Sunday, February 17, 2019

tuckered out, with good reason

in which our plucky heroine notices that Isabel and I got a LOT done this weekend, in addition to all I wrote about yesterday ...

The caddy I bought on Saturday had some structural issues that made actual assembly impossible. Exchanging it was easy. I  decided to replace the painted green handle wedges with ones of plain wood, which was an simple task with scrap wood, saw, and a bit of filing. I'm thinking of using it for scribal stuff...

Upon returning to Ikea, we also were able to score some Really Large pieces of corrugated cardboard from their recycle bins. Slowly over time, we've been laying down cardboard in the backyard and layering chips over them to help flatten the yard and suppress weeds. This weekend we probably doubled the area covered, as Sunday was not rainy,which made yardwork possible. My plan for the area around the plum thicket, which is really lumpy, is to first lay down some chips in the worst of the divots, then put down cardboard, and then another thin layer of chips to hold the cardboard down. My long range goal is to have a yard with assorted food growing areas and planters, and no lawn at all.

We also made a quick trip across the river to Vancouver, for anti-inflammatory topical salve, and checked several sources before finding the wood trim pieces to finally finish putting the bathroom sink area together. That saga originally started back in 2007, and the new sink installation began five years ago. If all goes well, the trim pieces will be painted and installed this year. Truly, I am not a house carpenter, I don't even play one on teevee, and most of these sorts of things require figuring out How To Do It, since most of them are not simple standard repairs covered in the books and videos of DIY

These are two of the three "housey-tool zones" which Isabel and I spent a lot of time decluttering this weekend... now everything in there is both Actually Useful and clearly labeled, as well as no longer obscured by all the random "could maybe be useful someday" bits. There is another set of shelves that holds things like hardware, and light bulbs and tape oh my... but that is a task for a different day.

February SMART goals (x=extra)
1 bright feathers top for Mom leaky undersinkbag to Goodwill
2 taupe/teal feathers knit top neckline bindingbag to Goodwill
3 11 4oz jars marmalademore chips spread bag to Goodwill
4 mushroom print blouse
chicken bedding bag to Goodwill
5 Seville marmaladex rusty toolbox
6 4 jars Awesome Sauce x x
7 Pomelo marmalade x x
8 blood orange marmalde x x
9 x
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10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - as the saying goes... I might be old, but I got to see a lot of good bands...


  1. It's so refreshing and comforting to see clean open spaces instead of jumbled dusty messes around us. Must be some sort of ancient instinct to avoid clutter.

    How long have you been doing the cardboard layers in the yard? I am always interested in methods of weed prevention. When I put my vegetable beds in--more than ten years ago--I put at least an inch of newspapers down. On one hand I wasn't convinced it would work, since newsprint breaks down pretty easily in water. On the other hand, I thought I might be overdoing it with that much. It actually did work surprisingly well, but only for about five years, after which I got weeds everywhere. Maybe I will use corrugated cardboard in my next go-round with the planters.

    1. not sure how long the cardboard under the chips will hold up, but the cardboard is free