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[Readers Update] Construction conniptions - Fall grazing starts in earnest...

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Farm News

Time for a couple of months of rotational grazing in the "bottom", but first - the backyard.

(Yes, that's a side-glimpse of the tiny home.)

In a couple of days, I'll have them into that bottom. Their job is to clean up that area of everything edible and give the fall growth a chance to get going everywhere else until November, when it gets mostly too cold to grow anything.

The term "bottom" usually refers to low-lying ground that collects a lot of water when there is excessive rain. Meaning - it floods a few times each year, mostly in the Spring. It often has woody sprouts, along with various trees and bushes, shrubs.

The cows will "weed" this area by grazing it. They were last in this bottom late winter, and will be in there until the deer hunters start their sanctioned "season" in November. For obvious reasons, I want cows out of their range for the month or so they are hunting. By then, it may be time to start feeding hay - but I put it off until January last year, which is economical.

Tiny Home Progress

Got some touch-ups done on the painting. (Fixing "holidays" and oopsies.)

By actual trial, having a ladder to get up into the (sleeping) loft isn't going to work. (Steps are too narrow, plus it's hard to navigate onto and off the ladder.) So, after consultation, I'm building a narrow staircase (18" wide). Meanwhile, in search for existing materials to build that, I not only found all the materials needed to said stairway, but also found an earlier-rescued countertop which I can cut down for our kitchenette. 

Those two pieces of additional construction will then set up nice areas for hiding my electrical boxes nicely. Still have the 12 volt DC to work out, but again - that's the next stage, Not our current one. As we are back to construction and then come forward to painting again.

Late breaking news - I just bought a "hunter's cabin" which was originally a 1968 18-foot travel trailer. It was gutted and rebuilt with new floor, plus new insulation and panelling. But no electrical or gas anything. Just your basic 8x18 box on wheels (even has a spare tire). Ideal for building a new tiny home - like a Thoreau cabin on wheels. But with lots of louvered windows. Maybe get to this project next year. Maybe. It has just a short list of re-installing 12 volt electrical lighting and cell phone recharge stations, plus one window pane replaced. But as it sits, I could add a cot and table and chair, then put it just about anywhere on the property for a summer place. As you can imagine, the price was right. So I have two or three projects for next year, in addition to returning to writing/publishing.

Editing fills my "idle" moments

The "How to Change Your Life Compleat" is very rewarding as Nightingale was an accomplished writer, and this is basically his "best of" collection.

I've got the ebook on my smartphone and am finding the errors while reading his marvelous and very common sense essays - usually daily, during breakfast.

This huge book is slated for December re-release (2nd Edition) if all goes well.

What's Ahead?

Summer fruit

Basically, I got enough wild plums and paw-paws to satisfy everyone.

Down at Sainte Genevieve MO, I found a selection of "shrub" drinks.

"Shrub" and "switchel" are drinks that are great for restoring electrolytes and giving your stomach needed biotics. And was the way they used to preserve fruit before refrigeration. The recipe I have is for elderberries, which takes an equal amount of berries (squashed) and organic apple cider vinegar, let that sit out of direct sunlight in a glass jar for at least a day, then strain out the liquid and combine with an equal amount of sugar (or honey equivalent) into a pot to boil and then simmer for awhile. Then pour into a glass canning jar and seal. 

Still testing my own stuff.

Some use these to make cocktails out of, but I don't know about that.

Switchel is equal amounts of honey and vinegar together (again, organic apple-cider vinegar) in a glass and then cut by adding roughly seven parts of water into it. (Or - a tablespoon of each stirred into an 8 oz. glass of water. Your mileage will vary.)

Any fruit can reportedly be treated this way, according to the notes of this recipe. Although the juicer ones might give better results.

Persimmons and apples are next - but those will be in the late fall. 

The only other "fruit" I can think of harvesting this late in the year are rose hips, which make great tea. There might be collecting wild cherries for tea - but I probably missed these this year...

Oh - wait, there's more: Recent life-test results continue to confirm all I've been telling (some of) you for years - you can actually have and be anything and everything you want out of life. Really. Whether it's finding a dear companion or a million-dollar salary. And it's all in that "Strangest Secret Collection" (my characters named it the "decoder ring"). You only have to take the leap of faith and put it into use...

(Again, to get your updated copy, just reply to this and ask - I'll send you the most recent edition if you don't have yours or misplaced it.) As well, I do need to get some courses up, so I'll start working these in once I get all the major non-fiction books republished.

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Expect great things over the next year - and continuing...

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