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A Delay of Dame...

February 17, 2009 10:54 AM 2/17/09

My now my wife should have received the flowers I ordered last week for her for Valentine’s Day. ;-P

(If she hasn’t I’m gonna have to smack 1-800-flowers around a bit.)

Still behind on everything but I’m moving forward again. Didn’t get things vacuumed last night but I’m hoping to get it done tonight.

Need to pick up some construction grade garbage bags this week so I can finally get rid of the broken fish tank out in the garage. Double-bagging that should be fine. Aluminum is seriously down so since I only have a couple of bags of cans I might just get rid of them in the recycling. Depends on if I want to make the effort to take them to the recycling center or not.

Probably going to at least write out the bills tonight on paper so I know where we stand. I’d like to be able to buy something off my E-Bay list but I’ll have to crunch the numbers first.

Feel a little crunchy myself but nothing a little sleep won’t cure. Won’t get that any time soon tonight but maybe I can catch up tomorrow night.

Fries today but no pie.

Replaced the aging headlights in my truck with the next brighter ones. Not HID but those blue 3500k halogen (xenon?) ones. They work pretty well and were only about $6 more than my previous ones.

It hasn’t snowed again but it’s been cold so I haven’t been able to do anything outside yet. If I can buy the LED grow lamp off E-Bay for $35+ I should be able to get at least the peppers started outside in the garage despite the cold. Have to turn the heat up out there but I expected that anyway. I’m thinking it’ll have to be in the 70’s for those seedlings to start out there. That’s going to be expensive heat-wise but if I can get them to grow now rather than later it will help my planting of them considerably. I likely won’t start them until next week or maybe the end of the month just because they are supposed to be mature in 90 days or so. (Last time they were considerably slower growing so I figure being able to plant them in April/May provided it’s warm enough should work well.)

I’ll probably wait until late March or early to mid April before I start anything else. Everything else besides the peppers is fast growing so I need to have it all started before the planting season but not too early or I“ll be doing things like transplanting watermelon/beans/cucumber vines into buckets very quickly. Though oddly I have no concept of how long it takes tomato plants to grow.

I’m considering trying the upside-down 2-liter bottle planters for some of the tomato plants because they could easily be hung around the garage and produce more tomatoes for me to bring to work or give to my wife. I’m kind of wondering if I should get some grape tomato seeds...or if my memory is flakey again and I already did that. I’ll have to check my last Seesavers order.

As with last year I’m seriously looking forward to the garden. I’m hoping it will warm up next month so I can get to cleaning up that space and re-organizing it. It’s a shambles right now and needs to be take care of. I have a secret plan for a Chappa'ai as the climber bean trellis. It’s in my garden and behind the garage so even if she doesn’t like it she can lump it on this one. ;-P

Of course that will mean cutting plywood in large circles and painting/foam carving so we’ll have to see how much I can get done before I have to plant the beans outside.

Thinking about re-doing the cabinet doors here in a couple of months. Bamboo plywood is not cheap but not overly expensive and I’d be able to cut them to the door shape easily and then stain them with a light stain and paint the cabinets to complement. That and changing the hardware out should only cost a couple-hundred to do and give us a much better look in the kitchen. best of all it’s _easy_ work for a small amount of money and a good looking upgrade. And I think my wife will like it as well.

We’re starting to get our act together a bit in the house. (We _should_ be after all it’s been almost a year we’ve been there!) So hopefully we’ll be able to have a much delayed housewarming party in a couple of month complete with seating in the smoker’s lounge outside. I’m not sure who to invite though. I think we’d have to have two but frankly I think it would be a blast to have both family and friends in the same place just to see the interaction. (I can hear my wife in the distance - ”No fucking way.“) Have to think about it.

There’s an Irish wake for a friend of mine a a local SciFi convention this weekend that I have to go to. I’m not sure how I feel about it. She was a good friend but I”m not sure if I feel up to seeing all those people or not. I can’t _not_ attend. It just am obligated to be there. But maybe I don’t have to stay for the whole thing. I don’t know... Like I said - I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Gaahhh....time to go back to work...

