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Title: Signs of spring...
Post by: Big Frank on May 10, 2020, 01:34:30 PM
Here are some of the signs of spring around here.

1.  I had the air conditioners running 2 days in a row and had to turn the furnace back on the next day. When it started up it had that burning dusty rusty smell it has the first time I use it in the fall, but not as bad. Just because it hadn't been running for awhile.

2.  It seems like it rained 5 days a week last month but I never keep track. April showers bring May flowers. And May rain and possibly May flurries, but you never hear about that.

3.  I've heard a lot of motorcycles ripping up and down the highway a few blocks away. I can tell by the sound that the crotch rockets are doing well over the 35 MPH speed limit, but the cops can't catch them and they do whatever they want. BTW, if I ever look in my side-view mirror and see a biker splitting lanes, I'm going to whip my door open right in front of them. It's not my fault if they're breaking the law when I have to open my door to spit. And if they have to buy me a new door that's okay, I don't mind. It wouldn't piss me off like the @$$hole who parked his bike under the gas tank of my van while I was stopped. >:(

4.  My neighbors are spending a lot more time in their driveways with their stereos thumping, and talking loudly. They have to talk loud because they're standing next to a car with the stereo thumping. It seems like I posted this already but maybe I'm just getting senile. They aren't social distancing so I probably posted about that.

5.  My flowers have been loving the rain and the days it was warm. My feet didn't even get cold one day when I was out walking around on the concrete barefoot. It was mid-70s one day and mid-50s the next, but that's Michigan for you. I'll have a bunch of ugly lilies blooming before too long, and my wonderful perfume-scented roses in a few weeks. I told my neighbors to come over and cut off as many roses as they want when they start blooming. Don't knock on the door, don't ask me, just come over and start cutting. The roses were well established years before I moved in back in '91 and they're one of the place's few good qualities.

6. I've been hearing a lot more birds singing lately. After dark, before dawn, it doesn't matter to some of them. There were a half dozen seagulls across the street squawking last week, and I'm a long way from the sea. I don't know where they come from. I've heard or seen robins, cardinals, mourning doves, pigeons, crows, bluejays, geese, and as many birds that I couldn't identify as I could.

My ex must have planted the grape hyacinths in the middle of the front yard a long time ago but I don't remember anything but grass being there. They just popped up in the lawn and I mowed around them at first, then over them. That's a bad place for them to be. If you turn them upside down they look like tiny bunches of grapes. The tulips pop up before the snow melts, and there's something else with narrow leaves mixed in with them I still haven't identified. They don't look like pictures of daffodils I see online but they're closer to that than anything else I know of. The whole area was covered with dozens of kinds of wildflowers I planted before but not anymore. If I remember I'll post a couple of pics of whatever these things are next to the tulips when they bloom in awhile. And you don't even need to ask, no, I never painted around the front porch. I need to get someone to sandblast it. Here's how my flowers looked about 10 days ago.
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: Big Frank on May 10, 2020, 02:06:00 PM
The tulips on the south side of the steps do really well but the ones stuck in the shady corner on the north side don't produce as much. They're in the second pic. I have a tulip plus something growing in the last pic. Maybe grass in that pic too but some kind of flowers in the second. 
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on May 10, 2020, 02:22:01 PM
We got an inch of snow yesterday.    ::)
I haven't seen that since 1965  or so.
Fu$%ing motorcycles .
Loud pipes don't save lives, they boost the a Holes ego and there's no excuse for being able to hear their stereo, in doors, over my own, from a half mile away.
When I hear about one of them getting run over I make the right noises, but I'm thinking 1 down so many more to go.
From 5:30 when they start heading to work, till after midnight every day from clear roads till first snow.
Critters ? I have a new best friend in the Labrador next door . Her people live on the second floor, She likes to lay in the sun on the Balcony
and Woof when people go by on the sidewalk below . After she got me the first time I keep an eye out .    ;D She gets a couple people every week. 
It's funny to watch when their "lizard brain" kicks in . 
Plant's and flower's ?
I'm waiting for the lilacs . That was the best part of living in Rochester, but there are a few around here.
Otherwise I can't even read about them with out blowing my nose and wiping my eyes.
Fishing.
I'm not interested myself, but every one else around here is either after Salmon or Bass, or lying about what they caught last year.   ;D


Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: Big Frank on May 10, 2020, 03:43:41 PM
I haven't seen any snow for weeks and it was so light it was floating back and forth. When some finally hit the ground it disappeared without a trace. That doesn't mean it won't snow anymore but I felt confident enough to take my second ice scraper out of the truck and put the sun shade in the windshield last month. I brought my winter driving gloves in too.

Whenever someone says loud pipes save lives I say, no they don't, they just piss people off! I don't remind them them that half of those angry people drive trucks or SUVs that fair a lot better in a crash that their motorcycle. And I don't tell them that I don't always try to avoid collisions because some people just deserve to be hit. Yeah, I'm crazy, so what? And WHY do so many bikers sit there and rev, rev, rev, rev, rev, rev their engines? Seriously. Are they all retarded children in adult bodies?

Fishermen are always lying about the size of two things and one of them is fish. ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on May 10, 2020, 05:20:18 PM
Yes they are.
Not to bright either.
If it was really about hearing the stereo over the blatting pipes they could just switch to ear buds.
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: Big Frank on May 31, 2020, 05:51:25 PM
I had to turn the furnace on again today because it's supposed to get down to 45 degrees tonight. It was 67 degrees in the house when I got up which felt good but a little cool. Better than sweating before I did anything. And tomorrow it's back to 70s-80s during the day and 60s-70s at night. That's so much better than what I have to put up with all summer. Up until a few years ago I had daisies but right now I don't have any flowers which is fine by me. My roses will be blooming any day now. They could could be today but I haven't been outside.

ETA: I have something in front of the porch with leaves that look like whatever is next to the daisies in this picture but I don't know what it it yet. I thought purple coneflowers were about the only thing coming back out of the 30-40 varieties of wildflowers in the mix but never can be sure. I had some Star of Bethlehem flowers blooming in the back yard until the last time I mowed. I thought that's what they were but wasn't sure because it's been several years since I let the grass get long enough for them to bloom.
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on June 01, 2020, 10:24:29 AM
Orange Barrels and Lilacs  ;D
I happen to really like lilacs.   ;D
I'm not two* good with pictures, taking, or sharing.   ::)
But around here all the flowering trees are out or just past and the Rhododendrons are getting ready to bloom, looks like a bumper year .
There's a female cardinal that's been around lately.
At the end of the block are a bank and a Church that have really nice landscaping, I think it was the bank's planting that drew the Cardinal.

(* couldn't remember 1 "O" or 2 so I used the one I KNEW was wrong   ;D  )
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: les snyder on June 01, 2020, 10:29:56 AM
first day of hurricane season, and a depression in the Gulf of Mexico... GOODY  8)
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on June 01, 2020, 10:34:31 AM
Need to move North .
We get some time between crap    ;D
Also you might displace a Masshole and that's NEVER bad.   ;D
That's why I've spent so much of my life in NH, I know what I think of out of Staters .    ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: TAB on June 01, 2020, 10:36:20 AM
We have been going from high 60s to high 90s to thunder storms in 4 days.
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on June 01, 2020, 11:03:31 AM
My Dad is in Idaho and was saying the same yesterday when I talked to him.
We had Sun and 80-90 last week, 60-70 predicted this week and probably rain.
First 2 weeks of June are usually crap till Bike Week is over.
Weather doesn't know Bike Week was canceled this year.   ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: les snyder on June 01, 2020, 10:49:23 PM
Tom... we moved south in 1955... the north is a good place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there  8)
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: Rastus on June 02, 2020, 09:14:45 AM
We're having mid 80's for the high and mid 60's for the low in the Arkansas Ozarks.  It's sure killing me that the 10 day forecast is for more of the same.....  ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: alfsauve on June 02, 2020, 09:33:09 AM
The Peonies  have come and gone.  The Confederate Jasmine has bloomed out.  The Hydrangea's are pask their peak.

