THOUGHTS TO PONDER

  • Some people live in the PAST, recalling good old days, or living in regret of mistakes.
  • Some people live in the PRESENT, living only for today with its pleasure and its pain
  • Some people live in the FUTURE, planning for any situation that might come.
  • Let’s use the PAST, not to contemplate regret, but rather as a teacher, to guide us thoughtfully through the present.
  • Let’s  use the PRESENT to enjoy today’s blessings, as well as to plan for the future.
  • Let’s plan for the FUTURE by stocking our shelves, planting our gardens, and teaching our children the things that really matter.

DIATOMACEOUS EARTH

THE INSECTICIDE YOU CAN EAT    ! ! !

The August meeting of the BBSRC contained a report on Diatomaceous Earth.

The benefits of using this product should go out to everyone. It is difficult to imagine a single person on the planet who would not benefit from at least one of its uses.

These fossilized skeletons of tiny aquatic organisms from one celled diatroms are mined out of the earth, crushed into a powder and sometimes called “Fossel Shell Flour”.  Under a microscope DE looks like tiny wheat checks.  As the insect moves through it, the waxy coating is scratched off their bodies, The bugs become dehydrated and die.   The faster the bug moves through it, the faster it works, and unlike insecticides, the bugs cannot become immune to it.

LISTING SOME OF THE USES:

  • A natural insecticide for homes, gardens, animals, birds, barns, farms, kennels,  grains, crops, schools, parks.
  • Rids fleas, ticks, lice, bed bugs and parasites and ants roaches. Does not harm garden earthworms.
  • Food grade DE  taken in water will clear the human  body of parasites..Pets too

Glass of lemonade and teaspoon of DE every day for health.   Gets into digestive     system, scrubbing and cleaning out the colon.   Helps joint pain, lowers chlosteral,  lowers high blood pressure and works with collagen to improve dry skin.  Stops tapeworms in humans and dogs.

  • Natural, non toxic  flea and tick powder for cats and dogs.   Dogs: one tablespoons per day in their food.
  • As a soil amender  for clay soils, it provides 14 minerals. Great for the organic gardener, eliminating the need for toxic insect sprays.
  • As a protectant in stored grains (several pounds per ton) and animal in feed to prevent worms and bugs.
  • Put under baseboards of  your  house or rental to kill bugs.
  • Sprinkle in your chickens nests…… A layer of hay and a layer of DE.  (repeat)
  • Use on floor and sleeping quarters of all animals.

Send more ways you have used Diatomaceous Earth.

BIG BOTTOM SELF RELIANT COMMUNITY AUGUST MINUTES

The August meeting of the Big Bottom Self Reliant Community was called to order on
Saturday August 18th at 1;00 p.m., in the picnic area of the Fisher home on Kiona Road, Randle.

The proposed agenda was approved to include discussion on cidar pressing.

Meeting started with a report and discussion of the Growth Management Act, as it
applies to the Randle area.   Questions and  comments followed.

Next was a report on the many uses of amazing  Diatomaceous Earth.

The healing spotlight was on   “Silver and its many healing properties.”

Questions concerning hydroponic gardening were answered.   Anyone needing
help setting up hydroponics can contact our speaker.

Members were facinated to hear,  “Preparing and Planting the Winter Garden, with a demonstration on how to build a simple 5 x 10 foot greenhouse from pvc pipe.

Our own legle begle gave a talk and passed out DVDs to those who wanted more info.

Last on the program was a demonstration on local wild edibles, which included berries,
and common greens from the forest.

A discussion concerning a cidar- pressing event to be held toward the end of October.
Committee to be appointed  next meeting  to finalize details.

It was decided to hold the September meeting again at the home of Joe and Penny Fisher on Kiona Road, as the weather should still be quite warm.   October meeting may  be back in the Randle library. When Glenoma fire department finishes their meeting room, we may be meeting there.

Recording Secretary.

BBSRC AUGUST MEETING NOTICE

 MEETING NOTICE

The August meeting of the Big Bottom Self Reliant Community, will be held on
Saturday, August 18th, at 1:00 p.m.in the picnic area of the Fisher home on Kiona Road in Randle.

Our July social potluck meeting was a great success and a good time was had by most everyone.    Thanks to those of you who participated, and a special thanks to

Joe and Penny for hosting the event.   Social meetings will not include minutes, but
trust me, you should have been there.

Agenda for the August meeting will include (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Hydroponic Gardening Part Two  /li>
  • The Story on Diatomatius Earth  /li>
  • Can Silver Be Used In Healing?
  • Should government obey the laws too?  See Title 31  (3124 )
  • Preparing and Planting The Winter Garden.
  • Storing rain water ……  is this a crime?
  • Growth Management Act:   Randle’s Response
  • Local  Wild edibles

I am pleased to say that the members of this self reliant group are such a
storehouse of information and experience, that so far we have not had a need
to import speakers.

Please bring a guest who would be interested in joining and participating in our self reliant community group. Your guest will be welcome to visit or to join.
Let’s share ideas  for gardening, home projects, useful information and ways to prepare for the challenging times ahead.

