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Monday, January 24, 2011

From Pallets to Compost

This weekend Eric and I finally built our little compost bin. We used three pallets, 4 t-posts, a little wire and some wood scraps. The best part about this bin is that is was completely free!  Not to mention how easy it was! Well, there were a few roots that Eric about broke his back trying to pull the t-posts back out of...but, other than that it was pretty easy!

Step 1 -We live on the coast and it rains A LOT, so we chose a spot that wouldn't pool up with water and just rot the compost. Once the spot was flattened out, we measured out where the T-posts were to go.
Step 2- We drove the posts in so that they would be about flush with the top of the pallets. Then we set the pallets in place.

Step 3 - We drilled holes in the pallets to insert the wire through and around the posts to secure the pallets in place.
Step 4 - We chose to put a little gate on the front of the bin. I thought this might keep the dog out if she decided something looked gross enough to eat! I measured the width of the opening, and cut a top and bottom board for the gate. We just tore out the old trim in our house, so I used some pieces to make the "pickets" and just nailed them the top and bottom board.

It turned out pretty primitive. But we're talking about pallets here!  It will get the job done! Give it a little paint job and once the grass starts growing, and we have our raised garden beds in, it won't stick out so much!

For the first layer, I tossed in some organic matter, such as leaves, small twigs, kitchen scraps, old Halloween pumpkins, etc..

                                                            Then the wonderful rabbit poo!

   It was a fun project and I am excited to start adding on the layers for some 
gooood fertilizer for the garden this spring!

Keep on poopin' lil bun buns!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Craft Hope Project 11

Craft Hope has introduced another amazing project. Project 11 - Konbit Sante is all about making safe and necessary birthing kits for newborn babies in Haiti. Here is what the kits include:

1 small bar of soap
1 piece of clean plastic sheeting (3 feet wide by 4 feet long)
1 piece of clean string, 24 inches long
1 packet alcohol wipe
1 set of sterile latex gloves
1 packet (or travel container) Purelle
1 handmade tote bag
Receiving blanket–36 inches square
Small “stuffy” toy

That is all that is needed to save the life of a newborn baby. I can't find the words to describe how humbling, and shocking that is. When we're complaining about having to share a room with someone, these women don't even have a clean blanket to wrap their newborn in. 
I am very excited to be involved with this project, and it's not just me who has joined in! The whole Knit-Wit Group, including Paula at On a Rainy Night , is getting together to make as many kits as we can.  

Here is the link to the Project  - Konbit Sante

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Zuchinni Salad with a Southwest Flair

                                                        Southwest Zucchini Salad

Dice and chop all the veggies and add to a large mixing bowl. Stir to thoroughly mix, cover and refridgerate. Letting it sit for at least an hour allows all the flavors to combine - especially the onions and bell peppers. 

3 medium/large zucchini, diced
1 cup chopped red or white onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup whole kernel yellow corn

The dressing is very basic, add a little at a time to the salad until you find the taste you like best.
3 tablespoons white or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 tablespoons sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Sunday, January 9, 2011

101 Uses for an Eraser....

...Not really, just one eraser, but I'll get to that in a second. First, I apologize to the blogging community, mostly Paula, for my lack of participation and absence this past month. I had a very wonderful vacation over Christmas with lots of time spent with my family back home, including my two sisters and their spouses who flew in from Texas and Misery, I mean Missouri. Needless to say, I was a bit distracted from Blogging.

A funny thing happened the other day. Like most afternoons, I was working feverishly away, pounding the keys and squinting my eyes at the computer screen.  Fiddling around, I noticed the back to my earring was missing. This happens often, as I am a known fiddler, and I usually find it on the floor. I looked around my desk, but did not feel it. When I leaned forward, I felt a little trickle down my back. Ahh, there you are you little rascal! I cautiously reach my hand around the back of my shirt, but found nothing. Great, I thought, it went down my pants. So, I snuck into the bathroom and began the search and rescue. But, to no avail. I then mentioned the occurrence to a friend at work and she suggested using a piece of an eraser to replace the missing back. What a great idea! I search the file room for an eraser, which was obviously in the bin marked “staples”.  I then had to show off the cleverness that was now my earring back to Paula, who sits in her farm (cubicle) next to mine. She finds the replacement rather comical and we share a good laugh. But then, I feel something poking the bottom of my foot inside of my boot. Could it be?! The darn little run-away, the sneaky little &%$*.  It was there. What a journey, from the back of my ear, down my shirt, into my pants, down the pant leg and inside my boot! I was impressed.

So, in conclusion from this brief and somewhat uninteresting occurence that I have decided to ramble on abut....An eraser makes a great earring back replacement - quite comfortable actually.

...and of course we had to take a picture!