Humanely Handling Your Rat Issue

Living in the city you’re bound to get rats…especially if you like to feed birds.  Recently I’ve noticed a rat hanging around and knew I had to do something about it.

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Noooo, not Ratatouille!

Now, I actually really, really like rats as an animal.  They are extremely intelligent and are actually really good pets for people who can’t have dogs – whether or allergy reasons or space reasons.  They have a lot of personality and recognize their owners and will learn their owner’s mannerisms and schedules.  They are basically like little dogs with long ass creepy tails.

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Mobile Garden Espalier

I’ve had this panel I got at a second hand store for a decade now.  I really love it and have been thinking of ways to turn it into “something”.  One thought I had was a canning jar herb garden but I don’t have enough sun exposure in my house for an herb garden.

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I really love this wood panel

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Homemade Column Fire Pit – Test Run

I wanted 2 column gas fire pits for my back patio but who knew that column gas fire pits were so expensive?!  I didn’t know that I would be looking at fire pits in the $300-400 range for the size that I wanted.

My uncle got me a subscription to Family Handyman for Christmas and their May 2019 Magazine had plans for a nice block fire pit that you could make “in 1 day!” This fire pit was more square than I wanted and used a 20# propane tank, which was much bigger than I wanted.  I want a fire pit that is easily moveable since my patio is so small I would like to tuck these fire pits out of the way when I’m not using them.

I thought if Family Handyman can make this fire pit then HOW HARD CAN IT BE?!  I’M GOING TO MAKE MY OWN!

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Thanks for the subscription, Uncle, It’s not like I didn’t have enough projects already!

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What’s in the Box? Ep. 3: My Urban Vertical Dripper Irrigation System

I have a vertical garden in my back patio & during the growing season it does pretty well.  Unless I’m out of town.  It always suffers greatly when I’m gone even 3-4 days . The hot sun dries them out.  This year I decided I would add a drip irrigation system.  Not only would it help with keeping the plants happy while gone but drip irrigation systems also help conserve water.

My video below describes my plan

What I bought to create my drip irrigation system:

2 xxAGSIVO Drip Irrigation Kits: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07NXZNCVX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_peHZCb253H0XD

2 x Rainbird 25psi pressure regulators: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0049C5FZA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_yfHZCbCTHFJJK

1 x Eley 3 way faucet splitter: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B06X9X5MCY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_AgHZCbTR370BC

1 x hose shut off valve: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0786HP6J9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_fhHZCb296XRE9

I hope this helps you plan your own Urban Vertical drip irrigation system!

Coffee Cup Mosaic

Good Afternoon!

I’ve had this set of coffee mugs since 2008.  They came with my first “grown up” plate set I ever bought back when I bought my first house.  I never use them because I prefer to use my designer Starbucks coffee mugs but I’ve kept them around for 11 years because I like their color but there’s probably some sentimental reasons behind that too.

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There’s something strangely therapeutic in breaking something…on purpose.

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