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8/11/2016 5:17:11 AM - Read Full Post

A wonderful kind of pain.
Well... the pain isn't exactly wonderful.  I am really sore, somewhat bruised, a little blistered, and have asphalt rash on my shins and knees, and a really funny tan at my sock-line.

8/9/2016 6:53:09 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Help Has Arrived!
Saturday evening, mom and dad arrived.  Dad and I are already making great progress.

7/25/2016 10:29:39 AM - 7 Comments - Read Full Post

It's Here!
I was concerned when the materials load for the shed arrived from Moore Lumber (Ace Hardware).  Despite promises that they would send it in two smaller loads if needed to fit on a small truck… it arrived on one big truck.

7/24/2016 12:19:18 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

#3 of Building a Shed... the digging.
While scraping up and moving all the sand under the patio bricks could be considered part of #3, it is actually only part of #2 in my list... "Pull up patio bricks and scrape up sand base."  I got that done on Friday, though I had to take some time to tighten up random bolts on my old-but-still-kicking wheelbarrow first.

7/21/2016 1:40:18 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Like a Ton of Bricks... Literally.
Finished with painting around and above where the new shed will go and have started doing the ground prep-work.  And... just... ouch.

7/15/2016 1:31:01 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Painting Progress
Uggg!  I have been making good progress on painting the house where the new shed will go, but have to admit I am wearing out really fast.  More frustrating than painting single board strips at a time, is having to fix many things that the previous painters either over-sprayed or just didn't tape off like they should.
One those things was the support beams behind the vent screen.  Probably more work than it would be worth to most people, but it kinda drove me a little nutsy seeing all ...

7/11/2016 5:10:25 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

A Whole Lot of Paint and Plans for the Biggest Summer Project Yet
Besides having a nervous breakdown while sitting on a cart in the middle of the Home Depot paint area (because who doesn't have a breakdown when choosing the color of your home for the next 20+ years?), painting the house and shed are actually on the "easy" list for this summer.  And in fact, I would be putting them off until next year, but... all projects seem to require a dozen pre-projects before you can even start on the fun stuff.  Well, if you can count building a 8ft x 14ft shed along the middle of the front ...

7/1/2016 11:42:15 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Tool Review - Ryobi One+ Caulk Gun
When you need to caulk something, there has been historically two options.  A small tube that you squeeze with your hand or a classic caulk gun.  And while the small tube may work for very small areas, anything more than a few feet of caulking really requires a gun.

6/23/2016 1:02:25 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

It hasn't all been fun and sanding in the sun.
While I have been devoting spare time to work on the double-sliding fish tank hood, requiring a whole lot of repeated sanding, I have still been doing a lot of outdoor work, too.

6/16/2016 6:34:27 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Reef Aquarium Double-Sliding Light Box
For most aquariums, a small lid or an opening in the front is enough to maintain the tank.  However, reef tanks seem to need constant maintenance and feeding corals from every angle to keep things running well.  A lid that opens at least half way along the front then is what most people would need.  Alas, do I ever do anything the easy way?
Nope.  My reef tank is two sided.  That means there is no real back or front along the length of the tank.  And a reef needs lots of ...

6/12/2016 1:56:37 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Bad Roofers... the gift that keeps on sucking.
I would like to think that there are some good roofers out there, but all the ones I have experience with (both of them) did terrible jobs that resulted in leaking and damage, threatened to not finish if we didn't pay them the rest of the money, then never showed up again after taking the money.  So there is lesson number one kids:
NEVER pay the second half of contracted money until the work is 100% done and 100% right... even if that person is family of a friend of family.
But in any case, ...

6/11/2016 10:03:42 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Done with the "barn" extension.
While I still have to organize and clean out the rest of the "barn" itself, I am done with the barn extension.

6/8/2016 9:41:46 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Progress on the "Barn".
Um… ouch.  Very ouch.
I have been working on putting an extension on the "barn" to put our firewood under so that we can free up space to move a lot of boards out of the shed and hopefully get some of my larger tools (like table saws) out of the house.

6/4/2016 6:09:57 PM - 5 Comments - Read Full Post

Full Force Spring Cleaning... or exactly how did I move that by myself?
I don't know if keeping too busy to think is a good way to handle grief, but maybe it is a necessary thing right now.  And finding out that our community "Clean Up" would happen this weekend with a tiny fee of $5 per truck-load of junk instead of the $70-ish at the county dump, and dumpsters right near the mailboxes a mere half-mile away, was a push to action that I could not ignore.
So Thursday I turned this...


5/31/2016 10:01:57 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

He will be missed.
Hamper stopped wanting to drink this afternoon.  I laid on the kitchen floor by his bed petting him and trying to get him to drink whenever he would wake up since then.  He passed away around 8pm.

5/31/2016 12:40:36 PM - Read Full Post

Old cars and old cats.
Well… in a world of complete uncertainty...  You can count on two things:

5/21/2016 5:21:20 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Spring Cleaning Update and a Quick Drawer
Incredibly annoyed… After having hunted for the herd of SD cards for the cameras for almost a year now, vigorously before both the Colombia trip and the Thailand-China trip, I was re-connecting a computer drive (which requires unpacking the computer’s filtered cabinet and everything on top of it)… and viola!
Yea… in a medium sized, plain white box… there were all the cards.  Enough cards to completely cover both trips… which I ended up having to purchase almost $100 worth of cards to replace instead. ...

5/20/2016 1:30:40 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

How to beat the heat... and some Thailand Pictures
Thailand was H..O..T.  All caps with spacing between each letter, and I am pretty sure bold and italic should be used there.  Not just hot, but the kind of heat that's like a sauna in the sun on the sun kind of hot.  And humid to the point of trying to figure out how a person could be so dehydrated when obviously breathing 90% water.
I thought I was pretty ready for the heat, knowing we were going to Thailand at the peak of the hot season.  But really, is there ...

5/13/2016 4:05:12 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Not great... but better.
I have been feeling a bit better and think I am almost back to normal after that terrible sinus-goop-whatever issue I picked up on the way home from travels.  However, I know that the continuing allergies are probably a lot due to the staggering amount of dust that my house collects.

5/10/2016 4:32:59 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

"Rough" doesn't begin to cover it.
My head feels like someone filled it with expanding foam and let it harden.  Yeah.  Not so nice.

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