Sunday, March 27, 2016

Micro Mantis

On the Pride of Madeira out back, I spied a tiny baby Praying Mantis.  Less than 1/2" long.  At the bottom of the top pic is a lady bug larva.  A legion of lady bugs are munching away on aphids on the back slope

Easter and Concrete

The guys from Flores Landscaping came over this morning and laid down the new concrete pad in back.  They were able to rise the corner support 2", making that roof a bit more level.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

New Pad

The guys came today to score the part of the pad out back that's going to be replaced. They will cut out the offending section and give the deteriorating plate and proper footing.

Front Garden

 Nearly everything is in full bloom.  Just waiting on the Pride of Madeira to explode.


This local winery's products are barely drinkable so I was amused when the local grocery store listed it's marsala as "cooking wine".

Backyard at Sunset


Dr. Kase has wrapped up the 4th toe rather well.  Seems that now that 1-3 are doing great, the 4th member of the quintet is suffering.  We'll see how things progress after 2 weeks.

Flip Fail pt.3

The poor house next door has endured so  many indignities. Originally built in 1910, not a iota of original detail exists inside or out. For the past 3 days, workers have been installing split duct AC/Heat pumps in the back. Everywhere else in the world, there would be brackets and the unit would be attached to the wall. Here, they have put the bottom unit outside the kitchen window. What an amazing eyesore to sit down to everyday.  I looked online and this model is over twice as noisy as ours...... so imagine having breakfast with that thing chugging away outside your window. Truly ugly.  As one potential buyer told me as he walked away, "We'd have to replace all the "improvements" that have been done."
Gaffer63: Flip Fail pt.2

Wednesday, March 09, 2016