Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring projects are in the air...

March in Upstate New York can be very nice, but can still be challenging when it comes to the weather. We had snow the first day of spring. Not a lot, but snow none-the-less. I am trying to turn the thermostat down a little, but with 15 - 20 degree F evenings, it still gets pretty cold.

I still have some projects to do inside, but can't help but look forward to some out door work. I have to start making my list. Of course, it does depend on the cost of the project. Anything that has a price tag of more cash than I carry in my pocket right now, will need to be reviewed and considered for worthiness. If it is a green project, we have to consider the payback period. Projects for the kids will need to be reviewed for how busy it keeps them. Then there is the "honey do" list. Anything that keeps my wife happy gets serious consideration, keeping in mind the amount of cash I carry in my pocket.

But seriously, I am looking at several projects that are green in nature and should be easy on the wallet. For one I am going to build a nicer compost corner in our yard. This should not cost anything as I still have left over lumber from a previous project. Then I would like to light up the backyard using a solar panel, a car battery and 12 volt lighting. Lastly, I would like to consider solar pool heating this year. There are many DIY solar pool heating installation kits that are not that expensive. This should be a lot of fun. I will have to keep you posted on these projects and more.

I can't wait for the weather to turn warmer. Also... I had better complete my indoor projects fast;-)

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