Random Projects

Rat proofing
Driveway extension
Privacy screens

I was cleaning up my photos and deleted a few other projects. A rain water collection install, soffit repairs (more rat remediation), and bucking firewood, and baseboards.

It sounds like more than it was. I’ve been pretty sluggish recently and have really cut back work. I doubt I’m putting in 10 hours a week right now. Mostly I’m puttering in the yard prepping for winter. Hoses and irrigation winterized, garden harvested and composted. Garlic planted. Flower pots emptied. Still waiting for the begonias to freeze so we can pull the tubers.

It’s going to rain all week. I sense more lazy days.


August rolls onto the downhill side it’s time to harvest the second round from the garden. Another good batch of green beans (they are still blooming!) and the last of the garlic. As this second crop of garlic goes into the shed to dry the first bunch I picked a couple weeks ago come inside for cleaning up.

Garlic Potpourri

These are the smaller varieties we planted. Last fall I put down eight different types as an experiment. No taste tests yet but some types are too small a head for me to bother with them again.

Earlier this week I had company at work.

This fella hung around every day for most of the day. In fact he is the reason I was working at this location. He seems to have decided that this is his turf and is getting a bit too aggressive. He sleeps under the deck and has started to challenge the homeowner when she comes out, snorting and pawing. So, we are closing up all the undersides of the decks and outbuilding. Now he will have to find his shade in the forest.


After a long, cool, wet spring and early summer we at last had some hot days. Not that I am complaining. It has been a great relief to have a cooler year with more moisture than the past several years. The forest needed some time to recover. Another heat dome and I hate to guess how many trees would be falling.

We also finally made it back to the prairies to visit the family. It has been almost three years since we had an in person visit. We decided to drive and took a month all totalled.

One of the reasons we chose to drive was to pick up the latest member of the family…meet Grey.

He is the half brother of Maggie. Same dad, different mom. So far the two get along like gangbusters. Maggie is a great big sister and loves to play with him and looks after him. In fact will run over to him if a large raven flies over. They are also a great help in the yard work 🙄

Fence post hole inspectors at work

I’ve made a decision to change my work regime. I am cutting back to 3 days a week to give me more time in the yard and hopefully at the shop. I have been frustrated by the fact that I have a great arrangement to use this building but to date have taken very little advantage of it. Best to start before the owner decides to sell the place.

Speaking of the owner, finished another project for her too. The downstairs bathroom, which was never completed since they built the house 30 years ago. In fact if was being used as a storage closet. I still have some bits to finish like cleaning up the old door frame and hanging the pocket door to the shower, but it’s 95% there.

Rain out

Rain and snow and hail today so no way was I going to hang siding. Off to the shop…

Last week the wind finally trashed the pvc pipe car port I build a few years ago. I want to build the new one a different way because the pvc kept collapsing under a snow load.

I am going to build the it using the greenhouse Gothic arch idea. This is a new thing for me so I guess we’ll see how it goes

Built the glue up jig and cut some lamination strips for a trial go. I definitely went to school on this one. Many lessons learned and some changes are in order before I try the next rib. In need to make 12 of these so lots of opportunities to do better.



In a few months we will be crying for a few drops. Come summer we could have months go by without a any rain. People’s wells go dry and rainwater cisterns empty. Keeping gardens alive becomes harder. So I guess I should not complain about today.

It has been a cool wet spring. Daytime highs are 5-6°C cooler than normal yet nights have been warmer. Our yard is quite forested so we are always cooler and later starting than places with more sun. The sun is actually quite warm when it is out. I’ve been in some other yards that have been cleared and the growth is 2-3 weeks ahead of us. That’s normal even in a less cool spring.

So I know I should not complain when I got up to another rainy day. Soon enough I will be wishing for one. But with the trees and bushes just barely starting to open buds I really desire a few warm days.

It is hard to get motivated to get outside when its raining. Whether I am going to work on my own projects or work for someone else, 90% of the things I need to do are outside. And I hate working in the rain. My hands get cold my feet get caked in mud. Everything is slow going.

So I won’t. I have one project I can do indoors that will take me a couple weeks of effort, probably spread out over a couple months in real time. Looks like today will be the start date.

Rain days.


Sunday Sports Day

Ok, call me petty but I couldn’t be happier to see the Riders beat the Stamps today. I have had enough of overrated Bo Levi and Dave “The Dick” Dickenson. Dave was a whiny player and is a whiny coach. The stupid pretend kick to try to draw an offside was probably the cheapest coaching move I’ve seen in a long long time.

It is also awesome the Fajardo is going to the west final. I really like his play. Unfortunately I suspect Winnipeg will de assemble the Riders and ship them home in an old shoe box.

I feel sorry for the Fleury team. You should be going to the Olympics. Tough break. Curling can be an unforgiving game. Jen can be good but she has become so inconsistent. We’ll have to keep our fingers crossed.

On the curling note I’m even happier that Koe lost yesterday. Not only lost but quit after 6. WTF? Need a hanky Kevin? I still haven’t forgiven you for the 2018 Olympics. This is what you get for taking Morris in. John has ruined many a good team. The guy is team culture poison. He should have to wear a hazard label.

I had no favourite in the mens. Jacobs or Gushue can both represent.

Pumpin and blowin

Well here’s a first. Today we go to the gym to get an orientation session and a bit of time with a trainer. We’ve never had gym memberships before. In fact I’ve always been a bit scornful of gyms as I figure if I want to exercise I don’t need a gym to do that. I have lots of free alternatives.

So what’s changed?

First off the weather. We like to do a daily walk but walking in the pouring rain can get old in a hurry. Especially when its raining and 2°C. So being able to use a treadmill or elliptical inside is nice. This is sweet baboo’s biggest factor.

Second is more subtle. If I spent the money to join I’m just cheap enough to make sure I use it. So…motivation to actually exercise.

Third, the doc says if I want my back to stop hurting I will need to build core strength, and some trainer advise will be appreciated.

It’s open 24/7 too so hopefully we can find a time when it is fairly empty and satisfy our personal COVID protocols. I’ll let you know how it’s working out. See what I did there? Ha! I kill me.

Chair warming

So I’m still broken.

Going on four weeks and I’m still off with a gibbled back. There has been improvement but not enough for me to risk going to work. Luckily is has been raining almost every day for two weeks so I’d be sitting at home most like anyway. I would have liked to get into the shop but I can’t stand more than a few minutes so that’s not happening yet.

I had to disconnect the internet feature on the gate. It was opening at random times by itself. An internet search shows this seems to be a common complaint. I guess I should have done more research. The gate opener itself is solid so we’ll just use regular remotes for now. I will be adding a manual push button to open it for our walks.

Mrs Magg-nificent suddenly decided her puppy kibble was unsatisfactory resulting in an unplanned trip to the local feed store to play brand/favour roulette. Success first try and she’s back to gobbling up her meals.

Speaking of Maggie, holy crap does she run like the wind. I’ll try to get a photo or a video.