The Things I Did This Summer – July To October

  • Tuesday / October 24, 2023
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The Things I Did This Summer – July To October

This was one incredibly long hot summer! We had 100+° days for weeks on end. Eighty degree days were a releif! But heat or no heat, I did what I could do, when I could do, to further all the projects I accomplished.

There were monsoon-like days where rain fell like I had never seen before. The hot humid—never leave the house—kind of days. My AC certainly worked overtime! Though I’m sure the electric company didn’t mind.

It seem these are the types of blog posts I have time for: corral my Facebook posts, html reformat them, and reproduce the narative they produce here. For as much as I rag about Facebook it had become my micro blog. How sad! But the culling & reformatting & reproduction takes a lot of time to do. But at least I have projects finished & something for people to see the breath and width of what I have accomplished in my new home.

So here are the other projects I’ve worked on, and events that happened from July to October.

Have fun!

July 6, 2023 @ 5:10 PM
2022 Kia Soul: DIY Cargo Floor
joProjects: This is what I did AFTER completing another fence panel this afternoon.

I’m about to have a local audio pro install my new car audio upgrade. I had already ordered the Kia cargo floor from Figured for less money I could use 3/4 birch ply I had laying around, a piano hinge & and indoor/outdoor self stick carpet tiles I bought at Home Depot.

A few hours later. I have a much stronger cargo floor. Needless to say I canceled my Kia Stuff order & saved the $185.00.
I also ❤️ the pull I made from a loop of carpet. 👍😍👍
With the lumber I had, the hinge and carpet cost about $40.00. Was worth it!

Now I have a solid place for my new twin 10″ subwoofer box to sit. All my new electronics will be installed below the new floor: line converter, amplifier, and sub amplifier & all the other fuses & wiring. Out of sight. Besides … the windows are tinted so darkly you can’t see into the back or the passenger seats. Saves me more money. 👍

#KiaSoul #KiaSoulClub #caraudio #cargofloor

2022 Kia Soul: DIY Cargo Floor

July 7.2023 @ 11:12 AM
Bees In Abundance!
Bees In Abundance!

The bumble bees are out in force this morning. They are groovin’ on the forest of multi-head sunflowers. These started out as two small plants last summer. They have overtaken that manicured front garden I created.

The purple coneflower plant became HUGE this summer too.
For me … this is a good thing. I like seeing all these sunflowers & coneflowers from my front window. 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

For the bees … they are having a party! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

I will eventually relocate the purple asters, mums, & day lilies somewhere else. Not sure where yet.

So much going on!

#flowers #gardening #flowergarden #coneflower #sunflower

Bees In Abundance!

July 14, 2023 @ 4:15 PM
It is Monsooooooooooon!
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Just updated:

DAMN it’s pitch black out & monsoon skies have opened up & it’s POURING RAIN with much lightening & thunder! WOW! Reminds me off a noreaster blowing in to the Jersey shore.

Don’t like the wind but we sure do need the rain. We are in a drought situation in the state right now.

Bring the rain. Tone down the wind! 💨💨💨

Lights just flickered.

Dorothy Orant Morrison: Auntie Em! Auntie Em! Be safe. ❤️

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July 14, 2023 @ 4:26 PM

Joe Streno: Ms Dorothy: Oh we’re certainly on the outskirts of Kansas … for sure! Though we’re not quite flying cows just yet. 😛
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July 14, 2023 @ 4:30 PM

Brenda Siegelman: Be safe , why can’t we get just regular, gentle rain instead of crazy ass storms? Weird weather no matter where we go . . Love from Vermont, usual precautions , and see you on the other side .

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July 14, 2023 @ 5:16 PM

Joe Streno: Brenda … Let’s all take a moment & thank Global Warming … & the gifts it keeps on giving! NOT! It really is crazy & yes a gentle rain would be lovely—but evidently is not going to happen for either of even so many miles apart. Love back atcha from IndeMO! Stay dry & be safe, my dear.

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July 14, 2023 @ 5:20 PM

Brenda Siegelman: All truth . You too , be safe & dry . Xo

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July 14, 2023 @ 5:16 PM

July 14, 2023 @ 5:12 PM
When it rains … it …
When it rains it ….

now leaks in my basement. 😭😭😭😭

About a month ago I noticed after the last time it rained ,a few feet around my basement sump pump, the floor was wet & there was water still pooled on the sump pump pit cover.

I couldn’t figure out where all this water came from. I checked the sump pump breaker at the main breaker box—it was fine. I tested the sump pump & it pumped out water I fed into the pit. I checked the outgoing pipe for blockage—nope.

I cleaned up the mess & figured I’d have to wait (and remember) to check the floor when it did rain next.

So here we are today: I found the problem.

When the concrete guys installed my driveway, they ran over my street water main cover & cracked my water main pipe.

