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9/24/2015 12:00:38 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Septic Saga
ArrrrGGGG!!!!!  There is a multitude of reasons that I generally Don't Like People.  And People in general seem constantly at the ready to reinforce that they should not be liked.  But today one person in specific wins the prize.....

9/21/2015 12:00:11 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

An Assortment of Projects and Progress
After some sealing and painting of the trim around the doors, I needed a little break... and this is what my "spa" evening looked like.  A bucket full of epsom salt-soak for my feet, some sun-burn gel for my arms, a bowl full of grapes, iced sweet-tea, and some of my favorite TV shows.  It doesn't look like much, but sometimes the little things at home are better than ...

9/15/2015 7:40:57 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Sneak Peek
I still have to seal around the edges with silicone and painter's caulk and get some touch-up paint, so I will post a more complete bit of information about installing the new door and trim later, but I am almost done with the doors, so thought I would give a little sneak peek...

9/13/2015 2:36:35 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Project ADD
 I am suffering from some severe Project ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).  The problem is, when I have one project that can't be worked on right now for whatever reason... time of day, forgotten supplies, or simply because another project needs to get done first as a needed step to getting done the next project... another project gets started.  And this isn't exactly something new.
Even as a child, it all started with one thing tumbling into disaster.  For example... something as ...

9/9/2015 8:45:21 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Patio Progress
After counting all the bags of concrete and using most of them to fill in around the broken slab we had, the "grill paddy" is looking pretty good.  So yesterday I made some nice progress in re-laying the patio bricks.

9/8/2015 11:32:43 AM - Read Full Post

The Terrible Mistake of Counting
Yes.  Counting.  I got up early (well early for me) yesterday and got busy mixing concrete to finish filling the mold for a couple benches and a small patio coffee table.

9/4/2015 2:28:45 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Poor Darn Drill
I can't be annoyed at the low-mid-grade 1/2 hammer drill from Harbor Freight for dying for two very important reasons: 

9/2/2015 2:14:26 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

I am Done.
No, the list isn't done... don't I wish.  No, I am done... D-O-N-E.  Yep.  At least for a good several days, if not more.  Hubby seems to be in slightly better shape, but I am beginning to think he will see going out of country for work to be a nice break.  LOL.

new sliding glass door8/25/2015 2:00:00 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

New Door is Here!
Okay... the new door is almost here.  


8/24/2015 12:07:56 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Getting Ready for a Busy Two Weeks
Hubby is back from international traveling for work, but he will only be home for about two weeks before heading back out for the rest of the year.  I may be able to go visit him, but that is pretty much all up in the air.

8/16/2015 3:17:30 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Reef Tank Progress
A video of the saltwater reef tank after adding some new bulbs.

8/16/2015 1:28:10 PM - Read Full Post

Inside-out Pierogis
So I started a big long post about all the little inconsequential things I have been up to for about the last month, and realized.  Uggg.  Yea, sometimes even I get tired of writing down the silly little things.  If you care, you can read a summary at the end of this post.

7/27/2015 1:02:38 PM - Read Full Post

One Little Thing - A Challenge
Some people say "It's the Little Things", but mostly, it isn't.  It is the BIG things that knock you down or lift you up.  Like a heavy weight boxer with a mean right hook.  But that isn't the whole story.  For bad or good, what gets you to the point where one big hit will send you over the top... you guessed it... IS the "Little Things".
Little things that make you happy or sad, or even just grind away at your time a few minutes a day.  Nothing really... really ...

7/13/2015 3:26:34 PM - Read Full Post

Tank Trauma and Urchin Update...
And why you should always have access to enough salt water for a full water change on your salty tank.

7/9/2015 5:02:27 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Trouble Tray
It is hard to believe, but one of my nieces is heading off to college in the fall.  Seems like just yesterday she was poking a dead lizard with a stick and saying "He was a gooood lizard.  I Looooved that lizard." despite the fact that she never met said lizard before.  How incredibly fast they grow up... but I will always kindof see here like this:
Incredibly adorable, right?
But she is grown up now and off she will go to a land far away. ...
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clowns 201506196/26/2015 6:46:41 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Finally Time For Fish
After new lights, new filtering, and quite a few months of clean-up, my salty reef tank got corals and finally now... time for fish.

6/18/2015 10:47:36 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

My Little Electric Mower
With hubby working long hours and suffering from terrible hay fever, the mowing usually falls to me.  Back in Georgia, mowing was an almost weekly act of heroism, and I had a special shirt with pockets in the cloth to put ice packs like body armor just to survive the stifling heat of summer.  My father's lawnmower... affectionately named "Baby Bush-hog" could chew through grass, brush, and small trees with equal enthusiasm.  That is... if you could get it started.
Finally the ...

6/14/2015 2:25:49 PM - Read Full Post

The damage a single bolt can do.
Hubby and I went to lunch in town yesterday to use up another Groupon that would expire while he is traveling and had some great food at a Peruvian restaurant.

6/12/2015 5:01:45 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Ryobi One+ String Trimmer
Into everyone's life a little rain must fall, but here in the Bailey area we have been getting great rain and thunder storms almost every day, and sometimes twice a day.  I feel a little funny saying "usually" when I have only lived here for 5 years, but at least during those years, we had the occasional snow into May, but when the snow stopped, more often than not, so did all moisture up here.  Ushering in a drought that would burn the bushes, stunt the grass, and turn the newly wild-flower filled ...

5/29/2015 7:19:09 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Roof Gutter... Finally.
While I like the do-it-yourself life, sometimes it just is beyond reasonable to do something on your own that will cost as much or more to get the supplies as having a pro do the installation.  It was definitely this way with the gutter for the back of the house.  While the roofers were originally supposed to install a new gutter when they replaced the roof, they took the money and never came back, and we have been left without a gutter for way too long.  And a 73ft metal gutter rated for our large single-slope roof is just ...

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