This is our friend Art who works at the hardware store. Every month or so I stop by and have them cut a bunch of plexiglass strips so that I can mill them down for my electronics kits. Art is using a fletcher 3000 to score the plexiglass. We then drag it over to a table to snap it.
With monsoon season come mosquitoes. Though we have few of them I take preventative measures by putting our dog Sesame on natural remedies for parasites and heartworm.
If your a long time blog reader you may recall that we learned a hard lesson last year when I got our dog Sesame a round of vaccines that nearly killed her and caused seizures that we were told would be permanent. When the doc recommended spinal tap I went to my plant medicine books. She's on homeopathic belladonna still, no seizures. After reading about the active ingredients in heartworm medication I decided to handle prevention in my own style, naturally.
Wormwood, black walnut and garlic are safe for dogs in small doses and short spurts. While high doses of garlic can cause other problems, low doses offer a variety of benefits. Sesame is 40lbs and is taking one dose per day: 1/4 dropper mixed wormwood and black walnut tincture, 1/4 clove of garlic once a day for a week. I'll continue this by putting her on it for a week each month through Oct.
I was a little surprised to open our front gate this afternoon for the UPS truck only to be presented with a plastic bag full of plant medicine. Our UPS lady Valary is amazing at getting us our packages, but now she had kicked it up another notch. She delivered us free plants from her mothers garden based on a conversation we had last week and some herbal remedies we gifted her with.
Yerba Mansa is good for repairing damages tissues and mucus membranes.
What is brown on the inside and pink on the outside? Why our new localized kombucha flavors of course. We have been making prickly pear peach kombucha for years. It tastes like watermelon jolly rancher. Now I am experimenting with a mesquite syrup I have boiled down. The two inner bottles have been given two tablespoons of the mesquite syrup. We will know next week how it tastes.
It's the middle of summer and purslane is growing all over our yard. I look forward to harvesting this salt lush green every year for our morning juice. High in omega-3's this is a special plant to have.
Over a decade ago I bought a fancy pants computer desk with height adjustment. Just recently I've set the desk to standing height and have been trying to work on it. It actually could be a little higher as I find myself looking.
It's crazy the difference in energy levels I feel while standing and working versus sitting and working. Something about sitting makes me go to sleep. Next modification will be a treadmill!
Last night we went had YAPM (Yet Another Pool Meeting). This was hosted by the city council and was well attended by the public. The problem with our city pool is that it is only open from June - September. It is shut down all winter despite the city having received grant money and a top. The cities concern is that the pool runs at a significant loss and they don't have the funds to cover it. The pools members just want to swim year round. It's been a stale mate for over 25 years with no progress made on opening the pool for the winter. Wendy got up and spoke as did others, but it doesn't look good for getting the cover up this fall.
The book is written (insert sigh of relief here) and is now in the art stage of its development. I am delighted to tell you that my publisher is putting a lot into its design. I believe it will be lovely.
It has been a practical and emotional journey that I am excited to share with you. The book comes out early next year, published by Storey Publishing.
The owner came out and explained that he didn't make any money the day before. It rain heavily that night and he left everything outside on tables. Thus the sign.
Rain and mild temperatures in the forecast all week. We have been passed over by a number of storms the last few days, but I am still hopeful that we will see some hard rain.
I've been using this paper cutter to score plexiglass and have been getting excellent results. I use plexiglass on for my electronics enclosures and scoring by hand would often lead to slightly diagonal lines from the ruler moving. This tool helps me align my cut points and get perfect score each time. I then place the plexiglass under my foot and lift up on a edge like a big lever to snap it.
It's crazy that you can buy a 15lb watermelon for $4 this time of year. We like to make a watermelon gazpacho and blend the remains of the watermelon into a drink that we refrigerate. It's nice to know the fridge has a gallon of watermelon juice in it.
Our garden has been struggling this summer. We didn't pay much attention to it and the temps have been high up until this week. Now that things are cooling off for the rest of the summer we decided to plant a lot more hot crops (okra, tomatoes, melons, chilies and peppers). Our first freeze won't happen until November so we should have plenty of time to boost our garden output.
A big writing project followed by travel kept me from the gardens. Little by little I'm catching up. Things are not as bad as I thought. I have mostly been yanking bermuda grass from the beds. Our dwarf apple is loaded with fruit, yay!