Comments on: Jenny Put the Kettle On http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/ Sharon Astyk's Ruminations on an Ambiguous Future Thu, 20 Nov 2008 06:02:53 +0000 #?v=2.3.2 By: Alantex http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-499 Alantex Fri, 02 Feb 2007 08:15:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-499 Re: allergy to olive trees. <br /><br />Are you certain that the proscribed olive trees to which you believe yourself to allergic are not really "Russian olive" (Elaeagnus angustifolia)? This invasive plant which is not native to the western hemisphere has become a pest in the western U.S. I can more readily believe a city banning it than true olives.<br /><br />Russian olive does produce an edible fruit, a sweet, mealy berry It grows readily in some of the driest parts of the West (like Las Vegas), as well as in abundance along watercourses. Re: allergy to olive trees.

Are you certain that the proscribed olive trees to which you believe yourself to allergic are not really “Russian olive” (Elaeagnus angustifolia)? This invasive plant which is not native to the western hemisphere has become a pest in the western U.S. I can more readily believe a city banning it than true olives.

Russian olive does produce an edible fruit, a sweet, mealy berry It grows readily in some of the driest parts of the West (like Las Vegas), as well as in abundance along watercourses.

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By: RAS http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-498 RAS Thu, 01 Feb 2007 22:39:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-498 Sharon, lol. I'm afraid so. I don't <i>look</i> like the stereotypical lesbian (I'm more than a bit femme) but it was so obvious that I was the last one to figure it out, if you know what I mean! Sharon, lol. I’m afraid so. I don’t look like the stereotypical lesbian (I’m more than a bit femme) but it was so obvious that I was the last one to figure it out, if you know what I mean!

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By: Capt. Harold Arndt http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-497 Capt. Harold Arndt Thu, 01 Feb 2007 15:06:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-497 Ahoy Sharon,<br /><br />I've been following your blogging site for some time now and enjoy it a lot. I like your thoughts and words. I expressed a lot of my thoughts (relative to my work)and relative to your writings in a very long e-mail which I sent to two e-mail addresses, which I found for you, back on January 19th. Since I have not had an answer from you I have assumed that my e-mail to you, or your answer to me, got caught up in cyber space somewhere/somehow. With all these Spam filters and "protection programs", it is a wonder that the system works at all anymore. Since your blog for yesterday (Wednesday) opened the door for general comments, I have taken this opportunity to re-write a short introduction and ask that you send a short respond to my e-mail address at: CaptHarold@islandrover.org since I have several thoughts that I would like to share with you in a one-on-one exchange. Incidentally, if others, who read your blog, wish to visit the Island Rover Foundation web site at: www.islandrover.org <br />and they find our mission and work of interest I would welcome e-mail messages. <br /><br />Some of my seeds arrived a few days ago, the spring garlic bulbs are in the refrigerator being "conditioned", pumpkin and squash seeds have dried and are ready for spring planting, the small seed potatoes are starting to show signs of wanting to sprout, and I LOVE the feeling of warmth that the sun is starting to put forth at the height of the day as wood is moved from the wood shed down the shoot to the wood furnace in the cellar. On this 1st. day of February, with January behind us, we can really say that SPRING is not long away. It has been cold here in Maine for the last couple of weeks BUT winter has NOT BEEN LIKE it would have been in years past. <br /><br />Looking forward to hearing from you at: CaptHarold@islandrover.org<br />Cap'n Harold Ahoy Sharon,

I’ve been following your blogging site for some time now and enjoy it a lot. I like your thoughts and words. I expressed a lot of my thoughts (relative to my work)and relative to your writings in a very long e-mail which I sent to two e-mail addresses, which I found for you, back on January 19th. Since I have not had an answer from you I have assumed that my e-mail to you, or your answer to me, got caught up in cyber space somewhere/somehow. With all these Spam filters and “protection programs”, it is a wonder that the system works at all anymore. Since your blog for yesterday (Wednesday) opened the door for general comments, I have taken this opportunity to re-write a short introduction and ask that you send a short respond to my e-mail address at: CaptHarold@islandrover.org since I have several thoughts that I would like to share with you in a one-on-one exchange. Incidentally, if others, who read your blog, wish to visit the Island Rover Foundation web site at: http://www.islandrover.org
and they find our mission and work of interest I would welcome e-mail messages.

Some of my seeds arrived a few days ago, the spring garlic bulbs are in the refrigerator being “conditioned”, pumpkin and squash seeds have dried and are ready for spring planting, the small seed potatoes are starting to show signs of wanting to sprout, and I LOVE the feeling of warmth that the sun is starting to put forth at the height of the day as wood is moved from the wood shed down the shoot to the wood furnace in the cellar. On this 1st. day of February, with January behind us, we can really say that SPRING is not long away. It has been cold here in Maine for the last couple of weeks BUT winter has NOT BEEN LIKE it would have been in years past.