The repair did something to the old water main line. The guys from Cabrera Concrete and Foundation dug the hole to get to the new leaking water main that need to be repaired. They dug a good 4x4x4 cube out of the dirt. The plumber came did his part of the repair & everything seemed okay.


I don’t know how they did it … but the OLD water main pipe now leaks rain water into my basement EVERY time it rains. This never happened before they dug to repair the water main break.

REALLY???????????? WTF!!!???!!!???

Seems I can’t win for losing these day! Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

When it rains … it …

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: 😡
July 14, 2023 @ 5:19 PM

Fidl Z Partiz Hawil: Oh man!!
July 14, 2023 @ 5:20 PM

Joe Streno: Fidl … if it’s not one thing it’s another. Welcome homeownership! 🤬🤬🤬

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July 14, 2023 @ 5:26 PM

Lori Rembetski: Any way to cap off the old pipe?
July 14, 2023 @ 6:59 PM

Joe Streno: Looks like all the connections are rusted together and the elbow that is spewing the water has a piece of cut off pipe rusted into the threads.

I’m going to try to get the plumber that did the water main to fix this for free.

The floor is wet … but it is draining into the sump pit & being pumped outside. But it still needs to be fixed.

I may try a rubber screw down plug & see if that helps until it gets fixed.

Guess we’ll see. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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July 14, 2023 @ 7:40 PM

July 16, 2023 @ 11:28 AM
Leaking Pipe: Down & Dirty Quick Fix
This was my down & dirty quick fix for the leaking old water main.

Used my saws all to cut off the elbows to straight pipe & then double clamped clear 1″ ID plastic tubing, and ran that into the sump pump pit. Done!

Good thing I went to Home Depot to get what I needed & got it done very early this morning, because it’s raining pretty heavy right now!

Guess I’ll see how it works out. 👍

Leaking Pipe: Down & Dirty Quick Fix
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Brenda Siegelman: Good job ! Well done .

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July 16, 2023 @ 11:50 AM

July 20, 2023 @ 5:35 PM
joProject: Yard & Fence
joProjects: Yard & Fence
Yesterday I decided it was time to move the piles of lumber that were placed in my back yard. I kind of knew the “grass” underneath wold be dead. Kind of why I did the move to the back garden.

I figured if something was going to die … might as well be weeds.
Though it was cloudy all day, even in the early morning, it was humid as hell & I sweated like a pig.

Once that was all done, I decided to cut the lawn. With all the rain these past few days it was getting rather wild. By the time I finished … I was finished! My clothes were sopping wet from sweat.
Today I worked on & finished fence panel thirteen. Only six more to go on that side.

The other photos are of all my sunflowers, super marigolds, & teddy bear sunflowers I have planted so far this summer.

The front garden has busted out with multi-head sunflowers. Awesome!

#garden #fencebuilding #fence #pressuretreatedlumber #lumber #sunflowers

joProject: Yard & Fence

Roberta Baumann: Your flowers look beautiful!

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July 20, 2023 @ 9:19 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks Roberta. The sunflowers that haven’t bloomed yet are over 6 ft tall.

I thought I put enough space between then and the white hydrangea. They are dwarfing the hydrangea and blocking the sun. Oh well. We live and we learn. lol

The multi bloom sunflower are 7 ft or more. Can’t wait for the teddy bear sunflowers & super marigolds to bloom each have orange “snow ball” blooms. Should be interesting to see.

July 20, 2023 @ 9:45 PM

Phyllis Stein: Looking good. Your hard work is paying off.

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July 20, 2023 @ 9:56 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Looks great. We are getting more rain here over the next several days. Stay cool

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July 20, 2023 @ 11:11 PM

July 22, 2023 @ 9:31 AM
Just Another Day …
Just another day fence building.

There is something very comforting in repetition. Whether in construction or my artwork.

Each fence section is a repetition of acts. From digging the hole to choosing, dadoing, cutting to size the 6 boards that make a section. Then comes assembly & finally 2 bags of concrete & 2 gals of water.


Rest and repeat.

Makes me smile. 😀

Just Another Day …

Mary Kelly: I had to look up “dadoing” to make sure you weren’t making up words! 🤣

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July 22, 2023 @ 9:52 AM

Joe Streno: Mary … just making the wood “groovy”. 🤣

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July 22, 2023 @ 10:08 AM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Your neighbors must think you’re crazy but the results are awesome!

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July 22, 2023 @ 10:28 AM

Joe Streno: Susan … well 80% of my neighbors are renters. But everyone I’ve talked to has thanked me for “improving the neighborhood” and complimenting me on my home. They are amazed by the difference a year can make. They said all the previous owners didn’t do anything to improve it. It’s my home … it’s a reflection of me. So yeah … let them call me crazy … that’s okay.

