June 2009 archives
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
- Hours worked in the yard: 7 1/2.
- Flower beds de-leaved: 2.
- Piles of leaves/sticks/whatever previously created that were mulched: 8.
- Beds that were completely filled: 2.
- Beds incompletely filled: 2.
- Bags of leaf-based mulch created: approximately 20.
- Retail value of said bags: probably around $60.
- Bags of stick-based mulch created: 2.
- Retail value of said bags: probably around $15.
- Value of having the leaves they were created from gone from the yard: much more than $75.
- Kiddie pools used to hold stick-based mulch: 1.
- Of the chipper and shredder, number of features I'm happy with on the new tool: 1. (Ed: The chipper takes way too long to deal with - lots of clogging to have to work around. Or maybe I just don't know what I'm doing.)
- Mosquito bites: 2. (The yard spray works!)
- Yellow jacket nests found: 1. (Luckily, I wasn't stung.)
- Hottest temperature worked in: 97 degrees.
- Rocks accidentally put down the shredder chute: over 500, counting pebbles.
- Times I stopped the machine just to clear out rocks from the shredder chute: 3.
- How much better the back yard looks, in terms of percentage: 90%. (I still need to get pine straw or mulch down around my trees, and there's still too many overgrown and weedy areas for my taste, but at least the piles of junk are gone. Overall, very pleased with the outcome of the time spent.)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
One of the more fun things to do with dogs is give them new things and see how they react to them. Case in point - tonight, I decided to give Austen her first taste of yogurt. Now, London loves the stuff, and Austen had never turned away anything that we'd given her before, so I didn't really expect any issues.
Of course, she loved it. I just had two problems after that: keeping her off of the couch so that it wouldn't be further stained by the yogurt (it's practically beyond help at this point anyway from them, though, so maybe that wasn't a big deal), and making sure that she didn't do any more to London than just give her "back off, man!" barks that she always does when she's got something she wants all to herself and he comes too close. She's never acted on it, but you really don't want to be in the middle of 150 pounds of dog fighting each other. Ask my dad if you don't believe me.
Anyway, it all went well. The only problem? I forgot to get pictures! Oh well, there's more yogurt in the freezer...maybe next time.