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Showing 3 posts from June 2010 for this blog.
Back to the Curb
Thursday, June 10, 2010

There is an old saying that goes something like this:  "All things come to those who wait".  In 60 years of being financially challenged, I've learned that waiting often proves to be the most frugal way to obtain what you need.

We have decided to remove the old privacy fence and gates from the sides of our house and replace them with an open picket fence and attractive gates.  We will leave the rest of the fence around the back yard because the neighbors have attached their fences to it and most of the neighbors have dogs.

We had checked pricing for fence pickets (we are using the existing posts,  rails and hardware) and discovered that the about 10' of fence and two 40" gates would end up costing at least a couple hundred dollars.  We considered ripping the existing 6" pickets to 4", but decided to wait.

Well, yesterday evening we were on our way to the community garden (we have two plots) when we noticed that a house down the street had a huge pile of white picket fencing at the curb.  They had taken down the fence around their back yard and put it out for the trash.  Most of it was in good shape - just needs a fresh cost of paint.

We put 75 of the pickets in the van and now all I need to do is go to the Household Hazardous Recycling center for free paint.  Now if I can find somebody who is throwing out some perfectly good deck boards...

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The Girls from Japan
Thursday, June 10, 2010

We have two cats.  Actually they belong to my middle daughter (Marisa) who currently lives in England with her husband Chris (who is in the Navy) and their two daughters.  Their two cats, Momma Kitty and Tiki, live with us.

These are well traveled cats, both returning with Chris & Marisa when they moved back to the States from Japan a little over four years ago.  MK is a Japanese Bobtail and Tiki is just an average Domestic Shorthair.  Both were adopted in Japan and then spent three years in Nevada before coming to Kansas.  Chris & Marisa send me $35 a month for "cat support".

Although I've always been a "cat person", I was hesitant to take on pets - having been happily petless for several years.

We've had the "girls" since last summer.  They seem to be happy - living in a quiet house and being able to go outside when the weather is nice.  We have a fenced backyard - not that it keeps them in - but they love the bushes, grass and birds.  MK particularly likes sleeping in the deck chairs in the sunshine.  Tiki is the traveler.  She actually likes to snooze on the neighbor's deck.  Our neighbor has a cat which looks almost exactly like Tiki and their little girl (age 3) has a hard time understanding how their kitty can be inside and outside at the same time.

Both cats have some idiosyncrasies however.  Momma Kitty likes to carry socks around.  Since my husband isn't particularly good about putting his dirty socks in the hamper, he gets to retrieve them from the living room, the basement and generally all over the house - haven't found any outside yet.  Tiki is our alarm clock.  We tell her what time we want to get up and she hops into bed a few minutes before and starts meowing and poking us with her cold nose.  Works every time...

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Mr. Froggy went a'courtin
Monday, June 07, 2010

One last about a month ago I was home alone. I had the north window open and  began hearing a gruff "brummph" coming from outside.  After going to investigate, I discovered that we had a new visitor to our little stone circled tub pond - a bull frog.

Now to make a long story short, we were planning on digging up the flower garden and small round tub and replacing the tub with a larger molded pond and adding a small waterfall and reworking all the perrenials that live around it.  That was the plan.

Then we went to Hawaii for ten days to visit our grandson, daughter and son-in-law (he is stationed at Scofield Barracks - soon to be deployed to Iraq).

It was a nice trip.  Well a few days after we returned, I went to check out the tub and see if I could drain it to get ready to rework the flower garden.

You guessed it.  We have a tub of tadpoles.  Hundreds of the little critters were merrily swimming around.  I guess the flower garden and waterfall will have to wait...

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AnnieM (Contact)
Olathe, Kansas USA
About Me:

I've been a cheapskate just about all my life. In doing so I've learned to do just about everything. I can sew, paint, hang wallpaper, install tile and flooring, pull and replace toilets, sinks, garbage disposals and faucets. Remove and replace ceiling fixtures and fans, replace outlets and switches, I've installed windows (both on houses and on computers!), I can rehab almost anything from furniture (repair, reupholster and refinish) to computers (I built my husband a good laptop using three broken ones that I got for free)! I've taken cheap to a whole new level!

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