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Old 10-12-2008, 10:34 PM   #1
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Aloha,

Back in yesterday yore the farmers and local people would go to the local store, that often had a big pot bellied stove in the middle of the store, where they would often have a sit, a cup of joe and talk about the weather, planting, crops and just general gossip.

Since this is a global community it seemed it would be fun to talk story with one another and share what is going on in our real lives.

For example, today it’s overcast overhead and the weather is cooler. We’ve noticed that the entire summer was about 5 to 7 degrees cooler than last summer. We’re currently getting ready to take a course in aqua-hydroponic gardening. This system will grow fish where the water is then recycled and used to grow fruit and vegetables. I’m excited because anyone can become self-sustainable with a small area where they can set up one of these systems and not break their back in conditioning the earth.

I also read where Idaho had the earliest snow on record. Mom, who lives in Northeast Oregon, said they had snow Friday night and the drop in temperature froze her water pipes. Do you think we are really heading into the next ice age?

We also talked with some other close friends this morning who filed bankruptcy because their Radio Shack business was doing poorly with sales and they had to close up shop. I guess this news is a bit of the sign of the times. I'm seeing a number of the smaller businesses close in the towns here as well where they would be lucky to make $70 in sales for the entire day. And now our local surgeon is moving to Wyoming because he can make better money and not have to be on-call 24/7. We’re going to his going away party this afternoon. I feel somewhat sad at how these changes are affecting family and friends. I wonder how others are doing?

Please feel free to share your story of real life events as we continue to grow as an Internet global community and get to know one another.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Carol
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:36 PM   #2
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Thanks Carol what a wonderful idea. Let's see just got my java and sat down.

Here in NC it is a few degrees cooler than normal, they say we are in for a colder winter, I don't know. I kind of miss the snow have not seen a good snow storm in several years.
Spent the weekend with friends talking about merging and managing a good harvest. I have roughly 25 acres here and my neighbor 5 with the rest about 2 aces apiece. We are trying to coordinate what we will grow and share next planting season. Shared some ideas about making things that I received from Avalon.

Yesterday went up to Cana VA and got some local vegetables from what I seen their business is booming, they are local people and I know they will survive what ever comes.

Spent this morning making my first jellies and jams as well as canning a few things a first for me. Made my own detergents this weekend as well again a first, so progress is being made, now I am really tired lol. I have a couple solar panels but not sure if I am going to do a dome home or find somewhere to place them here. Water source is no problem have a well and a stream nearby just have to convert it, worse come to worse we can bring it up, just looking for the way to go with it. I hope the rest of the evening is rest time though.

As far as layoff's I think most of our business has restructured from manufacturing to technical starting in the 80's with massive layoff's that has continued almost eliminating most all of the manufacturing but a few still exist. The small businesses in my area are not closing but are downsizing and prices are up.

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Old 10-13-2008, 01:49 AM   #3
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Hi Trish. Thank you for sharing. I was wondering if you could explain how you made your own detergent?
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:11 AM   #4
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Carol,
Here's are a few listing and you can also make your own dish detergent as well, some people don't like borax, but I open the window and use gloves as precautionary means. Enjoy also there are many suggestions on the Avalon forum about how to make things, one suggested soap nuts was not able to acquire these yet. You can really save big time with these methods.
http://natural-products.suite101.com...es_for_pennies this is the one I chose
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:26 AM   #5
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heads up people.
historical birds eye view here.

this page right here...and the caring and energy behind it, the communal spirit, is the foundation for a new age in human history.

It will be a new Renaissance. Stay strong mates, a wicked storm this way comes....

i honor each of you and wish you prosperity always.
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:29 AM   #6
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Today the sky was brilliant blue in northern CA, with big white fluffy clouds. My family and I went for a run/bike ride in the local park. We get veiws of lassen and shata (see links) and I love the golden rolling hills sparatically covered in oak trees.

