Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
For next year she plans to plant
- Bell Peppers
- green beans
Monday, November 19, 2012
While there I picked up a pint of some random color of exterior paint. I decided only to build one column first just to see how it turned out.
Lastly, I found some plastic numbers from Walmart. I don't like them but they will do for now. I hope you enjoy the video below. Feel free to have your own music playing in the background cause there is no audio.
Monday, November 12, 2012
So I must be able to build it using materials around the house. Thankfully during the bathroom demo I saved the old counter top. and I have some spare 2x4's
While the project is not complete see the budget above for the reason why I do have a functional work space. I intend to add an additional support in the middle, some 2x12's on the bottom for a shelf to store more things and a metal rod up above so I can hang clothes also while in the basement.
While building the supports I realized I only have a few long screws! I managed to find some in an old board. But maybe I can't screw straight but I screwed up those screws and bent them :( No pictures of that error.
I spaced my supports out so they would handle the 80" long counter (only like 20" deep) with ease. I do wish the counter top was deeper but oh well budgets. After installing the last support I realized I put it together wrong.
I wanted a 2x6 to run the length of the counter and to form a nice neat corner. You will see the error in the video below.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The patio doors will be a white linen, bamboo blinds for the windows.
No hard wood floors going for a nice comfy carpet. The same color scheme will extend into the master bathroom. Where we have a light color tile for the floor. The accents in the master will be brushed nickle.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
In addition to the cake and fun with relatives he also received a large amount of toys.
And not just any toys.
LARGE "WE DON'T HAVE ROOM" TOYS!!!!!!
Monday, October 1, 2012
Originally we talked about getting a toddler bed. But I'm cheap so the conversation quickly switched to getting a twin bed. Then we made a pro and con list of the twin bed to buying a new crib. The crib we wanted cost about $160. We eventually figured we could build a bed for $100. Case close!
or so I thought...I just happen to be comparing prices on craiglist when I found a twin bed from IKEA for guess how much...yep $100. It even had the under the build storage m'lady wanted. And it had only been posted for less than a hour! So needless to say we bought it. Pics will be coming soon!
Monday, September 24, 2012
OK... since July.
It's been a while, but I have a perfectly logical reason for the absence. Phillip and I am expecting our 2nd child. It's a boy and is due late January.
Because of my history, I was put on restrictive bed-rest almost immediately. Thus no heavy lifting...and heavy is considered 10lbs. No extended periods of standing or sitting...and extended is considered 2 hours.
Now with those restrictions its no wonder I haven't been able to contribute anything to the household so far. But what I lack in home repairs I have more than made up with appetite.
Behold my lunch:
(Note I shared with Phillip and toddler son)
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Veg-e-ta-ble gar-den:: noun, a plot of land where vegetables grow
Today on TV you can't help but be told that composting and growing your own garden is the penacle of going green. It's supose to save you money and the enviroment all while giving you the freshest organic foods known to man.
What they don't tell you is that you are NOT saving time.
This is a picture of what I thought gardening was going to be like:
|Vegatable Garden I thought I was going to have|
This is a picture of the little side garden that I currently have:
|1 row is growing...the rest is dead|
I water the garden at least 2 times a week if it has not had a good rain during the week. I de-weed at least 1 time a week and I try not to kill anymore of the plants the rest of the time.
This is a picture of our compost bin:
So far it only has yard debris in it. I haven't gotten an on-the-couter cannister yet, but I'm hoping that I can start adding more variety to the compost here pretty soon. My plan is to have a small cannister on the kitchen counter that I can put my throw away food parts like banana peels and egg shells, collect it for a week, then we I put out my trash and recycling on trash day I'll just take the cannister and put it in the large compost bin outside.
|Just leaves and sticks|
Fu-ture gar-den:: noun: a time that has not yet arrived for our garden
Ever since I was in college I remember realizing that I'm very much a conservative, traditional woman. I like being a stay at home mother. I enjoy making homemade bread, I even watched many eposides of "Little House on the Prairie". So it's not too surprising that I desire to have a flourishing garden and an acre of fresh fruit trees. If you remember a post Phillip put up a few weeks ago...http://www.n43rd.blogspot.com/2012/05/orchard-planning.html
Then you would easily figure out that it was my desire to even own this much land.
