I looked in my terrarium this morning, and some of the California poppy seeds I planted in there are sprouting! Look:

Poppy sprouts

Hooray for little baby poppy sprouts!

I saw two mourning doves in a yard down the street on my way to church this morning, and I saw a mockingbird in our neighborhood, too. That’s the second mockingbird I’ve seen in as many days. Michael pointed one out yesterday morning while we were on the trail. It was kind of funny, because we were talking about birds we liked, and they mentioned that they really love mockingbirds and mourning doves. This morning, in the span of maybe 30 seconds, I saw both.

Michael likes mockingbirds for their songs.

They’re nice to listen to, but they’re not great to have if you’re looking for diversity. We had a particularly ornery one that used to sit on a fence at our house in Belleville and chase away all the sparrows and starlings that tried to eat the berries that fell off our next-door neighbor’s juniper.

What’s exciting in your world this afternoon?


“Then from the neighboring thicket the mockingbird, wildest of singers, Swinging aloft on a willow spray that hung o’er the water. Shook from his little throat such floods of delirious music, That the whole air and the woods and the waves seemed silent to listen.”
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Pigeons and iggies

I forgot to mention earlier that we saw some pigeons flying around inside the old National Guard Armory in Chandler. There are holes in the roof (one of many things in need of repairs), and pigeons come in and roost in the rafters. I got a few pictures of them. They are a little fuzzy, because it was dark in there, and the ceiling is really high, but I think they’re pretty good, considering.





Here are pictures of my new worm bin. I made it out of an old plastic cabinet. I just drilled holes in the sides and bottom of the drawers for aeration and drainage, then added bedding (shredded newspaper), food (vegetable scraps), water, and redworms.

I messed up a little bit and drilled holes in the bottom drawer, so I had to put the lid off of an old plastic storage container under the bin to catch drips. The original plan was to make the bottom drawer a collector for compost tea (the liquid that percolates out of compost, which is very rich in nutrients and therefore very good for plants). Anyway, here it is:


I need to get some sawdust or something I can keep in a container on top of the composter to use as cover material/bedding. If it works like it’s supposed to, this bin will be a very nice addition to the kitchen. It’s enclosed, which will keep things neat, but the drawers make it convenient. I think more people would recycle their kitchen waste if it were as easy as putting things down the garbage disposal. Stay tuned … I’ll let you know how it works.


Here’s one of the iggies:


And here is a view of the composter in its current location. Once I get rid of my freezer (which will happen this summer, when Mom and Dad come to visit, as they are going to swap us a woodstove for the freezer), I will move things around so they look neater. But this will do for now. BTW, that object on top of the refrigerator is a box of — I swear I am not making this up — Amish microwave popcorn. I’ll let you think about that one for a minute.


I am so excited about my new worm bin! Worms worms worms worms …