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  • Originally posted by drssgchic View Post
    I'd move to Maine in a minute. Even with black fly season. However, I am not yet independantly wealthy, and there are no jobs.

    On the other hand, I love the wide open spaces out here...
    Yeah I looked for fun and there are no jobs up there. After college I thought for a little while I'd find a job (any job really) and live with/near my grandma while I figured out what I wanted to do, but then I fell in love and didn't want to move away from Boyfriend. Living is cheap up there, but jobs are scarce, or maybe just scarce on the internet. As for acreage, yeah, you can really only get trees up there. Which is great, if that's your thing.

    Originally posted by Finnegans Wake View Post
    Went to Portland ME last August for a wedding, and loved the place. Had always wanted to visit Maine. Wedding was on Peaks Island in Casco Bay, unbelievably beautiful. Portland has a real nice vibe, and everything is walkind distance. Can't go a block without tripping over a great place to eat or cool little pub.

    Best bet would be to live ~6 summer months in, say, Maine, and ~6 winter months in some Caribbean spot. Living off one's fabulous independent wealth, natch.
    I actually haven't been to Portland much, but my family vacationed on Peak's Island in the tiniest little cabin for a week maybe 13 years ago (my brother was a baby). It was great, we had a blast checking out the small beaches and biking around the island. Portland definitely has more of a cool urban vibe (I mean, urban for Maine), but definitely not for urban-suburban dwellers like Boyfriend. I appreciate the influence of nature on everything Maine has and could probably spend a lot of time wandering the local shops and sites. Maybe a personal (just me) vacation there will be warranted sometime.
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    • Originally posted by drssgchic View Post
      My baby brother lives in Portland. Um, that Portland. The one on the Right Coast. I had tossed around the idea (you know, when I become a fabulously wealthy author) of having a townhouse in Boston for a few weeks/a month here and there throughout the year and my ranch out here. However, an apartment in Portland wouldn't be a bad idea either . . . Casco Bay is gorgeous.
      Yes there is always a moment of confusion when people talk about Portland...Oregon. I am accustomed to the one on the East coast.

      I have only been in one town house in Boston and it was the most beautiful town house on Earth, hands down. The place had been lived in by an elderly couple for a long time until they passed away and they painted the most amazing (what is the painting term for something painted on a wall?) of Biblical scenes everywhere. They were absolutely breath-taking. It takes a certain kind of person to be able to live there. The place was renovated and well-kept too. Some friends of my parents lived there when I saw it, and the people they sold it to painted over everything It seems like the kind of place to be preserved and wait for the right owners, but I guess they wanted a townhouse, not a work of art.
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      • Mural?
        If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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        • Fresco?

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          • Mural (that's what I was thinking of) is in the definition of fresco on Wikipedia, but I'm not sure what the difference is still. My one art history course (on Renaissance painters, fun times) was not enough for my memory.
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            • I looked up bus fair to Portland one time. It said 3 days. What the hell? It's an 8-hour drive! Oh, right, forgot to specify the state. My bad.

              I feel like fresco has something to do with the style/paint. But I could be imagining things.

              Well, part of not needing to move to Maine is that there are lots of people up there that are environmentally focused already. There are lots of people working on preservation/reforesting/ that sort of thing. I feel like I could do more good out here. Oh. And there are rodeos and cowboys out here.
              http://cattaillady.com/ My blog exploring the beginning stages of learning how to homestead. With the occasional rant.

              Originally Posted by TheFastCat: Less is more more or less

              And now I have an Etsy store: CattailsandCalendula

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              • Cowboys

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                • Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                  We have the Redstone Arsenal pretty dang close to us...is that in your line?
                  I'll give the entire state of AL a look. It will give me something to do at work tomorrow

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                  • Originally posted by Mud Flinger View Post
                    Cowboys
                    Uuuh huh

                    D- cottage cheese, black russian, chocolates But they're gone now! Again. For now.

                    B- tea, coffee/half and half, cheese and bacon omelette.

