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Moon/venus/jupiter trifecta caused funk? And speaking of funky, the worm bin is a bit ripe

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Went to bed early, but still woke up 3 or 4 times this morning to look at the moon/venus/jupiter trifecta. Made for a weird sleep night, but I couldn’t help it.

Today, a funk. I just feel off. Ever have those days?

And speaking of funky… The worm bin is starting to smell a wee bit in the warm garage. Any suggestions? Am I giving them too much food and they can’t keep up? Last I looked, the worms were alive and going to town. Smells like, well, rotting veggies. Is this normal?

Worms, collage

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Yesterday, we bought a surprisingly small amount of worms for the price and added them to the new compost bin. We were assured that they would soon multiply to fill the space available. They are much skinnier and less wiggly than I imagined. I keep opening the bin, hoping for instant compost, but I guess now we just need to let them eat and poop for a few months. Sort of anti-climactic.

Today, I went to my friend’s 2nd annual collage party. Last year I made this. This year, I took the girls. They had a lot of fun experimenting with the gel transfer technique and each brought home a piece. I did a couple of small pieces—some animals and birds from magazine photos I had saved from last year. Nothing too exciting, but maybe I’ll photograph them tomorrow.

Worm bin, sans worms

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Worm Compost Bin

Worm Compost Bin

The worm bin, sans worms. We followed these directions. I must admit, it took us a little longer than 3 minutes, even without a beer in one hand. Mainly, because hubby drilled about a zillion air holes for the worms. We decided to keep the bin in the garage for now, as we don’t have a good outdoor location that would be mainly out of the sun. It may need to be relocated or insulated in some way for the winter, though.

Also, our bin is a bit larger than the one in the example {approx 32″ x 16″ wide x 24″ deep}. I chose a plastic tote with a nice hinged lid that we were using for old toys. Rather than use a second bin, we’ve used the tray from a large unused dog crate to catch any drippings underneath—we’ll see how well that works. {I’ve already accidentally broken a corner of the tray, which is annoying, since it goes with a very expensive extra-large greyhound sized dog crate that we were storing in the garage, but will need again someday.} We do have another same-sized bin that we could use underneath later on.

The kids and I cleaned out some of the garage today too, and did some paper shredding. So we have almost too many shreds, but also a week’s worth of veggie trimmings in there as well as some other odds and ends like cardboard, dryer lint, etc.

I’m hoping to pick up some worms this week so they can start munching!

garden, collard wraps, worm compost bin, magic, yahtzee

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My collard wraps

My collard wraps

Today I bought collard wrap ingredients purposefully very similar to Angeline’s. Here’s what went into them:

  • Collard leaves, blanched for 60 seconds or so {I might do them a little more next time as the stems were the tiniest bit too chewy for me at the big end. I gently patted them with kitchen towels to dry.}
  • Carrots, shredded in the Vitamix
  • Cashew cheese {Cashews simmered in salt water and soaked for about an hour total, then drained and blended with fresh water until very smooth in the Vitamix. I didn’t clean out the leftover carrots before making the cashew cream, which made the cashew cream a lovely buttery yellow color}
  • Purple cabbage, roughly chopped {Next time I would chop it a little finer to avoid chunks}
  • Spinach
  • Lots of avocado {1/2 an avocado per wrap}
  • Kalamata olives {I accidentally bought the pitted kind, so they took a while to pit, but they were worth it}
Overall, the collard wrap tasted very similar to the wraps I was trying to emulate. I did feel like it lacked a little something, so I ended up adding some vegan Worcestershire that I had mixed up a while back, and also some Dijon mustard. Those added just the kick it needed. 

 

Today I also:
  • got a bunch of new library books
  • bought a tomato plant to replace the one that froze
  • roped my hubby into helping me create the worm compost bin setup
    • meaning I watched while he drilled all the air and drainage holes in the plastic bin
    • I didn’t let a lack of worms stop me from starting to fill it with shredded paper and a week’s worth of kitchen scraps
  • played magic online and then Yahtzee (not online) with the hubs.
  • hung out with 7 pretty sweet animals
    • {it was a kid-free weekend}

Worms, Reading List, Goose Count

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On my reading list this week:

Also, I found a local source for worms for the compost bin. Now I just need to coordinate a time to pick them up and maybe I’ll actually put the bin together this weekend (although I was kind of hoping to have the kids help construct it, and they’ll be at their mom’s this weekend. I guess I could wait until Monday). I’ve been saving veggie scraps, tea bags, etc. for a week and the amount is surprising. I mean, we are vegan, and we do cook mostly at home, but still!

Tomorrow I’m getting up at the crack of dawn to help with a Canada Goose bird count. So, most unfortunately, I have to attempt a highly unnatural bed time. But I feel it’s important that I help on this one—put some action behind my words.