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Honey Bees, After, and Before

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monday I mowed the lawn and dug out a bucket of weeds, both before and after the mowing. Tuesday I spent three hours with the pressure sprayer and cleaned off five sections of the sidewalk and did a few other things I can't remember. Today I spent two and a half hours cleaning the driveway, from the street to half way to the garage, and also did three sections of sidewalk. Tomorrow, with luck, I will finish the driveway. The whole thing was enlightening in that the part that I thought was clean really needed to be cleaned. As soon as it gets wet it gets a lot darker, and the dirt that comes off doesn't just float away - it turns into black sediment as if you were panning for black gold dust. I'll have to hose the whole area down if a blower won't get rid of it. I have both sand and black dirt on the concrete in some places.

I took a couple of pictures trying to catch the bees at work, but they didn't turn out well. I know there are bees around, but they hardly ever show in the pictures I take - either because I can't see them or because they are all hidden. There were a couple of dozen on the little Meyer Lemon, and hundreds of them swarming on the avocado tree. I also took a couple of pictures of the fence to satisfy anyone who wants to see it. Of course, I didn't take any pictures of the fence in progress, which would have been much more impressive.

The impressive thing to me is the dirty white shoes I now have - they're not just wet, they're dark gray.

This is the lemon three's best picture.

This is the best avocado tree picture. There is a bee in it.

This is one of four of this area of the tree, and the only one I know shows a bee. It's in the upper right corner of the picture.

This is a cropped corner of the picture, so the bee looks bigger.

And this is a picture of the fence (before I cut the weeds).

And this is a before picture of our sidewalk - you can see the difference between ours (the dark one) and Rob's, which he cleaned a year ago. Our house was built in 1986, and the pollution has been accumulating for 25 years. The porch floor is pretty clean, and things get progressively dirtier as you get away from the house.

PS - I just looked at Sunday's blog, and I guess I don't know what I did Monday. It's a lost day at this point.

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OURELEE1 3/24/2011 5:13PM

  It looks very nice. I think I'm going to show my DH. It might give him an idea.

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THINRONNA 3/24/2011 5:02PM

    Nice pictures! I can totally see the bee. Beautiful lemon tree!

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MS.ELENI 3/23/2011 11:08PM

    You make me tired reading your blogs. I feel so lazy. Everything is looking great in your yard. Sorry I couldn't see the bee.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 3/23/2011 11:03PM

    I see the bee. Whee!

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Snacking Sunday

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The fence does look new, and I dug weeds for a half hour and mowed both the front and back lawns today. The grape trellis took a little more effort, but I'll get used to it. Now that we have a new toy, I realize that Rob (neighbor to the west) cleaned his sidewalk and driveway, so his concrete looks white an mine is all dark. I guess the sidewalk and driveway will be the next chore.

Both hands were stiff and sore when I woke up this morning. It's a lot of years since I worked in a steel mill, and I might be getting older, too.

So far, I have been eating cereal, soup, and fruit today, it's past suppertime, getting dark, and I'm not hungry. The BW was busy planting a bunch of flowers under the bay window, and I think I need to put away the hose. I don't think we will have supper tonight - maybe a snack later.

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THINRONNA 3/21/2011 7:05AM

    Snacking is kind of how Norwegian kids (and mine now) eat. They are fed at 8, 11, 2, 4, 6 and 8. That is 6 meals a day! I would say it is the way to go though. A person may eat less at each little meal but they are fed all day and never hit a low. I think the grownups eat more like 4 meals a day though.

I hope you post some pics when your place is all power washed up. My husband says not to get to close to that fence or you may take some paint off! Have fun! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 3/20/2011 11:16PM

    It sounds like you've been putting your new toy to good use.

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MRDPOLING 3/20/2011 11:08PM

    Nah! You are not getting older... the rest of the world is getting younger. hehe

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MS.ELENI 3/20/2011 11:01PM

    Sounds like a good day. Hope you had a relaxing night

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TWOTIMESS 3/20/2011 8:16PM

    You've been very busy! Sunday nights at my house is always light snacks - we have a big lunch.

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Short Day

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I got up a little late this morning and did a few chores before starting on the fence again. each 8 foot sections has 32 pickets and 32 edges - the pickets overlap. With three two by fours holding the thing together you have four separate parts to each section, so you have to clean 256 vertical surfaces, plus the three two by fours and the top of the pickets. I could be more relaxed about the whole thing, and I'm not sure that I'm going to try to put sealer on the inside when I get done.

I finished the back side today and started down the east side of the fence in only two and a half hours, but moving everything from time to time and climbing up the ladder and kneeling convinced me that I'm too old to try to do everything in one day, so I quit for today and pulled a few weeds. I also removed an old composter that I had made for the BW because it was in the way and hadn't been used for several years.

