March 10, 2015 at 1:48 am #38515
Gosh – what a bit*h this winter has been.
New housing almost finished for the burned out local residents. But no sooner got closer to that time frame than my niece and her husband had a house fire a bit over 3 weeks ago. Structure fine. Was an electrical fire under the house involving the propane HVAC unit – best they can tell to date. Thank goodness she happened to look at the video baby monitor and thought the picture looked grainy. Ran upstairs (well…went fast as possible as she is 7 /2 months pregnant with 2md child) – opened door to find the baby’s room filling with black smoke.
So…thank goodness for renters insurance (they are renting from relative while building own house) – came took everything to be cleaned etc – but still no word when can move back in. Insurance found them a new townhouse to live in which made niece happy as she is seriously in ‘nesting’ phase…wondering ‘where her baby would be born’.
So…more critters/visitors to add to the large menagerie here (temp place takes no pets)…
Then best friends house caught on fire (they just bought). The dryer vent pipes spanned the width of the house. Unfortunately they had no way of knowing the vent pipes from halfway (approx) back to dryer was completely clogged – starte dryer – left – came home to flames shooting out of her ceiling. Lesson: don’t leave dryer on when you are not home?
Anyway, last weekend another 10″ snow (not complaining – not Boston) – but just made things more complicated and unpleasant to deal with trying to help everyone.Today 60F – YES! Took last 1/2 of day with a big glass of wine and sat outside and contemplated my navel.
Thought just to post and let y’all know I have just been too busy/run ragged to post or visit – but think of you often and be back soon as things settle down a bit!
Best to everyone (and good Lord, what doesn’t start a fire? is what I have been wondering)
CheersMarch 10, 2015 at 2:00 am #38520
Well hello there. I assumed you were finding ways to keep yourself entertained in this endlessly bitter cold winter. It hit 40 today for the 1st time this season and so the rumors that Spring is coming may be true. The days of below zero day after day are over.March 10, 2015 at 7:01 am #38529
Tweva, great to hear from you, least you’re keeping up with it all.
Been back and forth from 0 to 50, and we’re expected to get snow twice again before the end of the month. Fun x3.March 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm #38576
Hi, Tweva. Good to hear from you. A fire can change your life. Glad everybody is fine. Soon there will be a brand new little one. : )
The season is changing this side. Our summer days will soon be a memory. Need to get more firewood for there will probably not be electricity for heaters.
Enjoy your wine ! and take care of yourselfMarch 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm #38715
Thanks for the update Tweva, yes it sometimes takes so little to change everything, luckily all went good.
Keep us updated.March 30, 2015 at 1:09 am #39526
Sigh, seems lots of shtf stuff happening in clumps.i will get back here! Think of you all often. elderly father had surgery unexpectedly, friend’s father died…same, another older friends husband another stroke…on top of everything else. Harumph.
This view, every morning, first thing I see when I get up keeps me going. 9 a tiny cast of green to boot – yahoo)Hope you all are well and looking forward to real spring…stretches of spring days…not a teaser day here or there. Been A LONG DAM* WINTER!
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.March 30, 2015 at 2:02 am #39530
Great photo! I have one of those high-low thermometers in my greenhouse that I reset each day now as I monitor the lows. It is nice and toasty during the day if the sun comes out it still goes down into the single digits at night so too early to be starting any seeds. The snow is melting at least now that it is above freezing during the day. I have a patch of bare ground here and there but the ground is frozen solid still. Frost is extra deep this year given how cold the winter was.April 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm #39755
Happy Easter all!
A couple real warm days this past week melted most of the snow. Just the patches where it drifted higher, the shadier spots, where it came off the metal roof, and where it was plowed are left. The pond is starting to melt but most of the frost in the ground remains. Spring has arrived. A load of wood that came last December but got buried in snow before I could stack it is mostly uncovered and so stacking it will be my first real outdoors chore of the season. My neighbors said yesterday that the sugaring season is going well.April 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm #39759
Glad you finally received your spring. Mine stared about 3 weeks ago.April 5, 2015 at 4:58 pm #39760
Spring sometimes comes late but summer always arrives on time. The next week will hit the 40’s or 50’s every day so the melting and thawing will continue. Time to start thinking about starting some seeds in the greenhouse.April 7, 2015 at 2:38 am #39796
MB so glad to hear your snow has almost been melted. Day before yesterday here…still just barely 30F. We’re about 15F lower than average in temps. It was one cold and long winter. Almost would rather have had a winter like 2010 with 3 ft snow then it’s over.
As an update fire victims now comfortably housed. The group communal situation of burned out elders in one home is working out way better than we would have hoped.They like having monotony of each others company broken by another couple. Between their abilities and disbilities I think they will be ok. But it was a long haul for many of us during this bitter winter.
Have 7 new calves that came last month between/amongst it all. One almost 2 yr old Appy (horse) colicked so bad we ended up taking her to specialist clinic and…gosh, gulp…she had surgery. $6k deposit before they would even consider taking her on. You think human medical care is f’d up? Twisted large intestine, perforated small intestine. Kid is okay now 7 weeks later but has taken lots of extra time and care (and careful attention) to pull her through. (She is not my horse – a boarder for out of state person)…don’t know that I would have made same decision to operate (ttl cost $16,000) …she has no fab bloodlines and is green. But anyway….
things stil all a kerfuffle..but getting better…but had to take time to tell MBiker SO glad yu see the end of long tunel and 74/Freedom/Whirly/Leopard…be good..do miss you all…just a bit still in over my head.
HAPPY SPRING to all!
Best regards to all – TwevaApril 7, 2015 at 3:35 am #39802
I got the wood stacked today. The bottom layer was encased in ice still but I took a heavy sledge hammer to the task at hand and managed to free it all. I wasn’t about to let a couple inches of ice interfere with the task at hand. Got the downed branches all picked up too to neat things up some. Next up is raking stones back into the driveway, except for where the big piles of snow have to melt still. I’m otherwise watching the forecast trying to decide when to start seeds in the greenhouse. I won’t be able to transfer anything to the garden until late May anyway so I don’t have to be in a big rush, except I’m anxious to get going and will take my chances.
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