Making for a “Pic A Nick” Basket, and..

Remember the area that held all the potting supplies?  I want to make a picnic area there.  It’s nice and shaded most of the day.

Before..

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I cleared out the pots, saucers, and bottles.  The floor had concrete laid on it in sections. None of it is flat or even.  Too treacherous for a picnic table.

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Frank began ripping out the concrete today. Yay!  After it’s all out, we are going to fill that area with wood chips.  I want to restore the picnic table – Frank wants to get a new one.

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..here’s what we did yesterday and today..

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Frank moved the chips up and we spread it out in our “turn around” area.  Nice!

To be continued…

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Hanging Crystals & Bulbs

We inherited some glass bulbs with the property.

I had a few crystals – bought more at the annual swap meet in Arizona last year. 

Time to put them up.

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Being apprehensive of hanging fishing line, I used jewelry wire which is nylon coated stainless steel.

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Being extra careful, I used three jewelry clamps per unit.

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I tiered glass beads.

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The hexagon crystal is set on it’s side.

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Hanging around, outside.

To be continued…

Water, water, flower, and tree.

Mom got me a cool water hose.  It expands when it’s full of water, shrinks when water isn’t in it.

It’s a rather delicate tool.  Having broken one before, I decided to make a little bucket, to store it.

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Safety razor blade, next to bucket.   Ready!

I used the razor blade to make one of the holes larger.  Cool.

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I have a barrel on the garden patio, primarily to water the compost. Secondary to help with planting. I put a “bubbler” on the hose so I don’t have to hold the hose while the barrel fills.

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Spearmint and tobacco plant, soaking in water before I transplant.

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This is a resin cast squirrel. Damit was unclear about it.

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Wore my grandmother’s hat!

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Teeny flower. A few bloom.  Has a very short blooming period.

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Barrel done!

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Dang critters made a big hole in the area where logs are waiting to get split.

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EWWWW! I hate having to do this! I filled the hole with dog poop. I strongly encourage the squirrels to relocate. Can’t argue with proven results.

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Went to Oceanside later. These trees are in bloom.  Have no idea what it’s called.  Will upload the pics to an app, which will hopefully identify it.  Would like a couple on our property.

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One flower pod.  Any ideas as to the name?

To be continued…

D-fence and D-shed.

Last Thursday I just kind-of lost it.

I’ll have periods where I’m ignoring and pondering something on the property, and then all of a sudden, I get out the tools and “fix that dang thing, for once and for all!”

That day, it was the plants at the gate. While I was in a good mood, I attacked the shed door next.

The plants line the opening portion of the driveway, to the north-ish.  However, when I open the gate to get the car through, I always have to fight the plants a bit, to keep the gate open.

The electric hedge trimmer required four extension cords, from the house to the gate.  The trimmer came with the property.  I think the blades need sharpening, as the work took longer than expected.

I forgot to take the “before” photo.

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There’s the mangling I did.

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I can almost open the gate as wide as I want, but this is much better.

By the by, below is a short video of the coolest thing that Frank did to the gate. He fixes things so that they work with the least amount of effort.

Little Effort

The trimmer is stored in the shed.  The shed door gets hung up when it’s opened and closed.  I spent about an hour trimming the bottom of it..just right.  Used a cool tool that I bought with Mom at Harbor Freight (some guys tried to pick us up there – ha!).
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See the stacked bricks at the bottom of the door?  I put them there to cover up the hole that the rats were working on.  I began applying wood putty to it, however it was going to take too long to build it. I had to leave that project and think about it more.

Yesterday Frank noticed the shed door opened easier.  He gave the door a quick fix of the hole that the rats have been working on. WHOO-HOO! It’s great when a marriage works like that.

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To be continued…