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DSR spotted it wandering around the yard last night - a small possum!




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DSR spotted it wandering around the yard last night - a small possum!




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1. I need it.
2. I will need it in the near future.
3. I might need it at some point, and I might as well keep it around.
4. It is taking up space. Does it have a place to be out of the way?
5. I don't need it, and it's taking up space.
6. I resent that it's taking up space.
7. It needs to go away.
8. How can I get rid of it in a good way?
9. If someone can't take it off my hands very soon, I will take desperate measures.
10. Yay - it's out of my life!
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1. I need it.
2. I will need it in the near future.
3. I might need it at some point, and I might as well keep it around.
4. It is taking up space. Does it have a place to be out of the way?
5. I don't need it, and it's taking up space.
6. I resent that it's taking up space.
7. It needs to go away.
8. How can I get rid of it in a good way?
9. If someone can't take it off my hands very soon, I will take desperate measures.
10. Yay - it's out of my life!
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Last year, Rich came in and spent several weeks working on my home doing all the repair things that needed doing. He replaced a ceiling, repaired and painted walls, replaced and tiled walls and floors, re-anchored a screen door, and seamlessly repaired a damaged tiled wall. We ran out of money before we could have him replace our deck, so it's still on the list to have him do later when we've got the money for it. He did great work, his price was fair, and he dealt with the inevitable setbacks in home repair and renovation with good humor.

He's currently looking to take on new work. He's located in central MA, and is willing to travel reasonable distances (he drove an hour each way to do my work). If you have need of a carpenter/handyman, please contact me and I'll pass along his info.
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Last year, Rich came in and spent several weeks working on my home doing all the repair things that needed doing. He replaced a ceiling, repaired and painted walls, replaced and tiled walls and floors, re-anchored a screen door, and seamlessly repaired a damaged tiled wall. We ran out of money before we could have him replace our deck, so it's still on the list to have him do later when we've got the money for it. He did great work, his price was fair, and he dealt with the inevitable setbacks in home repair and renovation with good humor.

He's currently looking to take on new work. He's located in central MA, and is willing to travel reasonable distances (he drove an hour each way to do my work). If you have need of a carpenter/handyman, please contact me and I'll pass along his info.
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One of the bunnies in our back yard just came out to grab some lunch. When I told a friend recently that we had seen two bunnies together in the yard, she commented that if we had two, we were fairly certain to have more than two. ;)

I like the yard bunnies. We see them in the same spots and we see them every couple of days, so there's probably a burrow back there. The spot in the yard where the previous owners had a garden is still turning out carrots and who knows what, so the bunnies are probably foraging well even though the greens are mowed down every two weeks so the veggies aren't getting to be full size.

The ducks always herald the spring by splashing down in the pool. They show up together a lot until the eggs are laid, then they take turns foraging. My favorite part of the summer is when Mama Duck brings the tumbling line of babies into the yard for birdseed snacks. They get used to us, and won't run away unless we get within about 10ft. Sometimes Mama Duck stands in the yard and quacks until I bring out some seed, so she has me well-trained.

Spotting the groundhog is a rare treat - the photo two weeks ago was only the second time I'd seen one in the back yard in about two years. I don't think he lives in my yard, but visits now and then.

No sign of the muskrats this year. I'm perfectly happy to have them replaced with bunnies, since there's more than enough green stuff to spare for the bunnies (just stay away from the tomatoes and herbs, fluff-face!), and they don't build dams in the brook like the muskrats do.

And the rats have not reappeared since I put poison down the rat holes a few years ago. I enjoy the wildlife in the yard, but the rats were killing the baby bunnies and chasing off the birds. They had to go.

One of my friends who lives in the area and also has a variety of wildlife in the yard says it makes her feel like Snow White to sit and watch them frolic outside her windows.
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One of the bunnies in our back yard just came out to grab some lunch. When I told a friend recently that we had seen two bunnies together in the yard, she commented that if we had two, we were fairly certain to have more than two. ;)

I like the yard bunnies. We see them in the same spots and we see them every couple of days, so there's probably a burrow back there. The spot in the yard where the previous owners had a garden is still turning out carrots and who knows what, so the bunnies are probably foraging well even though the greens are mowed down every two weeks so the veggies aren't getting to be full size.

