July 28, 2004

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Here's the flower garden in my backyard that I reworked the other day. There used to be a ton of purple and yellow pansies there, but I dug them out to replant in some hanging pots, which originally had zinnias in them. However, I didn't know that the zinnias were going to be two feet tall, so now they are in this little garden plot instead. There are also lupines, shasta daisies, echinacea, lobelia, and asters. I also bought lots of compost to try to make the bed raised, but I don't think I had enough. It looks good enough to me though.

Posted by actionhero at 01:28 AM


Two Sundays ago, I went down into the basement to watch TV. It was early morning and I noticed all these flies. There were lots of dead ones on the floor and about 10-15 on each of the curtains of the two windows. I started swatting at them. I would kill just about all of them and then notice that more kept appearing. After some investigating, I realized that they were coming out of the fireplace! I sprayed insecticide around the fireplace and then taped all this newspaper over it, hoping the problem would go away while I went out for town for the rest of the week.

Well, the problem got worse. After I returned home this last Saturday, there weren't too many dead flies on the floor, so I decided to take off the newspaper. I didn't notice any more flies in the fireplace, so I thought all was okay. Was I wrong! The next morning B said he swept up around 50 flies that were dead on the floor. There was obviously something dead in the fireplace, but I had looked and couldn't find it. The next day I called a chimney sweep who also happened to get rid of critters. He said he could come by later that afternoon. Well, after about two hours, the chimney sweep was able to use his vacuum to retrieve the dead squirrel out of the smoke shelf, which is a shelf behind the angled wall of a fireplace. The flies are now mostly gone and I can breathe easier. [sigh of relief]

Posted by actionhero at 01:21 AM

July 12, 2004

Scraped Up

For the last several weeks I have been scraping the dining room ceiling. The paint had been chipping and was cracked so I thought I should probably prep it properly and scrape it before painting. It's more than halfway done now, and I may even be able to start the painting this weekend. That is very exciting because it means only one room left to complete!

Posted by actionhero at 12:34 PM