I envisioned myself at the pool this weekend, but it’s cold & rainy. Sad face.
After a 10 hour work day, Chris & I went to Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday night. I was up until 4AM, which never happens to me anymore, I can’t even believe I went. It was FREEZING cold and WET because of the rain. Despite that night, I’ve taken advantage of this rainy weekend to get some much need R&R.
We spent an hour at the Farmers Market this AM before the rain came pouring down. I’m so excited, we picked up our starter plans for the garden!! We got a variety of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, herb, lettuce, arugula, and kale. Weather permitting, we’ll plant tomorrow! I know that it is best to plant in the evening or on a cloudy day, allowing the plants to recover from the transplant before being exposed to direct sunlight and it looks as though we’ll have a day perfect for planting tomorrow.
There are two main reasons why I compost besides the “cool” factor. (you have to admit, it’s pretty cool)
1. Reduce waste & reuse/repurpose stuff I’ve already spent money on. 2. Feed my garden.
Here is my vision:
Grow food in my garden, use that food to feed my belly. My garden scraps and vegetable/fruit clippings feed the compost bin. The compost bin feeds the garden. The garden feeds my belly & the compost bin. The compost feeds the garden, etc..
THAT turns me on.
I’m learning a lot about what CAN be added to the compost bin and what CAN’T be.
Some items, shocking. Some, obvious.
raw vegetable peelings
raw fruit scraps
coffe grounds & filter paper
old flowers & nettles
scrunched up paper
twigs, branches, bark
ratty wool or 100% cotton socks
used tissues and paper towels
cat fur, dog hair
wood chips from the BBQ
hamster/guinea pig/bird cage cleanings
stale potato chips
The photos above display the contents of my bin on Day 4. I wish it would hurry up and compost already! I check 2-3 times a day to see if anything has happened yet, but it hasn’t. Ha! Ha!
I do realize that it will take about 9 months to a year for full decomposition… patience is necessary.
Guaranteed you are not as excited to read this post as I am to write it. I have wanted a compost bin for years and I finally have it! Being confined in a small space within a concrete jungle held me back for many years (although I did have a super cute little garden) but now we’ve got nothing but space.
I’m taking advantage of country living while I can, soon we’ll be buying a home in the city. I think. Do you think I can find a home in the City Of Chicago with a backyard for gardening & composting? Wish me luck.
So back to my bin. Chris built it for me out of items he found in the garage. Literally 100% of the materials used are re-purposed. We spent nothing on this bin.
So…. does anyone have any food scraps they’d like to donate to my compost bin??
the perfect excuse: Cinco De Mayo
spend the day outside.
poolside. frozen margarita in hand.
citrus. frozen. tropical. sunny. guacamole & salty chips = perfect compliment to this citrus margarita.
happy sunshine day.
Avocados are among one of my favorite foods. When dining out, I ALWAYS order guacamole if it is an option on the menu and if there happens to be an item on the menu that contains guacamole or avocado, chances are I’ll order that too.
Quite often I get a craving for my own homemade guacamole because it’s the best and because tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo, I share my not-so-secret recipe with you.
There aren’t many summer weekends in the Midwest region (Chicago) where I live so I want to be sure to take advantage of each and every summer weekend that I can. In order to do that, I’ve gotten out my calendar and I am planning my summer vacations and mini-get-aways already. My boyfriend hates that I plan all of this out in advance, he’d rather go with the flow but going with the flow leaves us sitting around the house wondering what we should do on the weekend. Blah.
We are city dwellers, recently relocated to the country. Our most recent past summers consisted of urban street festivals, and taking advantage of Chicago’s patio season, outdoor dining at our favorite charming restaurants. We’d take long walks through the concrete jungle that was our neighborhood, and spend time at the dog park with the pooch. Weekly, we’d visit our local farmers market and spend the day. On occasion, we’d get out of the city with a weekend trip to a state park, somewhere green. Life was good.
Life is still good. We live on 10 acres and have an in-ground pool just steps outside our back door. If the pool were open, I’d be writing this post pool-side. I can not wait to get my hands in to the 4-tier garden that my in-laws built and I’ll try composting for the first this summer. (excitement!) I doubt we’ll spend much time in the city this summer, rather take pleasure in the quiet slowness that the rural world has to offer. As I organize & plan my summer bucket list, I realize that I’m going to be a busy girl.
On my SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2013:
When I think of summer, my first thought is of the beach. Last year, Chris & I discovered the WARREN DUNES in Sawyer, MI and we were in awe over the pristine beauty of the blue lake and white sandy beach. We were just a few hours away from home in Michigan but it felt like we were on a vacation in some far-away place. We are DEFINITELY going back to the Warren Dunes this summer.
Speaking of Michigan, I recently learned of a Cleanse & Detox program at CAMP RAWNORA in Watervliet, MI. Two and a half days on 350 acres of pristine land focused on a healthy mind, body, and soul? YES, please.
Chris & I have enjoyed rock climbing for several years now but rarely get the opportunity to climb outdoors. We were introduced to the Chicago Mountaineering Club, which is a group that takes several trips a year up to DEVILS LAKE in Baraboo, WI for outdoor climbing. The Mountaineering Club owns property for their members (and guests) to camp on during their outings. We have only attempted a climbing trip with the Mountaineering Club once, it was rained out. We look forward to returning to Devils Lake this year for camping and climbing. Whether we are climbing or not, Devils Lake is one of our favorite places to spend summer days. The state park is gorgeous, offers beautiful hiking trails and a cute little lake for swimming. Aside from the CMC camp ground, we enjoy camping at Wheeler’s Campground, it’s clean and well-maintained.
Speaking of Wisconsin, I have become slightly obsessed with learning more about CAMP WANDAWEGA in Elkhorn, WI. Chris & I paid a visit to the camp a few months ago, they were been closed for the off-season. Although the signs read NO TRESPASSING, we wandered around. We found the decorated treehouse and the tree swing however I don’t know much about the place. What I do know is that Martha Stewart featured the small lake resort on her website.
I’m traveling to Nashville, TN for work in July. OBVIOUSLY I’m going to extend my trip. I’d love to spend a few days in Nashville, a few days in Memphis, and a few days in Chattanooga at THE CRASH PAD, which is an uncommon hostel welcoming outdoor adventurers (that’s me). From what I understand, Chattanooga has long been heralded for it’s wealth of great climbing. (I’ve been DYING to go here!!)
One more place I’d like to get to this summer is Orlando, FL to visit my recently widowed grandpa. I have no expectations on what that trip will look like. I’ll do whatever grandpa wants to do.
as i mentioned in a previous post, i am OBSESSED with kale but this wasn’t always the case. kale is of course, an acquired taste and it took me some time to get in to it. i found out that once you’re in to it, you become obsessed… which is what happened to me.
on a weekly basis, i enjoy a hearty kale salad at Whole Foods salad bar, but this past week i’ve been making my kale salads at home. in fact, i’ve made this same salad 3 times within the last week! (that’s how good it is!)
here is what else you need to know: i have served this salad to people who thought they’d never eat kale and they ended up loving it. *smiles*