Thursday, March 30, 2017

YARD WORK

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads


YARD WORK
Timeframe: 4/1/17 to 6/30/17

1. MOW THE LAWN
At the beginning of spring, after the ground has dried up, the grass may need a quick mow. Set the lawnmower to its highest setting to give the lawn a manicured look. If any bare patches are found, these spots should be reseeded.
* Read a book set in the spring (March-April-May) OR a book where someone uses some sort of machinery. 
What it Takes Shannon Stacey 5/2/17

2. FERTILIZE THE GRASS
A spring fertilization treatment can give your grass a boost of nutrients for strong spring and summer growth.
* Read a book with grass on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book with a "Z" somewhere in the title.
If Not for You (New Beginnings, #3) by Debbie Macomber If Not for You Debbie Macomber 4/10/17

3. PLANT THE GARDEN
Soil is ready for gardening once it is free of ice crystals and crumbles easily. Soil that is too wet is easily compacted, reducing beneficial soil aeration. Common early spring crops are peas, spinach, lettuces and leeks. Follow these crops with broccoli, cabbage, radishes, kale, turnips, new potatoes and onions. Mulch early bulbs if you live in areas where freezing temperatures hang on.
* Read a book with some sort of garden on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book where the author's first AND last initial can be found in AERATION. 
Summer of Change Elena Aitken 5/4/17


4. CHECK THE PLANT BULBS
It's not unusual for the foliage of early spring-blooming bulbs to turn brown, especially at the tips, when temperatures drop suddenly. Although the foliage may not look all that great, the bulbs themselves will be just fine and will flower pretty much on schedule.
* Read a book with a brown cover (show us the cover) OR a book with an unexpected temperature drop (like a sudden snowstorm or someone unprepared for the weather).
A Mother's Conviction Karen Lenfestey 4/9/17

5. PREPARE BIRDHOUSES
Inspect birdhouses to make sure they're firmly mounted. Clean their feeders, filling them with fresh seed once they dry. Give birdbaths a good scrubbing and refill with water. Last but not least, create a pile of ready-for-the-taking nesting materials to make life a little easier for our feathered friends.
* Read a book with a bird in the title or on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book with a character who is moving to a new home.
Ever After Jude Deveraux 4/6/17

6. WEED THE GARDEN
Removing weeds is much easier when they're small and the soil is moist with spring rain. To minimize the reappearance of weeds, use weed control fabric or tarp in your garden or flowerbeds.
* Read a book whose title starts with a letter in WEED (disregard A, An, The) OR a book with a character who is a gardener. 
Wild Kisses Addison Moore 4/4/17

7. EMPTY THE GUTTERS
Clean house gutters to prevent water from overflowing. Check them in the spring to ensure that no debris has become clogged in them during winter storms.
* Read a book where a storm is important to the story (tell us how) OR a book with flowing water on the cover (such as a waterfall, brook, stream, even the ocean--show us the cover).
(MC is a weather warden and she stops storms from doing too much damage. Bad guys come after her and try to kill her with lightning and storms.) 
Ill Wind Rachel Caine 4/3/17


8. RAKE THE LEAVES
Rake up fallen leaves and areas of dead grass. This is also a good time to remove last fall’s mulch and add new mulch to flower and vegetable beds.
* Read a book with leaves on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book where something is replaced.
Nantucket Nights Elin Hilderbrand 5/1/17

9. PRUNE PLANTS AND BUSHES
Pruning makes plants easier to maintain. Thinning the plants increases air circulation through the plant and helps reduce the potential for diseases and pests. Also prune your overgrown shrubs. Snipping off the dead bits makes way for new growth. Prune unwanted branches of trees and shrubs after new growth has begun.
* Read the first book of a new-to-you series AND a book where a character makes a major life change (such as a New Year's resolution, new job, marriage/divorce, etc.).
Fly With Me Chanel Cleeton 4/5/17

10. TRIM THE SHRUBS
Begin by pruning away dead or damaged branches. Your tools should be sharp enough to leave a straight, clear cut, with no ragged edges. Prune just above what's known as the "branch collar," that little ring of bumpy tissue at the junction of a branch and main trunk. Leaving the collar intact gives your shrub a better chance to callous over and recover from your surgery.
* Read a book where a character has had surgery OR a book with a sharp tool (or weapon) on the cover (show us the cover).
Rock Candy Kisses Addison Moore 4/1/17

11. GET THE GRILL READY
Guests always have a good time if there are drinks and food being served! After a long winter break the barbecue grill is probably a little crusty and in need of a good cleaning. A seasoned grill is a good thing, but a dusty and dirty grill is just gross.
* Read a book with "Food and Drink" on the main Goodreads genre page OR a book with some sort of party that is important to the story.
The Night the Lights Went Out Karen White 4/17/17

12. WASH THE WINDOWS
After a season of rain and snow the windows on your house will look dingy and dirty. When the sun comes out you don’t want to be looking out at water spots, you want to be able to enjoy the view!
* Read a book with a person who works in the cleaning field (such as housekeeping, maid, janitor, window washer, etc.) OR a book with the sun on the cover (show us the cover).
A Drink Before the War Dennis Lehane 4/12/17

13. WASH OUT TRASH CANS
Have you ever walked up to someone’s house and been offended by the smell of trash? Spring cleaning is the perfect time to wash out your trash cans and get them smelling fresh.
* Read a book with a residential home on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book with a scene where someone/something smells bad.
Fool Me Once Harlan Coben 4/5/17

14. OPEN THE POOL
The earlier you start-up the swimming pool, the better. Opening your pool a few weeks earlier than normal can mean the difference between saving money or costing more money.
* Read a book with water on the cover (must be man-made, like a pool or canal--show us the cover) OR a book with double letters in the author's first or last name.
Velvet Kisses Addison Moore 4/2/17

15. CLEAN OUTDOOR FURNITURE
When guests arrive you’ll want to make sure they have a clean place to sit and relax. Cleaning outdoor furniture is the last thing to do to have the outside of your home fully prepared for spring!
* Read a book with an outdoor scene on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book that is the last book (or most recently published book) in a series.
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, #17) by Lee Child A Wanted Man Lee Child 4/7/17

CHALLENGE RULES: 
♦ If you want to participate in a challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link here for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not simply skim through it. 

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover, include a link to the book cover. If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 
* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: 
Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you’ve read :) If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

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