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by saving-10-years
Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3447
Views: 387462

Re: COVID-19

I don't come to ERE for political discussions so I can live with a ban. Or the boundaries that @Jacob suggests. Its possible that someone coming to this forum to learn about ERE could encounter the politics and back off. That would be a great shame. The posts in the ERE forums are overwhelmingly tho...
by saving-10-years
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Have rising food prices affected your spending?
Replies: 23
Views: 8107

Re: Have rising food prices affected your spending?

My food costs have risen significantly in term of total spent at checkout/visit because we are shopping less frequently and a) we unexpectedly have another adult living with us - because DS is now home from Uni and was here the whole of last term and still here now. If he gets a job which is home wo...
by saving-10-years
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: JollyScot's Journey Starts
Replies: 162
Views: 38878

Re: JollyScot's Journey Starts

@Jollyscot Glad to hear that there is a solution in sight. Ours is a listed buiding and we are hopeful that a more pragmatic view is emerging of how to balance the conserving of heat and history in such buildings (i.e. one layer of brick/no cavity walls and sash windows that are old enough to be par...
by saving-10-years
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Helping kid launch? (Update)
Replies: 26
Views: 6572

Re: Helping kid launch?

Wrote my previous message before reading @ZAFcorrection's comments. I can definitely see the advantage of setting boundaries for the mental energy to expend on parenting older children, this is otherwise so much energy. But I've never been able to make boundaries work, I probably like solving proble...
by saving-10-years
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Helping kid launch? (Update)
Replies: 26
Views: 6572

Re: Helping kid launch?

This paragraph may be irrelevant to US readers but recalled today some years back when we acted as rent guarantor for my nephew when he was a student. (This is what happens when you are the only solvent person in the family who is not retired on low income). He had a joint tenancy (common in the UK ...
by saving-10-years
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Helping kid launch? (Update)
Replies: 26
Views: 6572

Re: Helping kid launch?

Can I just pitch in on a COVID-related question, in case it has not factored into discussions with your son? Would he want to/would you expect to have him at home if the teaching became suddenly online and/or infection spiked at the college. This is not just a helicotery issue but a financial consid...
by saving-10-years
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts
Replies: 10
Views: 3352

Re: Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts

Information especially for those with interests in woodworking... FREE online 'woodturners' apprentice' course offered by Bobbin Boy (husband and wife team of very skilled woodturner and his Fiber Artist and journeyman woodturner wife Millissa Ellison Dewey). This is best explained in parts of Milli...
by saving-10-years
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Milestone birthday gift
Replies: 12
Views: 4207

Re: Milestone birthday gift

Would it help to commission some art item? My husband was recently asked to create a framed lino cut print for someone who had an anniversary coming up. Unique, one-off and pushes some money towards a craftsperson so there are two people benefitting from the gift. Artists and craftspeople who may ha...
by saving-10-years
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts
Replies: 10
Views: 3352

Re: Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts

@dreamoffreedom Where to start? Well it really depends what you want to make (destination) and location (do you need portability, small size etc). If you have never used yarn before and like something easy to carry and fiddle with (perfect for journeys) I would suggest you might look at braiding. Th...
by saving-10-years
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts
Replies: 10
Views: 3352

Re: Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts

@Jacob - I know people who have made fleece seat pads and even a camping mattress to put on a camp bed using a Brinkley loom (another simple style loom with relatively widely spaced warps). They did this using washed fleece. It becomes felted over time. Very insulating and comfortable.
by saving-10-years
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts
Replies: 10
Views: 3352

Re: Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts

@Jacob, its not a loom that I have ever really used but I know the basic principles. Similar to the ideas for using woven narrow bands as more than just narrow bands the strength is that you can make any length of band on a peg/band loom and combine them using modular designs. So by sewing (with yar...
by saving-10-years
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Homesteading for the bare minimum of expenses
Replies: 35
Views: 12042

Re: Homesteading for the bare minimum of expenses

@reepicheep - following your suggestion I have set up a thread for those into fiber arts (or as I spell it 'fibre arts'). Its here https://forum.earlyretirementextreme.com/viewtopic.php?p=222065 Interested in card weaving myself, but not yet tried it. DH made me a floor standing/foldable band weavin...
by saving-10-years
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts
Replies: 10
Views: 3352

Delving into the Fibre (or Fiber) Arts

I have spotted a few fibre artists in here and recently answered a question about fleece washing in @Landerdros' thread on Homesteading. https://forum.earlyretirementextreme.com/viewtopic.php?p=221799#p221799 @reepicheep suggested I set up a thread on fiber arts (which being from UK I spell as fibre...
by saving-10-years
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3447
Views: 387462

Re: COVID-19

2) If one person in the office has COVID, everyone will get it anyway, mask or no mask. So one infected person in office (presumably asymptomatic or else they would not be there) cannot avoid becoming a super-spreader, whether everyone (including the infected)n wear masks or not? I get that if its ...
by saving-10-years
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3447
Views: 387462

Re: COVID-19

@shemp and @chenda Thanks for the explanations. Yes I can see that going to bars to drink is probably impeded by mask wearing. :lol: (Explanation for my oversight here: I tend to be there for a chess match so not really into drinking much, I get my fun other ways). Mask + straw would be my favoured ...
by saving-10-years
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Homesteading for the bare minimum of expenses
Replies: 35
Views: 12042

Re: Homesteading for the bare minimum of expenses

@anesde asked how long does it take you to spin/dye/weave the wool? How do you wash it prior to working it? We tried it once but the effort and end result didn’t make any financial sense vs. purchasing spools, or for that matter even clothes. Both of those are very cheap here, though perhaps not the...
by saving-10-years
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3447
Views: 387462

Re: COVID-19

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July. (But this does not apply to workplaces). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-53397617 This brings us into line with Scotland and several other European countries. Also reporting today an enquiry into...
by saving-10-years
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Homesteading for the bare minimum of expenses
Replies: 35
Views: 12042

Re: Homesteading for the bare minimum of expenses

We looked into setting up a self-sufficient smallholding when we moved here and learned a lot - mainly not to go into livestock apart from sheep. I spin and weave and dye but would caution that sheep are flock animals so consider having more than one. Exception might be a hand raised sheep that thin...
by saving-10-years
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 16
Views: 2119

Re: Should I stay or should I go?

From what you say you have the option of turning down work as and when it appears and don't have to decide until Feb 2021 when you need to re-validate. Perhaps you can use this time to think about things you might want to do in healthcare (where your experience is an advantage) rather than continue ...
by saving-10-years
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3447
Views: 387462

Re: COVID-19

The Atlantic on COVID-19 "long haulers." Focus of the article is on multi-month cases with extreme fatigue but no hospital admission, mostly young folks. Just read this. DH and I are early 60s so not young and we do not have the severe persistent symptoms that this article mentions but we...