Rat Farm is a 10 acre homestead in Northern Minnesota, started May 2009. Growing Zone 4B.Original content documenting the journey & sharing what we learn. Self-reliance advocates, farm punks, occasional witchcraft & heavy metal.
@drop-the-dagger-romeo It’s not a dumb question at all! If it’s an outside altar I’ll leave offerings to rot or be consumed by animals. Inside offerings I’ll leave for as long as is hygenically reasonable depending on what they are, then I throw them outside. Water offerings (indoors) I’ll pour into a special houseplant when I bring the next day’s water.
I don’t think it’s disrespectful to let nature take offerings, at least not in my practice. It can even be an auspicious event, say if ravens eat food for Odin, or an inherent part of the offering if you’re sending things to the underworld, etc. If you’re in a populated place, composting or burying is also fine. You could burn and scatter ashes, but that seems like a lot for work.
We do have a child who occasionally eats sweets off the altar, but he “asks” first. I’m not precisely sure if he gets a response, but our gods like children. We’ve settled for making him wait a while before and being clear that it’s someone else’s present. Oddly enough, the dogs never steal food off the altar. Some of them will steal my dinner from the counter, but not the altar. Go figure.
Seriously folks, calm down about the adult content ban. It’s excluding trans pics, breastfeeding, and nude art that doesn’t involve penetration. Which seems completely reasonable to me. It’s literally just a formalized way to deal with all the porn. Image flagging has been happening for three years now and is erroneous partly because it’s done be computer rather than a real person and that’s not perfect or because some user with a chip on their shoulder is reporting (I’ve had my “Rooster Recycler” post hit numerous times). It’s not censorship, that’s trying to cultivate an environment for everyone, including kids.
As it is, I’ve always had a blanket policy of reporting and blocking all adult blogs that follow me, reguardless of whether they are bots or people. Those interacting with my blog don’t need to see explicit icons and you don’t need to see (or reblog) pictures of my child or home in the middle of your wankfest.
There’s no shortage of adult communities online. You don’t need to be everywhere or inflicting that on everyone else.
Or does everyone just use Tumblr and there’s no real point?
Would a mirror on my website be helpful? It wouldn’t have comments or sharing features because it’s hand coded in basic html/css and I don’t have infinite resources but it would be a permanent archive and folks could link to individual pages if they felt inclined to copy the address old-school.
Hitting the trails again at Hartley! Small Friend likes going over the damn bridge.
We kept going while he was in day camp. Liebling’s fat bike is really sweet, I can see why they’ve gotten so popular around here. I’m riding his old mountain bike he gave me years ago (I love it and switched back to it after trying a fancy new one) and it’s pretty capable, but I find myself worried about bending rims on the jutting rocks and other obstacles if I beat too hard on the trails.
The Hartley trails are a BLAST. I used to ride in this park when I was a kid (either here or Lester, depending on whih relative I was with) but I think they’ve done a lot more with them since then and now everything is mapped and rated for diffuclty like the ski trails. The whole Nature Center and related school and acitvities is very new. It’s a pretty sweet place. I brought Jr. here for a parent/child reading group for a while before we took the plunge with day camp.