Organic Gardening: Shade Net Setup

In the last post I talked about how we started building our very basic organic terrace garden in the early spring of 2019. Soon the summer will start and we were worried if the plants will be able to handle the sun. Even during the spring season, the plants were having difficulty coping up with the heat on the terrace. So we decided to build a shade net. The idea was to Setup wooden pillars on all sides of the terrace Have wooden beams connecting the pillars Wrap GI wires around the beams to form a mesh Cover the GI … Continue reading “Organic Gardening: Shade Net Setup”

Organic Gardening: The Beginnings

Some time soon after I retired in July 2018, we decided to grow some organic vegetables in the small place that we have available around our house and also on the terrace. And ever since I have been planning to write a couple of posts about it. But somehow other important things came up and I kept on postponing it. Finally the time has come :). The project has been one of the longest on-going one. We still keep adding and changing things. We (my wife in particular) have been interested in home grown organic food for some time now. … Continue reading “Organic Gardening: The Beginnings”

The Doll House Project

What do you tell your daughter when she asks for a doll house? Well if you are like me, retired and have no work then you will say “I will build one for you” 🙂 . And so it began. We had a few corrugated cardboard boxes which were the packaging material used for some furniture or electronics. We decided to build the doll house using that material so we can reuse the waste and also teach our kid some hands-on building skills. Eventually it turned out to be a skill building session and a test of patience for me … Continue reading “The Doll House Project”

Update on Rain Water Harvesting Project

One of the benefits of retiring is that you have a lot of free time and you itch to do something. But without a boss and a project to throw you around, you are on your own. Which means you can come up with whatever ideas that fancy you. One such idea was the rain water harvesting project. I blogged about it a few weeks ago and you can read all about it there. As I mentioned in that post, the project was still a work in progress as we were trying to improve some shortcomings and fixing bugs (software … Continue reading “Update on Rain Water Harvesting Project”

Investment Analysis App

For the past few months I have been working on a web app that would let me slice and dice my investment data so I can do some analysis and answer interesting questions about my investment. I am finally (mostly) done with the app and published it recently. If you are interested in trying it out, see the bottom of the post for details. In this post, I will go over my investment strategies and how they played out using the data from the app. Disclaimer: You might see me mention some of the funds that I had invested in … Continue reading “Investment Analysis App”

Rain Water Harvesting Project

When it came to self-sustainability, I was interested in doing three projects — growing organic vegetables, setting up water harvesting and generating power from solar panels. While we cannot certainly be fully self sustaining if I completed the projects, we could at least be less dependent on outside factors. A while ago we started growing vegetables in our side yard and terrace. I need to get around to writing a post on it. Some topic or the other always comes up and I write a post on it and eventually the post on terrace garden is way overdue. I did … Continue reading “Rain Water Harvesting Project”

How to Change Scooter Battery

Recently, the trusted battery in my scooter finally died. We own a Hero Honda Pleasure and its battery has never been replaced since we purchased it in 2011. That is a full 8 years of service, which is quite amazing for a scooter battery. Anyway, we decided to replace it. Now, I have replaced car batteries a couple of times so far, but this would be the first time replacing a scooter battery. However, the instructions in the scooter manual for replacing the battery were surprisingly simple. So I thought there should be a post about it, because … why … Continue reading “How to Change Scooter Battery”

Main Door Project

A while ago, our home’s main door has been giving us a few problems. It has been about 8 years since we moved into our newly constructed house and seems like the maintenance work is now starting to creep up. The first sign of problems started when the door was sagging down at the hinges due to it’s own weight. Being the front door of the house, it is quite heavy, and the clearance between the door frame and the door was very small to start with. As the cycles of the weather took their toll on the door, it … Continue reading “Main Door Project”

The Nun-Chucks Project

So far in this blog, I have been posting articles with advice and tips about finance and how to retire early. But when I started the blog, I did not intend to keep it strictly about retirement or finance. I just wanted to post my journey to retirement and retirement activities. My posts have been about financial planning, tips and advice, mostly upon requests from friends and colleagues. This post, and probably a few more upcoming posts will be a deviation from that style 😀 , since I want to write something about post retirement activities. You may skip this … Continue reading “The Nun-Chucks Project”