Greenhouse Update & The Tuesday Train

Greenhouse Update & The Tuesday Train

Greenhouse Update Even though it’s currently trying to snow, it was a stunning Spring weekend, so we got the foundation started for the greenhouse.  I have a new appreciation for masons! Here’s what we did this weekend. Moved the big plant that was in the way. (I’d like to tell you I transplanted it, but it was just too big…. Cleared away all the bark and debris. Measured and marked the area for the greenhouse with stakes and string. Identified the lowest part and ran a level across the area so we knew how far down to set the other bricks. Started digging. Leveled each brick as we set it (which would have been much easier if we’d have dug a deeper trench and set sand in the bottom of the trench). Installed a future water line from the drip system under the bricks. Next step….pound rebar, pour cement, set anchor bolts. Ride the Train!  (and hop on the new Twitter train below) New hostess coming on board! Meet Shellie Sakai of Grape Expectations: Life, Love and Mayhem in the Napa Valley. Not only is Shellie a fabulous blogger/writer friend of mine, but she just published her new book: THE CASTLE OF NO RETURN: Billy Bob’s Dilemma. Tuesday Train is a weekly link-up hosted by My Mad Mind and The Survival Mama and Shellie Sakai. Here’s how it works: Follow me (via email or newsletter) & the other 2 hostesses (first three spots on the linky) Leave a comment for me if you’re a new follower via email or newsletter and I will follow back Include the link-up button in your post!...

Tuesday Train

I’m making a quick change to the train! Instead of following me via GFC (since who knows when google is really going to kick me out of that) will you follow me via either email —–> or via the weekly newsletter —-> Thanks!!! (barely recovering from the cakapalooza around here with both boys having birthdays last week….I have fun pics to post when I get a sec) Thanks for riding the train, as always! Ride the Train!  (and hop on the new Twitter train below) Tuesday Train is a weekly link-up hosted by My Mad Mind and The Survival Mama. Here’s how it works: Follow (via email or newsletter) the hostess and co-hostess (first two spots on the linky) Leave a comment if you’re a new follower via email or newsletter and I will follow back. Include the link-up button in your post! Link up your blog post for “Tuesday Train”. While you’re at it, be sure to swing over and see Boobies and the Follow Me Back Tuesday hop. ….and NOW you can link up your Twitter to the newest car on the train!   Be sure to add your TWITTER link, and same “rules” apply. Share...

Tuesday Train

Greenhouse! Last year’s greenhouse didn’t make it through the winter, so we spent the weekend picking up pieces of the frame and fabric :(  The good news is I got to scout out a new location for Attempt #2 and we’ve decided on building a Lean-to style against the back garage.  I found this great book: How to Build Your Own Greenhouse — lots of drawings, tips, ideas.  Highly recommend for any of you thinking about taking on this project. This is where I decided to stick the greenhouse: For a couple of reasons: It’s level.  The garden is very NOT. It’s hidden from street view.  The way our lot sits, no one (except the million of you reading this :) will be able to drive by and see this gigantic grocery store. Anchoring it against the garage will hopefully keep it from blowing away! SO…I’m totally open to any great suggestions on flooring, glazing, shelves, vents.  I’ll be researching all of that in the coming weeks and sharing what I find.  Here’s the Next Step in the Greenhouse Project. Happy Spring!  Are you planting yet??? Ride the Train!  (and hop on the new Twitter train below) Tuesday Train is a weekly link-up hosted by My Mad Mind and The Survival Mama. Here’s how it works: Follow all the hostess and co-hostesses (first two spots on the linky) Leave a comment if you’re a new follower and I will follow back. Include the link-up button in your post! Link up your blog post for “Tuesday Train”. While you’re at it, be sure to swing over and see Boobies and the...
Winter Motorcycle Safety

Winter Motorcycle Safety

Surviving the Winter on a Motorcycle – Guest Post   Today, I’m excited to introduce Gina Williams to you as our guest today.  Gina is passionate about motorcycle safety, and I asked her to give you some safety tips for winter motorcycle riding.  How does that fit with survival, you may ask?  Great question :)  Bikes are a great survival tool to maneuver around and through traffic in both evacuation scenarios, and if roads have experienced trauma, but those situations don’t always happen during the warm summer months.  Here are Gina’s tips on winter safety: Winter conditions are some of the worst for those that love to ride motorcycles.   Some motorcyclists even cease riding altogether during the winter months due to its harsh conditions; the most common months for riding are between May and the fall. However, for those whose only vehicle is a motorcycle, or those who refuse to let weather get in the way of their fun, here are some tips for surviving the winter on a motorcycle. Adjust Your Riding Gear No matter what time of the year it is, you should always wear the right gear: Protective gloves and shoes. A protective jacket and pair of pants, or a full-riding suit. A Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet, at all times. The winter, however, requires that you wear heavy winter clothes in addition to your protective clothes.  So you must make sure that either you have gear specifically for the winter or that your all-year gear can accommodate this additional bulk. In particular you will need to: Utilize a pair of waterproof winter gloves, which...

Tuesday Train

Ride the Train!  (and hop on the new Twitter train below) Tuesday Train is a weekly link-up hosted by My Mad Mind and The Survival Mama. Here’s how it works: Follow all the hostess and co-hostesses (first two spots on the linky) Leave a comment if you’re a new follower and I will follow back. Include the link-up button in your post! Link up your blog post for “Tuesday Train”. While you’re at it, be sure to swing over and see Boobies and the Follow Me Back Tuesday hop. ….and NOW you can link up your Twitter to the newest car on the train!   Be sure to add your TWITTER link, and same “rules” apply. Share...