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introduction (selfie ec) 

I guess it's finally time. I'm Sig! I'm a 32-year-old trans guy (he/him) from the Boston area, currently living in North Ostrobothnia, Finland, with my spouse @Jonas, two cats, a boa and a bunch of plants.

Right now I spend most of my time learning Finnish, taking care of my pets, gardening, baking, bicycling, and enjoying nature. I also draw, but that's been kinda on and off lately. I've also been known to play a vidja game but don't tell anyone.

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sorry that a lot of my posts for at least the next 2 months are going to be "top surgery +++ [show more]" but you know how it is

uspol, addendum, slightly less negative 

this too is probably just me reacting with grief just like everyone. there's no good way to find out about news like this

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uspol, addendum, slightly less negative 

of course, the people saying all that had probably endured several hours that felt like years of wailing and gnashing of teeth. so I understand, I think. still, maybe give people like, 12 hours to wail it out?

anyway. I dunno. it’s not like I wasn’t warned. maybe next time I see that many CWs with that many minus signs I’ll remember to go check the news before I open any of them.

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uspol, addendum, slightly less negative 

pardon this unproductive grumbling. I’m not mad at anyone. *someone* needs to say “hey, saying we’re all doomed is going to stress out people who are stressed enough already.”

it was just kind of a kick in the goodge to wake up to everyone else several steps ahead in reacting, and seemingly saying there's no more time to grieve or feel hopeless and we have to rally NOW NOW NOW and meanwhile I had no idea what had happened and hadn’t even sat up in bed yet.

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uspol, despair 

literally the first *several* posts I run into related to what happened, before I reach any that actually *say* what happened, are basically

“don’t you dare give up, we’re not doomed but we will be and it’ll be all your fault if you give up, it’s time to rally, it’s time to fight back,” etc.

jesus fuck give us a SECOND? we’ve been rallying harder and harder and harder all fucking year.

I woke up and found out about this via someone basically saying I need to be over it already.

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uspol, despair 

welp, ruth bader ginsburg died.

putting that right up front so I don't subject anyone else to what I'm about to complain about, which is that I'm so sick of finding out about shit like this via Takes™.

I'm 7 hours ahead of EST and my first inkling that something bad happened overnight came in the form of people scolding others for despairposting and saying we're all fucked and whatever.

hey quick question y'all what the fuck happened last night

bout to fall asleep, thinking about how the difference between apes and monkeys is one of those things that language nerds jizz themselves correcting people about, even though it's all made up. not all languages draw a distinction. in finnish they're both 'apina'

apes are a useful taxonomic category, but to me at least, it makes more sense to think of them as a type of monkey. but that would make humans monkeys, and we can't have that, can we

alcohol (but no mention of drinking it) 

speaking of brewing, we’re experimenting with that now too, a useful skill in Finland where booze is astronomically sin-taxed. here’s a big primary fermentation bin (units in liters) of rhubarb-redcurrant country wine.

it contains 3 kilos of rhubarb picked this year, 4 of redcurrants picked and frozen last year at our old place, and a whole lot of sugar (since neither ingredient has much; currants are pretty dry and rhubarb is basically a vegetable).

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beer mention 

our nice neighbor gave us a couple little hop plants early in the season, root suckers from an old plant growing against her shed, and those have grown up nicely too!

wondering what’s the smallest bag of malted barley I can get so I can experiment with making a little beer out of these. the grocery store has giant 20kg bags and that obviously won’t do.

what if I grow a couple lil square meters of barley next year...

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I've picked chanterelles three times now, about this many each time, looking like I might get at least one more little crop after this rain

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hella chanterelles down by the river, which brings the totals number of edible mushrooms found in our backyard up to at least three. these are delicious too, love to sauté them in butter

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the apple tree next to the house is going off too. here’s the first few I’ve collected out of probably way too many oh god what do I do with them

they’re delicious! there really is no comparing them to store apples. exactly as tart and sweet as you want them to be.

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starting with my big accomplishment this week: harvesting 83 lbs / 38 kg of potatoes and setting them up in this little storage room to cure.

combined with all the potatoes we’d already been stewing and mashing for weeks (especially since they’d have gotten bigger if I’d left them until harvest with the rest), we must be damn close to 50 kilos out of the 2.5kg bag of seed potatoes I started with, a 20x return. wild. I was expecting more like 10x based on the youtube videos I watched.

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getting sleepy but what if a little homestead thread

These along with broad beans and radishes have been the staples this season. Onions didn't do so well but I think I know what to do differently next time.

I also have three big cabbage plants starting to form heads despite being a bit chewed up (need to build a brassica cage next year) and a few rutabagas nearly ready.

Overall I'm real happy with how this season turned out. This was my first attempt at growing food on anywhere near this scale.

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