Is it hot enough where you are?

We must have been “up north” too long and lost our heat tolerance, or
something, as we’ve just been melting away recently. The fact that we jumped
from a long winter, over a short wet spring into mid-summer doesn’t help either.
Air conditioners sell like Belgian chocolates / pralines (the real ones at
least) for the past weeks.

war of the worlds
We saw War of
the Worlds
in theatre today and both recommend it. Nice drama,
suspense and plenty of special effects. C has her review up on her blog.

Yes, C now has her own weblog at – which I actually hadn’t
mentioned here yet. Mea culpa! Not that I posted anything else recently. Call me
busy & distracted. I don’t know why I’ve been so absent in the
blog-o-sphere. Having too many things to do and not enough time certainly rings
a bell. Ever since installing Tiger & our trip to Albany I haven’t caught up
yet with myself. I still need to fix my blog template (horrible not loading the
default css issue). I have some nice images to host, but I lost my JAlbum
templates in the Tiger install (resided under the JAlbum app, forgotten to
backup). I still have some apps to re-install like for instance newsnetwire to
keep track of news sites and fellow bloggers (I don’t like Safari RSS). My iPod
is still empty though I got a few podcasts yesterday using iTunes 4.9.
I’m happy Apple introduced basic support for podcasts so I don’t need to use an
external app. I have overdue emails I still have to catch up with. Thinking of
it, it’s like my digital life sat on the back burner. Working in the garden and
relaxing together on the bench at night certainly contributes to that, but it
seems I need to “reschedule” a few things. Put a little bit of time aside every
couple days.

Some people have asked about the progress with the
garden & house projects. While I wish everything outdoors was finished by
now, with all the rain and now all the heat, I just move slower (wink wink).
Here’s the short update:

two trees
The two big trees on the property line with wire fencing in them are gone. We
hired a local company – Hickey Tree Service – to cut the trees for us.


tree down.

To remove the stumps, Allen (nice neighbor) and I had
to dig three feet down all the way around and cut all the roots. Oh, if you ever
have to dig a stump out, forget your chain-saw, a reciprocating saw is your best
friend to cut roots.

“stump king” at work :)

The second stump (img above) had very few
roots compared to the first one. The holes you see were to use a product called
stump-out, but I didn’t haven enough patience. You’re supposed to wait 6-12
months, use the product, let it work for a number of months, soak with kerosine
and then set it on fire. I’m more the instant kinda guy.

The new
retaining wall is in place giving us extra driveway space and room to park. The
front garden is looking nice now that all the old shrubs & trees are
removed. I installed some terraces and Carolyn planted plenty of new shrubs
& flowers making it super nice.

A before image from last year
with the leaning retaining & trees in the background.



back garden still needs a lot of work, but at least it’s a pleasure to drive up
to the house now :)

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