doesn’t sound like a drug overdose. I find it hard to believe 33 people, all at the same intersection, decided to take the same drug all at the same time. Sounds more like a chemical weapon attack.

  • When Persuasion Turns Deadly

    07/12/2016 8:06:59 PM PDT · 1 of 25
    Please bear in mind that the author of this piece is a comic strip artist, and has a history of saying things in an unusual way so he can study the reaction.

    With that in mind, I think he makes some interesting points.

  • Day of Rage Protests Are Scheduled for July 15th in These American Cities

    07/12/2016 10:01:25 AM PDT · 61 of 186
    Ellendra to Whenifhow

    The Occupy movement started as a “Day of Rage”. Hopefully this time will prove to be as sedate as that one was.

    But I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • Spoiled College Grad Demands New Dress Code at Job, Gets the Boot

    06/29/2016 1:17:46 PM PDT · 60 of 84
    Ellendra to rktman

    I sometimes got razzed for eating at my desk at my last job. I have hyper-sensitive hearing, and couldn’t stand to be in the break room when the icemaker turned on or the compressors cycled on the fridges. But I don’t think anyone ever sent out a petition because of it!

    I did know one who got laughed out of the boss’s office for complaining about me, though. I was the QA then, and he claimed his bad scores shouldn’t count against him because I never spoke to him verbally. I had sent him emails and instant messages by the dozens, his immediate supervisor had spoken to him about it several times, and so had the other QA on the floor. But because I hadn’t talked to him about it, he thought he should get a pass.

    My boss laughed him out of the office for that. Why? Because I was MUTE!!!!

    It’s amazing what people will do to try and justify not following the rules.

  • Microsoft forced to pay £7,500 after Windows 10 began automatically installing on woman's computer

    06/28/2016 10:46:03 AM PDT · 11 of 18
    Ellendra to TexasRepublic

    I’ve been trying to switch to Linux. Unfortunately there are a few programs I need for work that still require Windows.

    I’ve settled for a dual-boot, and uninstalled the update that causes Win10 to keep turning up.

    I do NOT take kindly to being forced. If you have to use force, peer-pressure, conniving, emotionalism, or threats to get me to do something, then that means there’s a logical reason for me not to do it.

    (Needless to say, I was a difficult child sometimes.)


    06/26/2016 11:12:23 AM PDT · 55 of 87
    Ellendra to Diana in Wisconsin

    And every single one of them needs more light than what my house can provide. I’m not beating my head against that wall anymore.


    06/25/2016 7:48:17 PM PDT · 50 of 87
    Ellendra to greeneyes

    I actually like starting seeds. It helps me cope with that restless feeling in the spring, when the weather is warm but I know there will be freezes so I can’t plant outdoors yet.

    The problem is, my house is much too dark. Even with supplemental light, I end up with seedlings so leggy they don’t even survive the trip to the garden.

    That makes me sad.

  • Coding bootcamps: Can you believe their claims?

    06/25/2016 7:38:08 PM PDT · 23 of 45
    Ellendra to thoughtomator
    3) Comp Sci programs in US universities, with the 50% rate of employment in the field for recent graduates, have a LOT to answer for.

    This one.

    My brother is in charge of hiring programmers where he works. He says they don't have any specific degree requirements, but requires that they prove themselves by writing a short program right there in the office. He lays out the specifics for what the program needs to do. It's been 13 years since I took a 1-semester programming class, and I could still write one that met that goal. It's that simple a test.

    It took him 3 years and 200 candidates to find someone who could pass that test!

    The pay being offered was slightly above the average for that job. People with multiple degrees could not write a program when asked to. What exactly are these universities filling their time with? And why are they passing people who haven't learned squat?!?

    06/25/2016 1:45:58 PM PDT · 47 of 87
    Ellendra to greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin

    Heck, I have a hard enough time getting seedlings started, I’d pay for someone to start them for me, even when I’m providing the seeds!

  • Weekly [sort of] Prepper Thread

    06/25/2016 12:43:27 PM PDT · 91 of 119
    Ellendra to mumblypeg

    (Moment of silence for our dear /Johnny.)

    . . . .

    If you’re growing tobacco, also look for instructions on how to cure it. When not cured properly, it tastes awful! (According to smokers I know.)

    A little practice carving pipes wouldn’t hurt. It’ll help expand your market in a post-SHTF environment.

    Tobacco can also be used as an insecticide. Just be careful around nightshades, as they can share diseases.

  • Weekly [sort of] Prepper Thread

    06/24/2016 5:53:23 PM PDT · 23 of 119
    Ellendra to roadcat

    1) Keep in mind that there will always be someone who is liked the least. Think carefully about whether this person is destructive enough to be worth the reaction.

    2) How severe your reaction should be depends on how dangerous this person is. In most cases, shunning might be enough. If they steal or endanger others, then for the sake of your own conscience, make sure they are actually in the act before you pull the trigger.

    3) Whenever possible, follow basic guidelines of justice. A hearing, a trial, a decision made by the community.

    I don’t know your exact situation, so I’m afraid I can’t get more specific than that.

