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Burning Snowman

Saturday was glorious weather. Sunshine, a light breeze and 69 degrees. In honor fo the first full day of Spring–and to scare away the snow storm the weatherman says is coming–we held a Burning Snowman Festival in our backyard tonight. A cookout, on the slate tile patio–complete with one scorched, but not defeated, wooden snowman.

That’s right–the snowman survived our fun. He’s a little tipsy, but still standing. This cannot be a good sign…

Update: Zapped by YouTube

And deservedly so. It seems YouTube’s magic noticed that my video included a song from The Doors. My apologies to the late Jim Morrison. So, you’ll no longer be able to hear any audio from the video. Sorry I goofed.

Also, a little info about our snowman. He was salvaged from a trip to the landfill at a friend’s house a couple years ago, and had been sitting in our yard all winter waiting for his day. A good fire is an instant trip to that oneness connection with Mother Earth, I think. Healthy for the soul.

All of our backyard campfires are fueled by wood scraps from construction sites–that would otherwise head to the landfill. And an occassional dead christmas tree…

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Posted by on March 22, 2009 in reduce reuse recycle, Weather


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The Wind Stopped Blowing

But not until nearly 9:30pm. It just suddenly shut off like a faucet. And so we scrambled to set up, and made s’mores and camped in the yard afterall.

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Posted by on July 13, 2008 in Kids, Weather


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Compostable Cup (plus a great sunset)

I hung out for a couple hours on Friday at Oscar’s Coffee in Sioux Falls to get some work done. It’s a great spot for me–uncrowded, wi-fi worker friendly (free wireless and outlets by every booth), good drinks, some organic stuff and they’re at least attempting to be less earth-destructive. It’s also on the west side of town–not my favorite neighborhood–but it’s a quick escape when I forget to get out of town before 4:30. So, when I ordered a fair trade organic Dominican iced chocolate something-or-another, it came in a seemingly plastic cup. Broadcast on the bottom of the cup: “100% COMPOSTABLE. MADE FROM CORN.”

Interesting for sure. Especially since I was bashing corn (or corn syrup, at least) this week a bit. Thought I better test the claim in the ‘ol homemade compost bin:

I did go back and crush the cup a bit, just like I chop up other stuff I throw in there. I’ll check it in a month and give you an update.


Last night’s sunset was absolutely fabulous. We were making some s’mores in the backyard following an afternoon at the lake with Nick and Julie. Take a peek at nature’s show (and Nick showing off his marshmallows):


Posted by on June 22, 2008 in compost, etc., going green, Weather


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