Flower Power

Every year we watch the cardinals and their babies at our bird feeders in the backyard. They have a nest somewhere close.

This spring we started a row of amazing flowers along the front edge of our yard. These are much more interesting than that strip of grass was.  We’ve seen more birds, caterpillars and butterflies than we’ve ever seen in our yard. Little yellow finches nibbling at the flower seeds. Blue birds swoop through.

We use the worms from our yard to turn our kitchen scraps into compost and then turn that into the dirt in the flower beds and around the bushes.

We planted 2 peach trees, 2 apple trees, a fig tree, blueberries and even a pomegranate! Yum. So our awesome new shrubs and trees will feed us people too.

This summer we certified our yard with the National Wildlife Federation. When we read the qualifications, they seemed to be describing our place! A friend of ours nearby certified their yard a while ago and I always thought it would be cool to have our own certification number! We ordered the yard sign too.

nwf.org Garden-for-Wildlife – Create-a-Habitat
“creating a certified wildlife habitat to discovering wildlife in your neighborhood and sharing the findings, there are many ways you can make a difference.”

Listen to this interview! All the great things to do in your yard! We’ve been doing it and it’s so rewarding.  http://ow.ly/2w3Tq

Wormy update

On Earth Day,  2010, I went to St. Anne’s Day School All Stars class and we went out for a nature walk. The intent was to collect objects from nature to build letter sculptures from found materials.

I suggested that we take out a few trash bags to pick up litter too. Even though the grounds are very well kept, my lovely teachers were skeptical about being able to find anything.

We won’t find very much trash…

We found more trash than we expected. Unpopped balloons, church bulletins, even a very nice metal reusable coffee mug that must have been accidentally knocked off of the ledge overlooking the bushes.

We brought it all inside and sorted out the items we wanted to keep for the art project, what was recycleable, compostable, and just landfill bound.

We had been talking about my worms and our composting habits, so my little one volunteered to bring home the items that were compostable. Just the great kind of stuff our worms would eat.

I shredded it all up and added my family’s kitchen scraps. Placed the new mixture in the worm bin.

“Yummy,” the worms will say. Then we’ll add some more Georgia clay and dirt to the mix and put into the garden.

Google Voice – a love story

I can also go on and on about how much I love Google Voice, but here’s what I really want to share. I’m writing some text today about myself with pen and paper. As I got up to sit down at a computer to type it up, I remembered my pal Google Voice. I called myself up and left myself a voice mail–dictating to myself the text. Below is the transcription of my first draft. More on what I”m really talking about later…


Bryan Reddish
11/13/09 11:22 AM 18 minutes ago

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