Canada Geese

Pool opening is turning into an epic battle – turning a pond into a pool

My brother opened the pool on Memorial Day. It was in bad shape. Ducks, tadpoles and frogs. I even had a couple Canada geese show up. Saw those and I was like, ah no, no you don't, OUT! They didn't seem to want to leave, but they finally took off and never came back. Some people have built businesses keeping those things off property. That said, I was getting my nails done a couple of weeks ago and there was…

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Fern

Perennial bulbs not my forte apparently – sticks and death

Starting plants from bulbs is not my forte apparently. I bought some Christmas ferns, clematis, caladiums and some coral bell perennial bulbs from Costco and all but the ferns, two caladiums and a clematis made it. I suppose the Christmas ferns may eventually make it, but right now they are pathetic sticks. The only caladiums that made it were the ones I planted indoors, the others I put in a bag with soil and they all rotted. I heard they were…

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Painting Deck

Painting the deck with Pittsburgh Paints Revitalize, oh what fun it is – NOT!

Painting the deck was probably one of the worse jobs to date, even worse than painting the kitchen cabinets. I can't even begin to add up all the hours I have into this job, on top of that it almost killed me. And it is not finished yet. I pressure washed it back in April, then the weather wasn't cooperating, and then I tried the whole tarp thing to keep it dry and that backfired, and then the prep was…

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Spigot

Spigot oddity why are leaves coming from the faucet?

I was minding my own business, as usual, when I saw the house plant in the corner looking a little droopy. This means he's thirsty. Bad thing about him is, he is one of those that lets you know when it's thirsty, but then rewards you with brown leaves after you water it. It's a Peace Lily. So, I have been really wrapped up in getting the deck done, pretty much all I have been doing, so everything else is…

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Edging

Edging a garden bed – lessons learned and behind the scenes

I know there are a lot of ways to edging a garden bed, but this worked well for me and I had all the tools required to get it done. I think the mattock helped with not removing too much soil with the grass. In my opinion, the spade and the mattock worked very well. I thought I did a good job of not whacking myself in the ankle, or shin with the mattock, but I have a bruise and a lump…

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Edging A Garden Bed

How to edge a garden bed

The grass is getting as tall as the juniper trees, I figured it was time to edge the garden bed. Granted, the rain has not only delayed the deck job. It was one of those things I just couldn't look at any more. I did not want to use any type of border. I wanted it easy to mow around, and to get it done fairly quickly without added extra steps like bricks or any type of edging material. I totally…

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Loctite Adhesive

Deck prep and thoughts of unique gifts – I know, it’s weird

I was working on the deck yesterday, more prepping to use Pittsburgh Paint's Revitalize, and for some reason I started to think of something I did for my February granddaughter for her first birthday, it was a very unique gift, and pretty cool too. I suppose it was me going in and out to get more goop. I refer to goop as any form of substance that is dispensed with a goop gun – ha ha ha ha, also known as a caulking…

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Toilet Paper Roll Patent

Toilet paper over or under? Over, according to the patent

The next phase of the deck project has been on hold due to the relentless raining. It has not rained since May 5, but looking at the weather forecast, doesn't look like I will be doing anything until mid-May. In the mean-time I will be doing more prep work to ensure a nice prepped surface for good results. I also noticed that a couple of the grasses didn't make it, and I have a couple in stock I can replace…

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DIY Safety

Juniper trees, the deck and the bald headed robin

Juniper Trees The rain subsided today, so I decided to mow the lawn. The lawn still isn't that great, and doesn't grow very fast, but it was time. As I was out there mowing, I noticed that everybody else already had mowed, even the one neighbor who seems like he shouldn't own a house. The place looks vacant, he's one of those, whatever those is. I did notice he hired somebody to mow, which is new this year for him. All…

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Bath Sponge

It’s the first of the month, do you know where your bath sponge has been?

I'm not going to lie. I was one of those people who used that mesh bath pouf until it practically fell apart, eeew. Funny thing is it's one of those things I always try to keep in stock and have on hand for guests. It was just one of those things I never got around to changing. I'd only remember after I got in the shower. There's not much worse than having to get out of the shower after you…

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