A Tree Chopped & A Trip to the Local Transfer Station

the lilac tree after i chopped it down to almost nothing

After finally going to the huge transfer station 2 towns away earlier this month, I made it to our local transfer station today. Last year our neighbor chopped her lilac tree down to almost nothing, and this year it was covered in so many gorgeous, bright purple flowers. Ours, which I don’t think has ever been trimmed, had about 4 very washed-out flowers. This morning I grabbed my hand saw and chopped ours back to almost nothing.

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I Replaced a Screen in the Front Hall!

front hall window where i replaced the screen

I’m on a roll lately! First I built a screen door, then I went to the dump, and now I’ve replaced the window screen in our front hall using the spline/roller method. The window in the front hall has never been open, due to the old screen being ripped out before hubby bought the place. All that was left were the remnants of the old spline and the dregs of a metal screen.

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Screen Door Finished!

view from the bedroom of the finished screen door

Last weekend hubby was on the phone with his favorite Aunty and was telling her about the screen door I made. I heard him say “Alison’s philosophy is ‘why buy it when I can make it?’. My philosophy is ‘why make it when I can buy it?'” – that made me LOL 🙂 I do buy some stuff, but a screen door seemed an apt challenge for 2016.

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I Went to THE DUMP!

the trunk of my car full of crap for the dump

Ever since cleaning the basement last year, and commandeering a non-used cubby for a bunch of our crap, I have been making a pile for THE DUMP. I have never been to the dump. At least not since I was little and went with my Dad. The dump near us is actually a transfer station/recycling center about 20 minutes north of our house.

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Screen Door Update

using wood filler to fill the gaps between the screen door molding

Progress with the screen door has been slow. I kept messing up and having to backtrack to fix my mistakes, but that’s the beauty of learning. 2 weekends ago I painted the frame. The outside is black like our other outer doors – I used the same exterior semi-gloss black that I bought for the front door. I also redid the molding covering the edges of the screen.

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Oahu, Hawaii – Part 3: Days 7 & 8

flowers on the way to manoa falls, oahu, hawaii

I spent most of Day 7 in bed, but on Day 8 we hiked up to see Manoa Falls. The waterfall wasn’t much to see, but the hike was beautiful! And since hikes are always better with a hint of danger, the sign at the entrance said not to drink the water or even get it into your mouth or you could catch Leptospirosis. Yummy.

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