DIY LINKY

July 25, 2014
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A Safer Transformer Oil?

July 18, 2014

Transformers fall into the category of necessary evil. How else to describe something which makes it possible for us to power our homes yet sometimes explodes, leaks, catches fire, and spills toxic chemicals? This is not only the case for those transformers located overhead on a pole like mine, but also those pad-mounted and buried […]

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July 18, 2014
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Transformer Explosion Update

July 16, 2014

Back in April, during a thunderstorm, lightning apparently struck the electrical transformer in our yard. I didn’t even know transformers contained oil. The smell was the first clue; a strong petroleum odor. Then I saw the oil sheen on the puddles of rainwater. I didn’t know where it came from, but when the repair crew […]

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July 11, 2014
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REAL Smoked Almonds

July 9, 2014

Mmmmm, smoked almonds.  And not the kind with “smoke flavoring added.”  The real thing. You will need: 2 lbs raw almonds 6 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 3 tsp Onion Powder 3 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp Sonny Salt 1 tsp ground mustard 4+ dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce Mix wet and dry […]

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How-To: Passionflower Tincture

July 7, 2014

Besides being appreciated for its fantastical blooms, passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is used medicinally to calm anxiety and improve sleep. It’s thought to increase levels of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid). GABA regulates the excitability of neurons in the brain. GABA is also suspected to regulate the production of melatonin, which is related to healthy sleep. And, since […]

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Home Farm Deals and Neat Stuff

July 7, 2014

Links to deals and cool stuff I’ve run across the web this week related to home farming and sustainability. Check out this collection of seeds to plant to grow your own chicken feed; corn, sorghum, chard, millet, pumpkin, peas, and more. Made in USA privacy/windscreen attaches to your 6′ chain link fence. $41.98 plus shipping […]

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July 4, 2014
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Easy Blueberry Bush Bird Protection

July 1, 2014

Many years ago I tried draping deer netting over my blueberry bushes. It was a complete failure. I didn’t secure the netting at ground level so the birds got up under the net, it was a pain to crawl under there to pick, and the birds could sit on the outside and pick berries through […]

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