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7/31/2018 3:55:17 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Patio finally re-bricked.
So sometimes it feels like the only thing I have been doing for the last six months is pound bricks and dig in my driveway to prevent the heavy rains from destroying it.
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7/20/2018 11:29:53 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

A Very Big Visitor
We had a very big visitor early this morning just before sun rise...
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6/30/2018 10:19:29 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Pet Pride Challenge!
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6/12/2018 7:20:00 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Just more Mowzer walking around.
At a about 4 1/2 months old, I wish I could say Mowzer walks this great all the time, but I have to admit these are some good walking highlights over the last week.  I am very impressed that he is doing this well in the city though, since he has only been there a few times.
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5/23/2018 3:10:26 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Patio Water Feature
Mostly done with my little "water feature" for the patio. Little solar powered fountain with a broken fish decoration and some rocks I gathered from the yard and smashed with a hammer. 
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Mowzer Cape5/8/2018 6:02:11 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Super-Hero Cat?
Um… yeah… of all the strange things…  While he may not leap tall buildings or save people, Mowzer is sure looking like he could.
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4/25/2018 5:04:37 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

A Great Walk
Mowzer and I have struggled with my training him to walk with me.  We have had plenty of good walks and plenty of bad walks... and a whole lot of little-of-both walks.  And sometimes Mowzer juts out his tiny little chin at me and proclaims "You can drag me, but you can't make me walk." 
Between that and a serious ton of random things distracting my little guy, most of our walks are very stop-and-go at the best of times.
This walk however... I think we ...

9/11/2017 12:49:28 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

NOT feeling strong.
This time last year I was finishing up building a shed/workshop, which included a whole lot of things that I couldn't actually do without creative physics on my side.  However, there was quite a bit that was just total brute force.  Like digging this rock-filled gravel/dirt out of the foundation area.


And at the end of all that... I was worn down to a frazzle, but I remember feeling strong.
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8/22/2017 9:17:25 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

A Perfectly Cloudy Eclipse
I totally take back my disgruntlement with the clouds coming in during the eclipse!
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8/17/2017 4:25:11 PM - 7 Comments - Read Full Post

Replace a damaged trim section, and Painting the House is "Done".
To save my sanity I finally had to separate the projects of "painting the house" and "fixing-scraping-sanding-painting the fascia (roof edge) boards", as well as the doors, and a few bottom boards that can't be done until the patio is pulled up, etc....
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6/24/2017 2:36:44 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Paint Progress
While my foldy-collapsy-flippy-scaffoldy ladder is great for versatility, it is nearly as heavy at the huge 28ft slide ladder... and the steps are twice as sharp and painful to stand on for very long.  My great work shoes from Colombia flex enough to easily grip the rungs, but are more resiliently padded than any other shoes I have.  Still, I am almost looking forward to being up on the super tall ladder with flatter steps instead.
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6/9/2017 11:54:17 AM - 8 Comments - Read Full Post

Landscaping
From this....

To this....


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5/13/2017 11:06:02 AM - 10 Comments - Read Full Post

Widen a path or walkway
When we were originally planning for the curved walkway, I think hubby and I planned a full 3 ft wide.  However, along with forgetting how I wanted to do the light imprint of the "stones", by the time we got around to it, pretty much everything was forgotten and all the a href="TinkerT/default.asp?Post=44-Concrete_Step_by_Step" class="" classname="" ...

5/6/2017 1:24:35 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

A little outdoor progress.
After most of the winter spent pretty sedentary, a little outside work was welcome and I feel good... and exhausted.
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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 ...

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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9/10/2016 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 it’s 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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