I can’t wait to see flowering vines all over the fence.

Everything in time.

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July 22, 2023 @ 10:43 AM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Joe can’t wait to see before and after pictures!!

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July 22, 2023 @ 10:45 AM

July 24, 2023 @ 6:07 PM
Holy global warming Batman!
Holy global warming (& or summer in the Midwest) Batman!
You know it’s bad when a 90° day is a reprieve!

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Kathleen Scurlock: Things I Did This Summer 0018
July 24, 2023 @ 6:55 PM

July 26, 2023 @ 4:44 PM
Holy HOT STUFF, Batman!
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Holy HOT STUFF, Batman! Plus it rained for about 30 minutes earlier today … super sauna-like out there. 🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵

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July 26, 2023 @ 6:16 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Sauna here in Chicago. I did a Costco run today. Was on limited time schedule and the entire thing gave me a migraine. I’m going to bed

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July 26, 2023 @ 9:25 PM

Joe Streno: Hope you feel better soon. ❤️

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July 27, 2023 @ 6:23 AM

Liz Samolyk-Finegan: Same in N.J.

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August 1, 2023 @ 4:14 PM

July 27, 2023 @ 9:29 AM
My First “Red Sun” Sunflower
My first “Red Sun” sunflower bloom. ❤️🌻❤️

My First “Red Sun” Sunflower

Kathleen Scurlock: Beautiful!

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July 27, 2023 @ 11:35 AM

Roberta Baumann: Beautiful!

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July 27, 2023 @ 12:23 AM

Diane Streno Clark: Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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July 27, 2023 @ 12:23 AM

July 27, 2023 @ 12:57 PM
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I have this one goldfinch that feeds regularly on my multi-head sunflowers. Crappy photo through my living room window …. but. I love that s/he comes and feasts on the sunflowers. ❤️

July 28. 2023 @ 12:20 PM
Sunflowers A-Go-Go!
Sunflowers A-Go-Go!

The big sunflowers are starting to bloom.

Loving the chocolate sunflowers & the bees are blissing out on the big yellow ones. 👍

#flower #flowers #garden #gardening #sunflower

Sunflowers A-Go-Go!

August 2, 2023 @ 8:20 AM
Rain Stopped – Two To Go
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Kathleen Scurlock: Joe, send the rain in the direction of Seattle please! Sorry about your task of building a fence got delayed…

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August 2, 2023 @ 10:59 AM

Joe Streno: Okay … it was raining for about an hour this morning when I first posted. It stopped & I went out and finished another panel before lunch. Awesome!

Now I have to decide if I want to do the other side of the yard, or return the lumber & cement to Home Depot & put that money towards paying off my HELOC which is basically my car loan. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Decisions decisions. Hmmmm.

August 2, 2023 @ 3:42 PM

August 4, 2023 @ 10:41 AM
Marigolds & Morning Glories
joProjects: Whopper Orange Marigolds & Morning Glory Transplants

My whopper marigolds are starting to bloom. A few are already 3″ across and will possibly get to 4″. I started these from seeds. First time growing them … or any marigolds for that matter. They are pretty groovy! Can’t wait for them all to bust out. 👍

I also am attempting to transplant morning glory vines. The old fence on the other side of the house is COVERED with pink & purple morning glories. I found plenty of suckers that were already rooted. Dug those up and transplanted them to their new home on the new fence. Now we’ll see what happens & let nature take its course. I realize they can become invasive … but we’ll see if they take, first. 👍

Free vines/flowers = BONUS POINTS!!! 🌸🌸🌸🌸

#flower #flowers #garden #gardening #morningglory #marigolds

Marigolds & Morning Glories

Chris Gibson: I love marigolds

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August 4, 2023 @ 11:02 AM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: One of my favorite flowers

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August 4, 2023 @ 12:26 PM

Regina Galluscio: You will never be able to get rid of the morning glories.

Besides dropping many seeds the seeds last over a decade in the soil.
But they do readily self so and will cover the fence quickly.

I’d prefer to plant Scarlet runner Bean or an emperor runner bean which makes glorious flowers hummingbirds love and you get to eat the flat Romano type beans. You could even let the pods mature and save the seeds for dry beans. But I find them too delicious to eat as string beans.

And you don’t even need to make a garden bed just plant the seed wherever the fence is.

Another very fast growing vine plant would be the Italian cucuzzi squash. The flowers are not that remarkable they’re white but you get baseball bat squashes lol

And you won’t believe how fast a Vine can grow, 15 20 ft long

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August 4, 2023 @ 6:07 PM

Regina Galluscio: And one more cute thing to grow that’s great, miniature pumpkins on a vine going off the fence. You get tons of pumpkins pumpkin seeds, and you can eat the flowers the way you fry zucchini flowers. I suggest the mini pumpkins cuz they’re so prolific you’d have many decorations.