Looking forward to hearing from you at: CaptHarold@islandrover.org
Cap’n Harold

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By: jewishfarmer http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-496 jewishfarmer Thu, 01 Feb 2007 14:48:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-496 RAS, are you totally committed to the lesbian thing ;-)? Because my friend Jesse is a leftist, liberal geek who is starting to do urban homesteading and is a climate change activist. But he is, unfortunately for this purpose, a guy, and a big hairy one at that <br />;-). But you wouldn't be his first lesbian girlfriend (to be fair the last one didn't know yet - but when she finally came out, most of us responded with "duh." <br />;-). (BTW, this is totally intended as a joke, no offense intended).<br /> <br />I'm afraid I don't know any women who meet your criteria, though. Too bad - I'd love to have you date one of my friends and then I'd get to meet you!<br /><br />Sharon RAS, are you totally committed to the lesbian thing ;-)? Because my friend Jesse is a leftist, liberal geek who is starting to do urban homesteading and is a climate change activist. But he is, unfortunately for this purpose, a guy, and a big hairy one at that
;-). But you wouldn’t be his first lesbian girlfriend (to be fair the last one didn’t know yet - but when she finally came out, most of us responded with “duh.”
;-). (BTW, this is totally intended as a joke, no offense intended).

I’m afraid I don’t know any women who meet your criteria, though. Too bad - I’d love to have you date one of my friends and then I’d get to meet you!

Sharon

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By: Amy http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-495 Amy Thu, 01 Feb 2007 14:16:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-495 My seeds are here, I'm almost ready to start seedlings and I'm just plugging along until the weather gets better so I can build more garden beds. I should break out the spinning wheel and get some yarn done. I'll have to re-teach myself how to use it.<br /><br />I'm reading "The Worst Hard Time" now. My seeds are here, I’m almost ready to start seedlings and I’m just plugging along until the weather gets better so I can build more garden beds. I should break out the spinning wheel and get some yarn done. I’ll have to re-teach myself how to use it.

I’m reading “The Worst Hard Time” now.

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By: RAS http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-494 RAS Thu, 01 Feb 2007 03:53:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-494 Sharon,<br />Thanks for the Constant Comment. My favorite tea. :) <br />Let's see, what's going on here at Stony Hill Farm? Not much right now. It's not even a farm really. It's just my current little plot of land. I call it Stony Hill because it's mostly on a Hill and due to all the rocks -which I've dug out of my flower and vegetable beds by hand!<br />Anyway, I'm in graduate school and working part time to make ends meet. These two activities take up most of my time. <br />I had a minor emergency a week or two back with one of my animals -my Siamese cat developed an intestinal blockage; that was quite a vet bill, but she's worth it!<br />But I imagine you were more interested in gardening/farming type news. All of my seeds have arrived, I've planned the garden out, and I am getting ready to start some early spring seedlings. My new blackberry and raspberry bushes are going to ship out in about two weeks, and my potato sets will follow a week later. I expect that they will all arrive at once, while I am studying for midterms. <br /><br />I am hoping to get caught up on the housework enough (ha!) to take some time out and learn to knit before spring gets here and everything swings into action. <br /><br />This fall or next spring I hope to add some more animals to my little family -either chickens or rabbits, depending on what the ordinances here are. <br /><br />That's all that is going on at my place. Pretty much the usual routine. Oh, and I am still dateless. I don't suppose you know where a homesteading, graduate student, liberal, leftist, lesbian geek could find a date? (That's just a joke, for those who don't interpret internet humor well.)<br /><br />Oh and Shaunta, Not everyone is allergic to olive trees. :)<br /><br />-Rebecca Sharon,
Thanks for the Constant Comment. My favorite tea. :)
Let’s see, what’s going on here at Stony Hill Farm? Not much right now. It’s not even a farm really. It’s just my current little plot of land. I call it Stony Hill because it’s mostly on a Hill and due to all the rocks -which I’ve dug out of my flower and vegetable beds by hand!
Anyway, I’m in graduate school and working part time to make ends meet. These two activities take up most of my time.
I had a minor emergency a week or two back with one of my animals -my Siamese cat developed an intestinal blockage; that was quite a vet bill, but she’s worth it!
But I imagine you were more interested in gardening/farming type news. All of my seeds have arrived, I’ve planned the garden out, and I am getting ready to start some early spring seedlings. My new blackberry and raspberry bushes are going to ship out in about two weeks, and my potato sets will follow a week later. I expect that they will all arrive at once, while I am studying for midterms.

I am hoping to get caught up on the housework enough (ha!) to take some time out and learn to knit before spring gets here and everything swings into action.

This fall or next spring I hope to add some more animals to my little family -either chickens or rabbits, depending on what the ordinances here are.

That’s all that is going on at my place. Pretty much the usual routine. Oh, and I am still dateless. I don’t suppose you know where a homesteading, graduate student, liberal, leftist, lesbian geek could find a date? (That’s just a joke, for those who don’t interpret internet humor well.)

Oh and Shaunta, Not everyone is allergic to olive trees. :)

-Rebecca

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By: Shaunta http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-493 Shaunta Wed, 31 Jan 2007 16:12:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/01/31/jenny-put-the-kettle-on/#comment-493 I live in Las Vegas and we have a ton of olive trees everywhere, mostly because they are fast growing. They are also highly allergenic (the city doesn't allow them to be planted anymore.) I can't imagine having one in my house, it's bad enough having them in the neighborhood. I wonder if the kind you are getting is different from the ones we have here? If your eyes start itching...it's the olive tree!<br /><br />Your kitchen sounds amazing, and I'm so impressed with your year-of-not-buying-anything. I live in Las Vegas and we have a ton of olive trees everywhere, mostly because they are fast growing. They are also highly allergenic (the city doesn’t allow them to be planted anymore.) I can’t imagine having one in my house, it’s bad enough having them in the neighborhood. I wonder if the kind you are getting is different from the ones we have here? If your eyes start itching…it’s the olive tree!

Your kitchen sounds amazing, and I’m so impressed with your year-of-not-buying-anything.

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