A Nice Day Outside

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 262024
 

Yesterday was a nice day to be outside, with temperatures in the mid-60s and lots of blue sky overhead. It was definitely too nice of a day to spend it inside. Which was fine because we had plenty to do. Terry wanted to relocate one of her raised planter beds. She currently has three of […]

A Dirty Job Done

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 042024
 

Our son Travis and I knew that cleaning all the debris out from tearing the extra room down in the barn was going to be a dirty job, and we were right. But as Larry the Cable Guy says, we Got-R-Done. But though it was a dirty job, it actually went easier than we expected. […]

Handy New Tools

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 022024
 

I recently acquired a couple of nifty new tools to make life easier around here that I thought I would tell you about today. The first was a set of four Rhino USA retractable ratchet tie down straps. I have always had a love/hate relationship with ratchet straps. They are great for securing loads, but […]

Bats In The Belfry

 Posted by at 1:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 312024
 

You never know what you’re going to run into on any project. I had a mechanic friend who once told me that every thirty-minute job is just one stuck bolt away from a three-day ordeal. When Travis and I were tearing out the extra room in the barn on Monday, we ran into something we […]

Jan 222024
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, the area at the bottom of our deck steps is muddy, and Alli keeps tracking it inside. So we went to Lowe’s and bought some paver blocks to put there. I’m no block layer, but I was hoping to at least cover up enough of the area that she […]

A Cleanup Day

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 212023
 

Yesterday, our son Travis spent the day helping me clean up some of the downed trees and limbs from last summer’s big storm. It’s a project we’ve been wanting to get to and finally had the time to tackle. Between our two Stihl chainsaws and the Kawasaki Mule and DK2 wood chipper, we were well […]

Dec 072023
 

Breakfast at our house usually happens in late morning or even around noon (which I guess makes it brunch), depending when we get up and get in gear in the morning. We are both night owls, and since I often write my blog sometime between 11 and midnight, we seldom get to bed before 1 […]

Nov 272023
 

The Earthquake 33968 K32 wood chipper/shredder I bought from Amazon back in June is an excellent unit for what it is designed for. It handles branches up to three inches and assorted brush fine, but it proved inadequate for the larger branches and limbs we have down on our property from a windstorm a few months […]

Nov 212023
 

We got Terry’s cats, BeeBee and Mai Lyn, spayed a week ago today, and as I wrote in a blog afterward, Mai Lyn was fine after a couple of hours rest. BeeBee seemed to be having some kind of reaction to the medication and hissed and growled at the other critters for a couple of […]

Nov 012023
 

On a trip to Columbus, Mississippi a couple of weeks ago I bought a pair of old steel wagon wheels from a cool little shop called Quirky Antiques. I wanted to put them at the end of the driveway, and while Travis was here the other day helping me with the tractor, we decided to […]

Oct 062023
 

Our friends Jesse and Jennifer arrived a little after noon yesterday and it sure was good to see them again. They lived across the street from us at our place in Edgewater, Florida, and I can’t count the good times we had together, whether it was fishing from our pontoon boat, browsing antique shows, going […]

Travis To The Rescue

 Posted by at 1:09 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 032023
 

We have come to realize that we didn’t so much stain the deck the other day as painted it with stain. Even yesterday evening it was still tacky in some spots. We live and learn. A blog reader said that we should have been wearing a respirator when using the spray gun, and after reading […]

Sep 232023
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, while I was mowing in the back part of our property on Friday, I had what I thought was a blowout on the right rear tire of my Kubota tractor. I was hoping the tire could be repaired instead of having to buy a new one. But as it […]

Range Backstop Day 2

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212023
 

Yesterday Travis and I worked on the backstop for the shooting range for several hours and have pretty much got it completed. The first step was to put one more railroad tie on top of the front row of ties, then we used 2x4s and lag screws to secure all three stacks of ties together. […]

Jamming In The Woods

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 112023
 

Yesterday I decided to take a break from the dead grass problem and concentrate on clearing up some of the downed tree limbs around our property that resulted from a strong storm a couple of months ago. This would be my first time using the Earthquake 33968 K32 wood chipper/shredder I ordered from Amazon back […]

On To Another Project

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 042023
 

I spent a couple of hours yesterday removing the shredded deer fence that didn’t stand up to the elements and pulling up the last of the T-posts from around the fruit trees. All but two of them came out fairly easily, but those two that didn’t were darned difficult! It took a lot of pushing […]

Protecting Her Human

 Posted by at 1:09 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 192023
 

They call German Shepherds Velcro dogs for a reason. Once they find their person, they stick to them like Velcro. Alli was about a year old when we rescued her and she quickly became my Velcro dog. If I so much as get up and walk from one room to the other, she’s right beside […]

Big Boy Toys

 Posted by at 1:14 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 182023
 

You know the old saying that the only difference between men and boys is the cost of their toys. I guess that’s true, and I recently got a couple of new toys to help me out here on the property. Tractors like my Kubota come with what’s called a three-point hitch for attaching implements on […]

Saturday’s Project

 Posted by at 1:13 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 062023
 

It seems like we’ve always got some kind of project going on around here, whether it be a big one like getting a deck built or rehabbing the barn, or small ones like setting up Terry’s new Ooni wood fired pizza oven. One way or the other, we never get bored. Yesterday’s project was assembling […]

Barn Project Part 1

 Posted by at 7:54 pm  Nick's Blog
Aug 022023
 

As I have said before, the big barn at the back of our property is a bit dilapidated but it does have a nice flat concrete floor and is watertight so I keep the tractor implements in there. When the weather looks particularly bad I move the Kubota, the Husqvarna riding lawn mower, and the […]