First Halloween Purchase of the Year

Everything unwrapped

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 […]

Monarchs, Week Three: Butterflies!

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 […]

90 Days Until Halloween: Shopping Guide

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 […]

Raising Monarch Caterpillars: Week One

Monarch butterfly caterpillar, 5 days old

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.

Teaser for new content (Ooh, intriguing!)

this magic house from street

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 […]

All ‘Round the Birdfeeder

Tony and Charlie (cats) look out a window

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 […]

Happy New Year!

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 […]

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