String theory

I used to think that I could officially be classified as ‘crazy’ when the cat population in my house exceeded three. This did happen some years ago and the situation got so bad (factions formed – there was war) that I had to find a new home for one of them. I have, however, revised my classification… this is because we now only have dogs but I don’t think I got any saner with the reduction in feline numbers (maybe it’s a threshold thing and once you’ve had four cats, there’s no going back).

Anyway, This morning as I constructed a frame for my runner beans to climb up, it dawned on me that I may have achieved new heights of craziness. “Why?” I hear you ask… well, I realised that I have started collecting small pieces of string. The bamboo canes needed tying together and, rather than getting out my ball of twine, like any sane person, I was able to lay my hands on enough short pieces of string to fulfill my needs. And then, to make matters worse, I found myself photographing my string so I could share it with you:

 

Some of my string collection

Some of my string collection

String in action

String in action

But, it’s not just string… I also have a bag of yarn scraps:

Odds and ends

Odds and ends

Which I have been using to stuff hexipuffs, but not fast enough to stop the collection growing.

And then there’s my inability to throw out apple peel and cores, although this has produced some lovely vinegar:

Apple scrap vinegar

Apple scrap vinegar

Perhaps I just need to embrace the crazy…

 

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  1. Come to the dark side… we have cookies (and they’re yummy!) We nutters love cookies. ^_^

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  2. Debra

     /  May 13, 2014

    Not crazy if you use the things. =)
    I love the idea of making vinegar using apple scraps. Where do you store your apple scraps until you are ready to use them — or maybe you just have a lot at hand. I made some jam on the weekend without pectin but I thought it would be cool next time to save the apple peels to create a homemade pectin.

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    • I did have lots when I made the vinegar in the photo, but otherwise, you can just freeze them until needed. Apples are just magic in jam-making… a muslin bag of pips, cores and peel works a treat and saves on having to buy pectin or ‘jam sugar’.

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  3. Embrace it!!! πŸ˜€

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  4. You’re just like my nanna was – she lived through both world wars, so threw away nothing ever!!!

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  5. Well the crazy has certainly embraced you. However, I had a visit today from Crazy Cat Lady. She and her family are in a league of their own where crazy is concerned as they have 12 cats, 6 dogs, some hens and some other animals including a horse. Having one master in the house is usually enough, but 12 !!!!
    xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx

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  6. ❀ it !

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  7. I used to collect baler twine when I was feeding animals. I’d tie it to the top wire of the paddock fence. It comes in rather pretty shades of pink and sky blue around here, and I ended up with quite a collection. It looked as if the fence was wearing an attractive hula skirt. Oh, and I collect rubber bands.

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  8. Embrace away, as we need more people like you! Remember that great Leonard Cohen line (and I am paraphrasing here, as I am too lazy to look it up) “blessed are the cracked, because that’s how the light gets in”!

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  9. Hooray! I’m not alone! I have a bag of yarn & felt scraps too! And I also save odds and ends of thread if I think there is ANY chance I can make use of them… Bet you feel a whole lot less crazy now!

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  10. Isn’t it lovely to know that you belong to a whole new world of crazy? With the beauty of it being, that we’re all just as fanatic about our string and yarn collecting as you – ergo, none of us are crazy – it’s everyone else not doing it who are! Lol

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  11. I have never made vinegar and would love to try. If you are crazy then it is a good kind of crazy. And you are among friends. I love the string!

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  12. Ann Owen

     /  May 14, 2014

    Let’s face it, you no longer wanted to share your string, is why the cats had to go!

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  13. I have seven cats AND save string AND make fruit scrap vinegar. What are you saying?

    Incidentally, providing that there’s not a huge time lapse from start to finish, I’ve found that I can start a batch of fruit scraps fermenting and just add to it as I get more. Without a freezer, it’s the only way.

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  14. Sounds like you already have…welcome to crazyville…we ALL float down here! πŸ˜‰

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    • Woohoo… didn’t want to share my string with those cats!

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      • I know…string is precious…cats love string…so does Earl…my own string sack is hidden at the back of one of my cupboards…you can’t be too careful ma’am when it comes to string…

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  15. Crazy is the new sane! πŸ˜€

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  16. Brooklyn Mom

     /  June 22, 2014

    embrace the craziness and enjoy the moments of bliss creating things the sane world only wishes they could πŸ™‚ hehe I save wine bottles, salsa jars, scraps of fabric and yarn. Basically everything becomes useful when you have a houseful of creative people
    enjoy the crazy ride lady

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  17. I bet the secret is you got string envy, when the cats were playing with their balls of string, and now well.. the bag of string is all yours! πŸ˜‰ Anyway we like you crazy, it is by far much more fun!

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