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A trundling of testings...

March 26, 2009 11:12 AM 3/26/09

So I showed my sister-in-law Plant 101 and she took pretty well to it. Plants really aren’t that hard to grow. You can do some complex things but most things, (tomatoes, beans, peppers, etc.), are pretty easy.

I didn’t check my seedlings last night but I noticed that my wife’s Thyme has germinated. I set up a timer on the CF sunlight lamp so that it runs automatically. Hopefully the rest of her herbs will germinate this week.

The rain barrel is almost full now due to the light sprinkles we’ve had so I’ll have to put a bit of bleach in there to keep anything from growing in it until I’m ready to water the garden with it. I realized the other day that I’m going to have to build a pedestal for it and that means emptying it so the pedestal likely won’t get installed until the garden gets planted.

My wife’s having issues with the school board and my daughter’s IEP but she seems to be handling it well enough. She’s a pretty sturdy person when she makes the effort. I’d love to let her live a life as the non-superhero Bon Bon Woman but that’s not to be. (Besides, I can’t see myself spending that much on Bon Bons. ;-) That was a joke of course.)

We both failed to work out on the Wii Fit last night. I was pretty wiped because my jaw was bothering me all day and she was wiped after coming home from work. The result is that tonight we both have to face the Wii Fit telling us that we should work out every day. Unavoidable and our own fault so no big deal there.

Managed to mung together some Applescript to allow me to double-click one icon during my lunch and have it start all my applications for me as well as dial the cellphone tether link. That’s pretty cool because it saves me time on an already reduced lunch hour. I’m kind of wondering what else I can do with Applescript but frankly I don’t have the time to dink with it.

Should have rode the bike to work today but there was green stuff on the radar so I decided to play it safe. I may or may not be able to ride it later this week/weekend but I’ll certainly try. The weather has been bland and spotty of late.

I did notice that I really need to get my VAWT built as we seem to get a lot of wind in our area. There was plenty of it blowing lat night and it would likely have charged a decent sized battery bank.

Yet another thing I need to accumulate - suitable batteries for an off-grid bank. If I use standard lead-acid that should not be too expensive but I refuse to chunk out a lot of cash all at once for this. The problem with getting them piecemeal is that batteries often have a timer so to speak. They’re only good for a limited amount of time and this is especially true of lead-acid ones. I’d have to constantly keep them charged or they have problems. That means the minute I acquire a battery I’m already spending money to maintain that battery.

So what this all amounts to is I need at least a solar/wind charging solution in place _before_ I buy the batteries. Also not cheap. :-/

I’d love to have some land to set up large scale plans and other things but as I pointed out to my wife this week unless the real estate market picks up like mad we probably wouldn’t be able to move anywhere. Though I have to wonder what the special needs services are out in Montana. I think I’ll probably fall in love with the place when we’re out there. So much space.

And space is something I’ve needed for years...

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Mar. 26th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
battle is with administration, not school board...
Mar. 26th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
My apologies - you're correct.
Mar. 26th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
My watercress seeds arrived today, along with a bonus "free sample" of marigold seeds. I have no idea what I'm going to do with the marigolds; maybe I'll just strew them randomly sometime when I'm out, doing the old hippie thing of "senseless acts of beauty". For the watercress, I still need a black bucket, some growing medium, and liquid plant food (I'm not sure about a grow-light, because some of the sources say it will grow in "partial shade"). I'll get those in the next day or two.

I had been thinking about doing magick for prosperity, and realized that today (Thursday) is the New Moon, the first one following the Spring Equinox. Therefore, any time in the next few days, as both the season and the Moon are waxing, would be a good time to do prosperity magick. Just before I found the packet of seeds in my mailbox, I realized that I could make planting the watercress a magickal working - literally "making the green stuff grow". Moreover, when it had grown enough to pick and eat some, I'd be internalizing that energy. (And by growing my own, I'm also economizing, thereby making my money grow even more.)

I've been a Solitary too long - I'd almost forgotten that ordinary actions can be magickal...
Mar. 26th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
The Marigolds are plants that you plant _around_ the outside of the garden as a natural barrier to some bugs and wildlife.

Of course you could also look up the term "seed bomb". ;-)

As for magick - I really need to get back in the habit. The universe has been smacking me so hard of late that I keep forgetting there are other ways of getting a positive spin on things. :-/
Mar. 26th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
I know that marigolds protect your garden against many pests - but I don't have an actual garden - I'm just going to have a bucket with some stuff in it, in a corner of my kitchen. (And you may remember siliconshaman and I discussing various ways to deploy "seed bombs".)

I know about mundane reality making so many demands that one forgets completely about using magick. It's taken me this long to remember it myself! And then I couldn't for the life of me think of what technique I should apply; the notion of combining it with my hydroponic project just occurred to me a day or two ago - after I'd ordered the seeds.
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