Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Year, New Posts

Since it's been over a year since my last post, it's time to get back into writing.

In the last year, I've had a lot of changes, but I think I've gotten things back to stable point where I finally have time to start working on projects and writing about them.   One of the biggest changes of the last year, we finally bought a house.  It was a long drawn out, annoying process, but we finally moved into a house that we love.

While the inside is almost perfect, the outside leaves a lot to be desired.  Our backyard is spacious, but has a hill that really ruins the usual space.  I've considered trying to fill it in, terrace it, and possibly turning it into a huge compost pile that will eventually fill it in.  I'm still deciding on the best idea.

I do have a few projects on the burner for the next year.  A list of projects for the back yard in no particular order: Build a pergola, plant grape vines around it, add flowers.  Build a small pond (with or without stream) and landscaping around it.  Add a fence.  Plant some fruit trees (I'm leaning to apples and peaches geared for my climate).  And of course the hill, I'm really considering building a terrace garden on the hill, but we will see how far I get with the other projects.

And of course my garden.  I planted a few sunflowers and cucumbers last year, but they didn't grow well in my terrible soil.  So I started added all my grass clippings and killing the grass in my new garden plot.  I also started adding a border with landscape timbers to help delineate where the garden lives and the yard starts.

Inside we do have one major project that we want to add, we want to add a backsplash around the entire cabinet space.  I also have some things I want to do to the garage to add storage space and to fill the need for more wood working tools.  

Of course, I will also be discussing hunting, fishing, trapping and foraging.  One thing I'd like to add this year is some electronics projects using the Arduino and the Rapsberri Pi.  I think it's going to be an exciting year, and I hope that I can learn a few things and pass them on to you, the reader.