Friday, February 23, 2018

2/23/18
No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.

11 degrees, clam and clear.  A SE breeze today with snow or wintery mix possible this afternoon/evening, a high of 34 and a low of 29. morning clouds/afternoon sun tomorrow  with strong NW breezes, a high of 43 and a low of 10.  2-4 inches of snow late Sunday with a brisk ESE breeze, a high of 32 and a low of 29.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun Monday with a WNW breeze, a high of 45 and a low of 22.  Sunny Tuesday with a WNW breeze, a high of 44 and a low of 25. Partly cloudy Wednesday with a NW breeze, a high of 43 and a low of 23. Sunny Thursday with a NNE breeze, a high of 43 and a low of 26.  PM rain/snow showers next Friday with a stiff NNE breeze, a high of 41 and a low of 32.  AM rain/snow showers next Saturday with a strong NNE breeze, a high of 42 and a low of 32.  Partly cloudy Sunday with a strong NNE breeze, a high of 41 and a low of 31.  NE breezes to start the week of March 5th switching to NW the end of the week.  Snow showers Monday the 5th, rain snow Wednesday, the 7th.  highs about 40 and lows about 27.
     Darel enjoyed riding to town yesterday but was tired when we got back.  Days his pulse are high he is comfortable but rests a lot.
      I ran water and did odds and ends in the greenhouse.  I could smell that the skunks were out and about when i went out at eleven to put wood on the fires.  No smell at two so it had moved on.
       I'm running late this morning.  My computer updated yesterday and isn't working very well.  I'm going to shut it off, put wood on the fires and get Darel breakfast.  the CNA will be here at seven.
       Have a good day, Sally

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2/22/18
Practicing gratitude can shift your perspective and helps maintain a steady sense of calm and happiness.

 A light NE breeze, clear and 26 degrees.  Some sun this morning but mostly cloudy today with a NNW breeze, a high of 33 and a low of 26.  Mostly cloudy Friday with an inch of wintery mix late in the day, a light SE breeze, a high of 35 and a low of 30.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun on Saturday with a stiff NW breeze, a high of 41 and a low of 19.  2-4 inches of snow Sunday with an ESE breeze, a high of 33 and a low of 31.  Sunny Monday with a west breeze, a high of 44 and a low of 24.  Partly cloudy Tuesday with a NW wind, a high of 40 and a low of 22.  Partly cloudy Wednesday with a brisk NWN breeze, a high of 38 and a low of 20.  Sunny next Thursday with a stiff NNW breeze, a high of 38 and a low of 23.  Cloudy next Friday and Saturday with a stiff north breeze, a high of 40 and a low of 30. Partly cloudy the week of March 4th with brisk north breezes, high about 40 and lows about 27.
     Darel's pulse were high but he had a quiet day yesterday, probably quieter than he would have liked.  Today I'm going to try to fit in a fried chicken run.
     I took advantage of yesterday's warmth and a bare roof to let the cook stove fire go out so we could clean the chimney.  It badly needed it.  The powder 'I've been putting in every few days is supposed to keep the creosote from burning.  Even so i sleep better with it all cleaned out.  There has been so much snow with ice this winter that the chimney hasn't been cleaned like it has been other winters.
       I got the hoses out to run water.  Some of them needed new ends.  With no tea kettle of boiling water on the cook range I had to start the fire in the headhouse.  I stick the end of the hose in boiling water so I can slip the new ends in.  I was going to start the fire last night anyway.  Between cleaning the cook range and getting the hoses ready i didn't have time to run water.  Today's job.
       Andrew showed up with a floor jack so he could reinstall the big stove in the greenhouse.  Over the years it had gotten out of kilter.  I started the fire  last night in a steady level stove with cleaned out stove pipe.  When i plugged it the fan behind it the fan made a horrible noise.  One of the blades was broke.  So I had to put in the fan from the garage that we run when we put in damp firewood. Getting started always seems to be one thing after another.  After Gilbert cleaned the chimney he filled all the soil barrels so I just have to add water today and we are ready to go.  The greenhouse temperature stayed at sixty all night.  Very good for the first night and only putting wood on every three and a half hours.  There is a lot of ground to heat up and sixty some bales of soil.
       Have a good day, Sally

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2/21/18
Be the sunshine in someone's life.

