Our current heat wave continues. At 5pm, we reached 28C/82F with a humidex of 34C/93F, and we continue to get warnings for heat, flash floods and high water. Looking at the weather radar, however, it doesn't look like the storms will hit us. We'll be lucky to get rain. Usually, these systems come in from … Continue reading Coping with the heat: building a screen “door”
I am actually not sure I would even call making this hair pin "carving"! I used the natural shape of the piece of wood, and just sort of whittled away a bit. The wood was already very close to the size needed. I didn't take a "before" picture, but you can see what the branch … Continue reading Wood carving: lilac wood hair pin
I am happy to say that, thanks to my awesome, awesome daughter (and an amazing sale at Ikea), we have a new stove! Still in it's box, but we've got it! 😀 Before heading out this morning, I measured the old stove. We're not too concerned about the dimensions, as the counters along that wall … Continue reading Almost there!
I am happy to say that I have finally finished my first attempt at carving! Yay! My trip into town was successful, in that I found a teeny tiny tip for my Dremel. Saffron made sure to check it out, too! I discovered something when I went to put it on my Dremel, though. It … Continue reading Carving progress: it’s finished!
Today, I got some really good progress on my practice carving, using the spoon blank that came with my carving kit. Also, the basement is nice and cool. 🙂 I was down to cutting the last few divots out of the morel mushroom on the end of the spoon, so that didn't take long. I … Continue reading Spoon carving progress
I had originally been thinking of working in a different area today, to remove more dead and damaged trees in the West yard. That pile of apple branches, however, was bothering me. So I started breaking that down, instead. Here are the before and after pictures. This is as far as I got, before it … Continue reading Clean up progress
While putting away the push mower yesterday, I was going to take the time to start up the riding mower and see what I could see. I always push the mower out of the garage before starting it, but I never got it all the way out. I could hear a different sound, like something … Continue reading Found the problem!
Wouldn't you know it, since I was planning on heading out early, I ended up not being able to sleep at all last night. Which is why I was awake when the edges of the predicted storms passed us by. At about 5am, the winds picked up like crazy, there was some rain and quite … Continue reading A wild morning – but I have my new “toy”!
Well, for tonight, at least. It happened again. When things cooled down enough, I took advantage of the temperatures to break out the riding mower and try and get at least the lawn around the house done, before the predicted rains. Thanks to my brother, it was running fine. And then it wasn't. This time, … Continue reading That’s it. I’m done.
Wild with wild flowers, that is! And... other things. While doing my rounds this morning, I got to enjoy some lovely wildflowers. I'm counting the cranberries as wild, since they are self-sown. 😉 There is a path of flowers running along the south fence that my mother sowed many years ago and have been taking … Continue reading Going wild