We enjoyed each others company for the rest of the day, playing cards, eating (our favorite pastime), preparing for our week. My favorite time in life is when I am with my family, not doing much just being together. We are always smiling when we're together


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Old 10-13-2008, 02:45 AM   #7
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This year has been a fruitful one, but it has changed drastically this fall.
I am a Boeing machinist and have been off work going on 6 weeks now.
The strike seems to be planned by the company, everyone I work with voted yes to accept and continue working. It affects 30,000 people up here things are getting tight for all.

My wife's work takes her to county and city offices. she said Pierce and king county here in washington are planning big layoffs this winter.

I see deeper plans of this economic crisis everywhere I look.

We just had out first frost so we are gathering all of the remaining stuff out of the garden.

I bough three expecting Boer goats this summer thay are very happy on our acreage, and getting big.

I am planning a hydroponic vegatable garden in my shop this winter.

I am also building a chicken tractor to move the hens around next year.

Tonight me and my 6 year old daughter cooked a Ascension dinner on the camp fire. She loved it.

Been reading mother earth news on photo voltic solar power. Also just picked up the 2009 farmers Almanac.

We are getting along very well considering.

The local feed store in town that is owned by my uncle has a huge pot bellied stove and it was fired for the first time the other day, man it felt good to back up to.

Great thread, makes me feel right at home.

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Old 10-13-2008, 06:32 AM   #8
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Here in San Diego County, it's almost always beautiful weather. I live about 25 miles inland, and it has been getting down into the 40s at night - which is cold for this time of year! My wife and I both feel it may well be a cold winter. I was just thinking how in another week or two, I'll have to move all the tropical plants up close to the house or bring them indoors for the winter. Sure seems early.

Signs of the bad economy everywhere. It's sad. We are not the villains in this piece, but we mustn't think like victims. The truth is that we helped bring this on ourselves, we might as well admit it and get that part over with. We invited it with every sweater made in Pakistan, every Japanese car, every Chinese video game. We've all read the statistics on what a small percent of the people use what a huge percent of the resources....and we all know that was us. And we've tried, most of us, to use less. We have: we're decent people. We care about orphans and homeless and poor people.

Trouble is: we're spoiled. We have no clue how most of the world lives. We wouldn't last a sunny weekend. I've joked about how I don't shop at MalWart because I don't want to buy merchandise made by children and political prisoners - but the same thing applies to half the things I own, including parts of my computer.

One of my guiding principles is taking responsibility for everything in my life - because it is MY life. So I have to own my own part in this fiasco. Ok, that was liberating. Now I can move on.

Right now, every day feels precious.
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:59 AM   #9
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Hi Dominic, Your chicken tractor sounds interesting. The local poultry farm shut down and were selling their hens so we picked up 5 to go with the other 8 we have but they been debeaked so we have them in their own little coop getting used to living outdoors before letting them loose.

When at the feed store someone had dropped off a newly hatched little chick so I brought it home and have it in a cage in the bathroom for now with the light on it. Given how we can't let the little one out with the big ones until it reaches the same size I was thinking of putting it in with the debeaked hens or doing up a chicken tractor, but was wondering how to make one. If you've got any tips on dimensions I would appreciate it.

Thanks.

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Old 10-15-2008, 06:39 AM   #10
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It was a perfect day in San Diego County, the kind of day people envy us for. Was sitting out on the patio in the early afternoon, before the sun came over the peak of the house. The trees are reflecting more yellow and less green now, and beneath the shade cloth the light was a wonderful pale yellow, the temperature perfect.

This afternoon, I drove into work for a short shift. There was no cloud, not a hint of mist in the sky. When the evening turned all purple and golden like one of those rare shells you find on the beach once in a lifetime, a perfect Hunter's moon hung in the sky like a wheel of cheese.

Absolutely perfect. Hard to believe there's anything wrong with the world on a day like today.