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August 4, 2023 @ 6:09 PM

Diane Streno Clark: I love morning glories 🩷

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August 4, 2023 @ 12:26 PM

August 5, 2023 @ 6:54 PM
Big-Ass Sunflowers™
Those are some “Big-Ass Sunflowers™”! They have to be 7-8 ft tall. The fence is about 6ft and the sunflowers tower over that! Plus they are on a slope … yeah… they are HUGE! I have to look up to see them … unless I’m inside looking out.

They are so beautiful!

They dwarf my rainbow birdhouse, the hydrangea, etc.

And I’m still waiting for those Teddy Bear Sunflowers to bloom. They are the plants in the front row. They will bloom pom-pom-like yellow sunflower orbs. First time growing them. They are sooooo close to blooming. Can’t wait to see them too!

#flower #flowers #garden #gardening #sunflower #sunflowers

Big-Ass Sunflowers™

August 11, 2023 @ 10:58 AM
Fence: Side Done & Starting Front
joProjects: Fence: Side Done & Starting Front

Well it’s a rap for the side fence all 18 panels. Woot! I like the section step down I had to do with the last panels to follow the slope of the neighbor’s driveway. And the last 4×4 ends right where it should: not blocking the RR crossing sign. I planned it that way. Yeah right!

So of course I decided to do a fence section across the front of the yard to create another 4 ft deep flower bed, which will connect to the side bed. Sure …. why not! That much less grass to cut. lol

Can’t wait to get the flower bed planted & mulched! One thing at a time …

#pressuretreatedlumber #lumber #fence #fencing #homeowner #diy #flowerbed #theresnoplacelikehome

Fence: Side Done & Starting Front

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August 11, 2023 @ 11:25 AM

Carole Herscheit: Beautiful!

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August 11, 2023 @ 1:42 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks! It’s a work in progress. 👍
August 11, 2023 @ 1:55 PM

Carole Herscheit: Joe Streno and SUCH progress!

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August 11, 2023 @ 1:58 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: All your hard work looks great!!👏👏
August 11, 2023 @ 1:42 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Susan! Hopefully it will cool down a little soon, so I can work outside more than a few hours a day. But I too am liking what’s getting done. ❤️❤️

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August 11, 2023 @ 3:15 PM

Roberta Baumann: Looks great!

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August 11, 2023 @ 5:49 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Roberta!
August 11, 2023 @ 5:59 PM

Doug Carson: I’m in awe, Joe. I do my little fixit projects but I’m not in your league at all! Nice work!

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August 14, 2023 @ 1:10 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Doug! Very much appreciated.

As each project moves closer to completion, I have to pinch myself. Sometimes even I can’t believe what I’ve accomplished.

Picked up this fencing type idea from the Interwebs. It will act twofold: keeping the neighbors dogs in their yard & a BIG flower trellis for what I’ll plant along it next season. The fence with vines on it will also act as a visual barrier. The house next door is a rental & an eye sore, who’s owner does not take care of his property.

All this seems like just another art project to me. Different medium & different tools. And it’s functional. Bonus points!

And all this work keeps me busy & keeps me off the streets. 😂

August 14, 2023 @ 1:30 PM

Phyllis Stein: You are amazing! You are making such a beautiful home. May you enjoy it for many years. xo P.

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August 14, 2023 @ 8:40 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Phyllis!

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August 14, 2023 @ 8:53 PM

August 11, 2023 @ 3:39 PM
Flowers are bustin’ out
joGarden: Flowers are bustin’ out all over the garden!

There are many different varieties of Sunflowers. My Joe Pye Weed plant has come back gangbusters this year! The Teddy Bear sunflowers and Super Marigolds are finally blooming too. ❤️🌻❤️

The bees, butterflies and other pollinators are having a feast! Even saw a humming bird yesterday scoping out the flowers—might be time to put out the humming bird feeders. 🐝🦋🐝🦋🐝🦋

#flower #flowers #garden #gardening #marigold #sunflower #sunflowers #teadybearsunflower #supermarigold

Flowers are bustin’ out

August 13, 2023 @ 8:39 AM
A river runs through it.
A river runs through it.
Some serious monsoon thunderstorm going on in IndeMO!

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Wow
August 13, 2023 @ 8:52 AM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Yup. Welcome to the Midwest
August 13, 2023 @ 10:14 AM

August 14, 2023` @ 9:18 PM
Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
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What an absolutely beautiful day it was today! Such a relief from the sauna/pressure cooker we’ve experienced the past week+. Windows open & no AC at all! Woot!

Tomorrow will be just as nice. But we’ll be going back to Crazy Town by the weekend — 100°+. I’ll enjoy the cool while it’s here.

Hope you all got some relief too!