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Feb. 17th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
What flowers???
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
The flowers were supposedly signed by someone named Malinowski and have a card that reads "Hah! And you thought I didn't do anything for Valentine's Day!". ;-)
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
I use this site to find florists. It seems to me you get better service if you can speak direct to the florist shop.


I bought some potting soil today, but have low aims- I just want to container grow some tiny tomatoes & a few dead-easy flowers- moss roses & zinnias. The last time I got enthusiastic & had the back yard full of potted veggies I had a drought, 3 hurricanes, and record high temps for months on end. I don't want to tempt fate again.
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think this time the fault is UPS but we're waiting to find that out as we speak. But you're probably right about using a local florist.

As for tempting fate it's all about preparation. Last year I had a drought that almost completely killed everything. This year I've got at least one rain barrel and hope to have a few more before planting season.
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
The drought was combined with months on end of over 100 degrees F. I'd water the plants 6 times a day and they'd still wilt. And at those temperatures the tomatoes couldn't set fruit even if I could keep the plants alive.
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
the flowers came so he's a good hubby!!!
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yay for flowers!
Feb. 18th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I've always had very good results from 1800flowers.com - in fact, I just used them a week ago to send flowers when my daughter-in-law's grandmother died (in upstate NY), and everyone was phoning me and telling me my arrangement was the prettiest one they got.

Before you go trying to cut large circles out of plywood, check the garden stores for pre-made trellis supports; you may be able to find a circular one, perhaps intended to suggest a Chinese "moon gate", which you can then trick out to give the effect you want.
Feb. 18th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
1800flowers.com did just fine - it's her receiving department that didn't do so well. ;-)

As for the trellis part of it is that I _have_ the wood already but I see what you mean. So maybe I'll see what's available out there and how much it costs. It'll be much easier to cut just one circle-shaped piece of plywood for the internals than for both internal and external.
Feb. 18th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
You may even be able to find a circular trellis piece - I know I've seen all sorts of strange things in garden stores, some of which I hacked to make them even stranger (when my son was active in a LARP and was constantly needing props). Dark grey styrofoam, or styrofoam sprayed dark grey with appropriate paint (check the "floral" department of any large crafts store) will help the effect a lot. Although I suspect what you really want would involve LEDs ;-D
Feb. 18th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
I can't seem to find a round trellis anywhere nor an arch that's wide enough so likely I'll have to end up making my own. No surprise there for anybody that wants something truly custom. ;-)

And yes LEDs would also look good.
Feb. 19th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
How big a circle do you need? (I'm assuming you want about a seven-foot inner diameter, big enough for a tall person to walk through.) And how "realistic" do you want the design? - if you're going to use it as a trellis for pole beans or something, perhaps it shouldn't be quite so true to the original.
Feb. 19th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
It needn't be even big enough for someone to walk through upright. However I want it as a decoration for the back fence of the garden which is 25' wide.

The image in my mind is a half-buried "gate" with beans climbing all over it via radial strings. So it doesn't need to be very realistic but I'd like it to have some substance.

I'm considering using plywood for the inner and outer sandwich layers as well as the inner ring. Then add foam on the outside to make it more realistic. There's a hardening spray out there for making foam like fake rock so I'll coat it with that afterwards then paint it. The big thing though is to get the basic ring in place.

*sigh* This is all provided I'm still employed after today...
Feb. 19th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds as if you've got the design fairly well planned, then...
Feb. 19th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yes and no.

I have to measure a bunch of stuff and then try and draw it up so I have a better concept of what I can and can't do.

For instance it occurs to me that if I truly want a rotating ring (not really necessary) I'd have to use a piping framework and an inner plywood circle. Not to mention roller bearings, track, etc.

Right now my mind's not on it though so I'm shelving this until later...
Feb. 20th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
If it's going to be half-buried, how could it rotate?
Feb. 20th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
Easy - you make a _whole_ gate, trench for depth, then place a cover across the opening through the ring once it's set into the ground.

It's unlike that I will make one that rotates simply because I'd have to construct a "trench box" for it to sit in and then keep it clean and dry from the elements yet allow the ring to move freely.

Not insurmountable just more work than I want to do.
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
I think you're better off just giving it the general shape, as if it's realistically buried. Besides, if a real one had beans climbing on it, it probably wouldn't work terribly well ;-D
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