I just got back from a walk by the creek...the moon overhead is so bright, you could almost read by it. Each tree is surrounded by a black pool of shadow, and the upmost leaves shine like silver in the moonlight. The mountains are black in the distance, crisp against the purple sky. Overhead, the stars shine almost fiercely, the sky is so clear. The night is warm. Nothing is stirring. I lay back on the rough grass and looked up, halfway hoping to see something moving strangely, some odd cluster of lights...ah well, it's a gorgeous, perfect night.
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Old 10-17-2008, 04:10 AM   #11
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I am sitting here with a fresh warm cup of coffee purusing the forum. It's been a beautiful day, the dog is happy and content after her walk. All is well.
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Old 10-17-2008, 04:24 AM   #12
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The usual here, unless you count the daily enounters with negative energy/forces.
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Well this past week has been really hectic. The weather has continued to be cooler. It looks like rain but it doesn't so our water catchment tank is down to 4 feet. We depend on rain as we do not have county water where we are located. We are hoping for a good raid as we need it for the pastureland where the mini horses are, I looks like our little creme mare is preggers. Of course we will have to build a little shelter for her before her time comes.

I'll be spending the next two weekends in training for the aqua/hydroponic gardening workshop which I'm jazzed about. However, it conflicts with our daughter's school funraiser of which I'm the PTA president and should be there to.

Our little chick, currently living in the bathroom is getting bigger. The other leghorns are now exploring outside of their pen and venturing closer to the older hens. Of course Rosie, our miniture doxi races around and likes to steal their eggs. I guess she knows a good thing when she finds it. She also likes to eat the hens' scratch and the rabbit's food. She is only 8 lbs but totally into mischief.

I also got this very strange email today from the Survival Center. Check this out. These kind of emails, although useful, worry me. Hmmm, they do provide some good links but take a look at the underground shelter one. I was really hoping not to have to get a backhoe in here again.

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Old 10-17-2008, 04:38 AM   #14
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I'm glad you're here End Times. Do you take cream and sugar in your coffee? Pull up a chair and tell.

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I'm glad you're here End Times. Do you take cream and sugar in your coffee? Pull up a chair and tell.
I prefer my coffee black and free of sugar and other influences.

Right now, I'm struggling with the idea that I may be lonely for quite a while in this world.
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I prefer my coffee black and free of sugar and other influences.

Right now, I'm struggling with the idea that I may be lonely for quite a while in this world.

Why may you be lonely?

Why is it a struggle?
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Nice thread and severly needed. Greetings from denmark. The autumn here is very colourful this year. During the cold winter months a thred like this is gonna be very welcome. I'm not gonna write too much just now, but enjoying reading your stories. Peace to all.
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:40 PM   #18
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Thanks Caroll for this thread,

Just want to share this little story with you .
I posted it yesterday in the Love zone

" Today I just felt happy !
So I go to the postoffice and there sits a dog next by his master. While I look at
him (the dog I mean) I just can't help myself to tell from soul to soul how much I love
him and that he is really a cute and brave dog. Then suddenly he just comes straight to me and rub
his back on me. We shared love to each other for many seconds. That was just beautifull.
Later on I entered a public place to get something to drink. As I was sitting there watching all the people around the tables in there, I just could'nt keep flowing the same Love and joy . But I realized that it was not good enough yet for them to respond.
The day that I am through with my practice, what a wonderfull experience that will be for perfect strangers to stand up , come to me and hug me.
I could suddenly see everybody just doing this to everybody else on the planet and I just Smiled.."

I am still riding on the same Love and Joy flow today.
All fine here in Belgium. Weather quite cool for the season. It's autumn down here and leaves are starting to fall down the trees. When the wind blows that makes the most beautifull ballet.

