January 2011

A fast little project that we have talked about is a common location to have calender, memo, and shopping list. While after some debate over what would work for a PC running Google Calender to white board we settled on a chalk board. So in are house are most common room is are kitchen it is where we spend a lot of time and we travel through it to do most things in are house so it is definitely the heart of are house. So perfect location for are family chalk board. When are son was younger we had made a felt board on this wall and had a calender about it, he haven’t used the felt board for a long time so it needed to get removed and the wall repaired.

This project was pretty easy; all we needed was blackboard paint sold at home depot, I also primed first and some trim you like we used chair rail for are trim. So the process was to fix the wall with spakle, Cut the trim to size and nail to the wall we used a level and square to keep it straight and square. Next you want to fill and sane the nail holes and give the future blackboard a sand to smooth the wall help the primer grip. Prime the space let it dry per can instruction then apply your blackboard paint, we needed two coats to get a good finish. You can’t use it for several day so are little man was chomping at the bit to draw on it.

This was a project that me and my son did as a father son team so it was fun, a little hard to let him at the wall with a paint roller but I managed to let him do it with a couple of tips. All in all it was a great little project didn’t take a lot of time or expense and will be a nice benefit to are family.


Sorry, I just so have had enough of them. It was in 2009 that I used the Weed Man to attempt to clean-up a weed problem I have due to the removal of all weed killing chemicals from store shelves and the passing of a law against their use.

We have politely about 20 times told them that we are not interested in their service and that we don’t wish to be solicited by them.  They have continued to over the past 2 yrs since to call monthly to try to get us to return and we have either not answered the phone call or told that person that we are not interested. In the past 2 months they have been calling daily and blocking the number. Well last night was the straw that broke the camels back, they called not once but twice.  The last poor lady that got the screaming and yelling from me I’m a little sorry but come on people 8:45 at night getting my son ready for bed and you already called me an hour ago.

So needless to say I’m going to fight back a little and cause some shit because lets face it what business school did these idiots go to that makes them think that I would ever return to them. They are wasting their money and time and hopefully if my little blog post about them keeps one person from going to them then I take one for the team.

This came to me from a link on my wife’s facebook page so impressed with the singing ability of Justin Hines plus cool to see the video of this great province.

You can read more about Justin Hines at his website.

Per Wikipedia.

“A New Year resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a personal goal, project, or the reforming of a habit. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous. A New Years Resolution is generally a goal someone sets out to accomplish in the coming year. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.”

Also interesting that they state that only 12% of them are actually successful. So maybe instead of resolutions for me, it will be things to do in 2011. 

  1. Blog more regularly.
  2. Spend more time with my family.
  3. Cook more.
  4. Get more organized.
  5. Pick and complete one major woodworking project.
  6. Come up with a long-term garden plan and start working toward it.
  7. Build new play structure for our boy.
  8. Do two adventure races this year.
  9. Plan a family trip for next winter.
  10. Do some small fun family outings.