Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12/12/17
I believe in the sun when I can't see it,  I belive in love when I can't feel it and I belive in God.

Cloudy, nine degrees with a NE breeze. Snow to stat shortly 3-5 inches with NE winds.  Rain/ freezing rain this evening, up to s half inch of rain during the night as temperatures hover around freezing with a low of 31.  Rain snow tomorrow morning with a high of 34 and a strong west breeze.  Getting colder as the storm moves away, down to ten tomorrow night.  Partly cloudy Thursday with a brisk west breeze, a high of 18 and a low of 2.  Sunny Friday with a WSW breeze, a high of 18 and a low of 5.  Partly cloudy Saturday with a NW breeze, a high of 22 and a low of 8.  Partly cloudy Sunday with a light west breeze, a high of 19 and a low of 9.  Still some clouds Monday with a NNW breeze, a high of 20 and a low of 11.  Afternoon show showers next Tuesday with a light WSW breeze, a high of 27 and a low of 18. Cloudy next Wednesday with a stiff WNW breeze, a high of 25 and a low of 4.  Sunny Thursday, the 21st, with a WNW breeze, a high of 18 and a low of 12.  Afternoon snow showers Friday, the 22ed, with a WNW breeze, a high of 26 and a low of 12.   Cloudy Saturday, the 13rd, with a light WNW breeze, a high of 23 and a low of 9.  Possible snow showers Christmas Eve day, likely snow on Christmas Day with highs about 21 and lows about 10.
       Darel had a good day yesterday, napped a lot.  We went to Corinth in the afternoon, he always enjoys getting out.  We both slept well last night, he and his his cat are still sleeping , enjoying the warmth of the pellet stove.
      I got diesel when we went to Corinth.  Doug put it in my tractor with some power service so the tractor is all set for awhile.  Doug or Gilbert do most of the plowing, i just use it for clean up.  I noticed a skunk had tried to get under the house.  Thanks to the cement blocks it gave up.  Nicole said she saw one Saturday night.  I really didn't want a resident skunk this winter.  In the barn eating rats and mice is OK but not under the house.
      More Christmas gifts came yesterday, I must set aside some time for wrapping.  i did get the front room nativity set up on a box yesterday, we both like it that way.  tomorrow light bulbs and other new light accessories should come for the lights in the Village.  i did look for them in Bangor.  What they had was about four times the price on line even with paying shipping on some.
      I finished my nursery order, I was able to get most of what I wanted.  Crop failure on one of the lilac varieties but I'll have a nice selection.  I'm glad i got most of my order in earl, they are already sold out of a lot of things.  They are the only nursery selling bare root shrubs that I know of that doesn't use neonicotinoids.
      Only nine days until the 21st when the days start getting loner.  Only a few seconds at first but  headed in the the right direction!  have a good day, Sally

Monday, December 11, 2017

12/11/17
Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.

Some clouds with a SW breeze, twenty degrees.  Sun this afternoon with a west breeze, a high of 33 and a low of 12.  3-5 inches of snow tomorrow with NE winds and a high of 35.  A low of 32 tomorrow night with rain, perhaps a half inch.  Cloudy Wednesday with a stiff SW breeze, a high of 34, dropping to 8 Wednesday night. Some clouds Thursday with a strong west breeze, a high of 16 and a low of 2.Sunny and cold Friday, a gentle NW breeze, a high of 19 and a low of 4. Sunny Saturday with a west breeze, a high of 25 and a low of 6.  Sunday will be cloudy with a light SW breeze, a high of 26 and a low of 18.  Partly cloudy next Monday with a WNW breeze, a high of 30 and a low of 12.  Partly cloudy next Tuesday with a WNW breeze, a high of 25 and a low of 10. About the same Wednesday, the 20th, only a little colder.  Sunny Thursday and a few degrees colder.  Than snow showers through Christmas.
      Darel didn't feel like venturing out in the snow for church.  He had a so so day but was tired and went to bed early.  He had an "event" lasting a couple hours last night, as usual he doesn't remember anything.  He seems ok this morning.  He is asleep now.
      Last fall a lady pulled up a bunch of ajuga, stuck it in a plastic bag and dropped it off.  When cold weather came I stuck it in the greenhouse.  Yesterday I finally opened the bag and saw several nice plants.  I potted them up and put them in a north window upstairs.  By the time I got that done Darel was resting and I felt I could go outside and do some snow clean up.  Gilbert had already plowed.
      I do better if I can get out for awhile each day.  I cleaned a path into the greenhouse and Quonset hut and did a very good job shoveling out the horse barn.  Last year the horse barn door got to be a problem.  Maybe we won't get 40 inches at a wack this winter.  I also bought two bales of soil into the house garage.  There always seems to be something I forget.  But it was easy to slide it in the tractor bucket, things aren't froze up tight yet.
      The Nativity is always the focal point in the front room.  That isn't the case this year, it just sort of blends in with the Village.  During the night it came to me, all I have to do is set it up higher, on a box.  I'll do that this morning.
       Have a good day, Sally

Sunday, December 10, 2017

12/10/17
Anything can be an adventure.  Its all what you make of it.

