Last year we built a lovely shed to store kitchen cabinets we got for free from my parents. There was a tight timetable and we had to get the cabinets under roof very quickly, which meant the shed wasn’t quite finished in time for moving day. However, there was one detail – about a day’s worth of work – that we really should have done prior to moving day. It would have saved us a lot of frustration later on. We should have rodent-proofed it.

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A friend recommended the sermon “Can Faith be Green” from Pastor Tim Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. I’m recommending it too, especially if you’ve ever wondered how a professing Christian can (and should) be concerned about environmental issues.

The farm he mentions in the message is Polyface Farm.

We put Spaz down today. He was 12 years old and a dear friend. Here are some pictures to remember his life and the joy he brought to our family.

Andrea has a more complete photo memorial on her Facebook page.

Spaz as a kitten in 1997

Spaz as a kitten in 1997.

Spaz liked to be up high

Spaz liked to be up high. Winter 2004.

He liked baskets, boxes, bags... anything his size to curl up in.

He liked baskets, boxes, bags... anything his size to curl up in. Spring 2004.

Enjoying a fresh decorating job on the master bedroom.

Enjoying a fresh decorating job on the master bedroom. Spring 2006.

Chief inspector on all our building projects.

Chief inspector on all our building projects. Summer 2007.

One of the few with whom LE was willing to share her toys. Summer 2009, just before the accident.

One of the few with whom LE was willing to share her toys. Summer 2009, just before the accident.

After being struck by a car in early summer, 2009. While on pain medication, Spaz didn't mind sharing space with a baby.

After being struck by a car in early summer, 2009. While on pain medication, Spaz didn't mind sharing space with a baby.

He couldn't go outdoors after the accident, which was hard for him. He had to settle for a potted plant.

He couldn't go outdoors after the accident, which was hard for him. He had to settle for a potted plant.

So if you didn’t already know, our pet cat, Spaz, was hit by a car back in June. The right side of his pelvis was crushed. His recovery has been rocky and challenging for everyone. He had to be confined to a pet crate for the better part of two months, he cannot jump, and he will never go outside again. LE cannot play with him since the risk of re-injury is too great, and it’s hard to keep an inquisitive toddler away from a furry kitty. (more…)

So I haven’t posted for a while; thought I’d just put something up so the blog doesn’t look abandoned or something.

So what’s happened in the last month or so? A bunch of projects, among other things. (more…)

Dual-bevel sliding miter saw

Yeah, baby!

Ever since we borrowed a miter saw to build our deck a couple years ago, I have been quietly pining away for one. Specifically a Makita LS1013 dual-bevel slider. It can cross-cut a 4×12, weighs only 46 pounds so one could conceive of it as “portable”, and is legendary for its accuracy and smooth action. It’s a really nice saw. It also costs at least $500, which is far more than I could imagine spending on a single tool.

Well, Makita decided to retire the LS1013 and replace it with a new model. I discovered this on a routine shopping trip to the Home Depot, where I saw they had been marked down to $299. They had an open box left, and the display model. I thought, “Gee, it’s almost affordable, but still more money than I have. And it’s big, so where would I put it?” I let it go. (more…)

Homemade teardrop trailers

Homemade teardrop trailers

Stayed up late last night to feed Ian and stumbled upon something that has captured my imagination: do-it-yourself teardrop camping trailers! They are just so cool, they’re better than Tumbleweeds!

So I am presently addicted to browsing forums, personal construction odysseys, and photo galleries of how ordinary folks built their own replicas of 1930s and 1940s miniature travel trailers. Oh, and you can camp with them, too!

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