Sunday, August 24, 2014

Moc Hardwood Floors From Plywood - Cheap and Easy

Yes, things are coming along here on the farm. The time has come for flooring and the budget is tight. How could I put in flooring that can stand up to the test of time and do it on a budget? Plywood is the answer! I learned this trick from Jordon of, who added floors to her store this way. She ultimately chose to wash her floor with a 50/50 mixture of off-white paint and water before sealing them with polyurethane. I have decided to mix in a can of light-color stain with the polyurethane for a touch of color, but not much.  For now though, I thought I would show you some pictures of the process and how it looks.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Epic Battle of the Scorpions Podcast Episode #14

Join me today at Rancho No Dinero as I update you on my progress, discuss how to kill off an infestation of scorpions, the pros and cons of plastic storage containers (along with some tips on using them for storage), and share a recipe for some delicious and easy to make Cashew Brittle. Welcome to Rancho No Dinero!

Check out this episode!

Or read my blog post on the same topic to see pictures of the products and have step-by-step instructions to tackle your scorpion problem:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

OMG! Scorpions and How to Kill Them

Striped Bark Scorpion*
I saw the first one. When I spotted him I freaked out a little and promptly splatted him with the heal of my shoe. I had never seen a live scorpion in my house before and I had the "heebie jeebies" for the entire evening. The next day I shared my traumatic story with a friend at work who said, "Oh, you know they mate for life, right? So you will have to find the other." I about wet my pants when she said that. I lived in Arizona for 33 years without ever seeing a scorpion that was alive with the exception of the one that my son caught and thought would be cool to stick in a jar and show me. I was not entertained. I don't do scorpions. In Arizona I expected them, but in Oklahoma?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Update on Progress

My last post on July 6 heralded the delivery of my Shouse and Shedroom. I was absolutely delighted to get started converting them into my home. I dug in and got to work right away, which I will be blogging about soon. I just wanted to pop in today to fill you in on why it has been so long since I last posted.

I live in the sticks, as I have stated before. In the sticks I have no 4g wireless service. In fact, I cannot even get data where I live. This will not be a problem at the end of this month when my internet, cable, and phone lines are installed, but for now it is a HUGE limitation.