Wednesday, November 27, 2019


I while ago I mentioned an article I had read online about what not to put in a garbage disposal. Recently I mentioned it to my plumber friend, asking him, "so what exactly can you put down a garbage disposal?"

He poo-pooed most of the restriction in the article and said that the big problem was that people didn't use the disposal properly. Run water, turn on the disposal, feed the scraps into it, turn off the disposal but keep the water running so that everything does not get left in small pipes that clog easily.

I still will be composting most of Thanksgiving detritus, but it's good to know I don't have to be paranoid about tossing the occasional egg shell along with plate rinsing scraps.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

I am coming out of hibernation mode to wish United States readers a very happy Thanksgiving and the entire world a peaceful holiday season no matter the nature of your celebrations.

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Don't forget: On November 27 at 2:00 a.m.standard time, set your bathroom scale back 15 pounds.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Who Knew?

I sometimes see people that I recognize from somewhere but I can't recall the name. It's worse when, like the time I went to introduce my boss (my boss from work!) and I could not for the life of me come up with her name. The Scottish have a word for that: TARTLE.

This Scottish word sums up in two syllables the moment when you’ve momentarily forgotten someone’s name (either one-on-one or when making introductions)! For those of us who tartle any time there are any introductions to be made, this word should be inducted into the English language on account of its sheer usefulness alone.

I have noticed this phenomenon while walking in the woods and been struck by the beauty, but I did not know there was a word for it.

This beautiful Japanese word komorebi describes the light that filters through the leaves of trees and can also be used for the mist that catches sunlight in forest (say after a rain or on a humid day). The closest term in English would be god rays, though those specifically happen at dawn or dusk and are the rays of light that filter through the clouds.

I found these words HERE.

Have you ever read a list of things you should never put in the garbage disposal?It kind of makes me wonder just what a garbage disposal is actually good for.  I was surprised to learn that coffee grounds and egg shells are no-nos but I have learned about other things the hard way over the years. It never occurred to me that dairy products might have an environmental impact in such a negative way.  I do compost most everything else though, so I don't even use a disposal much at all. The place I take my compost in VT takes meat and bones and even greasy pizza boxes. It's a messy, stinky job but every little effort helps.