Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fertilizer and Sweet Potato Fries

This was a day of work.  Work here at the sticks and bricks house.  Seems like there is never any end to the little jobs that are included with home ownership.

Today was yard work.  I went to Wal Mart, and bought a bag of weed and feed fertilizer.  It was a store brand that was ten bucks cheaper than Scotts.  It was still almost forty bucks for a 48 pounder.  Scotts is over a dollar a pound.  That would be 2,000 a ton.  Wow that is horrible.  But enough, I can’t do anything about it, so just go spread it on the lawn.  Which I did.

Last summer the bag worms attacked our evergreens in the front of the house.  They killed off a tall spike spruce before I caught on to what was happening.  I went and bought a big bottle of Sevin spray and me and the worms had a war.  Killed em off, yes I did, but not until they wiped out the evergreen on the West side of the drive.

Today I removed this dead tree, with the help of a chain and the hitch ball on the back of the truck.  I went to Lowe’s and purchased a digging bar, which is about a 30 pound cold rolled steel bar with a smashed spade end and nail head on top.  Looks like a six foot giant nail.  With that I was able to loosen the dirt around and more importantly under the root ball.

With some judicious pulling with the truck and then more use of the digging bar and about an hour, the tree was gone.

In the afternoon it was time to retrieve our utility trailer from the storage lot.  Its still over in the lot with all the nails, but now it is in our driveway.  This needs to be cleaned some as we will be using it to go to Dayton, Ohio to the Hamfest next month.

I am attending the Des Moines Radio Amateur Association hamfest this Sunday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  The trailer will go with me to Iowa so the folks up there can begin to load it in preparation for Dayton.

By having it up there three weeks early, perhaps the loading will be more leisurely and items will not be overlooked that need to find a new home in other Ham’s garages.

Tonight we went back to Fuddruckers, and I can report that the Overland Park restaurant does indeed have sweet potato fries.  This is the first that I have enjoyed them since we were in Mesa, Arizona.  I was having withdrawal symptoms, but my belt was getting along all right without them.

Not an overly exciting day but man we seem to have our share of work here.

Retired Rod


  1. I feel you pain, we fertilize here on the farm today. The lawn takes 5 big bags to cover and that is a lot of walking back and forth. Weather has been great but the forecast is for snow.

  2. Did you know that you can buy frozen sweet potato fries at the supermarket? All you have to do is bake them in the oven for a while... and no more withdrawal!!!!

  3. Good suggestion on the frozen Sweet Potato fries. Baked, they would not have so much fat either. Might be something I should try!



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