Knocked out a decent amount of outdoor efforts , lowered the grass in front of the house,side field, fenced in dawg yard ,, ( ok, mowed everything except the back 4-5 acres,, easier to type , heheh)
Decided to take the ‘50 Merc to the Deere stealership, decided to replace the mow deck belt on the new/old 420 Deere tractor I got last week, rationalized a new one since I had the 60” deck off the tractor to paint and replace the deck wheels ( goofy setup where the deck wheels ride on the ground compared to “gauge wheels” that are there to keep a deck from scarfing up the ground when uneven etc. ,,,2-$40 and 2-$70 plastic wheels with a crude steel bearing cage,,, not exactly a long lived, precision setup,, having roller bearings in hard plastic wheels that don’t live long in mowing/dirty scenarios,,, is what it is.
Took the back roads with the Merc to Deere,,, nice relaxing drive,,, lots of thumbs up, horn high fives etc . from other drivers there n back. Tractor shopping folks stopped checking out green tractors and came over to the Merc,,, lots of great complements, and a few “had a xxx Mercury /Ford like this, in the day” from old timers older than me , haha. Also had mebbe most of the service Dept techs standing around the car when I came in out of the parts dept.
Baited two live traps with cantaloupe and allegedly good ground hog scent bait , looked like thick apple butter,, forget what it is to smell like, but said to be irresistible to ground hawgs. Hoping to trap and relocate the hawg that wintered under the front deck,,, If he/she is not in the trap the next day or so, plan B is to deploy ammonia soaked cloths in access spots I’ve seen them it use, and some straight from the bottle thru the spaces tween the deck boards,,,, the interweb says G-H’s HATE ammonia aroma. Whatever plan of attack/relocation/ discourage’n of its choice of lodging , then will bolster access points to deter future returns. Holding off gunpowder’d device use since prev. sightings when it ventures to open area, did not have safe background zones ( the road or homes) . But not off the table if/when plans A or B pan out ,, and a clean , safe shot materializes. Other than a monstrous hole it made next the foundation of the house ( now filled and ammonia’d mid refilling)and whatever digging/tunneling it did under the deck, the groundhog has not been real pain. Just a critter looking for a place to live,,, as long as it’s not under my deck🙄😖.
Middle nephew coming home from England later today,,,
Planning a dawg play date at Sis’s tomorrow ( my Murphy and Nash, visiting Murphy’s littermate sister, and the rest of Sis’s pooches) while I do some ‘lectrical work( remounting the electrical connection/relays/timers box, back on the old fence post ,left when Sis got a new fence put up to surround her entire back property instead of the prev fence line that just encompassed her pond and a lil more yard off her patio. Hopefully I can get that work done without my 2, and sis’s 3 ( of her pack of 5 dawgs) pooches bothering me . Teased/verbally bet Sis that Nash the GSD would end up in her pond at some point, based partly on how he paws the water bowl at home( with either paws in the water or his laying in/on the water he relocated from the bowl to the kitchen floor) I plan on getting a plastic kiddie pool for the pups here, and 99% sure both of my pups will take to going in and splashing around like canine idjits .
have chicken breasts ready to break in the new grill,,,fingers crossed they are tasty.
Hope everyone had a great day👍🏼