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7/4/2014 11:50:07 AM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Gotta Vent and Prepare for Battle
The hills are alive infested with the sounds of music city folk.

Cleaning Log7/3/2014 12:42:56 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Cleaning Shame and a Little Light
I have been toying with writing this post for quite a while, but I have to admit that I am a little uncomfortable sharing my failings to the world.  However, this blog isn't just about building things and things that make me happy.  It is also about my life, because maybe in my failings and attempts to recover and over-come, someone else may see something that helps them.
So... this dire preface sounds like the world ending, but I am actually talking about cleaning.  And for those of you who ...

7/2/2014 2:28:28 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

"Found" Items
These are, of course, just a few of my favorite or recent "Found" things, and I always keep an eye out for new old things to re-purpose... so I am sure I will post again about more "Found" items down the road.

6/28/2014 12:15:30 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Tool Review: Get Jiggy With It...  Jigsaw Review and the Blue Ryobi One+ Jigsaw
First, as with my Drill Review, I won't be giving advice on how to use a Jigsaw since you can google it for a few seconds and have a great selection of how-to, including this one from TheFamilyHandyman:   a href="" class="" ...

6/26/2014 7:52:53 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Class it Up... Stacked Clay Pots
After my friend got me looking into Gnome gardens, I found a lot of cool pictures online for miniature gardens and broken-pot gardens.  While I have enough spare clay pots to make a broken garden, I decided that these with a few chips and cracks are just as good as a "stacked garden" and quicker to put together than a carefully planned broken-pot garden.  
While nice planters in the stores can cost a small fortune, since this could easily use old pots that you or friends have laying around, this could be a ...
crafts   DIY   ideas   low budget   nature   plants   style  

6/24/2014 12:32:17 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Lint Pot Makeover
So the first thing you should ask here is "What the heck is a Lint Pot?"

6/23/2014 2:07:01 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Some Little Things
The week before this last, I have been working on a lot of little things, and accomplishing very few.

6/19/2014 1:16:19 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Custom Car Seat Cover: Simple or Advanced
Car seat covers are one of the best ways to protect your car seat vinyl from damage or refresh a dingy or stained seat, but one-size-fits-few seat covers can be a real eye-sore when they don't fit your particular car seats.
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Doors finished.6/15/2014 8:33:42 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Making Use of Dead Wall Space
From the Archives:  5/26/2011
One of the things that drives me nuts about a house is any "Dead" space.  As a pack-rat with very little self-control, any space in a house that could be put to storage, but isn't... is just  wrong.

6/12/2014 12:40:38 PM - Read Full Post

Grill Lock-Down:  Temporary Style How To
While it is easy to think that living in the mountains means you never have to deal with high winds, you would be wrong.  We have gotten 100mph gusts, and with each changing of seasons a rampage of high winds come through... often taking anything that isn't nailed down with it... and sometimes even the things that are nailed down.  In fact, whenever the wind blows that hard, a recurring nightmare of mine is that my entire house gets blown into the neighbor's yard and I am alone in the dark trying ...

Hamper6/10/2014 11:39:12 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Speedy Recovery
Hamper was doing well enough over the weekend for hubby and I to take a quick trip to town, and I broke down camp in the dining room yesterday.

New Wii Sensor Bar Replacement6/6/2014 3:33:45 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

How to Build A New Wii Sensor Bar Upgrade / Replacement
From the Archives:  8/8/2011
The Wii Sensor Bar that comes with the Wii has a relatively short range that can be a problem in a large room, and also has some trouble with correct cursor positioning on a large tv.  With a little research I found that the "Sensor Bar" is actually just a couple infrared LEDs that the Wii remotes pick up to detect the position of the remote relative to the sensor bar.  With just a little research and minor soldering skill, you can build your own ...

Hamper nose6/5/2014 2:51:30 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

A Furry Update
I am pleased to update that Hamper is recovering much faster than I even dared to hope after his stroke on Tuesday night.

Hamper Eye6/4/2014 4:47:38 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

We Need Well Wishes
I was originally preparing this post to be a celebration of our older cat turning 18 years old, but the world has turned upside down over-night in a way that makes a leaky roof not even important.

6/3/2014 8:26:39 PM - Read Full Post

Tool Review: Drills, A Tale Of Four Drills, and The Ryobi One+ Compact Drill
Since I gave in to the fact that I should not be playing with my tools with my wrist in a brace today, I decided the next best thing would be to write about them...  Yes.  I love my tools.  
ideas   tools  

6/2/2014 12:58:30 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Things I am Thankful About, and Not So Thankful About
On the list of things I am thankful for... 
My toilet not seeping water into the tile floor grout when bumped too hard.

6/2/2014 11:23:55 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Toilet Repair
There are certain things I like to build and fix, and then things that just drive me batty.  Usually things that I have to repair because someone didn't do it right when they installed or built the things in the first place.  And almost always falling under that category is Plumbing.  
So hubby and I made a deal some time ago that went like this...
Me: ...

5/30/2014 11:58:05 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Spring has Sprung
And in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, it "springs" with what should be an audible "KA-POW"!Two days ago this was the view looking right from our front porch.And now...Of course, the only noise is the change from hollow whistling wind to a rushing sound that is amazingly like the ocean tides as the aspen leaves catch, quake, and rustle in every breeze.While lower altitudes have already "sprung", they never ...

5/29/2014 9:19:02 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Tool Review: Ryobi One+ Overview
If you had a chance to see my Tool Time post, you probably noticed that I have been upgrading and expanding my "Mobile Workshop" with relative lightning speed.  And at this point, it is high time to start reviewing the tools in my ever-expanding collection.
ideas   tools  

5/28/2014 11:58:10 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

My Public Apology to a Fox
My public apology to Turble the black fox who has been staking out our yard for most of the Memorial Day weekend...   Turble was a young fox.  On the skinny side with dark black fur and a sweeping silver tip to his tail.  He hoped to grow big and strong like some of the many foxes in the area, but for now, he was just a wisp of darker black in the night. The coop was on a hill and protected well.  The wind carried the scent of chickens down the dirt road to ...

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