Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Bright Spot

What a difference a week makes! NO rain for 3 whole days and cool and sunny! Makes the work go much better when I'm not sweating bullets with the heat n humidity.  I didn't even need the fan yesterday when I painted...I finished painting the Sunroom...I LOVE it, its quirky and fun...and GREEN!

and BLACK AND WHITE!    
This room is off the screen porch and has a cement floor....so I decided to have some fun with that...I still have to touch up some black to white bleed, but I really LIKE IT....the screen porch floor will be next, I will paint it mostly black but some checkerboard maybe in the alcove area.  I guess I should have taped it out so it would have been perfect, but perfect is boring...I don't have time for perfect!


I removed the sash style window and put in plate glass,,,,at first I thought I would close up this window all together, but on the other side is the kitchen and it needs all the light it can get so Im planning to put a stained glass applique up...I used a section of the plate glass that was in the East facing wall of windows...the top center one, I took it to be cut down the width was perfect, but it was a little too long, and the glass shop did it for me and didnt charge me! That was sweet...did I mention I dont have a budget? The funding for my repairs is coming from selling off the extra stuff on ebay!! 




That's the glass in its new location...Yep the water heater is in this room, and an old vent pipe, I've got a plan to find or build from scraps a cabinet I can slide over it and slide off if it needs service. I may be moving the laundry to this area too, not decided yet, but I THINK SPACE has to have a JOB...so now this space needs a job..a purpose.


SO THAT a BRIGHT SPOT for sure!! 



This old enamel table is one I've had for a LONG time, it was sitting in the old Greenhouse I used it at one time as a potting table, BUT yikes,,,, the legs have decayed sooo, ITS gonna get new legs, and gonna sit in this room by the sunny window! I would love to put all Retro Looking things in this room!  Shouldn't be hard since everything I own is RETRO! HA.




PEACE

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Tool Kit.

I downloaded Google Chrome, and it has helped me with some of the issues I am having with my computer chores..I say chores cause I have quite a lucrative Ebay selling biz that I have to keep up with..HECK I made $20 bucks last month..HAHA.  All kidding aside I am shipping a few boxes a week, so its a lot to keep up with...Chrome is better in some instances.  Besides... "EBAY FORCED ME TO DO IT"...so I didn't have a choice, every time I logged on it said YOUR browser ain't cutting it, so if you really want to LIST that item you better get an updated browser, I called tech support, all the way to India..
I like it when I decide which tool I"m gonna use...
so I snapped a few photos of some of my most favorite tools, the ones that really help me cut the DIY work load in half..


First off its the paintbrush cleaning receptacle!


These are the handy dandy stackable organizers for screws, nuts, nails, and such...

                     



NEXT,,,,the irreplaceable  paintbrush extension...cant reach it without this...


and last but certainly not least...I hate it when the tip of the caulk tubes gets clogged up with dried up caulk... so I came up with the non latex-caulk tube cover...


I hope everyone has a good sense of humor...ALL These tips are really good ones and completely FREE! 



PEACE

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

ITS A BOY!

SO far I'm still unable to type directly in the editor... its discouraging *sigh* seems every place I visit regularily online has suddenly changed to a point where I no long ENJOY it! My old photo spot, Flickr, is horrible after the upgrade, Facebook is very confusing, and now blogger is trying to lock me out too...BIG GROWL!!

BUT I have to blog about my melon....so here goes in html mode...
I KNOW Its a LOT of chatter and limelight for just an old melon...but ITS MY FIRST so I have to bragg and share. I picked it today, it weighed in at 5 lbs!!!

PICKED IT!

the stem...

I hope its ripe, I didnt really know how to tell, but I was getting scared since its turned really hot, I dont want it to get over exposed! I have had pumpkins not make it through August due to the heat, they will literally cook, then rot n die...



I will save these seeds because they must be very hardy since they came up on their own from the compost pile and grew a melon to this size, there were 3 melons originally this one took off the other 2 shriveled up and died right away.

