Ever want to see if your pets can pick up on psychic vibes? Try this out and tell me what happens. ;)
Find your pet, now focus on their face and start thinking about food. Be very detailed, don’t just think visually. Incorporate how the pet-food smells, the sound of the cat-food hitting the dish, the rattling of the bag, imagine your pet eating it.
I did this just a moment ago, I was focusing on my cat Lyra, who looked interested but, it was my cat Tesla (who’s been with me longer) who came RUNNING up to me like his butt was on fire, and then he jumped up on the counter and reached up with his paw and started tapping my shoulder. It was a-freaking-dorable!
And very interesting…
It also got me thinking that this might be a good way to practice broadcasting thoughts/feelings/intentions or refining them to one individual. To elaborate on this idea, my focus was on Lyra, but it was Tesla who reacted, this leads me to wonder if it was more of a broadcast thing that all the animals could pick up on.
Just some food for thought. ;)
This year was rough on our tomato crop. The cold and damp conditions made it difficult for them to ripen completely. This appeared to be the case for everyone around us too. When we would go to the farmers market we would hear the same story over and over again, “The tomatoes just weren’t doing so well this year.”
So…what to do now that it’s October and I have a bushel full of unripened green tomatoes? I don’t want to let them go to waste; luckily, there are other options (and I’m not just talking about frying them.)
I want to share a trick my Grandma taught me that can make yer “mater’s” blush, and quite possibly give you tasty tomatoes up till Christmas… (It’s super, duper simple.)
A cool, dry place, like the basement.
A stack of newspapers or brown paper bags.
A large flat surface that will be undisturbed.
So, all you have to do is lay out a few sheets of newspaper, or flattened paper bags and place the tomatoes on top. Make sure they aren’t touching, give them a little bit of space.
After you have all of your tomatoes placed, cover them with a few more sheets of paper or brown paper bags and check them every few days.
When you see a tomato starting to form a little bit of a blush, remove it from the group and bring it upstairs to finish ripening.
If you want to ripen a bunch of them at once, leave the blushing tomatoes there for a while. The ripening tomatoes produce a natural plant hormone called ethylene, which will help push along the ripening process for the other ones. If you want to slow down the process, make sure to remove the tomatoes that show signs of ripening right away.
You’ll want to make sure you keep an eye out for any tomatoes that might form mold and remove them right away if you spot any. If they go unchecked it could spoil the whole batch. (You know the saying, one bad apple spoils the whole bunch…or tomato in this case.)
That’s all there is to it! I’ve been doing this with our tomatoes and it works very well.
In my next post I’ll show you what we’re doing with all our ripe tomatoes. I’ll share our recipe for home-made roasted marinara sauce (It’s soooo good!!!), and how to preserve it using a canner.
I’ve mentioned before I’m taking a permaculture design course and right now I’m working on the class project.
We have been asked to create an idea for a permaculture business, or organization (the details and what that looks like are up to us to decide). The project has to reflect all these different aspects of permaculture, such as community, ethics and social impact, along with the physical stuff like site design, zones and sector mapping.
While the class project itself is based on design and not implementation the instructors do stress that it’s something that would serve as a really good starting point for doing your own real-life permaculture project in the future, which is great because that was my plan anyway!
I plan on starting an organic farm/greenhouse business. The business will be modeled after permaculture ideas, and will help to show people in my area what permaculture looks like. I plan on donating a percentage of all the produce and crops I raise to shelters, food pantries or just people and families in need. My hope is that I can inspire other people in the community to do the same while at the same time helping people to start their own organic gardens and pursue their own permaculture ideas.
Before all that can happen, there’s a lot of work to be done. I’ll need to have a good design in place first. To make a good design, I need to know what I’m working with, what things will be a benefit and what potential challenges might I face along the way?
To help me answer some of those questions, I’ve created a few maps. I’ve put them together in one image, much like a transparency. I’m using Adobe Photoshop to create the maps so this allows me to play around with different layers, having a different “map” on each layer.
There’s a map of the property, it includes all the buildings, fences, trees, and permanent or semi-permanent structures. Some of these structures I plan on moving around when I get to that stage, but first I need to know the rest of the details.
There’s a flow map(the gray lines) that shows the way the landscape flows, the high points and valleys. It will help me to see where water might flow, what areas might get flooded, what might dry out, etc.
There’s a zone map (the curved red lines)which marks out the boundaries for stuff we might want close to the house, or further away. Elements that require more attention will be closer to the house. Elements that require less attention will be further from the house.
Finally there’s a sector map that lists different variables to consider when designing; like traffic, winter and summer sun, wildlife, wind, flood zones, neighboring farms and more. I’ll use these maps when I start working on the future design and it will help me decide where I want to place different elements within the system. While I don’t consider these maps to be complete just yet, they’re a good start, however there is still much work to be done. You can be sure I’ll continue to share this project on here as it develops. :)