October 2011


by Josh on October 31, 2011 · 6 comments

in Journal

Halloween is in full swing as I type this from my front yard adirondack chair, a fire in my fire pit table, while trick-or-treaters comb the block with their costumes and heavy-laden pillowcases. If you dropped by the house tonight, you’d find jack o’lanterns (the kids designed their own)… toasted pumpkin seeds (a bit overcooked, […]


The New Backyard Plan

by Josh on October 28, 2011 · 6 comments

in Gardens,Projects

A few years ago I beefed up the raised garden bed in my backyard with a decorative fence and soil amendments. My goal was simple: to make the veggie garden more attractive and productive. Three years later, the garden fence still looks good, but I have concluded that no amount of compost in the soil […]



by Josh on October 25, 2011 · 1 comment

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It’s not exactly rain on my wedding day, Alanis, but things are getting awfully ironic around here. Specifially, I have been so productive with house projects this fall you might expect me to have written a slew of blog posts, but instead the site has been quiet for a couple weeks and you, Dear Reader, […]

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Fall Cleanout

by Josh on October 3, 2011 · 3 comments

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Fall is the perfect time to clear the shelves of anything worn-out, used-up or useless and prepare for a few months of inside-only projects. I recently hauled away a car load of hazardous and irregularly recyclable waste that had accumulated in my workshop, including: old cellphones, chargers, cables and other recyclable electronic waste; (check out […]