Monday, April 30, 2007

Built Firepit in My Backyard

One of my projects, the only one I got finished, that I was working on this weekend was to build a firepit in my backyard. We have wanted one since we moved in so that we have sit out have a fire and look over the lake.

I think it turn out good, we had our first little fire, have to be careful I found out afterwards that we are in a red flag warning for fire danger. Hopefully we will get some rain soon so we can have more fires. It was perfect though sitting out on my patio with a fire enjoying the quiet nice looking over the calm lake. 

Friday, April 27, 2007

Computer Monster

This is hilarious


Home Repair - Love these Pictues

Check out these picture galleries for nightmare repair jobs. I have lived in two older houses and have done my share of repairs. Make me fell better about the work I have done.

Gallery 1

Gallery 2

Windows Live Writer

I am going to try my first post using Windows Live Writer. My buddy Steve Novoselac told me it was the best thing since sliced bread so I figured it was worth checking it out.

I setup both of my blogs in windows live writer. My technical blog which is a wordpress blog had some errors when I was setting it up so I don't think I will use Live writer for that one yet. This blog had no problems so here we are with this post.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

What I should get my dog

My dog is scared of the rain and whenever it is raining outside or thundering and even sometimes snowing she will drive me insane. At night she paces back and forth throughout the room and up and down the stairs. During the day she drools all over the floor, follows me everywhere and generally annoys me.

Check out the following new product:

"Reconcile is a beef-flavored, chewable version of fluoxetine, better known as Prozac. It's supposed to take care of all those things dogs -- particularly puppies -- do when their human parents are away: chew, bark, whine, pee on the living room carpet."

Story about it on NPR

As soon as it is free I will get it.

Finish My Son's Room

Currently my son is sleeping in a bedroom across from the master bedroom as a temporary bedroom. We want to put him into the room next to my daughters room. There is one problem and that is it needed to be finished off.

It needs to be drywalled from top to bottom, the ceiling and the walls. The walls need to be prepped to support the drywall. Currently it is just concrete with plaster of the top of that and wallpaper on the plaster. The two ways of getting the walls ready that I can do is put up furring strips which sounds like it will be a huge pain or build a new wall all the way around up against the current concrete walls.

I am by no means a carpenter or drywalls and by no means have a ton of money to throw at someone and say fix it. So I have been trying to figure out among drywall contractors, general contractors and friends how I can afford to finish off my son's bedroom.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Daughter is sick again, this time it appears to just be a small cold hopefully she doesn't have it for every long. It is finally nice enough for her to go play outside but when she is sick she doesn't feel like doing much of anything.

My son has really started to crawl now, which is funny because he was just starting to walk and he found it easier to crawl. Is is getting all over the place and finding the oddest things. Keeps me busy keeping on eye on my son who is 11 months and my daughter who is 2 1/2 years old.

My dog is driving me crazy lately, she paces the bedroom at night panting and if I don't keep her in check she will run up and down the stairs all night too. Crazy dog.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Cleaning the Garage

Dang, I took a look at my garage yesterday and it is scary messy. My wife want to start cleaning it up and so do I but we have a lot of junk in it. I moved into my current house about 1 1/2 years ago and never really organized the garage, I just threw everything where it fit.

My wife and I started weeding out stuff for a garage sale this spring but there was so much crap piled up,it was hard to even see what we had. I have a feeling I will be working on my garage for a long time to come to get it the way I like it. I hope to make enough money from the garage sale to buy a new grill I want, we will see if that happens.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Boat - Part 1

I bought a boat last fall from a neighbor that was moving away. Bought it for $150 which is pretty good for a boat,trailer, and motor. The motor works, the boat floats and the trailer is in pretty good condition.

Everything else on the other hand it not in such good condition. The floor is rotten, the wiring is messed up, no seats, battery needs replacing, fuel line is shot etc..... So I started to tear out the carpet and what was left of the seats this weekend. I need to get a book on the boat motor and need to figure out what to do with the floor.

I am really excited to get this boat up and running so I can get back out on the lake. I haven't been about to go boating in quite some time. Need time and money first.

My buddy Brye's boat

Bathroom Exaust Fan

Well I finally finished my bathroom exhaust fan project in my house. The old fan I had I refused to use because when you turned it on it shook the entire ceiling and made just a terrible noise. I purchased a new ultra quiet fan which of course was a different shape and installed that.

Took me forever to get the old fan out since it was install before the ceiling was finished and was screwed in about 8 places to the rafters. Ripped that down and opened up the hole so the new fan would fit. Installed the new fan, tested it and it worked like a champ. Then I took a piece of scrape drywall I had gotten from my buddy Brye and fixed up the hole I had made. Patching the whole wasn't too bad other than have to find some wood shims because the scrap drywall was thinner than the exciting drywall.

Well at least I have a fan I can use now and will be sure not to get mold all over the ceiling and walls from too much moisture.

New Personal Blog

This is the first post on my new personal blog. I have a Technical Website called which includes a blog. This website includes tips, tricks, bootlegs, and workarounds for IT networking.

I don't want to blog about personal stuff or anything non-technical in that blog so I setup a separate blog for for that.