Meeting Notice July 19, 2012

JULY MEETING NOTICE

The JULY picnic and summer social meeting of the Big Bottom Self Reliant Community, will take place in a private home, at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday,  July 19th.
Members will meet at the Fisher’s outdoor  home barbecue kitchen on Savio Road, Randle.    A potluck dinner is planned for 6:00, to be followed by a regular meeting at 6:45.  Please call these numbers for suggestions concerning food items to bring, and directions to the meeting location. {496 1594 Joe}  or {360 520-5674  Penny}

Interesting items on this month’s  agenda will include:

  • A local medicinal herb will be examined and information given for preparation and
    use.
  • A  report  on what should be included in an emergency-get-home bag for your auto.
  • A visit from a local hydroponic gardener who will give us his story on this alternative         and interesting form of gardening.
  • A featured informational video TBA.
  • Discussion on installing a water wheel for “off the grid”  use.
  • News that didn’t make the news.

Please bring a guest who would be interested in joining and participating in our self reliant community group.    Your guest will be welcome to visit or to join.
Let’s share ideas  for gardening, home projects, useful information and ways to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

See you there. SS

A POEM FOR SUMMER

MONARCH BUTTERFLY

The Monarch fluttered near my eye,
Circled my head and passed on by
His royal gold against blue sky

As he circled again I heard him say,
“We come to your garden to spend this day.
Peonies wide open catch wind in its play.

The winter was long with snow, rain and ice
I’d dreamed of the summer, thought  “Heat would be nice,
And even a glimpse of blue sky would suffice.”

He said, “We will always come back, don’t you know?
No matter how long and how dreary the snow.
We live for the sunshine, and there we will go.”

“Your highness”, I said, “Don’t you ever feel blue?
Are you never alone, with nothing to do?
Your children gone far, and pay you no mind?
And sometimes you feel life has left you behind?”

“My wings are like gold, and there’s honey to eat
My life is just perfect its always so sweet.
Enjoy warm winds of summer and soak up the heat,
For soon all will fade, and fall back and retreat.”

The seasons of life must turn round and around.
Like a grandfather clock, marks each hour with a sound.
When winter returns with cold winds and bad storm,
The Monarch will be where I know he’ll stay warm.

Minutes of June 16, 2012

MINUTES OF BBSRC MEETING OF JUNE 16, 2012 

The June meeting of the BBSRC was called to order at 2:00 p.m., June 16th in the meeting room of the Randle Timberland Library, as the Mount Adams cafe management found it inconvenient to allow our group to meet there.

NEW MEMBERS  AND/OR GUESTS:  Two guests were introduced and welcomed by the group.

AGENDA:    the agenda was read and approved

NEWS THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE NEWS MEDIA

  •  It was reported that a town in Ireland, fed up with the Euro,  is using the old Irish Punt coins with great success.
  • NDAA…National Defense Authorization Act…. A New York Judge has declared it unconstitutional
  • Earth Changes: Solar flares may hit earth, causing  possible geo magnetic storm,50 percent higher than last normal solar flares.

LAW REPORT: Member gave a talk on the significance of government use of the all caps name.

MEDICINAL HERB REPORT: Member gave a talk on a local medicinal herb, Usnic acid, from lichen, its preparation and use.   Chair requests speaker to write details in our BBSRC blog.

OFF THE GRID REPORT: A member told the meeting of his experimentation with building a water wheel.

HEALTH NEWS:   Monsanto chemical company  blamed for bee collapse, buys leading bee research laboratory.  Group held a discussion on bee culture.

GARDENING PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS: Extensive discussion regarding local gardening, ways to fight slug infestation,when to plant,  many gardening tips.

NEW BUSINESS:    It was decided to have our July meeting at 225-15 Savio Road in a private home, with agenda to include a potluck.    The group will meet at 5:00,  on Thursday, July 19th, with potluck dinner to commence at 6:00, and meeting to follow.

For further details call 360 498 5613.

M/C to adjourn the meeting at 4:00

Respectfully Submitted,  RECORDING SECRETARY. .

HUNTING WILD BEE TREES THE OLD WAY

BIG BOTTOM COUNTRY ADVENTURES IN NATURE

“Granddad, where is the honey to put on my hot cake?  I can’t find it anywhere in the cupboard”, said the small boyThe year was 1935 the place was the Cline Road in Randle.

“I’m sad to say that we are completely out of wild honey, Jack .  Today the two of us are going out and find some more honey”   Granddad promised.

“How can we find honey, Granddad?    Where do the wild bees live? Are we going to find their home?   Are we going to get stung?” Said little Jack, who was wild with excitement.

“Stop asking so many questions, Jack and just watch and pay attention to your old Granddad, and I will show you just how we do it.”  Expecting little Jack to stop asking questions was about like expecting  water to run uphill. Jack, who was a typical 4 year old, completely ignored his Granddad’s comment  and immediately asked another question.

“What are you going to do with that empty cigar box?”  Granddad replied,   “We are going to make a “Bee  Box ” out of it     “What is a bee box?”  Asked Jack.

