Thursday, March 31, 2005

Midwifery in Missouri

Missouri is one of only nine states where the independent practice of midwifery is clearly illegal. Parents seeking home birth must either hire an illegal midwife, go it alone, or find one of the very few practitioners recognized by the state who might attend them at home.

UC it is!

Thursday, March 24, 2005

a big weight lifted

well, unexpected, a huge weight is off of my shoulders.

karl has found employ. and reasonable, ideal employ- we won't have to worry about work for 6 months or so after the move. it is really wonderful how things fall into place. whatever you believe- God, Goddess, Fate or Chaos: life certainly is magickal at times.

since moving companies seem to want all of our money, this soothes my soul. i was pretty sure the move was going to cost us literally every penny we have. at least, now, i can know we will have some income.

we are getting rid of anything we don't want to pay to move. (we will be paying either by the pound or the cubit foot). freecycle, goodwill, friends. even some things we wish we could move will have to stay ( like ceramic pots for plants).

today i am wandering around the city with my father and stepmama. if we come across chinatown, i am buying several pairs of cloth and rubber slippers, which i wear religiously. in chinatown, they are less than $5 a pair. if i buy 3 or 4 pair today they will last me a long time.

we need to make a real list of things we must buy ahead before we leave.

Monday, March 21, 2005

hubert. isnt he wonderful? the picture doesnt really show him off that well. the left 2 burners are woodfired, the rest are gas.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

random things-to-do

we bought the part that converts our gas dryer to propane. small though it seems, it is an important move! there are so many tiny things we must do, and that one is done. i am trying to create a list of them all in my mind.

we looked into storage spaces yesterday, $$ouch$$.

we went through our gigante closet yesterday, too, and got rid of an old iMac on freecycle. (it went to a nonprofit!) and rifled through and put away too-small clothes, shoes, diapers. small bag of things for goodwill. gave some stuff back to my mom & sis, things that had been sittin' around for a bit.

my father and stepmother come to visit this week!

Friday, March 18, 2005

killer tofu

1 box of FIRM organic tofu for 2 people (trader joes has a great one)

drain liquid from tofu lay it flat on a cutting board cut it in half. then cut the next pieces in half and cut the pieces in half again. you should end up with 8 - 1/4 inch thin slices of tofu. shuffle the tofu like a deck of cards creating uneven gaps for the marinade to get in. put the tofu back in the box and fill the box with soy sauce (or your favorite substitute). let that marinate for 30 min to 3 hours.

ali baazar hummus mix
whole grain pastry flour
grapeseed oil (absolutely no substitutions here)
1 large cast iron skillet

mix 1/4 cup hummus with 1/4 cup flour on a plate
bread the tofu by rolling the marinated tofu into the mix
pre-heat the cast iron skillet cover the bottom of the pan with 1/8 inch of oil

cook the tofu on med/high until very brown (just shy of burned)

Thursday, March 17, 2005

living on the cheap

means making one's own tofu.

we just bought a kit. we have a soy milk maker, and this box and cheesecloth and nigari = our very own fresh, organic tofu!

we like to eat tofu. karl has a killer recipe, which i always mean to write down and share but never have the time.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Hubert is now ours

Hubert cost us $185 plus tax $201.19 we couldn't test him but he's so beautiful if he needs repair it'll still be worth it. we hope that his thermostat works since a new one is $225 otherwise we are really happy with it. we have a week to get a storage space for him to live in until we move.

now the big hunt for solar collectors.

pictures will follow

Wedgewood stove

karl’s post follows

we saw a wedgewood stove that has a dual source of heat. two burner areas from a mini wood stove & four burners from gas. it has two ovens i didn't check to see if wood could heat one of them? we really like it & hope to get it. wedgewood is the standard by which all other stoves are compared. this one is “Hubert” aptly named by some coy employee at our local salvage.

the only real problem is where to put it. our plan is to get a storage space so we can start collecting stuff for the new house. i guess now is the time to start collecting.

roofing season is going to start soon & usually brings a bounty of used hotwater solar collectors having the storage space will come in handy. I’m going to start collecting used copper pipe too.

other large things we will need
    chest style deep freezer
    large enameled cast iron bathtub (hopefully claw foot style)
    a table saw

(I’d love a shopsmith) it has a lathe, table saw, drill press & all kinds of attachments are available. My dad had one when I was a young I loved that thing I made ridiculous amounts of stuff with it. it was kinda clunky setting up & tearing down to do all the different things. We don’t NEED one to build the house but it sure would be handy. But we’ll NEED a table saw none the less.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

let's begin!

where to start? we have a lot of work to do.

little things, like 'does bamboo grow there?' and big things, like 'how do you build a true root cellar?' - all here, and we are running low on time.
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