Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hurricane Parent Prep
















These birds all hang out at my parent's house in St. Augustine. That's where I'll be hanging out today also.

There's a long list of things that need to be done over there with hurricane prep being at the top of the list.
An old holly tree that got blasted by last year's storms and never recovered must come down as it is too close to the house.
Also, the hurricane shutters that my folks had installed a few years ago need to be "dewaspnested", tested, and WD-40'd.
A greenhouse needs one end closed in too.

It'll be a full day, but I'll take the camera just in case I can get a post out of it.

Summer arrives in a few minutes. Posted by Picasa

18 comments:

Laura said...

You must have been out of the country. Summer arrived a few months ago...it just wasn't official! LOL.

LOVED the bluejay picture! We don't get very many smaller birds around my house, much to my chagrin. I think it's the combination of the cats and the larger sea birds that keep them at bay.

stay cool in this heat, and keep your camera handy! :)

pablo said...

"dewaspnested" took me a few tries. What a fine son you are. You remind me of my brother.

Wayne said...

In my family, my father occupies the position of competence you seem to, FC. When my parents visit any of five family enclaves, everyone has a "Don-list", and my dad spends his time accomplishing every item.

You're just gearing up for it now, but mark my words. In 10 years, there's going to be a "cracker-list" wherever you go to visit. The guy who can do things.

roger said...

when i lived with an outhouse we used wd-40 to squirt on the paper wasp nests in it. they hate it and quickly left without getting all buzzy and mad.

the fixit guy seems familiar. oh yeah, it's me.

pablo said...

Wait a minute! Son's go to their parent's houses and help fix things?????

I have two sons living with me. I'll pass this news along to them!

robin andrea said...

I stumbled over dewaspnested too! Great word. You take such good care of your folks. Really nice, FC.

Leslie said...

Enjoy the time at your parents'. Take good care of them (you are) and yourself. Drink plenty of fluids and remember to take breaks. That's a long list for a hot day.

My code word is fkuka. I won't even dignify that with a comment. Oops, too late.

vicki said...

Huh. Hurricane season, you say? Why are we (read: the builders, with our money) starting an addition on the Florida house this week? I need to look into this...

I have a splendid and HUGE nest that has been dewasped; it hangs in my family room. Now the dilemma is how to move it to the windy city.

Lovely photos.Love those birdies. I'm off to check on the weather in St. Pete.

Mrs. S said...

I am always in awe at the gorgeous pictures you manage to capture - I mean, what more could a person ask for than beautiful content with an amply competent photographer?

threecollie said...

Love the photos....we have been using the garden hose for our dewaspnesting efforts. Works pretty good.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

You're a good son, Cracker.

Paige said...

Oh crap, the huricane season is here already. I still haven't got over Rita. Ok here we go again.
Summer has been here since about March, but I heard there is a "cold" front hitting the Texas panhandle today, yeah about 79-80 for a high. Burrr, thats cold.
Don't work too hard, humidity is not our friend.

Ava said...

Great bird pictures! Especially the humming bird!!!

Hope you got all of the preparations done.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Your parents are lucky to have such a wonderfully handy son who is not afraid of work. Your son has a fine role model to follow and someday he will be coming over to your house to help you out.

vicki said...

It's making me nervous that it's taking you this long to get ready for hurricane season. Hopefully, you're just enjoying your visit.

Mrs. S said...

I've been getting nervous, too, especially since you've spoken before about your dad bringing you flowers or whatever which would make it a pretty short trip in my books?

Oh well, hope you're safe and happy wherever you are and that the prep gets/got(?) done on time!

Mrs. S said...

I've been getting nervous, too, especially since you've spoken before about your dad bringing you flowers or whatever which would make it a pretty short trip in my books?

Oh well, hope you're safe and happy wherever you are and that the prep gets/got(?) done on time!

Floridacracker said...

Laura,
True, summer for me began the day that last school bus pulled away.

Pablo,
We don't need no stinking dictionaries...

Wayne,
Stop it...you're scaring me.

dpr,
...not up to your craftsmanship level..yet.

Robin,
It's a meager payback for their giving...

Leslie,
I may post about the job, it did turn out to be kind of "fkuka" in that I bit off more than I could chew in the time alotted. It was incredibly hot work and even Gatorade tasted good.

Vicki,
I like those big hornet nests too.
Here's hoping the "money pit" is in good shape when you get down there!

Mrs. S,
blush, blush, blush... thank you:)


ThreeCollie,
I use that method too, but in this case I have to work right where they fall, so I'm afraid I use more toxic methods.


Hoss,
I just have these wonderful parents buddy.


Paige,
Hey, welcome!
"Humidity is not our friend"
You are soooooo right. It's like an energy lamprey.

Ava,
Thanks,
I was sitting on my parent's deck waiting for a hummer at the shrimp plant shot, when this little female perched in the grapefruit tree next to me.


Abandoned,
Thanks,
I hope he's paying attention!


Concerned Vicki and Mrs. S,
Thanks for worrying. I stayed an extra day to finish up and was a little wiped out and battered to post this morning. Nice to be missed tho.