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At my age, it's "too late to grow up and start worrying about the rules". (t/h Steven Havill, in Bitter Recoil) Motto: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." Theme song: I Did It My Way.
  • OneBirdieMa commented on makendo's instructable Solar analemma chandelier1 day ago
    Solar analemma chandelier

    My expertise is more with fiber arts (the hoity-toity name for sewing and needlework) -- and what comes to mind has to do with fabric on a stretcher -- eventually to be hung from (on?) a ceiling . . . . but given that I'm about to purchase a new house, it seems, it seems unlikely I'll get to anything that creative any time soon. Thanks esp. for the post of the analemma with solar eclipse. // Question: do you happen to know if anyone has ever compared the analemma with the shape of the Mobius strip? I know, nothing to do with each other, but it doesn't hurt to ask . . . .

    This is brilliant! I've wanted to do my own analemma photos over a year where I live -- but sadly my inspiration in this case runs far ahead of my abilities! THIS, however, I may be able to translate into something I CAN do. Thank you so much!

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on ashten.elliott's instructable Peanut Butter Cheerio Clusters4 days ago
    Peanut Butter Cheerio Clusters

    Oh, la! Shades of Killer Brownies . . . . my brain is drooling.

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  • Secret Compartment Floating Shelf

    This looks great, but I want to weigh in on the sub-topic of damaged digits. About 60 years ago, when I was a young, young thing, I was helping my dad in his workshop. He was using a router. He left the room for a minute and there was this very nice pile of sawdust that had collected right where I could see it -- so I reached up to grab it and the router grabbed my [left index] finger and put a very nice piece of a slice on the inside of it . . . . It was a CUT, guys and gals, but my father was a military officer and the neighborhood was filled with military families so I immediately had two military doctors attending my cut finger, and got taken to the Naval Hospital in Bethesda Md. where I got seven shots and four stitches and a flexible metal splint on the finger and a CAST up to ...see more »This looks great, but I want to weigh in on the sub-topic of damaged digits. About 60 years ago, when I was a young, young thing, I was helping my dad in his workshop. He was using a router. He left the room for a minute and there was this very nice pile of sawdust that had collected right where I could see it -- so I reached up to grab it and the router grabbed my [left index] finger and put a very nice piece of a slice on the inside of it . . . . It was a CUT, guys and gals, but my father was a military officer and the neighborhood was filled with military families so I immediately had two military doctors attending my cut finger, and got taken to the Naval Hospital in Bethesda Md. where I got seven shots and four stitches and a flexible metal splint on the finger and a CAST up to my elbow. which I got to wear for six weeks . . . . Fast forward about thirty years and I had no contact with power tools or anything of the sort, until I was livng in and rehabbing an old old house in New England and they guys all got to use saws and I got fed up and picked one up and chipped in my assistance and have had not a day of fear of saws or anything (except needles) since then. I have a little tiny scar on my finger, and a budding retirement occupation learning to DIM (as in DIY, but myself, not yourself) about anything. I've even gotten to use a [small] chainsaw to take down a [small] oak -- picture attached. Anyone who's got the fear of buzzes or whatever, it's time to go will come, promise. It just takes time (and God!)

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  • Nucleus Colony -or- How to Start a Beehive

    Jennifer! Thank you so much! I'm in NoVA with friends who've kept bees elsewhere and I've wanted to keep bees since -- well a long time. We must surmount the difficulties of living and beekeeping in Suburban Small Holding Hell (where neighbors use chems to manage lawns, shrubs, grubs, weevils, etc. etc. etc. and that wreaks havoc with bees . . . . ). This will help bring me up to speed with their velocity, AND, anyone with info on IPM for suburbia X beekeeping please give me link or cite . . .

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on randofo's instructable Apple Cake2 weeks ago
    Apple Cake

    Excellent! I just got a peck of apples, and this will take up a few of them! Two notes, one question: Note 1. Using orange juice especially you can get away with substituting 1/8th to 1/6th of the white flour with whole wheat and not risk the kind of brash edge on the flavor that ww sometimes adds. I personally like the ww combo flavor but not everyone does . . . .. Note 2. Light brown sugar would probably work as well as granulated -- use an equal weight (NOT volume) substitution, which is to say 300 grams. Question: when you say 1 to 1 cinnamon to sugar you are talking volume proportions? So, for instance, 1 tablespoon each cinnamon and sugar? (I usually use a proportion of 6 sugar to 1 cinnamon (e.g., 4 Tbsp sugar to 2 tsp cinnamon) but I also 'louse it up' these days by us...see more »Excellent! I just got a peck of apples, and this will take up a few of them! Two notes, one question: Note 1. Using orange juice especially you can get away with substituting 1/8th to 1/6th of the white flour with whole wheat and not risk the kind of brash edge on the flavor that ww sometimes adds. I personally like the ww combo flavor but not everyone does . . . .. Note 2. Light brown sugar would probably work as well as granulated -- use an equal weight (NOT volume) substitution, which is to say 300 grams. Question: when you say 1 to 1 cinnamon to sugar you are talking volume proportions? So, for instance, 1 tablespoon each cinnamon and sugar? (I usually use a proportion of 6 sugar to 1 cinnamon (e.g., 4 Tbsp sugar to 2 tsp cinnamon) but I also 'louse it up' these days by using brown sugar rather than granulated white. And I'm not usually putting it on an entire cake, but on buttered toast . . . . )