Very light snow falling on the 4 or 5 inches we got during the night.  27 degrees with a gentle north breeze. Clearing with a WNW breeze today, a high of 38, dropping to 18 tonight.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun tomorrow with a WNW breeze, a high of 32 and a low of 11.  4-8 inches of snow with NE winds Tuesday, a high of 29 a low of 24.  A few flakes Wednesday with stiff WNW breeze, a high of 28 and a low of 6.  Sunny Thursday with a strong west breeze, a high of 14 and a low of -1.  Partly cloudy Friday with a gentle NW breeze, a high of 17 and a low of -3.  Partly cloudy Saturday with a west breeze, a high of 24 and a low of 13.  Morning snow showers next Sunday with a SW breeze, a high of 29 and a low of 18.  Pleasant Monday, the 18th, snow showers the rest of the week into the weekend. 
      Darel had a quiet day yesterday, relaxing, listening to carols and watching the game. Keeping his feet up.   For some reason he couldn't sleep last night, watching TV now.
      I cut the rest of the Brussel sprouts yesterday and stacked them by the chicken house door.  there will be a stalk of sprouts a day for a couple months.  Checked the squash and found a big buttercup that is soft, they'll have that today.  Plenty of good ones for us.
      The little man is out on his stump, the bird feeders are full, the tractor backed into the garage so i can just lower the bucket and push snow on the way out.  I think everything that needed to be done before winter was done. I do need to put some power service in the tractor.
      I'll going out to do some snow clean up, not enough so I need help.  It is Christmas card beautiful out there.  I don't know if we are going to church.  Enjoy your day, Sally

Saturday, December 9, 2017

12/9/17
Yesterday is gone, tomorrow isn't here yet. Enjoy today.

24 degrees, calm with clouds.  A NNE breeze today with a high of 35, a low of 27 and 3-5 inches of snow tonight.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun tomorrow with a brisk WNW breeze, a high of 35 and a low of 16.  Partly cloudy Monday with a NW breeze, a high of 26 and a low of 12.
Strong NNE breezes Tuesday with 2-5 inches of snow, a high of 27 and a low of 19.  Cloudy Wednesday with a WNW breeze, a high of 23 and a low of 2.  Sunny Thursday with a strong west breeze, a high of 12 and a low of -3.  Afternoon snow showers Friday with a light north breeze, a high of 19 and a low of 5.  Sunny next Saturday with a west breeze, a high of 24 and a low of 114.   Some clouds next Sunday with a SW breeze, a high of 30 and a low of 19.  A little warmer but lots of snow showers forecast for the week of the 18th, every day but Thursday, the 21st.
     Darel had a good day yesterday, especially because we went to Bangor late afternoon.  He likes to "people watch" and we enjoyed the lights.  His pulse aren't so good again and his feet are more swollen.  Pulse is plural because we always take both sides, often the sides read far apart.
     My family  birthstone necklace broke.  I didn't take it in for its annual checkup last fall.  I was so blessed not to lose it.  it is now at Day's getting repaired.  They are so nice there.  While we waited for the jeweler to look at it the clerk and I has a lovely visit about the true meaning of Christmas.  She will be praying Darel is still here for Christmas.  Most days are good enough so I'm sure he will be, occasionally I'm question.
     I worked on plant orders in the morning.  I should have been working on them sooner, some things are sold out with my regular supplier.
Heather and Mike were here.  Heather and I were checking out vegetable seeds.  Heather and Mike also sell vegetables.  We both think this is going to be a good season.  People are learning that our vegetables are more nutritious and taste better.  We feed our soil, food can only be as good as the soil it is grown in.
      Have a good day, Sally

Friday, December 8, 2017

12/8/17
Whatever you do, do it with all your heart.

Clearing, 26 degrees with a light dusting of snow last night.  Sunny today with a WSW breeze,  a high of 36 and a low of 24.  Cloudy tomorrow with a NE breeze, a high of 35 and a low of 27.   1-3 inches of snow tomorrow night into Sunday morning.  Strong WNW breezes Sunday with a high of 35 and a low of 27.  partly cloudy Monday with a west breeze, a high of 29 and a low of 4. 4-8 inches of snow Tuesday into Wednesday morning will usher in winter.  A NE breeze Tuesday with a high of 24 and a low of 19.  A NNW wind Wednesday with a high of 25 and a low of 5.  Partly cloudy Thursday with strong west breezes, a high of 14 and a low of -3.  some clouds with a west breeze Friday, a high of 17 and a low of -2. Sunny next Saturday with a light west breeze, a high of 21 and a low of 11.  Pleasant December weather the beginning of the week of 17th with snow showers forecast for Thursday and Friday.  Highs will be in the twenties, lows in the teens until the end of the week when they drop to ten.
      Darel had a good day yesterday, normal pulse.  Andrew, Gayle and Annabelle visited with him in the afternoon why I went for a haircut.
      Years ago Andrew put a little man (gnome) in the kitchen garden.  Over the years he has waved and smiled everyday.  We know winder was truly here when we couldn't see his hand.  Seeing the tip of his hand signaled the snow was melting,  seeing his smile said spring was just around the corner.  Somehow the storm we had blew him off his bottom.  i was going to toss him.  Darel said i couldn't do that, he'd been with us too many years.  Try to super glue him.  So Wednesday night I did.  He was so faded his smile didn't show.  Yesterday morning I left the floors dirty and repainted him.  Today he'll go back to waving to us as we look out the window.  Until the winter snows put everything , including him, in the garden to sleep.  Darel was pleased with my job.
       Now I need to do what i didn't do yesterday.  I still have some potting to do do in the greenhouse witth only a few days left to do it in.  Today will be very pleasant in there.
    Have a good day, Sally

