1988, honey

Falling asleep on the sofa means you have an unfinished blogpost and a laptop drained of its battery.  Sweet dude.  But hey, I’m here anyhow, early Saturday morning and waiting for the sunny day to begin that the weatherfolks have promised us all here in P-town.  In the meantime, here’s some groovy things I thought you might like (I sure did)…

* Make your own bug spray?  Rad.  I remember being on the beaches of a small Mexican barra and having forgot mine, I had to use that evil OFF which my skin had a terrible time with.  So, reading Ashley’s post from a couple years back with a recipe for making your own?  Pretty cool.   I choose the vodka/rosemary concoction myself…

* Thinking about my hometown, I realize there are so many places I haven’t been since I was a kid. My dad used to love the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in SE Portland, and yet as an adult I’ve not returned.  Looks like this spring we’ll have to change that.  A lot of folks pshaw the rhody, but I love it’s simplicity, the fact that it can grow in partial shade, and how happy they always look at bloom.  It’s so Oregon, I think.  Yet they originated in Nepal.  Hmm.  Discuss amongst yourselves.

* Most of us know that coffee grounds are great for composting.  Did you know they are also great to sprinkle around your blueberries?  I knew about rhodies etc but was pleased to learn my blues love the acid as well.  Our office does not have composting so four of us trade off in collecting coffee grounds and bringing them home to our compost piles.  So my berries are delighted!  If you’re not composting yet and have a spot to do it – DO it.  It’s not an ‘art’ like some websites say.  Food, cut grass, shredded paper, mix ‘er up and yer good.  Here’s a great quick reference on the multitude of things you can compost.

* Completely digging this cinder block raised bed – at first glance, I didn’t even know that’s what it was made from!  As someone who has a lot of cinderblocks in use for my own raised beds, I love them but also love covering them up, so this is some serious inspiration!

* Finally, just some damn fine writing I want to share with you from someone I’ve recently had the great pleasure of meeting, conversing with, and – because this is what I do – eventually hiring because she just happened to also be totally rad for the company I work for.  Jill Burrows, y’all.  Preface:  she’s a software developer, so some posts go way over my head, but there are some that are just right for a non-techie like me – severely fantastically intellectual where my brain stretches but yet doesn’t get annoyed.  Yay for writing.

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  1. April 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

    coffee grounds for blueberries. i didn’t know paper towels and shredded newspapers could be composted. the only thing on that list i regularly compost is tea bags. now i know.


  2. April 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I have a “wet compost” and “dry compost” bucket. The wet is for kitchen scraps (and the few paper towels that I use). The dry is for dryer lint, vacuum cleaner stuff, and floor sweepings. I thought I was extremely hardcore so am glad to see the list and know I’m not alone. 😉 I also go to our local chain coffee house (name will not be mentioned) and get their free coffee grounds. We don’t compost those but put them directly in the garden. I’m also experimenting with growing oyster mushrooms in coffee grounds (I’m afraid this has turned into a *fail*).


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