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Urban and rural sustainable homesteading in the desert southwest

Archive for July 2010

Gifts from the neighbors

July 23, 2010

My city neighbors — with whom I’ve gotten along fairly well — are moving. They had asked for assistance in hauling some trash to the dump (the joys of having a pickup!) in exchange for letting us dig through the detritus beforehand. I got 2 large bags of potting soil, several large planters, a couple […]

Bit of a panic yesterday

July 23, 2010

I received a letter from my building department. Because I hadn’t had any work done on my house in 5 years, they were going to cancel my permit. Hmmmmm…. After several emails — including scans of my previous inspections — and a lengthy call to the building department, we finally established that the previous inspections […]

New door!

July 19, 2010

I installed my front door over the weekend. More importantly, I did it all by myself — I’m so proud! I was also going to install the utility door, but it turns out to be about 1/2″ wider than the door frame. Doh! Fortunately my caretaker says we can take care of that, so next […]

Stealth Chickens in Suburbia

July 16, 2010

I’ve been offline for quite a while, visiting family back east. I just got back on Saturday and have spent the past week catching up on bills, laundry, and all the other necessities of daily life. During my downtime, though, I’ve been revising and refining my plans for both the backyard of my city house […]