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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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8/4/2014 3:53:35 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Fending Off Rodent Invasion:  Dryer Vent Cover
After a wild chipmunk climbed into the dryer vent and took a leap down the pipe, I decided it was past time to replace the vent cover.  Of course, I had one on hand because I noticed the flap inside didn't close properly back when we were doing some repair work on the roof trim that the roofers screwed up, but I just had not gotten around to getting the replacement done.  It is something like number 39 on my list of things todo, so it isn't all that surprising that I didn't think it was an emergency. ...

8/4/2014 3:47:22 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Saturday... A Study in Disaster Mitigation
Owning a home can sometimes feel like one really long todo list, but now and then it really decides to show you just how easy that todo list really is when nothing goes wrong.  Saturday was pretty much the opposite of that.  It started out well... I woke up and the sun was shining through perfectly clear skies for the first time in several weeks.  And I guess we should have just left it at that and gone back to sleep.  But of course, there are always things that need done and my growing list of house projects and standard ...

7/29/2014 3:30:15 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

How to Make Your Own Cooling Bands
My recent trip to Topeka, Kansas was a long one with no air-conditioning, but having some cooling bands really made the difference and I had a fun time with my niece on her driving trip to visit my parents.  I wrote a post about Road Trip Tips with some additional information about types of cooling bands, but since I have a hard time finding cooling bands when I need them, I thought I would also write up a ...
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7/29/2014 3:03:05 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Road Trip Tips
Last week I took a semi-last-minute trip to Topeka with my niece to visit my parents.  And while a toss-it-in-and-go kind of trip was the standard when I was young, as I have gotten older I have realized a few things about long car trips.  For example, the fact that road trips just are not as much fun as I thought when I was a kid, and for some reason everything in the world isn't really six hours away.  And sadly, my stomach is no longer made of iron and capable of downing large quantities of greasy fast food at random. ...

7/14/2014 12:18:36 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Weekend Wrap-up and Hot-Water Maintenance
This weekend didn't get done many of the things I had hoped, but it was full of friends, fun, a few home tasks, and a little bit of rest and relaxation.  So I count it as a win.  
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7/11/2014 12:13:24 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Concrete: Step by Step
The first step to turning this...........                                             Into This..............
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Thanks Ryobi7/8/2014 1:49:11 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

A Thanks To Ryobi
Hubby liked my Tool Review: Ryobi One+ Overview so much that he submitted it to Ryobi.
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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.
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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.
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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="http://www.familyhandyman.com/tools/woodworking-tools/how-to-use-a-jigsaw/step-by-step" 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 ...
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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?"
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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.
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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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crafts   DIY   ideas  

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.
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