  • Weekly [sort of] Prepper Thread

    06/24/2016 5:43:49 PM PDT · 12 of 119
    Ellendra to TMSuchman

    I posted instructions on making a grain thresher out of a 5-gallon bucket:

    I didn’t go into much detail about what grain was shown in the pictures. That’s lambsquarters seed, which grew wild on my farm. Lambsquarters is a wild form of quinoa, and is a good source of protein. It grows just about anywhere at the drop of a hat. These planted themselves at the edges of my garden. The leaves are also edible, and taste like spinach. The leaves have more calcium per cup than milk does!

    The other grain I threshed that day was amaranth, also from a stand that grew wild on my land.

    Knowing how to forage, and what to do with the stuff you find, is a very important SHTF skill.

  • Brexit: Who's next?

    06/24/2016 9:06:56 AM PDT · 19 of 43
    Ellendra to MNDude

    Still waiting to see if the EU responds to secession the way the US once did.

    The logistics are different, but human nature is the same.

  • Why Gun Control Can’t Be Solved in the USA

    06/23/2016 2:15:30 PM PDT · 1 of 17
    When reading, please keep in mind that Scott Adams has a history of writing things a certain way just so he can study the reaction.

    Also keep in mind that he's a cartoonist.

    That said, I think he has an interesting viewpoint.

  • Clemson's first harvest of ancient Southern wheat exceeds expectations

    06/21/2016 9:09:27 AM PDT · 39 of 46
    Ellendra to Pelham

    One trick that works well with clay soil is to plant daikon radishes, and then leave them in the ground to rot. It stinks to high heavens for a while, but you wouldn’t believe the difference!

    Daikons are sometimes referred to as “nature’s rototillers”.


    06/21/2016 9:01:48 AM PDT · 86 of 86
    Ellendra to tubebender

    I wish I could take credit for it. I can’t remember where I first saw the design, it was on a DIY website somewhere.


    06/20/2016 8:47:56 PM PDT · 83 of 86
    Ellendra to All
    While tidying up some things, I came across the bucket thresher I built last winter, and the bags of grain I harvested that prompted the thresher. By the time I had the thresher ready, it was below zero outside, so I put everything somewhere safe and forgot they were there. It's definitely not too cold now!

    Since in a few months, it will be time to harvest grain again, I thought it would be a good time to show my bucket thresher, so you can see how it works. I'm not very good at keeping the names of things straight, so forgive me if I use descriptions instead of technical terms.

    To build a bucket thresher, you'll need:
    -A 5-gallon bucket with lid
    -A power drill. Faster is better, but it doesn't need much power. Kind of the opposite of what a good drill should be.
    -A threaded rod. Slightly longer than the bucket is tall, and that will fit into the drill.
    -2 lengths of chain, slightly shorter than the inner diameter of the bucket.
    -4 washers that will fit between the links of the chain without the chain slipping over them.
    -1 bigger washer, with a large interior hole. This is to keep the thresher from tearing up the lid of the bucket.
    -4 nuts, that will fit on the threaded rod.
    -Loctite glue

    Thread the hardware onto the rod as shown:

    (Ignore the laundry basket. I forgot it was there.)

    You can play with the placement of the chains until you find a spacing you like. When you decide on a spacing, use the loctite to glue the nuts in place. If you don't, the chains will spin themselves up and down on their own while you're threshing, and that doesn't work so well.

    Cut a small hole in the center of the bucket's lid, and tape the big washer over it.

    After the loctite has set, you're ready to thresh! I've found short pieces thresh out better than long ones. Just fill the bucket loosely, about 1/3rd full:

    Thread the rod through the lid, and attach the lid securely. Hook the end of the rod up to the drill:

    And spin! I found it works best if I hold the bucket between my feet while threshing, otherwise it tends to buck a lot.

    With the drill I used, it only takes about 10 seconds to thresh out the lambsquarters and amaranth I picked. I use a spaghetti strainer to sift out the stems from the grain:

    The grain still has hulls and chaff in it that will need to be winnowed out:

    Winnowing is best done with an electric fan. That gives you better control over how strong a breeze you use. With small grains that becomes especially important, it doesn't take much for the grain to blow away!

    I didn't get a chance to winnow this batch yet, so I'm afraid I don't have pictures of the finished product. But that's the threshing part.
  • "OR SOMETHING ELSE" bumper sticker

    06/20/2016 11:54:10 AM PDT · 6 of 19
    Ellendra to Steely Tom

  • "OR SOMETHING ELSE" bumper sticker

  • Vanity/Weird posting response message yesterday and today

    06/20/2016 11:47:54 AM PDT · 18 of 25
    Ellendra to CGASMIA68

    It happens sometimes. There are threads now and then asking the same question. And, I remember going through the same probationary period when I first joined. Every new FReeper does.

    I wish the mods would say what it was that got reported, but maybe that leads to too much backbiting. At any rate, it sounds like you got through it already.

  • Six Diseases Return To US as Migration Advocates Celebrate ‘World Refugee Day’

    06/20/2016 11:42:26 AM PDT · 6 of 24
    Ellendra to Enlightened1

    Minor correction: Bubonic Plague was not eradicated from the US. It’s endemic in certain animal populations. With modern hygiene, infections have become rare, although they do still happen on occasion.

