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3/18/2017 1:26:16 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

A beautiful day for outside.
While we have had a few very sunny mornings or evenings, the irritating wind has crossed paths with the sun almost every time, making for very few truly perfect days so far this spring.  Of course, here in the mountains, it isn't really spring until mother's day... so I am taking the warm days as they come and trying to make the most out of the ones that are not windy as well.
Today... is... that day.  Perfect sun and only a very light breeze to keep things nice.  The mountain side is alive with the ...

3/10/2017 11:20:07 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Big Plant Changes
 
Early this year I gave in and cut down all the pothos plant vines over the kitchen cabinets.  They were just too much work when leaves would die off for no reason 2 to 3 times a year.  I have started new hoya and some real philodendron plants to replace them, but it is a barren shock each time I go in the kitchen for now.  While the hoya and phils don't loose leaves like the pothos, they also don't grow nearly as fast, so it will be a long ...
plants   style  

3/8/2017 3:11:05 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Broken Vacuum Fix and Some Baltimore Pictures
My vacuum hose stopped sucking this morning.  I thought there must be a clog, so checked the common places like where the hose goes into the vac.  Nope.
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1/13/2017 11:57:17 AM - Read Full Post

Struggling and My Jellyfish Mantra
Greetings to all and I hope your new year is going better than mine.
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1/11/2017 10:36:11 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Winter Update and Cooking
I haven't posted in quite a while... mostly because I have been hunkered down and doing nothing but keeping the fires burning (literally) and eating and cooking.... and I don't consider cooking to usually be something to post about.  With odd exceptions, like homemade pizza and a ...

12/1/2016 11:24:39 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Under Pressure
While the icy cold weather has seen me mostly soaking up the sun in the loft or stealing the cat's place in front of the fire, I also had a great Thanksgiving at my sister's house and had a few days with my husband home.  Included was a little online shopping (or a lot) and doing just a couple house repairs that needed hubby around in case I got stuck in a tiny hole in the ceiling above the master bathtub.  (Yeah... that is another story.)
In any case, since we decided that an induction stove/oven is ...

11/14/2016 4:47:04 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

A Long Shelf and a Hammer Storage box
Today I managed to get out of my crochet-on-the-couch-while-watching-tv mode and got a couple more boxes for the workshop built.
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11/8/2016 5:12:58 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Box of the... um... week.
While I was getting a box done almost every day for a while, I have been trying not to use decongestants after a bout of "rebound congestion".  Yep... it is just about exactly as fun as it sounds.  Unfortunately, this is one of my worst times of the year for allergies, congestion, sinus headaches, and general stuffiness.  So not taking decongestant has me feeling really quite miserable.
Of course, laziness is also a big factor in not getting much done lately... but also ...

10/27/2016 9:48:48 AM - Read Full Post

Hanging boxes of all sorts.
After finishing my first box, I got busy building a box almost every day.  The second box I built was a battery charging station, but I was unhappy with the over-size and generally loose fit.  I also quickly realized that I have very little need to have shelves for every single battery since they disappear into my tools again the moment they are ...

10/26/2016 4:03:04 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Organizing a workshop... one box at a time.
To make my workshop more adjustable I attached french cleats to the walls and will be building "boxes" on matching french cleat hangers.  This way I can move everything around when I change my mind about where everything will go.  And let's face it... I will probably change my mind about the organization in there at least four times in the next year.
The first item to go up though was actually the workbench.  It may also get changed in size and placement, so it too sits on an extra wide cleat. ...

10/16/2016 1:19:48 PM - Read Full Post

Step By Step - How to Build my Semi-Thein-Clone
To preserve suction and reduce the cleaning of filters and containers of dust removal systems, you can add a pre-vacuum separator.  It removes large and (when done right) even small visible particles before they get to the shop vacuum.
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DIY   ideas   tools   woodworking  

10/16/2016 10:37:47 AM - Read Full Post

Dust Collection and Suction Comparison with a Shop Vacuum
Jump ahead:The Spice Test (fine powder removal)Spice Test ResultsSuction Test on the WinnersSuction Test ResultsFinal ResultsStep By Step How to build my ...
DIY   ideas   tools   woodworking  

10/6/2016 2:03:28 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Walking directly into the workshop.
On days like this with 6 inches of snow on the ground, going outside to get to my workshop is the #1 reason the workshop got smooshed right up against the house.  I don't need to battle snow to get in.
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DIY   ideas   tools   woodworking  

10/3/2016 10:32:09 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Back to Bricks
While waiting on my workshop floor paint to cure, and anxiously circling the shop to peer in at the windows and doors... I finally realized that I could be doing something very productive with my time instead of wasting it.  Not something fun mind you... but productive.
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9/29/2016 9:29:09 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Two months later... and the shed is OFFICIALLY DONE.
Well, make that two months and four days since this was dropped off at my house...
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9/18/2016 12:33:08 PM - 7 Comments - Read Full Post

Not Shocking but a Little Bloody.
While the weather was mostly agreeable, I got the workshop interior insulated and the foam-board up for the ceiling.
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9/10/2016 8:25:46 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Just in Time!
While the weather forecast predicted temperatures staying in the mid 40's at night, it clearly got a lot colder last night...
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9/8/2016 4:52:03 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Keeping at it.
This morning I when I decided to do a second coat of paint on the parking area shed door trim, I went ahead and mimicked the style of trim and edging on the left side of the door by taping off and painting a matching strip of green.  I think it looks much better than a solid, over-sized area of white.

Then I moved the wood shed-let back out from itís place, raised the bricks to help sit it better, and got it shoved and lifted ...

9/7/2016 5:54:13 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Just some Before and After pictures...
I am quite impressed with how similar the real thing looks to the tentative idea I mocked up when first thinking about building the little workshop shed.
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9/6/2016 7:22:37 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Basically done with the exterior.
Over the last couple days I have gotten the trim all painted up (and done about half of the trim on the parking area shed done).  So the exterior of my little workshop is basically done.  There is things like installing a couple flood lights, painting the door, and contouring the landscape to replace the brick patio, but that can all be done later.
I have to admit that I think it is looking pretty darn good, and even the extra blocking I had to do at the top of the swing door is looking pretty spiffy. ...

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