Every year, before we are ready to decorate our artificial Christmas tree, we dig it out of storage and set it up. The idea is to get the cats used to it being there, and we get a chance to remind the older cats, and train the newer cats, that this is NOT a thing … Continue reading Foiled?
Before I start, I want to say Powitaninia! Dziękują za odwiedzanie! to my sudden spike of new visitors from Poland. To jest cudowne mieć wy tutaj. Today is going to be a busy day for us - and it was a busy day of cats this morning! On the list of things to do is … Continue reading Preparing for Thanksgiving
Last year, we made apple cider vinegar using the bright red apples from just one tree. The result was a delicious, delicately pink cider vinegar, and we were looking forward to making it again. There was just one problem. The instructions we followed said to put the jar in a dark place, so we tucked … Continue reading Prepping a cap for an airlock – using the tools at hand
When we first moved here, three winters ago, there was a bird feeder mounted on a metal post at the opposite end of the flower garden where we currently have the platform feeder. One of the first things I noticed about it was that there was a rock sitting on one corner of the base. … Continue reading Prepping old bird feeder
We are back from our city shopping trip and stocked up with most of what we need. We will still have to make another trip to get the rest. After that, we should be set for the month, and anything we need, we can get locally. I am hoping my mother's car will be ready … Continue reading Morning finds
If all goes to plan, by the time this post is published, I should be in the city with one of my daughters, doing half of our monthly shop. While going over our list, we realized we will have to split it into two trips. Of the various outdoor projects we need to work on, … Continue reading Prepping the picnic table
We have been talking about using the fire pit to do an actual cookout tomorrow (weather willing!). That will require a trip into town to pick up things we want to cook over a fire, so I cleaned out and modified the fire pit today. The first thing to do was empty out the ashes. … Continue reading Fire pit mods, done!
Yesterday, things were a bit cooler and finally nice enough to start a fire in the fire pit! I've been putting small branches and the invasive vines I've pulled up into there since last summer, so it felt good to finally burn that stuff away! While I was at it, I decided to clean up … Continue reading Clean Up: fire pit ring
This spring, our sump pump is actually going off pretty regularly. Which is great, because it means we have moisture in the ground. The last two springs, I think it went off only once or twice, aside from when we drained the hot water tank into it. Which brought to my attention some damage to … Continue reading Some winter damage to fix
Woohoo!!! It's done! The girls and I made a push to finish tonight and, as I write this, we now have two very pregnant cats in the new "maternity ward". Before we hauled out all the stuff waiting by the stairs, my daughters and I went rifling through a shed and the barn to see … Continue reading Clean up: basement – Done!!!