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Friday, November 19, 2010

Pictures of Our Gardens

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I am going to be posting pictures of our gardens in this posting. Our garden is also done with recycled plants. We call it our recycled garden because a lot of the plants came from our son-in-law when he was redoing his landscaping and was going to throw the plants out. We decided that we could use them to expand our gardens and couldn't stand the idea of throwing such beautiful plants away, the journey began as Gil dug the plants out and loaded them into our truck and brought them home. We had been talking about expanding our garden before this and it just happened to work out for us. Our garden expanded bigger then we had anticipated and we love it. We enjoy sitting out and looking at the garden during the nice weather and during the winter months we long for the spring to watch everything come back up and brighten our yard. We also buy clearance plants and put them into our garden, quite a few of these plants are really on their last leg and ready to be thrown out. But we bring them home and give them lots of TLC,they bounce back into such gorgeous plants and flowers.
climbing roses on opposite corner of fence by house hopefully next year they will be tall enough with the roses below so we can put the arch up we would like them to climb and grow together
climbing roses on corner of fence out front, almost tall enough for the arch we want to put up so they can grow together
roses back yard
roses lining the fence on one side of our yard in back

our granddaughter in front of part of the front garden

Gil planting new bulbs
This is only part of the garden out front not in full bloom yet still early spring
Alliums in garden out front
tiger lilies going down part of our fence on other side of yard
These are just a few of our flowers in various gardens around the house. We enjoy our gardens quite a bit during the good weather, our neighbors come over and sit and visit with us in the gardens they enjoy it also.
 They come over and say it relaxes them especially out front when the two waterfalls are running!!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Building is coming along

The building is coming along nicely,Gil was still working on the floor along with helping his son & daughter in law repair the the back room on their house.He's been pretty busy and hopefully everything will be done before the snow lands and decides to stick around. He has done remarkable work with less then perfect materials and I am in awe of him building this from a vision in his head.I guess this is no different then me making jewelry or doing bead work or crafting parts and pieces from a vision I or any craft person have.
More pictures of the new building!!!!
Gil and son working on tar paper on roof
Gil working on roof

upper floor
ground floor of building
upper floor(upstairs)
upstairs of building
                                    - Great learning with fantastic people

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This Blog is about my favorite spot on the net, , I love this site I have learned so much from the virtual classes I have attended then I would have been able to searching on my own. What I like the best is that I can watch the replay if I have any questions when trying to use what I have learned. Being a Lifetime member is great I always know if I have a question there is always help close by. Everyone there is so helpful and patient. Danna has so much knowledge to share and does it in such a way that you can't wait to try what she has taught you. Danna is a special person who loves helping everyone and truly enjoys and loves what she does.
We are doing a blog challenge today where we do five blogs posted in one day with the option of a bonus blog. The challenges that are presented to us lets us use what we have learned and have fun at the same time!!

If you haven't checked it out yet, go to   
and check it out now!!!!!!

Another Poem : Fall Reflections

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Fall Reflections

by Caroline A Ward

As I sit and watch the children play
I think of all the yesterdays
Of climbing trees
Being so carefree
Oh how we'd run
We had so much fun
We'd run and dance
Through all the grass
Oh how we thought, it would last
Now it's all in our past
With imaginations going wild
Oh how I miss being a child
Copyright © 2009 

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Once again the Holiday Season is fast approaching. This holiday season will be harder then most with the economy the way it is. But for some the season is not that of joy or peace on earth. While many are shopping gleefully planning their big holiday celebration.Others are wondering where their next meal will be coming from and if they will have safe refuge from the bitter cold that comes with the season. There are many that have been homeless and even more that have been left homeless as the economy has taken its toll.

Men, women and children have lost so much through this recession, jobs, homes, and families torn apart because of the stress put upon them not knowing where to turn for much needed help. There are many places that can offer help this season such as the Dept.of Social Services,Rescue Mission. There are churches like the Salvation Army,Catholic Charities and many others that offer aid to those less fortunate.