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on thepocketmerlin's instructable Bookcase Secret Entrance3 weeks ago
    Bookcase Secret Entrance

    There is what I'd call veneer tape that can be glued (old fashioned) or ironed (newer fashioned) on. I have a mahogany countertop on the wet wall in my kitchen and you'd never believe it is made of plywood (admittedly marine but still plywood). I'm sure it's sold lots of places; if i recall correctly mine came from Boucher lumber.

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  • Live Off the Land : Survive With Edible Weeds

    OK, I'm taking a print to the garden. I recognize most of these but would do better to connect them directly. I'll stay clear of the nightshade, myself . . . Anyone else old enough to remember Stalking the Wild Asparagus? It may be old enough now to be on gutenberg or freading or check Alibris or other used book shops or sites. It was 'the bible' to us'n's who were young when it was published . . . probably wan't where wild eating began but it was the 60s iteration. Thanks for the reminder!

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on skitz's instructable Raise Backyard Chickens!1 month ago
    Raise Backyard Chickens!

    I sound so hoity-toity virtuous about spelling etc. but I shall tell you a story to disabuse you of any such notion. For many many years I worked as a legal secretary, beginning about the time computers moved into law (among other) offices. Word Perfect (a gem!) gave way to Word (the less said) and with Word came SpellCheck and everyone immediately became hyperdependent on it. I had a short brief to turn out for one of my young attorneys, and it was something to do with (as I recall) public housing. Being young (but older than my attorneys), I decided to read over the copy before turning over to my legal darlin's -- and discovered that "public" had been spelled "pubic" through out. Well! I thanked God (after I picked myself up off the floor), went through and m...see more »I sound so hoity-toity virtuous about spelling etc. but I shall tell you a story to disabuse you of any such notion. For many many years I worked as a legal secretary, beginning about the time computers moved into law (among other) offices. Word Perfect (a gem!) gave way to Word (the less said) and with Word came SpellCheck and everyone immediately became hyperdependent on it. I had a short brief to turn out for one of my young attorneys, and it was something to do with (as I recall) public housing. Being young (but older than my attorneys), I decided to read over the copy before turning over to my legal darlin's -- and discovered that "public" had been spelled "pubic" through out. Well! I thanked God (after I picked myself up off the floor), went through and made sure EVERY pubic was turned back into public . . . . it was years later I read Lynn Truss and got the phrase 'zero tolerance' but I correct to this day out of the depth of horror in memory. // I looked at several of your 'ibles and am quite +++ impressed. Keep up the good work!

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on skitz's instructable Rustic Dry Goods Shelf1 month ago
    Rustic Dry Goods Shelf

    Nice! Here's another option: take drawers from abandoned cabinets and turn them into shelves. When I remodeled my kitchen I did this with shallow drawers for spice jars and deeper drawers for canning jars and such-sized containers. They are mounted to the wall with a version of a French-cleat. I did these before I knew about Instructables or I'd have done a step-by-step. I have a few more drawers to re-purpose so if/when I get around to them . . . . right! There are Instructables about repurposing drawers that can give anyone who's interested enough info to get started -- and finish! It really is astounding how lovely foodstuff stored in jars can be when kept in view -- and how much more positive reinforcement of scratch cooking methods can you get than looking at what you're sta...see more »Nice! Here's another option: take drawers from abandoned cabinets and turn them into shelves. When I remodeled my kitchen I did this with shallow drawers for spice jars and deeper drawers for canning jars and such-sized containers. They are mounted to the wall with a version of a French-cleat. I did these before I knew about Instructables or I'd have done a step-by-step. I have a few more drawers to re-purpose so if/when I get around to them . . . . right! There are Instructables about repurposing drawers that can give anyone who's interested enough info to get started -- and finish! It really is astounding how lovely foodstuff stored in jars can be when kept in view -- and how much more positive reinforcement of scratch cooking methods can you get than looking at what you're starting with?

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on skitz's instructable Raise Backyard Chickens!1 month ago
    Raise Backyard Chickens!

