Time flies because I’m not sure how we got to the second week in September already. We’ve had a couple of days of cool weather and were able to open the windows. That’s a really good thing since several of the line items on our electric bill have gone up almost 20%.

The list of fall chores is long, but I’ve been working on it along with my fall job of moving. Moving is what gardeners do, right? I have a couple of beds that I’m transitioning from perennials to shrubs, and some did better than others in their previous spots. I also bought a dwarf white dogwood, and I moved two other shrubs to get the perfect place for the dogwood.

Along with gardening maintenance, how about some numbers this Monday? I like numbers, at least the regular kind that don’t have letters attached, but even I don’t like these numbers.

57.  Yesterday, we traveled to a neighboring town to do a couple of errands. On the way, we saw a lot of deceased squirrels on the highway. On the way back, we counted 57 dead squirrels on a 9.5 mile trip. According to the news, last year was a big reproductive year for them and now they are hunting for food. NH does a really good job of picking up litter along the roads, but I think they need to head out there with a shovel because it’s pretty gruesome out there.

78.  Seventy eight were the number of people waiting to be seated at Newick’s Lobster House on Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend. I was there to get some clam chowder to go because I knew I could do that easily. Have you ever stood in line with that many people to eat at a restaurant? Not me, I don’t care what they serve.

264.  Two hundred and sixty-four was what we were charged last week for a 30 minute service call. I am grateful they came, I’m grateful we had the money to pay it, but really? Does anyone really deserve $254 in labor for less than 30 minutes. I’m thinking some of the younger generation needs to forget the corporate world and instead start a service business.

Happy Monday, September 10th.

Tomorrow, I think I can safely say, we will all stop to take a moment and remember 9/11. Gone but never forgotten.

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

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39 Responses to September

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! Maybe I’ll open a service business when I retire. That’s a big number for half an hour. Sad to hear about the squirrels. I don’t think there’s food worth standing behind 74 people to wait for.

    I hope you get a jump on your fall chores. I’m not sure if you’re in the path of the big wet that’s coming, but I hope you get some nice days this week.

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    • Yes, with your carpentry skills you could write your own ticket. I heard this week that the tree service we have used in the past is a year behind in responding to requests. I agree, there is no way I’d stand in that crowd to eat seafood. I think we’ll start up the generator and make sure it’s working before the weekend. 🙂

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  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    Sobering numbers indeed.
    … and nope, it’s not very often I will wait in line for a table in a restaurant ESPECIALLY if there are that many people waiting!!

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    $264.00 for 30 minutes!! Only in America! Very sad about the squirrels. I’ve noticed several here as well. I”d stay home and eat bread and butter before I would wait in a line like that.

    Hope you pace yourself with the fall chores. You won’t be perspiring, but those chores will have the same effect on your joints and muscles!!! Just ask mine! Lol.

    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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    • That service charge was like the old saying – ‘highway robbery.’ But, when they’re one of the only companies around that will schedule a repair call, you choke it down. And, I’ve been choking on that number since Friday. 🙂 Yes, I’m pacing because I’ve got MG gardening chores as well. 🙂


  4. Those are some numbers, and ouch about the electricity bill. Poor creatures who get hit by cars! Under any circumstances, I hate to see it, and this year sounds especially bad. No, I would never wait in line that long. Much too impatient, and in that case, impatience might actually be a virtue. As for the service charge…wowsah!

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  5. pastpeter says:

    Numbers keep getting higher all around… dead animals, long lines, crazy prices. You’re lucky you’re not near New York City or greater Boston! Don’t forget the service tech gets only a fraction of that $254. My son the carpenter works for companies that charge customers $150/h plus travel, while he’s lucky to get $20-25/h…

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    • You are so right about the tech person only getting a portion of the charge, and I can only imagine what that would be closer to a big city. The dead animals on the roads are absolutely disgusting. It’s like someone went through and mowed them down. When I counted those folks waiting in line at Newicks, I knew that was why we stop eating at some of our favorite restaurants two weeks before Memorial Day and don’t go back until the week after Labor Day. 🙂

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  6. Almost Iowa says:

    Took the scythe into the garden to rescue the tomatoes from the volunteer squash. Next year, we will do a better job of mulching. Promise. 🙂

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  7. We should have skipped college and all became plumbers.

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  8. Yup. I thought the same recently.

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  9. Joyce says:

    I agree with Marilyn. While there are things unique to a 4 year college degree that make it a desirable experience to have, many skilled laborers supersede those grads in career opportunity and pay level security. We just need to encourage our kids to do what they love and are talented in.

