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Winter is on its way

Well, the leaves are falling, as are the acorns from that damn big oak tree in my neighbor’s yard. I bet my wife and I have raked up over 500 lbs of acorns and the things are still falling. Tried to get the oak tree cut down, but the tree huggers in the local gov’t say no…I should load up the acorns and dump them in their yard…see how they like it.

Motorcycle is in the garage and will probably be there until next spring. I’ve only been on it twice since being back from Frankfurt. Glad I got plenty of riding in during my weekends in Frankfurt as well as some after work.

Snow tires are on the car and new summer tires are also in the garage. I just hope we don’t get any snow this year…Last year was pretty good, I only had to shovel out once.

What I dislike most about winters in Germany is the short times of daylight. On Sunday Europe goes off DST so it will be light at about 0900 and dark by 1600. When I was still working, it was going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. How dreary. Another think I don’t like about winter is Christmas…Bah Humbug. I know, I know, you all with kids and grandkids always like Christmas and I can understand that, but for me, it’s just another day. My wife loves Christmas and enjoys the tree and her little decoration treasures. I have to admit, I do like the Christmas markets, the Gluh wine, and some of the other treats that are available during the holidays. New Years Eve will be in a local restaurant/hotel for a great meal and overnight. Cops will be out in force on NYE looking for the drivers with over the Per Mil. limit. I don’t want to be one of them so an overnight in the hotel is required.

Will be in the US in March for a wedding, sister’s oldest daughter is getting married and it will be nice to see all of the family, especially my son. And I want to see my mom’s remodeled house now that it’s in the hands of my niece who has redone it with her soon-to-be husband.

Two weeks in the US should be enough for me to gain 10 lbs after eating hormone-filled meat products. If hormones are used to fatten the cattle (and other livestock), doesn’t it seem obvious that the hormones are ingested into your body when you eat the stuff? Ugh. I’m glad that the Europeans ban the stuff. I fight with my weight as it is…I don’t need hormones, thank you.

Looking forward to June and two weeks on the island of Sylt for our annual vacation. I love the place but I wouldn’t want to live there. I do enjoy the beach time and the great restaurants on the island. Great place to bicycle around on, breath nice clean sea air, and enjoy the outdoors. But its

After that, who knows? Perhaps back to Frankfurt, perhaps not. Time will tell. Wake up Saigon Kids. Write something….

Hugs to all – Ken

22 comments to Winter is on its way

  • George Baggett

    Ken, You sound a lot like me. I too have a large oak tree with plenty of acorns. Some years I have just a few, and other years I have a bumper crop – like this year. When I have a bumper crop, I collected them by policing the yard, in hopes of preventing a bumper crop of squirrels. When this happens the new ones tend to want a warm site for the winter – usually boring into our eves. Some years I take buckets and put the acorns in the park. Other years I just put them out for the city yard waste compost project. One year I waited until February – a hard freeze with about a foot of snow on the ground. I placed a pile of about 30 gallons of acorns on the snow outside my breakfast room window. Squirrels slowly migrated to the pile – one grew frustrated he could not corner the market. It was great fun watching the dynamics as they disappeared.

    I love the fall in Kansas City. We have many warm and sunny days to laze around or work in the yard. If you go to Colemanhighlands.org you can see my neighbor site – I’m the web master. You can see how the old homes blend with the park and trees. I also have a love/hate relationship with this oak tree.

    • Admin

      George – Ummm … I wouldn’t mention squirrels to Ken – LOL 🙂 … He has become very famous in Europe as a “Master Squirrel Fighter” … ha ha ha … (see his posts from last Fall for a blow by blow of Ken against the squirrels).

      BTW when I was 5 years old we lived on “The Paseo” – back when it was one of “The Places” to live in KC. It was beautiful back then. To bad the area deteriorated with urban sprawl. I was happy to learn several years ago that many people are returning to the inter city area and renovating the older homes back to there original state. they really knew how to build houses way back then and the craftsmanship was awesome compared to the ‘slap it together’ construction methods used in the building industry today. I wonder how many houses built in recent times will still be standing in 100 or 150 years – LOL 🙂

      Our French SKs might be interested to know the French where the first to settle the Kansas City area back in the early 1700s – Click Here to read about Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont and the settling of Kansas City.

      My dad was a building contractor in KC area after he returned from WWII until the Korean Conflict broke out and he was recalled to active duty by the Marine Corp. He used to tell some veryyy interesting stories about the “extreme” political corruption in KC controlled by Pendergast (Boss Tom) and Truman. It’s been said there was more graft and corruption in KC in those days then Chicago and New York combined.

