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|5/25/2015 4:43:55 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
Saltwater Aquarium Cleanup
While I would love to say I have accomplished a lot in the few weeks since I posted last, it wouldn't be true. In fact, my major accomplishment was getting the gutter installation for our roof scheduled for next week and sealing the top edging of the roof with expanding waterproof foam with hubby's help. But I have not been completely lazy. Slowly but surely I have been grinding away (sometimes literally) at the algae mess that was our saltwater aquarium.
Work has been long and ...
|5/10/2015 11:09:46 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
Snowy May Sunday
Happy Mother's Day from the mountains!
We have melted off a lot here already today, but there is still a bit of snow out.
|5/4/2015 5:31:11 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post|
New Addition to the Car Family
Hubby and I have been in a dilemma about cars… It seems silly that we need a minimum of three, but with hubby driving as much as he does, it is an all-too-common event that one will be broken in some way before the next is fixed, and when that happens I am left without transportation. Not that I want to go anywhere when I have a car, but when I don’t… I suddenly get the urge to go to town for no apparent reason. And while I sometimes get hives from the mere thought of going to town alone, when I don't have the option it ...
|4/20/2015 2:20:56 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post|
Three Plumbing Projects
In the past, plumbing projects were usually limited to fixing the guts of a toilet or the leaky drain of a sink. Things involving easily accessed PVC or threaded fittings. As soon as it got to metal pipes, the home-owner either had to learn to "sweat" pipes with solder and a torch, or call a plumber. Now, with push-fittings, home-owners everywhere can take back the repairs to copper pipes, and maybe get a little creative, too.
Of course, one thing to note is that you should make sure your pipes have ...
|4/17/2015 6:16:21 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post|
Playing in the Snow
Yesterday it snowed and about 6 inches stuck, then it snowed more over night and into the morning before turning into beautiful blue skies. And for the first time all year the snow was sticky. Mountain living is so sweet in the spring.
|4/7/2015 5:56:23 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
Challenging but not Impossible.
While in the hospital, my dad was a little annoyed at how often they would ask him to stand on one leg. "What would I be doing balancing on one leg?"
|3/27/2015 12:44:03 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
A Sudden Trip to Kansas
In case you were wondering why I haven't posted in a while...
|2/16/2015 4:34:53 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
Aquarium Cleanup and DIY Powered Algae Scrubber
We are trying to get our salt-water tank back into shape, so we got new lights, scrubbed the algae and vacuumed out everything, and did a 90% water change the weekend before this last.
|2/16/2015 3:03:01 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
Sweet Tooth Pizzas for Valentines Day
Valentines Saturday was another pizza-making day. It started with getting my dough a little too wet and sticky by adding about one tablespoon too much water while the dough was processing in the bread maker, but it only takes a little more work to get it back to perfect...
|2/11/2015 12:26:10 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post|
The Excessively Complete Guide to Homemade Pizza For Beginners
This post is a basic guide to homemade pizza and includes detailed instructional videos for beginners, a review of different baking methods, and quite a lot of tips for getting the perfect home pizza. While there are plenty of instructionals for pizza on the net, all I could find was "the right way to do it" by people who have obviously made a few thousand pizzas. So I decided that it might be helpful to give an instructional to beginners by a beginner who has made just enough pizzas to have a good idea ...
|1/30/2015 3:15:54 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
The Five Stages of Grief... Over Pizza Dough
Over the last few months hubby has made pizza dough several times. The pizza was so delicious that I decided we should make pizza every weekend... or more. It even had me planning double-double batches so that we could have pizza for lunch all week, too. Yes... it really was that good and I even ordered pizza "screens" to make baking the pizza easier.
But why ...
|1/23/2015 3:21:23 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post|
Clutch Pedal Extension
As promised and despite a lingering cough, I am back in the saddle of DIY projects... or would that be the car-seat?
|1/14/2015 4:35:16 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
Old and Grumpy... I mean the Cat.
Sure, for the last couple weeks I have felt like a herd of miniature horses has run me over daily, and the doctor basically said "Who Knows." and tossed some antibiotics my way. But this post is really not about the grumpy and cough-so-hard-my-head-will-explode human in the house, it is about the old and grumpy cat. No... not that grumpy cat... my grumpy cat. The one that ends his "Meow" with an extra "feah" when he is angry with me.
My big old ...
|1/5/2015 12:04:51 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
Some Wicked Wind This Way Blows and A Very Silent Night
Sunday was windy, and while it would be easy to think that the mountains don't get strong winds... just take note of the fact that buildings in our area have to be rated for 120 mph gusts. We get seasonal 80-100 mph winds a few times a year, but I think some of the current gusts have been running even above that.
Yesterday afternoon the wind knocked out power several times in the surrounding areas, and dropped power to our whole area around 5:30pm. Thankfully the wind died down completely by 6pm so ...
|1/2/2015 11:24:29 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
Happy New Year 2015 and the Shortest Resolution Ever
Hubby and I have very few traditions. I think without having kids, traditions just don't seem as important. Everything is flexible. Which, in one way, is nice because everything becomes easily movable to a convenient day-off-work. But it also means that holidays and special events are a lot easier to slip under the rug and forget about.
Some of the loose events that we try to make time for, consists mainly of going out to dinner at least some time near our birthdays and anniversary. On the ...
|12/24/2014 10:00:52 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
Happy Holidays from TinkerT and my family. We hope everyone has a great Holiday season and a Happy New Year!
|12/22/2014 12:18:05 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
A Little More Car Storage Space
"Tired" of emergency supplies taking up space and rolling around in the trunk of your car? This fix can fit a surprising amount of those little things in a space that is never used.
|12/9/2014 1:18:25 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
More About Our New-Used Car
So our new-used car, a Suzuki SX4 Sport, has been running well so far and already has a name. Okay... so I have to admit I named the thing before I even had a chance to drive it, but with hubby having to take it to work before the crack-of-dawn and not getting home until pitch-black-O-clock, I didn't even get a chance to drive it around until Saturday and it needed a name long before then.
Much like "Roo" our first Subaru... this SX4 got it's name mostly from it's ...
|12/9/2014 10:21:48 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post|
Frugal Fan Fix For Ferociously Freezing Failing Fridge
I actually did this mod/repair a while ago, but I wanted to be sure it would work well before I posted the how-to. We got this fridge when we first moved to the mountains several years ago. Used, nothing fancy, but in good condition. Sadly though, over the last two years it has gotten worse and worse about freezing everything in the back and produce bins and leaving the rest not cold enough.
I started moving things around a lot to try to keep everything at the right temperatures, but with hubby home and ...
|12/4/2014 8:25:38 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
A "New" Used Addition to Our Car Family
A smart girl thinks ahead... and an obsessively compulsive one thinks ahead, plans for the worst, and then worries about it until something can be done... then worries about it some more. And this was the case with our recent car troubles. Luckily though, I put some of that planning and worry to good use by having scoured Craigslist for the best deals on hopefully good running vehicles.
So when ...
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