02 June 2009

What to Do With the Summer

photo of koko laying on the couchAs I sit here in front of the computer typing the words you are now reading, I am wondering what I am now going to do with my free time? You see, school is out so I have no more lessons to plan; no more math to learn; nothing to teach. There are several things that need to be done around the house, so I guess that is where my focus should lie.

First on the list is the berm. You see, we have an eight-foot tall berm in our backyard that is currently being supported by only a few railroad ties. Not very aesthetically pleasing and definitely not very functional. Since this berm runs the length of our backyard, around sixty feet, I feel it would be a good idea to construct tiers on it. This way we would be able to transfer our garden and the bird feeders to a better location. I have been delaying this chore for some time, because it is going to be an extremely labor-intensive project. Since I don't have ready access to a back hoe, I will need to dig the foundation by hand (a trench for the stones: roughly 16 inches deep by 14 inches wide running the length of the berm). Also, since I am now prone to allergies, I need to keep some toilet paper handy outside, in case of allergy attacks. Not fun.

The other project, that just got dumped on me last night, is to install an attic fan. With this in mind, I have been searching the Internet for a gable-mounted attic fan. I'm pretty sure that I have found one that will work (a Broan), but I still need to compare prices before I actually make the purchase (also, I don't have to do the actual work, until I make the purchase). Since the model I'm looking at pulls just under 4.0 amps, I need to find a circuit that can handle the load. Luckily, about two years ago, I installed a dedicated circuit for the freezer we have out in the garage, so I can tap into that line. Now, I just need to wait for the hottest day of the year to venture into the attic and install it.

Now, for the million dollar question: why should you care what I do with my summer? Well, in addition to giving you something to read while the other Entrecard sites load, I plan to write a few articles about all this. In these articles, I will take you step-by-step through the processes, so if you plan on tackling any of these projects, you won't have to make the same mistakes that I am sure to make. Well, I think I've bored you enough for today, so I'll finish this and continue searching for that fan.


  1. Well it's a good thing you've been working out so you can easily handle these tasks and more!

  2. BeadedTail: I guess that's a good way of looking at it, but it will make it easier.

  3. Hi, tahtimbo,

    Hope that you can have great achievements in this summertime!


  4. Think about taking a short trip to an area you never been before. Maybe it would enhance others to venture out of their town.:-)

  5. Hey! I found your blog...okay cool.

  6. MyKitty: Thank you, I know it will go fine...once I start. It's just the getting started part that is hard:)

    Auntie E: That sounds like fun. Maybe do that instead of the berm- that sounds even better:)

    michael moebes, esq.: Thank you for stopping by and for adding me as a friend.

  7. I have a berm too, luckily it needs no work that involves digging. I abhor digging. It makes my back hurt just thinking about it. Maybe you could rent a ditch witch??

    Our berm is about five feet tall and is 15 feet wide. I have planted shrubs and plants all over it which sometimes require lots of maintenance. Like today...

    Good luck with all your projects. And good luck on the scavenger hunt!

  8. Julia: I hate digging, too; especially since it involves digging through river rock, roots, asphalt, and anything else the contractors decided to throw in. When this is finished, we hope to have our garden on the lower tier and, like you, plants, shrubs, and maybe a few trees on the upper tier.
    Thanks for the luck, I need it:)


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