Thursday, December 20, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
To read what furuncle really means, go here.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Unfortunately, we came back to civilization to find out that much of So Cal is on fire. It's so sad to hear the stories of the people who have lost their homes, their animals, their lives. I was brought to tears listening to a single father being interviewed on NPR yesterday. He and his two daughters had to leave in a cop car in the middle of the night. Their departure was so rushed that they were forced to leave their cat, fish and dog. The father didn't know what to do, so he left the front door open, hoping they'd escape. He later learned that his entire apartment complex had burned to the ground. Even worse, the SAME THING happened to him four years ago in the Cedar fire of 2003. I've heard so many people say they will stay there, they will rebuild. I'm not sure what I would do. I hope I never have to make that decision. Luckily, the Zaca Fire did not come near us and we are safe during these fires as well.
Here is a blog written by NY Times reporters that is tracking the fires: http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/24/tracking-the-california-wildfires-ii/
What strikes me the most is the apparent randomness of the destruction.
It breaks my heart.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
"Could I BE wearing any more clothes?"
It was wonderfully beautiful. Stacie and Derek looked so happy. I've never anyone smile so much. I think Stacie was even smiling when she told Derek, very sternly, "Don't do it!" when he was threatening to put frosting on her face. Here are some shots from the big day. Eric and I had fun playing with Picasa's awesome editing tools.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Here's a picture of my uncles Jimmy and Tommy (on the couch) and my father (on the recliner) watching the game last night. Damn Yankees won - the Sox let us down, again. Hopefully they won't break our hearts again today. My Yankee fan husband and coworker, Akil, are going to have a field day if they lose again!!! It's actually quite depressing :-(
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Eric's sister Julia's husband, Josh works for Vertical Response. They provide email marketing solutions. They partner with Salesforce and made this video to promote their partnership. Josh is the one with the white shirt and black jacket. Even if you have no idea what they're talking about, it's still a pretty clever song/video.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
What changes are you making in your life lessen your impact on Mother Earth?
Here's three things we've done:
1. Made cloth napkins. Save money, reduce use of paper and plastic. Just toss 'em in the wash with the load you're running already!
2. Built a worm bin from found materials and use it for food waste management. Reduce!
3. Started a garden. Reduce trips to the farm stand and grocery store. Pesticide free.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Rosie loves playing with the spray from the new nozzle we got for the hose.
What a great way to cool down a black dog on a hot day!
Jumping high and looking much more ferocious than she is!
Tracking moving objects is one of Rosie's skills - look at the attention she gives the spray of water above her head.
Here you can see the bottom bin with its holes for ventilation. The top bin rests in the bottom bin. The worms will live in the top bin until it becomes full. At that point, we will put another small bin on top and the worms will crawl into the new bin through holes in the bottom. We will then harvest all their poo, which is technically called "castings", but poo is much more fun to say. The poo is used for fertilizer.
Here you can see the holes we drilled in the bottom of the top bin.
The lid is a ventilated lid made of two lids attached together. The bottom lid has a hole in the middle. The top lid is attached to the bottom lid with spacers in between to keep them separated a bit. This keeps it dark in the bin, but allows air to circulate.
We decided to make the bins out of some Rubbermaid storage containers that we already had but didn't need. Using these helped us reduce waste by not buying new containers.
Go here to see the plans that we followed. Thanks to the Solid Waste Department of Klickitat County, WA for their slightly confusing, but excellent plans.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
You'll have to tilt your head - I'm not uploading this again :-)
In the far right picture, from left to right- jalapeno chile, cherry tomato, Roma tomato, basil, dwarf lime tree and behind that are more jalapenos and tomatos. I still have to plant the parsley.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
My sister, Julia graduated from Colgate University on Sunday. With perfect Central New York timing, the rain began exactly at the beginning of the ceremony and ended exactly at the end. We had a blast anyway and are so proud of Julia!!! Smart girl, too - magna cum laude!!!