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Filling Up Time While Waiting On Spring

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  We continue to get warm spring days in the middle of February which leaves me a bit confused as to what to do. I don't want to start a huge outside project with snow and cold still very much possible. Starting an inside project with spring possibly around the corner doesn't make a lot of sense either. So I cast my eyes around and decided to tackle this corner of our property beneath the deck out back. Long term I want to remove the concrete and the deck above and pour a larger patio with a somewhat enclosed 3 season room above. But that is probably still a ways off. Until then though, I would like to neaten this area up.  The hose real and hoses are from the farm. I would like to replace the always flat rubber tires on it with solid rubber tires and then use that for our garden since the only spigot I have outside is on the far side of the house as the garden. Behind that is a temporary cabinet I built to hold our gas cooktop while we were remodeling the kitchen 5 years ago.

Cause For Concern

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  A.I. Generated Image On a sunny and warm day in the middle of winter February, I was raking up sticks under the oak tree in front of our house. It has an oak gall problem which causes it to shed lots the tips of it's branches, especially when helped with the 16" of wet dense snow we received earlier. It creates a matt of twigs that need to be disposed before mowing season comes around. As I was pausing my efforts, I happened to notice my neighbor's house where there was a trailer backed up to the garage, a SUV backed up to the house, and another car parked in the driveway. She is a kind older widow lady who over the years has brought us lots of chocolate chip cookies in exchange for fresh farm produce from our garden. Then a couple years ago, her youngest daughter died unexpectantly at home and we found out that our neighbor had severe dementia. We had suspected she might over the years but hadn't realized it had worsened considerably in recent years. Since then, sh

The Creative One

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  For the last 14 or so years, whenever Valentines Day rolled around, I would scrounge around the house for a box that one of my daughters could use to hold their class Valentine card swap, cut a slot in it and let them paint it. It was always a simple box out of plain cardboard or sometimes we covered it in white printer paper and scotch tape so it could be decorated more easily. So imagine my surprise when I came home from working a charity event and saw this green dinosaur sitting on our kitchen table drying from it's paint job. My youngest made this for her final year of the Valentine card swap (next year will be middle school where it is no longer practiced as a class) without any prompting from me. Inside the mouth, is another hole leading down the "throat" for her classmates Valentines to go. I was very proud of her effort though not terribly surprised. She has always had a penchant for art. Even before she went to school as a Kindergartner, she was drawing people

Tears of Joy

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  A.I. generated image and no, my daughter doesn't really have three arms. When our eldest graduated from the small Catholic school she attended and was headed to the public Middle School halfway across town, we decided it was time for her to have her first phone. We bought her a small flip phone and it came in handy during her time there. When she headed to the high school, we upgraded her phone to a smart one using some promotional deal and saved her from all the embarrassment she claimed to be getting. Four years later, she is heading off to college soon and we decided she really needed a better phone and so upgraded it this past Christmas.  Between the old smart phone and the old flip phone, I hoped to get one to work for our youngest who is graduating from the same Catholic School and heading to Middle School, this time in a different building on the way far side of town. I headed to the phone shop with my collection of phones and was soon informed that the battery life on the

Fitting 10 lb of (Stuff) Into a 5 lb Bag

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A.I. Interpretation of the saying, "trying to stuff 10 lb of (stuff) into a 5 lb bag." I ordered a gel infused memory foam mattress topper for our bed from Amazon and it arrived in a shrink wrapped bag in a box.  I opened it and watched it inflate to ten times its former size like a wiggling anaconda trying to wrap up it's prey on my bed. It was too small despite having ordered the correct size. I was told I can return it free of charge.... just put it back in the box and apply the free shipping label. Were they going to send me a vacuum press too? Um... no. Solutions? I was forced to use my "one time no return exclusion" from Amazon to get my money back and to keep the wrong sized mattress topper. I ordered another one.... from a different company. It too was sporty to unwrap but at least was the correct size. I tried to leave a review on the first one to warm others who might order this product and be shipped the wrong one at no fault of their own. Denied. My