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  • Member since
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  • From: Close to Chicago
Spring is the time for non-modeling work
Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, March 21, 2021 2:34 PM

It's finally Spring in the Chicago area, which means that it is time foir non-modeling work. The work on my Tamiya 1/12 scale Ferrari is on hold for a while. 

If you own a house you know that Spring brings a lot of outside work. Cleaning and preparing planting beds for flowers and veggies. Pruning bushes. power washing the deck and the grill. Cleaning and washing the garage. 

This year I am going to "double-dig" the tomato garden. I stopped rototilling a few years ago. Rototilling, especially over doing it, ruins the texture of the soil and kills micro-organisims. So, I am going to double-dig this year. Go here: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=double+dig&&view=detail&mid=861CE8915E7C6F27CA95861CE8915E7C6F27CA95&&FORM=VDRVRV 

My tomato/herb garden is about 10'x20'. Double digging is a lot of work for a 71 year old, so I'll do it a little at a time.

Youe comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, March 21, 2021 2:55 PM

We still have a couple of months before any of the spring-time stuff can be done in Colorado.  Cool

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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, March 21, 2021 3:00 PM

Hi Johnny,

I got very tired of all that "non-modeling" work and about 3 years ago we moved to an over-60 retirement community. Don'y have to do "ANYTHING" outdoors or indoors except relax and enjoy ourselves. That means the wife is in her workroom doing what she wants to do and I am in the loft building models or reading all the books I've been wanting to read. If "anything" needs doing, we just call maintenance and in about 2 or 3 minutes, they are here and working on the problem. Believe it or not, if one of the lights in the ceiling need to be replaced or the smoke alarm needs a battery changed, they do it. It's taken years of hard work to get to this point but I'm glad we planned it this way. If we go anywhere for a vacation, they routinely check on the house to make sure everything is ok. No painting, no fix-up. You can have a small garden if you want to. They'll prep the soil, bring in top soil and get it ready for you. When season is over, they clean it up. It's a great way to live and we are really enjoying it. 

Jim Captain

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, March 21, 2021 4:57 PM

Yea, ... I have half a barn to Build still.

But dont tell  my wife its spring....

( she has a list that I need to destroy when she's not looking...... or I will NEVER see  any of you again...)

 

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Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:10 PM

Fox, you are so lucky.  I live in a small housing area outside of Orlando.  With the weather here outside jobs are always waiting for me.  Inside ones too.  

I'm almost 70 and just can't afford a retirement atrea.  Bad luck, economy at the time, and just having to grab what job I could after the Air Foece.  For a break it's modeling or head for the closest gun range for a break.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:12 PM

In San Diego it's always spring Stick out tongue

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:47 PM

Almost spring here in central Oregon and too early to do any real planting, so I guess I'll have to get back to the sniping of Eurasian Collared Doves with the pellet rifle. Non-native, they are considered invasive and thus bad. They bully other birds for food so we can shoot them - no limit, no season, And, they are good to eat. Now, where did I put those pellets?

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:22 PM

JohnnyK
My tomato/herb garden is about 10'x20'. Double digging is a lot of work for a 71 year old, so I'll do it a little at a time.

Thats a fair size garden to be digging over. I have several small, raised beds. Much easier on the back. We're into Autumn now so the outside demands are becomming less. Good luck with your Spring crop.

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:33 PM

Yep,  my worst fear has just been realised.

Last year, I built 10 raised garden beds for my wife.( 10 feet long, 3 feet wide.  Each bed took me an hour or so to build.

 

I'm positive she "sensed" this thread and just now informed me ......

" I'm gonna need you to build me 10 more beds ."

.........

It's been nice knowing you all .....

 

Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage"

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, March 21, 2021 8:22 PM

An hour to build, but three to fill and level out the dirt.

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  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Sunday, March 21, 2021 9:11 PM

Beautiful day here in Maryland.  Sundays are usually my only day off (I'm not complaining I'm thankful to be working) so I like Sundays to be quality bench time.  I did get some yard work done as I waited for parts to dry.  If any outdoor job takes longer than a couple hours we hire someone.  As I get older the value for my time is worth the money it cost.  

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, March 22, 2021 12:34 AM

littletimmy

Yep,  my worst fear has just been realised.

Last year, I built 10 raised garden beds for my wife.( 10 feet long, 3 feet wide.  Each bed took me an hour or so to build.

 

I'm positive she "sensed" this thread and just now informed me ......

" I'm gonna need you to build me 10 more beds ."

.........

It's been nice knowing you all .....

 

Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........

 

Bugger! My wife dosen't have a list of jobs for me on the fridge, its a toilet roll.......

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, March 22, 2021 8:49 AM

I live in a new house,so not many projects.

The HOA handles the landscaping

We do have a plot in the community garden,but a little early to start.

Pretty soon I will power wash the outdoor furniture,driveway,and walkway.

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, March 22, 2021 10:14 AM

fox

Hi Johnny,

I got very tired of all that "non-modeling" work and about 3 years ago we moved to an over-60 retirement community. Don'y have to do "ANYTHING" outdoors or indoors except relax and enjoy ourselves. 

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 

A few of my friends have moved into retirement communities. They really enjoy the freedom that the communities provide. We still enjoy our house. So we plan on staying here for a while.