...and my tomatoes kinda went nutz they are outgrowing the pots...I get about one per day off them..one is a cherry the other is also a small pear shaped tomato..

my tomato plants

Believe it or not last fall I collected some seed pods from the pitcher plants that grow in Goodale State Park, near me...and I put the seeds in some seed starter and made this little terrarium from an empty Fast Food container I got out of the trash! I cut a small slit in the top for ventilation and ITS been in there since last October, and the little pitchers are actually growing! IF these do actually get large enough to transplant that will be amazing...I never thought they would sprout, it did take about 16 weeks for them to sprout!!

Pitcher Plants

IM still working on the DIY home project that helps me to stay in shape...Flossie stays in shape doing YOGA!

Flossie

She calls this one Upward Facing Dog!!






PEACE

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Friday, August 2, 2013

What Growing in DixxeLand!

I'm having some problems creating a blog post! Last week I gave up...Blogger is not allowing me to type into the editor window, in compose mode, so I have to shift back and forth between HTML and Compose..not fun. Is it just me or the web getting more difficult and more unstable...instead of easier to navigate?
IT could be because Im using windows XP and Explorer 7.0 lol And the scrolling bar that should be here in the edit box is missing

SO I have no idea how this post will turn out! I'll give it a try.

Finally the weekend...I will be working on my DIY home make over project... still on the inside of the same room off the porch. Im just not making the kind of progress I had hoped to. I believe its because Im doing some projects that are brand new to me so Im learning as I go. Budget has a lot more to do with it! I HAVE NONE..lol so that is a big draw back..so Im repurposing and reusing when I can.
Meanwhile here is something completely free and wonderful MY MELON, its a cantaloupe!




LOOK how big with all the rain we've had this month...our norm for July is about 5.5 inches, some counties got 22 inches THIS MONTH! We have already had more than our annual rainfall for the year and we have 5 months to go, our annual is about 43 inches, we've had close to 50 alread! My pasture grass has grown so tall I cant mow it with my old worn out mower, so Ill wait till fall and once frost hits it a couple times I can cut it down then....
Meanwhile I found a local to help me out with it, but she hasnt been able to make a dent in it!

My Yard Deer

She tried to help me out in the old house yard too...


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Some of the containers I made up this year have done pretty good. I like to root my own plants from year to year. I take cuttings and place them in the a jar with rocks and some water and a root soon grows, I keep it on the window ledge till its time to pot it outside...I rooted this wonderful Purple and bronze colored sweet potato vine this is the 3rd yr Ive had it now...and that pot its in? Well that is a repurposed fire pit, the Pit part! Someone tossed it out in the dumpster out back of the building where I work...so I dragged it out...I drilled a hole in the bottom for dainage, and I placed it in an old planter base and positioned it behind a stone I brought back from the mountains one yr..and its DONE so well! I also winter rooted the Dusty Miller and the Coleus that is in that mixed container. The elephant ears ended up in pots this yr too...



Another mixed container Ive enjoyed this year is the old strawberry pot...this Green Sweet Potato vine I winter rooted along with the purple Wandering Jew. Ive had this pot for manyyy years.



NOW if Miss Deer could get to this poor Fig Tree she would make a right mess of it! I bought it 4 yrs ago. Planted it out in the pasture, and it was eaten right to the ground the first yr, I put a wire cage around it and it grew about 6 inches yr 2 and then they tore into the wire and chewed it down again...yr 3 I gave up...this year I dug up the root and one tiny shoot in the spring and put it in a pot RIGHT next to the house, literally, and LOOK how much its grown in just a couple months! I plan to reset it into a larger pot when the leaves come off in the fall. MAYBE If I leave it in a pot I MAY actually get a fig or two!



Ill take some photos of my progress of the old sunroom make over, and share when its DONE,,,,,I want a finished PROJECT for a change!! Meanwhile the forecast for tomorrow is 30% chance of showers! My little peace sign disappeared I hope it will appear in the next post....



PEACE