Monday, March 22, 2010
We ended up having a really nice weekend, despite the forecast for rain (which held off until late Sunday night - take that, NOAA!). Most of our weekend was spent doing an outside spring cleanup: picking up a zillion sticks, shoveling a winter's worth of dog doo, plotting and prepping garden areas...the usual springtime fun. We're also taking down a lot of old fencing, putting up new fencing, moving some critters, and prepping for some exterior remodeling/repairs.
Very soon it'll be time to get the potatoes and onions in the ground. Potatoes are planted when the daffodils bloom. Garlic gets the mulch scraped off when the daffodil leaves are up a few inches (should've done it over the weekend but forgot). Many people plan their planting by the calendar, but the calender really has no idea what the weather is like in any given area. Nature's indicators, like daffodils blooming or oak leaves budding, in my experience, always yield better results.
And then there's Easter! We'll be coloring eggs with the grandkids (hopefully) this weekend, and then an egg hunt, possibly indoors if the weather is very wet. Of course we don't hide the real eggs indoors, although I'm sure the dogs would find any we missed. Not that I want to deal with egg-dog-poop-er-iah any more than I want to deal with lost and found once they are rotten eggs. So we just stick with the plastic ones for inside.
We'll also make our traditional bunny cake (pics and instructions to be posted later). As for Easter weekend, it's still wide open, unless the grandkids have a change in plans and come then instead of this coming weekend.
In the meantime, I'll be returning to work. Later on, when the weather is clear, I plan to bike the three miles to work, then the three miles back home, to be followed by an afternoon of hauling firewood. I'll either be in super shape or dead by the time summer comes. Personally, I'm hoping for super shape and not dead; it's been years since I've owned a string bikini, and I'm not getting any younger, so I figure it's now or never.
When I complain to Eöl that I've gotten pale and plump over the winter, he just smiles and says, "Don't worry, Luv. Soon you'll be a brown stick."
He's probably right.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
We had our very first cookout of the year today! I know...I get excited over really small stuff. But after being buried under so much snow, it was nice to be outside enjoying life.
Rumor has it that we'll get one more big snow before the warm weather comes to stay. Noooooo!!!! I think I've seen more than enough snow for one year, thanks anyway!
You may have noticed that the Facebook icon is missing. I didn't last long at all, did I? Thanks to my user name being CountryLife CountryWife, I somehow (I sure as heck didn't sign up for it!!) ended up on a Country Life fan list. Oh, not a fan list for my blog, or for living in the country, but for some Facebook time bandit game thingie. Thanks to said fan list, I was inundated with friend requests. Nice to be popular, huh? *shrugs* Would've been nicer if we'd had something in common.
So, to those of you that had interesting things to say (Crystal, Dac, and a few others I can't think of at the moment), I really did enjoy your posts. I may get back to Facebook eventually, if I can come up with a better user name. Until then, I'll be the only person on the planet without a Facebook page. *sigh*
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
- There is a direct link between papering a ceiling and developing Tourette's Syndrome.
- Long hair can easily become sandwiched between ceiling and paper, in effect papering my friggin' head to the friggin' ceiling!
- Gravity is not a friend to wet ceiling paper.
- Any project involving painful neck manipulation will take exactly four times longer than it should.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I really can't take credit for the lovely seedlings. I taught Little Sis how to care for them, and she's done it daily.
Here are a few tips for starting seeds indoors:
- Water: keep them moist, but don't overdo it. Rainwater is best, if you have it.
- Turn: if seedlings are in front of a window, they'll stretch toward the sun. Turn them a few times a day. They get a nice back and forth work out, and don't get so leggy/spindly.
- Brush: brush your hand back and forth across the seedlings (very gently) a couple of times a day. This helps build strong, healthy, stocky stems; outside, a breeze would do this naturally. You can also turn a fan on them a few times a day (don't blow them off the table!).
- Timing: if you start your seeds too soon, you'll need to re-pot them once the roots fill up their starter cells. I started mine early on purpose; maybe I'll have a few extra plants to sell.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Now that I think about it, it may be faster than blogging for the upcoming spring rush. Or I may just fall asleep halfway to the pc and never post anything. lol I thought I may as well give it a shot. It may be fun.
Just look to the left for the link.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
- Thursday, I said we had heard nary a peep. Thursday night, the peepers started peeping. Just a few at first, but now a full chorus of spring peeping frogs lull me to sleep at night.
- PMS and a chainsaw could be a bad combination...in the wrong hands. Bwahahaha!!!
- My fortune cookie says, "A day without smiling is a day wasted."
- Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is AMAZING!! Especially in digital 3-D!! WOOT! Johnny Depp is super hot even as an orange-haired, googly-eyed madman.
- It's amazing how quickly two feet of packed snow can become two feet of boot-sucking, slip-sliding, butt-busting, stinky, wet shlorp.
- If Country Life and Farmville are such fun, why do I keep getting hits for a bot to run these games? In the real world, animals poop, blueberries don't grow (quickly) from seed, and bots don't run farms. Go outside.
- I love Trader Joe's and wish we had one here.
- Goat cheese smells like a stinky sock, but tastes much better...I think.
- A spider on my keyboard will send it crashing to the floor and me shrieking like a little girl. Ick.
- I now return you to your regularly scheduled program.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Yesterday was sunny and warm. I don't know the official temp, but the car said 62 degrees at one point, and it sure felt like it outside. Today is also sunny and amazingly warm for this time of year. NOAA predicted rain every single day this week. Sometimes it's good when they are wrong. ;)
Most of our snow melted yesterday. It was really odd: I was out yesterday morning, hiking through two feet of snow, and then last night I was slogging through swampland...all on the same path. The shady areas of our field still have a solid foot, but soon it will all be gone. Hooray!!!
The honey bees are foraging like mad. Nothing is blooming, so they have settled for the feed corn in the chicken pen. Lucky for them, the chickens don't seem too interested in bee snacks.
The windows are open and we have a warm breeze wafting through the house. Ahhhh fresh air!!
It's such a gorgeous day, I'm not about to waste it sitting here. I'm off to explore the marshlands.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
A likely suspect
Also making things difficult is the feeling of being watched. Have you ever noticed it's hard to concentrate when someone is staring at you? **Looks out window**
Ack!! Evil SnowGoons!! No wonder I can't get any writing done today!!
I guess I'll go work on papering the den ceiling instead.