I know I haven’t written any blogs for quite some time, but I’m back. My husband and I had a project that had to be completed by a certain date and it ended up taking an unbelievable amount of time to complete the task. I was literally spending all the time after my part time job and lunch working on it, until it [...]Read more
It’s Planning Time
It may seem early to a lot of you, as you look out your window at the mounds of snow, but here in the mid-Atlantic region I need to get my list of spring projects organized and ready to start working on them. Even now we’ll be having a few warmer days where [...]Read more
This weekend I attended my first seed swap. We ended up leaving late and I was sure that by the time I got there nothing would be left. However, I was wrong. There were seeds galore.
When we arrived, on a bitterly cold morning, we were greeted by people with information tables outside the building. Needless to say we weren’t very interested in looking at them. However, I immediately got [...]Read more
In many parts of the country, fall is just as good a time, maybe even better, to do serious planting. That is especially true of trees and shrubs, as it gives them time to grow a good root system over the winter months, without having to worry about keeping leaves going, too.
In any area of the country you can plant until the ground freezes hard. Now, I would [...]Read more
This past weekend we finally finished the roof on the back deck. It rocks! It took us a lot of time to get the deck reworked the way we wanted it, but it was worth it. We sat outside the other day and just enjoyed the evening slowly enveloping us. It was great.
We’re not necessarily fast workers, but we’re thorough. Here’s the progress of our humble respite.
Not Move In Ready
When I first [...]Read more
What Does Your Mailbox Say About You?
One of the first things people see, sometimes even before they see your house, is your mailbox. Most people don’t give much thought to what they’re putting out, and it shows.
Next time you’re out and about, take a note of people’s mailboxes. In our area most people have the wooden posts you can get from the big box home [...]Read more
Last fall we erected a couple of temporary storage structures. We haven’t decided exactly what we want for permanent buildings, but got to the point that tripping over the tools in the laundry was way past being old.
After some trial and error, we came up with a simple Quonset hut design, made with electrical conduit and tarps. The biggest problem [...]Read more
This weekend I finally got to a task which I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I put up a temporary fence to see how I would like a picket fence across the front of the property. I have some 2’ x 8’ sections of plastic trellis, which I used around my vegetable garden at the last home we lived in, and had decided to put them up delineating where the fence would go, so I could get a [...]Read more
Finally got to do some more work on the foundation for the greenhouse. Between the weather and schedule conflicts we’ve not worked on it in over a week. I needed it up and functional two weeks ago and it looks like it will be another week or more before it gets completed.
I said I’d always be honest so here’s the honest truth about getting the greenhouse up. Cold weather, high winds, work conflicts, and suddenly being called on to help [...]Read more
We live in the country. Not way out there, but far enough out that at night it is quite dark. One of the biggest complaints we get when people are coming to visit, is that they can’t find the addresses on houses in the dark. I’ve been considering getting a new address plaque, one that is large enough that people can’t miss it. Online I found that they have what are called estate plaques. That may be just the thing [...]Read more