      Bob

  • Ruth Blackmore

    Ken,

    Well, I’m sitting here on the computer rather than shoveling the nearly two feet of snow we’ve had over the past few days in Boulder, CO. My son’s job ended with United and we both have free flying benefits until the end of December, so he wants me to join him in Nov. with a trip to London, Amsterdam and then take the train to Germany. Don’t know what city he has in mind, but where are you? Maybe we’ll be able to lift a beer together. He also wants to go to Thailand and maybe Australia. I keep asking him for dates, because at my age, I just can’t throw it together in one night and I have to do carry on only he says in case we get bumped and need to switch plans! This should be one interesting experience.

    Ruth

    • Admin

      Ruth – I’m sitting here snickering to myself after reading your “carry-on only” comment. It reminded me of an event when I was living on Maui back in the early 70s. My best friend would come over from Honolulu to visit me often to get away from the city and enjoy the peacefulness of Maui. When I’d go to the airport to pick him up he’d always have just “one carry-on bag” with him. So I’d drive thru the passenger pick up area, stop the car, he’d get in and away we’d go … all in about 30 seconds.

      Then one day he phoned me saying he wanted to come over to Maui for a week vacation and bring his wife and kids. So I told him great, I’ll set you up with a 2 bedroom condo on the beach and a rental car for the week. All the plans were made. He called me with their arrival time at airport. I cruise over to the airport driving into the passenger pick-up area … and what do I see standing there … lol … but, my friend standing there with a very forloren look on his face … 10 LARGE suit cases lined up along the sidewalk … AND … him holding his “one carry-on” bag … his wife … his son … and his daugther … LOL – 🙂

      I pulled the car over to the curb and as I stepped out of the car started cracking up laughing saying, “Please tell me all this luggage isn’t yours!?!” – LOL – 🙂 He just looked at me and said, “What can I say, man, I brought the wife and family.” – LOL 🙂

      Of course, all the luggage wouldn’t fit in the car so we had to make another trip back to the airport to pick up the rest of the luggage – LOL. We still laugh about it today … when him or I travel we only have ‘one carry-on’ (plus, our LapTops now days – lol ) … but, when the ladies travel with us … well, let’s just say there is A LOT more luggage to deal with … LOL. [I’m sure I just put my foot in my mouth and will get some instant feed back from the ladies on this … ha ha ha … ]

      Ruth, just leave the snow … it will melt eventually!! … and, it is way more fun to play on the computer … LOL 🙂 … a lot warmer too!!

      Rock On … Saigon Kids

      Bob

  • Suellen Oliver Campbell

    Ken~
    We had a lovely,gigantic oak tree when we moved to our home in the northern suburbs of Houston from a “prairie” home a few miles away. Little did we know what a mess the oak would make when the acorns started to fall that autumn! Our deck was covered and I swept every day so as not to step on them with my bare feet. After a few weeks we were many inches deep with acorns around the base of the tree, which later killed the grass as we did not think about removing them. Then the sproutlings showed up in the spring/summer which looked like weeds in our St. Augustine grass for a while, and the squirrels also had a field day digging up the acorns that they had buried. Looked like we had gophers!
    The next year…no acorns! what’s up? we wondered. The found out some oaks produce every other year and we had a year off!! Loved the summer Houston shade the oak provided us, but not the acorn crops. Finally the tree decided to die. Literally one week here and the next week all the leaves were brown and the tree dead. Had to cut it down and we still miss it..acorns and all.
    Recently returned from a week in New England with trips to Boston and New Hampshire. Now they really know about Fall…it was beautiful, especially Franklin Notch and the Kankamagus Highway to North Conway, N.H.
    Hope everyone is enjoying their own Fall, wherever you are. Happy Halloween, too.
    Suellen

  • Ken

    Acorns – I bet that our neighbor’s tree has dumped at least 1000 lbs of acorns in our yard and it hasn’t stopped yet. Of course, as soon as the acorns are done, then come the leaves and that will be another 500 lbs. Grrrrrrr.

    The leaves in this area are turning the beautiful autumn colors although they are not as intense as we’ve seen in Virginia. Now that is truly lovely.

    Ruth, is your email in the Saigon Kids director correct? If yes, I’ll email you my address and phone number just in case you come to the Hamburg area on your adventure with your son. Would love to see you and let you enjoy some of the delicious German cakes or a good bratwurst. Let me know.