Grandpa said, “We take a cigar box, cut a small hole in the lid, make a small sliding glass door on the hole.   Next we open the lid and put some empty bee comb into the box.  Then we will mix some sugar and water with a drop of anise oil  and put it into the empty  comb.”

“What is that for?”  Asked Jack  “Because the bees like the smell of anise oil and can smell it a long way off, they will follow the scent.  When they reach the box, they will go inside to get the sugar water.  We will leave the lid open until we get lots of bees in our box.”  Explained Granddad”

“OK, Granddad  lets get started,”  Jack piped up.
“Where do we go and what do we do?” Laughed the anxious little boy.    “Way out in the woods, in a maple forest, because bees make a lot of honey off the maple trees.    We are taking an old burlap sack, matches, and the bee smoker  to make the bees think there is a forest fire.   Because of the smoke, the bees become concerned with saving honey, rather than in stinging us.  We’ll take a container for the honey, an ax to chop the bee tree down, if necessary, and a small amount of white flour to mark the bees, making them easier for us to see.”  Explained Granddad.

‘Gee, it sure takes a lot to fool bees, doesn’t it,” Observed Jack.

Sitting down under a maple tree, and eating their sandwiches, they waited, with the bee box wide open.  Soon the bees were rushing in to join the bee party not realizing there is no such thing as a free lunch.

“Look, that one’s been here before”, said Grand Dad.

“But how can you tell, Grand Dad?   “Watch them after they load up on sugar water.  If they haven’t been here before, they go up high and circle around a number of times trying to get their bearings.   If they’ve been here before, they only make a half circle and then they go straight, making a “bee line” for their hive.    So now we want to get a bee line.   To do that, Jack, you close the bee box lid, and we’ll move in the direction that the bee was going.  Then we’ll sit and watch again after letting another bee out of the small hole.”

“We are getting close to them” said Grand Dad. “How do you know?  Said Jack.      “Because the bee doesn’t go high, but just goes straight to the bee tree.   We’ll get a “triangulation” by moving off to the side.   Then let another bee out, and watch where the two bee lines intersect.  That’s close to where the bee hive is located,usually in a hollow tree or stump. If it is too high to reach, we must fall the tree. Guard bees will be circling around, so we are safer if we stay in close to the hive. We’ll start up the smoker when we get close. “After getting out the honey, the two cleaned off the comb and placed it into the container all the time keeping the smoker activated.

On a hot summers day, when you bite into the bee comb, it is surprisingly cool, since   some bees bring water, and others fan with their wings, evaporating the water, thus cooling the honey.    What a treat for anyone, but especially a small boy.“If a bee stings you, take your jack knife blade and scrape the stinger out.   Do not rub or hit the bee or scratch the bite.  If you do, and bee stinger gets left in your skin. The little poison sack attached to the stinger will keep on pumping poison into you”, Granddad warned

“When we get home”, GrandDad explained, We will cut open the comb and place it in a pillow case or a flour sack  or better yet cheese cloth, and let it slowly drain into a catch pan.(today, an extractor is used) This leaves only the pure honey.  Sometimes we take a bit of honey comb and put it on our table.”The happy little boy, tired from the big bee-hunting adventure, and the cool wild honey in his stomach, was dropping off to sleep, dreaming sweet dreams.

He barely heard his Granddad say, “Tonight we will have baking powder biscuits with butter and wild honey with our dinner”

ODD BUT TRUE ??

The old timers used to say,  when hatching eggs under the hen or in the incubator, and there is a lighting and thunder storm,  it is likely that a good portion of the eggs won’t hatch.   Upon opening those eggs,  it was found that the little chick was well formed but dead.   I have googled this and found that many of today’s poultry farmers say exactly the same thing.

MAY MEETING MINUTES

MINUTES OF MAY 19, 2012

Meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. in the Mount Adams cafe, Randle.

M/C (motion carried) to approve the agenda as printed.

News since the last meeting given and discussed.

A member gave a report on the U.S bankruptcy of 1933 and the repercussions that

followed.  He stated there is a remedy for all the citizen’s property used as collateral to

finance the bankruptcy  loan from IMF via Federal Reserve.

Member gave report on how to make a still for use in the making of tinctures from herbs by  the use of an old pressure cooker

Member gave report on willow bark taken from local trees.  Spring is the time to gather  willow bark,

how to dry it and how to make tinctures or anti-inflammatory tea.  If properly prepared, it will stop pain.

Notice read from Emily Anderson, of Pacific County, telling of the forthcoming Forest Service meeting on Rules and Regulations to be held Monday, May 21 in the Longview Convention center.

Report given on the dangers of using a micro wave oven.  The ten reasons to dispose of your microwave was read to members.

Excellent wooden tomato cages, hand made by a member were displayed.  Orders taken.Discussion concerning the book Pegasus, concerning how to run a car using wood, rather than gas or diesel.

It was suggested we focus on the many problems and methods of vegetable gardening during our June meeting

M/C meeting adjourned at 4:00