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first week of may report

the Mole wars continue...
I accidentally caught a mole in a sticky mousetrap in the boiler room over the winter... the have-a-heart traps were a big fail... the latest is now I spread two non-toxic-to-pets grub-getters products on the lawn---a kind of milky spore and also crabshells (which i expected to be ground to a powder, but no, a bucket of crumpled crab shell pieces arrived in the mail) and so i gather if i get rid of the grubs then the moles will find our lawn less enticing... I also buried these intense garlic pellets into their tunnels, because the moles apparently find the smell really annoying and then I was all hmmmmmmm after I paid and put in those pellets, so if they don't like garlic why not just cut up about 200 pieces of actual cloves and burry 'em in all over the lawn, which i did do this week... crazy. crazy. crazy. 
so when you look at any of the pictures of our yard---imagine all the little tiny pieces of stinky garlic clove pieces under there driving the moles bananas...

I also filled in and seeded a lot of the mole holes and hollows and trails that make running agility a killer...

there is more to do, but I got started on that... later, I'll rent the heavy roller to flatten out more bumps and hollows... and I heard moles also don't like marigolds, so I put in some those around the yard... 

yesterday... I spent a nice afternoon writing in a coffee shop with S. We also went to The Strand book store to buy real books.

and on the way to the subway we passed this little scene... lots of people were stopping to photograph them.. there was something so... well I couldn't stop anthropomorphizing, they just seemed so, human

Today I drove across Staten Island to the AKC trial in NJ for Stella to get a PT appointment with David Acciani and he says she's all good to go... this is really a big Yay! I really wanted him to see her before Sunday, our first USDAA (the one, remember, where I sneak in my coffee maker and give the boy scouts a nice donation) and next week we're also back to AKC for the first time in a year--its a four day trial and we're in three days... so certainly we will keep up the rehabbing, but now we can get back to some partying too (I just realized that made it sound like she's got a drug problem, and really the only drugs lately have been ear meds and good news there too, this second medication cleared it right up)


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 4th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! Yay! Yay!
May. 4th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
i know! right?
May. 5th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
chickens. a couple of chickens would get rid of those grubs and the moles would move out.
May. 5th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
oh man, my wonderful neighbors would loooooooooooove that
May. 5th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
but maybe we could borrow some for the summer... B would have actually loved that, but she'll be in CA

Edited at 2012-05-05 03:35 am (UTC)
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