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7/31/2018 3:55:17 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Patio finally re-bricked.
So sometimes it feels like the only thing I have been doing for the last six months is pound bricks and dig in my driveway to prevent the heavy rains from destroying it.

5/23/2018 3:10:26 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Patio Water Feature
Mostly done with my little "water feature" for the patio. Little solar powered fountain with a broken fish decoration and some rocks I gathered from the yard and smashed with a hammer. 

9/11/2017 12:49:28 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

NOT feeling strong.
This time last year I was finishing up building a shed/workshop, which included a whole lot of things that I couldn't actually do without creative physics on my side.  However, there was quite a bit that was just total brute force.  Like digging this rock-filled gravel/dirt out of the foundation area.

And at the end of all that... I was worn down to a frazzle, but I remember feeling strong.

6/9/2017 11:54:17 AM - 8 Comments - Read Full Post

From this....

To this....


5/13/2017 11:06:02 AM - 10 Comments - Read Full Post

Widen a path or walkway
When we were originally planning for the curved walkway, I think hubby and I planned a full 3 ft wide.  However, along with forgetting how I wanted to do the light imprint of the "stones", by the time we got around to it, pretty much everything was forgotten and all the a href="TinkerT/default.asp?Post=44-Concrete_Step_by_Step" class="" classname="" ...

5/6/2017 1:24:35 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

A little outdoor progress.
After most of the winter spent pretty sedentary, a little outside work was welcome and I feel good... and exhausted.

10/3/2016 10:32:09 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Back to Bricks
While waiting on my workshop floor paint to cure, and anxiously circling the shop to peer in at the windows and doors... I finally realized that I could be doing something very productive with my time instead of wasting it.  Not something fun mind you... but productive.

9/7/2016 5:54:13 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Just some Before and After pictures...
I am quite impressed with how similar the real thing looks to the tentative idea I mocked up when first thinking about building the little workshop shed.

9/6/2016 7:22:37 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Basically done with the exterior.
Over the last couple days I have gotten the trim all painted up (and done about half of the trim on the parking area shed done).  So the exterior of my little workshop is basically done.  There is things like installing a couple flood lights, painting the door, and contouring the landscape to replace the brick patio, but that can all be done later.
I have to admit that I think it is looking pretty darn good, and even the extra blocking I had to do at the top of the swing door is looking pretty spiffy. ...

7/25/2016 10:29:39 AM - 7 Comments - Read Full Post

It's Here!
I was concerned when the materials load for the shed arrived from Moore Lumber (Ace Hardware).  Despite promises that they would send it in two smaller loads if needed to fit on a small trucků it arrived on one big truck.

7/24/2016 12:19:18 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

#3 of Building a Shed... the digging.
While scraping up and moving all the sand under the patio bricks could be considered part of #3, it is actually only part of #2 in my list... "Pull up patio bricks and scrape up sand base."  I got that done on Friday, though I had to take some time to tighten up random bolts on my old-but-still-kicking wheelbarrow first.

7/21/2016 1:40:18 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Like a Ton of Bricks... Literally.
Finished with painting around and above where the new shed will go and have started doing the ground prep-work.  And... just... ouch.

10/1/2015 3:21:34 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Tidy Up.
As summer fades away and fall starts stripping the aspen leaves, I have a tendency to push aside any thoughts of cleaning and press firmly on the panic button for all the last little things to do outside before it starts staying cold all day.  Surprisingly this fall, most of the things left to do actually involve cleaning, or at least some attempt to tidy up the projects that hubby and I have gotten mostly completed.
For example, cleaning up that big pile of dirt by filling back in the holes over the septic tank ...

9/28/2015 6:01:09 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

How to Grill Wall... Maybe.
While I would like to say this is a "How To", I am reluctant to say so when I don't know how long (or short) this grill wall will last in the outdoor weather.

9/21/2015 12:00:11 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

An Assortment of Projects and Progress
After some sealing and painting of the trim around the doors, I needed a little break... and this is what my "spa" evening looked like.  A bucket full of epsom salt-soak for my feet, some sun-burn gel for my arms, a bowl full of grapes, iced sweet-tea, and some of my favorite TV shows.  It doesn't look like much, but sometimes the little things at home are better than ...

9/13/2015 2:36:35 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Project ADD
 I am suffering from some severe Project ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).  The problem is, when I have one project that can't be worked on right now for whatever reason... time of day, forgotten supplies, or simply because another project needs to get done first as a needed step to getting done the next project... another project gets started.  And this isn't exactly something new.
Even as a child, it all started with one thing tumbling into disaster.  For example... something as ...

9/9/2015 8:45:21 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Patio Progress
After counting all the bags of concrete and using most of them to fill in around the broken slab we had, the "grill paddy" is looking pretty good.  So yesterday I made some nice progress in re-laying the patio bricks.

9/8/2015 11:32:43 AM - Read Full Post

The Terrible Mistake of Counting
Yes.  Counting.  I got up early (well early for me) yesterday and got busy mixing concrete to finish filling the mold for a couple benches and a small patio coffee table.

9/4/2015 2:28:45 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Poor Darn Drill
I can't be annoyed at the low-mid-grade 1/2 hammer drill from Harbor Freight for dying for two very important reasons: 

9/2/2015 2:14:26 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

I am Done.
No, the list isn't done... don't I wish.  No, I am done... D-O-N-E.  Yep.  At least for a good several days, if not more.  Hubby seems to be in slightly better shape, but I am beginning to think he will see going out of country for work to be a nice break.  LOL.

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