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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!
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.  
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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 ...

12/3/2014 3:15:17 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Cars - Headache and Heartache
A few weeks ago, hubby was in an accident while driving my beloved little red Subaru Justy "Roobie".  The other driver did an illegal U-turn without looking on an icy road.  (Yea, that is the kind of dim-wits that are on the road every day.)  Hubby's neck is very sore and the doctors kept him home from work for several days and he is still taking the last week of muscle-relaxants to try to get back in good shape, but he will be fine.  Thank heavens that the little Justy was made back when they actually ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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