August 16, 2023 @ 11:28 AM
joProjects: New Front Fence
joProjects: Front Fence

Put a fork in it! It’s done! (almost)

I’d say: Not bad for my first ever fence building project. 👍

The only thing left to do is—maybe—put a 2×6 cap on the front fence. Maybe. I did trim the front fence 4x4s level just in case, also to make it look better, in case I don’t cap it. Guess we’ll see. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But all in all … ME LIKEY! 👍😃👍

#pressuretreatedlumber #lumber #fence #fencing #homeowner #diy #flowerbed #theresnoplacelikehome

joProjects: New Front Fence

Ken Wiener: Looks great 👍

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August 16, 2023 @ 11:53 AM

Neil Squires: Looks great Joe’ don’t leave your pull saw out,
It’ll get knicked

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August 16, 2023 @ 2:22 PM

Joe Streno: Neil … Nah … just placed it there for the photo, then returned it to my tool bucket. lol Funny I was trying figure out what “power tool” to use to cut the 4×4 tops off. The easiest was the pull saw & it made nice clean cuts too. 👍

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August 16, 2023 @ 3:54 PM

Brenda Siegelman: It looks really great, Joe

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August 17, 2023 @ 12:28 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Brenda! I’m pretty impressed too. lol
August 17, 2023 @ 12:49 PM

August 18, 2023 @ 12:12 PM
Goldfinches Out In Force!

Goldfinches are out in force! They are chowing down on all the sunflowers. These guys (and there are a few; male & female) are new to my flowerbeds. Didn’t see a one last year. Plant the flowers & they will come …. evidently.

Also there are 5 or 6 hummingbirds flitting around today fighting each other for the flowers (I just bought a BUNCH of new ones for the front) & the feeders. They make me laugh when they take a moment and perch on the new front fence. One on an upper fence rung, one just below it. Then off again to check out the new lavender plants.

It just amazes me the number of bees, butterflies (the monarchs are around now too), birds, & hummingbirds, et al, that now call my yard home & or a feeding ground.

I ❤️❤️❤️❤️it!!

#sunflower #hummingbird #goldfinch #garden #gardening See less

Tom Quinlavin: One summer we grew a patch of sunflowers the squirrels went to town, the follow year we tried corn and the squirrels went to town again. We gave up after that.

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August 18, 2023 @ 12:52 PM

Joe Streno: Bummer dude! The squirrels around here have plenty of other things to eat. So far … not a problem.
August 18, 2023 @ 1:01 PM

August 19, 2023 @ 4:18 PM
Greeting From The Pressure Cooker
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Just another day in the pressure cooker.

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Wow
August 19, 2023 @ 4:43 PM

Dorothy Orant Morrison: Ouch!
August 19, 2023 @ 5:05 PM

August 24, 2023 @ 10:52 AM
White Lined Sphinx Moth
#FileUnder: The Things We See!

My garden has brought a plethora of wildlife to my yard. Birds, bees, and today my first ever White Lined Sphinx Moth (aka: a hummingbird moth)

At first glance I thought it was a small hummingbird. As it was feeding on flowers I was getting ready to plant I got a good view of this moth. Such beautiful markings! Amazing little creature!

(S)He was fearless! Didn’t much care I was standing right there. So of course I whipped out my iPhone & shot this short video.

I ❤️❤️❤️❤️it!!!

#hummingbirdmoth #whitelinedsphinxmoth #flowers #garden #thethingswesee

August 25, 2023 @ 2:25 PM
It’s 102 @ 2:22
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It’s 102 @ 2:22 on its way to 103.

Tomorrow back to the 80° mark & possibly some rain.

Can’t wait until

Dorothy Orant Morrison: Westville, NJ 78 but a little humid.

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August 25, 2023 @ 2:43 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: It’s delightful here. 77 almost feels cold!

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August 25, 2023 @ 2:45 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Stay hydrated Joe

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August 25, 2023 @ 3:02 PM

George Kuhn: Thank you for the birthday wish & photo Joe!

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August 25, 2023 @ 4:22 PM

August 28, 2023 @ 8:51 AM
joProjects: Front Garden Planted
joProjects: Front Garden Planted. 👍

Plants have been planted: yellow & purple cone flowers, mini black eyed Susans, lavender, & Russian sage. Plus my new 24″ “rainbow” garden spinner. Will look pretty sweet next season … I hope. 🤞🙂🤞

Now all I need to do is cover in cardboard & mulch that bed. I also need to dig out a 6″ trench on the inside next to the bottom 2×6 & remove the dirt in front … then replace with pea gravel. Don’t want dirt to be next to the wood, even if it’s pressure treated. The gravel will give good drainage.

