May 26th, 2010

morton blvd

Y

Broad Dyke Canal I finally received the refund check from canceling the GEICO/Liberty Mutual homeowner's insurance. Of the 3 refund checks, this took the longest because when I made the initial call, the GEICO representative failed to tell me that I had to cancel in writing. I only found out a month later when I noticed that the policy was still active on their website and called them to ask about it. It looks like they did backdate the refund so that mistake didn't cost me an extra month of insurance. In any case, that concludes the process of switching insurance companies.

After depositing the check at the bank, I went to Battery Park for " Y " Here, a new geocache. It's not that difficult a geocache. The trouble is there's more than one "Y" in the area and I checked the wrong "Y" first.

Then I went for Broad Dyke Canal, a bit up the river. I hadn't done this cache before because it is accessible only during low tide and somehow, I was only in the area at high tide. This time, I was there 2.5 hours before low tide. I wondered if I was too early but fortunately, the water had already receded far enough to allow access to the cache site. There was only a mud patch between the embankment and the cache site.
me tira daqui

Makeshift Fences Make Good Neighbors II

Very hot day. 93°F. I was doing some work at home to stay out of the sun when I overheard my neighbor yelling at a kid. Remember the makeshift fence I put up back in mid-March? Well, it helped a bit. Kids stopped taking shortcuts through my land. Until today, that is. This one kid went up my neighbor's driveway to climb over his fence and then my fence. My neighbor outside was doing some gardening at the time and so the yelling started.

Well, heat or no heat, I went out to Lowe's to get some supplies to add another section of fence. Concrete was on special this week. Brought the stuff home then I went around the back and started digging a post hole. I haven't really talked to these neighbors (husband and wife) before but this afternoon, I did. Common problems tend to bring people together. They explained that those kids don't get bussed because they live less than a mile from school. They're not from the next road or the road after that but another subdivision. So the kids walk home from school every day and take shortcuts because they don't want to go around the block. (although climbing over fences is serious disrespect for property)

So I had a conversation with my neighbors about this problem and also about gardening in general. They're avid gardeners. We talked about weeds (since there's been a lot of plant growth this Spring) and I helped them with the bindweed on the fence. Then they helped me with the post hole. Finally, I finished setting up this new section of fence. Hope this works. If anything, we just raised the stakes for shortcut-taking kids from climbing 2 fences and getting yelled at to climbing 4 fences and getting yelled at. (and possibly landing in the poison ivy next to one of the fences :) )