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It’s Raining Birds Nests

Posted by heymoe on 13th May 2007

Birds Nest - Side
Birds Nest - Above

While walking around the yard to check to see if it was to wet to mow, I found a birds nest in the backyard. It must have been blown out of a near by tree or bush due to the heavy winds we have had today. No eggs to be found so hopefully the nest was done serving its purpose. It’s really neat to see the weaved structure of a nest up close.

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Sunflower Transplant: Part 1

Posted by heymoe on 13th May 2007

Sunflowers 05-13-2007_1

Well I transplanted three of the plants out of the big pot late yesterday. I moved one into its own pot and the other two I plated behind my mailbox. I still need to move the two smaller plants from the main pot but will wait for them to get a little bigger. Hopefully they will start growing a little fast now that they don’t have to compete for the sun light as much as before.

Sunflowers 05-13-2007_5

The one I moved to it own pot looks like it is doing well after almost 24 hours in its new home. I removed the two support sticks after I took the picture. Hopefully It will be able to stand up straight on it own now.

Sunflowers 05-13-2007_9
Sunflowers 05-13-2007_8

Sadly, the two I move to my mailbox are not looking all that happy right now. One does look better then the other but they both are not as happy as they were before the transplant. I’ve added some support sticks to both of them to keep them upright and off the ground. Hopefully one or both of them will pull though. If not I guess I know where the other two plants I still need to transplant will be going. I really want to have some big sunflowers next to the mailbox. More Pictures

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Saturday Showers

Posted by heymoe on 12th May 2007

Well it was nice that get some rain today. I’m always happy to let nature water my yard instead of having to pay the city to do it. There is one draw back to all that rain today, it reminded me that I still need to clean out my gutters. I was able to clean out the lower gutters but I’m either going to have to break down and buy a really tall ladder or pay someone to clean out those second floor gutters. Stupid pine trees.

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New Garage Door Opener Feature

Posted by heymoe on 12th May 2007

Keypad 0 - Closeup

Since I was already buying parts to fix the garage door opener (See below), I decided to also buy an external keypad to open and close the garage from the outside and it was on sale.. Bonus! The install was really easy and did not take a rocket scientist to program it to work with the garage door opener.

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Garage Door Opener Repair

Posted by heymoe on 12th May 2007

New and Old Carriage

Last Friday when I got home I opened the garage door like I normally do as I pull into the driveway and it started to go up like expected but when it got to about 1/3 open the door came crashing down. It turned out the carriage, that is hooked to the door and rides along the track, lost just about all of its teeth and could no longer support the weight of the door (This is a screw drive garage door opener by the way). It would seem that the teeth on the carriage are made of a hard plastic or similar and over time the teeth just broke off or got worn down.

All Fixed - Closed

Thinking that this would be a common part I went to Home Depot and Lowes just to find out they don’t carry replacement parts so I turned to the Internet and ordered the parts I needed. The parts came in yesterday and I installed them today. It looks like Genie figured out that making the teeth out of plastic was not smart being that the new part has metal teeth. It was a pretty simple repair and now I don’t have to manually open the door anymore.

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Update: Sunflower 2007

Posted by heymoe on 11th May 2007

Sunflowers 05-11-2007_4
Sunflowers 05-11-2007_2

Took some updated pictures of my sunflower plants this morning. They have gotten pretty big compared to the pictures from 5/2/2007. They are starting to crowd each other in the pot so I really need to get them transplanted soon. So many things to do and so little time.. Sigh…

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Sunflower Project 2007

Posted by heymoe on 10th May 2007


I decided to try growing some Mammoth Sunflowers this year. Hopefully they will turn out better then my failed Pumpkin Project of 2004 (or 2003, can’t remember). Here are some pictures from about a week ago. I’m going to be transplanting them out of the pot to some other locations around the house. More pictures to come.

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