One thing about our internet being a problem is that we're really learning what browsers and websites are data hogs of one type or another. Chrome is better than Firefox, and WordPress is just awful. Not just the editor, but simply trying to view other WordPress blogs. I don't know what they're trying to do … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: making grow bags
Today, I found the self adhesive felted pads that I wanted to use on the covers for the fish tank. I found them while looking for something else, of course. 😀 Here is where, on the tank, I want them to sit. The bar across the middle has extra surface area in the corners of … Continue reading Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 4: padded
Yes! The big tank now has its cat proof covers! The second one was much faster to build than the first. 😀 For those who are new to this blog *waves hello* you can catch up on the project with part one and part two. Links will open in new tabs, so you don't lose … Continue reading Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 3: covers done!
Yesterday, I got started on making covers for our big fish tank, to keep the cats out. Today, I assembled the first one. Of course, things did not go to plan. Does anything ever? 😀 One of the things I needed to figure out was how to secure the hardware cloth to the frame pieces, … Continue reading Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 2: changed plans
I have spent some time thinking about how we can convert our big fish tank into a greenhouse to start seeds in, while also making sure the cats couldn't jump in. The original covers the tank came with would have been ideal, but the hinges on those broke long ago. Since a piece of the … Continue reading Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 1: starting a cover
For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you may be wondering what happened with our cider vinegar. Yeah. The stuff we were supposed to taste test 2 months ago, to see if it was done! It's been sitting in the old kitchen all this time. Given how cold it … Continue reading Crab Apple Cider Vinegar: bottling day
Having made an olive server, using my new gouge, I thought it would be good to use some of the remaining wood to make a spreader and olive fork. After cutting a length off, the first thing I did was split the wood down the middle. Here, you can clearly see the rotted out core … Continue reading Wood carving: completing the set
Lo and behold, I had an open day today! Which means I finally had the chance to do a bit of wood carving and test out the wood gouge I got a month ago. I had a particular piece of maple from clearing behind the pump shack that I wanted to use. After looking at … Continue reading Wood carving: testing the new gouge
I've already posted photos of dehydrating orange slices and using them to make decorations for Christmas this year. I will post more on those in a moment. The other experiment I tried was to make a baking soda and cornstarch dough (which I wrote about here), which was supposed to be good to roll out … Continue reading This year’s decorations; what’s working, and what isn’t!
Today, I finally started working on the Christmas decorations I was planning to make with the dehydrated orange slices I'd prepared earlier. Of course, things didn't work out to plan! 😀 Do they ever? 😉 I was going to use cinnamon sticks, plus some little decorations I'd saved from Christmas crackers over the years - … Continue reading This year’s decorations, in the works