The New Backyard Plan

by Josh on October 28, 2011 · 6 comments

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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 […]


Newton’s First Law of Air Conditioning

by Josh on September 26, 2011 · 7 comments

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An air conditioner at rest will remain at rest unless it is acted upon by a careless dolt (me) who doesn’t hold onto it during removal. An air conditioner in motion will remain in motion until it is acted upon by the mass of the planet earth beneath my backyard patio. This little accident could have […]


DIY Detergent, Lego Cake, Eagle

by Josh on October 21, 2009 · 3 comments

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Battling a cold and preparing for my oldest son’s sixth birthday, my do-it-yourself projects took a little different form this past weekend. DIY Laundry Detergent I have read a few blog posts lately about people making their own laundry soap, and with my detergent running low, I decided to give it a try.  There are […]


I Need An Intervention

by Josh on May 5, 2006 · 0 comments

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I made a promise to myself that before I posted another story about landscaping, I would strip some paint or do some plumbing or do something other than buy more plants. I had every intention of delaying my next fix until the big Friends School plant sale mentioned by StuccoHouse. But a couple nights ago […]