This is a picture of what I want our future garden to look like.
|Orchard of my dreams|
|Current orchard...none of the trees are fruit bearing|
Monday, June 11, 2012
Today is another video showcasing the existing layout along with 3 proposed ideas. We didn't come up with anything crazy and most truly revolve around where to put the bed.
Note: In the following video it is possible to see the other floor plans because i was not careful to make sure that the different walls did not intersect. As such as you are watching the video you will see some places where it shows the exterior wall of a different room, or a piece of furniture is sticking through the wall.
So which one do you think we chose?!?!?!
I personally liked the floor plan with the TV. I really liked moving the closets. However in the end my beautiful wife has a way of getting her way as such. Gloria decided to go with Floor plan number 2. The closet will not be made out of wood as it is shown in the video. I just placed that there so we knew it was the closet. It is my understanding that she really liked all the bookshelves and the fact that I added pictures.
The current goal is to have this complete by Christmas ... Just don't tell Gloria cause she will hold me to that LOL
Monday, June 4, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
At this point I have two options.
1. Purchase an air pump (and hope the tire does not have a hole in it)
2. Remove the tire from the lawnmower and take it to the gas station where I can use their air pump.
I wanted to chose option 1 but the budget does not allow for it right now. So Option two until next pay check. I raise the lawn mower rear tires off the ground and I proceed to remove the retaining clips for the lawn mower and give the wheel a firm pull.
I spray the axle with penetrating oil and call it a day.
I grab a 2x4 and wedge it between the tire and the frame to pry the wheel off.
I go out side and pull out the scissor jack from my wife's car and wedge it between the tire and frame.
I take the 2x4 and pull out my hammer and start wailing away.
But after about an inch or so it stops again
I spray the axle with penetrating oil and call it a day.
I'm a little upset now ... thinking I really should have just purchased an air pump and called it a day. I pull out my sledge hammer and hammer the tire back to its original position. I spray everything again with a liberal coating of penatrating oil and this time use the 2x4 with the sledge hammer
About 10 powerful hits that would make John Henry smile. The tire came off.
I place the tire in the car and that is the end of Day 3
After work I stop at the gas station on my way home that has free air and air up the tire. All seems well and return home. As I am putting the tire on I hear a small hiss and realize there is a crack in the side of the tire. :(
I put the tire on anyway hoping to finish cutting the grass before it goes flat again. I get about 2/3rds of the way when I turning the corner and tire separates from the rim.
I push the lawn mower back into the garage.
I woke up before work to see how much it would cost to order all new tires. The total ... $334!!! Maybe I am too cheap but I can get tires for a car for $70 a piece! Now I have to find a cheaper way to get new tires. I do not want to use any sealant type stuff but that may end up being the solution.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This orchard has been something Gloria and I have always talked about. I am not even certain how we got on the subject but I can imagine it had something to do with the fact that Me and now my son will eat all the fruit in the house and Gloria was tired of not being able to get any cause we ate it too fast.
So when we purchased this house we knew having land was important. Which is why we have over an acre of land for our small fruit orchard.
Now I must admit I am new to this so the plan is more than likely to change. Especially since I do not fully understand how pollination works and how to manage it properly.
Step one clear the land!
Below is an old picture from 2010 of what our land looked like. As you can see about half of it is covered in trees.
The portion boxed out is the area that will be deforested.
After removing the trees we should have something like this.
Finally time to map out the trees. Our lot is 100' wide roughly and most trees require between 20-30 feet for spacing. I would like to not have the trees drop fruit over the property line. So all trees need to be within 10' of the property line. So now the width is only 80'. Assuming 20' between each tree we can have up to 5 trees per column. I plan to start out with only 3 threes per column. With a lot of spacing to make sure they get plenty of sun and to bring down the cost of the irrigation system. So we should have something like this.
The trees I would like to plant are:
ozark premier plums
yellow glass cherries
fugi apples (my favorite)
and maybe the paw paw fruit since it is native to these parts.
Well I'm off to do more day dreaming!
Monday, May 7, 2012
Its really a simple model. So far the goal is to have a planting area next to the stairs that provides cut flowers through out the growing season. Since we live in a zone 5b it will be little interesting. The other thing I am thinking about is that my wife and I saw a humming bird come to our front porch. We may incorporate some flowers for the humming birds and butterflies in the neighborhood.