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  10. I’m obviously in the wrong job because I don’t earn anywhere near that much in half an hour. And no way would l stand in a line like that for food. There must be other places, or I would just go home and make my own lunch! This day in September seems to come round faster every year.

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    • Not many folks make that kind of money, and I’m sure the guy who came doesn’t make anywhere near that amount. I’m guessing in the future everything will have to be considered disposable because we won’t be able to find service people, and if we do we won’t be able to afford them.


      • Joyce says:

        Wonder if there’ll come a time where service people won’t be able to afford hiring themselves? Like, after the big recession (1985-ish) when housing finally took off and skyrocketed, we’d laugh about how we couldn’t afford to buy our own house!

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  11. germac4 says:

    I love the Dwarf White Dogwood & We’d love to plant one … but we are expecting a hot dry summer… so We are keeping things simple. Sept 11th will be remembered today at our War Memorial.

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Those are big numbers! Friday must have been the whopper-bill day. Mine was at the vet’s. 😦 Is overhead really THAT high?
    With the squirrels, I always think that there are plenty of scavengers that will eat well in prep for winter. Foxes often walk along roads to pick up free food, as do coyotes, turkey vultures, crows, etc. Nothing is wasted in nature.

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  13. Wow, that’s a lot for half-an-hour! Did they give you a quote before they came? I don’t think I’d go anywhere near a restaurant on Labor Day weekend… just a few days after that and you’d have the place to yourselves.

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  14. joey says:

    Whoa on the squirrel massacre. Whoa.
    No, I’m not waiting in that kind of line for any food. This is America, there’s food everywhere, thank you.
    Eek on the service call!
    And oh my goodness, this summer was too hot for too long and yeah, that was pricey, too!

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  15. No, I wouldn’t stand in a long line at any restaurant. Poor squirrels. That’s a really sad story. I’m so grateful that hubby is able to fix anything that goes wrong in the house. Saves us so much money. 😃 I can’t believe that 911 happened so many years ago. It still seems like yesterday. 😥

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  16. tonytomeo says:

    Todd Beamer and Mark Bingham were from Los Gatos. Tom Burnett was from San Ramon. I find it disturbing how September 11 is barely acknowledged here anymore.

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  17. Oddment says:

    I like your approach through numbers! What a way to sum it all up. I’m trying to picture that many people waiting in line at a restaurant — were they all looking down at their phones? I think that, faced with a line like that, I’d even eat my own cooking. Dead squirrels and expensive service calls — it’s a good thing you have a garden to balance things out! That dwarf white dogwood sounds beautiful! And, yes, today we remember.

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    • The group waiting at the restaurant was an assortment and many were definitely looking at their phones. The ones that amazed me were the clearly retired couples who could have been there at 4:45 and probably sat right down. I ordered, picked it up, and headed out in about ten minutes while shaking my head at that line the entire time. 🙂

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  18. KerryCan says:

    The squirrels are crazy this year! I hit one the other day and felt horrible the rest of the day but it was 100% unavoidable. I wish they’d stop and look both ways instead of darting directly in front of the car. Your numbers are pretty depressing . . . unless, I guess, you were the owner of the Lobster House!

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    • Sorry you had that experience, because none of us want to hit an animal, even a rodent type. Our roads just look like a battlefield. It’s pretty nasty. Yes, I’m pretty sure the owner of Newicks was smiling that weekend especially since an entire tour bus had just entered as I pulled into the lot.


  19. Annie says:

    I told my 4 children to each choose one of the following to marry: a doctor, a plumber, an electrician, and a carpenter. Only one child listened. But I did get a bonus with a CPA who does my taxes. That one wasn’t even on my list.
    I heard on a radio show that abundant acorns are the reason so many squirrels are dying on the roads. I was a little confused by that. I’m not sure if they could produce more litters with abundant acorns or they’re being killed gathering abundant acorns for the winter.

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    • Oh, I do love your thinking. We have CPAs in the family, and that is a wonderful bonus. 🙂 We drove to Rochester this morning for an errand, and the squirrels were everywhere. We had to keep dodging them. I told my husband Alfred Hitchcock could have made a movie out of this squirrel/acorn situation.

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  20. That’s a lot of dead squirrels. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything comparable.

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  21. Tina Schell says:

    LOL loved your numbers Judy. Amazed at the poor squirrels!

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