    As Suellen said, enjoy the fall. Ken

  • George Baggett

    I’m not much of a squirrel lover myself. In fact, I enjoy the Youtube video of the squirrel catapult – using a water balloon launcher to send nosy squirrels flying off a porch. If you all ever pick up a book titled “Tree Stories,” you might look on Page 118 – “My Personal Old Growth” by me. It is an essay about my oak tree and how it impacted me and my father.

    After fixing one of the old houses in the Hyde Park Area of Kansas City – a few blocks from The Paseo, I had the opportunity to purchase my parents home in Coleman Highlands. In some respects, my father’s destinies became mine – having always wanted a two car garage, but limited by a 6′ diameter oak tree in the center of the yard.

    I’ve thought about some sort of creative design to place a garage around the tree, but it is not practical. Some time I’ll post pictures of my home and the old garage – designed for a Model A Ford. My new Audi will fit, but for all the junk I’ve collected for working on the yard.

    On that front, we’ve got leaves about a foot thick all over the back yard, so I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. Kind thoughts to you all.

  • Burt

    Hi Ken,

    Well, on our almost acre lot we have at least 12 oak trees of various varieties: willow oak, shingle oak, white oak, post oak. We have no grassed yard (and that’s not by accident), only trees and shrubs: red maples, eastern redbud, magnolia, slash pine, dogwoods, sweet gums, azaleas, butterfly bushes, hummingbird bushes, etc, etc. Anyway, we have a bumper crop of acorns over most all the lot this year, no doubt several thousand pounds of them. We had nowhere near this acorn crop last fall. Not having grass but only cedar bark mulch over most of the yard, I can’t rake for raking up the mulch, I can’t use a yard vacuum for same reason, I can’t blow them away for same reason. Any suggestions? At this point I’m just resolved to blowing them off our brick driveway (sounds like you’re driving on a gravel road with all the acorns) and let them be another layer of mulch…

    I start in on my tons of leaves tomorrow with a brand new industrial strength blower/vacuum. Have to be carefull not to suck up the acorns as they aren’t welcomed by the mulcher.

    If you can work it in, Ken, while you’re Stateside in March, come visit us on Lake Gaston on the state line between NC & VA. March here is way better than March in Germany. We moved into our lakeside house a year ago 1 June after selling our Arlington home (which put us mortgage free in our lake home). Anyway, we have a guest room, 22 foot ‘Aquasport 222’ 150hp outboard motor boat (40 mph on flat water), two canoes (one can be sailed or rowed as well as paddled), and plenty of fishing gear on a 34 mile long lake. We’re about 8 miles east of the I-85 bridge over Lake Gaston. If you can do Mapquest: 118 Merrymount Road, Boydton, VA 23917.

    Regards,

    Burt

  • Ken Yeager

    @ Suellen – the every other year thing with oaks is the same there…last year nothing, this year the damn thing spews acorns, but finally, I think we are starting to see the beginning of the end. I sure hope so. They are raked up and are now piled up by the side of the house, those that haven’t yet been put into the bio-trash. What is that you ask? Here in Schleswig-Holstein (one of the 16 states in Germany) we are obliged to separate our trash so we have bio (organic), recyclable items such as plastic and metal, paper, glass and the final and best, anything else. Anything electronic has to be taken to a special center for recycling. Anyway, the acorns go into our 80 liter container and our neighbor’s 60 liter container and get picked up every one week. Does any animal eat these damn things?

    @ Burt – you are very kind to invite us and I really do appreciate it. However, two weeks out of two years means I will spending as much time with my family as I can. I just Google-earthed (? is that a verb?) your address, but unfortunately, it put the address between two houses. Are you the circular driveway or the house with the small dock on the lake. Either one, wow…nice. Again Burt, thanks so much for the kind invite.

    Despite my moaning and groaning about oak trees, acorns and leaves, today was a beautiful day. Cold but pure sunshine and a great day for the market. Have I told you about our twice-weekly market in a Hamburg suburb of Volksdorf? Ah, allow me. It is a gathering of various vendors of fresh foods to include dairy products, fish (fresh and smoked), bakery goods, fruits and vegetables, honey, eggs and other poultry products, home-made jellies and jams, spices, fresh paste and sauces, fresh meats and cold cuts, coffee and wurst stands, dry goods, birdseed, flowers, knitted goods, antiques, and more. Probably about 50 vendors on a parking lot near the underground station. I get hungry whenever we go there which is twice a week. Of course, we know many of the vendors as we are using the same ones my mother-in-law bought from for the past 40 years. It’s a nice friendly atmosphere and you see some really strange people both as clients and sellers. Spotted a couple of well know TV actors occasionally. Saturday is the best day as parking is easy, and the market is really full of vendors (Wednesdays are fewer vendors). The market opens at about 0640 and closes at 1300. Within an hour, the vendors and their vans or trailers are packed up and gone and the parking lot is open again. I have to say this is really one of the joys of living in Germany. Nothing like this in Florida or at least not that I know of. Of course, I’ve been gone for the most part of 38 years so what do I know?

