My DIY Faucet Replacement (Part 2); or, some glue-happy sumbitch really made my night interesting… & painful.

I'm starting to develop a major appreciation for plumbers and the know-how they have, and the skills and time it takes for their labor, because my hands are sore as hell after all the pulling and tugging and the like I had to do the past several hours. Also explains why they seem to all … Continue reading My DIY Faucet Replacement (Part 2); or, some glue-happy sumbitch really made my night interesting… & painful.

My DIY faucet replacement; or, where I remember that valve shut-offs exist for a reason…

(image from diy.stackexchange.com) Well, it was bound to happen, I suppose. I'm just glad things didn't end up broken and I just had to not use my bathroom a few days (and run a fan to dry the cabinets out, and use oodles of towels to mop up the mess, and remove a rug to … Continue reading My DIY faucet replacement; or, where I remember that valve shut-offs exist for a reason…

Learned to replace my mason bee house tubes & checked suet stations before the rain came…

It's a bit frustrating when you think you're doing something good in the yard for the wildlife, only to maybe be making things worse because there's a lot you don't know. Makes me shudder to think of folks who buy the bee houses from the dollar store--half the holes aren't even drilled out properly and … Continue reading Learned to replace my mason bee house tubes & checked suet stations before the rain came…

Q#160: Which is a better squirrel & critter deterrent: sound, light, or water?

I'd been thinking about this a while, after finding one of my corn stalks knocked over the other day. I'm annoyed as all hell and while I'd like to expand on getting lots of corn in the coming years (I'm dreaming of some of the varieties I'm planting), it's not gonna do a lick of … Continue reading Q#160: Which is a better squirrel & critter deterrent: sound, light, or water?

Oops, I did it again… hopefully for the last time this year.

I'm getting the sneaking suspicion that I should maybe get off this "I want to be a writer for a living" kick and try and save up money for a farm, because plants seem to be all I've focused on this past month. Somehow, without planning on it, I started thinking of nearly every size … Continue reading Oops, I did it again… hopefully for the last time this year.

When “taking advantage of good weather” might kick you in the rear…

I've spent most of the past two days outside, finishing putting those shrubs in the ground. And it turned out to be a pretty good project. They're small for the most part (the Hawthorns are the biggest ones by far right now), but they'll eventually grow up and out. Might take a year or two … Continue reading When “taking advantage of good weather” might kick you in the rear…

A wannabe green thumb tackles shrubs for the first time…

I've planted vegetables, fruit bushes, and quite a few trees. But I'd never messed with shrubs in my yard because it just seemed like something too big and too small at the same time. I mean, either pick a tree or a little plant that can go into a bed with others just fine. Well, … Continue reading A wannabe green thumb tackles shrubs for the first time…

After all this time, I hadn’t figured out what I really wanted to do with my planting. Then I saw this…

Maybe the idea was in the back of my mind, but I've wasted a good portion of the day (which I could not afford to do) opening and closing web pages on getting more tree and plant ideas (which I can't afford to buy right now, anyway). I suppose going out and placing landscaping barrier … Continue reading After all this time, I hadn’t figured out what I really wanted to do with my planting. Then I saw this…

Worn out after 2 days of intense outside work. House looks a little less like an abandoned property at last…

Two days of intense work outside. My dogs were out with me a good chunk of the time and now they're snoring away on their chairs. I'm an inch away from doing the same. I finally got my knee in good enough shape (not feeling like it wanted to twist and stab on me) that … Continue reading Worn out after 2 days of intense outside work. House looks a little less like an abandoned property at last…