My mom doesn't get the concept of composting.
Mom: So you throw your old food into the yard?
Me: I don't just scatter it willy nilly. There's a heap in the far corner.
Mom: That sounds trashy to me.
Me: A compost heap is not trashy. All that crap we have shoved under the deck, that's trashy.
I will admit that the dead marshes have affected the good standing of the compost heap. See, rather than put on waders and slog through the muck to get to the far corner of our third-acre lot, sometimes I've been known to toss a bit of veg or an old orange from the deck. Now, if I've got a good collection of compostable items, I will make the Frodo-like journey through the marshes (why did the hobbit cross the marsh? to get to the compost heap, etc.). But I just don't see the point when all I have is a half-gone head of lettuce rotting on the countertop.
Now when it comes to a baseball, my ability to hit a target is uncanny. No, really. But when the object I'm throwing is less...spherical...well, there's no guarantees.
The other day I called my parents' new neighbor, Ricky, who happens to be a landscape artist. He said he'd be happy to come take a look and see what he could do about fixing the yard's grade. Which means I'm going to have to do a sweep of the marshes and remove any