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I’m a Wimp

The last couple weeks I’ve noticed a creature is living in my garage. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I assume it’s a rat. I’ve thought about leaving the door open to let the cats hang out in the garage but don’t want my pets getting into other potentially harmful stuff that may be out there. At least until I have the time to clean it out.

Then last night I was awoken by something trying to get into my chicken coop. I heard the distinct noise (twang) of the hardware cloth being pulled on and released. I quickly got up to see what was trying to get to my chickens and found my own cat pulling at the wire.

To get a better look at what my cat was trying to get (since I knew it wasn’t the chickens) I walked around to the other window and saw the sweetest looking rat sitting on top of my hen house — looking right at me with it’s doe eyes.

[Visualize picture of cute rat looking scared that I was too tired to take]

Instead of opening up the coop and letting my cat have a run at the rat, I went back to bed. I figure it had to leave the coop at some point and then it was fair game. In short; I’m a wimp.

I deserve to have rat poop all over my garage. Maybe I’ll put out some live traps soon and send this buddy to the woods (yes, I know this is also bad). We already know I can’t kill it. I’m open to your suggestions.

My Finished iPhone Phonograph

Well, I finished creating the iPhone adapter for my ‘phonograph.’ It works great! I’m a little surprised how well it turned out. I simply used PVC purchased from a local hardware store. I also found a use for the Dremel I purchased eons ago.

To make the PVC adapter I started with a 1/2″ tee and two 1/2″ end caps. To connect them I slid inside a piece of 1/2″ pipe. I used a hand saw to make my cuts/openings before gluing it all together. I then used the Dremel to sand everything down and to create the finger hole for the iPhone button.

I used another piece of 1/2″ pipe to connect the tee to the megaphone. Since the connection to the megaphone was loose, I hollowed out the wide part of a champagne cork to fill the gap.

Everything was spray painted black to match the horn.

Because I’m a huge sap, I downloaded more Billie Holiday & Ella Fitzgerald albums and created a phonograph playlist.


I got this idea from a Treehugger post using a old bike horn, click here to read it.

My New iPhone Megaphone

I just picked this up at a local antique store. With a couple modifications it’s going to be my new iPhone phonograph or music speaker.

I paid $40. The stylish ones I’ve seen online are between $400-600. I love it.


How I Created a Pet Friendly Garden

I’m one of those folks that lets my pets run wild in the garden. I have cats, chickens and a dog all playing around and destroying my garden. Here are the top five things I do to maintain a pet friendly garden while staying sane. Read more

Busting at the Seams

Most days I want to live in my little paradise forever. Then other days, like today, I think about all the things I want and/or need that I simply don’t have room for. I feel like I’m busting at the seams and my jungle is closing in on me (probably has something to do with the giant aerator that’s blocking the side yard).

Anyway, in an attempt to be organized I made a list of all the things I think I’m missing out on:

  • Bee hives
  • Bocce ball court
  • More chickens
  • Trees of all sizes, shapes and colors
  • A meadow where I can freely blow dandelion seeds and make all the wishes I want
  • Garden beds with properly spaced plants
  • A hot tub
  • An outdoor fireplace
  • More parking (for my future Airstream)
  • Privacy
  • Entertaining

Other than the hot tub and outdoor fireplace ,  I don’t think I’m asking for too much.

To counter balance my ‘feeling sorry for myself’ list, I thought I’d also give the positives of a small lot.

  • Minimal lawn care
  • Save money since I don’t have room for more plants, trees, a hot tub, an outdoor fireplace or an Airstream
  • Less yard to maintain and weed
  • Lush flower beds since I’ve over planted
  • Walking distance to groceries and restaurants
  • My pets are less likely to get eaten by wild animals
  • I get to practice my espalier skills
  • I don’t have enough room for bee hives. Do I really need another hobby?
  • More time to hang out with friends and venture away from the garden from time to time

Who knows what I’ll end up doing. What I do know is that I REALLY want a bocce ball court. There’s always the hell strip on the other side of the hedge or maybe that last bit of lawn? Hmmmmm.

Plus, I can always head over to your house to make my wishes…