Monday, May 18, 2009

It's nearing the end of the May 2-4 weekend. The weather's been pretty good for working in the backyard, about 18C. There was a frost warning last night, good thing I didn't plant my annuals yet!

I finished a bit more of the flagstone in front of the deck (left side in the picture), and almost finished putting down flagstone all the way down the side of the house. One of the goals is to disconnect the downspout (it's in the corner in the top right of the pic), but I need to finish the flagstone first. The idea is to have the water run down the middle of the flagstone down the side of the house, and then between the walkway and the flagstone patio once past the deck. I'll have to see how effective it is when it rains the next time.

We had a bit of flooding last weekend. Hopefully disconnecting the downspout will fix that problem.

We've also had a few scout ants in the kitchen this past week. The ants were around the window in the kitchen, so we thought they might be coming in through the window frame somehow. I put up plastic sheeting over the window, and taped up the electric outlets (our kitchen is built over a crawl space and so I thought maybe the ants were coming up through the wiring). The combination fixed the problem (we haven't seen any ants since); now I need to remove the stuff one-by-one to see which part actually fixed the problem, and then fix it permanently.

I planted a maple tree (Acer rubrum) on Heather's birthday. There's big hundred-year-old tree in our neighbour's yard, that I think has maybe 5 - 10 years left to live. There's a number of 30 - 40 year old trees around our backyard neighbours; this little tree will hopefully fill out the space when the old tree dies. It fits perfectly according to the suggested distances from other trees, and it's quite far from the basement (as mentioned the kitchen's over a crawl space and not a basement).

We played Ultimate last night at Sunnybrook. It's nice to play on grass again; this was the first game of summer on grass. We've been playing outdoors in spring, but on turf at BMO Field and Downsview Park. It was a bit windy at the start of the game, but the wind died down towards the end. We have a pretty good team. We've played a couple of weaker teams (it's an intermediate league, we're at the upper end of intermediate), it will be interesting when we play a stronger team. We won 19-8 yesterday. Went out to Originals for some food after.

I've been on a points-scoring streak in hockey, I've got a point in each of our three games this season. We're playing quite well as a team.

Well we're about to have dinner. We may go out to Prohibition later on for a beer; it's a nice evening to go for a walk.

1 comment:

  1. Yay, yard work/decorating! Good luck to your future projects and finishing those that you have started. :D

    (I hate ants. They must die.)