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  1. Don't laugh but when I was younger if I had problems sleeping I would try the old idea of counting sheep jumping over a fence . This was not very effective as it kept my brain far too active , thinking what the sheep might look like , the type of fence and how high it was . I did find that simply counting my out breaths was far better . The counting helps stop the stressful thoughts of the day from creeping back and I had no distracting picture in my brain . This allowed me too drift off to sleep a lot easier and quicker . Don't concentrate that much on keepin track of the score , it's just the simple motion of counting your out breaths that is the soothing and effective part , oneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ............. twwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwo ......... etc . If you forget what number your on , or you score starts too get too high ( thinking too hard ) say reaching 20 or 30 , no biggie , just start at happy go lucky one again : )
  2. I have been trying to concentrate on nose breathing while sleeping at night . I normally start sleeping in the recovery position but usually one nostril blocks this way , so I find it better to start by lying on my back first . It's easier to nose breath this way as both nostrils stay clear then . After a minute or two when my breathing settles I then turn over onto my side as my nose breathing is much slower and relaxed by then . I haven't needed to use the micropore tape as I just use the suction grip of my tounge on the roof of my mouth to hold my mouth closed . I place my tounge in position at the roof of my mouth and then suck / swallow / remove all the excess saliva and air out . This does the trick nicely and locks everything in place . Add some belly breathin into the mix and I am usually out like a light before I even get a chance to turn around on to my side : )
  3. Breathing threw my nose , I would never have thought such a simple thing would have such a positive affect on me , it is very calming . This should be taught to us from a young age , at least I know better now
  4. Wow , this has really helped me understand myself a lot better , thankyou : )
  5. Building them up : ) I had had to go with wire nails , as I could not get screws thin enough , we shall see if they last , if not I can beef them up later : )
  6. I have enough wood for 5 boxes and three lids so I can leave two and when I come back a week later I can exchange for another two ( cycle ) the extra box I shall experiment with ( holes etc ) i got 3 lids too , two for the coming home boxes to protect the contents and the spare I shall put on my experimental box , to see if I get a good collection with a wooden lid instead of paper towel If it works with a wooden lid that means no anti animal cage would be required and it would make them more rain proof ( easier to set up on site )
  7. Just got my cedar in the post for my boxes , the wood smells lovely lol ? going to use metal nails or screws to assemble them I think ? Or should I use wooden dowels and some wood glue ? Im thinking screws will grip better and help keep the box from warping / twisting over time and if I need to fix the boxes for any reason , the screws will allow for easy dismantle i shall see what the finest thin one inch screws the shop sells and if there is nothing suitable I shall use fine gripper type nails ( like normal nails only ribbed for extra wood pleasure lol ) : )
  8. If I have 1 kg of lab serum and I add 1 kg of brown sugar , then I have 2kg of brown sugar lab serum mix , so my volume is now greater but the lab concentration stays the same ?
  9. The ratios for using lab are the same weither it has been mixed with brown sugar or kept pure in the fridge does adding brown sugar double my volume in lab while also keeping it at the same concentration ? also if I mix it with brown sugar and then use it as a spray will the surface be all sticky ,and attract insects and dirt etc or does the lab make the brown sugar mix non sticky ? is there a time or situation when the brown sugar mix is more effective than the pure ? ( I am thinking the brown sugar lab mix for the garden and the fridged lab for the home ) ? sorry for all the questions , I am probably thinking too much : )
  10. Yes I am all pleased with myself : ) The first job for the LAB is my outside food bin , I might as well throw them in at the deep end lol a great test haha I am not going to do anything with the curds this time , due to the small amount but I shall make a bigger batch of LAB next time , then I shall definatly be making some cheese from the curds : )
  11. 12 hours later ( kept in dark and room temp ) the curd is less and the L.A.B volume is greater Here is a pic of it ready for the fridge And a a pic of the curds : ) This was easy , and fun to make : )
  12. Hi , we have a winner : ) the 1/10 jar on the right looks perfect , the other on the left is still very milky looking ( 2/3 jar ) the 2/3 jar that is milky still smells slightly sweet , but the perfect looking 1/10 jar on the right now smells fishy but not as strong as when it smelt sour tho The yellow liquid in the middle is what we are after , very cool indeed : ) The milk used for this was regular semi skimmed supermarket bought milk Here is a pic of the curds on the top : ) So so between the sweet and sour smell ........... sour smell won
  13. So an update for today : ) A light sediment has formed at the bottom of the jars but it still looks like milk , although it looks like they are about to change Yesterday when I took the paper lids off the jars , I was hit with a slap in the face sour smell , really strong from the 1/10 jar and the 2/3 jar had a stronger sweet smell too . So if your sense of smell isn't that great just pop the paper lids off to smell each day ( be carefull your nose doesn't touch the rim of the jar , who knows what crazyness is on there ? ) Also it was hard to pour all of the 1/10 jar of anoculated rice wash into the new clean jar ready for the milk , as the sediment was too close to the wash and it was hard to keep the sediment out of the clean jar when pouring . Next time I shall fill the jars up to just over a third with rice wash for anoculating , the 2/3 jar was way easier to manage when pouring : ) big day tomorrow : )
  14. So it has been 5 days since I made the rice wash and put it into two separate clean jam jars : ) One jar was filled up to the 2/3 mark with rice wash , the other jar was just filled up to the 1/10 ish mark and both were given paper towel lids with elastic bands The jars were placed in a dark cupboard in a bedroom and checked daily for smell ( nose over paper towel ) , room temp is 22 max day temp and 17 nite temp At day 3 a light brown sediment formed at the bottom of the jars with a white gloop sitting on top of the sediment , then the rice wash ( no film on top of rice wash yet ) No smell yet from either jars , just the paper towel smell At day 4 a very slight film has formed on the tops of the rice wash , more on the 1/10 jar and the 1/10 jar also smells slightly sweet but just a hint , where as the 2/3 jar still smells of paper towel lol At day 5 ( to day ) the film on the top is getting more noticeable , the 1/10 jar has a stronger sweetish cheesey baby milk sick type smell, and the 2/3 jar smells just slightly sweet It seems that the less rice wash you put in the jar , the quicker it gets anoculated I shall get two clean jars today and add 1/10 of the new jars volume of anoculated rice wash and then add the milk ( keeping both separate ) , so as to see what's best for me ( slight sweet smell or stronger cheesey sweetish baby sick milk smell ) both shall get the paper towel lids and get put back into the dark cupboard fingers crossed : ) cheers ifish