Homemade Sin

homemade sin

Okay, I’ve been sitting here for a bit, letting this little piece of supposed wisdom “sink in,” but it’s not working very well.

Let me explain to you why a company can charge $700 for a purse made in a factory.  It’s because people are willing to pay $700 for a purse. That’s why.

Not me. I’m not an idiot and I wouldn’t pay more than about $10 for a purse, but then, I’m the type who buys one and uses it for the next 20 years.

Louis Vuitoon
Louis Vuitton purse, priced at $9,250

But that’s why they can do it. Somebody buys them. If somebody doesn’t buy them, then you can bet your sweet bippy they will have a sale.

As for the rest of that silly meme, it’s “sin” to charge $35 for a handmade purse?  Or a handmade anything?  Since when? Where? Who made that proclamation?

First off, what is a “sin”?  It’s a religious word, invented by religion, with no meaning in the secular world at all.  It doesn’t apply to business.  Jesus does not care what you charge for your handmade stuff on Etsy, I promise.

But more than that, people will pay whatever they think your stuff is worth.  Frankly, the factory made purse is probably more durable than your handmade one. They have heavier machines to do the work. In addition, there is status involved. Your Etsy purse from “JDB Corner” doesn’t have any status.  It does have a monogram, and scalloped edges, which you might think is pretty (or you might think it’s hideous). Louis Vuitton does have status, quite a lot of it. That might be some sort of statement about the values of the consumer, and Vuitton is definitely not my bag,  but that’s the way it works whether you like it or not.

etsy
Bag from JDB Corner, via Etsy, priced at $40

I think I’m probably a fairly typical consumer. I buy some stuff from places like Etsy or from local artisans. I buy some stuff that is pretty high-end, simply because I want whatever it and don’t mind paying extra to get it (for example: I have one of the nicest grain grinders made – I could have gotten a cheaper type, but I wanted the good one).  And most of the stuff I buy is in the middle of the road.

To get my dollars, you have to convince me that what you’ve got is worth what you’re asking for it.  Do that, and we’ll do business. Fail to do that, and I will go elsewhere.

I thought Joe and Nicole were all about the free market?

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Cockadoodle. . .

roosters
from the FB page, Blessed Little Homestead

Roosters. Nine to ten of them.  Adults. Too adult.

Here’s the deal on roosters.

They are totally useless for anything except: 1) serving as some protection for the hens (although when the raccoon massacred ours, the rooster couldn’t stop him- they can’t see at night), 2) serving as sperm donors, and 3) crowing, which is either annoying as hell or music depending on your viewpoint (I vote for music).

I am pro-rooster.  We have one. We had two, but dispatched the older one about two months ago.

A flock of hens needs one rooster for about every 10 hens.

What you see pictured there are enough roosters for about 100 hens.

Any fewer hens than that and the roosters will start to fight because somebody is going to get left out when it comes to mating.  Any more hens, and the roosters will exhaust themselves (literally).

We once kept too many young roosters for too long. It was ignorance on our part. We knew the potential dangers, but didn’t understand how young they can be when the fighting starts.  And our chickens are one of the most docile dual-purpose breeds around. I never want to watch a young rooster being ripped apart by the older rooster ever again.

We separated them all immediately and put the excess roos in the freezer/canner the next day.

In addition to that, roosters have some sort of nasty habits.  They can be very calm and sweet when they are young. The older they get, the crankier they get, and the “cockier” they behave. They see human beings as a challenge to their authority and they guard their hens with vigor.

And they are equipped by nature with the means to inflict injury. They grow spurs on their legs.

spur

Like that.  The pointy thing.  It is needle sharp.  And a rooster knows how to use those.  They fly at you and fling their legs up, and stab you.

If you’re an adult or older child, you get spurred in the leg.  It’s a deep puncture wound and becomes infected very easily. The rooster has been walking around in the dirt and that’s what is all over the spur.

If you’re a young child, it’s much more dangerous. You can get spurred in the face or as a worst case scenario, in the eye.

Roosters and young children are not a good mix.  Having too many roosters just exacerbates the situation.

[I have recently been informed about a really cool method of removing spurs safely.  If you’d like to know about it, contact me.]

And thinking you’re going to eat the excess roosters is, well, a sort of pipe dream.

When you buy chicken at the store, you’re getting very young chicken, maybe 7 or 8 weeks, max. When we incubate chicks here, we end up with about half cockerels and have to butcher them. They do not gain weight like the hybrid chickens that are raised by the industry, so it takes longer to get them to any size.  We typically keep them about three months, maybe a bit longer.

It’s a trade-off. The older they get, the more they weigh and the more meat we get. However, they also get tougher. So we’ve found by trial and error that 12-15 weeks works out fine for us.

Grown roosters (and old hens) are tough as shoe leather. You have to either slow cook them or pressure cook them. I use them as dog food.

At any rate, this is not an example of “homesteading.”  This is an example of newbie “homesteaders” who need to spend less time on Facebook and more time reading about raising poultry.

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Dangerous

statists

Nicole obviously does not bother reading the shit she posts.

The headline reads:

US Government Concerned That Homeschool Parents. . .

Only, the article itself has nothing whatever to do with the US government.  It’s about the United Kingdom.  We separated from the UK, oh, back in the last quarter of the 18th century.

Anonymous really needs to do a better job editing.  And Nicole just blithely hits “share” without bothering to read because the headline says what she wants to believe.

And she makes this generalized statement that

. . .statists think teaching your children to question the government is dangerous.

No, Nicole. “Statists” (whatever the hell that is – seems to me it’s anyone who doesn’t hate the entirety of all forms of government no matter what ) don’t think that at all.

It’s not about teaching children to question the government.  It’s about what you’re doing, which is indoctrinating your children to absolutely abhor all forms of authority from any source except you and/or Joe.

I suspect you would classify me as a “statist.” I am politically so liberal and lean so far to the left that if you push me even slightly, I’ll fall over. But I question government regularly. I want to see government be the best it can be. And we taught our child to question everything.

The comments are priceless. “One day we will take back our country.”  And Jim Miller, the sage, replies, “Take it back where?”

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