    Person-to-person transmission was practically eliminated. That might be what’s picking up. But the disease itself has been here the whole time.

  • Vanity/Weird posting response message yesterday and today

    06/20/2016 11:38:28 AM PDT · 11 of 25
    Ellendra to CGASMIA68

    It means that someone reported you for breaking forum rules, so your posts are being checked before they’re allowed to go through. No biggie, it happens sometimes.

    If you’re no longer seeing that message, then it means that the administrators investigated the report and decided you were ok.

  • Diabetes patients could benefit from Kamut-khorasan wheat finds study

    06/20/2016 11:08:42 AM PDT · 4 of 20
    Ellendra to Red Badger

    Now I’m glad I ordered some seed.

    I don’t have any problems with blood sugar, but I do have trouble with various mineral deficiencies. I’ve had to structure my whole diet around the mineral contents of various foods, since I don’t tolerate supplements well. According to the article, Kamut made a huge difference in mineral levels. I might have to do more research on that.

  • Clemson's first harvest of ancient Southern wheat exceeds expectations

    06/20/2016 11:05:13 AM PDT · 6 of 46
    Ellendra to Red Badger

    Bountiful Gardens has several varieties of heirloom grains available. The biggest selection I’ve seen outside of the federal seed bank:

    I ordered 16 varieties to test this year, although stuff came up and I’ll have to plant them next year instead. Some of those older varieties are kind of cool.

    (Yes, I’m a plants geek.)

  • Clemson's first harvest of ancient Southern wheat exceeds expectations

    06/20/2016 11:02:22 AM PDT · 5 of 46
    Ellendra to greeneyes

    Worth a Gardening Ping?

  • How to Un-Hypnotize a Rabid Anti-Trumper (Scott Adams DESTROYS "#NeverTrump")

    06/20/2016 9:58:36 AM PDT · 6 of 25
    Ellendra to KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

    Scott Adams sometimes likes to mess with people’s heads in his blogs, just to see what happens. But he does have a way of getting people to look at things differently.

    Maybe they’re the same thing. Who knows?


    06/17/2016 8:55:15 PM PDT · 57 of 86
    Ellendra to greeneyes

    Have you tried the Christmas lights trick? String Christmas lights on your fruit trees. If using the LED kind hang them a little more thickly than with the incandescent kind, but the heat they emit is usually just enough to keep frost off the flowers.


    06/17/2016 5:18:47 PM PDT · 26 of 86
    Ellendra to Diana in Wisconsin

    Hey there!



    06/17/2016 5:17:16 PM PDT · 25 of 86
    Ellendra to Diana in Wisconsin

    06/17/2016 4:57:21 PM PDT · 17 of 86
    Ellendra to greeneyes

    Woohoo! The gardening list!

    I managed to get my entire 2100 square foot garden weeded this week! That’s probably a first.

    I found it was much easier when I could sit down right next to the plants. I don’t have trouble sitting on the ground, but I have trouble pulling weeds while kneeling because of my shoulder. Sitting down, it was actually very relaxing to pull weeds.

    I’m already adjusting my plans for next year’s garden to include more sitting space. I probably will never get the whole almost-2-acres weeded, but I can focus on the corn and veggie patch. 3 rows planted and one left blank ought to give me the space I need.

    The garlic is getting closer. I picked scapes this week. But I also accidentally pulled some volunteer garlic while pulling weeds, and it was too young yet. I’m making spaghetti sauce now with them, though :)

    My corn and beans sprouted fast, but the tomatoes, herbs, and melons haven’t shown yet. I know they have another week before it’s time to worry, but I can’t help it. They were late enough getting out there, and other people have little green tomatoes already.

    Right now, I’m looking for a sickle mower attachment that will fit my little tractor. The grass in the big field is too tall for the regular mower, and I’ll need a sickle mower at some point anyway, just to harvest my herbs and grains with.

    The elderberries are blooming. And my strawberries are producing already. Life is good :)

  • Friday Evening Vanity - Sleep Disorders

    06/17/2016 4:42:19 PM PDT · 36 of 90
    Ellendra to trisham

    That’s a valid fear!!! Maybe if you can’t move, at least install a door at the stairs, and make it so the lock is unusual. Locking at the top instead of at the knob, for example.

  • Friday Evening Vanity - Sleep Disorders

    06/17/2016 4:39:20 PM PDT · 34 of 90
    Ellendra to West Texas Chuck

    If it’s the apnea that’s waking you up, the CPAP will work wonders.

    If it’s your brain waking you up or keeping you awake, try meditation, incense, or OTC medication.

    If your muscles twitch and jerk, waking you up, try skullcap. It’s an herbal muscle relaxer that has been a GODSEND for me!!!

    I have both a restless brain and restless muscles. Not just restless legs, sometimes every muscle in my body starts twitching, like they’re trying to run away from each other. Technically, I also have central (AKA: non-obstructive) sleep apnea on top of that, but only if I sleep face-up.

    I used to go days at a time without any sleep at all! A combination of Tylenol PM and skullcap works for me. But every person is different, so it might or might not work as well for you.