Each green space beside the stairs is roughly 9' x 6'. At the far left side of the picture next to the overhang is where the gutter comes down (sorry I didn't draw it in) but I plan to add rain barrel here to collect water to water the plants.
Because the porch is floor is about 4' off the ground. I want the tallest plants roughly 4'-5' tall.
Below are some of the flowers I am thinking about:
Cardinal Flower | Lobelia cardinalis
Foxglove Beardtongue | Penstemon digitalis
Large-flower beardtongue | Penstemon grandiflorus
Showy Beardtongue | Penstemon cobaea
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Moral of the story: Three 5 gallon bucket of paint every year is cheaper than 20 years of siding.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Removing stumps using your 4x4 vehicle is always fun!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I was really sad because we just finished putting in the drywall and I did not want to tear it all out ... so I decided to only replace the portion from the bathtub to the main drain. I really don't like to do that because we will inevitably have a problem with the toilet or something and need to replace everything.
Nevertheless Gloria left for work and my Son and I went to the locale home improvement store to get supplies. I wouldn't be able to do the actual work until just before the store closed so it was imperative that I got everything to cover every contingency.
Gloria comes home from work and I start working. Two quick cuts with my reciprocating saw and the piping below the floor is gone. I start to remove the tub drain and quickly realize I did not purchase the tool needed to remove the tub drain.
So off to the store to buy the tool in the picture. I quickly return home in the hopes of getting this part done just in case I forgot to purchase something else. I inserted the tool and started to attempt the remove the drain. The keyword is attempt. This quote unquote superior tool was no match for this tub drain that must not have been removed since the house was built. One of the parts of the tool snapped. :( so I had two options return to the tool right then and get another one and try again or attempt to cut the drain out. I decided to wait and attempt to start installing some of the other piping that would go to the drain. When I realized that I had the wrong size connector. Just then my wife realized she was supposed to give someone are ride to work so I called it quits and left with her. When I got back I pulled out the reciprocating saw and managed to remove the tub drain without damaging the bathtub too bad. I followed the directions for the new tub drain exactly with out measuring. When I went to connect it to the tub it put the drain right on top of a joist and the overflow was too tall. But I had already cemented everything together so I needed some couplings to cut the pipes in half to adjust for the fact that this is an old tub and by no means is it standard. And that ended Day 1 of no bath since I didn't have the material I needed to finish.
The next day was Sunday and I didn't bathe. Talk about being self conscious I was walking around trying to stay down wind of people when I was outside and making sure I didn't stand too close to anyone at church. Right after church I stopped at Lowes and purchased the correct size couplings. While there I also purchased 10' of 1-1/2" ABS, a p-trap, and an flexible coupling as a gift to myself.
But we had another worship service that afternoon. When we finally got out of church and we were invited to my Father-in-law's birthday dinner. So off we go to the birthday dinner after hanging around for some time I look at the time and realized my favorite home improvement store, Lowes, is closed. And tonight was do or die this tub had to go in even if that meant i put a water hose as the drain to make it work.
Oh by the way did I mentioned that because of this repair work the toliet sometimes would flush some water to the basement :( smh
I quickly made my measurements on the tub drain to modify to standard kit to fit our bath tub. Ba Da Bing Ba Da Boom done. I then dry fitted the p-trap and the rest of the pipe to ensure a proper slope to drain the bathtub and to reconnect everything. Less than 30 minutes in total to finish the project. I was really proud of myself but I hadn't tested for leaks yet.
However it was time to work on my gift to myself. See the reason I knew the bottle trap was on it's way out was because the bottle trap that went to the washer machine did the exact same thing. Except I never fixed the washer machine's bottle trap. How was I doing laundry?
Well I'm not saying anything about how I managed the laundry. So while the glue for the bathroom was curing I removed the bottle trap to the washer machine, and cut out a large piece of the old pipe. Then I ran a piece of metal inside the remaining pipe all the way to the stack just to make sure there weren't any other clogs. I put everything together and now I have a proper drain for the washing machine.
Back to test for leaks for the bath tub. Turns out I put the rubber gasket for the tub drain on the wrong side, I had to tighten the flexible coupling to the old cast iron pipe, and I had to adjust the trip lever to get it to function properly.
