As many of you already know, at Casa de la Belle (as in ring my) this is the year of the brick. I'm putting in a massive brick walkway, a retaining wall, and extending another retaining wall. I thought y'all might like a little insight to my home improvement process.Step 1: See a picture that … Continue reading Brick by Brick
The chicken coop is done! Check it out!
My god this gardening thing is tricky. So far all I've really figured out is that I really don't know much. Sigh. Still, I've managed to complete a few things. We planted strawberries that will hopefully give us some fruit next year--providing the squirrels don't dig them all up before that can happen. Squirrels, for … Continue reading How Does Your Garden Grow?
The cool thing about homeschooling is you can take a step back from a frustrating assignment, take a deep breath, and think about what you're trying to teach. Is the assignment as written the best possible way to do that? Or is there a better way to achieve the goal. Wyatt can be exceptionally challenging. … Continue reading Fun with Candle Wax
Earlier this summer, we added a fire pit to the back yard. It's a project I've wanted to do for years, but just never had time. I have to say that I'm surprised by the location it ended up with. For years I've envisioned it on the opposite side of the yard. When it came … Continue reading Project Fire Pit
When I left my stable workaday job in favor of owning a small business, I also left my comfortable salary. Now I have the time to do all the projects I've been neglecting, but no longer have the liquid cash flow to fund those projects. So, I'm left to find more creative ways to source … Continue reading Craigslist Wishlist
Considering we live in the suburbs, we have a decent amount of land. It's not like we're on a couple hundred acres in the sticks (I wish), but 1/4 acre in the middle of the city is a good place to start. The big obstacle we face is the number of trees in the neighborhood. … Continue reading Project Strawberry
Earlier this year, we bought a worm compost bin. If this is a new idea for you, like it was for you, let me break it down for you. The concept is super simple. The basic idea is that you let worms do what worms do and turn your vegetable scraps into compost. Our bin … Continue reading Worm Compost