Wednesday, January 7, 2009

She knows me

Have you ever had a friend who just totally gets you, someone who knows you every bit as well as you know yourself?

In my life, her name is Kelly.

Today her Christmas gift to me arrived, two separate packages. Package one? A book of maps for the Camino de Santiago, which we are walking together this October. I have long wanted to make this pilgrimage (hellooooo? My blog is called Caminho, which is the Portuguese version) and I am finally going to do it with the best friend a girl could ever have.

Package two? A WORM FARM. Yes, a worm farm so I can recycle my kitchen waste into the most amazing compost in the world.

Now, when I told Husbandly One a few months ago that I wanted a worm farm, he looked me in the eye and said, "You can't really expect I'd buy that for you" because, umm, you know, it's WORMS. But Kelz? She goes right ahead and buys the damn thing for me, she is just as much of a Crunchy Granola as I am.

And Husbandly One? Well, he's not particularly happy with either Kelz or me at the moment, but he'll get over it!


ilex said...

Men are funny about worms. It's well-documented. Women tend to love them, but men, not so much. It's always the female in the household who wants a worm farm, and the men think it will stink. I suspect it's because worms are used by little boys as a weapon (to freak out girls, to impress their friends by eating them), and they well know their powers, if wildly innacurate. Women come to worms late, and know different things about them. We know that worms will save us all.

If you didn't get my e-mail- worms shouldn't be fed for at least two weeks once ensconced in their new home. The number-one thing new worm farmers do is overfeed. Worms will happily eat their bedding many times over; they won't starve. No food allows them to settle down. Just keep the digs moist with fresh, damp bedding, and they'll be happy.

Irma, I'm so happy for you. Worms are a great adventure.

Gillian Grattan-Baldwin said...

I want IN on the worm farm world!

I tried to compost last year but the compost bucket under my sink always was stinky and constantly filled the kitchen with fruit flies! Plus the compost pile in the corner of my backyard was becoming a compost mountain of nastiness! So I gave up...

But I would really like to know more about the worm farm idea...

forestsister said...

sweet! rock on, wormies, rock on.