New rock wall

We were seriously thinking about putting some of that fake plastic rock on one of our walls in our dining room to give it some accent. After pricing out a few things we decided on this.


It’s wallpaper. It was $150, and took around 2 or 3 hours to put up. It looks even better when it’s not on a website.

Air handler

I took today off work to catch up on some house and yard work. We recently bought a cultivator and some pointed tines for it so that we could break up some sod in the front yard to plant some trees. We have 200 sea buckthorn and 50 chokecherry trees to plant, as well as four apple trees and a cherry tree. I spent the morning cutting the grass and cattails, then I cultivated a few strips for new trees then in-between the old trees.

I recently installed a air handler to use with our heat pump which provides air conditioning for us, plus supplements our heat in the winter. When we first installed it would heat only the garage, then I modified it to draw air from the garage then supply it to the house. Yesterday I finished making a plenum for it to draw and return air from and to the house. We got a quote for a sheet metal plenum and it was around $750, I opted to make my own out of hardboard and 2x2s. The home made plenum cost us less than $100. So nine months later we have our system fully installed.

Here are the trees that we planted along the road, we have Rescue Crabapple, Parkland Apple, Juliet Cherry, Golden Spice Pear, and Harcourt apple. We also have Norland, Battleford, and Goodland apple trees near the garden, one of them died last year I think it was the Norland. Our grapes are starting to grow this year as well.

Dresses for africa

We went to our church today to sew dresses for girls in Africa. They are made from pillow cases and are easy to make, the open end of the pillow case makes the bottom of the dress. To make it the closed end is cut off, and the corners are trimmed to make armholes, the top is folded, hemmed, and elastic inserted. Then bias is applied to the armholes to make straps. Add a pocket and it’s done. The lady who started this drive has a website littledressesforafrica.org. Shown below is the dresses we made today, with our daughter wearing them.

Hard drive shorted electrically

My computer has been toast for a while after a few power surges that we had, and I figured that a capacitor had shorted in the power supply, I took it apart and found the fuse blown inside, I ordered a new power supply and installed it and it still won’t turn on. I found one of my hard drives had an internal short between 12+ and common. I traced it to a zener diode that is for protection of the drive that had shorted, a quick removal of the bad part and it’s all up and running again.

Big and bigger news

Well I haven’t written in a long time and my whole life has changed. I have a daughter that I haven’t mentioned before, she’s the best. The weight loss plan with the treadmill has been postponed due to lack of motivation. I lost 5 pounds in 2 months and still have not gained it back, so that proves that exercise works. And most importantly I’ve taken Jesus up on his offer of everlasting life. I did it on Easter Sunday and I recommend it to everyone. If you want to follow my lead go to http://www.cbn.com/stepstopeace/index.aspx (first link I found on a Google search.)

Other than that not much is new, I’ve spent the day reassembling the 1.6L turbo diesel motor that will go into our new 1990 Jetta. Actually here comes a rant. People need to stop buying new cars, if you have a car that has 100,000 Km on the odometer it is still new, I wouldn’t think about getting rid of it until it at least hits 300,000 or more.  Our new car has 500,000 + KM on it and it’s our NEW car. I couldn’t imagine making payments every month. For the same price as three months of car payments I can rebuild an engine or a transmission. For one car payment I can get 4 new tires, or replace every serviceable part in the front end, or replace the entire braking system. New cars require just about as much repairs as old, and the maintenance costs are the same. If your someone who is worried about environmental concerns, why would you cause a new vehicle to be made, just think (reduce / reuse / recycle). I’m keeping my old truck (6000 pounds of material) out of the scrap yard and landfill by continuing to use it. It just makes sense.

Laundry room cabinets

I had some left over scrap pieces of 3/4″ plywood, so I decided to make some cabinets for the laundry room. I had to buy 2 extra sheets. I bought the cheapest sheets I could find $20 each and I painted them white. They look good.

I also trapped a few foxes this year, as can be seen below, our friend Mike with a fox, and Me with two foxes.

Visitor from next door

The neighbors steer came to visit today. Our dogs didn’t seem to mind much until it ate some of their dog food. I wanted to take one of these pictures and put “Merry Christmas from the Fetters” on it and mail it to everyone.