I have a scoby!

Living on the Hedge(row)

A little over two weeks ago I decided I wanted to get back into making Kombucha. I need to get back on track with my health and this is a good first step.

One problem, I didn’t have a scoby and didn’t want to beg/borrow/steal one. So, I searched the trusty Interwebs and found a post on the Kitchn web site for how to start my own… Who knew?!

On July 5th I followed the instructions and crossed my fingers as I placed the container into my dark cupboard… It was all I could do to just leave it alone.

July 10, 2016 (I KNOW, I was supposed to wait an entire week, I couldn’t), I checked on the scoby and lo and behold it was doing what it was supposed to… So far so good!

July 17, 2016 – I am so proud of myself… I waited an entire…

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The making of a scoby

We moved into our apartment mid-February. I’ve been telling myself that “when we get settled I’ll…” do whatever…

Four (4) months later and I still haven’t done what I have set out to do. So many plans. So little time. 

Fred and I have been working a steady seven (yes 7) days per week. Trying to make ends meet. We are doing pretty well, but we cannot slow down quite yet.  We need to get a cushion put away for when things slow down, and they will. That is the nature of the business. 

Fred has been out of town this week and today is the very first day that I have taken a day off, meaning, I made NO plans to do anything with, or for, anyone else. I didn’t accomplish what I set out to do today (other than laundry) and I did manage to put together the ingredients to make my own Scoby for a new Kombucha brew.

Being that I do not have a scoby handy and really didn’t want to order one, or beg/borrow/steal one, I conducted some research to see how to grow my own. In about four weeks, we’ll see if I have been successful. 

I found a recipe on the Kitchn web site for how to make a scoby. I followed the instructions and we’ll see where it goes from there. If I am successful, I will take that new scoby and some starter Kombucha a brew my first batch. 

I made a batch of sweet tea, added some raw unfiltered Kombucha that I bought at the store, put a hat on the container (hopefully it will work), and placed it up in the corner of the cupboard that doesn’t get used.

Baby steps, right? Have to start somewhere!

COMPOSTING TOILETS a la lou-loo

We have been exploring composting toilets for our motorhome… Nature’s Head is one of the toilets we are looking at.

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two-story-outhouse Not what we have in mind, but available locally.
First, we do not mean outhouses. We mean professionally made, ventilated, odorless composting toilets. Our choice is the Nature’s Head. They cost a thousand bucks, but a septic system would cost ten thousand, and we would have to tear up our soil with leach fields and such. Rose and I had this model on the boat when we sailed around the world. We wanted to put one in our motor home before she died, to avoid having to go dump our sewage.

With a good composting toilet, urine and feces are separated, preventing anaerobic activity that generates foul odors. You just turn the handle after #2, to mix your excretions with the composting medium (peat or sawdust, for example). With two people using it you have to change the medium every six months, and what comes out is not foul-smelling…

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