Saturday, May 14, 2011

My Weight Loss Journal

I'm a tad late in posting this but I've had one heck of a week. This news is super exciting. The Wii said OOOOH You're Normal.

To make my weight loss even better. A co-worked told me I was HIGH SCHOOL skinny. I know I'm not since I graduated at a whopping 126 pounds but it sure made me float around all week.  Oh yeah the size 10s that were cutting off circulation to my brain after an hour I have room in. Twenty four more pounds to go. I CAN DO THIS!!!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Adventures in Composting

I've noticed a few of you like my garden. I'm lucky to have good soil and a little know how to condition poor soil. Some say it's a green thumb but I think it's just trial and error and a lot of reading.

Part of my garden is compost. As you know this is a new project for me. I blundered big time with my first go at it almost killing my family with the smell of Karma, as Joey so perfectly named it. Well I didn't give up. The second go I shredded paper before adding my kitchen scraps to my little kitchen composter. Thing have been going well. Until a few days ago when I notice these tiny little flies buzzing around my container. That's a no- no for me no matter how much I love the urban farm movement and greener living. Bugs in the house equals dirt to me. I put the little composter outside. Thankful it has not been disturbed by the local band of raccoons yet.

Today I'm taking my adventure to the next step. The Worm Cafe. About a month back on a field trip with Marysa I was talking to one of the rangers about composting. Telling him about my composting brown thumb. He mentioned when he was in the peace corps it was easy to teach people how to compost with worms and I might try that. There is no turning or aerating, no smell and the worms do all the work. We just feed the worms.

Here are some pictures of day one. Hopefully this is as easy as the ranger told me. I suppose we will find out soon enough and I'll let you know either way if it's a success and I'm feeding my beloved veggie garden with it or if I will be a Miracle grow urban farmer giving up my dreams of composting.

If you look hard you will see the red wrigglers in their first meal of coconut hull peat moss brick. They get this the first few days to get use to their new environment.

The worms live in tray 1. The cardboard packaging is under the coconut hull to prevent the worms from dropping down into the drainage tray underneath the cafe.

This is Ozzy checking out what I'm doing.

The Cafe not fully assembled.
Here it is set up in the shade away from the afternoon sun so our little worm friends don't dry out.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

For my good Twitter Pal

I have a pal I met on Twitter. She has back to back babies like me. Only her's are both still in diapers and closer in age than Sonny and Declan. She's my pal on a couple different levels. SHe's usually awake late night when I'm the only one up at home and we chat. She likes some of the same stuff I do. Sewing, cloth diapers, kids, crafts and being good to people.

She helps me. She doesn't have to but she does. Most of my followers here on my blog I am sure are from her cheer leading and posts about my giveaways. My giveaways are important to me. I am dying to be something bigger than me. I can do this by shouting out and giving free PR of small businesses. It's the only time in my life I can connect with the people I love and work with daily without a corporate policy dictating to me what I can and can not do.

I have never met my pal face to face but I'm sure if we were in the same area we would be real life friends. She's great! Any how the goal of my post is not to go on and on about my pal but attempt to return her kindness to me. I have been entering Ergo Baby giveaways. She needs one to improve the quality of her life as a Mommy. I can't imagine my life without being able to toss my little one on my back so chasing the other with both arms free. I know my Ergo has allowed me to do lots without hurting my back and giving my ample freedom without neglecting my babies.

With the kindness of Kindred Spirit Mommy I was able to join in her giveaway to try and win an Ergo for my Twitter pal. Wish me luck. The Giveaway ends tomorrow.

Photos by Scott

Me, my Ergo Baby, and some really bad hair.

At Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

The Garden

Spinach, Squash, and Eggplant


More squash

Bush Beans

Bok Choy



Strawberries, Bok Choy and Cilantro


Soy Beans

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day is on hold

This year we chose to celebrate Mother's day next Sunday. Something blended families readjust holidays. This time it's Mother's day. My step daughter is with her Mom and my biological daughter wanted to spend Mother's day with her Grand Mother on her fathers side. I'm good with that. I think that it is important for children to be with family. I would prefer to be with my whole family on a day all about me. Each child is so important to me. Each child has emotional needs that need to be filled if it's my day or not.

So today me and my boys who are with me 100% of the time are playing ball and doing craft projects. Treating today like every other Sunday. Next next Sunday I'll tell you about our awesome celebration.

To you all Happy Mother's Day. Enjoy some of our fun. Oh the doll is Joey's homework it's a 3D portrait of himself not Flat Stanley or a voodoo doll.