Hopefully it gets done sooner than later. Looks like we have coolers temps for a week. Then 107° a week from Wednesday. WTF!!!! 🔥🥵🔥

Someone should tell Mother Nature fall & cooler weather is coming. 🙏

#fence #garden #gardening #gardenlife #goodfencesmakegoodneighbors #gardenspinner

joProjects: Front Garden Planted

September 1, 2023 @ 5:01 PM
joProjects: Front Fence & Flowerbed
joProjects: Front Fence & Flowerbed

✅ Completed

As my paternal grandmother, Rose, would say: “Another job, well done, by the Treasury Men in action.”

The front has been fenced, cleared, 2×6 bordered, planted, trenched, stoned cardboard covered, & mulched. The rainbow spinner was just icing on the cake. 🌈🍰🌈

I let the sprinkler run for over an hour to saturate the cardboard & the dry mulch, and the flowers needed a drink too.

BTW … it’s cedar mulch … it smells heavenly!

I will be installing corrugated rusted steel garden edging tomorrow if it gets here early enough. It will protect the gravel from rain wash out. 👍

Other than that … I’m done with this project! Woot!

#project #garden #fence #flowers #cedarmulch #mulch #peagravel #complete

joProjects: Front Fence & Flowerbed

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: You’ve done a beautiful job with your home

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September 1, 2023 @ 6:22 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Eileen! Wish I was still living in NJ … but this is certainly home now.
September 1, 2023 @ 6:33 PM

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Joe Streno ❤️
September 1, 2023 @ 6:33 PM

Doug Carson: Wow- that’s straight and level. Sign of truly professional work. Be proud!

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September 2, 2023 @ 9:50 AM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Doug! I’ve had lots of practice this season – and a multitude of levels. Never built a fence before in my life. See what a little YouTube research can do, or the monster it can create? Lots of sweat equity & jobs completed around this place! lol
September 2, 2023 @ 11:24 PM

Roberta Baumann: That’s amazing work Joe!

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September 2, 2023 @ 11:30 AM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Roberta! I’m so glad it’s done! Can’t wait until next season when all these plants come back and grow bigger—I hope. But around here … one never knows. Those multi-head sunflowers in the background started as 2 small plants, among other plants I planted. I’m assuming the birds ate & scattered the seeds & this season that entire bed was overtaken by those sunflowers. I’m not complaining! I actually like the height & density. Blocks the street view & I have several goldfinches who have been pigging out on those sunflowers all summer! So we’ll see what happens with the new flower bed. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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September 2, 2023 @ 11:36 AM

Bill King:

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September 3, 2023 @ 8:34 AM

Joe Streno: Bill … Thank you! I do get compliments on occasion. But honestly … I did it for myself. The place was a little too “rustic” for me. (read trashy looking)

Plus all this work keeps me busy.The driveway & new sides makes me feel more “civilized” too, and no more tracking tons of mud into the house. Win win!

All the flowers are entertainment for me & the cats, with all the wildlife they attract. 👍

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September 2, 2023 @ 9:36 AM

Brenda Siegelman: Joe , it is beautiful.

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September 3, 2023 @ 11:00 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein:

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September 4, 2023 @ 9:20 AM

Joe Streno: Susan … I’d like to think so. Though more than half the homes on my block are rentals. Those owners don’t give a damn about their properties.

I think it’s the NJ Italian in me. I had someone tell me there’s a neighborhood in the KC area where many Italians bought homes, and they are all like mine: well kept, gardens, etc etc. Don’t know if that’s true … but that’s what I’ve head. lol

I’m glad I did all I did this past season. I’m sure there is more projects to come. Next on the agenda is painting the front porch. We’ll see when/if that happens any time soon or next spring. 👍

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September 4, 2023 @ 9:41 AM

September 5, 2023 @ 3:06 PM
IndeMO Hawk
IndeMO Hawk

My first (red-tailed) hawk sighting in my yard today. Not the greatest photos … but had to act quickly.

#garden #birds #hawk #redtailedhawk

Tom Quinlavin: Beautiful

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September 5, 2023 @ 4:30 PM

Joe Streno: Right? First time I’ve seen one around here. I’m a little afraid for the neighbor outdoor cats. 🙀🙀🙀
September 5, 2023 @ 5:40 PM

September 7, 2023 @ 9:18 AM
Work. Work. Yardwork.
Out working in the garden… figured I’d take a moment on this beautiful Thursday morning & take some photos.

Didn’t know that caterpillars fed on sunflowers. Don’t know what kind it is, what butterfly/moth it will become. But a pretty cool find. 👍

#flowers #sunflower #garden #gardenspinner #caterpillar #futurebutterfly

Work. Work. Yardwork.

September 8, 2023 @ 11:26 AM
Butterflies A Go-Go
Woking out in the garden again today & saw these two beauties flitting all over the butterfly bushes.

The first is a Red Admiral Butterfly. Only got one shot off before it went bye-bye.

The rest of the photos are of a Painted Lady Butterfly. I do believe it was the same one. Though there were a few flitting about.

