Friday, April 2, 2021

Catching up

 This is what my wood stove area looks like in the middle of winter. Surrounded by chicken water buckets thawing out and stacks of wood with a big pot of water for humidity. Cleaning definitely takes a back seat to function.

Eventually, winter staggers off and it's time to think of better things to come. Cue starting seeds. I have to protect my aerogardens from Loki who thinks anything in the house is fair game for her to play with, hence the fence.

I already gave some of the pansies and marigolds to my mom. I'm about to give up on the lemon tree seeds though. No activity at all.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Wild times weather-wise

Monday was warm and windy, reaching the 80s with 40+mph winds. It's night now and the temp has dropped over 50 degrees!

It's too soon to plant out but I did pot up some seedlings so they can continue to grow.

More soon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Beating the Brrrrrr

We've had a mild winter up til now. There's snow on the ground but not deep and the temps haven't spent much time in the single digits. That changed this week as a cold system moved in and settled to stay. Actual temps have been well below zero and wind chills much worse. 

Normally, I'd wear these to do chores. Insulated and comfortable, I could do whatever was needed.

Then came this week and my fingers started hurting before I had even finished feeding the chickens. Time to pull out the big guns. A bit awkward to work in, I have to take them off to pick up an egg, but I don't feel the cold at all! I ordered them years ago from a Minnesota company which I just googled to see if they are still in business. So, here's a shout-out to Century Leather Products for a great mitten.

Saturday, February 6, 2021


Warning: I have a sinus headache so this post may be a bit grumpy.

Today I find it annoying to read comments with excessive exclamation points. As in:

"blah! blah blah!! blah blah blah blah! blah!!! blah blah!!"

It's like a toddler jumping and demanding 'look at me!' I may look, but I'm not impressed. In fact, I lose a little respect for the writer with each point.

On a more positive side note, I found a tip for keeping effect/affect straight in my head. Remember that 'a'ffect equals 'a'ction. This should save me a lot of stopping in the middle of a sentence and looking it up. :)

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Laughing at myself

I watched some of The Great British Bake-off for the first time today. Anyone who knows me well already knows I'm not a fan of cooking so watching these incredibly complicated concoctions is funny. Tonight, I paused the show and went searching for something for supper... stick a potato in the microwave and eat it with butter, salt and pepper. 


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Salads in the winter?

I generally have a hard time motivating myself to eat salads when it's cold out. Hot, savory foods just sound better when the snow is blowing. I may have stumbled onto a solution though. My sister recommended a salad kit that she liked and, while that one didn't appeal to me, I tried a couple others. The key is variety; instead of keeping two types of dressing on hand, I now have five and I've been enjoying daily salads.

I have to admit that I am very concerned about the covid variants. If it follows the first wave, South Dakota will get spread later than higher population states, but when it hits it will be dreadful. Expected deliveries of vaccines have been delayed or drastically reduced globally. Each new positive case is a potential for new mutations which could lead to a new variant. This disease is truly insidious.

Funny, just when I could use a friendly cuddle, my cat is in deep-sleep mode on the bed. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Overdue Update


The video and pictures are all from before my world turned white. 

I find I've gotten out of the habit of talking here; my mind has gone blank.

Okay then. After sitting at the keyboard for a few more minutes with nothing forthcoming, I'll leave the pictures as my post for tonight. 

Stay safe and warm.