September 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM
What do you get when you combine a solar panel (thanks Woot!), a lawn mower battery, and some old 12V lights and fans from computers?
You get the funkiest-looking shed on the block. But hey, at least I can see at night.
Okay, so the bubble tube lights next to the battery are completely superfluous. I was testing battery load... or something.
Anyway, this is the Mark 1 build. Next I'm going to have something in a slightly more natural light color.
September 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM
Since not everybody heard this story:
Some Saturday back in June, I was peeking out my back door, as I'm prone to do; I'll regularly see rabbits, lizards, birds, the occasional cat. This time, though, I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye, right near the house.
Yeah, that's a snake. Not some little grass snake, either. Those don't bother me much, since I can just grab them and throw them out to another part of the yard. I stepped out and kept my distance to get some pictures.
Then the thing climbed up into the bush next to the house! I didn't feel quite right with a snake of that size being so close to the house, and I certainly didn't want Jonathan to go playing in the yard while it was there.
I was going to wait for it to come down again and then kill it, but I remembered that while we were working on my fence, Greg had captured a little garden snake and talked about finding some frogs to show his class. I thought surely he would be interested in a bigger snake, but I wasn't about to try to catch it alive. So he came over and did some snake wrangling:
So, funny ending to the story: Greg put the snake in a bucket and put something heavy on top of it. They took it back to their house and left the bucket on the patio. When Mom came out the next day, the bucket was open and the snake was gone! She thinks the cat must've gotten curious about it and let it out. Whatever happened, the snake has a nice place to live out in the country, and hopefully has no way of knowing how to get back to my house.
September 16, 2011 at 9:21 AM
So, the blog was down for about 2 months while I was waiting for GoDaddy to upgrade our hosting server, but it seems that after I got everything working again, I promptly forgot about posting anything. I'll try to fix that.
April 8, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Last Friday, we took the day off and kept Jonathan out of daycare. He had no idea where we were going or why Mimi was with us until we saw a familiar face:
Grapevine was having a Day Out With Thomas. Jonathan got to take a train ride, see Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt, play with some trains, shop, and look at all the train stuff.