Friday, July 11, 2008


This summer I have been working on beautifying our yard. We live in a parsonage house and the landscaping is very minimal. Well, there was no landscaping. So I have been doing research on indigenous plant life, which is more sustainable. Now I am looking into a rainwater collection system. I am going to try to get this in by early fall, with the help of the fam. The girls are interested in composting, so I'm going to try to figure out how to build my own.

Gas prices, food prices, and our medical expenses have made me keenly aware of the need to conserve our natural resources. My rainwater collection may not impact the environment in a huge way, but if we all start doing this maybe our natural water sources will see an improvement, which will positively affect animal life. Did you know the Association for Zoos and Aquariums is calling this the Year of the Frog because amphibians are experiencing such a decrease in numbers? It seems pretty easy to do a little bit that will go a long way.


  1. Awesome...

    I'm thinking about adding some landscaping to our apartment if we decide to stay here next year. That rain water thing will come in handy.

  2. I'm sort of waking up from a period of sleep and caring about things again...that sounds like a good thing to care about.

    Have you read "Animal,Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver? I'm in the middle of it now...sounds like the kind of thing she'd have in there.

  3. Most of the plants in our garden this summer sprouted up as a result of last winter's composting. It's definitely a route to avoid waste and replenish soil nutrients.

  4. Katherine, I have not read "Animal,Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver but I have read a number of her books. I hope you enjoy the book.