Thursday, December 7, 2017

12/7/17
Do not fear going ahead slowly, only fear standing still.

 27 degrees with a SW breeze and some clouds.  A high of 39 today with a low of 26 tonight.  Sunny tomorrow with a SW breeze, a high of 37 and a low of 23.  cloudy Saturday with a gentle east breeze, a high of 37 and a low of 27.  A dusting of snow Sunday with a WNW breeze, a high of 33 and a low os 15.  Partly cloudy Monday with a SW breeze, a high of 30 and a low of 16.  Snow Tuesday and Wednesday, perhaps plowable will usher in winter..  A NNE breeze, Tuesday with a high of 24 and a low of 21.  Strong WNW breezes Wednesday with a high of 24 and a low of 6. Some clouds Thursday with strong west breezes, a high of 17 and a low of 3.  Sunny Friday with a WSW breeze, a high of 20 and a low of 5.  Some clouds Saturday, the 16th, and Sunday with WNW breezes, highs about 19 and lows about 9,   Partly cloudy the next week with highs in the mid twenties WNW breezes and lows about 11.
     A quiet day yesterday.  Darel enjoyed a visit from the Hospice chaplain, always enjoys her visits. his feet are quite swollen, he kept them up most of the day.  We are going to be more careful of what he eats and see if that helps.  Too many goodies around this time of the year.
     I was able to spend a lot of time outside.  I cleaned the bird feeders and got their wind breaks up.  The tree I put by the waterer was lopsided which worked well.  the cardinals can hide in the boughs to drink and the finches can sit out in the open, each to their own preference.  I put out the boughs and put bows on them.  Founds a few more things that needed to be put away.  Maybe we'll be ready for winter Wednesday!
     Have a good day, Sally

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12/6/17
Three things that last forever; faith, home and love; but the greatest of them all is love.

Down to 46 from a high of 52.  1.52 inches of rain.  Rain stopping this morning, sunny, a west breeze and 35 later this afternoon, down to 27 tonight.  Sunny tomorrow and Friday with WSW breezes, highs about 38 and lows of 24.  Cloudy Saturday with a light north breeze, a high of 32 and a low of 14.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun Sunday Sunday with a NW breeze, a high of 32 and a low of 14.  Partly cloudy Monday with a SW breeze, a high of 28 and a low of 23. Snow showers Tuesday may give us an inch or so of snow, a gentle SW breeze, a high of 33 and a low of 17.  Afternoon snow showers Wednesday may give us another dusting, a high of 26 with a brisk WNW breeze and a low of 7.  Some clouds Thursday with strong west breeze, a high of 17 and a low of 7.  Snow showers Friday and Saturday may give us 1-3 inches of snow with highs in the twenties and lows in the single numbers.  Highs about twenty and lows in the single numbers are forecast for Sunday, the17th, and the next week.
      Yesterday was a good day.  In the afternoon Darel said he was tired of the house and of cream of wheat cereal.  He wanted to have some Farina and thought Hannaford at the Airpot Mall would surely have it.  It just happens that is the store that has the fried chicken he likes so much!  On our way hime home i went to Mike's and picked up some boughs to finish outside decorating.  He had several firs go down in the storm.
      I got all the returned pots and trays picked up before Darel wanted to go to town.  When we got home I got all the pieces of the Village out and put some in place,  It isn't a large village but getting it all set up will be a work in progress for a few days.  I was happy to find my large metal angel packed in the village.  The pellet stove doesn't get very hot, a perfect spot for the angel.
      I  want to take advantage of the few warm days we have left to finish decorating outside and do some more mulching.  I have some places I want to lay cardboard and cover it with hay to smother grass and weeds.  The worms will migrate to the warmer soil under the card board and eat the decaying grass and weeds.  Late May it will be ready to plant without much work.
     Today I clean and fill all the feeders including  the niger seed feeders for the finches.  I didn't want to fill them before the rain and have the seeds get wet and freeze.  The heated waterer is attracting more and more birds.
     Have a good day, Sally