Category Archives for Home Maintenance

A Lesson in Chainsaw Chains

I finally got around to seeing about having my chainsaw chains professionally sharpened. I now have three of them, the one that came with the saw, one purchased at Tractor Supply Company, and one purchased through Amazon. All three chains look pretty much the same to me, and I was given the impression that they […]

It’s Early Spring in Windy Woods

Not much happening in Windy Woods this week.  Biggest thing this weekend was cutting and splitting wood. I think I have enough cut and split now to finish out the cold for this winter.  After all, it is officially spring.  The sun is now slightly north of straight east and west. I did take advantage […]

Preparing to Fence

Now that the ground is starting to thaw, it’s time to begin thinking about setting up our first fenced pasture. Cassidy’s math book recently gave me a piece of information that will be very useful for this project. This is the fact. The rectangle with the greatest area is a square. It’s easy enough to […]

New Dishwasher Arrives

The new dishwasher has arrived.  No, that’s not Sadie Grace, though I do expect she’ll do her share of dishes for the family at some point. One thing about having the sink’s outflow drain pipe freeze a couple of weeks ago was, I got  to noticing just how yucky the unused dishwasher was. I’m not […]

How Much Wood Does Windy Woods Need

March 3, 2015

Quick answer, more than I had ready for this winter. This will be our third winter in Windy Woods, and for the third winter, we have run out of cut and split firewood before spring has warmed up enough to make the stove unnecessary. I'm beginning to think that no matter how much I have […]

Where Murphy Gets the Boot, and Windy Woods Gets its Kitchen Sink Back

February 25, 2015

It’s been a bitterly cold two weeks here in Windy Woods.  I’ve started cutting into my reserve pile of wood, you know, the one I never expected to even touch, and it’s only February. Well, Monday night the children were telling me the kitchen sink wasn’t draining, and I’m like, oy, all that food we’ve […]

The Best $100 I Ever Spent

February 19, 2015

No, this isn’t an advertisement, though it might sound like it.  A few months ago I was chatting with a buddy, and happened to mention that I wished there were such a thing as a manual hydraulic wood splitter.  Dang, but I wish I had said something along these lines ages ago, because he immediately […]

Spring Chores are Beginning

Mailbox First up on my spring chores list was to replace the mailbox post. I’ve considered writing a rant post about the county plow that took it out this winter, but really, I’m not mad at the plow driver, I’m certain it’s difficult to avoid taking out mailboxes. Especially when the snow was as heavy […]

Heavy Snowfall & Wintertime Blah’s

Okay, I admit it, I’m ready for spring. This winter has been tough enough that I’m seriously considering moving south. Tennessee is looking better every day.  I still want to be far enough north to have winter, but would prefer a slightly shorter version of it. As you can see from the picture of our […]

I’m Thankful For …

On this Thanksgiving day 2013 I thought I would list a few things that I’m truly thankful for. I truly am not being sarcastic about any of these either, despite what my readers might think. First and foremost, I’m thankful for my best friend in the world, Kristen who has given me a reason to […]

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