Posted tagged ‘Yard Work’

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO AND OTHER WET THINGS

June 2, 2018

I mentioned in the last post that Aberto was heading our way.     Tropical storm in the Far North!

We saw it coming down our street:

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First the dark clouds above the street;  then the clouds were across the street:

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With the clouds came strong winds and big gusts of strong winds;   the air was saturated with moisture, a strange “foreign” kind of humidity.   The trees blew noisily, small things flew through the air.

And then the sheets of, rain!   We ran for cover.

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That’s rain in our yard,  not, fog!     We have big thunderstorms sometimes,  but this was different, somehow.   A “tropical”  flavor to this storm,   Rather fun.

The  storm passed, but left debris behind.  Those oak flowers we have to deal with:

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Masses of these little stringy things come down this time of year,  and they must be swept up, forming many fluffy piles –

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Ever sweep a 70-foot two-lane driveway?

They come from here:

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Of course.   Oak trees right above the driveway.

But after our storm they can down wet and sticky.   Unfortunately we had left three cars out in the driveway and they plastered our cars with their “flowers.”  —

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And to my alarm,  after I washed them off,  they had left stains on the finish of my car:

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Little indentations like the stains were eating into the finish.    When I bought the car, however,  I had a layer of Teflon put over the paint job.

Tip for you:   Always get that Teflon coating!    (I’ve traveled a lot of strange places and I’ve parked under a lot of strange things, including birds.   the Teflon has definitely saved my paint job.)

Son’s car was one of the victims of these wet, sticky oak flowers.

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When something like this is parked in your driveway,  it’s a pleasure to wash it!

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I’m not sure if I was admiring my wash job or admiring  the car!

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That’s a (fairly)  new GTO.

Next to bright red cars, I like a gleaming black one.  So how did I end up with a powder blue shiny one?     I just thought it was very pretty.

Son and I did a lot of yard work this hot, humid week, and a lot more today.  We decided about 8:30 that it was time to eat . . .

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. . . and that was the sign on the door of the restaurant we had chosen.   Someone’s party had to be moved because of a GAS LEAK in the restaurant!

Well, we found another, all was well:    scallops drizzled with some smoky bourbon sauce  and   crab stuffed salmon.

It’s Friday, after all!

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FALL FOLLIES

November 17, 2017

Follies –    foiled.      That’s me.

I thought it was pretty smart to keep the  sliding glass doors  locked so no one sneaks into the house through the back deck.

I thought it was pretty smart to lock the front door when I’m doing yard work.   It prevents the suburban burglars from making a quick stop, an entry, and a grab, while the homeowner is out working on her lawn.

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I thought I was pretty smart   to close down the garage door so the leaves wouldn’t blow into the garage as I raked and dragged the leaves down the 150-foot pathway that crosses the garage opening, in the  wind.

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And then I had to go into the house . . . use the facilities, you  know;  and all I had was a rake and a radio and a small pair of gloves.

All those smart moves had led up to the dumbest thing a homeowner can do:  lock herself out of her own house.

After a few – quite a few – panicked minutes, wondering which window I should break,  I tried a door that we rarely ever use,  the sliding glass doors leading into the basement, two stories below.     (An unlocked basement door – burglars love it!)

Unlocked!!! 

I unlock every door now before I pick up my rake these days.

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Prime target for a burglary.

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Pretty smart, huh?

FOR FUTURE REFERENCE (Personal)

March 28, 2015

This really is just a personal note — for future reference.  

One of the “random thoughts”  that arises in The Spruce Tunnel is that springtime is not all bunnies and daffodils.   There is a lot of outdoor  work coming up and I need to start thinking about what has to be done.    I’ll refer back to these photos to help with the “central planning.”

It all looks good, at a quick glance.   The snow is gone here in the Far North.    The house survived.

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But this is the pretty little flower garden right out my front door:

SAMSUNGPretty little flower garden not.    Many trees were taken down last Fall,  right before the snow came.   Lots of debris revealed after the snow goes.

And all those tree-cutting trucks left their mark:

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Some of the tracks are six inches deep.     Near the top of our To Do List is smoothing out the surface . . .  somehow.