Pretty soon it'll be time to complain about the heat.
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on June 02, 2020, 09:45:13 AM
Tom... we moved south in 1955... the north is a good place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there  8)

Told the Ex that Ca. was interesting to visit, but if I thought I was spending my life there I'd walk in front of a truck.
I went through Boot camp in the spring.
I had the opposite opinion of Parris Island.
Nice place to live but it really sucked to visit.   ;D

The Peonies  have come and gone.  The Confederate Jasmine has bloomed out.  The Hydrangea's are pask their peak.

Pretty soon it'll be time to complain about the heat.

What is "Confederate Jasmine" ? Dogwood and Azaleas are already out aren't they ?
Spring, To warm to bitch about the cold, to cold to complain about the heat .
We just like to bitch   ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: PegLeg45 on June 02, 2020, 11:27:28 AM
The Peonies  have come and gone.  The Confederate Jasmine has bloomed out.  The Hydrangea's are pask their peak.

Pretty soon it'll be time to complain about the heat.

Yeah. We're almost there down on the bottom half of the peach. Coming back from Amelia Island on Sunday and the temp hit 92°F between Waycross and Tift county.
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: alfsauve on June 02, 2020, 02:45:17 PM
..Coming back from Amelia Island on Sunday and the temp hit 92°F between Waycross and Tift county.

<Jealous>

I've been itching to get back to AI for a while now.  I assume all the restaurants and stores are open.  Can't wait to eat supper at Sliders with my bare feet in the sand.
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: PegLeg45 on June 03, 2020, 12:13:53 PM
<Jealous>

I've been itching to get back to AI for a while now.  I assume all the restaurants and stores are open.  Can't wait to eat supper at Sliders with my bare feet in the sand.

They are open and slowly getting back in the swing of things.

The restaurants we went to were busy, but also didn't have as many tables due to the 6' spacing rules. We went to the Salty Pelican because that's where the kids like to go. It costs a little more for less food than other places, but they seem to like the place. A few nights later we went to Shuckers. It's a newly renovated place right on the mainland side of the bridge and it was nice inside. The food was great, prices were fair, and the service was outstanding. I expect this place will be our go-to for seafood. Sliders is always too busy for us to get into, but the kids like it. The Surf is OK as well and so is The Marina. If you want Mexican food, Cantina Louie has great food (it's just off the island side of the bridge. Right next to that place is a new BBQ joint run by a guy we know from our hometown area called Captain Jack's Smokehouse.

It wasn't as busy downtown as normal for the week following Memorial Day (which is when we do our annual family trip). I expect it will gradually increase as summer rolls along.

The state had actually just opened up Ft Clinch SP for camping the Thursday prior so we had been waiting up to that point to see if we would be able to go. You have to make reservations eleven months out to get a spot and one never knows how things will be when the time to go comes around.
They were still regulating the max number of entrants to the state park also and were turning folks away early in the day.


Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on June 03, 2020, 01:01:01 PM
Around here Tourist places open up, but summer doesn't really start till Father's Day Weekend.
We usually have rainy cooler weather through Bike Week.
Last half of May is usually real nice for us natives.   ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: alfsauve on June 04, 2020, 09:28:53 AM
They are open and slowly getting back in the swing of things.

Good to hear.   We go in the off season, Dec-Mar, so getting into Sliders is easy.  We also go to The Surf some.   I'll make a list of your places and we'll give them a try.
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on June 04, 2020, 09:34:23 AM
Alf. I already made the list and I'm not planning to go any where.   ;D
Several of my friends go to Fl though so I can appear to see all and know enough, if not all.   ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: PegLeg45 on June 04, 2020, 12:40:17 PM
Good to hear.   We go in the off season, Dec-Mar, so getting into Sliders is easy.  We also go to The Surf some.   I'll make a list of your places and we'll give them a try.

