Picket Fence Weblog

The things we forget
December 20, 2007, 5:19 pm
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It’s really funny.  There’s things I do every year that I wish I would prepare for earlier.  Take Christmas shopping for example, I have barely started it and it’s only a few days away.  One of my friends was done in August.  August!  I wasn’t thinking of Christmas in August.  In fact, I didn’t think about Christmas until November.  I digress.  What I’m driving at is actually firewood.  Every year my father cleans up more brush from around his camp and there is always great firewood to burn throughout the winter.  A cozy fire in the winter time is great.  But I always forget about a place to store it and keep it dry.  But not this year.  This year I got a Wood Rack Cover.  It’s made of vinyl so the water deflects right off.  The firewood is dry and ready this year so I guess it’s nice warm fires all winter long.  S’mores anyone?

As always, Art.


The Weather Outside Is Frightful
December 19, 2007, 3:03 pm
Filed under: Winter

Survived a big storm that did not turn out to be so big over the weekend. Sometimes I think they hype these storms just so we all rush out to the grocery store to stock up. But, we made it thru intact. The storms of today seem mild compared to what I remember in the 1970s.

One thing I am pleased about after this storm is how neat and clean my foyer looks. Vowed this year to not track slush and muck inside. I once read that 90% of the debris gets tracked into a home that way. So now, I only go in my house through my garage door side door and not the front door. This contains the muck and water. And, I take my boots off and put them on this boot tray immediately. Some other items that will help you this winter include our Hot Collars and Ear Warmers. If you have to shovel like I do, you’ll stay toasty warm. Believe me, no one HATES being cold more than me.

This is my last post of 2007. The next time we “talk” it will be a New Year – how exciting! Stay warm in the meantime and behave yourself over the holidays.

– Until next time… Ann 🙂

P.S. Have you been reading the blogs from Art? He’s new here. Please make him feel welcome.

“Courtesies cannot be borrowed like snow shovels; you must have some of your own.”

– John Wannamaker


Sunset is listed for 4:30pm
December 17, 2007, 5:33 pm
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It’s not a secret that the sunsets earlier in the winter.  It seems that every year I forget this fact and never do anything about my steps.  Every night in the winter I come home and have to walk up the sidewalk, up the slippery steps, and through my front door before I can turn on a light to see.  I don’t like leaving a light on, because it seems such a waste of electricity.  Then I got the Solar Powered Deck Light.  It’s very bright and works great.  I can actually see when I come home.  They do have a battery back up, just in case the sun doesn’t shine.  But so far, that hasn’t happened yet!

As always, Art.


Winter in New York
December 13, 2007, 3:17 pm
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They can be tough.  It snows a lot.  That I can tell you.  But every so often the north westerly winds die down long enough to let an area of low pressure in from the south.  That usually brings warm weather.  By warm I mean mid to high 30’s.  But, it never lasts.  And then when the night brings the cold back, you wake up and your car has about a 1/4 inch of ice over it.  I keep a can of windshield ice remover spray right in my car.  I just spray it on and the ice literally starts to melt off the windshield.  I would have to wait for ever for my car to have to warm up and get the ice melted off.  Plus, getting the ice off lets in the sunshine and helps to warm it up too.  It also has worked great for me on my storage shed, where occasionally my padlock freezes up.

As always, Art.


Not A Creature Was Stirring…
December 13, 2007, 8:39 am
Filed under: Outdoor Enthusiasts, Winter

…not even a mouse. Well, that’s not really true. My brother lives in a remodeled barn. It’s a neat place to live, but there are many critters that also reside there, mainly mice. He has Fred the cat (an orange tabby) to help with animal control, but that’s not enough. He did not want to use poisons or traps because of Fred and his other pet, a golden retriever. So, I gave him our Plug In Pest Repeller. This device emits sounds at very high frequencies. Humans can’t hear the noise, but rats and mice can. They HATE it and end up leaving the premises.

At first, I was worried that the repeller would cause my brother’s dog Autumn (a total cutie, I will have to post a pic sometime) distress. But it does not bother her at all. It will bother guinea pigs, ferrets, etc. so keep that in mind. Anyway, I am getting my brother another one for Xmas (a strange gift I know) because he has such large areas to cover. If you have pest control issues, you should definitely consider getting this product.


Until next time… Ann 🙂

“It’s better to feed one cat than many mice.”
– Norwegian proverb

Ice build up on the roof
December 12, 2007, 11:15 am
Filed under: Winter

As the snow continues and the weather gets stranger, my roof has  become dammed up with ice.  It’s not safe to get up there on a ladder, that for sure.  And I didn’t want to call in some high priced roofing company to do something I know I can do on my own.  I got a hold of these Roof Melts.  These little tablets work great.  They melted down the ice, leaving a clear roof in dangerous spots, like above my door and above my bay window.  I had never heard of these before, but I took a chance and I am extremely happy with the results.  You would be too.

As always,  Art.


Winter Wonderland?
December 6, 2007, 12:48 pm
Filed under: Links, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Winter

We had our first significant snow accumulation this week. I have to say it – I was unprepared. My snowplow guy for the last 2 years ditched me without the common courtesy of letting me know (that is an entirely different blog/rant in and of itself), so I had to shovel myself. Shoveling is great exercise, but I have back issues so I need to be really careful. I decided to give the Electric Snow Thrower a try. I plugged it in, pressed the button, held down the lever and I was good to go. For the price, you can’t beat this product. It does a fantastic job on sidewalks and snow up to about 4-5 inches. Now, this is not going to power through 2 feet at a time (which yes, is what we sometimes get up here in the snow belt), but for your day to day average snow fall, it does the job. Another nice thing about this product is that there is no assembly. You just pull it out of the box and use it. I personally hope it is a mild winter and I won’t have to use any snow thrower or shovel. But, it doesn’t look that way so far. Hope your winter is off to a great start!

Until next time… Ann 🙂


A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.

– Carl Reiner