The end of the year is a big tidying-up time for me. All year long I’m accumulating projects that I want to finish “by the end of the year,” and the last week of the year becomes a mad dash to the finish line. Some I’ll finish; some I won’t. It’s the trying that’s important.
I wanted to close out the year by following up on some unanswered questions:
Omly asked two questions: Did you ever end up being able to repel the mice in the car? How was your harvest of compost from the worms?
Ha ha! That’s a no on the mice. I tried noise, lights, dryer sheets, Lysol, ammonia, cat box leavings, and probably a few other things, to no avail.
The Honda sat alone in the driveway for several months after my dad gave me his Saab. One day I noticed that it had a tiny maple seedling, four inches tall, sprouting from the accumulated tree droppings that had piled up below the windshield wipers. The next day I drove it to a used car dealer and sold it for cash.
(And by “used car dealer,” I mean “the guy up the road who has a sign that says USED CARS spraypainted on a sheet of corrugated tin.”)
The worm box has been a rousing success. Although it’s running a little behind at the moment, with the cold weather. I relocated it outside over summer because I was having a fruit fly problem, which wasn’t sourced from the worm box, but wasn’t being helped by it either.
The only problem with the worm box is a workflow issue. There are times that I need vermicompost, and times that I feel like separating it out from the worms and raw food (a tedious process which takes at least an hour). Those times never overlap. Usually when I separate out the vermicompost, I end up just scattering it around the lawn. Which I guess is kind of a waste, but whatever.
Lisa E asked: I know you are a Linux fan, and I was wondering if you’ve worked with Ubuntu? If so, how do you like it?
I like Ubuntu quite a lot. I’m not running it as a desktop at the moment, but I used it for several years at home in the past. Ubuntu is great – incredibly easy to install, and the best driver support I’ve ever seen in any OS. Sadly, it is not compatible with The Sims 2.
(This is someone’s cue to suggest I try WINE. I have noticed that the people who suggest WINE have not actually tried using WINE for something. The answer, just to be proactive, is NO.)
Patti said: I know I’m not the only one who wonders how Mr.Burrito is doing.
Mr. Burrito is doing very well, and his family loves him a LOT. For privacy reasons I can’t release his new name out here on the internets, but he does have one. Here’s a recent picture that his family sent along – he was 5 months old when the picture was taken, and weighed just under 100lbs:
Fiona asked: My question is what happened to all the kale? Did you ever find new (read: edible) recipes for it?
Oh lordy, the kale. I try to eat kale once a month, because it’s ever so chock full of vitamins, and I always feel supercharged the next day. (Note that this may be the placebo effect at work.)
I have discovered that if you chop it into fine shreddies, and steam the heck out of it, you can then tuck the shreddies into other things. Like potatoes au gratin, and homemade mac and cheese. I’m not sure if that counts as a recipe or not, but it is edible.
That’s all for this year! I want to wrap up with sending a big hug and thank you to everyone for your friendship, advice, and entertainment. This blog has changed my life in ways I never would have expected, and it’s all because of YOU!