Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February is almost in the rear view mirror.

What to do to get through the month of February.   Grow a fresh scoby for kombucha.

Start more seeds for spring.  The calibrachoa seedlings are finally large enough to photo.  I didn't have a lot of success with white.   I have transplanted them since I took this photo.

I also transplanted the geraniums and tomatoes.

Jon has been out on his snow shoes.

Do you see him?  He's by the fence.

After 36 years we had to replace the light in the kitchen.  We now have an LED light and it's a lot brighter than the one we had before.

We went to Sandpoint to march in the Winter Carnival Parade with the U.S. Forest Service float.   They received a trophy for the best theme.

Now we are getting ready for Mardi Gras on Sunday.  Today I made the Chicken Gumbo.

Here are some memories from last year.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

It's a Snow Joe!

Our new tool.  The cost was $99 with free shipping.  We had six inches of fresh snow and then rain.  It took about 15 min. to clear the deck.  It's a lot easier than a shovel.  It weighs 25 lb.   

 We bought it just to get the snow off of the deck.   We found out about the Snow Joe from Jens, who used his to clear the snow off our barn roof on Sunday.   There was 20 inches of snow on the barn.   It has been pouring rain here since sometime last night with more to come.  It's a real mess out there.  

Our "big" snow blower, the Cub Cadet, has no trouble throwing the snow.  It can get a little high centered sometimes because I have the skids set as high as possible so it won't throw the gravel in the driveway.  I'm very glad we don't have to shovel the snow except in a few places.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Taking it slowly.

The pace of life has slowed down a bit here on the mountain.  We are enjoying going for our walks and searching for tracks in the snow.  It's icy, but we wear our cleats which makes it pretty safe.  Maggie and Thompson both love it.  It's the highlight of their day along with getting to catch the ball that RMM tosses to them when he's outside.

My seedlings are growing and I have started my new calibrachoa seeds.  They are beginning to sprout, but they are so tiny that I don't have a good photo yet.  

I do have some ripe tomatoes on my plants from last summer, but it's time for the plants to go to the compost pile. 

Some of my tomatoes and geraniums for 2017.

There are 44 days until spring.  Click on the link.  It will make you smile.  Don't hold your breathe though, because you won't make it.