All posts for the month October, 2006

recommended contractors

Published October 29, 2006 by lisaolisa
We have had such problems with contractors that I’ve started compiling the ones recommended by others. Your mileage may vary, as ours definitely has. For example, we used a fence company someone recommended and it required six months and at least six visits for them to get the job done right.
People we’ve used and loved (his is a very short list):
  • In-Line Electric
  • Bodine Construction
People we’ve used and will never use again:
  • Town and Country Fence
People other people have used and recommend:
  • Carpet cleaning: DA Burns & Sons
    4411 Leary Way NW
    Seattle, WA 98107-4586
    (206) 782-2268
    "We used DA Burns & Sons to clean the carpets in our old house…we thought we might have to replace them to sell…but after they were done….they looked almost brand new….definately not the cheapest, but worth it for the high quality job they did."

mason bee houses

Published October 28, 2006 by lisaolisa
Take an untreated post. Drill holes 3/4 inches apart, 3 inches deep, using a 5/16 inch drill bit. Use a fence cap to keep it from rotting.

windows error haiku

Published October 19, 2006 by lisaolisa
oldies but goodies.
The website you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.
A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.
Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.
Having been erased,
The document you’re seeking
Must now be retyped.
Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

concrete garden containers

Published October 18, 2006 by lisaolisa
From the Victory Garden.
1 part portland cement
1 part horticultural vermiculate
1 part peat moss
Wear chemical gloves. Mix everything well using a trowel, adding enough water to make a sticky mess. Pack handfuls around the edge of the mold. Punch a drainage hole in the bottom, flatten the bottom so it doesn’t roll away, cover with plastic, and place in the shade for two days. Remove from mold and scrub with a wire brush for texture. Place in the sun to finish drying. Leave the containers outside in the rain for a year before planting anything in it. The cement mixture is extremely alkaline and will likely kill anything planted in it before the lime leaches away.