Youe comments and questions are always welcome.

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, March 22, 2021 10:17 AM

Dodgy

 

JohnnyK
My tomato/herb garden is about 10'x20'. Double digging is a lot of work for a 71 year old, so I'll do it a little at a time.

 

Thats a fair size garden to be digging over. I have several small, raised beds. Much easier on the back. We're into Autumn now so the outside demands are becomming less. Good luck with your Spring crop.

 

I'll spread the digging over a few days, so it won't be a big, back breaking task. 

Youe comments and questions are always welcome.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, March 22, 2021 10:34 AM

Wait A Minute!

       You are talking about actual work! I wish! My landlady and her daughter get so bent if I even try. They are overprotective to a fault. I might get to mow once in a while, But that's it. To be honest, I don't have the stamina and strength to do more than saw wood or drive screws, so that leaves a lot out. I can sit all day and saw or build. Notice I said sit. It takes an act of body congresss to lift anything. Unless I am sitting!

       With two impacted vertebrae and a messed up group of nerves and muscles in my neck from a crash I am lucky to do what I can. But, I still can walk five miles a day and that is very enjoyable. I also can stand up straight and not be bent like many of my older neighbors. Well, the same age actually.

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 12:40 AM

Tanker-Builder

Wait A Minute!

       You are talking about actual work! I wish! My landlady and her daughter get so bent if I even try. They are overprotective to a fault. I might get to mow once in a while, But that's it. To be honest, I don't have the stamina and strength to do more than saw wood or drive screws, so that leaves a lot out. I can sit all day and saw or build. Notice I said sit. It takes an act of body congresss to lift anything. Unless I am sitting!

       With two impacted vertebrae and a messed up group of nerves and muscles in my neck from a crash I am lucky to do what I can. But, I still can walk five miles a day and that is very enjoyable. I also can stand up straight and not be bent like many of my older neighbors. Well, the same age actually.

 

Good on yer TB!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:29 AM

Hey Mate!

      You gotta promise not to laugh. Went for a cruise on a friend's Fishing boat not too long ago. I pulled nets and cleaned fish like everyone else!. Of course my neighbors didn't see me for two whole days. I could barely get off the couch. BUT, loved every minute of it!

    I seem to be able to do more when on, or around the Sea. Does that make any sense?

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Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:49 AM

keavdog

In San Diego it's always spring Stick out tongue

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 9:23 AM

I don't know,I prefer the change of seasons,here in the mountains of WNC we have the four seasons just not as drastic as the north east where I used to live.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:23 AM

We're in the middle of our snowy season now.  8 inches this past weekend, and about 28 inches the weekend before that.

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:27 AM

Eaglecash867

We're in the middle of our snowy season now.  8 inches this past weekend, and about 28 inches the weekend before that.

 

Ouch! Where do you live?

Youe comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:38 AM

My modeling activity does slow down for the warmer weather, it is true.  But over the past few years, I've started taking stuff outside and working on it, on summer afternoons.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:45 AM

JohnnyK
Ouch! Where do you live?

I live in Denver, CO.  Its like this every Spring to varying degrees.  We can get big snowstorms and single digit temps out of nowhere up to the middle of June.  But, we can have 60 and 70 degree days in the middle of Winter, and about 300 days a year of sunshine.  In July, when our temps go into triple digits, all we have to do is take a 2 hour drive into the mountains, up to 12,000 feet, and the temps in the afternoon are in the 50s.  Love living here.  Cool

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:49 AM

Here in the Boise area the temps get to about 60 but there's always a chance of a freeze into May. No real planting till then unless you start them in the house. Just doing herbs this year since I have a black thumb and can even get beans to grow. The blackberrys and raspberrys always grow. Most folks around here are just starting to clean up the beds but not much for me to do since most of our cleaning was done in October, just a few things from winter to address. Mowing starts around mid April so I need to dig out the mower and check it over. Since we live on a corner lot I have twice the yard as others but it still only takes about three hours weekly to dress it up right with the edging and weeding. Since I do most of my modeling during the evening the yard work really doesn't interfere much.
I'm always gung ho to start and put lots of time and effort into it, repairing sprinkler heads, planting and such but around Aug/Sep I run out of enthuseasum and look forward to the winter to put the yard back to sleep

Steve

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:14 PM

modelcrazy

Here in the Boise area the temps get to about 60 but there's always a chance of a freeze into May. 

In nthe Chicago area we do not plant tomatoes and annual flowers until Memorial Day. There is always the chance of below 30 degree temperatures until Memorial Day. I remember one year we planted a bunch of annuals the weekend before Memorial Day. The temperature was predicted to be 29 degrees on the night prior to Memorial. We had to cover all of the flowers with blankets.

Youe comments and questions are always welcome.

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 2:57 AM
Yeah I don't even shut the pool off here in SW Florida. I heard upper 80's this weekend

 

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  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Monday, March 29, 2021 9:34 PM

Time for me to finish my boat and go fishing! That's my favorite part of spring and summer. 

Ive been working on a Jon boat since last July adding a deck and lights and other things to it. I painted it gloss desert tan and everything else is black including a big ole catfish mouth "nose art".

I ended up naming the boat Jon Ramboat. Even designed a mascot for it which I painted onto the switch console over the weekend  

Jon Ramboat

 

 

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