And those big machines left big holes:

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Those can be filled in and reseeded.

But what to do about the ground that is covered in wood chips? Finely chopped wood chips spread  all over:

SAMSUNGThat’s what it looked like after I raked today.     Outdoor vacuum cleaner?

So — I’ll have to come back to these pictures to remind myself that the work out there is really real.       I’ll have to study all those home improvement store catalogs.     I’m going to have a long To Do List.

And plenty of exercise.   Won’t have to join a gym this year again.

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GETTING THE JOB DONE – THE VIKING WAY!

September 6, 2014

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Son can have his blue chain saw (yesterday’s post)   — but I found my own weapon today!

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Well,   that’s a garden tool.   At least it was in my hands.

Sometimes Life gives you overwhelming challenges, daunting tasks that you’re not sure you even have the resources to get through.     Sometimes it’s physical challenges, when you know the task at hand requires possibly more than you can give it.

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This was my mission today,  the aftermath of our tree felling.   The brush is actually taller than it looks in the picture.   And bigger.   And a lot more than it appears.   I had no idea what to do with it,  where to put it,  or how to begin,  but I knew I had to do something, because I live in a neighborhood, and people would . . .   not like this idea for new landscaping.

Son had begun sorting out the pieces of the tree he had taken down, so that gave me an idea how to proceed.

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Then I remembered the Blue Axe that I had bought when I was out West this summer.   For the next four or five hours I cut and chopped and sliced and hacked and cracked the bark and splattered the sap all over….

And my imagination took me back to Viking days when every Viking had his own special battleaxe: carried it with him wherever he went, slept with it, ate with it… sliced, hacked, cracked and splattered things with it.

I enjoyed using my axe.  At the end of the day, I was hot and tired,  every joint in my body had been jolted, when one hand got tired I used the other so both hands have blisters,  but I’ve got all my fingers and toes tonight,  so I think I got pretty good with that axe.

My mind was busy too,  but I’m not going to draw any lessons from this day’s work for you.  I’m usually rather “bookish”  —   five hours is more commonly spent with a really good difficult book in front of me, learning many things  — but today  I learned by stretching myself, physically,  and practicing something new.

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I got in touch with another part of me and learned some other kinds of things.   Something else in my blood.

 

 

 

 

THE CERTAINTY OF SPRING

April 14, 2014

Gee whiz.     Around here in the Far North  we’ve got “Spring forward and Fall backward”  to remind us about the change to and from Daylight Saving Time, and a third one:   “Fall in Spring” !

Our weather forecast map:

Fall in Spring weather map

And  here’s a photo-report from my cousin in the Far, Far North this week.  “Traffic”  on her street:

Traffic for Lois

Maybe that’s “Winter in  Spring.”

Her deer are diligently keeping watch over the maple sap,  which, I assume,  is diligently trying to run:

Maple watched by deer

All that area is covered up with snow right now.  Spring didn’t quite make it there yet.

Well, in spite of that weather map,  it really won’t be winter for us.   A few inches of snow?     That’s just Fall.

As in “falling leaves.”

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That photo was taken a week ago.  All our beautiful snow melted away and exposed the autumn leaves that had fallen after all that raking last…well, last time we had “Fall.”  There’s nothing to do but to do it all  over again.

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We’ve had some pretty,  sunny days to do the yardwork,  but sometimes I wonder if I’m just on the edge of possibly maybe beginning to feel that sustained yardwork is for younger people.    Like the teenagers down the street.

 

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I lost count after thirteen “barrowfulls”  of leaves and sticks,  but who’s counting anyway?   It’s not like I’m complaining.    I really do love the outdoor work – free exercise, you know,  without gym fees.

And yardwork is a good way to keep track of things.    Take inventory.  See what’s  going on in the lawn department:

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Swirly holes.  All over.

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Looking for last year’s acorns.   Going to have a good crop of squirrels this year.

Spring.    Anticipating new life.  Passover.   Anticipating the Messiah to the ones who brought us news of the Messiah.    Easter.   To the ones who acknowledge the Messiah –  and the certainty of New Life,  just as certain as Spring weather will come.