Calm, 35 degrees with fog.  Fog will gradually blow away this morning with a brisk SW breeze.  Mostly cloudy this afternoon with a high of 54, dropping to 22 tonight.  Mostly cloudy tomorrow with a NNW breeze, a high of 34 and a low of 18.  PM snow showers Friday with a SE breeze, a high of 35 and a low of 29.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun on Saturday with a stiff NW breeze, a high of 42 and a low of 22.  Rain/snow Sunday with a strong ESE breeze, a high of 35 and a low of 29.  Partly cloudy Monday with a WNW breeze, a high of 42 and a low of 21.  Sunny Tuesday with a strong NW breeze, a high of 37 and a low of 17.  Partly cloudy next Wednesday with a Brisk NNW breeze, a high of 34 and a low of 19.  Possible snow showers next Thursday with a north wind, a high of 38 and a low of 25.  Partly cloudy the next six days with strong north breezes, highs about 40 and lows about 27.
      Darel had a very good day yesterday.  He felt good and enjoyed watching one of our Alaskan hunting videos in the afternoon with Raymond Freeman and Ray Bickmore.  You can imagine the stories!
      A great night last night.  Central girls won their semi final game.  Rachael had a great game.  They play Houlton in the final Friday.
      I'm back to walking with spikes.  The ice is soft so it is easier walking.  When the ice freezes hard tonight i may drive the truck to the greenhouse.I went to the doctor's yesterday and got my back put back in place.  I'd like to keep it that way.
      Today I'm running water to the greenhouse.  The first time I run the hose always take the longest.  i don't usually have 54 degree weather to for the first run.  I'll fill buckets and barrels but I'm not sure there will be much thawed soil.  Tonight the fires will be burning.
       Have a good day, Sally

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2/20/18
Live for what today has to offer, not what happened yesterday.

35 degrees, calm with clouds.  Rain today with the temperature holding steady in the thirties and a gentle NE breeze.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun tomorrow with a SW breeze, a high of 56 and a low of 24.  Cloudy Thursday with a NNW breeze, a high of 35 and a low of 17.  Partly cloudy Friday with a SSE breeze, a high of 36 and a low of 39.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun Saturday with a strong WNW breeze, a high of 42 and a low of 20.  4-8 inches of snow Sunday afternoon and night with a strong ENE breeze, a high of 35 and a low of 27.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun on Monday with a brisk WNW breeze, a high of 38 and a low of 22.  Lots of clouds with few breaks of sun the last few days of February and the first six days of March.  Highs will be in the upper thirties, lows in the mid twenties with strong NWN breezes.  Possibly a snow shower Saturday, the 3rd.
      Darel had a very quiet day yesterday, resting up from Sunday.  The nurse and social worker are coming by this morning and friends are stopping by this  afternoon.
       I finalized my box fill for next next week.  i'm still mostly putting things away that should have been put away last fall.  Just a few more spots to sort and I'll start laying plants and pots out.  Andrew has the stove pipe all cleaned.  Tonight he is is going to get the stove ready to go.  It got out of kilter last spring when the frost went out and never got leveled.  He is going to level it and thinks he can fix it so that won't happen again.  Since it has been above freezing all week I'm going to start the fire tomorrow night so we don't lose any of the heat nature has given us.
       Enjoy your day, Sally

Monday, February 19, 2018

2/19/18
A new day with new opportunities to make a difference.