So this Holiday season let's remember those that have lost so much and give to help them have a Happy Holiday also. I know you say give but everyone has had a rough time through this recession, we all have something we can do, like volunteering at a kitchen, holding a coat drive for used coats or collecting blankets, mittens, hats, scarves to hand out to those that do not have these necessities to stay warm. You could hold a food drive for non-perishable foods to donate to a food pantry or volunteer at the food pantry to help give out food.You could also do a boot drive for good used boots or even socks, there are lots of things that can be done to help out this Holiday Season and the rewards are even greater seeing the smiles and the thankfulness in someones eyes that you just helped, there is something about seeing the hope return to their faces knowing they are not alone and there are people that care!!!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

My Poetry: Fear by Caroline A Ward

This is one of my writings from 911. This is the first poem that I shared on the internet.

by Caroline A Ward

The whispers of war is near
But no one can hear
The fear
That is kept inside
Because of our pride
We'll stand strong
To show all that are wrong
We'll fight
For what is right
Our nation has been attacked
So now we must fight back
Our freedoms to uphold
We are told
Will not fold
Our nation holds on tight
As we all unite
We fight the fear
No one can hear
Although we know that war is near

Welcome To The Tool Recyclers

                        WELCOME TO THE TOOL RECYCLERS BLOG
Come on in and make yourself comfortable. We have been busy here at The Tool Recyclers,building new storage, collecting new items to list on eBay. Our orders for the holiday season have been arriving and we are listing them as quickly as possible. Items include angel figurines,home & garden decor,holiday items, jewelry some handmade and much more!!

Please stop in and visit! Let us know what you think. Your feedback is always welcomed. Customer service  is our #1 PRIORITY. We strive to meet the 5 Star rating.We work hard to meet these standards with every contact.
You can visit our store at the following:

If there is something you are looking for, don't be shy just ask you never know what you may find here at The Tool Recyclers. We have an array of various items, too many to list here!
We will be posting an array of different items surely there will be something to please almost everyone.





Friday, October 22, 2010


In this blog I am going to share one of the poems I wrote, normally I don't share these writings with anyone but family. I guess that I have always been a little afraid to share some of my thoughts that I randomly write down. I was asked a few years back to write book of poetry but I never did because of being to shy to let people read something that I wrote.

                                                            Native Born Yet Forgotten

More pic's of our storage building being built

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Here are more pic's of the storage building that Gil (my other half) is building in our back yard. The building is 17x40 on the bottom and second floor is 20x40. Can't wait for this to be done!!!! I am going to put more pic's of the building on this blog. This is the building that we are building on a budget. I am so impressed with my other half, he has done this by himself  and I have been watching and at times he really scared me putting the top floor up especially. Well here we go I am going to start the pic's now:

These are some of the pic's taken while the building has been worked on. This is Gil taking a break while working on the upstairs building shelves.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

You Can Build a Storage Building On A Low Budget

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You can build a storage building on a low budget with unwanted or recycled materials.If you look around in the cities,towns,villages where you live I'll bet you'll find buildings being torn down and being thrown out. Why not ask if you could utilize some of the materials, there are some places that will let you take discarded lumber, windows,doors,bricks etc. at no or little cost.
Our storage building being an example. It is a pole barn style building built from less then perfect poles being slightly crooked/twisted poles, slightly crooked or twisted 2x4's,6,8,10 and 12 pressure treated or not lumber.
In our case unwanted temporary stairs are now floor joists and block flooring.Don't forget to reuse the plastic film for protecting floors discarded after job completion for vapor barrier for under floors.
OSB sheathing which is lumber mill by products reused to make the sheathing. Windows and doors are lumber store returns or damaged products.We will also be using a recycled overhead garage door.
Bricks are used for patio or driveway paving. Don't forget about oops paint it can be utilized if color choice is an option it can be used as a base or primer paint use desired color over it,which less higher priced paint used. Also check the secondary market lumber stores for savings.As in hard economic times there are options to utilize limited monies!!!!