    Hugs to all – Ken

    • Admin

      Ken – Yes, acorns have many uses and where a staple food of Native Americans. Acorns are very healthy and have many health benefits. Indians throughout the America’s called the oaks “The Tree of Grain”. Also, deer and other wild life love them to fatten up on before winter sets in. My step-grandfather used to fatten up his hogs on them. The hogs went wild over them. Also, wild boar love them. That is one of the methods we used to use to track wild boar while hunting them down in the Carolina’s, Georgia, and Arkansas. Find an oak grove and you’ll find wild boar – LOL – 🙂 Same with deer hunting in the fall and winter months. Some types of oaks have sweet tasting acorns, but most are bitter because of the tannin they contain, so have to be processed to leech out the tannin before you eat them. Once the tannin is leeched out they have a sweetness to them. Flour (actually meal) made from acorns is great in soups, breads, cookies and cakes, etc. Many people living in the ‘back woods’ areas still harvest acorns and use them as a food source, as do many Indians. Some place I have my grandmother’s old recipes (she was Apache) of foods she made from things from nature’s food sources. She knew all the wild plants, etc. that could be eaten, as well as, the medicinal plants. Hmm — ???? …. thinking and wondering how many straving people around the world could be feed from all the acrons that end up in the trash every year … interesting concept to ponder – LOL 🙂

      The kind of market you go to there in Germany a couple of times a week are called “Farmers Markets” in the USA, Ken. They are everywhere. And, are a great place to shop.

      Rock Onnnnn …. Saigion Kid

      Bob

  • Ruth Blackmore

    Ken,

    Don’t know what was in the directory but my email has been the same for over a decade. It’s in the Directory**. All the acorn tree stories are certainly entertaining and I’m glad I don’t have any. It was hard enough keeping up with the leaves and now 23 inches of snow. It was a heavy wet snow so I only managed to make a small path and dig out my car on Friday. But the sun came out today (Sat.) and the temperatures reached the high 40s so things were melting fast. This coming week will be in the 50s and 60s and back to glorious Colorado weather! Bob, enjoyed the carry on bag story. I’ll certainly let the ladies know how I make it for a week or so with one carry on bag and still have room for some shopping! Thought about wearing a couple outfits at once and then peeling them off as I go. Traveled with Sarah to Vietnam and Cambodia this past Spring and she told me to just bring old clothes and leave them behind in the hotels as you pick up new goodies on your travels. Sure enough, that’s what she and her friend Kathleen did! I need to start experimenting with my carry on bag now to see what works because I know my son won’t give me much lead time for the trip. So, Ken, we will keep you informed and give me your email address too.

    Ruth

    **Admin Note: Ruth, I removed your email address from here so the spam robots don’t harvest it and start bombarding you with unwanted spam emails. I first confirmed your email address is correct in the Directory – Bob

  • Burt

    Hey Ken,

    Yeah, I don’t know why Google Earth puts our address two lots to the right of us. Our house is the one on the left with the drive from the road that then makes a big circle in front of the house. We have a one slip dock with lift and sundeck over. The house to the right of where Google Earth puts our address is a much larger house with a two slip boat dock without sundeck.

    I understand about maximizing time with family. Maybe someday…

    Regards,

    Burt

  • Admin

    Ken – (and others with Acorns) – just thought you might be interested to know that acorns are currently selling in the USA for up to $10.00 per pound (plus shipping). There are about 100 acorns per pound. Acorn caps are selling for an average of $3.00 per pound. Now you are wondering what people buy them for … lol. Well, wedding decorations, to make crafts from, and animal feed (mainly, deer, hogs and squrriels), as well as, bait for deer hunting.

    So Ken, that 1000 pounds of acorns the tree next door dropped in your yard … could be “Pennies Form Heaven” – LOL – 🙂 … so to speak.

