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Building a Chicken Run -- A Weekend Project??

Building a Chicken Run — A Weekend Project??

After having chickens for a few months, we started to see both the up- and the down-sides of the little creatures: Upside – they give you tasty eggs (eventually (not that I’m bitter or anything)) Downside – they poop indiscriminately on everything (not that I’m bitter or anything)   So put that nifty little lattice “gate”...
The Chickens Pay Their Rent...Finally!

The Chickens Pay Their Rent…Finally!

When Lynne first said she wanted chickens three years ago, I chuckled and thought “aw, that’s cute…No way!” Fast forward just over two and a half years, and guess who was scraping chicken litter out from the coop?! My one bit of solace was that soon we would have delicious and healthy farm fresh eggs,...
Beauty in the Chaos

Beauty in the Chaos

I will be the first to admit my life has been kind of insanely busy as of late. But in the best, best way possible. I used to try to write on a normal, frequent basis about what was going on in my life, going on with our house, going on with the theme of...
Decking Over the Pool!

Decking Over the Pool!

Remember that time we got a tree trimmed and the whole tree ended up being dead so the tree trimmers put it in our dilapidated pool for us as a “favor”?  And then we decided to burn the branches, resulting in a bunch of scorched charred trunk sitting in the bottom of our pool? Here...
Porch Swing Wine Glass Holder

Porch Swing Wine Glass Holder

With the porch bed swing hung, we were close to getting some use out of our new furniture…but something was missing.  I couldn’t quite figure it out until I tried to give Lynne a glass of wine while she was hanging out on the bed.  There’s no place to put your wine glass!  Unacceptable!! So I set...
Hanging the Porch Swing

Hanging the Porch Swing

So the swing is constructed, but there are two problems- 1) it’s unpainted (which apparently isn’t ideal) and 2) it is hard to swing on it when it’s sitting on the floor! Thankfully, I have an amazingly talented wife to help me with problem 1.  Remember, I am the guy who wanted to “just grab...
Porch Bed Swing? ... Porch Bed Swing!

Porch Bed Swing? … Porch Bed Swing!

What in the world is a porch bed swing?  Well, it’s pretty much what the name implies – it’s a porch swing that is made with a twin bed mattress.  Kind of nifty, but not super popular; only a handful of companies actually make sure swings, so we knew if we wanted one, it was...
Stamping Our Paw Print

Stamping Our Paw Print

The little flagstone landing at the bottom of the stairs got damaged by the contractors working on the back porch and we asked them to repair it.  They agreed, but when we got home from work, we saw they had only repaired it by pouring concrete and not replacing any of the flagstone.  The stones...
My First Pool Fire

My First Pool Fire

Yes, a pool fire is quite a strange concept, but that is only because you are probably thinking of a normal pool… You know, with water!  Our pool was not so lucky and was actually filled with tree instead.  (Our pool) So after a little over a year of trying to figure what to do...
Inspired to Take On the Pool?

Inspired to Take On the Pool?

The first time we came to look at this house, the sellers had a photo album of the house in its glory days and this is one of the photos from the album:   Aaaaand here’s what the pool looked like before we moved in:   We did a ton of clearing around the pool area...
Lightning Better Not Strike Twice

Lightning Better Not Strike Twice

  On Thursday after work, I arrived home to a huge branch off a tree.  It was raining and I’d heard we were supposed to get 4 inches of rain in one afternoon, but I hadn’t heard anything about thunderstorms.  My first thought was the guy we’d hired to trim all of the trees did...
Moving the Spigot

Moving the Spigot

  When we bought the house, there was no backyard fence (we had one installed before we moved in) and the “lawn” tumbled onto what became the side field.  The side field had a little outhouse– see the above photo– and a wonderful water spigot.  We decided to build the fence with the spigot on the...
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