Friday, December 29, 2006

Short attention span blogging

I think there's something seriously wrong with me when I see a big pile of donkey crap, and I think, "Aw, sweet!"


Check out this truly amazing large-scale plant-based art.


Last November's propane bill? $398. This November's propane bill? $54. Woohoo!


Schedule some time off from work, because in a week or two, you're going to be sick. How do I know this? Because you just visited with people from all different places, who brought all their germs together for a different kind of holiday party. And so did everybody else. All those germ parties will be combining into a massive germ Woodstock at your local schools, churches, and workplaces. Resistance is futile.


Sadly, mere months after losing Truck #1, Truck #2 has also gone to the great scrapyard in the sky. The trucks are survived by the Honda and the Subaru. Services were held at the local Ford dealership. In leiu of flowers, please send donations to the E4 Truck Fund.


I've been recently fascinated by a couple of books:

Keeping Food Fresh by "the Gardeners and Farmers of Terre Vivante", which describes Old World methods of preserving food. Instead of canning or freezing, which can be rather energy intensive, the book outlines in-ground or root cellar solutions, drying, lactic fermentation, preserving in oil, vinegar, and alcohol, preserving with sugar or salt, and even sweet-and-sour preserves.

Return to Resistance by Raoul Robinson (available for free download here), explains how simple, low-tech techniques can be used to breed a high degree of disease resistance into plants. I'll be writing more about this one later.


Does anybody else think it's weird that in this country, human cloning is illegal, and widely considered immoral, but that meat and milk made from cloned animals is perfectly legal? In fact, it doesn't even need to be labeled as such.


We now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging activities.


At 12/29/2006 4:14 PM, Blogger Beo said...

Sorry to hear about the truck. Not sure how much you need to carry/tow, but the 5x8 trailer I bought this fall was only $650 (new) and our Subaru Forester can tow it and about 1500lbs of cargo no problem. I put some small sides on it, and it will hold 2 yards of wood chips or leaves.

Thanks for the recommendation to Groovy Green by the way.

Happy Holidays!

At 12/29/2006 9:48 PM, Blogger e4 said...

Yeah, I wish we could use the Outback for hauling stuff, but we've got two main things that would be tricky. We were getting up to 50 bales of hay or straw at a time with the truck, which would be tricky on a trailer. But the big one is the grain wagon. We hauled 2.5 tons of corn, plus whatever the wagon itself weighs. I worked out that to do that, we needed at least a 3/4 ton truck. (Which wasn't an issue at the time we made the decision...)

So far, we've rented a Home Depot loaner truck once, but that's 20 miles out of the way, which doesn't seem very practical...

At 12/30/2006 10:41 AM, Anonymous Liz said...

Hey, crap equals fertility for the garden. And great news about your propane use!
Welcome to Groovy, too. :)


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