Sunday, May 13, 2018
Posted by Angela at 1:45 PM
We haven't actually had to maintain a lawn since we left Georgia. Now, with a 1/2 acre lot, we needed a good mower. So we bought a new Echo 58v battery powered lawnmower. It is light enough that the kids can easily operate it. Instead of having to pull start a gas engine, you just press a button to start it. It also folds up to be pretty compact and unlike a gas engine, it can be stored on it its side or vertically. It is relatively quiet an has plenty of power to chop our tallest grass.
There were some quality issues in the assembly and packing. We actually bought two of these within a week. The height adjustment lever one one wheel was bent on the first one; preventing height adjustment. So we returned it to a local home depot (that was very accommodating). Then shipped us a replacement, which had a similar issue on a different wheel. So, reluctantly, I disassembled the wheel subframe and reassembled it correctly. Overall, it took about 10 minutes. Apparently, the factory didn't take the time to assemble the mowers well?!? Kind of annoying; but despite that, we've been pretty impressed.
Posted by Keith at 11:42 AM
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Each year, Fairfax hosts Fairfax History Day, focused on local 19th century life. With all of the rain we've been having recently, we were fortunate to have a beautiful, sunny spring day.
It is held at 'Historic Blenheim', a former plantation near the site of the first battle of the Civil War. The union soldiers quickly evicted the family from their home and turned it into a camp for the soldiers as they prepared for the Battle of Bull Run.
The home at the center of the plantation, now known as 'Graffiti House', had been recently built and had clean, bare walls. The union soldiers covered the clean, white walls with their signatures and with graffiti. Recently, the city acquired the property and began the process of renovation and exposing the original graffiti on the walls.
In addition to tours of the house, exhibits were setup to help us learn more about local people and life.
The kids loved the blacksmith display and learned so much from the passionate volunteers.
Posted by Keith at 5:49 PM
Thursday, April 26 was National Bring Your Child to Work Day. Carson and Tucker commuted with me, walking to the subway station, then taking the subway downtown, then walking to the office. Savannah was so disappointed that she was sick and couldn't go with us.
Unfortunately, Barbie was in a catastrophic accident. So Savannah and I performed an emergency cranial transplant.
Posted by Keith at 3:57 PM