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Week of 28 March 2011

Latest Update: Sunday, 3 April 2011 2:40 p.m.


Monday, 28 March 2011

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It started snowing this morning about the time I left for work. The pavement was warm enough for it melt as soon as it hit but it did stick to some of the grass and bushes. I guess it lasted a couple of hours. One county north west of us had about an inch and half and started school two hours late. Our kids are out this week on spring break.

The lawn mower repair guy called me back last night. Yep, I bent the crank shaft. I've been using a lawn mower since I was ten years. In all these years I've nicked or bent a few blades but I have never wrecked a mower. And, to make matters worse, I've only had this one a few years.

I had a hair cut appointment after work then went to Sears to check out mowers. We decided to just keep the new blade I bought as a spare for the new mower. Turns out Sears had gone to 22" in their self propel mowers but the guy who helped me said I could bring back the blade. This time I bought one without the electric starter. That was a nice feature but not worth paying another $100 for.  One feature I really like is the conversion from bagging to mulching. With the older models you had to insert a blocking piece  in the grass shoot. The new ones have a shorter grass shoot with the blocking mechanism built into the drop down flap. And, it has a hose connection for cleaning the under side of the deck.



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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

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I went to the Y last night. I've been working on another tedious, fact extraction project at work. By 5pm my brain has pretty much turned to mush. We had another cold, raw day of rain. I guess we are lucky in that had it been a little colder we would have had a major snow event. Instead, we had another 1 1/2" of rain.

I am taking a break from fiction to read a book I picked up last year. I remember reading a review of Hit By A Farm by Catherine Friend somewhere and writing the title down in my list of books to look for on the library web site. After searching for six months I move the title to my bookstore (used or otherwise) to be on the lookout for. As I have mentioned before I love humorous books about living in the country, off the land, etc.


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Thursday, 31 March 2011

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This morning I dropped my Trooper off at a locksmith shop located about four blocks from my office building. For several months the lock on the driver side door was periodically not unlocking or locking with the key. I even switched to using my spare key but still had the same problems, It was happening enough that I told Bob I was worried should I need to get in my car quickly. He sprayed the lock with lubricate but that did not help.

I called the locksmith to ask about using graphite. They recommended not doing that unless the lock was disassembled. For $70 they would take the lock off and fix it or, if I brought the lock in, it would be $15. We decided it was best to let them to the job.

One of their lock technicians gave me a ride to the office so I would not have to tramp four blocks in the damp weather with my tote bag holding my lunch and book but would not have anyone around to pick me back up. They called about 10:30 and said it was ready. I was just going to walk back up at lunch and pick it up but one of my friends at work said she would drop me off when she went out at lunch.

Off to the Y after work. It has been another cool, cloudy day. It was drizzling when we took Malcolm out after dinner but otherwise, the forecasted rain for late today and tonight has not shown up.

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Friday 1 April 2011

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

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I made another trip out to Lowe's this morning to pick up 10 more hedge cypress bushes to put along the property line along with the two nandinas I bought last week. I then dug up four more forsythia plants from the neighbor's hedge and planted them on the property line.

The wind forecast for today is to be 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 40mph. I managed to get all the outdoor stuff finished by 11:30 before the winds got really bad.

Bob helped me get the new lawn mower of out box and assembled that was nothing more than getting the handle bolts one and adding oil. This one has really easy to move deck settings on the wheels which is good for me since I have so much trouble with the arthritis in my hands. He also took off the new blade I bought from Sears for the old mower so I can return it.

After lunch I baked a batch of chocolate chunk cookies from dough I had bought for a fund raising project from the teen across the street.


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Sunday 3 , April 2011

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House cleaning chores this morning before going over to my folks house for a visit and lunch. On the way home I stopped at Sears to return the blade. I just finished mowing with my new mower. I told Bob, I hate to say it, but I am almost glad I messed up my other mower. This is a much nicer mower with a bigger bag capacity, more power, and very nice to handle.

It's a very nice day. Not very windy right now with temps in the mid 60's. I had a lot of sticks to pick up before I could mow from the gusty winds yesterday afternoon. Time to clean off my desk and pay some bills.



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