Earthworm Living

First Thing in the Morning
August 13, 2013, 8:12 am
Filed under: Exercise, Outside, outside play, walking

First thing in the morning…

“First thing in the morning, before you meet or greet anyone, remember to greet all of nature, all visible and invisible creatures. Say to them: “I am grateful for your work, I love you and want to be in harmony with you!” At this very moment, in response to your greeting, all of nature will open to you and send you energy for the entire day.”

~ Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov


I think you can probably tell by how looooooong my shadow is in the pic that this is at sunrise. This was taken recently on a beautiful morning out on the walking trail while I was telling nature how much I appreciate it! …and exercising! 🙂


Amplify a Phone’s Speakers
June 30, 2013, 6:42 pm
Filed under: outside play, Tech, yard

Amplify a Phone’s Speakers

While outside today doing yard-work I wanted to play some music from my phone. Now, my phone has a pretty good built in speaker, but out in the yard that speaker can be over-powered by the road, neighbors, and distance. 

So I found a cute flower pot I had sitting around empty. After knocking out the remaining dirt I placed my phone inside the flower pot. I should probably note that the speakers should be facing the base of the flower pot. This allows the music to bounce off the pottery sides of the pot and exit the pot amplified. Easy peasy!



My flower pot has 2 drainage holes in the bottom. I’m sure I was losing some of my ability to amplify thru those holes, and maybe next time I’ll consider covering them, but it still worked well!

Don’t Store Plasti Dip Like This
June 29, 2013, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Crafts

Don’t Store Plasti Dip Like This

Plasti Dip is great stuff. If you don’t know what I’m talking about it’s that rubbery coating you might find on the handles of pliers. It comes in cans and you can added your own rubber coating to whatever needs it.

I got some Plasti Dip that you can tint different colors, but that means that if you have extra you will be tempted to save it for another occasion. I tinted some black last summer and then put it in an empty plastic paint pot. It seemed like a logical place and a decently good idea.

Earlier today I went to the drawer where that little paint pot of plasti dip is being kept because I have a new project for it. I was really surprised at how the plasti dip damaged the plastic paint pot. We assume that the wet plasti dip acted like a solvent dissolving the container. It’s so weird looking.




I don’t know what would be the best way to store it once you’ve mixed up some, but I do now know how NOT to store it.

Bat Box
June 29, 2013, 6:35 pm
Filed under: Outside, outside play, yard

Bat Box

Our backyard has such a bad mosquito problem. People have said that it’s because we have lots of mature trees back there. I’ve often blamed our neighbors to the back for letting water stand in large puddles in the low spots in their yard. We’ve even gone back there several times over the years to maintain little drainage channels we had dug for them. Nothing seems to help. I hate to use DEET on us, but I know it’s the only thing that REALLY works.

I, personally, skip the poison and the backyard opting to suffer any mosquito bites I will get while in the front yard. I worked as a scorekeeper at our local ballpark for years as a teenager. So I learned early on that if I could avoid scratching them, the itch would dissipate within 5-10 mins of being bitten. Not only that, there wouldn’t be a welt or bump from the bite.

However, I want to enjoy our backyard without being coated in poison or worrying about getting bit a million and twelve times.  Did you know that bats eat a lot of mosquitoes each night?! I didn’t realize either! So I looked up plans for homemade bat boxes, but being impatient and wanting to get going on a potential solution immediately I also bought one. It’s pretty basic, but if bats house in it that will be fantastic!


There’s an old power pole on our property line next to the backyard that was just begging to have a bat box. The instructions say it could take up to a year and a half for bats to make a home in it. I’m taking the “build it and they will come” approach. 🙂


So it won’t be immediate gratification, and may not even be helpful for this summer, but hopefully we’ll be enjoying our backyard more by the end of next summer.

I’m thinking I need to add a couple more…just in case.

Bike Maintenance
April 8, 2013, 6:44 pm
Filed under: outside play, rehabilitate, Repairs

Bike Maintenance

In our family we have a tendency to repair rather than replace our things. Which leads others to offer us their old and or broken things. Since we don’t like to waste and have repair skills, we usually accept their old and broken things. (which is part of why I have too little space in my house and sheds, yes, more than one shed.)

A friend who has 3 sons all within a year of each other (twins and a singleton) passed down their 3 most recently outgrown bikes. Being the former bikes of 9-10 yr old boys you can imagine they’ve seen their days of wear and tear.


We have this thing we do called frankensteining where we take the good/working parts from like items and put them all together to make one item that’s as best as it can be with the parts available. The bikes were no exception. First find the best frame with the best brakes attached. Then swap out parts so that it has the best seat, tires, chain, and handle grips from the three bikes.


And after you’ve fixed what the kids did when they were “helping” you do the repairs, it’s ready to ride! A freshly rehabbed bike!

Happy Pi Day!
March 14, 2013, 9:20 pm
Filed under: Cooking

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day to everyone! I hope you had some pie! I did.

We cooked up a frozen berry pie we had on hand. 🙂 A Marie Callenders Razzleberry Pie to be exact. None of the dairy and red dye #40 that my family can’t have. Good stuff!

Also, I find it surprising that my very nerdly husband had no clue what I meant when I started talking about Pi Day. He thought I meant it was a day to cook pie because I had a craving for pie.

Then, as I explained each part, it dawned on him so slowly that I could literally see the gears in his brain turning. LOL! Pi… 3.14 … March 14th … 3-14 … circles … pies … pies are circles … pie sound like Pi ….. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Make a Childs Hat on the Knitting Loom
March 7, 2013, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Crafts, knitting

Make a Childs Hat on the Knitting Loom


I got a set of round knitting looms recently and was working on making a leg warmer for my broken ankle that can’t tolerate many sock styles, yet. by the time i got several inches in I realized a few things: this yarn wasn’t quite right for a legwarmer, my kids were making knitting requests, and this was going to be the right size for a kid’s winter hat.

Ok, direction change. Now it’s a kid’s hat and I have just enough wool yarn to finish it.

I used some bulky (thicker than worsted weight) wool yarn and a Knitpicks knitting loom (guess the size from the picture if you want. it’s on top of a 1″x1′ grid.)



It only took a few hours of work and voila! a wool hat for the winter. The kids fight over it now…and everyone is asking for their own. 🙂

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