DIY mail organizer from wood

Wood mail organizer

Have any of ya’ll moved recently?

It’s hell. One thing we didn’t realize before the move was that in your last house, you spend years getting more and more organized.

And then you have to start all over.

For Mom and Dad (who had lived for decades in that old house), it nearly upended them (maritally speaking). For two old quacks used to knowing exactly where such and such is, they about died of heart failure.

So, Dad’s first task was to build something that could hold the mail, wallets, and keys.

“How soon you want it?” Dad asked mom.


“Alright,” he said. “It ain’t gonna be pretty, but I’ll be back in an hour.”

He came back six hours later.  Continue reading “Wood mail organizer”

How to make bouillon powder from broth

How to make bouillon powder from broth

Dad’s always thinking TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it) is imminent. EMP. Financial crisis. Terrorist attack. Sun flares. Zombies. You name it, Dad’s thought of it.

As a natural consequence of this mentality, he’s constantly adding to his food storage stockpile. 

So, with that background, here’s a conversation we had on January 3, 2017. (From memory).  Continue reading “How to make bouillon powder from broth”

How to restore a cast-iron woodstove

It turns out firewood needs to be burned to produce heat.

Go figure.

We’ve only been here in the Northeast for a few months. One of the first projects dad wanted to do was install a fireplace insert or cast-iron woodstove into the existing brick fireplace. Continue reading “How to restore a cast-iron woodstove”

How to get started mansteading

How to get started “mansteading”

The following conversation about mansteading was recorded on December 12, 2016. Dad is not one to sit and chat, so it seems I’m always talking to him while he’s doing something else. This time, he was out by the shed chopping wood. The air was a crisp 26° and dad have nothing but a camouflage microfiber hunting jacket, blue jeans, and some boots. 

And this conversation will be enhanced with sound effects. Epic sound effects. 

*Thud. Thud. Crack.*

So dad, how do you get started mansteading?

What the [expletive] is mansteading supposed to mean?

*Thud. Kerthwack.*

We talked about this dad. Remember? The blog?

The what?


Oh. You’re diary. Continue reading “How to get started “mansteading””