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My back yard has a spring so it is always wet. Mosqitoes love it! Two great natural ways to help combat mosquitoes is to attract more dragonflies or attract more bats. Until I learn how to get more dragonflies, I’m building bat boxes. The design I used is available free at Pennsylvania Game Commission – Woodcrafting for Wildlife Plans. It isn’t nearly as detailed as Frank’s blueprints but what do you expect? It’s free. The blueprint says, Maximum capacity: 80 bats which I find very hard to believe. If I get more than a dozen, I’ll be ecstatic. I already have a much smaller bat box that Norma bought for me but so far that has only attracted wasps.

• Bats are an important part of the ecosystem. But their population has been significantly reduced as a result of white-nose syndrome (WNS). This is an emergent disease of hibernating bats that gas and bloating pain has spread from the northeastern to the central United States at an alarming rate. Since the winter of 2007-2008, millions of insect-eating bats in 29 states and five Canadian provinces have died from this devastating disease.

• Atlantic Fence Supply: Bat houses are heavy and can catch a lot of wind so you need a strong pole for mounting. 4×6 inch pressure treated lumber or a schedule 40 steel pole (16 feet or longer) with electricity usage by state inside diameter of 2 inches and outside diameter of 2 3/8 inches is recommended. I bought a steel pole at this store in Hanover, Maryland. They cut it to the length I wanted.

The total cost of supplies was $180 while the total number of hours labor was 120. That comes out to $15 and 10 hours per piece. You are probably wondering, How did you find the time to do all that? Well we all have 24 hours in a day. Just how we prioritize those hours determines if you have the time. Since most of these are gifts for loved ones, I put the priority at a pretty high level.

I’m not a religious person but I do recognize Christmas. I realize it is to mark the birth of Jesus, who just so happened to be a carpenter. I know we’re supposed to receive gifts on our birthday but if Jesus were to give instead, then I’m willing to bet he would use his carpentry skills to make special presents for his loved ones. Bird houses and bat boxes? Sure, why not?

Last year I told myself and Norma that all the stuff I made for Christmas took too long and I wouldn’t do it again. Well I did. I figured that since I did it once before, I would streamline the process this time around. So again I made nine birdhouses and three bat boxes using the same blueprints as last year. I also made two cornhole sets based on instructions at DIY Network – How to Build a Regulation Cornhole Set. Did I save time this time around? No. In fact, when gas news australia you average out how much time I spent on each project, it came out to 11 hours (160 hours total)! That means I actually spent an hour longer per project. I think I also spent more money but that wasn’t as big of a deal to me as the time. The birdhouses did come out much nicer, especially the doors. Here are my notes.

What will I do with all this stuff? Most of it will be given to friends, family, and neighbors as Christmas gifts. I donated the birdhouse I’m holding in the picture to the SSgt Karl G. Taylor, Sr. Marine Corps League, Detachment 1084. It was auctioned off for $100 with half the money going to the detachment and the other half going to their scholarship fund. One of the cornhole sets will be donated to the Savage Community Association for their Savage Fest raffle.

• A caterpillar that I thought was undergoing transformation into a 1.5 inch long pupa (see sixth photo). Later, I concluded all 4 gas giants names that the caterpillar was faking it. I took the pupa inside because it was attached to our recycling bin and the day after I took the photo was a recycling collection day. Obviously the caterpillar is not the best at selecting real estate. So there it sat next to a window on the south side of my house for the next several days. After a few days, it looked like some fuzz appeared at the opening of the pupa (or what I thought was a pupa). Then after 9 days, it came out. See seventh photo. But it wasn’t a butterfly or a moth, it was the caterpillar, looking just like it did before. So then I thought that this wasn’t a pupa and it wasn’t undergoing any sort of metamorphosis. Maybe the thing in which it hid was just shelter. I was later told that this insect is a bagworm.

Of course we also see the typical critters that many people see in their yards ( eleventh photo ) along with some that might only be seen if one lives near woods ( twelfth photo). There are also insects that are globally rare but found in high concentrations in Savage. See Conservation and Preservation of the Appalachian Snaketail Dragonfly and 2013 County Council Presentation – Appalachian Snaketail Dragonfly. Both documents are written by me.

Norma and I love our gas problem in babies 1952 house. But like most older homes, it needs some work. Within one year of moving in, we’ve fixed shower tile, gotten a new roof put on the garage, got structural repairs done on the garage, installed a rain barrel, removed trees, planted new trees, gotten a new pipe connected to the oil furnace, installed a timer light, put in four raised garden beds, laid out truckloads of mulch, and fixed cracks in the concrete and asphalt. But the most ambitious project during this first year was dealing with an unwanted spring. In our second year, we added insulation to the attic.

What is our area like? Well, like I mentioned, Savage is very old. I think it is mostly conservative blue collar working class folk in a town that is at the edge of a distinguished county. I always knew Howard County was an affluent area but it wasn’t until I moved in that I found out just how prestigious it is. In the July 15, 2010 issue of the Columbia Flier, it was reported that Money Magazine placed Columbia and Ellicott City second on its annual inventory of desireable locales. I live about 1.25 miles from Columbia. This rating is amongst towns with up to 300,000 people. Columbia and Ellicott City’s combined hp gas online booking no population is 155,000. According to County Executive Kenneth Ulman, Columbia/Ellicott City has

…the nation’s wealthiest live in the D.C. suburbs. Fairfax County, Virginia, Loudoun County, Virginia, and Howard County, Maryland top the list of America’s richest counties, which we based on median household income data from the 2006 census. In Fairfax, that number reaches $100,318 a year; Loudoun households pull down a livable $99,371 a year; Howard residents follow at $92,260.

Some might describe Savage as quaint. It does have a certain community feel although much of that is a result of the churches which are rather active. The secular side is based more on the Savage Community Association and Carroll Baldwin Hall. On December 3, 2011, Norma and I attended a community Christmas tree lighting ( thirteenth photo) and caroling event followed by a charity auction for a painting of the Hall by a local artist. It sold for $1000!

In early 2011, Norma and I completed a beginning beekeeping class through the Howard County Beekeepers. We don’t yet have bees. I’m hoping to get chickens first. This, along with all my energy saving choices is part of our goal to be more self sufficient. This has nothing to do with being a survivalist or preparing for Armageddon. In fact, I view it as quite the opposite. We are making healthy choices that can help conserve our resources for future generations. It is a lifestyle choice called homesteading.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced today that North Laurel and Savage have received state designation as a Maryland Sustainable Community. The Sustainable Communities designation better positions North Laurel and Savage to take advantage of a variety of state and federal redevelopment programs, grants and loans coordinated electricity billy elliot lyrics by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as tax credits for individual projects.

In late 2018, I bought a UPair One 4k drone. Then on December 30, 2018, I took it to Savage Park. According to the 2000 census, Savage Park was once the symbolic center of population for the state of Maryland, which at that time had 5,296,486 residents. I took this shot ( fourteenth photo) from 100 meters in the air, looking east and down on my neighborhood.