Tractor Sprinkler

Sometimes I wonder if you readers feel I should be a salesman instead of a blog writer. A lot of the links for various items I tell you about are Amazon links and yes, most of the time they’re affiliate links, meaning I make a dollar or two if you order things but the one thing I want you to always know is that I would never recommend to you something that I haven’t already purchased and love. Every now and then, I’ll see something and think . . that would be great, but when it arrives, it isn’t so great so you never hear about those things! On the other hand, I learn so much from the blogs I read and from folks who share, or friends who share. Being the non-shopper that I am, I would never see things like Better than Bouillon or a tractor sprinkler had someone else not told me about it.

Our friends’ son gave them a tractor sprinkler by Orbit for Christmas and being dry in January, they got it hooked up right away and when they showed us, I came home and ordered two of them.

Tractor Sprinkler

Tractor Sprinkler

I am so in love with this sprinkler. First, I’m a dingbat and I’ll turn the sprinkler on and forget about it and end up with one mudhole and the rest of the yard dry. This one travels along a 5/8″ water hose and there’s a little stop that you set and when it gets there, it turns itself off. Done! Second, by changing the angle of the sprinkler arms, you change the speed at which it travels, and that changes how far out the water is dispersing, along with how much water is being spread on any one area. It just seems so much easier and more accurate than most other sprinklers we’ve tried . . especially as far as getting an even and consistent amount of water over a given area. The tractor is pretty heavy duty . . not too heavy for me to move around but it’s definitely heavy so I’m hoping that equates to durability but we’ve been using it two days now so I really can’t speak about durability.

Sprinkler

Sprinkler

Here’s how it works . . very simply! Hook it up to a 5/8″ hose and turn it on.  The front tractor wheel fits over the hose and somehow (don’t ask me how . . it just does!) the water turns those little sprinkler arms and that somehow (don’t ask me how!) moves the sprinkler down the hose. You can use as long of a hose as you can find. I’m not sure you could hook hoses together and have the tractor go over the connection so I wouldn’t recommend that. Connect the hose to the tractor, position the front wheel centered over the hose and turn the water on.

Traveling Right Along

Traveling Right Along

Looking at my brown grass, there isn’t much hope that I’ll ever have a lush, green yard but this sprinkler gives me hope. As opposed as I am to chemical weed killers, we really need to spray weed killer on our entire yard, till it up and replant a good grass seed. Having a healthy, thick covering of grass is the best way to choke out grass burs and we desperately need to get rid of those . . for the sake of the dogs and our own feet. 

The Stopper

The Stopper

It isn’t totally foolproof. I wouldn’t leave it running and go on vacation because every now and then, it will bog itself down. The first time I used it, I had the stopper set a little too close to the end of the hose so it didn’t seat itself just right in order to trip the turn off switch. Also, if you have a spot with no grass, that’s going to be wet and even though the tractor tires have good sized nubs or spikes, it can still get bogged down in wet dirt. I would love to use it in the garden but it will bog down in freshly tilled ground.

A lot of folks have lawn irrigation systems and wouldn’t have a need for something like this but for those of us who live out in the country with no irrigation system, this sprinkler is about as perfect as it gets!

 

My Sister and The Pink Dog

No doubt, there are some of you who think I’m crazy. That’s ok . . sometimes I think I’m crazy too, but crazy in a good way. I have one sister . . no brothers. My sister is as crazy as I am but she’s brave crazy. She does lots of dog rescues. She works with several local and statewide groups and really, it’s a full time volunteer job for her.

It seems that yesterday (Saturday), she was driving from one part of town to another part of town, in the little town where her grandkids live. Pam (sister) doesn’t live there but has a small house there for when she visits her grandkids. She brings her dogs and it’s just easier for her to maintain a house there. (And, I can bring my dogs and stay there when I go to Louisiana so I really like her idea of having a house there!) But, she isn’t terribly familiar with all the new subdivisions. Maybe since we’re sisters, she has the same sense of direction I have!

