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End of the Season?

End of the Season?

Looks like winter is here..the end of all things green and wonderful.
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But before we got the snow we had a nice day to finish up the chores. Drain cistern, give everything a go over, turn off the outside water pipe..all the same as every fall. A new addition this year is removal of the gutters in prep of snow sliding off the new metal roof.

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Everything we planted this year seems to be doing OK. Having spent so many years monitoring the (so many) plants and shrubs and watching progress has made landscaping easier..at least from a recognizing standpoint. While we wait for the snow to start sliding off the roof ( and it ending the sliding) we have to plan and prep cutting area and plan an extended garden with a small orchard.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Gardening, landscaping, off grid, todo

 

Banking Wood in Perfect Weather

..no bugs, rain or heat..a good time to cut split and stack the wood up near the house. The final 2 cords are done, now it is only a matter of burning it!

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Posted by on September 5, 2016 in heat, todo

 

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Future Levelling Project

.. Using water it is easy to determine where more dirt is needed.. Simply dig too far down in poorly draining soil and sit back and wait for a rainstorm.  We have plans to rectify this.. Which we will start implementing next year.

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… And a rough first attempt at a larger stone wall… We have a bumper crop of large rocks so we need to move them out of the way so digging out stumps could continue.. It needs fine tuning.

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Construction, todo

 

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Book Clearance

..even with my kindle readers we seem to keep amassing books..if amassing is a word. A local 2nd hand bookstore has an amazing selection and with a $2 price tag it makes them hard to pass-up..so out with the read and in with the new..

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..or we start refilling with the 2 massive boxes of books in the attic..the other keepers.
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Once we actually put up our other brackets we should have ample room…for more clutter. Hehe..we have a pack-rat mentallity but have space issues but we have gotten much better than when we had a house that was 3 times bigger with a double shed.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in todo

 

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Thick and Thin Windows

Bulky winter wear…
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..becomes form fitting..THANKS SPRING! hehe..
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These windows were taken out of an industrial building..they are 6 years old, double pane aluminum windows and were given to me by a neighbor..man they are in great shape! We are going to put putting them into the shed but it is too bad we did not have them 4 years ago as I think they would have looked great in the house!

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Going to frame them in in a month or 2 and insert them..they will really look great. This also officially reopens the shed/bunkie conversion…reopens does not mean it will be done it just means the shed is not just a shed but a potential bunkie…again.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Construction, todo

 

They Don’t Make Them…

..like they used to. Dang, this is the 2nd maul I have broken in 3 years..I am only splitting around 4 cord a year too for the love of frink!
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the fiberglass snaps at the head..good thing that it did not happen mid swing…could have done some real damage.

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A* celebrates the end of the splitting for the day..we have enough for 2-3 days but I need to get something ( else ) more reliable. The maul has a 5 year warranty so it won’t cost anything to replace..but I want one with a wood handle and I think I have a maul head in the shed.

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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in heat, power, todo

 

Wood Chopping Setup and Ivy Away a Trellis

I had a comment over on another blog about my wood chopping setup ( http://www.waldeneffect.org which is also a great blog) so I thought I would share since I think it is good. Chopping wood does not take as long as bending over to retrieve pieces you cut, replacing it on the block (or putting it into the wheelbarrow eventually) then bending over to get the next piece to start again…to minimize the bending here is what I do:

– 6lb maul (splitting axe, dull to split not dig in..as designed)
– a chopping block that is a couple inches higher than the wheelbarrow. I prefer mid thigh height…when swinging at a piece of wood i find when it is lower the arc of the head of the 6lb maul is coming towards you and if anything happens or you miss it goes (or is driven) towards your feet. Higher means the arc should be hitting more @ a 90 degree angle.
– the chopping block up next to a smaller woodpile(left in my case). In our case we have a pallet cross-stacked with wood.
– the wheelbarrow up next to the chopping block on the other side of the woodpile ( right in my case)

…so, I grab dry wood to be cut and stack it on top of the stack to the left (right in picture) of the block.. the wood goes on the block…

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And when I split it, the piece on the right falls into the wheelbarrow and the piece on the left has nowhere to go due to the wood stack and so it usually stays on the block.

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With this chunk the piece fell off the block once…which is much better than bending to pick it up everytime without this setup. Then when done simply reach over and grab another piece of the stack beside the chopping block and continue..without having to bend over. Where the wood falls is usually due to feet positioning during your swing.

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…and a sorrowful goodbye to our trellis ivy. It made a miraculous recovery last summer and grew like a banshee..but loki had her eye on it and finally got at it when we were not looking…booourns!

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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Gardening, todo

 

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Christmas Road Obstruction Based Gift Ideas

…with the snowfall we had a couple of trees down and one over the old road..not on our property but it IS Christmas so I decided to give them a gift and cut it away. Walking back to the house afterwards I wanted to cut down a bunch more on my property but we have presents to wrap and dinners to eat so the rest of the trees will have to wait! Merry Christmas everyone…hope Santa finds you!

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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in todo

 

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Winter ToDo List Look Overs

..oh look over here..forgot to turn off the outside pipe and recheck the batteries. The batteries were fine but we replaced the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. The way Jango and Loki were reacting to the system check noises I don’t know if it would be the smoke/carbon monoxide itself or the noise generated from the alarms that would kill them. Looks like we are going to have to change the fire alarm drill to cover prying the dogs away from climbing the walls…difficult when crawling. I am pretty sure we left water in the garden hose and it burst on one end in the section too. (That wouldn’t have happened if I would have disconnected it in June..groan). Drama.

Loki was also shocked to learn that a current runs through a 9volt battery when you lick it. (That was funny)

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in todo

 

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..so that’s where I put the stapler.

..lost the stapler a month or so ago..right around the last time I cleaned the stove and pipes…oh, there it is right underneath the wire brush in the box. So simple (as I grit me teeth). Once the brushing was done I could not find the thin attachment for the shop-vac to get in the very back of the stove so I had to improvise with some pex tubing. Creosote buildup was minimal but I am not taking chances and I also wanted to time the operation while doing it solo. 1:10 with fabrication time..I think we can get it down to under 1/2 hour, although 4 ft of snow on the roof does tend to slow things down so I should not get too confident, hehe..

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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in cookstove, todo

 

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