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12/2/2014 10:18:13 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Pots and Pans
After all that jam making I came to realize that my miss-matched pots and pans (mostly from two very cheap sets purchased about 12 years ago) were on their last legs... or in this case handles.  So I started looking for replacements for the dutch oven that lost it's handle last year.  Of course, then I noticed that most of the other pots and pans were getting loose handles as well, so I was also keeping my eye out for a nice set of pots & pans that I could get cheap.
Not an easy search.  Sure there are ...

12/1/2014 3:30:42 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Thanksgiving Weekend and Covering a Barn Shelter
I am thankful for many things.  My friends and family.  That my sister invites hubby and I to spend Holidays with her family.  And right now I am very thankful that I no longer need to worry about everything in the "barn" getting covered with a couple foot of snow this winter.
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salesapronlist11/25/2014 7:54:14 PM - Read Full Post

A Bitter Breeze and Some Website Work
WIND.  I donít like WIND.  Yes.  That is in all capital letters.
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11/23/2014 12:18:45 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

What Craft Fair?
Sadly the question most asked of us on Saturday at the "Deck The Mall" event was "What's this for?  Is there some kind of event going on?"  Evidently the advertising for the event was more than lacking, and a search of online came up with almost no listings and those that were still listed the event being on the 15th.
So while we were excited to have good weather despite fighting some wind in the early morning and evening, and a good spot on a corner, sales were definitely less than ...

Deck The Mall Denver11/14/2014 5:19:38 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Deck The Mall Delay
Hubby and I were expecting to go to the "Deck The Mall" this Saturday to sell jams and aprons, but it has been postponed to the 22nd because of bad weather.  Hopefully next weekend's weather will be better.
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11/14/2014 4:55:37 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Fixing Flow to an Unusual Faucet
When flow to a faucet fouls up, the first thing to check is the aerator... No, this isn't something you fly with.  The little screen that is usually screwed onto the faucet where the water comes out.
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11/14/2014 3:49:58 PM - Read Full Post

Guest Bathroom Pipe Drain
I recently installed shut-off valves for the guest bathroom ( info here and here ) in preparation for cold weather this winter.  I was tired of trying a lot of ways to keep the bathroom warm enough for the pipes in the outer walls from freezing.  Unsuccessfully in several cases.  So as the ...

11/8/2014 12:00:06 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Mouse Bait... Lava Soap.
Being just a little bit OCD means that I wash my hands quite often during the course of a normal day, and even the thought of dealing with septic systems and effluent filters sends me grabbing for the disposable gloves and about 5 kinds of harsh-to-skin-disintegrating soaps.  Imagine my surprise, however, when I reached for the third soap in my arsenal only to find someone had gotten there first.
Bite marks on my lava soap.... I mean... WHAT?!?
I know that mice try an invasion each year ...

11/8/2014 11:39:51 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Septic Effluent Filter
Last Sunday hubby and I dug up the lids to our septic tank, removed a clog near the entrance, and attempted to test the levels to see if it needed pumped or not.  In doing so, I looked up some information on testing septic tanks, and found that an effluent filter at the drain side of the tank could greatly improve the life-time and functioning of our drain-field.
So I ordered one from the Home Depot and it arrived yesterday (much earlier than expected) so we were happily able to get it installed today and the septic ...

11/4/2014 12:47:18 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Sunday Septic Fun and How to Tell If Your Tank Needs Pumped
Saturday was fun with Pizza and Elastic, but later Saturday night, the gurgles from our slow draining tub returned and during a load of laundry the utility room drain started backing up.  Yea!
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11/4/2014 11:51:19 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Adding Elastic to Pants... Step By Step
This weekend started well with Saturday being Pizza and Elastic day.  Er... What?   Yes.  While hubby made pizza dough from scratch and we topped four pizzas with our favorite toppings... or at least whatever favorite toppings were around the house, I added elastic to the back of his pants.
 
( No... your eyes are not deceiving you... that pizza does have a funny giant crust like a bagel got jiggy with a pizza and had a ...

10/31/2014 11:36:06 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

A Gory Tale for Halloween
Happy Halloween to Everyone!  While I would like to just supply you with cut pictures of scary pets, and long lost pumpkins from years gone by... 
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10/29/2014 10:13:57 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Beginning the Week... Now I'm Done, right?
Monday... I started off a little slow... mostly by breaking the rod for the guest bath toilet handle while I was trying to bend it to fit around the new fill valve/tower I would be installing later,  
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10/21/2014 4:23:33 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

More PipeWorks
Sunday hubby helped me install a push-fit shut-off valve for the guest bathroom toilet.  This pipe went up from the protected area of the wall almost into the ceiling and then down the coldest exterior wall of the house.  Now we can shut off the water, drain the pipe, and not worry about it freezing during the colder parts of winter.
It went so well that I took on the project of installing shut-off valves myself today on the pipes that go to that bathrooms shower.
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10/20/2014 4:58:04 PM - Read Full Post

Pipe Freeze Prevention - Installing a push-fit shut-off valve
Living in the mountains means wonderful views, cooler summers, and a quieter world, but it also means dealing with the occasional 50-below-zero-wind-chill for a few days or the steady well-below-freezing-temperatures for a week or two each winter.  Not something I have any problem with between our gas furnace and a champion wood stove that heats pretty much all the house on a few logs per hour in the coldest of weather.
But... the guest bathroom is a story of it's own.
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10/20/2014 4:32:48 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Weekend Wrap-Up
Saturday was an all-day jam-apron selling day at "A Taste Of The Foothills".  And while sales were somewhat disappointing, it gave us some practice setting up our booth and ideas on how we want to set things up for our next (and hopefully last) event this year at the "Deck the Mall", November 15th, in Denver.

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10/12/2014 12:40:02 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Some Success - Jam Sale
On Saturday October 4th, hubby and I got up early and went to the craft fair in Brighton Colorado and set up our booth for jam and hosting apron sales.
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10/1/2014 11:58:21 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

A Better Mouse Trap and Thumb-Thimbullina
Just sewing up a stormÖ and did a couple days of jam making as well.
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9/18/2014 10:13:04 AM - Read Full Post

Sewing Up A Storm
While we were selling some jams locally the weekend before last, hubby and I heard about "A Taste of the Foothills - Fall Family Festival" that will be going on in Evergreen on October 18th.  And if you give free samples (and / or donate to their charity auction), you don't have to pay a booth fee.
So, since we are still nearly swimming in jam, I decided that it might be a good place to sell out all our excess jam for the winter.  But of course, our financial situation that had just ...

9/12/2014 8:43:30 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Jam, Frost, and Just a Little Snow
Last weekend was cool, but not cold and between a tiny local farmers market that had three other vendors and a local grocery store parking lot, we sold off about 40 jars of jam.  Of course, this pretty much just covers the cost of about half the other jams I have made lately, but it definitely helps.
Hubby and I even discussed signing up for booth space at the "Taste of the Foothills", but finances are fickle and we probably won't this year unless things change in the next couple ...

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