Daily Reflections From My Window

June 28, 2021 Today? Compost and Fiber!

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“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”

Albert Einstein

I broke down and despite a pledge to myself not to order anything from Amazon if it could be purchased locally, bought something on Prime Day.

I’ve been obsessed with composting for as long as I can remember. My Dad always had a compost pile and loved to garden so it’s very familiar to me. When we moved into our first house in Jtown, I immediately set up a compost pile and immediately a neighbor complained. She had never seen one before and insisted that rats were in it. Nope, I don’t compost anything that would attract animals. Just vegetable scraps, grass clippings and old leaves. A chipmunk may have visited. But now, I can? In this Food cycler, they say you can compost bones. Have I tried it? Not yet, but maybe. What have I tried? What is typically in our kitchen compost bucket-vegetable scraps, egg shells, onion skins, that sort of thing. I’ve been looking at this for years because I’ve tried all sorts of composting strategies from the black barrels that turn, to burying it in my garden, to the garden tower, to just putting it in a pile to decompose with my alpaca manure. They all take time and turning. This does it all. Each batch took about 6 hours. So what I had on my counter- 2 of these 1 gallon composting containers plus the waste from what I got at the farmers market on Saturday-took 4 batches and was completely dried, chopped and ready to be put on my garden in 24 hours. Pretty impressive. Now that I’m caught up, I will probably need to run it once or twice a week instead of continuously. I like it! As one guy said, like potpourri but without the fragrance. It might work to dehydrate herbs. I’ll try it with mint. You know how I love my Godwinks, and so does Madison, so last night she gave me this book she’d come across. It’s where I got the embedded view verse today. I can’t wait to read the whole thing and learn more ways to hear God. Thank you dear girl! Fiber has been on the top of my mind and I have been working hard to get this batch cleaned and out of here. I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I spent all day yesterday (after church!) washing, soaking and rinsing. I’ve reached a point that I have to start packing it to get it off of my drying racks to make room for what’s in the rinse buckets. I also had to get my area in order to do that. It’s a slippery slope but I see an end and can finally find things! Here’s a peek at the drying stations. Good thing we have a nice dry basement. I may have to take a break and reorganize the drying rack situation. Maybe get a few more herb dryers-which actually do well outside because they are enclosed and can hold a lot of fiber. The four buckets on the left are soaking in the wash water and the rest are in the clean rinse water. Today, they’ll all get spun out and those in the rinse will be laid to dry on racks after I move what’s on the racks now. Why am I not drying outside? There’s so much junk falling from the trees this year. I don’t want it in the fiber. That’s why I have screens on top of the buckets.

Here’s a peek at a tiny corner that I was able to organize yesterday. There is more to be done.

We ended the night, and I was so thankful for the time together, at Jack and Madison’s for pizza and a trip out for ice cream. It was so nice to spend time together but I was beat! 9 PM came too soon and I was in bed by 10. Sorry guys! I’m a day person.

My Fitbit has died or is doing weird things. I guess I need a new one after all these years. Any suggestions? I’m planning to have my 99 walks affiliate link up later today if you want to check out an amazing community. I need to find a document first!

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!