I came across the following items when preparing the garage to store the lawn furniture.
I completely forgot I had these items. They've been stored in a carton and tucked away in a typically inaccessible spot, well until this past weekend anyway.
These came from my farmer friend Tim. His dad owned a building that housed an auto parts store in the front and an auto repair shop in the back many many years ago. The back of the building, the repair shop, closed and sat empty for years and became a storage spot. Many items from back in the day when it was up and running were still there.
Some 10, 12, 15 years ago my friend sold the building. I helped clean it out at that time and saved a number of items, these cans being just a few.
The Shell cans are tin and with the exception of one all opened and from the early 60's.
The Oilzum are cardboard and also from the early 60's.
The Yoohoo can is steel and I'm guessing late 60's early 70's.
Picture taken by Emilie showing 3 of the 4 deer visiting and dining.
It didn't take the resident deer long to locate where I've been dumping all the acorns, behind the chicken coop. The squirrel and chipmunks too. They all seem to congregate and dine together. Suppose with no more hosta and sedum and echinacea to eat they can't be too fussy.
With Fall upon us the Blue Jay has become much more prevalent. They're actually an attractive bird with their blue, black and white colors. A skittish and a noisy bird too, always making a racket. They've been darting in and out, here and there but never sitting still for too long. They seem to enjoy the Bittersweet berries best but scrounge for other morsels as well.
Not sure to blame the school that poorly designated this as a valid parking space or the lazy dipstick who thought it was a good idea to park there.
Note: This was a large parking lot with plenty of available spaces to choose from.
Many, many people were using these stairs all day long, as they were the entry way to the main field, concession stand and bathrooms. However, on this day, which has sadly become common practice by SO many, it was about entitlement versus common sense and common curtsey.
On October 1, my company announced a multifaceted, multiyear marketing partnership with the Boston Celtics!
On October 14, Wyc Grousbeck, Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Celtics, Leon Powe and the 2008 Championship trophy were onsite for coffee, donuts, a meet-and-greet, raffle and autograph signing
With the help of my neighbor we replaced the engine plate on our Craftsman snowblower.
The difficulty rating for replacing this piece on the Sears parts website was 4 out of 5 wrenches, yikes!
Well, in some respects they were spot on. Actually, it wasn't all that difficult but we did need to essentially take the machine apart. Once apart all we had to do was remove the four bolts holding the engine to the engine plate. Simply right?! Um, nope! Three came off with relative ease. The forth, however, just would NOT come out. We tried all kinds of tools, leverage tricks, sprays but she wouldn't budge! In the end we ended up drilling out the old bold, which was threaded and instead installed a through bolt, pictured above.
The work was akin to the Gilligan Island cruise, you know a three hour cruise. Instead of this taking us maybe two hours, it took closer to five!
She's in good shape now. Hoping after putting in all this time and effort, the snow will stay away this winter.
Let me start but admitting that these are not the best pictures, I'm aware.
Emilie spotted the two young deer lying in our front yard the other evening, around 7PM.
We grabbed the camera and proceeded to open the front door every so slowly and make our way onto the front stairs. The deer on the right, located just above the "g" in my watermark, stood up. The other one wasn't concerned and didn't budge. The one standing wasn't concerned either and began eating some acorns, which were blanketing the front lawn.
Here's a close up of the dude on the left -
Here is Emilie sitting talking to them and trying to get them to come to her -
I really do not want these critters in our yard, especially after all the damage they've done to our hostas, strawberry plants, sedum, etc. Clearly, they're comfortable here and used to us, hence them not taking off. However, for now with the Fall upon us, the more annuals they eat the less I have to cut back and cart off.
My farmer friend "Tim" gave me a half dozen "Black Dragon" coleus plugs that he started back in the Spring. They were so tiny. I didn't think they'd make it but hand watering and some TLC and they took off.
Coleus come in so many different varieties and colors now a days. I'm partial to the blacks and chocolates. May just do a coleus garden next year with a bunch of different types.
I may even try to bring one of these Black Dragons in the house for the Winter and start clippings come early Spring.
And this is the result of the Downy Woodpecker, ARG!
He sure has done a number on our trim that's for sure.
This time of year they become a HUGE nuisance as they forage for food and place to hole-up.
A friend bought and hung garland along the side of her house to prevent this. I believe it worked, however, you should see what the different color garland looks like hanging sporadically in the house, YIKES!
Instead, I used a couple strands of bird netting and stapled over this area. It's the netting we use to cover our strawberries and blueberries to keep the birds out. It's difficult to see unless you're up close. So far it seems to have worked on this spot. My worry is they'll simply moved to another spot on the house and do the same damage.
This is a picture of one of the many Boxelder trees that we have along the back of our property. Notice the brown items, otherwise known as the Samara, which are essentially a type of fruit and covering most of these trees. They're much easier to spot now that they've dried and turned brown.
Samara's are often referred to as a wingnut, helicopter, whirlibird, whirligig, polynose, or, in the north of England, a spinning jenny. I like to refer to them as super annoyances for the fact that they're very mess this time of year when they begin to fall and fly all over the place. It's a bear keeping the pool clean of them.