Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More Photos of the Landscaping

More pictures of the yard. Taken on April 29, 2009.

Picture 5 - creeping thyme bordering around the edges of one of the planting islands.

Picture 6 - creeping phlox growing around one of the other planting islands. The phlox is just starting to flower at this point.

Picture 7 - A creeper ground cover spilling over one of the stone borders.

Picture 8 - The trellis I built for the climbing rose. It's nothing fancy but it does the job nicely.

Garden and Landscape Photos

Fortunately, the digital camera became available for me to use again. So I wasted not time with running out to the yard today and taking a few pictures of how things are growing. So, without any further delay, here are a few pictures of the yard as of April 29, 2009.

Picture 1 - Some grape hyacinths next to the hand pump fountain.

Picture 2 - a rhubarb plant.

Picture 3 - my very anemic dwarf rhododendrons. They flowered but have almost no foliage. The pink blossoms are from the rhododendrons.

Picture 4 - Poppies next to a very small palm tree.

I have more garden photos I'll post soon!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring is Finally Here

As always, it's been busy around here. Between hunting for a job and working on things around the house, I rarely have time to relax.

On the plus side, the weather has been improving substantially. I've been able to go out and do yard work on several occasions recently. Plants are starting to green up with new spring growth bursting out everywhere. Of course, the weeds have been growing ferociously along with the desirable plants. And growing weeds translates into lots of weed pulling efforts.

Around the backside of the house, I had to spend a bit of time working on a trellis. There was a climbing rose which needed something to grow against other than the siding on the house. I took most of yesterday afternoon and came up with a basic solution for the rose. I picked up several wood 2x4s, along with a dark green plastic lattice. The two by fours were attached to the eves of the house and into cement footing blocks on the ground. The lattice was attached to the front side of the 2x4 framework. Afterward, the rose was carefully wired to the lattice in order to train it to climb upwards. Sadly, I can't post any pictures because the digital camera I borrowed several weeks ago was requested by someone else. So, for the moment, I have no camera again. Hopefully, I can find another camera before things grow too much around here.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Leather Couch

The weekend went flying by just like that again. As always, it was a busy week looking for work, doing taxes, and handling all the small tasks that need to be done.

One of the tasks I handled was to go pick up a leather couch from a friend of mine. My friend had heard I was looking for a leather couch and had one in storage. Since it was in storage, they had no need for it any longer and were appreciate of my taking the couch and freeing up the space. The couch is pretty comfortable and just about the right size. It's a nice dark green leather which is in pretty good shape.

While I was out picking up the couch, my battery on the truck decided to fail. Fortunately, my brother had driven his car along too so we were able to jump start it easily. I guess I'll have to take a trip to the car parts store tomorrow and spend about $75 and get a new battery. Spending money is not something I like doing while I'm still unemployed, but not having a reliable battery is a problem. I'll pick up the replacement battery tomorrow afternoon.

It's back to normal weather around here again with rain coming down quite frequently. It rained most of today and will probably do the same for the next few days. Of course, that's only to be expected since it is spring time here now. :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Weekend Warrior

We had some totally awesome weather over the weekend. It was, without question, the warmest days we've experienced this year. With temperatures in the low 20's C, it was very nice. I ended up working outside on both Saturday and Sunday as a result.

Saturday, I spent the whole day working on assembling a trampoline for my neice and nephew. Basically, one of my brothers had picked the trampoline up off Craigs List as a gift for my sister's kids. First, we had to figure out how to assemble the trampoline as it was in pieces. That took a while because some parts weren't exactly intuitive for placement. Then we had to figure out how to repair some damages but finally managed to assemble the unit. I did a bit of jumping on it to test it out. The springiness was quite as good as it could have been but it would have to do for now. We tore it down again and took it down to my sister's house. The evening was spent reassembling it. The kids liked it and apparently had some of their neighbor friends over playing on it the next day. Brother says he found a better trampoline for them off Craigs List again. This one has better springiness and should be a lot more fun for the kids. On the next sunny day, we'll probably get together and haul it down to my sister's house to replace the other trampoline with.

Sunday, I worked on the back deck a bit. I have some outdoor stereo speakers my oldest brother gave to me a year ago that needed to be mounted. It took the whole day to fabricate some brackets or holding the speakers to the siding on the house but I managed to put together a fixture that would work. Now I need to run wiring from the stereo to the speakers. That will mean I can play music when family or friends stop over and want to sit on the deck in the sunshine. Cool!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Video of the Lava Lamp

Here's a video I made earlier but never found the time to upload. I was tinkering around with the webcam and wanted to know how well it would capture images in low light. The video shows the purple lava lamp with most of the lights off.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Disassembling an iMac G3 - Part 2

Here's the second installment of the video showing an iMac G3 being disassembled in order to allow upgrading the hard drive and memory. This video segment shows the disassembling process of the CD-ROM drive in order to remove the hard drive from the CPU assembly board assembly.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Disassembling an iMac G3 tray loader

Here's a video showing an iMac G3 being disassembled in order to allow upgrading the hard drive and memory. The intent is to upgrade the memory from 64 megabytes up to 128 megabytes. Also, the hard drive will be upgraded to something larger than the 4 gigabyte capacity drive that is in place currently.

I don't know much anything about Apple computers so this is a bit of a learning experience for me. I'll upload a series of videos as time passes showing the progress with the upgrade. This video segment shows the disassembling process up to the point where the CPU assembly board is removed from the machine.