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What a wonderful thread. As I read through I feel very calm. I am in Michigan. The fall colors are beautiful. I have been feeling quite hopeless lately, but visiting Avalon is bringing my spirits up. I know we have the power to uplift each other, and all of us as a whole. Thanks for the reminder. ps- steam distilled bottled water is ultra pure (via vapor compression still). RO, filtered, etc are classified as pure, but the standards aren't high enough in my opinion.
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This is a good idea CAROL

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to day i saw the old gentleman , who regularly sit on a bench outside the older people home where he lives. he does not here to well , and he seems to be completly blind ,he either heres me coming or senses your about to walk by ,and he always has a beaming smile , and a cheery word or two . i want to stop but i never do , next time i will .
i have so many ? to ask of , what has your life been did you have a lady love did you have children , do you think he will mind ,im sure he wont .he is the shining,Budda .
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I have become throughly enamored of you all now. Thank you for sharing bits of your life with me (us). The day to day stuff is actually the MOST important part of who we are. It is what we vibrate. How the universe responds in kind to what we are thinking about.

I live in the Husdon Valley in upstate NY. About 70 miles north of NYC. It is peak leaf season here. The mountains appear to be blanketed. It is lovely.

I get to share my life with my soulmates. My two children, both boys aged 7 and 3 and my husband. They are each awake (as the boys were never programmed to go to sleep). We lead a quiet, tightly knit life.

I used to spend too much time sitting in front of this Mac. Especially when Avalon first launched. I slipped out of my NOW and started trippin' on the future.

I've regained my creativity. I am an artist. I create.

I am blessed. I am grateful.
I focus on love at every turn.
Been doing it for years now.
My turn around time from being upset, or mad is down to a few minutes now.

Thank you for this thread, Carol.

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i met that old gentleman today , and i did stop and we did chat .i even went to his little flat. he was so thrilled that i had taken an interest in him and his life . he told me he is 97 yrs old , but to me he was like a young boy ,still full of the zest four life . we chatted for quite awhile , and im going to go along with him on a walk soon , he was so excited .
im looking forward to our next meeting ,will let you know how it goes .
proof that age in nunbers means nothing ,
this man has a big heart , a real treat to meet this beautifull soul .
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:06 PM   #24
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Wow rhythm, good for you, and will look for your next post on him. I'm very sure you made his day,week,and or month just by stopping and spending time with him.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:42 PM   #25
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I live in the Husdon Valley in upstate NY. About 70 miles north of NYC. It is peak leaf season here. The mountains appear to be blanketed. It is lovely.
What a wonderful part of the country! I fondly remember a summer spent with cousins in Cold Spring in 1968. Met Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger at the Hudson Valley Folk Festival that year. Had a wonderful time, but I belong out west where the spaces are big.

Here in San Diego County, the summer doesn't want to quit. Each day he's a little weaker, but the weather continues warm and sunny. The nights are getting chilly.

It's still fire season, but this year the fires have not created widespread damage. Last year at this time, we lived under a cloud of smoke, and we went out to our cars every day and wiped off the ashes so we could see to drive. Sometimes the light was dim and orange all day. I knew people who lost their homes. This year we've been blessedly free from the destructive fires of recent years.

I often sit on my patio at night at watch for the Feyn...the elementals. I have the feeling something's up with them - lots of buzzing back and forth, as if they too have work to accomplish during this time.

The group I meet with has been productive. We are in the midst of starting a small company to market some of our sustainable ideas. The income is to be shared communally between those who make the project work. We have established a base camp in Arizona, and one in our own area. It's great to know people who enjoy the challenge of brainstorming and meeting current trends proactively. We're also developing a survival manual for those who ignored the signs and may find themselves in deep doodoo when it all hits the fan.

Also, for the first time in many years we've been invited to spend the holidays with someone...gosh, that's nice!

Here and now feels like a good place in the timeline to me. I find I'm not only contented but genuinely happy. I know I don't have the whole picture but the part I do have is real. What I've learned in this life is working, not just for me but for others too. It's so great to know you all. It's great to see that ole stove fired up, friends and neighbors gathered round, and to drop my old bones into old wicker, kick off my boots, prop my feet on an old dog, light up a pipe and a smile. I'm lovin' the thread. Rhythm, I'm lovin' your story of the old man.


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