May 01, 2016
My Town Makes a Funny
Alright, this is funny right here
A "Slow Down / Safe Speed" sign.
This showed up in my yard sometime between 5:30 pm and 10:15 pm Tuesday evening. It wasn't there when I left for work, but was there when I came back.
What is so funny is that it is sitting about 150 feet from a T intersection with a stop sign. I will admit, since this road is a shortcut between Antrim and E. Hillsboro/W. Henniker, there are a lot of speeders. However, as far as I know, there has never been an accident because someone failed to make the stop (I have seen people pull out in front of traffic after stopping - sightline is not very good).
It only operates during daylight hours, so I didn't get to see it in action until I left for work Friday evening (I usually go the other way in the evening and leave way too early in the morning for it to be on). I backed out of the driveway, put the car in first and eased out the clutch, and the sign told me "Safe Speed", then "Thank You".
Thinking that this is not the best placement for the sign on this road, no kids in area and the stop signe right there. Plus, I kind of think it makes it look as if I have been complaining about speeders (I haven't). Hopefully it will disappear sometime next week.
Yesterday was an awesome day to get out and do some yard work; it was in the mid 50's, sunny, with a light breeze. I got out and raked leaves and limbs (this pic is just one of the piles of leaves.
I saved the 3 cu/ft bags from mulch I laid down last year and stuffed those full of leaves (you can cram quite a bit in there, just keep compressing and compressing). The bags are of a nice thick plastic, and even when a hoe or tear develops, it doesn't enlarge from pressure as it would using normal trash bags. Using those, and a large trash barrel, I loaded up the truck to take it all to the dump's brush pile.
There are some large limbs below all the bags, but since I had done a limb cleanup last month, I didn't have a second load to take. The pellet bag (yellow/tan bag) and the white trash can are my trash and recyclables. You probably can't see it, but the 33 gal trash can full of leaves and sticks is in the front of the bed, on the right side. You can just see the handle sticking up toward the middle of the windshield.
Although I threw most of the mulch bags away after dumping the leaves, I did save 3 of them for future yard work. I'm sure I'll get more mulch later in the season, so will replenish my stock then. Between what the former owners left in the house for large plastic bags (I still have a box of them), mulch bags and pellet bags (for household trash and lining the kitty litter bucket), I don't think I've bought any sort of trash bag since I moved here :) .
I have been getting good use out of the Explorer - I couldn't have done this in one trip with the Patriot - heck, the trash barrel would have to lay down (I've used that barrel a lot for transporting detritus from various demolition projects).
April 24, 2016
I Made a Funny
On a pellet forum, the question was, "I have been meaning to start this thread to get an idea what folks burned this year versus last year and how many pellets you may have left over for next year."
My answer, which got several "likes" and laughter emoji's:
I know I burned 6+ tons last winter. Let's see, this winter: I started with 5.3 tons. I purchased 5+6+27+15 and a few others probably - let's call it a 1.2 of individual bags. Then I bought 11 tons this spring. I currently have 12.7 tons. So 5.3+1.2+11 = 17.5. Subtract 12.7 and I get (hold on, I have to grab a cat because I ran out of fingers and toes, just gotta remember they only have 4 to a pad ) - umm 4.8 tons used so far this season. (Math is hard for this old brain )
Then someone pointed out that cats have 5 on their front paws if you count the dewclaws. Then I remembered that Fuzzy has extra toes, so I would be in trouble if I grabbed him first.
Probably had to be there, but a few people got a smile from my answer
April 23, 2016
Happy Birthday Cop Car
Cop Car's birthday was a couple of days ago - although her card should have made it to her on time, my blog posting is a bit belated. However, my Hyacinths bloomed right in time so these pics are for her.
Love you lots Mom!
April 17, 2016
First 2016 Spring Flowers
Sad but true, here are all the flowering plants at this time; two English Primrose - one whcihc is much more expesed to wind and cold so is still showing affects from the really cold day a couple of months ago - but it is going for the flower, so I assume it will survive.
The bulbs I planted last year are coming up
Sadly, the gardens will most likely suffer this year as I will not be able to do any work at night, and weekends I have other house projects I want to get done. However, I'm not saying nothing will get done as I never know what I will be in the mood to work on.
April 10, 2016
What I have Been up To
Two months ago I started a second part-time job cleaning offices at night. I had been only working 2-4 hours a week; working on Tuesday and Friday nights at a local dentist office with another gal and helping at other places when someone called in sick.
Last week I started working every week night as a gal decided 3 (!!!) jobs was too many and her last day was Thursday at another dental office in the next town over (this place is only open Mon-Thurs). This is a good fit for me as once a month I have the LOH meeting Thursday evening, so I can push out that night's cleaning until Friday. I will still be working the local office too. I will be getting in at least 3 hours every night except the Friday's that I only work at the local dental office - that will be about a 1.5 hour night.
Last Friday night I evidently didn't have enough of cleaning as I decided my wood floors really needed to be oiled. So, I vacuumed, mopped, scrubbed some sections, then got on my hands and knees and went to work. I moved every piece of furniture in the living room (except the entertainment center), while the rest of the room I just moved small things like chairs.
I was quite pleased with the results
Wacky NH Weather
In this winter of El Nino, NH weather has made some records and distinctions this year; This was winter that wasn't, being somewhere between the 2nd and 4th warmest winter ever recorded (I have forgotten which and my Google-fu isn't getting the info I'm looking for).
Snow fall was at the least amount ever recorder until last week's snow - and I'm unsure where we sit now, but it is very low on the list. Last week Concord, NH (where official temps are recorded for the state) recorded the coldest April low temp ever at 4 degrees. The next day they set a record for the coldest low temp for that date.
Naturally, since I brought the bike home over a week ago, it has either been cold (high temp 20's) or warm with spring showers (AKA - severe thunderstorms, there has been nothing gentle about this week's showers). With the snow in the middle of the week, the roads are covered in mounds of salt/sand since the wise people of DOT failed to plow the 5-6" of snow we received. Instead they elected to use the melty and grippy stuff. Even the heavy rains on Thursday didn't budge the piles of sand in the corners of the road I drive to work.
Looks like at least another week before I can ride the bike, which means I get to listen to it putt in the garage as I need to charge the battery that is slowly being drained by the security system.
April 03, 2016
Birthday Party 2016
Because Cop Car was complaining that I didn't post the picture on my blog - all the people that attended my birthday part (otherwise known as the April HOG meeting that happened to fall on my BD)
April 02, 2016
Cop Car had posted about the wildfires in Kansas last weekend. Then I saw this on FB; wildfires, blizzard, Tornado, 80* - all at the same time. And New Englanders think they have it rough with the quickly changing weather.
I have squirrels that constantly raid my birdfeeders even though the feeders are literally right outside my back door. I thought that when Fuzzy was outside the squirrels stayed out of the penned in area. They have figured out they are in no danger from me if they are outside the pen and I am on the back porch, but surely the squirrels wouldn't come onto the porch while the cat was outside. Remember, Fuzzy was feral the first 5-6 years of his life and I imagine he caught a lot of his own food.
Yeah, right. See how my hopes are dashed :)