It’s STEM Tuesday.  Yay!

Let’s get jiggy with Octopuses.  Yes, that’s right.  Octopuses, not octopi.  (Octopus comes from Greek, not Latin, so no pluralizing like we came from Italy.  Whoops!  We’re talking Science today, not language.  Onward.)  

I subscribe to the “Stuff You Should Know” podcast.  I love these guys.  Besides, they completely entertained three grandchildren on a five-hour road-trip.  Not the video, the podcast.  That’s right; no visual stimulation, just their voices. Here’s a link to their “Octopus, Octopi, Octopod, Octopuses” podcast.  Super-cool.  Trust me, it’s great.

Octopuses are pretty amazing: tricky, smart, techy, and Pinterest worthy.

Octopuses are smart as the dickens. They can solve puzzles, recognize

If you read my other blog, Once A Little Girl, you know I hate weeds, but I like to garden.  I love flowers.  I even love wild flowers.  With that kind of love-hate relationship, things can get out of hand pretty easily.

With my love of nature, of course I recycle.  I got involved in “being green” back on the very first Earth Day.  Yes, eco-nuts predicted global warming way back in 1970.  I remember a passionate environmentalist exclaiming, no one will listen for another 30 years, and then it will be too late to reverse the effects of green-house gasses.   I tore soup can labels off at the check-out counter exclaiming:  “Save the environment.  End needless packaging.”

Most of us recycle these days.  It’s easy.  Just put newspapers, cans, bottles and plastic in the recycle bin.  My village makes it easy; we don’t even need to sort anything.  Still, I came across an idea that fits with my green thumb (and mind) and it saves me money.

I hired my grand-daughter, Emma to help me out.  She’s happy to work for free, still, it’s fun to reward a hard worker like Emma.  Sure, it’s not enough to stimulate the economy toward recovery, but I might help Emma buy her Adele songs from iTunes.  Besides, doesn’t every bit help.

I found a way to have weed free flowerbeds, and recycle my newspapers.  Best of all, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.

Step 1:  Lay thick layers of newspaper over the area.