                    I really hope my new roomie likes peppers as much as she claims. Because I just planted 9 pepper plants in her garden and the one I picked up for her in mine.
                    http://cattaillady.com/ My blog exploring the beginning stages of learning how to homestead. With the occasional rant.

                    Originally Posted by TheFastCat: Less is more more or less

                    And now I have an Etsy store: CattailsandCalendula

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                    • I've never had much luck with growing peppers. I hear that they like to be sprayed w/ epsom salt but don't know if that's true either. I like growing zucchinni as it always produces plenty! Green beans as well. I usually have tomatoes to but they can be hit or miss. Cucumbers have never been a strong one for me either. Beets though are awesome. They grow well, and wait for you even after a frost or two. I also eat the greens. I planted onions for the first time this year and they are starting to come up

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                      • Sweet banana peppers and cowhorn hot peppers (until this year) was the only thing I've attempted to grow. I can eat 4 or 5 peppers per meal in the summer, I loves em.
                        If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                        • It was three each of a yellow bell, a chili, and a jalapeno. I think mine is a green bell? I don't eat peppers, but she swears she loves 'em. *shrug*

                          I have beets and turnips in my beds, and we put parsnips in hers. I, um, hope they put up with the dog-prints that are in the bed. The dog is still learning "get out of the garden!" I'm also still learning to close the gate when I'm in there.

                          I have radish sprouts in my beds! Woo hoo! (there's a reason people grow them, they pop up quick!)

                          Um, Mud Flinger- I kinda just grabbed beans and figured I'd pick 'em young for greenbeans. Will that work? I also re-read the package and they're bush beans instead of climbing beans. Drat. They get the trellis anyway.
                          http://cattaillady.com/ My blog exploring the beginning stages of learning how to homestead. With the occasional rant.

                          Originally Posted by TheFastCat: Less is more more or less

                          And now I have an Etsy store: CattailsandCalendula

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                          • I eat the bean young - then it's mostly the pod and not the seed you are consuming and better for you. Plant your bush beans in another spot and buy some pole beans for your trellis later. It's best to stagger bean plantings so that you can spread out the harvest instead of a bumper crop and then nothing. You can always share any extra bean seeds with a fellow gardener or plant them in one of your showcase gardens. I'm a brat so I would probably plant them in an unplated neighbor's square and mark them with "bean" markers and let them wonder who the phantom planter was. They may even be grateful!

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                            • Dang it, already planted the beans beside the trellis. Hmm, maybe I can just bend the trellis and find some proper greenbeans. I was figuring on just eating them early, whatever they ended up being. Or maybe I can plan them on the other side of the trellis? I wonder how mad they'd be about being a bit shady. They were talking about having some tupperware containers for us to leave extra seeds in for seed sharing. I can always ditch them there if I don't like them.

                              L- walk, greek yogurt/strawberries
                              http://cattaillady.com/ My blog exploring the beginning stages of learning how to homestead. With the occasional rant.

                              Originally Posted by TheFastCat: Less is more more or less

                              And now I have an Etsy store: CattailsandCalendula

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                              • How's the walking going? You were saying before your energy during walks = shit.

                                I'm just getting back to running a bit, but still not back to 3-4 days/week like I was before the fucking foot turned into fucking hamburger. Or as older people sometimes say, "hamburg." I did a short 1.5 miler Saturday, but it was all hills: my lungs flopped out of my chest cavity and swam around on the ground in a pool of blood for a few minutes after that, but overall I felt pretty good. My grand plan to lose 10# before the class reunion, however, has resulted in a net loss of zero pounds.

                                Strawberries. I am loving strawberries right now.

                                In the miasma of my back yard, I have some stuff utterly choked out by weeds, including a few strawberry and asparagus plants. Dammit. But, bright side, I have 4 raspberry brambles that have gained the upper hand on the devil weeds and should be kicking out bowls o' lovelies for my greedy consumption in a few weeks.

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