Just whipped out my iPhone & started snapping closeups as best and as quickly as I could.

#garden #butterflybush #butterfly #butterflies #redadmiral #redadmiralbutterfly #painterladybutterfly

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September 13, 2023 @ 3:12 PM
joProjects: Fence Materials Returns
joProjects: Fence Materials Returned

Over the past few days I’ve made three runs to HomeDepot to return lumber: 4x4s & 2x6s. My new Kia Soul roof racks sure come in handy! I also loaded up 5 bags of concrete in the car’s “cargo area”. Eleven 4x4s, six 2x6s, & 250lb of concrete. That was certainly a load! And early that same day I returned another ten 4x4s. My racks are only “supposed” to cary 150lb of weight. I’m sure those 4x4s were well over that.

Today I rented a 10 ft U-haul truck & loaded up the last thirty-four 50lb bags of concrete onto a wooden pallet—by myself. Not bad for a 66 year old dude! This way I could have a forklift bring them into HomeDepot. That certainly saved my body any more wear and tear. lol

And now the fence project is officially over for the season. Don’t even know if I’ll do the other side next season. We’ll see.

I am looking into buying and assembling a 8×10 ft vinyl shed. This way I can keep my lawn mower, wheelbarrow, cart, and other tools out of the basement. It’s a bitch to have to lug them down and up those stairs every time I want to use them. Plus it will give me more room to work in my new basement workshop.

We’ll see.

#concrete #fenceproject #homedepotreturns #returns #refund

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Brenda Siegelman: A shed is a very good idea . I think you will enjoy constructing it and it will give you the storage space you need .
Glad to hear how fit you are now . We were also amazed at the amount of weight we had to load and carry when we moved and started doing improvements. We thought we left the heavy lifting behind when we retired from full time concert production, but we were wrong .

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September 13, 2023 @ 4:09 PM

September 15, 2023 @ 2:52 PM
Till It. Seed It. Grow It.
Bags of concrete gone; as is the pallet they were on. The tarp covering all that pretty much killed off all the grass underneath.

With my new GoJo 16″ wide electric tiller I tilled all that “dead zone” about 8″ deep. Nice new toy! Me likey!
Once I raked out all the dead grass & leveled out the patch, I dumped two bails of organic peat moss & spread that out evenly.

I mixed up a batch of 4:1 Fescue Grass & White Dutch Clover seed and put that into my hand seed spreader & covered the entire area. Then took a broad leaf rake and lightly “scratched” the surface to bury the seed.

Now I will water for an hour or so & then cover the patch with clear plastic. The plastic acts as green house & keeps birds or squirrels from eating the seeds.

As I was taking pictures I noticed the sprinkler was making its own personal rainbow. Awesome!

#garden #lawnseeding #whitedutchclover #fescue #grass #lawn

Till It. Seed It. Grow It.

Brenda Siegelman: It is like a blank canvas now , can’t wait to see what you do .

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September 15, 2023 @ 9:24 PM

September 18, 2023 @ 6:22 PM
Bee Happy!!!
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B E E H A P P Y ! ! !

September 20, 2023 @ 5:27 PM
Rockin’ It, Baby! Rockin’ It!
Bye-bye papasan chair!

Hello new gray all weather rockers & groovy new cushions. Rockers were over half off on Glamizon & the cushions were 75% off at Home Depot.

With the cooler fall weather coming soon might actually be able to sit out on my front porch, without turning into a puddle.

Rockin’ It, Baby! Rockin’ It!

Chris Gibson: Gray porch! Gray porch!

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September 20, 2023 @ 5:28 PM

Joe Streno: Chris … Yeah that’s what I was thinking. Light gray overall, dark gray trim, and I was even thinking orange accents. We’ll see how much energy I have. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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September 20, 2023 @ 5:37 PM

September 22, 2023 @ 9:39 AM
Of Recycles & Train Rumbles
Welcome to my neighborhood:

Trains come through here ALL the time & at ALL hours.
Was on my way back from a recycling run and this is what I ran into. Not that I’m complaining. I get a mobile art show while I wait. 👍 🎨👍

Yup. Welcome to Joe’s Neighborhood.

#train #IndeMO #Independence #recycle #justanotherdayinmyneighborhood

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Dorothy Orant Morrison: Looks like they’re cattle cars 😳

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September 22, 2023 @ 9:46 AM

Joe Streno: Anything is possible. The Kansas City metro is the third largest beef-processing city in the US … very well might be.
September 22, 2023 @ 10:02 AM

Joe Streno: Dorothy … actually those are not cattle cars. Cattle or stock cars are open air. YOu’d be able to see the livestock in them. This is what one looks like.
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September 22, 2023 @ 3:21 PM

Doug Hitchcock: Dorothy Orant Morrison Those are car-haulers, actually. I’m sort of a train geek. But Joe, how did you happen to have a photo of a D&RG car? That’s an obscurity! 🙂

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September 24, 2023 @ 8:22 AM

Joe Streno: Doug … Google Images, baby! 😝

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September 24, 2023 @ 8:41 AM

Doug Hitchcock: I’ve built models of cars like that! Haha. Yes, it’s a sickness I got from Dad.

