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My Newest Addition
June 6, 2008, 8:23 am
Filed under: Home improvement, Outdoor Enthusiasts

… to my deck that is. Isn’t this lamp gorgeous? I should have taken a picture at night. It’s solar so there are no cords and you can place it anywhere. It has a bronze finish and offers up to 8 hours of light. It’s nice and solid too, so it won’t topple when it gets windy (as it tends to do where I live). It is supposed to be in the 90s this weekend, so it may be too hot to be spend a lot of time outside, but when it finally cools down a little at night, this light will be bright!

Until next time…. Ann πŸ™‚

P.S. The beware of pet sign you see here is held up by our siding hooks. They hold a lot of weight. This sign is made of slate and it stays up without falling.

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Gas Price Busters
May 22, 2008, 3:19 pm
Filed under: Outdoor Enthusiasts

Gas prices just seem to be going up, up and up with no end in sight. One thing you can do to increase gas mileage is to make sure your tires are properly inflated. According to the fuel economy government web site, you can improve gas mileage by over 3%. That adds up to an eleven cents saving per gallon.

If you’re like me and have a hard time knowing when your tires are properly inflated, you may be interested in the Stealth Tire Minder – item 611418 – from http://www.shoppicketfence.com. Each cap replaces an existing valve cap The yellow or black indicators let you know when pressure is too low/high.

Saving eleven cents a gallon may not seem like a lot, but it all adds up.

Until next time… Ann πŸ™‚

P.S. Feel free to comment with your own ideas on saving money on gas prices.

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Father’s Day Is On The Way!
May 9, 2008, 11:57 am
Filed under: Links, Outdoor Enthusiasts, yard fun

June 15th to be exact. Dads can be hard to shop for. I think its fun to shop around and find unique gifts that are useful, practical and will be appreciated. The Propane Tank Monitor is one such item. Not to generalize, but let’s be honest – dads are the ones who do most of the grilling. This handy item alerts you when it’s refuel time. I mean, there’s nothing worse than being in the middle of cooking dinner and run out of fuel. And the price is right too – it’s on sale now for less than $20 you can make your dad happy. Check out the rest of shoppicketfence.com for dozens of other dad friendly gifts.

“That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question. If this wasn’t firmly understood, you’d never get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing wienies and things on the front and messages like ‘Come ‘n’ Get It'”
-William Geist, New York Times Magazine

Until next time… Ann πŸ™‚

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The Indoors Come Outdoors
April 25, 2008, 8:31 am
Filed under: Home improvement, Lawn, Links, Outdoor Enthusiasts, yard fun

The weather here has been beautiful lately. It’s almost as if we skipped Spring and went straight into Summer. I put out my deck furniture early. Flowers will go out in May. I bought an Outdoor Pillow to spruce up my patio table chair. It’s really comfy and can withstand the sun and rain. I’ll attach a pic so you can see how nice it looks. I think it’s great that you can now buy the weatherproof furniture, rugs and accessories that look as nice as the home decor you see on the inside of your home. Have you put out your deck/patio furniture yet? The time is here! πŸ™‚

Until next time… Ann πŸ™‚

Mulch Madness
April 16, 2008, 11:38 am
Filed under: Garden, Lawn, Outdoor Enthusiasts, yard fun

For those of you itching to get in your garden, but the weather just isn’t cooperating, I know of one thing you can do. Put your mulch in. No need to wait for flowers – this is one step that can be done even if the threat of a freeze still exists. And don’t forget to put mulch around your trees. I don’t use regular mulch for that. I buy Mulch Rings. And for outside of my garden I use Rubber Border Edge. These are two items that you buy once and then use season after season.

Happy early gardening!

Until next time…. Ann πŸ™‚

Green Grass
April 11, 2008, 9:35 am
Filed under: Cleanup & Compost, Garden, Lawn, Outdoor Enthusiasts, yard fun

The weather is finally starting to turn! We had a week with temperatures flirting 70. Granted, this weekend it is supposed to be in the 40s, but I am choosing to ignore that fact. I did see that my tulips are starting to come up.

With the weather finally cooperating, you know that weekly lawn mowing is not far behind. That being said – now is the time to get your lawn mower out of storage and serviced. I think this year it is time to consider a Reel Mower. I will give you a few reasons why:

1) With gas prices soon to hit $4/gal. (do not even get me started on that!), it will cost you more to fill your lawn mower tank this season.

2) A Reel Mower is better for the environment and better for your lawn.

3) It’s great exercise!

So there you have it – my top 3 reasons to reel!

Until next time… Ann πŸ™‚

Awesome Awnings
April 2, 2008, 9:36 am
Filed under: Home improvement, Links, Outdoor Enthusiasts, yard fun

Now that warm weather is finally on the way, my thoughts are turning to my deck. I know it is too early to buy flowers, but by the end of April I am planning on putting my deck furniture outside – no matter what!

One new addition to my deck this year will be these retractable awnings. I haven’t decided yet if I want to put them over where my back window is or over where my sliding door is. Decisions, decisions. Either way, I love the fact that these go up easily and cost about 70% less than other awnings. If you haven’t priced awnings lately, you are in for some sticker shock. These are very affordable and the quality is very good. I actually purchased them last season but never got around to installation. The green color set against my gray siding is going to look great.

Until next time… Ann πŸ™‚

P.S. The second pic on the right is a pic of my deck from a few summer’s ago.