August 27th, 2016 by grant

The sloping backyard has always been a problem with regard to mowing the grass and as I get older its more of a concern. Since the drought we have let the lawn die and it’s been looking pretty bad. Sandy had the great idea of extending the lower wall, leveling it off and planting sod. It looks great but I’m not looking forward to the water bill as we have to keep it wet til the roots grab hold.


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May 15th, 2012 by grant

Aunty Amy & Aunty Janet brought us a pair of lovely plants last Sunday. I thought I would photograph them before I kill them (unintentionally of course).

February 21st, 2012 by grant

Sandy owns an iPhone and the AT&T signal in our house is terrible. The same is true for my iPad. What’s odd is I can see the cell tower from the guest bedroom. So in previous wall opening session for speaker installations I noticed horizontal metal bars throughout the walls. Anyway not to get technical, in order to get a better signal I was looking into a cell phone repeater, but that meant I’d have to run cables through the walls mount an antenna in the attic. I had the items in my Amazon cart for months as I dreaded doing that. One day I just happened to stumble upon an AT&T Microcell. This unit has an antenna and it routes cell signals from your phone to your router. We had it for a few weeks and we haven’t had any dropped calls. It is only for the iPhone though.

August 13th, 2011 by grant

Prepping for Labor Day weekend, we planted a little bit of color in the lower patio.


April 2nd, 2011 by grant

This morning was so nice I decided to photograph the orchids. I’m sure the ones I got from my Father will never look this good again. Oh and Ben supervised.


December 4th, 2010 by grant

I have 31 landscape lights in the backyard and while they are 12VDC they still consume some power. In an effort to use less power I tried 10watt bulbs, but they didn’t seem to last very long. I also tried 5 watt CFL bulbs but quality control was spotty (some bright some very dim). I tried multiple LED bulbs but they were not bright enough. I even tried high priced 5 watt LED bulb but they cast a blue color. Now after many attempts I found a 60 SMD LED bulb that cast a warm light and consumes only 4 watts rather than the 20 watt incandescent ones. Pretty geeky eh? But going from a total of 620 watts to 124 watts is pretty ding dang cool.

July 14th, 2010 by grant

Tired of the drab lower patio we planted some flowers to add a bit of color.

March 16th, 2008 by grant


Last year for Christmas, Jim & Kelly gave us … Duck Butts. Actually, it’s a coat hanger. The piece of art rested in various places at the house until we decided that the ideal place to hang the butts was in the downstairs bathroom.

It replaces the existing towel rack so that had to be removed, which left white patches on the wall. So the wall had to be spackled and painted. Since we couldn’t match the existing paint, we decided to paint the whole room. Since we were going to paint, we thought we might as well replace the ugly lights. Might as well tile the floor, too. While we were at it, we replaced the old 1st generation low flush toilet. The molding got destroyed during demolition, so we replaced that, too.

Three weeks later, we finally hung the Duck Butts. Thanks Jim & Kelly. Give a fruit cake next time!