Thursday, November 3, 2011

Been Out for Awhile

Well, sorry for not posting for so long.  I have not been very good at planning out my posts or blogging my days.  Here's a little of what you've missed.  

This past weekend we took fabulous short vacation with my husband and 3 other couples from church.  We rented out a cabin in Branson, MO.  No computers were allowed :)and tv was going to be forbidden except for movies, but the World Series Championship got moved to that Friday.  It ended up being ok though.  We ate tons of food and played game after game.  Loved it.  I only took a couple of pics.

Derek was able to take off for a few extra days after the vacation so we got some much needed family time in.  We ate out a couple of times, enjoyed the weather at the park, had a trunk or treat celebration at church, and viisited some friends on Halloween. For church and Halloween we dressed as the Willie Wonka clan (The old Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).  Derek was Willie Wonka, Nolan was an umpa loompa, and I was Violet the blueberry girl. Thank goodness for friends.  I have forgotten to take pics of our Halloween costumes two years in a row. Thanks to my dad and Vicki, we have some to share.


 I was able to rearrange our living room for the 100th time last night....I think I really like it.  It seems to be more conversational friendly instead of tv only friendly.   Every time I change something it's carries into the rest of the home and motivated me to get some avoided things down.  I would love the figure out some ways to organize my dreaded overstuffed entry closet next.  We need to have it coat friendly instead of packed with Nolan's infant swing and toys.
Yesterday I started raking the leaves and realized that it was going to rain shortly and we would have a crazy windy day today.  That was such a waste of time.  Today my wonderfully raked piles are scattered throughout my neighbors yards.  Whoops.  This weekend we will try and make a compost in our back yard to keep everything looking tidy in the yard. This may be a weird post but useful indeed.

Compost ideas below:

1. Site Your Bin
Proper siting means easier management. Full sun necessitates frequent watering; full shade slows decomposition. The bin should be convenient to a water source.

2. Start with Brown
Begin your pile with an airy carbon layer, ideally a loose pile of fallen leaves.

3. Add Green
Aim for half as much green as brown. Too much green can lead to malodorous, slimy conditions.

4. Spring In Some Soil
A scoop of soil in the pile encourages microorganisms. Some experts recommend adding fertilizer, too, but a well-built pile will have enough nitrogen without it.

5. Repeat Brown and Green Layer
Continue layering browns and greens in a 2-to-1 ratio, ending with a layer of brown. Small pieces decompose faster, so consider cutting down any large ones.

Green, Paper, Dried Leaves, and Soil
 Sounds easy enough.  
                                    We'll see how it goes!

Whoalaa Beautiful Soil

Enjoy your day and I would love to hear that you too can make use of the season and create your own compost by  re-purposing leaves and greens into compost for the summer gardens.  Holiday cooking is in the midst and their will be plenty of peeled 
veggies to add.  

1 comment:

  1. I loved reading this! So fun. That pic of Nolan in the yellow shirt is sooooo cute! thanks for sharing