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Peanut bed

..no peanuts in the beds but the bigger one is shaped like a peanut. Not on any list but A* was determined to get these beds in. We wanted to move the tiger lillies we had to one area but we opted for 2 smaller beds. Much like last year we expanded the area around the nootka..not nearly as big but they usually expand…and get more plants. At this rate we might never get to the railway tie landscaping..we might just opt for a series if paths with smaller beds. It was also decided the we wanted my porch scrapwood artistic project from earlier in the summer taken down.

For all the digging we have done for flower beds the last year we could have made a 40×40 garden but it is nice to have flowers and grasses growing..I ALREADY miss it..hopefully I am just making a big deal out of winter for nothing. I don’t know why ‘already’ is caps.

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Construction

 

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Potential Winter To Do List

..read some todo lists on some other blogs and it got me to thinking of all the things I need to do this winter…and fall..but mostly winter.

..lets think about all these projects...

2011 Winter ToDo list..with an old shot from a previous winter of professor Jango.he ate his monocle.

– survive winter. Winter is no laughing matter in these parts..we will be running the stove all of our waking hours this winter..until mid April usually..boooooooo. Suriving winter this year also means making sure everything else survives..water heater, shed, roof..etc. So..once a month we clean out the stove pipe and stove, once a week haul wood, every major snowstorm shovel off the various roofs..and of course make sure the chickens have food and unfrozen water..and speaking of unfrozen water..if out of the house for more than a day make sure to drain the pipes..especially the pipe inside the water heater!!

– more bookshelves – we know we want more bookshelves..not for too many books but the space to store stuff. An easy job if we can mind duplicate support braces..IF!

– all inside trim done..it is ready but I am procrastinating until I time where I need project success…sometimes our projects are highly experimental and lead to a dead end..I like having a couple of projects that I know I can do..and do quickly.

– jango perch..finish the project I started earlier in the week.

– decide on kitchen area – cupboards, floor, propane fridge position…all must be decided.

– stack 2 cords of wood – we ordered 2 more cords of wood for good measure. I figure we have 2 years worth when this 4 cords arrives..wood for the winter is like $$ in the bank.

cover all wood so it is nearly impossible to get wet.

– plan next years landscaping projects..do we want a big garden? Do we want a large flat space? Do I start too many sentences with ‘do’?

– 12 volt pump and cistern – even if it is a small cistern ( like super-small even ) I want a version of a cistern this winter. AND..hook up that 12v pump so we can start doing even more with solar. Our water is the only thing on 120v right now that needs the generator.

– finish chunking up cut trees AND cut down a bunch of trees. We want to open up the rear of the chicken coop to allow more sun in.

finish prototype of solar heater..this project took the backseat then the rumbleseat..it needs to be a hood ornament.

– read 20 books..the last 3 months I am only averaging a book a month..terrible..it gets dark here at 7 now and it has 3 months of getting worse before it starts improving so there is nothing to do until April when the rain is washing the snow away..I have some good books lined up too..I am excited.

– finish one of my arduino security projects..I have some automated tasks/stupid security I am working on..my laptop is in terrible shape and is basically worthless..not sure what I want to do about this situation.

– rerun brake lines on truck or pay to get it done. The truck is not inspected due to $$ to put it on the road. We don’t really want it for the road but we want it to last for yardwork and winter tree-plowing…brakes are important…especially when we want to stop.

– sell the scooter ( spring )..A* used her vespa 2 times in 2 years…nobody is judging but it may be time to part with this space taking lawn ornament.

– attic entryway – sure I am part monkey but it drives me bananas trying to get into the attic. this could lead to the second part of attic work..making a room in the attic..once more. Attic.

– drain and clean well

– winterize the garden with compost and cover with hay to protect it all from the hard elements

– burlap enclosure for the japanese maple for the first winter to protect it from heavy snow

– renovate the tree stand..it needs an overhaul. Not planning to hunt from it or anything but I think I heard some deer snickering at its dilapitated state…we have a certain reputation to uphold.

