So in our backyard, we used to set up the above ground pool every summer, but we’ve noticed that the kids had suddenly grown up and started to feel like the pool was tooo small… or something, and naturally, they asked for a trampoline instead this year……. [sigh].
So we bought the Exacme 14 foot trampoline with a good enough weight limit for a grown up person. The shipment came in 3 heavy boxes, and from reading the online reviews, it sounded like you need at least 2 people to assemble this comfortably.
Well, since I had no one to help, I decided to do this on my own, but surprisingly, it was easy to set up. In the video I show you how I did it!
By the way, Youtube is such a great place to share such info, and others have shared as well, and I’m just adding to the wealth of info out there 🙂
It’s always fun to watch the kids see the new installation of some sort, and this was no exception. They were so happy ^^
Bonus fact: Trampolines make for an amazing napping zone:
I made an ice fishing flag alert system using mouse traps. Was trying to making something unique and fun.
Here are the videos (3 parts!):
It’a always more fun to make it yourself than just buying a ready-made product. So when I got this little turtle, I set out to make its habitat from scratch.
This is the first one I made:
For this one I used sand, thinking that it will remind the turtle of its habitat, but as you might be able to guess, the sheer maintenance required to keep this one clean was basically impossible.
So this is the current set up:
Instead of using sand, we kept it all water with climbable areas, with a filter installed. We also added heating light. Definitely much less maintenance, and the turtle enjoys sun bathing a lot! She also eats right from our hands 🙂
So, snow days. We all wish we had a nice snow blower, but alas, we don’t always have them (…like never). So we all suck it up and shovel away.
I’ve heard from somewhere that lawn mowers actually work, and leaf blowers aren’t bad either. Since I had newly acquired a leaf blower, and I of course have a lawn mower, so I had to test these theories out.
For those of you who were thinking of trying them out, don’t bother, just watch this short video, and you’ll know how they do… 🙂
This winter’s been really cold. Some lakes and rivers are completely frozen over, and what does that mean??
Ice sledding and Ice fishing of course 🙂
Remember that one week (in NJ area where I live anyway) when it was like unbelievably cold? The ice was really thick, so I decided to “do-it-yourself” an ice sled and take the kids out for a nice round of sledding on the ice lake ^^
Here’s what happened:
Oh and some obligatory warning for ice sledding is included (for obvious reasons) ^^
I searched for good iced-out lakes in the above process, and found out there’s a pretty decent(?) ice fishing scene in the area. So a couple of weeks later, I went in search of that ice fishing scene:
Winter’s not over yet, and I have a feeling there’s more coming!
This time I saved some money by fixing by myself our leaky shower faucet. In the video I show you how.
In NJ where we are, the water that comes out of the pipes are so full of minerals that tend to build up easily. It’s definitely better if you can do these repairs by yourself so you’re not calling the repair guys every couple years.
Essentially the repair was to replace the Gerber Shower valve stem.
Got the necessary tools from local Harbor Freight Tools.
If you buy the right tools and install them by yourself, you can seriously save some money as opposed to calling a repair guy 🙂
I like going out into the forests to find edible wild mushrooms. It’s well known that you need to really be careful when you pick wild mushrooms, but when you find a good edible one, they’re amazing!
So once I got these “jelly mushrooms,” (btw I show in the video where and how I got them) I had to try putting them into a spicy Korean Ramen. Of course 🙂