Category Archives: yard work

power, and power toys

We finally got our power back Friday evening. 126 hours is a long time to go without electricity; when it came back on we were so excited that we were going around turning on lights just because we could. Sad, I know, but such is the modern world we live in.

a power tool that even women can love

Black and Decker Alligator Lopper: a power tool that even women can love

Now we (and by “we,” I mean mostly Doug, but also me and the kids to some extent) are in cleanup mode. We got the huge branches out of our driveway the first day, but removing the partial trees and endless branches from my mom’s yard is taking longer. (A tree company did remove the tree from her roof, fortunately, and Doug used a rope tied to the back of our Jeep to pull down the huge, deadly treetop that was dangling precariously over the front yard.) One part of this cleanup process has been fun: I get to use our Alligator Lopper. It’s like a mini chainsaw with enough safety features that I’m not scared of it; you open it’s alligator-like mouth, hold both handles, press the switches, and basically bite the branch in half. It will handle anything up to logs 5 or 6 inches across. Fast, efficient, quiet (it’s electric), and … fun.

death to mosquitoes!

Mosquito 86 system: death to mosquitoes!

But then there’s the not-fun part of being outside in southern Indiana at this time of year: all the biting insects. Mosquitoes and who-knows-what-all lurk in our grass, bushes, and trees, and the moment we set foot outside they begin chowing down on us. During this cleanup process we’re going through a lot of anti-itch ointment, not to mention that we don’t dare sit outside in the evening. But today I read about another incredibly cool-sounding power tool, which has a suitably imposing name: the Mosquito 86 Mosquito Prevention System. (If you follow the link, you can even try to win one.) It isn’t a fogger; it uses a blower to spray a pet-and-people-safe but mosquito-and-tick-deadly agent that lasts up to 3 weeks. I would so love to have one of these, just to be able to experience life in our yard without insect bites.

And of course, in addition to the outdoor cleanup, we’ve got the indoor fill-up going on — filling up the refrigerator and freezer, that is. I still haven’t gotten over having to throw out all that food. But it is nice to have a really clean refrigerator; and as my daughter said last evening, it’s easy to find things because there’s practically nothing in the fridge. Knowing me, that won’t last long. 🙂