    Ken, pleaseeeeeeeee don’t tell us you set $10,000 of acorns out for the trash man to haul off … ha ha ha … 🙂

    Rock Onnnnn … Saigon Kids 🙂
    Bob

  • George Baggett

    My oak is must be a Burr Oak, with acorns about the size of a hardball. I just set out a bag (about 50 pounds) and they are gone. I debated about holding them until the dead of winter for the squirrels, but anything I can do to reduce the squirrel population is a good thing in my mind. Like noted above, my tree also has a variation in the volume of acorns from year to year. I’ve always thought is was related to the need for another oak to send its pollen to germinate the acorns to develop. Some years I only have a bucket or so, and other years I could fill two 55 gallon barrels.

    Kansas City is having an extremely warm fall, so I’ve set out my MP3 player – stereo and blast the valley near my home with music. One neighbor called while I was working in the backyard. My wife called me to the phone saying “Bob wants to talk to you about the music – probably wants you to turn it down!” Turns out he wanted me to turn it up.

    I don’t know what Saigon kids listen to, but my selections are from Classical music to high-end bluegrass. For the last twenty years my wife and I have attended the Walnut Valley Bluegrass festival in Winfield, Kansas. Google Walnut Valley and see where about 40,000 people migrate from all over the world. Most of this music is not available in local stores, so to hear it echo down the wooded valley makes it sound like it is ubiquitous.

    Not sure why, but I’ve been in great spirits these past few weeks. Life is good.

    • Admin

      George – Oak trees vary from year to year in the amount of acorns they produce. It depends on the nutrients they get and amount of water they receive. A mature oak tree needs up to 50 gallons of water a day. Also, things like a late spring frost can blight the oak trees flowers which will in turn reduce acorn production. They start producing acorns at about 20 years age and continue producing more and more each year until they reach about 80 to 100 years or a maximum production of about 2,200 acorns per year. Then they start slowly producing fewer acorns each year. Generally, oaks have larger acorn crops every other year, chiefly because of the amount of energy, nutrients, and water required for them to produce a crop of acorns. So, after a bumper crop one year, the tree is zapped of nutrients until it replenishes them sufficiently to produce higher yeilds. You might say, they spend the time after a year of high yield recuperating somewhat the following year. Once they’ve built up there strength again they produce a larger crop the next year. Also, younger trees have fewer acorns then older trees. Acorn production is directly proportional to the growth of the tree’s canope.

      Is there any BAD music!?! – LOL – 🙂

      Hmm … I didn’t know there was a “high-end” and a “low-end” bluegrass … lol …

      Rock Onnnn …. Saigon Kid :0

      Bob

  • Ken

    Yesterday I was out raking leaves. I have to do the front yard, the city’s strip in front of my place between the sidewalk and the street, and when I have the time, the back yard.

    On Monday the leaf elephant, (truck with long hose that vacuums up the leaves on the city’s strip) came by and sucked up what leaves I had raked late last week and piled up. Yesterday, a bunch more leaves came down so out I went and cleaned up the front yard and the strip. This morning when I opened the shutters, there was twice as many leaves on the ground as yesterday. Damn…this is why I hate yard work…it’s like a tunnel with no end. Gotta start looking for an apartment and dump this house and garden business. Anyway, the wife and I went out this PM and did more raking. I ain’t gonna rake another leaf until this weekend. I don’t care if the tree falls down. SICK of it.

    On a more gentle note, tomorrow is the meeting of the Kindertisch (children’s table). What is that you ask? OK, when I was first posted to Hamburg in 1975, there were basically two groups of German employees, those who had begun work with the consulate right after the war (WWII) and then another group of younger folks who were hired as the first group started to retire. Naturally, the older employees who all knew each other, usually sat together at coffee breaks and lunch while the younger folks tended to group together as well. Well, one day on of the older employees, referring to the younger group, sitting at a separate table, referred to the “youngsters” as the KinderTisch and the handle stuck. Since at the time most were single, including yours truly (freshly divorced) we paled around together. Now some have already passed away, everyone is married and for those that are still interested, we get together once or twice a year for dinner, drinks and gossip. And it’s fun, in my case, to chat with someone I used to date before I got married. We have a good time together and tomorrow night will not be an exception. Looking forward to it.