…I could keep going but why bother. I am sure the only thing I will end up doing is surviving winter..at least I hope I do!

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Construction

 

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Shed tout fin

..the grand plans for a bunkie ran out of time and will..but I was determined to winter ready the shed today..not next week..

So I set out the solar oven with some good eats and got to work. Another round of caulking, including the 2 floor pieces I fit to coverer waywayrd holes..then I moved everything ouf of the shed and started moving the floor in and fastening it into place. Since we are not sure if we got all the holes in the roof I am attaching only to hold it all in place..with screws that protrude up above the floor..it is temporary!

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Just after lunch my lunch was ready..so I chowed down on some sun-cooked goodness¬†and finished off the floor. The rest of the sweltering afternoon was spent moving stuff from the portable garage into the shed..and moving surplus project wood from in front of the shed to the portable shed…hot work. When I could stand it I worked on the inside braces for the shed..until sweat was dripping constantly into my my eyes then I would switch jobs…by the time A* got home almost everything was done..some minor re-arranging in the portable garage but DONE..or at least the final post on the subject. I hope.
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Next spring I will re-evaluate what I want to do with the shed..I would like to throw a small extension in the front…truthfully we are running out of first round projects..which is a really, really good thing.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Construction

 

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Shed Roof Patch

..finally bought the bits I needed to secure the inside from chipmunks and weatherproof and secure the roof again. We started inside the shed with some 1inch screws to keep the critters out. For the roof A* would brace from the inside as I pulled the roof panels tightly together and clamped the length of the roof that had pulled apart. After that I secured the roof pieces with caulk/silicone and the 1inch screws.

After that we applied a liberal coat of caulk on the whole seam and all of the old and new screw holes. We were a little sloppy with the caulk due to a bad cut on a stopped tube of caulk..and too liberal as we basically ran out with 1/3 more to do…we reslopped it in some areas and tranferred the excess to the unfinished seam so we had a base coverage.

On the side to support the beam I screwed 3 new 3inch screws into the beam for extra support..not that it will matter too much since I am going to build some braces for the internal support anyway.

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Construction

 

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One mans junk

Whenever we have the car on garbage day eve it seems like there is something I want to stop for. Elvis clocks, cross-country skis, birdbath bases…I don’t stop usually..this week I did a double driveby on an old suitcase but settled on this 2×4 structure. Jango sits on an ottoman and watches out the window so I am going to turn it into a bigger perch where he can sleep on it too. The bed in J*s room is high so I am going to make it double duty as a higher step for getting into bed. I am getting close to finishing off the floor and the shed so it seemed like a perfect time to introduce more work and clutter into the mix. I put some wheels on it from a piece I got out of the garbage in the falls which had nice wheels.

This project could also morph into a new inside wood storage bin. Or kindling and firestarter bin. Or a rocket. Once the rain lets up it’s on to shed festivus.

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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in fun, garbage

 

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a bridge to nowhere…

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..one of those mornings where the water is warmer than the air..fairly common this time of year. I know what you were thinking..a ‘bridge to nowhere’..it sounds like reading the repeat posts on this blog all the time! hehe

¬†a gloomy time of year..We are at the point where we leave in the morning for work and it is still mostly dark and the chickens have not even come out of the coop yet..and the sun set at 7:20pm last night..it made me want to cry…especially since I need to do some work in the evenings for the next month or so. Ah well..it is Friday so how bad can life be!

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in fun

 

how people got to eagerGridlessBeaver..

..hehe..these are funny ways people got to the site:

blog click flooring, trimmed beaver, converting dog house to chicken coop, converting a dog house to chicken coop, plop deer scat

..hehe, I am not going to say which one, but one of these search terms made me laugh!..I don’t want to offend anyone! I sort of feel bad for the people who come onto our blog looking for a dog house to chicken coop conversion..my finished product was not that strong..

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in fun