The ducks always herald the spring by splashing down in the pool. They show up together a lot until the eggs are laid, then they take turns foraging. My favorite part of the summer is when Mama Duck brings the tumbling line of babies into the yard for birdseed snacks. They get used to us, and won't run away unless we get within about 10ft. Sometimes Mama Duck stands in the yard and quacks until I bring out some seed, so she has me well-trained.

Spotting the groundhog is a rare treat - the photo two weeks ago was only the second time I'd seen one in the back yard in about two years. I don't think he lives in my yard, but visits now and then.

No sign of the muskrats this year. I'm perfectly happy to have them replaced with bunnies, since there's more than enough green stuff to spare for the bunnies (just stay away from the tomatoes and herbs, fluff-face!), and they don't build dams in the brook like the muskrats do.

And the rats have not reappeared since I put poison down the rat holes a few years ago. I enjoy the wildlife in the yard, but the rats were killing the baby bunnies and chasing off the birds. They had to go.

One of my friends who lives in the area and also has a variety of wildlife in the yard says it makes her feel like Snow White to sit and watch them frolic outside her windows.
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It must be spring - the ducks are back! They splashed down in the pool at sunset. I think it's the same pair every year; when I threw matzo into the pool, mama duck swam right over to it and started eating it, just like last year.
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It must be spring - the ducks are back! They splashed down in the pool at sunset. I think it's the same pair every year; when I threw matzo into the pool, mama duck swam right over to it and started eating it, just like last year.
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] liamstliam!



In spring news, I faxed in our heirloom and grape tomato seedling order to Verrill Farm in Concord. We love tomatoes, and the highly transportable ones from the grocery are just so bleah. We discovered Verrill Farms last August for the Corn & Tomato Festival, and after tasting, we picked up some really nice tomatoes to take home. I was eating their Super Sweet 100's like candy, and wished I'd had more, which leads to our experiment: we're going to try doing some container gardening, tomatoes only, on the patio this summer and see how it goes. Z likes helping with my mom's container garden, so I think he'll like this, too.
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] liamstliam!



In spring news, I faxed in our heirloom and grape tomato seedling order to Verrill Farm in Concord. We love tomatoes, and the highly transportable ones from the grocery are just so bleah. We discovered Verrill Farms last August for the Corn & Tomato Festival, and after tasting, we picked up some really nice tomatoes to take home. I was eating their Super Sweet 100's like candy, and wished I'd had more, which leads to our experiment: we're going to try doing some container gardening, tomatoes only, on the patio this summer and see how it goes. Z likes helping with my mom's container garden, so I think he'll like this, too.
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How hard is the ice crust outside? My car is driving on top of it.

I managed to get the ice off the car by using the scraper as a chisel to define an area, then I could pull up each section and discard. The sections were 6 inches thick, with snow underneath.

As for the plow pack at the head of the driveway, I chiseled away at it to make it more of a ramp from the street since the driveway itself is fairly level. We will test proof of concept in about 10 minutes to see if I can actually get out. And back in, of course.
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How hard is the ice crust outside? My car is driving on top of it.

I managed to get the ice off the car by using the scraper as a chisel to define an area, then I could pull up each section and discard. The sections were 6 inches thick, with snow underneath.

As for the plow pack at the head of the driveway, I chiseled away at it to make it more of a ramp from the street since the driveway itself is fairly level. We will test proof of concept in about 10 minutes to see if I can actually get out. And back in, of course.
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It's not so much the 4 inches of snow, it's the 2 inches of sleet and freezing rain on top of it.

Kudos to DSR for being so willing to clear the driveway, even if he did sacrifice the garden hose to the snowblower gods.
(I tried to tidy the area before the storm, but completely forgot about the hose outside the shed.)
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It's not so much the 4 inches of snow, it's the 2 inches of sleet and freezing rain on top of it.

Kudos to DSR for being so willing to clear the driveway, even if he did sacrifice the garden hose to the snowblower gods.
(I tried to tidy the area before the storm, but completely forgot about the hose outside the shed.)
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Just saw the first robin of 2005. Yay!
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Just saw the first robin of 2005. Yay!

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