It’s an unofficial blog birthday! My blog has actually reached it’s teenage years! I actually started blogging in 1999, however something happened with my self hosted webpage and I lost everything from 1999 until June 2000. In 2001 I discovered b2 and everything changed! b2 -A classy news/weblog tool (aka logware). No more static webpages that seemed to run on forever. It’s hard to believe that when I started ‘blogging’ it was such a new thing. It was even more impressive to myself that I setup and installed my own blogging software. All I needed was a hosting environment, a database and PHP. It’s amazing how far blogs/weblogs have come! Anyone can set up a blog and be blogging in no time!
Let’s try a little test to see how much my electric bill goes down. The trick will be dealing with all the rain we’ve been getting here lately. I found this clothes dryer at Dirt Cheap for only $7 which to me seems like a deal. I added a umbrella stand so that we don’t have to cement it into the ground. Plus now it’s portable and I can move it to the porch if it rains. 35 years ago this was the only kind of clothes dryer that I had. Money was tight and I was young so I had to save every way that I could. Drying clothes in the winter was fun especially if it went below freezing during the day.
Staystay tuned for a monthly savings update.
So I was checking out some gardening equipment online a few months back and stumbled across one of these. It’s a self watering planter for people who don’t have a lot of space, plus it can be used on the patio or a porch if that’s all you have. Plus it’s $40.
Considering I’m the type of person who likes to deconstruct things just to see how they work here’s what came next. My engineering mind figured I could probably construct my own self watering planter for less money and here’s what happened. After doing a little research around the garage I found enough items to do what I needed except for a good 5 gallon bucket. I picked up a good bucket at the hardware store and now it was time to put things together.
Since the planters are pretty heavy and a little awkward to move when filled I decided to put them on planter casters. This worked out great when we had a late frost as I just rolled them into the garage and back out once things warmed back up. We did have a windstorm on day and one of the planters blew over, actually it blew the planter and it rolled off the side of the sidewalk and turned over. I’ve fixed that now by adding a paver next to the buckets so they don’t roll.
Here’s what it looks like today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzkf-tSdcxc
In 2000 someone at work was going to throw out a small cactus plant that just wouldn’t grow. I took it since I knew it only needed more light than what it was getting in the office. Well it didn’t fare too well for me in my sun room either. Then two weeks ago I moved it to my front steps and now it’s booming! Maybe it’s happy now in its new home or either it’s going through some type of blooming cycle that comes around every 14 years or so. I’ll never know but I can enjoy its blooms!
*June 1, 2014 – Update – that was the only day the blooms were open.
I hope everyone has a safe and fun Memorial Day..
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.