Dog

Dog

To hear her tell it, and I can see it happening just like this, she was driving through a neighborhood, a little purple/pink “thing” ran across the road in front of her vehicle. She had her grandkids in the car and they were screaming “What was that?” Pam said “I think it was a dog!” Dogs are not supposed up be on unless on a leash so she stopped and picked it up. Pam said it was horribly matted (she had pictures to prove it) and full of fleas. She knocked on a few doors. No one admitted to recognizing this dog. It had no collar and no tags, not even the rabies vaccine tag.

Pink Dog

Pink Dog

Then a lady, we’ll call Owner,  posted on Facebook that someone had stolen her dog and she had a picture from a security camera of Pam out picking up the dog. One of Pam’s friends sent it to her so Pam messaged Owner and said “I have your dog. Please give me your address and I’ll bring him back to you.” Pam included her cell phone number. Then Pam posted a note on the “stolen dog” Facebook post that she had picked up the dog thinking it was a stray, had messaged Owner and would return it as soon as she provided her address” because at that point, Pam didn’t even know the street name where she had picked up the dog. She had been to visit a friend and was weaving her way through a neighborhood to get back to the main street.

Pam messaged Owner probably a dozen times saying “Please call me!” and leaving her phone number. When questioned on FB about why she didn’t call Pam back, she said her cell phone was dying but really, this went on long enough that she could have charged her cell phone 20 times. 

Oh, my . . this went on for SEVEN hours on Facebook. Maybe longer . . I finally went to bed at 3 a.m. after waking Vince twice with my laughing out loud. I had sent a link to several of my friends who were all reading it and we were messaging back and forth . . just dying laughing.

Pam bathed the dog 5 or 6 times, then clipped some of the mats out of it’s hair. Here’s one example of how hilarious this thing got with over 1,000 comments and over 100 shares. Owner said the dog was a male. Pam, who knows a lot about dogs, said it’s a female. Owner said “No, not a female. There’s this thing called neutering .. ”  That got the entire Facebook group in an uproar but then Owner said “He doesn’t even think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a bird!” At one point, she said the dog’s favorite color was pink. 

Someone photoshopped or found a picture of a little bird with a pug dog type face on it and said “Is this your dog?” I’m telling you . . I could not stop laughing at the funny posts. Owner called my sister every name in the book . . told her get a job so she doesn’t have to go stealing other people’s dogs. Owner never would tell my sister her address or respond with a place where they could meet to get the dog back. Finally, someone who knew Owner sent Pam her address but by then it was way late and Pam was afraid to go by herself. 

I knew that the moderators of the Facebook group would take it all down as soon as they saw it and sure enough, it’s all gone this morning. One of my friends was copying some of it so we could share it with our husbands this morning. I keep thinking of parts of it all to tell Vince but I guess you had to be there.

Someone posted, but I haven’t confirmed it with Pam, that she is going with a deputy to meet the woman and return the dog this morning. I’m sorry my sister was tortured with all this last night. I’m sorry there was a dog that was matted and covered in fleas but it was the funniest thing I have ever seen on Facebook.

I am happy to report (but I’m not nearly as happy as my sister is . . to be done with this drama) that Pam met Owner’s friend at a public place this morning and the dog has been returned and hopefully after all this brouhaha, Owner will keep it out of the street. My sister says she will never pick up another stray . . but I bet she does.

Stash Report – February 7, 2016

As you might expect, there’s nothing to report on the sewing front.

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 0 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Fabric for 2016: 0 yards used

As far as knitting, nothing is finished but for what it’s worth, I think I might finish the Hitofude next week . . if I stick with it and don’t start on the Loopy projects. I did add yarn for those projects. I also ordered a bit of yarn for a hat for Addie while I was ordering.

Yarn Used this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1315 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 2820 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 4405 yards
Net Yarn for 2016: 3090 yards (red means I’m in the red!)

I’m not worried yet . . I still think I’ll be in the black soon.