Archives for category: Simple Living



Watching this one come long.


In the ground for about 13 months.

Grass clippings for mulch.


Designated as fully nonessential in all 50 states.

An idea handed down from people who have more experience than we do.

Washing machine drum fire pit

Weenie Roast


Getting started with Black Oil sunflower seeds.

We’ll eat some and try to grow some in the garden.

April 30, 2010 Seattle Times

Yardsmart: Think big with sunflower seeds

The key is to look for black-oil sunflower seeds in the pet section, not the garden section. Most major discount stores as well as national pet-supply chains and home-improvement stores sell them alongside traditional wild-bird foods. A 10-pound bag costs roughly $10. That is thousands of seeds that can generate thousands of plants.”

Here is the video that got us interested in trying this:

More here:

Something Simple & Positive


Years ago, we did some sprouting at home. We got away from it as other projects came along.

Thinking about growing some sunflowers this year, and came across this really nice video:

We are ready to get back at it.

In the past, we tried alfalfa, clover, & lentils.

Alfalfa at top of page and below:




Here is an altenative media update with some ideas about price gouging laws:

I lived in coastal N. Carolina in the early 90s. During my time there, a hurricane had developed and the community was potentially in the path of a powerful storm.

A letter to the editor later described a small engine shop that was charging too much to tune up & repair generators prior to the storm.

I feel like I understand why the shop wanted to charge more.

The small engine shop was staffed for a routine work load. Here comes a storm and an unusual number of people who may not have maintained their generators. The shop is not a NASCAR pit crew. If it could hire the pit crew it would have to raise prices.

Maybe trim your trees and tune up your generator before storm season.


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The area where I lived in N.C. was surrounded by fresh and saltwater areas that were very appropriate for a canoe.

I found a used canoe and separately, a used outboard. In many cases I would leave the outboard off and enjoy quiet paddling and much in the way of wildlife sightings out and about in the stillness of rivers and wetlands. I made good use of this rig later in California and in Washington State.

In the photo above I’m ready to launch at Twin Spits (N.E. entrance to Hood Canal) on a low tide day.


Late November weather – We’ll take it

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts


Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

Probably some of this going on too.

Grass clippings for mulch.

In the ground since early April.

A more mature plant here.


Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

Probably some of this going on too.

Fargesia robusta ‘Campbell’



These guys are indoor only.

Photo by Monica.

Along for the afternoon:

Classic Deep Cuts – Free Internet Radio – Live365






Camper was dumped off in a campground years ago. He has always been a little spooky. It’s nice to see him relax.

Don’t encourage them.

Photos with GF by Monica.


Turned the pile and added leaves. Some good worm action going on.


Nice enough today for a good outdoor work session & a fire later. We’ll take it for a January day.

No storms and a great chance to work outside on Monday.

Turned the compost pile and really enjoyed it. This project gets a little larger each year.

The pile weighs several hundred pounds. It is made up of a year’s worth of vegetarian kitchen scraps, Halloween pumpkins, garden & lawn trimmings, lawn mushrooms, discarded pears, kelp & seaweed, coffee grounds, etc. mixed with the leaves that fell here in October and November.

I added additional leaves on Monday. We’ll go back and add more leaves and turn the pile again in about ten days. We’ll cover the pile if it gets too wet. This season seems a little drier here.

Background on this project when you scroll down here.

A tide calendar at home was a routine part of growing up near Puget Sound in the 70s.

Like phone books, these may be fading away now.

Gathering leaves for a new compost pile, before the next windstorm comes in.