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Dirty Pictures

Posted by debraroby on July 31, 2005

Although you might not know it from my admission of using deadly chemicals to deal with pests and pesky plants on Saturday… I am mostly a careful gardener. I fertilize only using fish emulsion, and rarely put any bad on my property (and never near the edibles). And I am the Queen of Dirt.

Sunday was a day for switching out the compost bins. Since you all like pictures… and dirty pictures are so irresistible… I thought I’d share.

The process begins here.

Kitchen scraps, chopped up leaves and grass clippings and the stuff from my paper shredder goes in here. Once about every 2 months this gets emptied. Into here:

This is a compost tumbler. You are not supposed to keep adding stuff to this; just batch process and go. So the “lightly aged” compost is loaded in. Turn this sideways, and you can roll it around the yard. A roll every day for 1-1.2-2 months gives you:

Mostly decomposed compost. But this lot has lots of twigs, sticks and large pits in it which need to get sifted out. The tools of the day:

A wheelbarrow and a hand-made sifter. It’s about 18″ square (as large as I can deal with) with a base of hardware cloth to sift through. I sift into the wheelbarrow. And each load from the tumbler gives me 2 or 3 loads of this:

Fine, finished compost filled with earthworms. There isn’t a plant anywhere that wouldn’t want some of this.

And these “dregs” got dragged behind the fence to sit out in the open and slowly decompose on their own.


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A Little more fun…

Posted by debraroby on July 30, 2005

If you are CRAZY Flickr has a group that is dedicated posting your voluntarily submitted worst picture. Of yourself. I repeat… you choose to post your worst picture of yourself. Why???
(it appears to me that women accentuating thier “waddles” are the winners…).

And here are the liveblog notes from a woman who attended BlogHer. She started writing on How To Blog Naked, and on Blogging 101. You can find out more about the experience here.

Too bad her notes ended on the Bloggin Naked thing. It is NOT writing your posts without any clothes on. It’s posting a blog using your real name, and telling true details about your life.

Who Knew?? Myself and most of the people reading this blog, Blog Naked. Hence the flesh toned text.

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How Intelligent Are YOu?

Posted by debraroby on July 30, 2005

Frankly, I’m amazed. I knew I lost braincells and some intelligence in that concussion a couple decades ago… but I always tested closer to 140.

OK SEVERAL people have reported that this test seems to score low to them. So I’m gonna say it’s the test that’s flawed, and not my caffiene-addled, post-menopausal brain. Now I feel better.

Your IQ Is 115

Your Logical Intelligence is Above Average
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Exceptional
Your General Knowledge is Above Average

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Posted by debraroby on July 29, 2005

Sorry no photos today. The kitchen is back to normal… counters covered with coffee stains. I’m quilting EucalyptusII so no photos there, but check back Monday. And I haven’t been invading by the “cleaning pod person” since.

I did, however, find a “game” online that is frustrating and a great time waster.

Leave it to someone at Case to come up with this.

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The Invasion of the Body Snatcher…

Posted by debraroby on July 28, 2005

Yesterday was very strange day. I swear I spent most of the day thinking about work, or working in the studio. But a POD PERSON invaded my body and cleaned the kitchen.

The POD PERSON dusted the cabinets, polished the counters, and the LIGHTS.


Dusted the blinds, cleaned the breakfast bartable…

And the floors… are clean enough to eat off.

And somehow I managed to also start this.

Unfortunately, the PodPerson forgot that when the kitchen is clean in my house, I think the entire house is clean!


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Posted by debraroby on July 27, 2005

Is it must me? Or on ROCKSTAR, InXS, does Tim Farriss look like he was separated at birth from Nick Aroyyo, the hairstylist on What Not To Wear?

yeah.. see it??

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