The wife likes to go so she can walk the beach and hunt for shark teeth. She found over 300 last week. The grand-kids like it too. I took her, one of our d-i-ls, and the two granddaughters for a day back in February. I told them they would freeze at the beach, even though the temp was supposed to be in the mid 60's and sunny. They said it would be just right for walking the beach, so I said OK. They didn't understand the whole 20 mph wind coming off the water thing isn't as pleasant in the 60's as it is in the 90's and by 2:00 their teeth were chattering and they were ready to ride.  ;D

We normally go twice a year for a week each time, one at the beginning of the summer and one at the end. We can stay six nights at the fort campground for $182. I get 10 mpg towing and it's 160 miles from my house to the campground so the cost for fuel depends on gas prices (it was nice this year at $1.80 per gallon average).
We started out going, just the wife and me, in a pop-up camper. Now we have a 30' travel trailer and are looking to downsize again because both the sons have campers of their own. It went from just the two of us to a full-blown family affair. Both sons, my b-i-l and his wife go on one of the trips as well as his half sister and her husband. One big happy family!!  8)

We went our normal time last week, but pushed forward the second trip this year because the last four years in September we've either had the trip cut short or completely cancelled (like last year) due to hurricanes or the threat of hurricanes.
When Irma came through in 2017, we were at the Fort campground and had clear sunny weather. That Thursday morning one of the rangers knocked on the camper door and informed us that all campers had to be out by 3:00 PM because the island was being evacuated of non-residents ahead of Irma's predicted eastern seaboard path. So, we packed up and went home....and 24 hours later the path of Irma changed and went up the gulf coast and by Saturday came straight across south GA with the center of the storm about thirty miles from us (Michael did the same the next year).

The things we do to keep peace in the home.  :D  :D  ;)  8)

Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on June 04, 2020, 02:55:07 PM
300 teeth in one week ?
Jeez, your sharks must all look like meth heads   ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: PegLeg45 on June 05, 2020, 08:48:31 PM
300 teeth in one week ?
Jeez, your sharks must all look like meth heads   ;D


 ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: tombogan03884 on June 05, 2020, 09:52:54 PM
Yes, like that    ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: Big Frank on June 12, 2020, 06:49:43 PM
Yes, like that    ;D

+1  ;D
Title: Re: Signs of spring...
Post by: Big Frank on June 12, 2020, 07:32:05 PM
Maybe the first sign of spring in Michigan is actually when the annual ORV stickers expire on May 31st. New stickers in a different color come out April 1st. I need to put 2 of them on my ATV, then I'll be all set until next spring. It was only in the 70s today which was really nice. I just turned off the A/C for awhile but still have a fan blowing on me. Tomorrow it's going to be a high in the mid-60s, just for one day, then 70s, 80s, and back into the 90's again next week.

Whatever the 2 plants were that I thought were purple coneflowers shriveled up and died. The only thing left in the corner that had the most tulips is a bunch of something with little white flowers. I think it's yarrow. I remember my ex planting some of that in front of the porch. She told the neighbor kid who was helping out with the garden that it turns yellow if you dry it out. I turned to him and rapped like a gansta, it's a plant called yarrow, it isn't very narrow, it's really kind of wide, and it's yellow when it's dried. He and my ex both laughed out loud at that. I couldn't see those other flowers anymore that were growing among the tulips. All I could see was a row of grass and weeds about knee high so I mowed it down yesterday. My rose bush has been putting out lots of flowers every day for almost 2 weeks and it's still going. That yarrow or whatever it is is the only thing left in front of the porch except whatever is in the little corner on the other side of the steps. I'll look again in a few days to see if anything that looks like flowers are growing there. If not I'll mow that too. The lilies aren't in bloom yet but I mow those down in the fall too, and the only thing left standing is the rose bushes. I think I'll cut them down to about knee high this fall. I didn't cut them back last year or the year before, probably not for a few years.