At some point over the winter I got the brilliant idea to see if I could acquire a used tractor tire to use as a flower planter to hide a stump in the front yard.  I only just a couple weeks ago managed to track down one from someone who didn’t want a fortune for it (dude, you’d have to pay to have it hauled off to recycle it, I’m not paying you $50 for it), and Friday set out to cut out as much of the sidewalls as I could using my reciprocating saw (Dewalt 18volt cordless).  Only to have the blade melt the rubber rather than cut it.  Oops.  Thats not going to work.

At that point a little light bulb went off, and I remembered a post over on Rural Revolution where they had cut a similar tire with their Saws-all, and had a similar problem.  They’d managed it using a different type of blade, so I shot off an email asking for the specifics of the blade in question, and got a response nice and quick (THANKS AGAIN!!!!).  For anyone wandering across this post with the same problem: the blade you want is THIS ONE, or similar type toothed blade.  Finer teeth just melt the rubber.  Even this one will melt the rubber if you’re unlucky, but it does cut it.

Did you know there’s about an inch of metal wire in the very inside of the sidewalls of those tires?  That was NOT FUN to cut through, I think when I do the other side of the tire I’m going to see if I can just punch through without having to cut in from the edge……

Yes, I said when I do the other side.  My poor little saw ran through two batteries cutting its way around the tire.  But it did it.  My hands HURT now though.  Its not even really the arthritis either.  I’ve cut wood and PVC pipe with the saw before, but this tire takes the cake.  That hurts.

Gonna look cool as a planter though, WAY better than the random stump and weeds.  Pictures when I’m done!


Yesterday Husband and I were enjoying the lovely sunny warmth and doing all kinds of yard work, when suddenly I heard a WHOOSH of wings over my head, and looked up in time to see a pair of very large birds of prey swoop by.  I ran for my camera and managed to catch these:

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I posted the pictures on a birding forum to see if anyone had any ideas, and was informed that they are Osprey.  The first ones I’ve ever seen outside of a captive program!

Yah, that’ll work


The baby pumpkin plants survived last nights dip below freezing with no apparent signs of problems.  The ends that you see draping over the edges get turned up for ventilation during the day, I turned them down for the photo.

I did something wrong…..


Started various seedlings on schedule (using the end of April for the date of last frost, since everything I can find says thats last frost for my area).  Everything SPROUTED, and GREW way quickly this year.  Guess using proper lighting instead of a sunny window helps…..

Had to pot up almost everything a couple weeks ago as the roots were getting rediculous……and now everything, except the baby pumpkin plants, are looking really sad.  They’re still under the grow lights, I don’t have a green house to put them in yet.  I had some watering issues the first week or so, trying to figure out the proper watering needs now that they weren’t in the self watering tray, but they still look really sad…..lost a bunch of the pepper plants too.  I’ve restarted more seeds for those though its possibly late enough now I don’t know how much good that’ll do…..

I, politely, refuse…

….to discuss, in any signifigant way, the events in Boston as they happened on Monday.

For one, bloggers with better writing skills than I have already said everything necessary.

For another, I grew up a bare 20 minutes from Boston.  Up until 7 years ago my mother worked in a building visible in every video of the first explosion and she still rides the T to and from work daily.  I have friends who regularly go “into the city” to watch the marathon on Patriots Day.  And some of THEIR friends (and in one case family) were even running on Monday.  So far as I’ve been able to determine everyone I know, and all of their friends and family, are all ok, or mostly anyway.

And thats all I have to say on the matter.




Ok, now I’m done.

Homemade mustard update

Original post here.

The recipe information says its good for 30 days, and thats about what it lasted.  At about the 30day mark it started loosing flavor really quickly.  Which is fine, the recipe made more than enough for that time period for us. 

2nd time making it I made a half recipe, since we didn’t use all of the first batch, and I used just a little less of each liquid (I didn’t measure sorry, maybe a teaspoon or two less) and it took much less time to turn the right consistency.