Apr. 27th, 2017

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OMG, weird worlds-colliding: was idly discussing something with Farmsister, and she said “oh I read something like that in a Daredevil fanfiction,” and I was like “a what now” and she was like oh… I sometimes… if I don’t have enough good books to read, I go online and i find fanfictions of the TV shows I like…

I was like do you at least click the little kudos thing? and she was like no why would I do that i’m not in the community or anything, and I was like I mean, though, are you reading it on AO3? and she was like well yeah I mean, that’s where everything is

and I was like you don’t have to create an account but do me a personal, from the heart favor, and click the little heart if you liked the story, because I tell you what, I’m on the other end of that, I’m not telling you my handle and I probably don’t write for any of the series you watch, but click the little heart goddammit and she was like okay okay jeez

so all y’all Daredevil and Jessica Jones and, gasp, Supernatural peeps, I hope your kudos-to-hits ratio goes up a miniscule amount from here on out. 
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danceswchopstck reblogged your post and added:

 I love the idea of a mixed-media ¿quilt? map of the farm! If wanted, I’d be happy to burble a few ideas for possible ways to start. If not wanted, that’s OK, too. Plenty on your plate.

The idea I have is to start with a base layer of canvas, and maybe a layer of batting and a second layer of canvas, and then quilt the general outlines into that. Then, applique the large masses of the different areas in the color they need to be– roads, streams, hills, fields, forested areas. And then, over the top of that, the finer-detailed things, like buildings and textures, would be embroidered or painted, and maybe built up with yet another layer of batting underneath for things that should be raised.

I might also do the artistic conceit of showing topograpy from the top, but all buildings and details from the side, rather than just straight-up embroidering a satellite photo.

I’d love other ideas and suggestions, though! This was good because I hadn’t put the idea into words really yet, so this got me to explain it a little more!


Oh, good, I’m glad it was helpful!

Your ideas sound sensible to me.

I was thinking mostly about the early stages, something like:

List what RL things to depict,

Roughly sketch layout,

Decide how big to make the finished thing,

Hunt through fabric stash or store for candidate fabrics,

Decide what to embellish before it’s assembled and what to embellish after,

Pick somewhere to start assembling or embellishing,

Make lots of notes re the plan, including measurements,

Pre-shrink any new fabric!

Start cutting &/or assembling &/or embellishing with paint/embroidery/whatever!

If it were me, I think I might try to make it in smallish modules, where feasible, so there would be lots of interim victories like, “The Pond is done except for appliqueing it to the base. Next, the Place for Pigs!” (Except I don’t remember if there is a pond…) Maybe start with one small area and gradually work outward from it, so the part that already looks encouraging keeps getting bigger?

Does that make sense? I hope so!

Please feel free to use, modify, subdivide, or ignore any or all parts of these suggestions!

Yay for Making, whether it’s this or something else!

Oh this is a good overall plan for getting a thing done, for sure. My definite first step, which I’ve almost started, is making a couple of drafts of an illustration. The first thing we did was that my sister bought the USGS map sheets of the area, but of course the farm falls square on the edge of two sheets– so we scanned the relevant corners of the full-size maps, and I stitched them together in Photoshop so we could see the whole farm. 

In the past, I have made a painted canvas map of a small area, so it’s not totally new in concept. This is just more elaborate because I want to do more than just paint it.

I was also considering assembling it in blocks, that’d be an idea– I haven’t done much quilting but I’ve seen a newish thing where people do whole quilt blocks, including backing and batting and all, and then assemble them together for the final product, and that seems manageable especially if you don’t have a long-arm sewing machine, as I don’t. 

I might do some i-don’t-care-how-it-looks quilting for the yurt first just to practice the techniques– I want to eventually have a quilt that covers the entire inside of the yurt, for insulation.
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The idea is this: You buy a tractor that runs their software, and (the way they see it) therefore you don’t actually own the tractor. They do. Because software.


Read it and see if your brain doesn’t turn right around in your skull at the “logic”.
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I was digging, she says, to get some soil to make a house for my grub. His name is Danger, she informs us.
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A post shared by Bridget Kelly (@bomberqueen17) on Apr 27, 2017 at 8:01am PDT

A video in which I discuss relocating my yurt. Let’s see if it posts!
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Close Encounters Of The Boar Kind. Gosh he’s kind of a goofy dude but also majestic.
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torrilin reblogged your video and added:

My main concern would be how high the stream gets? It looks like barring hurricane or major logging it should be ok, but it also looks like a big enough stream that there’s no way you can control all upstream logging.

And rereading that with computer brain switched on is very odd

Oh, I’ve had the yurt in its present site during a 100-year flood. (There have been, heh, three 100-year-floods since my sister moved onto the property four years ago, make of that what you will.) So I’ve seen what happens, and we can see the marks from how high the water got during Hurricane Irene (which was a big deal up here, and killed a number of people not far away), and it’s still not all the way up to where the yurt will be.

There’s no wilderness around, really, is the thing, so very little logging happens. And really, it’s not that big a stream– a few hundred feet down, it joins the Quackenkill, which is big, but the stream on the farm is so small there’s not even a name, I don’t think. Its source is a number of springs, starting on the neighboring property which is still a farm but will surely go for development when the old man dies (Farmsister would love to buy it, but is unlikely to be able to get another easement from the state to afford it! It’s a daydream, though), but it increases a lot in size just a little ways up where a few springs come down out of the hillside. There’s another huge spring that originates and becomes a pond just a little ways over, and then goes into a culvert and winds up in the Quackenkill. (And the Quackenkill meets the Poestenkill not far off at all, and from there, they go together into the Hudson River, not all that far off.)