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September 24, 2023 @ 9:23 AM

Dorothy Orant Morrison: Joe Streno keep telling yourself that. They had openings. This looks like an older one.
September 24, 2023 @ 9:35 AM

September 24, 2023 @ 10:55 AM
What a difference a year makes!
What a difference a year makes! A little before & after.
Pretty amazing! No wonder my taxes are going up! 🤬🤣🤬😂

#theresnoplacelikehome #whatadifferenceayearmakes #beforeandafter Scott Harvey Fidl Z Partiz Hawil Fidl Hawil Realtor

What a difference a year makes!

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Great job

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September 23, 2023 @ 11:15 AM

Joe Streno: Eileen … Thanks! Was a lot-o-work … but I’m sure happy with the results!

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September 23, 2023 @ 11:18 AM

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Joe Streno it shows all your hard work

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September 23, 2023 @ 11:43 AM

Ray Gange: wonderful

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September 23, 2023 @ 11:19 AM

Joe Streno: Ray … Thanks! It’s a work in progress. lol

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September 23, 2023 @ 11:21 AM

Scott Harvey: Joe Streno you took that house and sure made it a home! So fun to watch your progress! It looks absolutely amazing!

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September 23, 2023 @ 11:40 AM

Joe Streno: Scott … thanks to you & Fidl for helping me find this diamond in the rough.

I sure do understand sweat equity! 🥵

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September 23, 2023 @ 11:45 AM

Fidl Z Partiz Hawil: Joe Streno looks amazing!

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September 23, 2023 @ 11:44 AM

Joe Streno: Fidl … thanks to you & Scott for helping me find it! ❤️

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September 23, 2023 @ 11:46 AM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Amazing transformation. Great job Joe!!

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September 23, 2023 @ 12:12 PM

Joe Streno: Thank you so much!💕

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September 23, 2023 @ 12:28 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Amazing transformation. Great job Joe!!

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September 23, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

Joe Streno: Thank you so much!💕

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September 23, 2023 @ 1:31 PM

Bill King: Amazing !

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September 24, 2023 @ 12:03 AM

Russ Rappel: Nice Joe

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September 25, 2023 @ 7:07 AM

Joe Streno: Thanks Russ! All this work … keeps me off the streets. 😛
September 25, 2023 @ 9:36 AM

September 23, 2023 @ 11:34 AM
IndeMO: A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It : It Is Monsoooooooooooon!

Welcome to the Midwest!

#rain #downpour #welcometothemidwest

October 8, 2023 @ 1:08 PM
joProjects: Shed Building
joProjects: This is the last MAJOR project for the season. Though a ramp for my new shed is in the planning stages.

This was an interesting project. Bought the shed on Glamazon. I love the Tuff Blocks I bought straight from the manufacturer at a nice discount. No need to dig holes, placing the Tuff Blocks on top of patio blocks for leveling, 2×6 frame support, and stabilization—there was a little slope to compensate for. This way wood doesn’t even come close to touching the ground. 👍

The ordering wasn’t so bad, it was the shed itself. Not horrible. But you get what you pay for. Even with the foundation & shed base frame being square and level, there were still issues with screw holes not lining up on the back wall-by about an inch. The biggest disappointment was the doors being WAY off; to the point where I had to re-drill holes in the right door for the hinges so that the doors would actually close. Gak!

All in all … it’s a done deal. Finished. Started filling it up immediately. That much less I have to store in the cellar.

With every passing day—I’m such a home owner! 😂🤣😂🤣😂

#DIY #storageshed #homeowner #metalshed #tuffblocks

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Chris Gibson: Good Job
October 8, 2023 @ 1:12 PM

Joe Streno: Chris … Thank you! Did it pretty much by myself. I asked my neighbor Marco for a hand to get the 2 white triangular roof end supports up. No way I could do that on my own. It took several days to build … but it’s done & functions. 👍
October 8, 2023 @ 1:16 PM

Regina Galluscio: Looks great!
And your handiwork has been nice too.

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October 8, 2023 @ 4:30 PM

Tom Quinlavin: Very nice, remember all kinds of critters will try to live under there. We have issues with skunks and have put cement, rocks, pavers all around the foundation.

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October 8, 2023 @ 6:58 PM
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Joe Streno

Joe Streno

artist . musician . photographer . retired apple computer consultant . residing on planet earth with his two cats rudie, & rocco & living to tell tales about it

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