Friday, March 22, 2013

Poor Phil is taking a beating!

Ohio prosecutor seeks death penalty for Punxsutawney Phil after bad forecast 

full story here...


I want Spring as much as the next guy but damn wouldn't that set a president.  So we could start knocking off weather men and women who routinely, with every instrument and data known to man, still can't predict the weather 3 days out correctly?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hope Springs Eternal or Eternal Hope for Spring

A man is who a master of patience is master of everything else. ~ George Savile 

So yesterday was the first day of Spring.  Did you notice it? Are you waiting patiently for it's arrival?   We had some melting of the 5 inches of snow we received Monday and Tuesday.  

 My duck is still laying eggs as if to mock me.  I witnessed the appearance of the first robin on March 10th.  I have hung out bits of roving and pieces of yarn so they might now furbish their nests with wool or knit themselves some leg warmers.  The man and I spent the weekend getting firewood to set aside for next year but I am beginning to wonder if we will be using it sooner than we thought!  After a year of above normal temperatures March has us hanging around 10-15 degrees below the norm. 

While no seed has been planted yet I have begun cleaning up the greenhouse, raking the garden and cutting the raspberry bushes.  I was going to burn some garden debris but while the snow may inhibit the spread of a fire it is now inhibiting the starting of the fire with this new accumulation.  More is expected next week too.

My time spent inside has not been wasted.  I have filing paperwork, reorganizing the canning shelves in the basement so when the garden does produce its bounty I will be able to get right to it.  It has also given me an idea of what I need to plant more or less of. 

We have also been tossing the idea back and forth weather we should raise our own pigs this year or not.  Financially the meat can be purchased cheaper but I know what is in the ones I raise and I know they are raised humanely.  Then “because of sequestration” we may or may not be losing our meat inspectors, which means higher prices or subpar meat.  Then there the SHTF scenario, if they are unable to get the meat to the stores we would have it on the hoof. A friend has all the equipment and has agreed to help butcher them instead of sending them out which would cut down on some cost….so it continues to go back and forth.

I have been looking at the fiber that needs to be sheared and sent out along with some more residing in the basement.  I have been spinning again

I should stick to it as the stash just keeps increasing.  I get so into knitting that I push the wheel aside and it sits and probably waits as patiently for me as I do for Spring.  One reason for the lack of spinning is I have been using acrylic for Baby O.  Now I need wool.  I have been thinking of dyeing some roving but have to find the dyes as it has been so long!  I have been knitting another baby afghan, a mindless checkerboard design.  

 The Skipping Stones afghan is on hold while I try to find more yarn.  I have been feeling the urge to knit socks so maybe when the checkerboard afghan is done #2 daughter might get her long promised pair.

I have to start packing up projects to take with me as I am going to be gone for a week to babysit Baby O while his sister or brother makes an appearance.  The C-section is planned for April 5th so I have to get everything written down that needs to be done here while I am gone.  Part of me is cringing to think what this house is going to turn into but the other part is thinking it might be a good learning experience for the #2’s who have had the luxury of having me home to follow behind them cleaning up and do their bidding  their entire lives.  Not that they would ever take advantage of that!!!!!!! Not those precious little angels.  As the #1’s would say it is time to cut some of the apron strings in anticipation of kicking them out of the nest!

So fifteen days until grandchild # 2.  Then it is #1 son's wedding, #2 daughters graduation...maybe I shouldn't be in such a rush for things to speed up as there is a ton of things yet to do!

Friday, March 01, 2013

personal weather prophet has spoken

“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere,
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintery rest.”
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant

Yesterday while walking to the barn I was amazed at how many more birds were singing.  Then I opened the coop and in the corner I find…. A duck egg from my personal weather prophet extraordinaire.  

It made me walk home with a lilt in my step.  Then as I was walking up the stairs to the house I heard geese.  At first I thought it was our resident river geese but the noise was louder than their usual clamor. The fog had not burned off yet so I could not see them and get a picture but it was a fairly large gaggle - actually it is skein if they are in flight.

When I went to the barn this morning I found another duck egg so it is no fluke.  Now to be on the lookout for the first robin.

We went to visit #1 daughter and Baby O last weekend.  He is getting so big and so is she with only a month to go before #2 grandchild arrives. I am going down for the week she is in the hospital to take care of Baby O.  I have to get yarn and patterns together to work on while he is napping.

We stopped at the produce market by them and picked up a bunch of stuff.  #1 daughter had requested strawberry syrup so I made her 3 pints.  I picked up mushrooms and canned 12 pints of mushroom soup.  The rest of the stuff we have been devouring this week - asparagus, kiwi, Asian pears, grapes and eggplant for parmigiana.   

Not much fiber working getting done while canning, cooking and cleaning….maybe this weekend.