So the stream comes up its banks a little in hard rains, but never as high as the top of the bank, where I’m putting the yurt platform. It’ll be on the same level closer to the stream as it was a little farther away. The site formerly housed a hoop-house for the farm, from about 20 years ago onward; they park tractors there now, which is part of the reason I want to move back– they keep putting more and more farm equipment up closer and closer to the yurt’s present site, and I’d rather have a little more space thanks. Also, more shade would be nice. 
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blergh the sun hives are back

almost got the yurt moved. will wait until sun has subsided, then try.

yurt frame is moved. need to bolt it back together, also need to screw decking back on. but it’s well-leveled and in the shade now. more space on the flat for tractors and maybe my car. 

i was smart, i’m wearing three-quarter sleeves and a highish neck and a broad-brimmed hat, so the hives are only on my forearms. hm, oh, and my chest a little, which is surprising since they didn’t get any sun. it’s possible i break out regardless of where the sun actually hits. but my upper arms are okay, so.

well i can either see a doctor in June or never, we’ll see when that health insurance card comes. thank god it hadn’t arrived before my wallet disappeared.

farmbaby is playing just outside and she is telling us that the plants coming up in the yard are Hosta Squids. You go, kid.
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Spacelatinxs Week!

We are announcing Spacelatinxs’ first official celebration week! A week dedicated to celebrating our favorite latinx characters and cast from the Star Wars franchise!

Spacelatinxs Week will be hosted during the week of May 1st – 7th, here on tumblr, in which all latinx fans and fans of latinx characters* are welcome to join together and create content to celebrate latinxs in space! Any and all kind of fan content will be accepted (including fanart, gifsets, graphics, fanfiction, fanvids, etc.) to participate! 

The prompts for the week are:

Day 1 (5.1.17): Favorite Character**

Day 2 (5.2.17): Favorite Relationship (platonic, familial, romantic, etc.)

Day 3 (5.3.17): Favorite Line or Scene

Day 4 (5.4.17): Cast (favorite cast member, favorite cast moment, etc.)

Day 5 (5.5.17): Hero (heroic moment or line, etc.)

Day 6 (5.6.17): Legacy

Day 7 (5.7.17): Free Day! (Make anything you want in relation to spacelatinxs! Be creative!)

To participate in Spacelatinxs Week all you have to do is create content for any or all days of the scheduled week according to the prompt and tag us in it! We will be tracking the tags #spacelatinxs and #spacelatinxsweek so use those so we can feature your work here and for other fans to find your work as well! If anyone has any questions regarding how the week will work our askbox is always open so feel free to ask any questions.

Please reblog this if you are interested in participating and let other fans know about this event! We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone’s work to celebrate our favorite latinxs in space!


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torrilin replied to your post: blergh the sun hives are back almost got the yurt…

Passing you cool water and a bottle of benedryl if it’s safe for you to take.

Thanks! I don’t usually bother with Benadryl, I’ve never had it do much for me. But I’ve had like, a liter of water and am indoors where it’s cold. I was feeling a little light-headed, I think it’s mostly the heat and exertion– I’m in terrible shape, and hauling a bunch of cinder blocks was more than I’m used to doing. My sister had mercy and went and got various other people to help her do the heavy lifting of moving the yurt frame– it disassembles into quarters, but we just detached the two halves, figuring it would be easy enough to move, and it was, for two strong people, but I was not. I mostly just held up one end and steered. 

Sister was thrilled because in moving the frame, we were able to set it up and economize on the beautiful, whole, nice cinder blocks it had been set on, and use a combo of broken blocks and rocks and bricks and things to achieve approximately the same effect. This wound up giving her six beautiful, intact cinder blocks, which she can now use to add, she figures, about fifteen feet worth of additional space for her cold frame. They changed the entire greenhouse this year, and instead of having grody old pallets on the ground with mice nesting in them and poison ivy trying to climb in, they’ve made a truly elegant setup of half-circle pipe arches that come down off the southern face of the greenhouse, and wooden pallets balanced on cinder blocks for the surface– so it’s like, mid-thigh height instead of almost on the ground, and the row cover that protects the plants at night is easy to roll up uniformly, and it’s a great transitional space for the plants to get hardened-off for outdoor transplanting, and much more ergonomic. But she’d scrounged every single spare cinder block from all around the farm, and was astonished to realize just how many of them I had holding up my yurt this whole time. I’m glad she didn’t know they were there; I’m a little worried she’d have stolen them earlier. But now is quite timely, as they’re really at a crunch for greenhouse and cold-frame space, and yesterday she was randomly planting out things she’d already potted up and didn’t have room for the leftovers of. We were inspired to move the yurt because she was planting a fragrant, but weedy, herb called Sweet Annie all around in that clearing, just to get rid of it, and I noticed how much space there was back in the woods.

I still have more to do, but I’m waiting for the sun to go mostly down. I don’t figure I can endure it before about maybe 4:30; by then, the space will also be totally in the shade. 

I’m trying to alter a very tiny hoodie that has the Rainbow Dash character’s ears, mane, and wings; the hood is too small for a normal child’s head, so I’m going to try to add a panel at the bottom to give the hood a little more room. To get the fabric, Sister gave me a red t-shirt of hers to cut the neck out of (the hoodie has red cuffs so it would match). The shirt, I’m very jealous of: it says, on the front, “Don’t Iron While The Strike Is Hot!” and one sleeve attributes the quote to Kate Mullany, of the Collar Laundry Union, Troy NY 1864. 

So, I’ll embroider the neck of that, and I look forward to that being easy, but I’m a little concerned about just how to do this hoodie alteration; the hood is lined and the lining has shrunk so it’s baggy, and I just don’t know if the hood will lie right no matter what I do. It’s clearly a hand-me-down from Georgia niece, who is a Rainbow Dash fanatic. 



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