I pooped out before I got to cutting the grass, but the fence looks good when you look out a back window now. The BW is out shopping for food, and I'm going to read another Grishem book and do laundry.

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MRDPOLING 3/20/2011 3:06PM

    You make me tired.... hehehehe

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THINRONNA 3/20/2011 3:39AM

    Sounds like a successful day to me! I miss books in English...sigh.

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TWOTIMESS 3/20/2011 3:12AM

    I bet your fence will look brand new once you're done. No need to rush, though.

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MS.ELENI 3/19/2011 6:52PM

    Glad you decided to stop and rest. Enjoy your book.

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Finally Opened the Box

Friday, March 18, 2011

I saw my cardiologist yesterday, and he said to just keep taking the Atenolol and I would live forever, which was a relief. I was afraid that he was going to want to do another catherization. Then I weighed in in leeway.

Today I finally got the pressure sprayer out of the box, and couldn't get the detergent tank out of the body of the sprayer, so I had to call the help line to see if brute force was needed. It was. After that all was well until I tried to spray without the detergent, and couldn't get any water through the thing. After reading the entire book all over again, and trying every possible problem fix, I called again. It turns out the quick disconnect has a backflow preventer, and I had installed it backwards. Then it worked.

I had started on a rocker, but the BW came out and before I could go on I had to do two white plastic chairs and the bird bath. She got in on the second chair, and was cutting away at the sidewalk when I told her to just let me know when she was done - at which point she told me to take it. I offered to set it up for her whenever she wanted to mess around out front.

Then I started on the fence. I used the detergent by spraying it over the dark patches, then hit the fence with clear water. I did about two thirds of the back fence in three hours, and finally realized that I had wasted eleven dollars when I bought the detergent. The way this thing cleans is to abrade the dirt away. If I get too close I can make groves in the wood, and have to be careful to keep the spray at a shallow angle, just as the book says. The manufacturer claims 30 degrees is good, but it's hard to keep it at that angle all the time. The net result is that it's sort of work, but the area I cleaned looks like a new fence. I would guess there's another six hours left if I do all the fence.

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TUBLADY 3/19/2011 4:47PM

    That sounds like some work. You must of burned up some calories doing all that power washing.
Take care.

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THINRONNA 3/19/2011 11:51AM

    OOOOHHHH! I LOVE power washers! And you have one at home! I have only used them at work. Fun!

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    I love power washing. It's tedious and time consuming, but you're right, the fence and concrete looks brand new when you're done.

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TWOTIMESS 3/18/2011 11:37PM

    I'd love to play with that pressure sprayer, but methinks perhaps not... How will it work on concrete walls, I wonder?

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MS.ELENI 3/18/2011 11:28PM

    Just lost what I said. Have a good weekend.Find some time to relax and do nothing

Oops looks like I didn't lose it

Comment edited on: 3/18/2011 11:29:06 PM

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MS.ELENI 3/18/2011 11:27PM

    You are one busy man as usual. Sounds like too much work to me. Congrats on doc's report.
have a good weekend and find some time to just do nothing and relax.

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Not Like Christmas in the Old Days

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yesterday we did a lot of things, but the big one was to make three forays into Home Depot to buy mulch, plants fertilizer, weed N feed, and a pressure sprayer. The clerk convinced me that the cheap one was a bad choice, so I got the best one with electric power. It is supposed to be 1800 PSI but I don't know if it would cut the toe off of steel tipped shoes. It could hurt you though. I had seen one at Costco, but it turns out that the one at Home Depot cost less, generated higher pressure, and had the same features.

I didn't get to open the sprayer last night - getting ready for the Kiwanis banquet tonight, then going around with how much money to give the Historical Society for Murray took a lot of time, and I finally wrote another check today. Having a decision doesn't seem to make things easy because there never is a final decision.

Today I planted 36 Sapphire St. Augustine grass plugs, and did another bunch of chores. I started the day seeing a podiatrist, and finally paid him $270 for three laser treatments for toenail fungus. I hope it works. Anyhow, now it's time to get ready for the banquet (the BW has been working on that for some time) and I still haven't opened the box of the pressure sprayer. It's not like being a kid at Christmas. I guess I'm getting old.

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MS.ELENI 3/16/2011 8:17PM

    Another man toy. emoticon I am sure you will get to try it out soon

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TWOTIMESS 3/16/2011 4:28PM

    LOL, that sprayer would be out of its box and blasting in two minutes flat! Good luck with your toe nails - try to get them in the sun - I undersand sunlight also kills off the fungus, which is really hard to kill.

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MRDPOLING 3/16/2011 4:08PM

    Oh I am so itching to get to the landscaping too. I hope to get to play in the dirt within the next week or two.

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