Time for the Mower

The sweet smell of mowed grassThe sweet smell of freshly mowed grass! I took the trusty (rusty) push mower to the new lawn last night. Of course, I got home today and some critter had been digging in it! OK, it’s officially a lawn (just don’t walk on it)!

Before and After (Backyard)

151-5160_IMG.JPGLawn on 5/19/07I provide the following before and after pictures for your consideration. The former was taken on April 4, 2004, the latter was taken today, May 19, 2007. Next week, with its first cutting, the grass will officially become a lawn.

Protect the Grass

covered yardHere’s the lawn all covered over. It’s going to be hot on Tuesday so hopefully the grass won’t burn out underneath that black cloth. The helicopters are coming fast and furious.

Take a look at a digest of all the lawn-related posts so far.

No Diploma for You

No diploma for you! I recently found out that I’m still missing a bunch of credits (outside my major) to graduate from Teachers College any time soon. I’ll write to the administration to get the full details, but it looks like I’m a TC captive for another semester or two.

Another Lawn Post

Today’s lawn post. There’s a big maple tree in the backyard and the wind is blowing all the “samaras” down into the grass. So we had to cover it over or they’ll clog up the lawn and kill it. According to wikipedia: “A samara is sometimes called a key and is often referred to as a helicopter or whirligig or a polynose.” I call them a pain.

Grass Is Coming Up

grass (end of week 3) with insetYes another post about the lawn. Get used to it because I can promise that there will be more. This is the lawn at the end of week three. Many people have said, “it looks perfect”, but I’ve included an inset so that you can see, in fact, it is not ready for romping and playing. Follow the link for a larger version of the picture for details. For a progression of pics in flickr from seed to today click here

Pizza Plus Fire

pizza plus fireOn my way home from the dry cleaners tonight I smelled smoke and saw fire trucks out in front of Pizza Plus. A welder was doing some work this afternoon and had gotten sparks in the walls — it caused a big smokey mess. Basically the whole building is wrecked. I talked with Roz who says that they’ll rebuild.

Crazy Neighbor

crazy landlordLast night the crazy landlord across the street started throwing junk off the roof of his garage. He wasn’t making much of an effort to avoid pedestrians either. He didn’t hit anyone, but he was belligerent and kept throwing things when the neighbors asked him to stop. When he got to the metal pipes, huge panes of glass, and planter pots it was time to call the cops. About eight of them in four cars descended on the scene and arrested him. The photo is of him harassing a neighbor… “shut up and go back inside… I can do what I want”.