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Flowers For July 4th.

by Anura Guruge



You know what they say about it being the THOUGHT that counts. Didn’t see many flowers today. But, still got enough for this montage. Happy 4th. Enjoy. SMILE.


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Flowers From Today’s Walk — July 3, 2020.

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A few good ones. Wasn’t one of my better days. Wasn’t a nice day. Drizzled right through my 100-minute walk. That also meant that the light was far from optimum — & I rely, a LOT, on natural sunlight. But, still, flowers are flowers. SMILE. Enjoy.


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Flowers From Concord, N.H., Albeit Mainly From ‘Home Depot’ — July 2, 2020.

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Well, I did promise you, yesterday, a chance of scenery. And here it is. Concord. I did walk, but didn’t see many flowers. Luckily I had to go to ‘Home Depot‘. I knew I would be in luck. Bingo. Enjoy. SMILE.


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‘Home Depot’ Publishes My Critical Review Of ‘Cub Cadet’, 3X 26″ TRAC Snow Blower; ‘Cub Cadet’ Refuses.

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It is encouraging that at least ‘Home Depot’ acquiesced to publish my review.

Not impressed at all, at all, with ‘Cub Cadet’. They come across as a corrupt, cowboy outfit. I regret buying this snow blower from them. I was deceived by the reviews.

BEWARE. BEWARE of Cub Cadet.



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I Have Finally Succumbed & Agreed To Get Snow Blower — But It Is Going To Be A Doozy!

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I have resisted 12-years of constant nagging … “get a snowblower” … “you are too old” … “you going to kill yourself” … “we are fed up” … “get a snowblower“.

I LIKE SHOVELING SNOW. It is great exercise. I like being out in the snow. If I am not shoveling I would be walking in the snow for 1-hour, and I would rather shovel since it is better exercise … and I am saving both energy (as in driving an engine) and money.

But, then I slipped and completely, totally tore my quadricep tendon while shoveling snow on Thursday, February 28, 2019. I needed major knee surgery and was on crutches for six (6) full weeks.

I had slipped and fallen, shoveling snow, nine or ten years ago, and broken a rib.

So, now it was total vindication. The dithering old goat — i.e., I — was going to slip again and kill himself shoveling snow.

To be honest, the knee injury affected my psyche. At 65 it was my first real injury! Yes, I had broken my hand, dislocated my thumb and broken most of my finger joints through rugby, skiing and cricket, but none of those had been major. I was not sidelined. I was not disabled. But, after the knee injury I was a cripple for 6-weeks and I hated it. I vowed to come back fitter than ever before — not that I wasn’t fit before. But, since my surgery I have lost 30 pounds and exercise 40% more. I try to average 6 miles of walking/running a day. I also try to get in 23-minutes of stationary bike riding to keep my knee flexible. So, I am in better shape to shovel snow than everbefore — and I have shoveled snow for at least 25-years.

But, slipping scares me. SMILE.

So, I succumbed. But, if I was going to get one, it had to be superlative. I was not going to mess around.

If I was NOT shoveling snow, I would have to walk my 4.5-miles in the morning. So, I would only have, at most, 30-minutes to clear the drive. So, I was not going to spend time and energy pushing, pulling and hauling a puny little machine. I was going to boss the snow around.

This was about as BRAWNY as I could find. Three-stage, with Track Drive and power steering. I think it can throw snow 200′!

Well I will, of course, keep you posted.

Home Depot was DESPERATE for the business. I knew how to finagle the best deal. 18-month 0% APR credit with $100 off up-front. SMILE. So, why not get a real good one?


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Flowers Of Rochester, New Hampshire — February 2, 2019.

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Mix of those taken at Home Depot & Hobby Lobby. Yes, I know that the latter ones are fake (but maybe I am making my own statement about that store {smile}). I miss flowers so this was a treat with all that snow and cold outside. Enjoy.


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Buying ‘Weatherables’ Deck Railing From Home Depot — The Way To Go.

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Home Depot & Weatherables work together — cooperatively.


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E-mailed quote from Weatherables.

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The Weatherable Railing I installed.


Buying 40′ of Weatherable 36″ high Birmingham/Vilano deck railing from Home Depot rather than directly from Weatherables was 12% cheaper ($166) — and I did NOT have to pay $225 shipping costs (since HD does not charge any shipping as long as you pick it up at one of their stores).

And here is where it gets even BETTER. Weatherables did NOT have a problem with me placing the order through Home Depot rather than through them. They actually e-mailed their quote to Home Depot — DIRECTLY — so that HD could generate a new quote for me! That was pretty neat. The salesman, who was very helpful, even told me that he was ‘very cool’ with it because he gets a bigger commission for orders placed through HD. That seems strange but as an ex-salesman (earning commission) I was happy for him.

So it was WIN-WIN all around. Everybody was happy.

What I found, at least in the Concord (NH) and Rochester (NH) Home Depot stores, was that you really can’t find any HD employees who can really help you, with absolute confidence, when it comes to ordering the Weatherables stuff. They try but it is soon clear that they are as much at sea as I was. They suggest that you try and order online.

That is when I called up Weatherables and asked them to put together a quote. They were happy to do so and did it on the phone. The salesman I got knew his stuff and explained everything to me. The ONLY thing he REFUSED to touch — for obvious liability issues — was what length lag screws I should use to secure the metal posts onto my deck in the 3 places where I could not drill through to attach a bottom plate because there was a tall deck leg/post underneath. That was funny. He just refused to answer that. (I ended up using 3″ & 3.5″ lag screws, two on each post.)

Once the Weatherables salesman e-mailed his quote to Home Depot — to the Rochester store (and they had the e-mail) — I heard from a HD rep. within 24-hours. It was very quick and very smooth. HD called me, twice, to keep me appraised as to when the shipment would arrive. It was pretty quick. Within days. I was happy.

Another good deal with Home Depot.

 


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My 5pm – 7pm Shift In August 2017 — Installing ‘Weatherables’ Deck Railing.

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I know many are skeptical when I say that I have been rather busy the last few weeks. Well I have.

In addition to writing another book on meditation (70% done), working on an eCommerce website, taking my daily pictures and going on trips … I have been installing ‘Weatherables‘ vinyl railing, from Home Depot, on our deck. Never done it before. It has been an adventure. The wooden railings that were there, when we bought this house, new, 10-years ago, rotted away last Summer. We had no option but to replace them.

Decided to go with vinyl ‘Weatherables’ from Home Depot — and I will do another post on all the tips & tricks as to ordering such railings from Home Depot. Home Depot is GOOD.

Pulling out the wooden posts was a task in itself, and then installing the metal posts you can get with ‘Weatherables’ given that I had supporting, deck legs to contend with. Got that done.

Then cutting the railings. The only powered saw I had was a 20-year old circular saw. I do most of my cutting by hand. But I didn’t want to risk using a circular saw on $1,000 of railing. So did some QUICK Googling and realized I needed a mitre saw. Got this 10″, 15-amp Hitachi from Amazon, with a folding table, and two ‘non-ferrous‘ blades. (Got a helmet too since the aluminum flakes fly about). Never used a mitre saw in my life. Took me a 1.5 shifts to get it all set up. Then it was a piece of cake. Wow. That saw goes through the vinyl — with aluminum insert inside — like a hot knife through butter. Takes less than a second for each cut.

Three railings, ~24′, installed. Two more to go — ~16’.

Deanna took this picture.

I will post pictures of the railings when finished.


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