Caterpillars and Monarchs, Part Two

by Josh on September 1, 2011 · 3 comments

in Journal

Over the past few weeks my family has adopted several monarch caterpillars we found on the milkweed in our yard. In the first part of this story, I shared how those caterpillars grew and formed their chrysalises. Now I can show the transformation from chrysalis to butterfly. A few hours after the caterpillar has made […]


Caterpillars and Monarchs, Part One

by Josh on August 27, 2011 · 3 comments

in Journal

Very little good can come from letting weeds get out of control in your yard. Not only do the weeds look bad, but they can choke out the desirable plants and seed themselves so the problem keeps getting worse. But in the case of milkweed, all those problems come with a glorious perk. Monarchs! You […]


A Perfect Match

by Josh on December 3, 2009 · 6 comments

in furniture,Projects

Just in time for snow flurries, the adirondack chair in my front yard has finally been united with its match. I kept the design the same from the prototype, though I needed to trace some parts directly from the first chair in order to match them. The only other change that I made was to […]


Goodbye Boulevard Tree

by Josh on May 20, 2009 · 9 comments

in Journal

One of the trees in the boulevard alongside the house was highly stressed by the dry weather last summer and the harsh winter that followed. It has not leafed out much this spring and now it won’t get the chance. Yesterday a Minneapolis Park Board truck pulled up and marked the tree. The inspector left […]


Cool Tool: The Snow Plow Shovel

by Josh on December 30, 2008 · 12 comments

in Ideas

My parents and I agreed that we would cut back on Christmas gifts this year, but that didn’t stop “Santa” from delivering an awesome new Snowplow shovel to my front porch the week of Christmas. Readers in warmer locations might not appreciate the value of a great snow shovel, but for my corner lot in […]


A Close Call

by Josh on April 27, 2006 · 0 comments

in Journal

Apparently the neighbors have noticed our recent landscaping work. We’re thankful some other folks have not. Let me explain. Last night Ms. Bungalow and FBS were taking a walk around the block while I was at a meeting. Along the way they met a friend/neighbor who asked what we had done with the aspen grove […]


Uprooting The Aspen

by Josh on April 26, 2006 · 0 comments

in Gardens,Projects

Another day, another landscaping post. Other than a bit of picking up for some houseguests this weekend, we’ve been putting all of our energy into the gardens and yard. Yesterday I dug three young aspen trees out of our backyard to give to a friend who lost a mature oak in his yard in a […]