Booth Bijou Garage Theater

Mark Booth

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The roses and other new plants in the railroad tie planter are blooming in abundance. Here's right after it was planted in mid-May:




And 1 month later (this morning):




There's already a bunch of rose blooms open with many more to go. A few days ago I counted all of the buds. There was just over 110 buds between 9 rose bushes. One of them had 24 buds! This one has fewer buds/blooms, but many of its buds opened sooner:




It is very rewarding to see the fruits of your own labor! :)

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Beautiful yard! Do you have hummingbirds in your area? I put up a few feeders this year and have been completely charmed by those amazing creatures.
 

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Thank you! Yes, we see hummingbirds many times each day. In fact, during this morning's "project" (which I'm about to post below), a hummingbird was buzzing near my head several times. :)

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Last night I noticed that one of the new landscape lights that I installed on the back hill a few weeks ago wasn't working. It's the light closest to the area where there's been recent gopher activity on the hill so I immediately suspected it was due to the gopher. This morning I dug down to the wiring in that area and my suspicion was confirmed. The little buck-toothed rat bastard had chewed on some electrical tape around a connection and also chewed into (and almost completely severed) one of the wires.




Okay, you little ground-burrowing pain in the ass, this is WAR!


His tunnel was only a few inches below the surface.




I left the light disconnected for now and I set a Gophinator trap in the tunnel.




After baiting the backside of the trap with peanut butter, I used a sheet of metal, flexible rubber mat, and some dirt to cover the backside of the hole. Now I just have to wait. If he heads for that smell of peanut butter through the existing tunnel, the Gophinator won't miss.




BTW, in case anyone wonders how I work on the steep back hill safely...




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Go Go gophers. Remember them? I feed all the rabbits and squirrels, just to have them in the yard and feel like I am out in the country.
My neighbors want to kill me. LOL. Cut the little guys some slack, Give them something else to munch on rather than the glue in the electric tape.Questrider just may have picked out the next movie for the theater. You have to get a chuckle out of it? I hope you don't have a smart one like Bill Murray had LOL.
 

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Does that work on wives?? LOL.
I feel for you. But do some research I am sure you can find something that they don't like. Maybe cayenne pepper.
 

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Two days of no new gopher mounds on the back hill so, time to check the trap!

The Gophinator never misses! :thumbs:

I am not putting the image in-line because some people might object to seeing a dead gopher pop up in their feed. Click the link to have a look. No blood & guts, just a squeezed pocket gopher.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-LG9DMV4/0/f622efa5/O/i-LG9DMV4.jpg


The Gophinator trap has been relocated to our front yard where one of his relatives is making a mess of our lawn.

BTW, the landscape light wiring has been repaired and buried again. I didn't use electrical tape this time, I think the tape is what attracted the gopher.

Mark
 
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Something else for you to watch for after the gophers vacate the area. Praying mantis nests. We have humming bird feeders, and started noticing more praying mantis around. Then we began finding nests. We found out that praying mantis catch and eat humming birds. We started catching and relocating them to the woods. They did look quite hopeful in the morning, sitting around the feeders though.
 

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The Gophinator never misses! If it is tripped, then there is a gopher in it.

The gopher that was making a mess of our front lawn has joined his electrical tape eating relative in our trash bin.

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Something else for you to watch for after the gophers vacate the area. Praying mantis nests. We have humming bird feeders, and started noticing more praying mantis around. Then we began finding nests. We found out that praying mantis catch and eat humming birds. We started catching and relocating them to the woods. They did look quite hopeful in the morning, sitting around the feeders though.
I've never seen a praying mantis in our area.

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Something else for you to watch for after the gophers vacate the area. Praying mantis nests. We have humming bird feeders, and started noticing more praying mantis around. Then we began finding nests. We found out that praying mantis catch and eat humming birds. We started catching and relocating them to the woods. They did look quite hopeful in the morning, sitting around the feeders though.
Yikes, WTF?
 

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I am going to set up the Booth Bijou Garage Theater this weekend (just for my wife and I) so we can watch 'Greyhound' in a real movie theater type of atmosphere. It will be a bit of work but it's not like I don't have the spare time.

Trying to decide what we'll watch as the B movie before the main attraction. War films aren't my wife's favorite cup of tea. I might have to choose something more in the romantic comedy vein. :)

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Well, the forecast is for temps close to 100º today and tomorrow. My wife and I have thought better of our plan to set up the Garage Theater. We are going to have our "date night" movie event in front of our little 75" 4K screen. I'm preparing hot dogs for lunch plus a batch of real movie theater popcorn (not that microwave crap) in our Stir Crazy popper. We'll enjoy some snacks and sparking beverages with the popcorn while we watch a double feature.






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