The internet may be awash in Halloween merchandise, but not a lot is on store shelves just yet. While the big empty “holiday” aisle in Home Depot makes me think the orange lights and animatronic inflatable yard dragons will be making their appearance very soon, my nearest Target in undergoing a complete store remodel, so […]
According to the internets, the process of a monarch from egg to butterfly usually takes about a month. But it has been unpleasantly hot for most of this summer and it only took 21 days. The big change this week was buying a second habitat and separating the caterpillars from the ready to hatch chrysalises. This […]
My father had a very fancy (for its time) dollhouse in the 1940s. We started “restoring” it together in the 1980s but never finished the job. Now it is once again my project.
This post will be mostly photos, since Week two can be summed up as: Collect milkweed. Feed caterpillars. Vacuum caterpillar poop from floor of habitat. Wait for chrysalises to form.
It’s August, and you know what that means! Halloween merch is out! We’ll be putting together more in-depth guides to the various stores over the next week or so, but here is an overview of some of our favorite items. The glory days of high-end Halloween items seems to be over. While Pottery Barn and […]
Why collect monarch eggs and raise them inside instead of leaving them where they were laid? Because they have a low survival rate outdoors. By collecting the eggs and raising them indoors (about a month-long process) the monarch doesn’t have to deal with predators until they are released as butterflies.
Last Thursday I was in my office, writing some code when Joe came to my door and said “I have bad news.” He held out his hand, which appeared to be smeared with engine grease. It was not engine grease; it was heating oil that had seeped out of the tank in our basement.
Not everything can be DIY’d. It’s always fun when a contractor you have hired calls you over to let you know a previous owner did try and DIY the problem and now you need to pay extra to clean their efforts. (“Fun? No. Not really” replies said contractor.) Quote from a man who has been working […]
Although our cats don’t go outside, there is plenty of fauna traipsing through the yard. In addition to several neighborhood cats, there are many birds, squirrels, several skunks (with very interesting markings, but are difficult to photograph because they only come out at night) and a few woodchucks. With the exception of the cats, they […]
New year, new blog. I’ve been putting off writing this for a very long time. Mostly I was waiting until I finished the blog template design. You’ll notice that I’m using a generic WP template, that is because my Photoshop mocks for my custom design say “Oct 2014” in the sample content and they are […]