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Patio is Improving July 30, 2015

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land,Gardening — Colli @ 9:00 am

Last I shared with you we still had some cleaning up to do. It was challenging for us because the foster pup, Tank, kept getting into everything and breaking out of the dog pen.

To make the yard look cleaner I moved the firewood to the side of the house where my potted garden is and took down the greenhouse until I need it again. Then we moved the BBQs to the space where the green house was. Moving the BBQ pits now allows us to use them without worrying about power lines or branches overhead. To make the area a bit more functional I also added the bakers rack which can be used as a counter surface for utensils as needed.

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Adding hanging planters with coral bells gave me some variation to the height of the patio and something to catch the eye.

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In one corner of the patio I added a large pot with coral bells and hydrangea in it. It balances the flower I placed on the tile bar table on the other side of the patio.

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We still plan to extend the patio and add some nice furniture but this is my compromise with myself until then.

Now I am off to try to make the dog yard fence more secure and give it some life.

 

Summer Vacation Crafting Adventures July 23, 2015

During my summer break from college classes I am determined to do some crafting. While in school I do not have time to do any of crafts. I decided to start with painting ceramics which is kind of like going back to the basics for me. I painted:

Napkin Rings

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Piggy Bank

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Welcome Sign with interchangeable insert

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inserts for my canister set in the kitchen

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Next I will be completing a cross stitch bookmark for myself, then working on completing quilts and printing pictures so that I can update my scrapbooks. Trying to get as much done as I can! =)

 

Plumbing Sucks! July 21, 2015

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 8:56 am

When we put the grey water line from the laundry under gravel it stopped acting up, at least for a couple of days. Then it happened again with vengeance! OUr neighbor called in a favor and got a plumber our to our house a couple of weekends ago. He arrived on Friday night, took a look and started trouble shooting with my husband. On Saturday morning he was back out with more tools to test other options. By saturday afternoon we could not unclog the line so we made the plan to install new pipe from the kitchen to the sewage line from the bathroom to the main sewage line.

Step one was to dig out the trenches for the pipes:

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It took a bit more digging then I have pictures for because we had to find the main line. We ended up with about 3 small holes and 1 large one that we did not need but we found the line.

Step two was to make sure that the trenches sloped down toward the main line:

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Step 3 Break away concrete and install the pipes:

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Step 4 attach new line to bathroom line:

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Step 5 test the line and cry:

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The pipe where the laundry line and the kitchen connect is leaking. It is not an installation error but small holes in the cast iron pipe. We are told that can be caused by draino being used because if it sits in the line it will eat the iron.

Step 6 Break away the stucco and fit the pipe:

 

Step 7 retest and pray:

 

Change to Grey Water July 14, 2015

A few months ago the drain for our washing machine backed up on to the floor in the garage. We called out a plumber and he told us that the pipe had collapsed under our house (about 15 ft). For a raised house that is an ok job to fix but our house is a slab foundation so we were told that we would need to rip up our kitchen floor to find the pipe and repair it. The plumber told us that it was a terra-cotta pipe under our house because that is what they used in the 1950s. Estimated cost $900.00 just to find the problem, not including to fix it or the fact that we would then have to redo the entire kitchen from the ground up.

Later we called and spoke to my Dad about all the information we had been given and the options  we have. The plumber was not correct about the pipe used or where the collapse was. Terra-cotta pipes were used leading up to the house but not under the house. So if there is a collapse 15 feet into the line it is the terra-cotta pipe in our back yard, not under the kitchen floor.

The problem was not solved with this knowledge but it at least reduced the looming close of repairs. Dad took me to Home Depot and we bought the parts needed to change our drain to grey water. He is really amazing! My Dad was able to visualize the route the pipe would take and the correct measurements!

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We had to knock a hole in the stucco to install the piping. The piping ran along the edge of the house to the yard like this until the end of June. There was some water backing up into the garage again so we checked the pipe to be sure there were no clogs. No clogs were found so we traced it back to the kitchen sink which started to back up.

I was already working on the yard and planning on putting this pipe under ground and extending it out farther so I did.

First I dug a trench out as far as we needed and Damion capped of a sprinkler line we did not need. Then the men helped me to fill in the trench with 1,000 pounds of gravel.

 While completing this I came up with a few plans for the back yard, luckily the front yard is almost done. Slowly but surely I am getting the yards the way I want them to look. Well time to get moving again!

 

Potted Garden July 9, 2015

Filed under: Gardening — Colli @ 10:25 am

The potted garden is more like a pot and bin garden this year. I had some older bins which were no longer needed for storage of firewood so I made them into planters. After some research I found out that the addition of peat to your soil helps it naturally retain water. I liked this because of the drought we are in so I bought a large bag to mix in with the soil for the garden. Each bin is 1/2 potting soil and 1/2 peat soil. I ran a drip line along the dog pen fence line to the garden but it does not water daily. I watched to see how the plants were doing with the reduced water and I am pleased to say that they peat made a difference.

Now that I have:

  • pots & planters in place
  • plants planted  
  • wood pile cleaned up  
  • cement mixer moved
  • storage shed assembled and in place

All I need to do is fertilize and plan on how to make the area look a little prettier. Okay, not all the plants in the garden are vegetable or fruit plants.  

 Some are flowers but I thought that it was good to start out with some of each to see what does well and what needs to be changed.    

 

Happy 4th of July July 4, 2015

Filed under: Life's Precious Moments — Colli @ 8:00 am

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Project Grass No More Has Begun June 25, 2015

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land,Gardening — Colli @ 10:50 am

The end of summer this year is my deadline to eliminate the grass in the front yard. My plan is to add planter edging to the planters that need is and mark off where the paths will be. The yards is slowly starting to take shape.

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I am slowly changing the sprinklers to drip line and calculating the amount of gravel I will need. Before I can buy the gravel I need to locate a rock company in our area because I do not like the rocks Home Depot sells in bags. But I am pleased with how things are progressing.

 

 

 
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