What woodworking has already taught me is that it’s really fun to buy things. I have a few key projects I’ve selected – that simple but pain in my @ss workbench, a compost bin, and Adirondack chairs. And, I now have all the materials to start these projects but have yet to begin. Basically I’ve … More Stop Buying, Start Working
I have a kitten. No, I don’t particularly like cats. And no, it’s not coming in the house. But it will be a mouser. That’s at least my plan. The neighbor kid brought it over, told me it was a girl, and I allowed him to name it Daisy. However, at the first vet visit, … More My Kitten is No Longer Named Daisy
I miss the bike trails around the Des Moines area. And the nice, flat paths. BRAMCO was last weekend – the annual Bike Ride Around Madison County. My style of biking is 7-10 mile stretches followed by a stop for a cold beer. BRAMCO, however, was not that kind of ride. Don’t get me wrong … More Hills are Helpful
It’s time to get serious about what I’m growing, both in my garden and in the many flower beds around the property. It’s fantastic that the previous owners were ambitious in their planting endeavors, but frustrating now because I have no idea what is/is not a weed. Creeping Charlie is an easy one and I’ve … More Mystery Plants
Simple, my @ss. The instructions say this little workbench is easy and inexpensive to build. They are LIARS. Maybe not, maybe I just have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve done a great job at acquiring tools, but quickly realized I needed a workbench more than anything. My grand plans for this holiday weekend were … More Simple, Sturdy Workbench
A few weeks ago I watched a Facebook Live from Living the Country Life featuring a chance to take the #MonarchChallenge. You sign up, they send you milkweed, you plant it. Easy enough! Apparently milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterfly larvae feed on, so it’s kind of big deal for their survival. It … More Butterflies!
It’s amazing what I can get done while avoiding things that actually need to get done. On today’s agenda: The Garden. The folks that built this house had a nifty raised bed in place, so of course I went all in. Note to self for next year – garden markers are a requirement. I remember … More Taming the Beast