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Eating our Garbage

When my children were younger I wanted to share the cycle of life with them in a real way. I wanted them to be able to see, feel, experience how the circle of life really works. I purchased some worms, (red wigglers), and purchase a box that would allow earthworms to procreate, as well as eat all the garbage that we generated. We would put our shredded papers in the box, coffee grounds, and the filter, apple cores, banana peels, and various other food in our worm box. We had our worm box outside. I have read that some people keep their box in the home. NO! 

When my son was 18 months old, he would take all the daily refuse for the worms to the box. The box did not smell bad, since they eat the bacteria that generates the odor from the food. What does smell is the poo from the worms. Every couple of months we would have to clean out the box, and that wasn’t a fun job. We would separate what was the “black gold” from the garbage, and save the worms. We would then have another generation of worms, and we add the black gold into our garden. We grew some of the biggest pumkins on the block, and then when we were done with Halloween, the worms had their favorite food. Honestly, after having these creatures in our life all these years, I can tell you with confidence that they love mellons, pumkins, etc. 

To this day we still have a worm farm, and we still feed our worms. Some of them are from the same parents we started with more than 18 years ago. 

This is the newest edition, it has layers, after a few months, we take it apart and sort out the gold, and start all ove with new food. This system ensures nothing goes to waste. We dont like waste doing nothing, we want to make the most of it. 

Collections and Obsessions, Saturday Special, Uncategorized

Collections and Obsessions….Tea Pots

Since I was a little girl, I loved tea pots, and tea sets. My daughter even had several different sets. I love tea, a hot cup of tea makes the most of the moments in a day. Here are my tea pots…

  
This one is an antique  “Sadler” from England.

  
It has a different shape, with flowers cascading down the sides. The shape indicates its use as a coffee pot. Made in England, but no manufactures mark.

  Another one with a slender look, it is Herend . It is technically a coffee pot too. The Herend brand is from Hungary.
  
Another Herend pot, but this one is a tea pot. The detailing is superb! Every pot is hand painted.

   

Herend again, this one has a fruit focus instead of a floral focus. 

  
Sterling silver set that includes tea pot, coffee pot, sugar bowl, and creamer. This set is made in Germany.

  
My last Herend tea pot, with another cabbage roses with tulips, bees, and lady bugs.

  
A Lenox tea pot that has been used more than all the others. A butterfly sits atop the tea pot. 
  
My absolute favorite. This set is just like the one used in the movie “Everafter” with Drew Berrymoore. This set is from Holland.
What is your obsession or collection?

  

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Tiffany’s

One of my favorite pieces of jewelry I own is a pin/pendant from Tiffany’s. It is an antique piece 18K gold with loads of diamonds. It is heavy, and oh so beautiful. I have researched it, and haven’t been able to find if it was made for a specific person or not. I even took it to Tiffany’s for them to research. They shipped it to New York where they had it photographed. The had it for a couple of weeks, and I was starting to miss it. I asked that they send it back to me. They obliged, and sent it back the next day. Tiffany’s said told me that it was one of their rarer collections. Many of the experts had not seen anything like it before in person. I feel pretty lucky to own it.

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