11 May 2012

salad and sprite

Our two new "science projects" were found lurking in the bug-controlled territories of our lettuce today. Meet Sprite and Salad (so monikered by the boy-o).
As boy-o and I discussed, Salad and Sprite are difficult to see because of the wonders of camouflage. They've made a semi-permanent settlement on the kitchen window sill, along with Beanhilda the bean sprout and some random herb sproutlets (one of which is growing out of the bottom of its container because I'm so good at plants).

Here, in this highly scientific gif, the boy-o demonstrates how wormy things with segmented bodies move. Please excuse our yard mess. Two dogs and a foster dog can make your yard unpresentable pretty swiftly. Their favorite activities seem to be destroying all outside towels and prematurely ending the lives of all cheap plastic kids' toys. Also pooping. And, yes, my 4 year old is sporting a Clonyclavan.

If you'd like to raise your own caterpillars, all you need is an old (clean) plastic bottle, some flora, (preferably heritage organic blahblahblah lettuces that the bugs in your yard think belong to them so you go ahead and just agree with them because they're probably right), a touch a of water, and, you know, the caterpillars. We put in some weedy flowers to be twee about it. Also, air holes. They will so die without air holes. I used a rusty nail to poke holes, but you could be more elegant about it. 

06 March 2012

blah blah blah blah

boring update: landlord sold our house, we are scrambling to get out. i found some bleach in my closet while packing and put it on my head. the end.

20 January 2012

rabid reader

In order to prepare myself as fully as possible for the life I plan to lead and the skills I want to develop, I've ordered some books (some for as little 25 cents!) from Amazon. The Internet is an excellent tool, but I really do feel more secure with books. As skeptical as I am about the whole "Prepper" mindset, I like the idea that, barring a  house fire or other similarly catastrophic event, books are reliable (well, at least as reliable as the research I've put into finding out if they're full of shit or not), tangible resources that won't ever 404 on me.

As much as I would love to solely support small local bookstores there really aren't any convenient to where we live. I'm not sure that this is any better, but wherever possible, I purchased used books from individual sellers. Used books on Amazon can be incredibly economical if you have the chance to compare costs and reviews. Thrifting books where possible is even better, but I have better luck with fiction and magazines than I do non-fiction.

Because I'm so excited about my finds, I thought I'd share my haul (yes, our money situation has improved a bit!). 

(All images link to Amazon for further description.)

Also, because my kid turns 4 in a few weeks, I picked a few books for him based on areas in which he's the most interested. I don't know if he's "gifted," but I do know that he's very interested in hows and whys of natural processes as well as engineering. I hope he'll be an active participant in the prep and care of our garden this year!

Before I culled my cart, the number of books on the list was .. extensive. One I do regret not grabbing is The Humanure Handbook. I know that the subject of composting human waste is not exactly the most savory, but I find it really interesting. It's not exactly reducing the size of my "footprint" that makes the compost of waste appealing, but as another way not to rely on a for-pay service.