Picket Fence Weblog

Mom’s Favorite!
September 26, 2007, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

My mom is probably one of the worst drivers anyone has ever met.  Both on the road and trying to get off of it can be quite the struggle for her, and the older she gets the worse it gets!  And distance perception is the problem. Check out the Park’NPlace in Picket Fence. No installation, no fancy LED lights, just a handy, dandy wall protector.


electricity, fuse boxes, and me
September 26, 2007, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Ever notice how electricians seem to know all about fuse boxes, but home owners are clueless. I think they purposely do not label the fuses so we have to call them for help. Picket Fence has found an answer for only $8.95, and $8.95 is a lot less than calling an electrician. They have Circuit Breaker Identifiers that only require an hour on a Sunday afternoon. Yes, you will still have to spend an hour figuring out which circuit go with what, but think of the savings next time you have a power failure.  And while we are talking of power failures, check out their pwer failure lights so you don’t fall going down the basement stairs.

yaktrax non-slip soles
September 26, 2007, 4:26 pm
Filed under: Outdoor Enthusiasts

Would anyone in their right mind buy something called yaktrax? Is this a relative of the  moose species? Or maybe it has something to do with cars and traction? I happen to love this item, but wonder if anyone besides me knows what it is. Here is the real story…if you like to take walks, or jogs, or runs, in the winter, and stare out the window at all that snow and ice, your worries are over. Yaktraxs are chains for the bottom of your shoes or boots. Just like chains on car tires, these cute little traction devices clip right on to the soles of your shoes and now you can go outside without fear. They come in sizes but there is lots of “give” so one pair should work on your shoes or boots.

Here’s To Halloween
September 26, 2007, 9:08 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

It’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween. I have always loved October 31st – it combines my love of free stuff with my love of candy. Even as an adult, I still wish I could go out there and trick or treat. I’m so short, I could probably throw on a sheet, be a ghost and get away with it. But for now, I will just be satisfied seeing all the adorable kids and their costumes. To get into the spirit, I always decorate for the holiday. I’m not a big fan of using candles in pumpkins (it seems so unsafe), so I was excited to find a Solar Pumpkin. This unique Jack-O-Lantern recharges by day and lights up automatically at night. It is so special it was even featured in Newsday! Picket Fence also carries a Ghost Yardlamp Decoration. You place him right over your lamppost. How clever and cute!

Until next time… Ann pumpkin_smile.gif

There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin. ” – Linus Van Pelt in “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”


What’s Bugging You?
September 19, 2007, 10:04 am
Filed under: Lawn

I’m not a big fan of bugs. I know that there are a lot of what they call “beneficial bugs” out there that eat other bugs, help plants and flowers, etc. That is all well and good, but unless bugs are paying my mortgage, I want them out of my house. I especially hate bugs in the sink or bathtub. This morning there was a spider in my tub. I know it is irrational to say it, but he (or she) looked mean and I wanted him (or her) gone! I don’t like to step on or squish bugs though. Instead, I use the Bug Buster. It’s a battery operated wand that traps bugs so you can release them outside. The bugs try to get away at first, but the air pressure sucks them inside. Just don’t throw the wand on your deck in a panic like I did one time. You need to gently remove the cap and tap it on the ground so they can go their merry way. If you want to deter bugs from taking up residence in the first place, I also recommend Spider Not and Silverfish Packs.

Until next time… Ann

“Life is hard for insects. And I don’t think mice are having any fun either.”
– Woody Allen

The Grass Is Always Greener
September 14, 2007, 9:05 am
Filed under: Lawn

Well, I would have to say the grass is greener everywhere BUT on my lawn. Here in upstate NY, it rarely gets super hot. However, this particular Summer we had our share of 90 degree days. Even so, I don’t water my lawn. Yes, I know, that is bad. In my defense, I don’t have a faucet in the back (it’s buried under my deck), so that makes watering duties difficult. We usually get enough rain that it’s not a problem. Since that was not the case this year, I am noticing unsightly brown patches here and there. So, this weekend I plan to use Canada Green to get rid of the bare spots. According to Mr Picket Fence, Fall is the ideal time to rejuvenate your lawn. I know my lawn will never be like my neighbor’s lawn, or the lawn next door to where I grew up, (they had underground sprinklers and if anyone dared step foot on their lush lawn they would get yelled at), but I have high hopes for how it will turn out. I’ll keep you posted!



-Until next time… Ann 🙂

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken.” – James Dent

Snow Removal
September 13, 2007, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Winter

I like winter but if there was one thing I truly dislike about winter its shoveling. With my new Electric Snow Thrower I no longer have those worries. It is light weight and easy to maneuver which is great for my back. No more bending and lifting like the old days. Two more things I like about it is when I use early in the morning it isn’t loud like gas powered blowers so I’m not waking the neighborhood and more importantly it is easy to store!

Mr. Picket Fence