Nerd ham award - meeting the locals
Saturday July 12th, 2008
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meeting the locals
I'm enjoying a long weekend trying to sort out things at the new house. Yesterday we went out to a garden center and home store, since we thought it would be less busy than the weekend.

We acquired a cord to go with the old lawnmower we got left, some pots and soil for our tomatoes, and a few garden tools. We also looked at some garden chairs - we had a table left by the previous owners. Later on we unpacked plates and things, and tried out the dishwasher for the first time.

This morning I was pottering around early when I spotted a brown creature gamboling on our lawn. Though I haven't seen one before I decided it was a groundhog AKA woodchuck. Cute as it may be to have the woodland creatures visit, since we're planning to grow vegetables in the garden we don't want these guys getting too comfortable, so I went and scared it off, after having a good look.

Today we drove around looking for yard sales, since we hoped we might find something useful. We didn't get a lot, but a caller ID display that works, a book and some games, and some shower curtain hooks since we can't find a set.

It was also our day to pick up our rain barrel (known as a 'water butt' where I come from). So another job to add to my list is figuring out where to put that, and altering a downspout to empty into it.

In the afternoon we tried to investigate the compost bin, only to find it now houses a nest of wasps who were unhappy about being disturbed. One of them stung my hand, and it still hurts. I decided I had had enough of the garden for one day, so I came inside and set up my computer instead. theora pointed out of the window that there was a chipmunk sitting on the garden wall - I'm sure it was laughing at me.

I've run out of thoughts now.

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magid
<01:40 am on Sunday July 13th, 2008
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Sounds good, except for the wasp part. I have a memory of my mom putting a paste of baking soda on my foot when I got stung, years ago. No clue if it actually helped or not, though...
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jaq
<02:14 am on Sunday July 13th, 2008
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theora rubbed my hand with cut garlic, and then applied a baking soda paste. Neither seemed to work very well. I tried some vinegar, which didn't help either. In the end we put some ice on which numbed it for a while.
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keletkezes
<11:48 am on Monday July 14th, 2008
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I can't remember if wasp stings are acidic or alkaline, but if neither works, maybe these are water-wasps? ;P
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jaq
<12:19 pm on Monday July 14th, 2008
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My idea was that the sting only makes a very small hole when it goes in, and the skin will stop baking soda or vinegar unless it happens to hit the small hole.
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keletkezes
<02:45 pm on Monday July 14th, 2008
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That's probably right: it's been years since I was stung by a wasp but we used to use Wasp-Eze which wasn't much more than a cooling spray, which was certainly all we used it for!
hatter
<09:46 pm on Sunday July 13th, 2008
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How much ground would a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground ?
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jaq
<12:50 pm on Monday July 14th, 2008
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18"
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hatter
<10:17 pm on Monday July 14th, 2008
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The theoretical groundhogs only intersect the theoretical ground in one plane ?


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ex_lines
<03:14 pm on Monday July 14th, 2008
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This is one of the most human entries I've ever seen you post.
It's so...normal!
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jaq
<05:30 pm on Monday July 14th, 2008
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How dare you!
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ex_lines
<11:55 am on Tuesday July 15th, 2008
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Forgive me! I only commented on it because it was so un-normal for you! See?
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