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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Very Local Construction

YAY! (Confused? See this and this.)

Construction at MY House!

Construction at MY House!

Wall is done, and tomorrow they are supposed to put back the fence.

Yesterday I pruned half the heather, which hadn’t survived, and most of the rosebush (not in either picture), which was in bad shape, as well as one of the holly bushes, which took a significant hit, but I’m hoping that with the pruning those plants will come back.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013



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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Woodpeckers at Our Birdfeeders

We have bird feeds.

Multiple bird feeders.

Initially, they were mostly to keep the cats entertained, but as we’ve had the feeders for quite awhile now, we get a lot of birds.

This year, we discovered we have two different species of woodpecker. Which is kinda surprising, since we live “in town” and have a lot of traffic, day in and day out.

What was not a discovery was that my windows are filthy, so if I want a clear picture, I have to go outside. Which, of course, scares away the birds.

This woodpecker, however, was quite fearless, and didn’t seem to mind me at all.



(Downy woodpcker)

This one I could only catch a picture of through the (filthy) living room window.


(Red bellied woodpecker)

I’m trying to figure out a way to get clear pictures without scaring off the birds, so I can get pictures and figure out what other kinds of birds we have (besides sparrows).

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Flower Pr0n: Broom!

I had a huge broom at one point, but when we put in the parking spot, the ground got too wet and it died. So I planted another (slightly smaller) in a different location, and we were actually home this year to see it bloom! (YAY!)



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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ice Ice Baby

I’m sorry. That was uncalled for. But it was an apt descriptor.

Yesterday, we awoke to an ice covered world, which meant we did not go visit see my niece. But I did get a couple interesting shots of the icy world in which we were ensconced.



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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Postcard Display

So a couple weeks ago, I was looking for suggestions for displaying postcards.

What I neglected to mention at the time was that I have a single postcard on display, however, I purchased it “as is” so, recreating that layout was going to be beyond me.

Postcard Displays

But I love how you can see both sides of the card.

So I spent some time looking on-line, and didn’t see anything reasonable I liked. Then I checked Target where I thought I remembered seeing clear glass picture frames. I was right–they had them.

Unfortunately, this solution isn’t perfect–the frames were in a box, so you couldn’t see that they used double sided tape to hold the picture to the back frame of glass, and the wooden rectangle that holds the glass in the frame is kinda flimsy. Plus, the double-sided tape left ugly smears on the glass (Yes, I have Goo-Gone. But I figured the more I fooled with the glass, the more likely I was to break it and end up needing stitches). However, what I had going for me was that the postcards are thicker than pictures, and since some of them have spent years on my refrigerator, they aren’t particularly flat, all of which seems to work to hold them in place.

We’ll have to see how this holds up in the long run, but for now, I’m quite pleased.

Postcard Displays

Postcard Displays

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

House Project: Replacing Storm Doors

It’s been a long time since we’ve done any major house projects, so we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

First up: Replacing two storm doors. We put in storm doors when we first moved into the house, however, two of the three doors were doing that metal rotting thing that storm doors do, so needed replaced. The basement door was cheap, as it was added within the first six months (I think) of us moving in. The kitchen was done a bit later, when we replaced the kitchen door (it was wooden and was unusable) we put in a Pella, which surprised me when I rediscovered that, since I thought they had a reputation for being sturdy and holding up. Guess not.

We went for twice as much glass in the kitchen, which I believe the cats will appreciate.

Both doors also have the pull down screens. I’m a bit apprehensive about these, but really do like the clear view.

Note the valuable assistance Michael received while replacing both doors.


Storm Door Installation

Finished Doors


Removing Old Storm Door

Installing Storm Doors

Installing Storm Doors

Installing Storm Doors

Finished Doors

Next project: Replacing the pole light in the yard. Grrrr…..

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Sunday Flower Pr0n

Lemon Lily

Lemon Lily in the evening light. This one turned out significantly better than the others.


Thyme. For some reason I have a hard time taking pictures of groups of things.


This is another low maintenance rose bush that is absolutely thriving. And it smells good to.


The first year, the centers of these coreopsis were bright red, but the centers are slowly fading over the years. Ah well.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Flower Pr0n


We had a huge broom at the back of the house, but when we put in the parking space for Grandmom, the soil drainage changed, and it died. This is the replacement, which I hope will thrive, eventually.



I’m glad this is at the bottom of the hill, because it is extremely strong smelling.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sunset after the Storm

It’s been raining since I left work, but the skies cleared in time for this sunset.


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April Flowers

April 6 Flowers 001

The above tree is on my walk home. Unfortunately it was very windy, so the branches kept moving, which made getting a clear picture somewhat difficult.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

PAD: Bird Tracks

Bird Tracks

Bird Tracks

Bird Tracks

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

PAD: Bird Insanity

The most impressive thing is I stood there and kept taking pictures until they decided they were ready to move on, and all took off in a giant feathered mob.

Birds Birds Birds

Birds Birds Birds

Birds Birds Birds

(and for entertainment, I noted all the birds with tweets on Flickr)

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

PAD: Birdfeeder



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Monday, November 22, 2010

PAD: Last Hurrah

Photoshoperized, because it wasn’t a very good picture.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Just Let Me Move this Out of the Way…

All I wanted was to clean the kitchen counter so I could start the rolls.

An hour and a half later, I had a mostly clear spot on the counter, but the rest of the kitchen looked like this:

On the other hand, I got a nice reorganization in, and if I don’t like how it works, I’ll just change things again!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I’ve been whining for the past couple days on Twitter about wanting to know if dressmaking is easier or harder than quilting.

The reason I ask is because I am comfortable as a seamstress, and so don’t want to take on a project that is going to bore me.

I finally used my new machine today (new being a relative term, but then I haven’t sewn since 6 months before Grandmom moved to Morgantown, so it’s been awhile), and after initial battles that resulting in (GASP) reading the instructions, everything seems to be working well. Not thrilled with the low/slow power, but as it was a gift, can’t complain too much, can I?

Click through for two outfits I’ve made; these were probably my two most complex projects:

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

PAD: Sunsets

Apparently it’s camera day for me.



Here is sunset from my porch.

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PAD: Around My Yard

Around My Yard

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

PAD: Sunlight through the Silver Maple

Silver Maple

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