Sunday, March 15, 2009

Just a quick "hello"!

Hello friends! I've got a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies in the oven, and needed something to do in the between-times of baking, so I thought I'd drop you a line or two. (Actually, the fireplace is roaring away, and my computer sits right beside it, so what better place to warm myself and look busy doing it!)

It is about 58 degrees in the house, and perhaps 40 outside, and expected to again be in the high-forties or low-fifties today, so there is not much point in starting the big wood furnace in the cellar, as I would be opening doors and windows in a few hours to cool the house back down, as there is no thermostat on the wood furnace. So I start the fireplace in the livingroom, and by blocking off the opening from the hallway to the livingroom with an old quilt, it stays toasty-warm in here. The kitchen is cooler... hence starting the stove and baking cookies to heat up that end of the house! We still have about a foot of compacted snow, with large bare patches melted away here and there. Mom and I saw about a hundred Canadian geese flying homewards yesterday. I had to pick up seeds and seedling starters, as I've been starting seeds in the greenhouse and used up all that I had. (Another toasty place to spend time, as the temperature hovers between 80 or 85 degrees on a good sunny day... without the propane heater going!) I still need to start some Lavender, Rosemary, Pansies, Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts, so I'll have to make another trip to town this week to get a few more seed pots.

My barn needs mucking out again, I need to rebuild one barn door and replace a gate that sprung on me, and I am late pruning the fruit trees... which I'd like to get done BEFORE we are knee-deep in mud. Sigh... Well, the timer's gone off, so I'll stop for now! Til next time...

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