• Category Archives Bleg
  • Dehydrated foods bleg

    Ok, so I’ve been working on putting together a variety of home “mixes” and “instant” style soups etc for us to use when we want to.  For some of the trial stuff I just bought which-ever dehydrated products were easiest to buy.  But we’re getting to the point of actually using quite a bit of it, so I”m looking at buying in larger quantities.  Not TONS, but more than a quart jar too.

    So, can someone suggest a company that they’ve had good luck with that sells (among other things) dehydrated (or freezedried) broccoli, diced potatos, other “soup or stew” type vegi’s, powdered sour cream and milk, etc?


    (edit: eventually I hope to be able to dehydrate my own for this, but right now thats not happening!)

  • Special needs puppy needs a home

    I’ve been a little slow to post this, alot of you readers come here via the same avenue that I used to find this post.  But little Major still needs a home, and so let the networking begin!


    This is Major.  She’s from the last litter that the Atomic Nerds have raised.  And she as a potentially major heart defect:

    unfortunately, the consultation I had with a veterinary cardiologist revealed what she’s actually got is pulmonic stenosis, a different and much less common (the cardiologist commented she’d simply never seen it in an Akita before now) issue. We do not yet know how severe the stenosis is- she was too young at the time to get a good picture- but the cardiologist suggested it wasn’t likely to be mild. We’ll know when she is old enough to have another, clearer ultrasound done in another month or two. She also has a defect in the wall between her ventricles, which the cardiologist said may either be making things worse or actually helping; apparently they often occur together and the treatment for THAT defect on its own is giving the patient an artificial case of stenosis. Apparently Major is very medically interesting! I could have done with boring, personally.

    So Major needs a home.  She needs a home that can handle an Akita (which isn’t the easiest breed to work with) and she needs a home that can handle potentially major medical bills and possibly the far to early heart-break if her condition means her life is shortened.

    Those factors combined have made finding her a home difficult.  If you are up to the task please contact the Atomic Nerds via the email in the linked post.  If you know someone who might be up to the task please share this with them!

  • Pressure Canner Bleg

    So, my dad gave me his old Mirro Matic pressure canner (16qt, model 0406).  After some frustration I finally tracked down the correct gasket for it.  And I downloaded the basic Mirro manual that seems to apply to all their products.

    I’m looking for books on pressure canning please!  I have the Ball Book of Home Preserving of course, but is there anything else that you folks can recommend?  I don’t know that I’ll be doing anything hugely fancy, but Hubby and I were talking about canning chicken and bacon and the like….

  • Bee-keeping?

    Posted on by Ruth

    Yet another “not this year, probly not next year, maybe the year after” project.

    Suggestions, advice, links, other resources on small time honey bee-keeping?

    I don’t know that I WANT to have a hive to manage.  For one thing I have a dog (Arty) who thinks that all small buzzy critters are his to pounce on, I don’t want to picture his reaction to a whole hive.  For another, we get quite a bit of wildlife in the yard as its, do I really want to pull them in with the chance at honey?  And where would I put it?  We have two acres, but I can’t picture a good spot, thats not right next to the house, but that isn’t also practically in the woods….

    But there seems to be such a lack of bees…..this year we’ve added baskets of annual flowers to the garden in an attempt to attract in the pollinators, but I’m not sure its working.  Course, this incredibly wet weather can’t be helping, but still…..Having my own source of local honey would be really cool too…..

  • Learning PHP – Bleg

    Anyone out there who can make suggestions on either online classes or decent books or other resources for self teaching PHP  coding?  I’m not, at least immedietly, able to find classes locally for PHP….

    I cobbled together enough PHP to put together the RSS Feed page, and to modify the base template to make the blog look the way I want, but without more of a clue I can’t take that further the way I want to.  

  • Electrical/light bulb question

    I’m in the process of setting up my seed starting area, and trying to figure out lighting.  I have a batch of small light fixtures that I used to use for my fish tanks, that all say to use type A bulbs.  Which is the “normal” type bulb.  Which is all well and cool….but looking at bulbs that come in the right type of light needed to grow plants and what not, can I put a PAR bulb into these as long as the bulb itself otherwise fits and I don’t go over the recommended wattage?  It looks to ME like they’re the same kind of base, but I hate to assume when it comes to electrical stuff…..

  • Rifle bleg

    Well, I wasn’t going to do this for a while, after I’d done more research on my own, but with the passing of new laws……we’re not in a position to pick up and move unfortunetly.  Hopefully before to many years have gone by that’ll change.  Anyway….

    Where we live its legal to hunt deer with a rifle (during the appropriate season of course).  If I’m reading it right NY requires a centerfire rifle for deer hunting.  Neither hubby or I have handled a rifle before.  He always did all his hunting with a shotgun, same for his dad.  As such we don’t really have anything to go off of for experience. 

    Hubby’s got lots of shotgun experience, I’ve got some shotgun, some air rifle (I’m kicking myself right now for not having completed my pistol permit already, life got in the way dammit…..).  Suggestions of things we should look for, brands or models, or anything else?  Budget’s a bit tight for extras right at the moment till I’m working again, so as usual money’s an issue….

  • Gardening bleg: rhubarb, corn, sweet peppers….

    Ok! I don’t remember who it was who posted the list of heirloom seed companies who send out free catalogs, but I’m not sure I should be thanking you.  On the other hand I’m having fun browsing seeds.


    Rhubarb: I tried to do rhubarb before, planted it in a bad spot, it didn’t do well, then hubby mowed it.  Ooops.  So I’m regrouping.  Anyone have any suggestions as to types of rhubarb?  Theres bunches and I feel like I’m picking one at random….


    Corn: I’m not sure I really want to do corn, I anticipate having to fight the wildlife for every ear.  But at the same time I want to try my hand at growing popping corn.  Anyone have any experience with growing popping corn who can offer suggestions, advice…..


    Sweet peppers: I want to try the Sweet Chocolate variety, anyone tried these?