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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Saturday morning musings from Bell Buckle, TN or there about.

Posted Saturday, December 12, 2009, at 11:19 AM
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  • I ran across yet another critter shelter described in the current Mother Earth News.

    It's basically two straw bales on a surface to keep out the damp (plywood and/or cardboard over a tarp,etc.) with a piece of rug draped over and into the "V" shape of the two bales.

    The wide part of the "V" can be put up against a house,etc. while the small part is left open to serve as an entry.

    Lay planks across the top to support more cardboard and the third bale.

    (Put loose straw,etc. inside as desired.)

    This shelter was recommended because it can serve as seating and then mulch when warm weather returns.

    Not a bad idea but if a stray cow can kill a Rubbermaid tote,can you imagine the fate straw bale constructions would face?

    (Those that don't include SIPS or cob or whatever,anyway.)

    Steve,I have no doubt you can handle two p.c.'s at once.

    (And,if anyone could surf the net on a microwave,I'd bet on you.)

    You may have given the appliance makers a new idea.

    They have televisions and computers in refrigerators now and units that refrigerate and cook.

    Maybe,one of the next things up will be a cooling unit that cooks according to programming and lets one alternate among checking the cooking's progress,perusing a Wiki or email,watching t.v. or DVD,chatting,blogging,playing a game and ordering the groceries it reccommends from its study of the refrigerator/freezer and one's shelves or pantry.

    Whew.

    If you ever need help with the wood,holler.

    My husband used to love all that hauling,chopping and stacking but we have no working fireplaces now.

    As for trying to identify those people (who may ask themselves "Who are these people we're sending the card to,again?"),maybe,you could try looking them up on the net.

    They could be a cousin,one of your elected officials,someone who sold you cars or furniture,someone who used to go to your church or school or even a frequent eBay buyer or seller.

    (My family teases a lot when we get birthday,anniversary and holiday cards from the banks,realtors,vets and business suppliers before we hear from one another.

    When a twin forgets one's birthday,look out!)

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Dec 12, 2009, at 8:02 PM
  • I had not thought about business relationships, but if they think that much of me, I feel bad that I don't know who THEY are. I did a search on Google. Found out that her husband's name is a spelled differently than his nickname and that she is 49 years old. Still does not click, but I have not given up for the year.

    All we need is another appliance that doe sit all. What happens when it poops out? We are can't store our food, cook our food, find our food or get recipes off the net. Of course, the power could go out too! Good grief Charlie Brown.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 13, 2009, at 12:02 PM
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