    I lived in Denver 40+ years ago and it had the same pattern of precipitation. On paper it reads semi-arid, and the old storm-drain set up was based on that notion -- so when it rained IT RAINED HARD and the highways and roadways would flood. Compare that with where I was born, in Hawaii. At sea level it's tropical, and there's a LOT of rain but it comes mostly in small daily doses (with the occasional typhoon/hurricane to keep things interesting). And where I live now (mid-Atlantic, inland) is one of those relatively unpredictable meteorological grab-bags. Lesson: don't look at just annual precip figures, esp. if you are new to an area.

    This is spectacular! HOWEVER would someone please get the headline writer's spell check to recognize that it is a chicken COOP not a coup. OK, now that that's out of my zero-tolerance proofreader mentality, I'll go back to the +++++ response. Where I live (NoVA) has about the opposite weather/climate of Phoenix -- beginning with hot means humid, and all the rest of the mid-Atlantic temperate zone/four season malarkey. Still, ventilation (or at least the option to increase or decrease it) is probably the most important thing to consider here, too. That said, I describe where I live as suburban small-holding hell, which means among other things AND THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT the county has regulations regarding the number of farm animals (e.g. chickens) a suburban homeowner may host on ...see more »This is spectacular! HOWEVER would someone please get the headline writer's spell check to recognize that it is a chicken COOP not a coup. OK, now that that's out of my zero-tolerance proofreader mentality, I'll go back to the +++++ response. Where I live (NoVA) has about the opposite weather/climate of Phoenix -- beginning with hot means humid, and all the rest of the mid-Atlantic temperate zone/four season malarkey. Still, ventilation (or at least the option to increase or decrease it) is probably the most important thing to consider here, too. That said, I describe where I live as suburban small-holding hell, which means among other things AND THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT the county has regulations regarding the number of farm animals (e.g. chickens) a suburban homeowner may host on a given lot. They can be gotten around, but it's important to do this BEFORE investint time, energy and money in a chicking-loving agricultural project. Finally, we do have predators -- mammalian and avian -- so here having the chickens always under cover is imperative -- as well as having the cage tight to the ground if mobile or sunk a foot or two if a permanent structure. Now I shall proceed for my own benefit to digest this 'ible thoroughly and add it to my collection of information on the subject. One of these days . . . . .

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  • A cardboard device: THE SHIRT FOLDER

    I thought it was DOC and that's why I needed an MD to prescribe something so I could unfixate myself . . . . nice to know it's COD so it will be paid for on delivery . . . .

    I've always thought this video was a fake demo, jumping a point that would be considered sleight of hand but it didn't actually exist . . . ifisher1, I do origami and this shirt fold video is NOT like that. At least, not the origami I've always done.

    Ah ha! That's what I was talking about about 7 hours later (see above). TYVM!

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  • How to Lose 100+ Pounds and Keep it Off For Life

    I will have to read this very closely but on one quick scan, I'd say A++++ -- and better than anything else I've read on the subject. [NB Weight loss falls in my area of professional interest which was/is clinical dietetics. Much of my work involved getting folks to GAIN weight, which is actually harder to do than to LOSE weight, but such is the effect of illness on the human being, physically as well as mentally.] The biggest congratulations are due for your metaphor! I shall burst a bubble: it's not strictly speaking a metaphor. I used to tell my Wt Loss clients/classes that if the day came when they were tired of looking at what they did with food they could just turn their attention to their finances -- individuals tend to have the same relationship with money as they do with ...see more »I will have to read this very closely but on one quick scan, I'd say A++++ -- and better than anything else I've read on the subject. [NB Weight loss falls in my area of professional interest which was/is clinical dietetics. Much of my work involved getting folks to GAIN weight, which is actually harder to do than to LOSE weight, but such is the effect of illness on the human being, physically as well as mentally.] The biggest congratulations are due for your metaphor! I shall burst a bubble: it's not strictly speaking a metaphor. I used to tell my Wt Loss clients/classes that if the day came when they were tired of looking at what they did with food they could just turn their attention to their finances -- individuals tend to have the same relationship with money as they do with food. If, miss_ali1984, you have given even just one individual one piece of information to make possible for them dealing with this seemingly-insurmountable difficulty you should get a medal. PS For those of you whose eyebrows went off the forehead at the statement that it's harder to gain than lose weight intentionally, (1) take my word for it and (2) pray you never have to find out how true it is for your own self!

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on Darthorso's instructable Understanding Italian Gestures3 months ago
    Understanding Italian Gestures

    Oh, I forgot to say, from the island of my birth, MAHALO!

    This is spectacular -- and I won't insult you by trying my faux-Italian made up words on you! I know three people who will be on the floor within two minutes of even beginning to look at this -- and that's after I pick myself up and can actually contemplate watching certain Italian mysteries and understanding the 'lingo' I've missed before.