I then started a load of laundry to test the washer machine only to discover I forgot to tighten the p-trap. But everything else was great. I was upstairs playing on the internet when all of a sudden I hear a sudden down pouring of water. I jumped up and started running. A spin move around my bass guitar and amp, a hurdle over my son's tricycle, I open the door to the basement taking the stairs two at a time and run to the washer machine. I'm looking it over trying to find the water only to realize. That the water I heard is because there was a rainstorm outside. LOL
I went back upstairs took a bath and went to sleep.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
A lawyer/banker purchased the house. The lawyer/banker and his wife were avid gardeners. His wife had a really large strawberry field, and they grew grapes along the fence along with all your other usual garden fruits and vegetables. During the summer they would host large family gatherings and they had a large brick outdoor grill. It was during this time that the barn was converted to a house and the master bedroom and patio was built. I always knew that it was an addition so it is nice to know who built it. The lawyer/banker and his wife also used the fruit cellar in the basement to make wine. The husband had German shepards and his wife had a yippee little Pomeranian. Evidently they would sit out on the back patio with their dogs and look out over the land. I'm sure this was all before the highway was built.
Finally a mechanic purchased the house. He did not take care of the plant life or the house for that matter. He was a tall heavy guy and after many years of working on cars his back gave out and he had to give it up. His wife used the guest house as a daycare.
And then we purchased the house in 2011.
It is always great to know your history.
Monday, March 5, 2012
First Gloria decided we needed to finally install some hardware for some drawers in the hallway. Then we decided that it was time to replace the original porch lights since they were half filled with bugs and yellow and not that bright. Finally I resumed work on the bathroom in the dark (I had the power off since i was doing some electrical stuff also) putting in an additional stud. Well the last picture will show you what happened on the opposite side of the wall. Enjoy the video
Monday, February 27, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
When my beautiful wife and I started looking for our home we wanted hardwoods through out. We originally wanted something similar to this:
While we didn't get that we did get hardwood floors throughout our home and we discovered that when a baby first starts trying to walk they fall .... A lot! And hardwood floors do not provide any sort of cushion. So sadly today since we are planning to eventually have more than one child we decided to put in carpet in most of the house. Another factor that played into this was the expense of refinishing our exisiting hardwood would be comparable to installing carpet.
Monday, February 6, 2012
So I started cleaning. The first order of business was to pick up all the tools out of the kitty litter. Let me just say I learned a valuable lesson concerning keeping a clean work space. I was crawling around on my hands and knees looking for multiple 1/16 cobalt drill bits that are covered in kitty litter. Not Fun At All!!!
After collecting all of my tools in one spot, now it was time to organized them. Thankfully I have three large upper cabinets attached to the wall in the garage. All the chemicals went to the top shelf so they are faraway for any children. Other tools were group accordingly on different shelves. Now that all the tools were picked up time to tackle the kitty litter. I grabbed my trusty push broom and my snow shovel, interestingly enough we haven't had a real snow so my snow shovel has only been used as a dust pan this year. As I was finishing the kitty litter I get a phone call requesting some help on a different project.
And once again I live up to my heritage of being a terrible cleaner, the garage still isn't clean.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
And the paint brand winner is:
This is the paint we will be using in both the bathrooms and kitchens, because it's very durable.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
So go into any paint store and this is what you see:
So what is a person to do? I tell you what you do.... you pick up a dozen of these little paint chip cards, tape them up to your wall and after 3 days decide that you can't really tell the difference and you wish one of them simply was named "beige".
*pulls my hair out*
Monday, January 23, 2012
Well we had the before "blow test" and an after "blow test"....and our results are and improvement of 20%!
We're excited about those results, but we definitely know there is more we need to do. Like what you may ask??? Well we have a basement garage door that has a lot of air flow issues. We need to replace the garage door. We also have a lot of little cracks in the foundation of the master bedrooms' crawl space. Phillip is thinking about adding dirt up around the exposed foundation wall has both an insulator and a way to prevent heat loss.
Does anyone else have common household leaks we may need to explore?
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
15 * 3.5 = $52.5 a year
40 * 3.5 = $140 a year
It is important to realize that the payback for some of these improvements take a while.
This is Gloria. I couldn't wait to put in my two cents about the furnace. It's so nice to not have to worry about CO poisoning from a 15 + year old furnace with no cover. Or worse the potential fire hazard was astronomical. It's definitely one worry this stay-at-home mother doesn't have to constantly worry about. I personally don't even care about the financial payback...because the stress-free-ness of the situation is worth much more.