Will add more pic's of our storage building in next blog

Battery Powered Tools Do Have Their Drawbacks

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                      This is our opinion, you may agree or disagree, that is your choice!!!!

As the owners of  The Tool Recyclers,we have found that battery tools(cordless) do have their drawbacks. As the years of technology have increased to make better tools, it seems that the various tool companies that once stood behind their products, now stand in front of them. Let me explain what I mean by that statement, I will not use the name of the companies but will describe the colors of the tools.
First example will be a big yellow tool - where a battery charger had been recalled for a defect,the company said it would not have affected the batteries that were charged even though it had melted a brand new battery in it but they would replace 2 out of the 7 or 8 new batteries that had been charged leaving the owner of these batteries the cost to replace the rest as the defective charger did affect the brand new batteries. We have also found that the Lithium batteries that suppose to hold a charge for 18mths or longer. That are brand new come out of the package and the charger reads their defective as they had only one third of the voltage - apparently these batteries had sat on the shelf to long. This is two of the main problems we have found with these tools.
Another example would be the big red tools - where contractors depend on their tools in all kinds of conditions but if used in various conditions and they become defective, the batteries may or may not be covered by the warranty/guarantee because of wet conditions. Plumbers as an example would be out the batteries as most contractors buy tools because of reliability and the reputation of the tool.They depend on their tools to do the job for them in all kinds of conditions.
The next example would be the max voltage in a variety of the tool companies,where they advertise the tool at a higher voltage then the normal working voltage, since batteries are charged at a higher voltage and are actually discharged when they get to their nominal voltage. Ex: the 12Vmax is actually a 10.8V and is really no different tool or battery then the original.
Basically as we see it these above examples are the companies misleading the consumers as to what they are really buying. Read the fine print before buying, become educated in the tool companies factual manipulations.
Big businesses have made us consumers not re-users of durable high quality tools!!!!!

Recycling for Our Business

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As our name indicates we recycle used unwanted tools from people who no longer have a need for them.
Don't get me wrong I'm not saying we don't sell new tools because we do.The recycled tools is the main part of our business.
As technology evolved and reached the tool industry the older tools that our fathers,grandfathers and many generations before used became more obsolete to the younger generation and were being replaced with battery operated tools which were more convenient and easily stored. These new tools became more compact and are easier to take on jobs. Of course you have to have more then one charged battery with you or at least a car charger so you can charge one while using the other.But for the most part most people using battery operated tools have a variety of battery tools and the need for more batteries. Battery tools are are great for jobs where electricity is not available,but I still prefer the good old fashioned corded tool that I learned to use as a child,watching my father,grandfather,uncle etc... use and learned that taking care of your tools, your tools would take care of you for many years to come. I found the older tools to be more durable and performed exceptionally well when needed. I still use my old Grants circular saw and I wouldn't part with it for anything!! Now don't get me wrong, yes we do own battery operated tools also for the times that a corded tools are not able to be used. In the generations to come I bet they won't see any 150 year old working battery tools like my Stanley Levels and planes!!! I bet these (battery) tools will not be around when the good old fashioned ones are still working!!!!

This is our opinion, you may agree or disagree that is your choice!!!!

Virtual Online Learning - Great Place to learn

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Today I am writting about a great place to learn - Virtual Online
This site was founded
July 3,2009 by our one and only  Power Selling Mom - Danna Crawford. Danna is an education specialist trained by eBay. We are very proud of her many accomplishments and we are glad to have her as our teacher and mentor. I joined Virtual Online Learning July 10th,2009 and am glad I did. The group now has 129 virtualites and still growing. This group of virtualites loves sharing their knowledge and helping others so we all can succeed.

If you sell on eBay this is the place to be you can learn and ask questions, no question is to small or to large for this group. This is one of the friendliest group of people you will ever meet, who love learning and sharing together. Everyone is willing to lend a helping hand,and want to see each other succeed.

I recommend this learning experience to anyone wanting to take their business to the next level.

Why wait??? We're all learning and sharing with each other and have a teacher who truly cares.
Plus the added bonus is making new
What a great place to be!!!