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  • How to Make a Delicious Caramel (on Your First Attempt!)

    You know, that's a good idea! Have to be in colder weather tho'. Transporting caramels in hot weather -- well, I don't think so! I don't even make them in hot weather! And I don't know how we'd handle the anonymity/privacy bit: finding a point equidistant from those of us contributing our wares would the the worst of the logistics. Maybe not such a good idea -- except as an idea!!!

    You know, I think I've never taken a pic of the caramels I make! I will take a pic when I next make a batch. Be a while yet, though; I get a knee replaced on Wednesday and won't be trucking in the kitchen for a while after that.

    "From scratch" is one of those nice old phrases -- I do wonder what folks think when I say it in a conversation! (I'm the same way -- from the beginning, and not just with cooking.)

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  • How to Make a Delicious Caramel (on Your First Attempt!)

    Bravo! Caramel with cream! In other words REAL caramel! I'll have to try this one, for sure. Thanks for posting this!

    And this isn't real caramel. condensed milk doesn't make real caramel. IMNSHO. But I am a caramel snob.

    The consistency of the final caramel will depend on the temperature the mixture reaches while it is cooking. A degree or two makes a HUGE difference in the outcome -- AND the accuracy of the thermometer being used to measure the temp. My usual caramel recipe is actually for a soft caramel to use as a topping -- two degrees more and I get something cutable -- though admittedly it makes squares that flatten and ooze over time . . . refrigeration is such a blessing!

    Use whipping cream or table cream. As for the sugar, I haven't the time right this moment to look up the conversion, but because caramel shouldn't be dependent on the texture of the sugar, there should be a weight equivalent that will work.

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on jordi D's instructable Convertible Bench/table4 months ago
    Convertible Bench/table

    A-plus! We had three like this that were sold commercially 10+ years ago -- and still have two of them. Just on the look-see yours is better in every respect. They have been moved all over our yard and put in bench and table positions with relative ease. (I say relative because there is a point at which osteoarthritis has a comment to make on every activity, even the easiest!) (One tad fancier and it would go in the dining room!)

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  • 37 Unusual Uses for Lonely Socks

    I'm going to be on crutches soon -- knee replacement coming up! -- and I'm trying to figure out how to cushion the hand-holds since I have a wrist and hand that think that any pressure is for -- torture. Don't know if socks will do the trick but . . . Ust occurred to me I should find the crutches I yarn bombed and put it on Instructables. TYVM!

    A small pillow: take a number of socks -- if a lot of socks, some should likely be larger than others. Take one or two and roll it or them together as if they were going to be put away. Tuck this into another sock and fold it over so it's smooth. Repeat until you have a size that might be of use: under a knee, for instance, or in a car against a window in order to nap. If it gets soiled -- trash it. Easy enough to make another!

    I darn socks -- good ones, hiking socks. I'm going to experiment with doubling the thickness of the heel to elevate the foot just a bit. (Cranky achilles tendon.) When I have time. HA! (68 yoa and I had more free time when I was employed full time).

    If you have something filled with rice, soybeans, or anything else tasty to insect critters, just toss it in a warm (like 180 - 200 degrees) oven for a while, until it's heated through. DO NOT DO THIS IF THE FABRIC IS POLYESTER OR OTHER UN-NATURAL FIBER 'cause some of them have low melting temps and this is NOT a mess you want to try to clean up!

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 unusual uses for straws4 months ago
    11 unusual uses for straws

    There's another instructable about melting down plastic and forming it into -- other things . . .

    Ever need to add a drop or two to something and lack and eyedropper? Use a small diameter straw, insert one end into the liquid to be dropped (dripped?), cover the other end and lift the straw out and over the whatever to be dripped (dropped) on. Release the airtight hold on the straw gently to make sure of getting only the small amount desired . . . . inspired to add here as I recalled how to do this because I need to put one drop of almond extract in a dish of apricot puree to be dried as fruit leather . . . .

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on asergeeva's instructable DIY Lavender Dryer Bags4 months ago
    DIY Lavender Dryer Bags

    My experience is -- just throw in some dried lavender buds! The screen will collect them as the dryer runs, then they can be brushed off into the trash with the rest of the lint. BUT I don't use this for fragrance so much as to eliminate static (and therefore cling) on certain fabrics. What I've also done in the past is take the stems from the lavender, trim them even at one end and angled at the other and use apiece of twine or raffia or string to bind the stems together to be used as a brush for the screen. I'm planning for a craft fair to do a small container of lavender buds with a brush like this for dryer assistance (or some such name) . . .

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  • OneBirdieMa commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 unusual uses for straws4 months ago
    11 unusual uses for straws

    Instructable is great, comments could be combined for another one-two-or-three. Thank you all!

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