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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 ...

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 ...
aquariums   crafts   DIY  

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.  
aquariums   crafts   DIY  

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?

Hamper Hangin Around1/14/2015 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 ...

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