Thursday, July 31, 2014

Our House Blog is 8 Years Old!

We did it! Our house blog is 8 years old! I dont know how we did it really. There have definitely been some bumps in the road :) Thank you all for visiting us through out the years :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shopping at Goodwill

One of our favorite places to shop for deals is at Goodwill. I picked up a $250 pair of mens dress shoes made by Allen Edmond for only $12 there. I had a cobbler clean and resole the shoes and they are literally good as new. I also head there once in a while in search of nice ties to add to my growing tie collection! Yes, there are some really ugly ties from the 80s, but if you know what you are looking for you can come out a winner at only a dollar or two per tie.

Back in 2011 I blogged about picking up some DK Travel books for only $1 each.

Yes, there are great deals to be had!

We are looking to send a box to Ukraine right now strictly for children. Products over there are all cheaply made in China. Shoes you might find at Payless for $10 here in USA could cost $50 in eastern Europe and with the poor construction quality they dont last very long. Goodwill always has sales going on... this past week was $1.99 for all childrens clothes. We picked up much needed shoes, winter jackets and more thanks to this sale.

Seniors over 55 also get a 10% discount on top of any weekly sales.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bitcoins & Stuff for Sale

I have a pile of doctors bills still to work out, but the world doesnt end. If you want to buy something cool for yourself or someone you love, we still have these great items...

Gustav Stickley Font set...

Christmas Cookie Cookbook...

I'm only accepting "bitcoin" as its very easy to set up for payment and I dont need to go through a shopping cart system that charges $30 a month. During checkout you can buy some bitcoin to finish the order.

Go ahead! 
Learn something new! 
Give it a try!

Bitcoin is a digital currency. It uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; it is fast, reliable, anonymous, and without fees. Managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part.

You can learn more here...

EDIT: We also have an Ebay store (paypal & credit cards). We are currently selling nice womens dresses & blouses as well as some quality mens watches.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I Cut My Finger Off

So now you know why we havent blogged for quite some time :) I did cut my finger off and somehow, by some miracle, the doctor saved it because I begged him to try. The doc said normally on adults they dont make the effort. Anyways, my finger is still here and I can grip again and am pretty much back to normal. New projects, new things, some bad news, its all coming up in new blog posts so stick around :) I dont think we have a Facebook page anymore, but we'll keep our Twitter updated and you can always message us there if you would like.

One last thing. If you are ever shopping for or considering that "perfect" door for your home, please give Charlie at Ginkgo Doors a try. His doors are beyond superb. They are extraordinary and downright beautiful....

I will definitely be posting stuff every couple of days from now own so lets have some fun!

What, you want a photo of the finger? NO WAY!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Proper Rose Pruning

Our roses are taking off like crazy and I can say its definitely due to #1 pruning and #2 proper feeding with rose food.

I now prune the rose bushes in late winter (january) and early fall (september). This works well here in California. Your weather may vary. Cooler areas and you might be pruning in early spring instead (april/may). My basic pruning is as follows:

- remove dead or broken branches
- remove any twig branches thinner then a pencil
- prune to open up the center for light and air circulation
- select 6-8 strongest canes for new season of growth
- cut branches at least half the branch height
- cut branches at 1/4 inch above outside facing buds at a 45 degree angle

Throughout the summer, I do basic maintenance like removing spent blooms and then clipping that branch just above a leaf set of 5-7 leaves, which promotes regrowth. You wont get new buds if you clip above a 3 leaf set.

While pruning is important, make sure to buy some rose food and feed your roses regularly!