Friday, April 18, 2014

The Problem with Spring

As much as I look forward to warmer weather, especially after such a brutal winter, I don't enjoy what my dogs often find in the woods, namely, stinky things to roll around in. And so as not to let me become too complacent in my enjoyment of spring, Luna was the first to find something to cover her neck in. Notice how she seems so proud of herself.

She must have found something old though, as it didn't smell as bad as it usually does. I still had to take the hose to her and use the odor killing shampoo.
Of course, after the bath she had to roll the in the dirt to compensate. Fortunately the dirt is fairly clean and did eventually fall off after she dried.
Not to be outdone however, the ever feisty Ziggy did find fresh bear poop and you could smell him coming. I didn't bother with the photo though because you can't see it on a black dog. He did not enjoy the outdoor hose bath because it was colder out that day. Plus the shampoo didn't get all the smell out so he was also doused with baby powder. So for now, all are mostly clean. Till next time.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

More Snow and a Few Other Things

Woke up to 4 inches of fluffy new snow on the ground yesterday morning and temps that wouldn't climb out of the high 20s. Rather disappointing after all the nicer weather we'd been having but we always seem to get at least one snow storm in April so it wasn't unexpected. I managed to walk the dogs once through the woods before I had to leave for Alpena. I snapped a few photos. Of course Luna and Ziggy are in some of them.




While in Alpena Mrs J and I ate at the Mexican restaurant that replaced the previous one that just couldn't make a go of it. I was not impressed. Hal was not impressed with the take-out I brought him. The rice and beans were bland, actually needed salt to improve the taste, I almost never add salt to my food.  Mrs J like it, said it was better than the old one. I miss the old one, at least they knew how to use spices, this new place does not. Still it's only been open a couple weeks maybe they'll improve. I'll try it at least once more, get something different.

I also picked up my new eye glasses. I've been wearing wire rims for years and decided to go with something different this time, back to plastic, but they're dark purple. and just happen to match the color of Rory. Must be fate.

Nothing else I can think of to relate. Temps got to 45 today but the wind was blowing so it felt cold even with the sun. May be better tomorrow.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Planted Some Snow Peas

The day after I dug in the garden I dug some more, mostly along the south and west sides. I found some snow-pea seeds from last year. One a packet of Burpee Snowbird that I hadn't even open, it got lost on a shelf in the garage. The other snow peas were from the bulk seeds I bought at the Lincoln hardware store. I soaked them for about an hour which should help with the germination and managed to get them planted just as a light rain shower started. I counted a little over 270 seeds, about 120 were the Snowbird and the rest were the unknown variety. I hope I get some germination as I don't know when my seeds from Pinetree in Maine will arrive.

We're going to have a 3 day taste of winter starting tomorrow. Though the high is supposed to be around 43, the night temps are to be around 20, and then Tuesday's high only 31 and then 16. Wednesday it creeps a bit higher but no 40s again till Thursday. They're even talking snow Monday night though I don't know how much yet. Hopefully most of the wet weather will come through in the daytime, it's all about the timing of the cold front's arrival. Can't say I'm looking forward to it, but at least it shouldn't stick around too long. I just don't want it to crush the 2 crocuses that are about to bloom. It will be nice to see a flower or two!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I Got to Dig in the Garden Today!

I really didn't think I'd be able to any gardening as the snow only melted off my 3 vegetable gardens in the last few days. I figured I'd hit frost a couple inches down, but I took my claw-hoe to it and dang, I could dig! So I spent about an hour cleaning the weeds off the top of my smallest garden, the one with the higher fence for the snow peas to climb.

It felt good, I will work on it and the others a little more this week, though probably not tomorrow as they are forecasting rain.

I also finally ordered my vegetable seeds from PineTree Gardens in Maine. Usually I'd have ordered them a month ago but the nasty winter just kept me from even thinking about gardening. Since I was so late they actually sold out of one of my favorite green beans, Jade, but I was still able to get Masai and got a couple others to try.

Free ranged the birds again, and walked the dogs as usual. While I was digging they poked around in the swamp, getting into places they hadn't seen in months. I suspect that soon they will find something stinky to roll in.

I also walked the electric fence this afternoon and repaired 3 separate breaks in the top wire, all caused by deer leaping into the yard (I could tell by the quantity of deer poop everywhere and the lack of trees laying across the wire). Still won't turn it back on for a few days as the lower wire is still buried in places by snow.

And my daffodils are poking through the ground. No sign of any crocuses though.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Finally Arrived

These last few days we have had temperatures in the low 50s. Today reached 56.8 F. It's been really nice, sunny, all around pleasant. The snow is melting much more quickly now though my driveway is still a sheet of ice in places. The vegetable gardens are slowly appearing though the ground is still too cold and mostly frozen to even think about planting cold weather veggies like lettuce or peas. I haven't even bought any seeds because it just seemed as though winter would never end.

I saw my first robin yesterday while driving to Alpena. Hal had seen a flock last week but I still haven't seen any in my own yard.

Been free ranging the chickens and guineas now and then. They've been enjoying getting out of their wet, crap filled run and picking at whatever they can find. They particularly have enjoyed dust bathing again up against the house foundation where the ground has thawed and dried out. I even mucked the coop out Sunday and did a little more today. It was worse than it's ever been in the past because it was just too cold most of the winter for the birds to be outside. I still need to pull out a bit more crap before I can add fresh straw.


No sign of any crocuses yet, maybe within the week. That would be nice. I wonder when the grass will start reviving.