    Take care and be good (oder ?) Ken

    • Admin

      Ken – Don’t the kids come around over there asking to rake leaves, shovel snow, etc. to earn some spending money? Kids come around all the time here. Heck just this evening right before it got dark out 2 kids came by asking if I’d like for them to rake the leaves from the yard. I said, “How much do you charge?” The older of the 2 ( I’m guessing he was about 12 y/o) said, “5 bucks”. I said, “SURE!” – LOL – Him and his younger brother, about 9 or 10 y/o, started raking away. Took them about an hour and a half to rake the front yard and the yard on both sides of the house, and the strip between the side walk and street. They did a really good job. When they were finished I told them it looked to me like it was more then a $5.00 job. So, I gave them $10 each. They both said “WOW!! THANKS!!” and lite up like Christmas trees smiling from ear to ear, as they wished me a good evening and went merrily on their way … LOL. I’ve had a deal with 4 kids for a few years now to shovel the snow in the winter time. Whenever it snows they just come over and shovel the driveway, side walks, porches and steps. I pay them $10 each time they shovel. It started off with one kid, then he figured out he could shovel more houses faster if he got some helpers – lol – so he rounded up 3 of his buddies. They have 15 to 20 regular customers that pay them to shovel the snow. When, they finish shoveling for their regular customers, they go door to door asking others if they want the snow shovelled. If it is a really heavy snow, I usually give them $15 or $20 because it takes them longer and is much harder work. Not a bad little business for a bunch of 8 to 12 y/o kids. I like this arrangement because it helps the kids earn a little spending money while they learn good work ethics. Plus, all I have to do is throw a little rock salt around to keep the ice melted so nobody slips on the ice, etc.

      Bob

  • Ken

    You know, Bob, I’ve often wondered about that….kids here just don’t do those things, at least no one has offered to do my leaves or shovel my walk. Couple of years ago, my neighbor across the street asked my wife if one of his boys could do lawn mowing or some such work, but the kid would have nothing to do with it. I’d be happy to pay some kid to rake leave and let him earn some pocket money. But it seems the kids here all have money in their pocket. Germany pays what is known as “Kindergeld” to the family of children, a certain amount for each child. Not sure how it got started but it is an incentive for families to have children since Germany is losing population and there is some reluctance in letting in more foreigners, although they do let them in. Its just been the recent past that Germany has allowed Turks (lots of Turks here) to become citizens at birth and made the naturalization process easier.

    Anyway, back to raking leaves, today is a day off, thank you. Will be out tomorrow morning as we are getting (supposedly) a little sunshine tomorrow. In-shah-allah. We shall see – Ken

    • Admin

      Ken – Now, that is interesting that there is a place in the world where kids don’t hire out to do odd jobs, etc. … Hmmm? – contact the local Boy Scout Troop’s ‘Scout Master’ … lol … Scouts have a “Community Service” Merit Badge they need to earn. What better Community Service then assisting old men by maintaining their yards for them … ha ha ha … ROFL 🙂

      Hey, just trying to help ya out and get ya out of doing yard work … lol …

      Rock Onnnnnn … Saigon Kid

      Bob

  • Burt

    Update on Parker’s acorns, leaves and such:
    Well, with my brand new 125 mph leaf blower I did third thirds of our property in 3-4 hours each of two days. Blew most of the acorns away also, without too much of the mulch. Working on our sloping east side yard was like working on ball bearing under foot with the wall-to-wall acorns. Lucky for us I can blow all that crap off our back yard down the hill on to our all natural hill down toward the boat dock and then two thirds of the front yard to an undeveloped yard to our east. Now what to do with the rest of the yard to the west…, not going to be so simple.

    Regards,

    Burt

  • Ken

    Wow, never knew that acorns and leaves would generate so much interest…LOL. I have sore upper arms after spending hours yesterday raking leaves and helping my wife empty the geranium pots from the back terrace. Leaf blower just doesn’t work with wet leaves. Tomorrow I have to tackle the front yard and public slice next to the road before the leaf elephant comes on Monday. Seems to have been a bountiful year for acorns in the northern hemisphere. According to the farmers in the area, we can expect a hard winter this year, but who knows what with the general screw up of the weather nowadays. Hang in there. Ken

    • Admin

      Ken – maybe it is the nuttiness of SKs that makes them so attracked to nuts (acorn nuts, that is – LOL) – ROFL 🙂

      Most people talk about the weather. SKs talk about nuts and falling leaves – LOL 🙂

      Hmmm … brings that song Authum Leaves to mind … Or, Chestnuts Roasting On The Fire la la la la … ha ha ha … it tis the season to be jolly … 🙂

      Rock Onnnn …. Saigon Kids 🙂

      Bob

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