Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Well, the intense heat wave has finally caught up with us on the coast. We usually enjoy sea breezes and bouts of rain-- but not this summer and not this week.
I have purchased some fabric to sew a muu-muu or caftan. Remember those of the 1960's and 70's? I will have to make a pattern from memory.
They have as much form and finesse as a tent! But in the heat, a caftan glides along the body and doesn't stick or chaffe.
Yup, I'm about to sew a caftan!
How very retro of me.
Monday, August 09, 2010
I've been in my house almost a year...
... and perhaps you remember praying for this to happen for me. I love living in this community.
When I arrived, I noticed 3 black compost boxes that the previous owner left in her garden. I decided to get them working again and I read up what I would have to do for functioning compost bins.
For the past 50 weeks or so, I have layered food scraps, yard clippings and loam. I have ensured that the bins are in a warm place and get an occasional watering. I purchased compost "starter". I have tried to stir things up to incorporate air.
Do I have dark, rich soil composted at the bottom? Is there a reward for trying to be "green"?
You betcha! I have more than 100 slimey slugs that visit those compost bins. (Maybe that is a positive, as I am 'grouping' them.) There is a rotting smell that I'm sure the neighbours are non too impressed about. Flies are depositing their eggs so that when I open the hatch, I get an eye-full of squirming maggots.
My partner has had enough of this experiment and wants me to shovel the contents out and kick it to the curb. Then I am supposed to rinse the 3 bins and offer them for FREE to any unsuspecting neighbour.
I had such good intentions...
I was going to let dark, nutritious loam sprinkle through my fingers like the garden experts do on TV. I was going to add much needed top soil to my gardens of clay. (wimper... whine... sniff)
Are plastic compost bins too confining to do a good job? These ones are vented, but I think the process has become too anaerobic in my case. Would a chicken wire dump site work better than the slick black boxes that I have???
I suppose I had better retrieve my shovel and get started dismantling my slug factory.
Friday, July 09, 2010
I don't multi-task well. On many days, anyone can see that I started the laundry... but it isn't put away. I bought some groceries and food items will still be on the counter, again, not stored away properly.
The vacuum cleaner may be over here; the sewing machine & supplies over there; and not a single task is completed.
I can get SCATTERED very easily.
Now, enough about me.... If today you could have one goal finished, one project completed, what would you choose?
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