I must be feeling better the past few days because I’ve started thinking about a new backyard project for the fall. My seven-week itch (a really lovely, extremely itchy rash/hives) has calmed somewhat and I’m not cringing at the thought of spending more than 10 minutes outside. Continue reading
So, it’s going on seven weeks, and I still haven’t figured out the cause of the rash that’s covered almost all of my body at one time or another. Continue reading
2015_Day 256: I read this blog post by former co-worker Warren Bluhm. Warren and I worked together at the Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette for a time, he as the opinion editor, me as the online editor. I was constantly amazed at how forgiving he was of users (misusers, really) of our online forums.
He was always willing to give people a second chance and I admired that in him.
I liked this post from his blog, warrenbluhm.com, and wanted to share it. I am going to try to take his advice more often.
What if we woke up and the power to change our lives was in our own two hands?
What if we woke up and found the means to make today better – not just tomorrow, but today – with the past consigned to the past where it belongs?
What if we woke up and there was time for everything?
What if we woke up and fixed what needs fixing, learned what needs learning, and did what needs doing?
What if we woke up and there were no bucks to pass, just a certain knowledge that it’s up to each of us to make our lives better?
What if we woke up and no one was responsible for our lives but…
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So, here I am five weeks into this rash thing, and I’m still no closer to figuring out what the heck is causing it. It’s a lot better than it was two weeks ago, but I think that’s only because of a wet-wrap treatment prescribed by a dermatologist. Continue reading
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole world would change.” — Buddha
I’m constantly amazed at how productive zinnias are. Just when I thought the zinnias in my pots were on their last legs, I see more buds popping out of the leaves. Continue reading
Feeling a bit sad tonight. Neighbors across the street are moving. They are the kind of neighbors everyone hopes for. Friendly, nice, respectful of those who live next to them. The sort of neighbor you want to look out for because they look out for you. I wish them well, but I’m really going to miss them. Continue reading
Going on three weeks and still battling this lovely rash that has decided my body is a good place to call home. Although the prednisone the doctor prescribed seemed to work for awhile, that ship has sailed. The big, itchy welts have been replaced by a lot more tiny ones — on a lot more if my body. Continue reading
2015_Day 228: This DirtNKids bog post on keyhole gardening has me thinking (again) about starting one of my own. It will probably be a few years before I get one going though. Since I’m leaning toward finding a place with more land (and peace and quiet and fewer neighbors with noisy dogs), I’m not sure I want to create one only to have to leave it behind.
But once daughter is out of school, I hope to find the perfect piece of land that will allow me to do more gardening in a more country-like space. Until then, I’ll just work on plans for a keyhole garden. Or two. Or three.
Hope you enjoy this post and video as much as I did.
The birth of a Keyhole
Back in 2012, I got excited about a new gardening concept, one which seemed to prove what I had been learning in my own yard — that building soil is the foundation to healthy plants.
The keyhole garden is a self-watering, self-feeding raised bed that is built entirely with recycled materials (stones, brick, phone books, cardboard, newsprint, leaves, manure, grass clippings, etc.) and maintained through the compost center basket. It is essentially a ‘hot compost’ that is directly planted into, volcano shaped for moisture retention in addition to the shading from densely packed and mulched plants on the surface.
Can you say seventy tomatoes in a 6-ft diameter garden? I never would have believed it if I hadn’t heard it myself.
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I’ve been struggling the last week or so with a rash that I had hoped would clear up on its own. It started small, a couple of patches of red bumps on my hips. The next day it was also behind one of my knees. It wasn’t too itchy or painful, calamine lotion or Benadryl cream seemed to take care of that. Continue reading