I'm in the process of going through the many boxes of pictures we have in an effort to make sense of them all. My master plan is to get them all scanned and in digital format. To date I've scanned 687 and that's just the tip of the iceberg!
In one of the boxes I came across this old menu for Westwood Pizza. I don't know the date but based on the prices it was quite some time ago. If I was to guess I'd say somewhere in the early 80's.
This is where the Frye's would get our pizzas from. If I remember correctly, we'd get a free small cheese pizza with any order of five small pizzas, which we often took advantage of (I may have the numbers wrong but it was something like this).
Had my regular follow up doctors appointment this morning. No issues to report and all my numbers look good. My doctor was pleased, as am I.
However, she did scold me about my weight. Apparently, I've put on a couple pounds since my last visit over the Summer. I have a sneaking suspicion that my brother may have given her a heads up. Only reason I say this is that on my recent visit to Miami just before Thanksgiving he basically told me that I was a "fat ass". Yup he did. Came right out and said it just like that. No sugar coating, BAM!
First the "fat ass" comment from my dear brother and now my doctors leaves me with this pearl (said with a smile and jokingly but I'm not fooled), "You're one eclair short of being obese".
Hmm, guess I have some work to do...but after the holidays :-))
Knocked another item off my to-do list this past weekend!
I did some gutter work or rather downspout work.
The downspout to the right of the chimney has always run straight down to the ground. The problem being is that the water would then need to drain across the walkway. This was more of an issue in the Winter months when the water would freeze into a fine sheet of ice. Making it super dangerous, especially when covered with snow and you'd forget it was there.
So, I reworked the downspout so that it now runs along the deck and down the far post thus carrying the water to the other side of the walkway and eliminating the hazard.
We had rain the other day and it worked like a champ!
The young male deer that's been visiting, along with it's mother, the past six month, and as recently as seven days ago, has died.
Looking out the back window this past Tuesday afternoon something caught my eye; something was different. I knew immediately what it was and went down for a closer look. Sure enough it was the little yearling male expired and lying in the neighbors back yard.
Other than some critter chewing on the carcass there were no visible signs of trauma, so not sure what happened.
I don't believe the neighbors have seen it yet and not sure what they're going to do with it. I don't believe animal control will remove it because of where it's located. Of course, if it were me I'd drag it to the street one evening, then place the call. At that point the animal would be on town property and become their responsibility, which would mean they'd need to remove it.
Even though it's early December the work continues on Lincoln Street. It's still a beehive of activity with worker bees...
Hydro-seeding was done. Interestingly, it was done from atop a truck with a high powered hose. I suspect this is by design, not laziness, and allows for the seed to get blown down and into the soil. Of course there's green hydro-seed on everything from mailboxes to fence posts to trees, it's everywhere. Growing season is over for the Winter, so lets hope the seed stays where it is and begins to grow come Spring.
With the new black-top road in place we began seeing water run off makes it way down our driveway. This was not an issue beforehand, so a call to the DPW and wallah! Within a couple of days the contractors were digging up the end portion of our driveway. They basically raised the level and pitch, so now the water flows past and to the storm drain as it should.
I don't know how the neighbor pulled this one off but somehow the contractors came back another day, three of them, along with two Franklin police officers to direct traffic and relocated her mailbox from one side of the driveway to the other. They spend close to an hour lolly-gagging then working. Can only imagine what the police detail costs...
Looks like the project is winding down and I suspect this sort of work will be coming to an end as the ground is now beginning to freeze up.
He'll hang upside down and nibble away as the suet holder spins round and round. It's fun to watch.
Unlike the annoying Grey Squirrels, the Reds are much more skittish and typical bolt at the first noise or sign of trouble. They're intimidated by the Grey's too, so chances are if you have a lot of Grey Squirrels you won't see many Reds. The Reds are always welcome at our feeders.
Winter's upon us and all outside/yard items have put up and stored for the cold weather. It's about the same time the four-legged vermin are out looking for a place to hold up for the cold months too.
So, when the droppings appear, it's time to pull out the good ole Victory snap-traps. I recommend the ones that use metal versus plastic, much more reliable.
One down -
Two down -
Three down -
There is a fourth one too but I'm unable to find it. The entire trap is nowhere to be found. I suspect it's connected to a tail. I'm sure I'll find it once I unpack the shed come Spring. So, four down and Winter's just begun. The problem if you don't deal with these pests is that they'll get into and ruin things. For example, I'm afraid they'll get into some of the pool hoses and chew holes in them.
Put Trixie dog out the slider yesterday afternoon, as we always do, to do her "business". She three now and knows the process, however, this blanket of snow has confused her or given her the opportunity to play dumb and be lazy.
About four steps onto the snow covered deck and she begins making yellow snow, really?!
And it wasn't just once. JoAnne put her out later that afternoon and she pulled the exact same thing, UGH!
So, we now need to put her out through the basement door to prevent her from "going" on the deck. Of course with this blanket of snow it's just a matter of time now before she begins walking out on the pool cover to do her "business"...
Like the birds these pests seem to appear once I fill and hang the feeders?
They're welcome to stay and snack so long as they don't climb all over the feeders and spill the seed. They scare off the birds when they pull those antics. Not to mention that these Grey Squirrels, being that they're more aggressive, scare and chase off the cutier Red Squirrels.