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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 storm… 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 ...

9/3/2014 1:02:35 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Labor Day Weekend... is for Labor... Right?
I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  For us, the great canning and jamming extravaganza has continued.  I would like to blame it on people for sharing great fruit and veggies with us, but we should all know by now that when I get on a roll, it is just nearly impossible to stop me.
First on Thursday... I was scanning the grocery store ads and ran across a great sale on Honeydew melon.  And I thought... BEST JAM EVER!  I mean, honeydew.  Honey-dew.  Yes!  I... ...
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9/2/2014 9:43:43 AM - Read Full Post

Oh-Deer... and other reasons we don't have fancy new cars.
There are several reasons that we don't drive nice new cars.  The first is, of course, the fact that for a good portion of the year there is a lot of snow and ice that will, if you drive enough, eventually slide you into or onto something that damages your car.  And for the rest of the year... an overly-large population of suicidal Mule Deer and Elk, that are just laying in wait to bodily challenge the structural integrity of your vehicle.  (And that is to say nothing about the price-tag of a new car.)
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8/29/2014 9:05:29 AM - Read Full Post

Something Winter This Way Comes
That's right... put away your swim-trunks and grab those sweat-pants.  Despite the rest of the world still thinking it is August (the hottest month of the year), at least for a few more days, we here in Bailey Colorado have evidently jumped right into the edge of winter.  September... what's that?
Depending on which weather service you check, they are predicting anywhere from bu-freaking-uuur at night all the way down to freezing.  Of course they could be wrong and it could stay considerably ...

8/26/2014 7:42:29 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Jam Updated... and More Recipes
Here are the updates for the Jam Jamboree.  (Recipes have also been updated and you can find full jam-making directions on this post.)
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cooking   DIY  

8/25/2014 3:08:45 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

How To Jam It Up... Full and Low Sugar Style and High Altitude Jam
This post will explain how to make jams and marmalades using Ball Low Sugar pectin including the the following recipes... most of which I made up.  This method can also be used for canning many other types of jams, and also includes notes for high-altitude jam and the adjustments that are needed due to altitude.Plum Delicious Preserves  (Ball Standard Recipe adjusted for tart plums)Strawberry Coconut Jam  (Recipe Made Up by TinkerT)Low Sugar - Coconut Cherry Crunch ...

8/25/2014 1:10:57 PM - Read Full Post

Jamming Jamboree
Last week a friend of ours gave us a bag of plums from the tree that I had planted between our yards back when we lived in Aurora.  And while many were ready or close to ready to eat, quite a few were still tart since the fruit has to be picked before full ripeness or the squirrels will get it all.  So what else would you do with a full bag of tart fruit?  Make Jam!
Trouble is, the last time I was jamming was back when I was in high school and rode a dinosaur to get around.  Well okay... maybe it ...

8/18/2014 2:06:05 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Grill / Privacy Wall
This has been the year of landscaping around our house, and one of the few projects that I wanted to get done was a privacy divider between the front door and the rest of the patio and sliding glass doors.  Not only because the lack of a divider encourages just anyone to head towards the patio instead of stopping at the front door, but also because there is no telling what state of undress I might be in behind those glass doors.  Considering that my height of "dressed" around the house is a tank-top and pajama pants, this ...

8/15/2014 3:20:53 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Time to Clean Up the Dining Room
Well I was about to finish up a couple projects and write a couple posts about them, but somewhere between heading to the kitchen for some cereal and spending the rest of the day watching TV and taking pain killers, I broke my toe.  You know the one… that little pinky toe that jumps half way off my foot in a kamikaze attempt to destroy whatever is on the dining room floor that shouldn't be.  
In this case, half of my tools and one large case of nuts, bolts, and screws that evidently weighs the ...
ideas   the tilt   tools  

8/10/2014 3:34:59 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Summer Sunday Fun
While summer fun can often seem expensive, even the smallest outing can seem out of reach when budgets are tight.  When that is the case, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for half-off deals or even better... make use of certificates you might already have.  We had a mini-golf certificate that we got from "Get MY Perks" www.getmyperks.com/denver a while ago...  $10 All-Day Pass for two people.  And even better, the location was right at the base of the hill.  ( Or for those of you not living in ...

8/9/2014 3:16:40 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Repair and Replace a Badly Installed Door Knob
Over time, doorways can change from humidity, age, weight on hinges, and paint build up, and if a door barely closed before, it can become impossible later.  However, sometimes it isn't so much a problem with the door, hinges, or frame, and more of a problem with poorly installed door handles and hardware.  For example, our bathroom door knob that a three-year-old could probably have installed better...
First, not a single screw had been put in with a pilot hole, so each one was far off and ...

8/9/2014 1:46:28 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Oh Deer!
Hey!  What are you doing?
Eating your "Deer Resistant" sedum plants... Why?
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8/5/2014 4:28:58 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Getting Spicy In Style
After the rough Saturday we had, we decided that when we found the label sheets I ordered in the mail on Sunday morning, that it was just the better part of valor to hole up in the house and re-do our spice labels.
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