So, I found this Agri Lawn Sweeper on the side of the road for free some 15 or so years ago. Quite a find to say the least! Over the years it got plenty of use and not just by me but my neighbors also. I mostly used it for Spring and Fall yard cleanup and it worked great.
However, all that being said the problem with this lawn sweeper is storing it. It's big, bulky and heavy. So, the other day I made the spur of the moment decision and posted it for sale on Craig's List. In less than a week this dude was sold and we pocketed $120.
It'll be missed but with my lawn tractor bagger's do an excellent job at pickup also, so it had to go.
My oldest graduated with honors from Sacred Heart University's (SHU) John F. Welch College of Business the past Sunday!
Seems like only yesterday I was moving a nervous Freshman into the dorms. Four years later she's a beautiful, confident young woman with endless possibilities and set to embark on the next chapter in her life.
Well, it last just one year before it went to the birds...
As you can there are six bird nests atop the support beam to our deck. They're all American Robin nests. I'm just not sure yet if there's more than one nesting pair that's taken up residence. The best view is from the basement door, however, even that view isn't the best and as soon as you open the basement door off they go. But if I was to guess I would say there's only one pair.
I really would prefer they do their family rearing someplace else. I'm pretty sure the cranky old homeowner isn't going to be too happy when bird droppings start adorning the support beam...
Emilie and I, with help from the neighbor youte; her friend, built a new raised bed to replace the old, rotting one we had strawberries in for years. This new one, however, is for Emilie's use. To plant whatever her little heart desires. As you can see form the picture she's started with some flowers - Dalia's and Salvia, and has begun decorating with some granite as stepping stones.
We noticed a couple of weeks ago that there was quite a bit of water in the cabinet under the kitchen sink.
Our kitchen faucet head is removal-able so you can pull it out and use it like a garden hose, for lack of a better analogy. Upon further investigate I discovered that the hose (the one on the right in the above photo) sprung a leak about 6" down, which of course was under the sink hence all the water.
Although we bought the faucet, a Delta faucet, back in 2005 once call to the company and a replacement hose was shipped out to us, at NO cost including shipping!
It arrived the other day and within 10 minutes I had the new hose installed.
There were three of them and I'm guessing a mother and her two babies from last year. Nice to see they made it through the long, cold New England winter we just had. Although, not quite sure how. The younger ones ventured out onto the lawn; not the mother. She stayed along the woodline and constantly on the look out. Someone should tell her they're in Franklin, not the Serengeti.
As I've said in the past, they're welcome to come and visit as long as they stay in the neighbors yard. You can see in the second picture below, one of the youngsters was snacking on the just-popping-through-the-soil Autumn Joy Sedum. Ate it right to the ground before moving onto the next plant. Just glad it was the neighbors plants and not ours.
Another problem that these Odocoileus virginianus bring with them are TICKS! I've found several on me already this Spring. The neighbors boy too. Little pest, potential big problems.