Sep 01

Archery Backstop

The boy wanted to unleash his inner Katniss again, and I was tired of buying hay every could of months, so instead I spent $23 on some 4x4s and chain, and I made what I hope will be a good hay substitute. I also used some left over floorboard, carpet, shingles and 2x4s.

Hopefully 2 layers of fairly loose carpet can stop a youth arrow, and hopefully the kids can hit a 4×8′ target.



The plan is that they can roll the carpet up using the rope that the target hangs from, and the roof will keep the carpet dry enough.

There was also a screwy, crooked tree in the way, so I had to cut it down.


Jun 14

Mint Julep

I’m in the South, I have scads of mint, and there is a fresh bottle of Knob Creek bourbon in the cabinet… Sounds like a mint julep to me!

I made some simple syrup, and steeped several stalks of mint in it for a few hours. Then I bottled it and made a drink with a 50/50 syrup, bourbon mixture. Nice!


Apr 06

Bathroom Job

Yesterday, the kids used the bathroom as normal. Then, I shattered the toilet and cut the tub in half. Today, I ripped the tile, mortar and metal lath off the walls.

The cast iron tub wouldn’t shatter under my sledge hammer, so I cut it with a one-two punch: abrasive blade in the straightaways and a sawzall in the corners.

The tile was as fun as last time, but I made more cuts, so it came out quickly. I had my son with a shop vac in hand and two doors between us and the rest of the house, so dust was easily contained.


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