Windows 10

Brenda Nolen

UPDATE: Here’s an article on how to uninstall those Windows 10 apps, even the ones you cannot right-click to uninstall:


For the first time in I don’t know how long, every computer in the house is current!  We are all Windows 10 users!  I wanted to share this with everyone here, in case you do decide to take the plunge.

  1. There is a rumor going around that Microsoft will begin charging a monthly fee.  I’ve looked and the only monthly fee I have seen is regarding the professional versions of Office.  If I’m wrong, let me know before my 30 days are up and I can switch back to Windows 8.1.
  2. As I just mentioned, once you upgrade, you have 30 days to roll back your computer to your previous version of Windows (as long as it was Windows 7 and newer).
  3. Microsoft is spying on you.  Yes…

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Building a wool picker

the Spider's Workshop

I have wanted to build a wool picker ever since I saw photos of them on the internet and learned what they did.  A wool picker is a machine that pulls wool apart to make it more open.  This helps clean the wool, and makes it easier to card, (or even spin).  It opens the wool with the aid of sharp, smooth nails that hold and pull the wool.  It is a very dangerous piece of equipment, with some having over 400 nails.

I have not been able to build one because I could not find nails that were smooth.  Normal nails would snag and tear the wool.  Well, a couple of weeks ago I found nails for a nail gun and they seemed perfect.  They may not be as sharp as the nails used in a wool picker, but I think that is okay.

Once I had the nails…

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Let’s step back in time

Dan and Brenda Cordray

In a previous post I said I would continue our travels….

So after finding the grave markers I have driven by many times right in front of the state park entrance, i decided to go to another familiar place.

This is not going to be a lot of my narrative, I’ll let the pictures describe the life here.  So let’s begin…

The fort has many “timeline cabins” that describe the lives and work of the people who came here.  There will be a slide of the cabin’s “timeline” card as we proceed inside.


Let’s watch a demonstration of one of the everyday skills that often meant survival to the early settlers.


How about a quick trip to the garden…

Everyone helped with all of the “chores ” around the fort.  Including defending the fort when it came under seige.  But, that’s a story for later…

A couple of demonsetrations…



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Lawmakers want FDA to crack down on soap makers


This is an expanded version of the article originally posted and removed due to a photo copyright issue. Several people asked it to be replaced, so here you go. I’ve made a couple of edits and additions in response to both the overwhelming concern about S.1014 and comments that it’s nothing to worry about because the bill contains exemptions for people making soap for their families. I am posting a link to the bill and contact details first. If you already read the article,  jump down for important (imo) considerations about the nuances of what soap and cosmetics are according to the FDA, along with a few other comments and links.

Bill Information: 4/20/15 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), introduced S.1014: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of cosmetics. It is referred to as the Personal Care…

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Writing Like a Dog


Your conscious mind is a point in space moving through your brain like a red blood cell moving through a Labrador retriever as she runs.

Your subconscious mind is the dog herself – the whole animal except for that one red blood cell. At any point in time, nearly your entire brain functions subconsciously where you can’t sense it.

This puts most of your writing talent in the background, unseen and unexplored.

The subconscious mind is not exactly “you,” but it’s pretty close. It’s probably more like the person you would be if you were a Labrador retriever.

It’s a useful metaphor: You carry a Labrador retriever around in your head.

She’s the keeper and processor of all your feelings, your memories and your talents. You might think she’d be as sharp as a tack, but compared to your conscious mind (the actual “you”), she lives in a bit of a fog.

For instance, she’s not clever at differentiating…

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100% Wool Army Blanket = Awesome Hunting Shirt

Survival Sherpa

by Todd Walker

I love wool! Here’s why:

  • Wool fiber absorbs up to 36% of its weight and gradually releases moisture through evaporation.
  • Wool has natural antibacterial properties that allow you wear it multiply days without stinking up camp. Not so with synthetics.
  • Wool wicks moisture, not as well as synthetics, but better than cotton.
  • Wool releases small amounts of heat as it absorbs moisture.
  • Wool contains thousands of natural air-trapping pockets for breathable insulation.

Years ago I saw Dave Canterbury make a hunting shirt from a wool blanket. Naturally, I had to make one myself. I ordered two 100% wool army blankets from Cheaper than Dirt for around 20 bucks each. Good luck finding them at that price now.

I wore this while working on this fat lighter’d post. A few of our readers requested a tutorial on making one themselves. Hope you enjoy.

Material and Tools

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Taaa daaa…… My New Cookbook is Now Available! :-)



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The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume II): Simply, Super, Supper Soups

is now available in Kindle and print book formats at:, .ca, UK….

I am SO happy to finally have this cookbook completed. 🙂 And I’m pleased with the results too.

I hope you’ll check it out soon, over at Amazon and if you can, please spread the word too. 

In the meantime, I’ve got a ton of ideas on the go, for promoting this new book.

And then, it’s on to my next book project, that’s already in progress. 😉

Have a wonderful week!

Happy Cooking and Reading. G 

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10 Cheap or Free Self-Care Ideas to Stop Feeling Like Crap

fellow workers farm apothecary

I am working on a class called “How to stop feeling like crap” about sharing the joys of self-care and as a little taste, here are 10 ways to get started on that endeavor. These may be cheap/free and fairly straightforward, but I won’t say they are easy because an object at rest stays at rest, and you might have to expend some effort to get the flow moving again.
But what the hell, a little effort in exchange for a lifetime of less crappiness is probably worth it, my dears.
So here are a few suggestions, and as I continue on this project I’d love to hear how YOU support self-care. Please note that while I do believe self-care will help support us, both short-term and long, none of these will induce a magical state of pure positivity, and I’m not going for that anyway–life is partly dark and…

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