Sunday, May 4, 2014

Thar she blows

When I was bemoaning the sand dunes in my back yard last week, C in Wisconsin commented that a leaf blower 
would make short work of my porch sweeping chores. I thought that idea was pure genius 
and could not wait to purchase one. I was positively giddy driving to Home Depot yesterday, 
knowing a dirt-free porch would be my reward for going to town.

I was singing a happy tune as I unpacked Toro, the leaf blower. 
As usual, Smooch thought I was nuts.



Smooch: That thing better work. I'm embarassed to be seen out here in this filth.



Smooch: This looks hopeless if you ask me.



I was confident that Toro would clean up any amount of dirt and debris I could throw its way,
so I furminated Smooch first to prove my point.



I toyed with the of idea turning Toro on Smooch but thought better of it. Maybe next time.




I opted for an electric model because it was lightweight, powerful, and wouldn't run out of gas.




Toro is my new best friend.

Thank you, C, for the great idea!





32 comments:

  1. wow it looks new to me.. and that is a lot of fur, must be the winter coat getting ready for the heat.... love the nose hiding smooch best of all

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  2. wow! apocalyptic cleanliness! really good friend this bull (Toro)!

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  3. oh that should make life easier! Even Smooch looks impressed.

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  4. Looks great ...terrific idea. I am certain it feels good just to walk outside and see it. Bet you did that more than once. : ).
    Blessings from Lisa G in TN

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  5. Wally thinks our leaf blower is the best toy ever, and it's hard to get any work done with it as he's bouncing all around it and snapping at it. Funny to watch him.

    Glad you found a good solution for your problem!

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  6. I wish they would make them with less noise. Worse than my vacuum cleaner.

    BA SP

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  7. Wow, that is impressive!

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  8. Anne Boleyn5/4/14, 6:13 AM

    Finally! A good use for a leaf blower! And no neighbors to piss off with the noise!

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  9. Smooch looks very regal in the first photo.

    We use the Furminator for our two cats and one dog, I love that tool! I heard about it years ago on Oprah's talk show, when she still had a talk show.

    My husband is like you, he loves the leaf blower. He uses it for the leaves, mud, little branches, mulch, pretty much whatever lands up on the sidewalk or veranda. Glad someone suggested it to you, your place looks great.

    Laurie

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  10. The leaf blower has its place and I believe you have found it. I am all for it on hard surfaces like yours. Here in CT, the yard guys have been using them to blow leaves out of grass. What they have succeeded in doing is blowing away all the topsoil from the roots of the grass. As long as they are kept in check, they are the outdoor gift from above.

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  11. A job well done! Who would have thought?

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  12. Congrats on the new "makes life easier" device. Yeah, Smooch all pretty and unfurred.

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  13. Now you are going to be wishing to spend more time sitting out there with Smooch!

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  14. Perfect!
    I used a leaf blower for snow - just a suggestion ;-) We have a rock driveway going to the barn and it worked OK on a bit of snow - I wouldn't recommend it for a lot, but this spring I don't have piles of rock wherever I pushed the piles of snow like I had in the past!

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  15. I may have to get me one of them! Two patios and a carport all seem to accumulate an incredible amount of debris.

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  16. Congratulations on a lot of saved time and effort! For a moment I thought you'd built a special Toro stand out of sheer giddiness.

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  17. I just love the way Smooch sets her paws, so distinguished

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  18. Awwwwwwe-soooooommmmme! I know your dad is smiling from above :-)
    I am sure you will find many other uses for it. I saw one you-tube video where a guy found a way for it to blow toilet paper for the speedy rolling of people's yards :-)

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  19. It looks spotless! Bet you use that for lots of other chores too. We use our DriEze (dog hair dryer/blower) to remove cobwebs from ceilings and to blow leaves off the tiny porch. Which is good, because the dog hates it when I've tried to use it on after her bath-it is too loud and scares her.

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  20. Wonderful photos. Toro is looking pretty.

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  21. Now if it could just blow the hair off a shedding horse (or two) I'd be deliriously happy!

    So glad you are happy with your new blower. I couldn't live without mine. ;)

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  22. Works great for getting the sand out of my Tahoe and truck.Just open the doors and clean away.Nan

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  23. My leaf blower is my best friend when our seven huge oaks start dropping theirs in the fall. My son says it's not purist... like so what! It does the job in an hour that I could spend many hours on... and with the leaves, as with your sand, it's not like it over in one clearing them all out.

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  24. Wow, now I wish I had some dirt! Looks great!

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  25. Just remember to cover the tower to your computer when you take it indoors! :)

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  26. Linda, it works great in the barn on the stall mats too! We use ours all the time to blow out the tack room floor and then the stall mats. For a day they stay nice and clean.... then the wind blows and more dust! Have fun with Mr. Toro!!!! Oh... and we do use it on our Percheron. Start at the bottom of their legs.... if you are cleaning the stall mats, they just might walk up to see what you are doing.... that's when he gets his dirt blown out of his coat!!!

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  27. Looks great! Love the picture of Smooch hiding in embarrassment. We use the leaf blower for lots of things but it's perfect for the barn aisle cleanup after the stalls have been mucked.

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  28. I was waiting for the "Dissappearing Carson"! LOL But I see it did work quite well. You were not burried in a cloud of dust while you worked? Of course I did not think of using a leaf blower for this purpose. Will have to rethink the use of this gadget. We have a gas powered one. I can't start it! LOL

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  29. An American in Tokyo5/6/14, 8:02 PM

    WOW!! That leaf blower works wonders!!

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  30. I use a dog-blaster, it's far more powerful than the leaf blower. I use it to blow the debris from the yard and stables and to dry the stable mats after hosing. And to get rid of cobwebs. And groom dogs. And blow gravel back onto paths after chickens have been digging. And to dry the kitchen floor after mopping. And so on....! Fabulous contraption.

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