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The $3 Drill Press and other stories

I took advantage of this afternoon's sunshine by cleaning out the gutters, finding storage space for the patio furniture, and blowing away as many leaves as my extension cord would reach. In short, making at least a first, token effort to get ready for winter.

I have a 50-foot extension cord someplace around here. I know I do; I used it in June to troubleshoot pond electricity problems while Susan and Gavi were here. Could I find it today? Of course not. The 25-foot extension cord made it easy to remove the leaves from my back deck. I simply plugged in the leaf blower and herded them to the ground below. Vroom, vroom. Bye, bye leaves. Good fun, very satisfying.

It was even better out front, where three seasons worth of thistle seed combined with the leaves to make a thorough mess around my main door, the one that everyone uses to come into the house via the mudroom. I suppose the house would look weird without a formal front door, but mine is mostly useless. Anyway, more vroom vroom and everything quickly looked much tidier and better cared for than it has in weeks. Months, even. There weren't any yellowjackets to disturb as there were during my summer clean-ups of the area.

Umm. Power tools. Power tools are good. Power tools are my friends.

I'd be inclined to blame the missing extension cord on the realities of moving -- everything goes in new places and you sometimes just don't remember where those places are. But it's really just one of those living things. Some years, NESFA bought a drill press. Some years after that, the club needed to use the drill press, but couldn't find it. Really couldn't find it. So they bought another and used it instead. At some point, the first drill press showed up, as these things will. Even NESFA couldn't come up with a reason for needing two drill presses, so last Sunday, they auctioned off one of them. I was the only person present who had any inclination to bid on the thing, so I am now down $3 and up one drill press. Haven't drilled anything with it yet, but I expect it will come in more than $3 worth of handy sooner or later. Vroom, vroom, and the sound of another hole made in the world.

I already needed a longer extension cord. Now appears to be the time to get one. There are, after all, more leaves to blow. Lots more leaves.

Vroom, vroom.

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shikzoid
Nov. 5th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
It's amazing what the Moving Gods will take as a sacrifice.
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jcbemis
Nov. 6th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
I don't want to think what the Moving gods will take from me. I got overwarm this afternoon hunting where Tony had made me put away my cell phone charger in "staging" the house. But the Real Estate Agents agreed we were ready to list!
von_krag
Nov. 5th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
Cool beans writing and story, I give 4 & 1/2 Ooks and think the beat really swings. :-)
damascene
Nov. 5th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
If you have any plants that would be better for some overwinter protection:

http://www.gardeners.com/Shopping/sell.asp?ProdGroupID=12979&omMerchandising=Search

Power tool, leaf cleanup, and home-grown mulch, all in one go. What's not to like?
gerisullivan
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
Jeff bought a much more industrial leaf shredder many years ago. The very first time he used it, a chunk of metal ended up mixed in with the leaves. Most likely, it was a piece of old fencing that was picked up in the rake. It tore a good-sized hole through the thick metal casing on the shredder and continued flying for enough distance at enough velocity to have hurt or killed anyone standing in its path. Luckily, no one was. But that pretty much put me off shredders.

Leaf cleanup here pretty much consists of raking them into the woods. Or blowing them there, once I get more extension cords.
jbru
Nov. 5th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
Speaking of those yellow jackets: if they have absconded for the season, now's a good time to look for the places they nested and seal them up so they don't return!
thatguychuck
Nov. 7th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
Bad idea. Spray heavily with some sort of bee killer instead. If you seal up the entrance to an active nest, they'll simply make another exit. If they're in a wall, the new exit may be inside your house. (Thankfully this has not happened to me, but to others.)
gerisullivan
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up. It's far enough beyond the season that there's no reason to think its an active nest at this point, and the risk is also low because the new exit would be into the garage rather than the house. But I wouldn't have thought of the possible complication on my own, and its a very good point!
thatguychuck
Nov. 7th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
And congrats Geri! Sounds like you were in the right spot at the right time, yet again. :)
merlinpole
Nov. 7th, 2005 06:57 am (UTC)
Welcome to New England. Front doors are for show, not use.... [my house, however, doesn't really have a side door].
coffeeem
Nov. 7th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
A drill press--I am sooooo jealous. If you ever acquire a compound mitre saw for under ten bucks, please don't tell me, unless you want me to burst into tears.
coffeeem
Nov. 7th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oops, British spelling. I'm not pretentious, really I'm not; I just read too much furrin litterchur.
gerisullivan
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
Must be a "me, too" -- I had to re-read your message to find the Brit spelling. And even then I had to look it up, 'cause "mitre" looked right to me. Of course, the only reason the process worked is that the Oxford Pocket Dictionary shows US spelling variants!

Oops...gave myself away there, didn't I?

While I normally stick to US spelling unless publishing something written by a Brit, or replying in a British forum, I use gray/grey and theater/theatre interchangeably, too.
gerisullivan
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
Well, either that or ship it to you, eh?
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