 21 degrees, some clouds with a light SW breeze.  A Sw wind today, showers this afternoon with a high of 43 and a low of 34.  A gentle NE breeze tomorrow with showers, a high of 40 and a low of 34. A WSW breeze Wednesday with morning clouds/afternoon sun, a high of 57 and a low of 25. Mostly cloudy Thursday with a NNW breeze, a high of 36 and a low of 17.  Afternoon snow showers Friday with a SSE breeze, a high of 35 and a low of 31.  Rain/snow showers Saturday with a WNW breeze, a high of 40 and a low of 24.  Cloudy Sunday with an ENE breeze, a high of 36 and a low of 29. Morning rain/snow next Monday with a NNW breeze, a high of 40 and a low of 24. Lots of clouds the next week with stiff NW breeze, highs in the high thirties, Lows slowly climbing from from a low of 20 next Tuesday to a low of 28 Monday, the 4th.
      Friday's "event" has slowed Darel done a bit but we went to Sunday School and church with no problem.  Caring people in church are always ready to help him get to his feet.  Once he is on his feet he is slow but gets where he is going.
    We had a wonderful 3 inches of wet snow Saturday night.  the kids run and slide on the ice underneath, plowing snow.  Me, now I can walk anywhere in the sticky snow without spikes. So nice!  I'm still walking on top of the drifts to feed the birds.
     After my Sunday nap I did a bit in the greenhouse, then came in and watered plants.  Watering plants takes quite a bit of time now. My geraniums look so pretty blooming in the windows but they take lots of water.  Little seedlings take lots of water too.  But they need watered slowly and gently.
     Have a good day, Sally

Sunday, February 18, 2018

2/18/18
Draw near God and He will draw near you

     Calm, 23 degrees with light snow.  A high of 37 today with strong NW breezes, a low of 16 tonight.  Partly cloudy tomorrow with strong SSW breezes, a high of 44 and a low of 34.  Showers Tuesday with a gentle NNE breeze, a high of 41 and a low of 35.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun on Wednesday with a WSW breeze, a high of 63 and a low of 37.  Mostly cloudy Thursday with a WSW breeze, a high of 36 and a low of 18.  Sunny Friday with a west breeze, a high of 37 and a low of 27.  Afternoon showers Saturday with a WNW breeze, a high of 41 and a low of 28.  Rain/freezing rain next Sunday morning, showers in the afternoon, with a WNW breeze, a high of 41 and a low of 30.  partly cloudy the week of February 26th with stiff NW breezes, highs in the upper thirties and lows in the mid twenties.
  Darel had a quiet and comfortable day yesterday.  Awake and looking forward to church this morning.
    I spent quite a bit of time yesterday with my shipping list, listing each tray of plugs or cuttings and what they get planted into.  Andrew and i worked in the greenhouse for awhile.  This week he'll get the wood stove ready to go.  I still have some cleaning to do, then I'll start ling up baskets and trays.  I've ordered some violas for pretty color Mother's Day.  I ordered some small plant pots in matching colors.
    The long range forecast the weather channel put out for a cool spring didn't please me.  I remind myself that long range forecasts can be iffy.  Spring always comes, just maybe not when i want it to.
     Have a good day, Sally

Saturday, February 17, 2018

2/17/18
The best way to love someone is not to change them but help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.

 Clear, 10 degrees. with a west breeze.  Sunny today with a high of 28 and a low of 20.  Snow showers tomorrow morning with a stiff NW breeze, a high of 37 and a low of 14.  Sunny Monday with a stiff SSW breeze, a high of 43 and a low of 34.  Steady rain Tuesday morning, showers in the afternoon and Tuesday night.  A gentle SW breeze with a high of 50 and a low of 39.  Possible morning showers Wednesday with a brisk WSW breeze, a high of 63 and a low of 29.  Mostly cloudy Thursday with a NNW breeze, a high of 36 and a low of 18.  Sunny Friday with a WSW breeze, a high of 37 and a low of 25. Morning snow showers next Saturday with a SW breeze, a high of 42 and a low of 31.  Afternoon rain/snow showers next Sunday with a brisk NNW breeze, a high of 41 and a low of 27.    Brisk NW breezes for the next week with lots of clouds, some showers, highs in the upper thirties and lows in the mid twenties.
      Darel was comfortable yesterday but his pulse was high and irregular, he slept a lot.  He enjoyed a visit from a friend and a ride to the feed store.  I changed my plans and worked in the house yesterday.  No problem, plenty to do.
      Feeding the birds was a breeze with no ice on the feeders.  But I'm wondering how long the drifts will hold me up.  So much wet ice in the driveway that I drove the truck to the greenhouse. Three of the tires on the hose reel are free of the ice, I put some salt around the other one.   I"ll wear my spikes today and leave a pair of shoes  out there to put on when I get inside.  I'm wondering if this week's weather will bare the driveway.
      Looking forward to a busy day and a busy week.  Enjoy your day, Sally