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The old saying here in Iowa is if you don’t like the weather forecast just wait 24 hours. It’ll either ge much better or worse. Case in point tomorrow. Yesterday it sounded like we were going to get hit with a snowpocalypse here. Fast forward 24 hours and now it looks like most of it is going south of us.
And the forecast around here is so cold tonight that I got the first one of these alerts for the season... It's supposed to drop to about -8 below tonight. Cold enough to freeze one's reproductive equipment off along with other extremeties. Have I mentioned lately my desire to be back in Lima, Peru lately?
Last Friday in to Saturday we had freezing rain followed by a couple inches of snow here in Iowa. Where I live we had two inches of snow by Saturday morning. Not much but enough to cover the ground and make travel interesting. It was mostly done by Saturday evening but I had picked up pizza since I didn't want to risk going out and having the weather take a turn for the crappy. It sounds like tomorrow we're going to have some freezing drizzle which has the potential to make the morning commute interesting. At least with my new job they allow me to work from home when the weather is bad or around holidays.
News reports are coming in from Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio of a huge flash of light and earth shaking booms. They're saying it was a meteor. My question...how does a meteor that size get THIS close and we have no warning??!
MarblesMom posted a topic in Quiverfull of Pets & AnimalsThe pacing. The drooling and shaking. It is just rain. When the thunder/lightning starts, Marbles loses her mind. She goes UNDER the bed she does not really fit under. Aside from a ThunderShirt, any other advice to calm her? Thank you.
SpoonfulOSugar posted a blog entry in Adventures with a Ladybird Herd - and other tales from the NorthWell, happy solstice and full moon, World! The last couple of days have been some of the warmest of the season for us - highs in the mid to upper 80s. I swear I could see the plants shaking off their doldrums and saying, "Summer? Are you really here? Oh, wrap me in your arms and make me yours!!!" I realized that I really cannot see the progress everything is making because I am seeing it every day. But we are getting finally into the legitimate growing season now, and things are "going." I have 21 containers (various sizes) of tomatoes. "What are you going to do with them all?" seems to be the dominant question. But - you see - I'm accustomed to crop failure - so I am hedging my bets! I have planted peas three times (actually also three different types). They seem to be the only crop really happy with the current weather. The bell peppers are in a whisky barrel; the hot peppers are staying in the greenhouse along with the okra. I have two cedar planters, a Garden Tower, and a nice mix of other containers. All of the house plants are out and mostly acclimated with the exception of the amaryllis (delayed by flowering) and the ginger (a new experiment that I do not know how to handle.) I transplanted more herbs just last week, and I have a few more seedlings there that are slow growers. I think I should mark an "x" on the pavement and try to take pictures same time/same angle more often. When I try to make comparisons, I am not looking apples to apples because of the time of day. Probably my next project ought to be making herbal vinegars. We have so many options! Here are some comparison shots: This is an avocado - grown from refuse/pit - three? years old. It spent the summer out last year and put on lots of huge leaves - but just one stalk. This summer, every node where those leaves were is growing an entire bunch. I will be watching to see how it develops. This is our garden tower - almost entirely herbs except for some beans on top. Again, not quite exact on angles. I may compare again on the 23rd. And now, off to feed the hummingbirds!
Summer Solstice has come and gone. While this isn't exactly the end of summer, it's definitely a turning point. Day length has peaked with 19 hours, 21 minutes, and 32 seconds of daylight. I'm not quite ready to turn in my flip-flops, tank-tops, and other assorted hyphenated signs-of-summer yet. I am, however, ready for some deep sleep. With that, here are some random thoughts from this week. One of the "benefits" of 19+ hours of daylight is that not everyone realizes that it's actually 11 p.m. and therefore it's a great time to mow your lawn. Neighbors be damned! I realize now why my yoga membership was 50% off. Who wants to be inside right now? Has anyone read this book? White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. I want to read it but I don't want to spend $14.99 for a Kindle book. I wish American states were allowed to peacefully vote themselves out of the Union. Not that I think my state would be able to stand alone, but we have different issues and a different economy than, say, Washington D.C. Why is pho so delicious when someone else makes it? I use the same ingredients and it's NOT the same. I'm going to guess that Burger King's target demographic is "teenage stoners" as their latest offering has somehow managed to be even more disgusting that that Taco Bell monstrosity. clipping. released a new song and I'm kind of disappointed. CLPPNG was one of my favorite albums of 2014. I recently set a PW (personal worst) at a recent triathlon. I can't say I'm surprised, I've not been eating correctly or training properly. I'm disappointed, though. I'm glad I will be backpacking all weekend. It will keep me from wandering about my house, looking for Game of Thrones spoilers. I'm disappointed I'll be missing my weekly long run with friends. I need to remember that l'habit ne fait pas le moine, as I've found myself a bit judgemental of both myself and others recently. Speaking of french proverbs, I suppose petit a petit, l'oiseau fait son nid, also fits. Speaking of birds, has anyone else read this article about the creator of Oiselle? I am so annoyed by giant corporations and especially Nike. I do not like Nike products and never have. Wait, that's not true. I have a pair of dry-fit socks which were the most bestest socks ever for the first three times I wore them.