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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

I mean it now, I AM DONE WITH WINTER!

Posted Friday, March 6, 2015, at 10:43 AM
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  • Just kiddin' about the solution for the frozen regulator, but if I had thought about it at the time, I might have resolved it that way.

    Instead I was able to heat a few cups in the microwave, add that to a half gallon of tap water and slid up the hill to the back of our house.

    That was exciting too!

    Try walking up an ice covered hill in 12 degree temps, with a metal fencepost as a cane to grip the ice, while holding a half gallon of water in the other hand.

    Have I said I AM SICK OF WINTER? Good thing I started Spring last Sunday. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 10:19 AM
  • Well, that was therapeutic and also reminded me that I had not re-lit the water heater. Of course, as I am laying on the floor, with a lit match, holding down the pilot mechanism, I GET A CALL!

    But, it is all over now and the sun is shining brightly and the snow/ice beginning to melt. The birds are wearing out the feeders filled twice yesterday and peace is slowly returning to the kingdom.

    It should be about time to get at least one hummingbird feeder out there for those early birds. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 10:43 AM
  • The first tomatoes popped up this sunny morning and it is time to transplant the peppers into larger quarters. Looks like tonight is the last freezing night for awhile.

    Steve, you have had your winter trials with the heaters......I have had mine with mice. I am up to 17 in the traps and by the trail of sunflower seeds in the laundry room this morning I am not done yet. They ate their way through 6 bags of flour, the bag of freeze dried meal worms for the birds and the leftover Halloween and Christmas candy. The last straw was the bag of seeded tortilla wraps that I just bought to go with the 7 layer bean dip I made for dinner last night.

    We are all ready for Spring.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 12:44 PM
  • Whoa, they are going on a binge, but with 17 confirmed kills you would think you are making a dent.

    This hard crusted snow may have seriously impeded their Spring foraging and your house had all the good tasting stuff. Well, I'm not sure about freeze dried meal worms but......

    As you might guess with all our cats, we don't see them much, but they are still here, just not as free to move around. I am surprised they do not get into our pantry where the cats are restricted.

    Oh, for the last freezing night! Maybe that will translate to fewer bugs, fleas and ticks, but I am about ready to trade for more of them if the cold will just GO!

    I just had to throw a plastic cup at Wendy. She's digging between the milk jugs to get to the dirt. They are ready to go outside tomorrow.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 2:33 PM
  • Guess you will have to call it " Just Barely Winter Sowing ".

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 2:44 PM
  • " Just Barely Winter Sowing " I like it.

    I have not had the best of luck with Winter sowing but as you can see, I do not have full faith in it either.

    My seed in the bathtubs and cold frame have not shown much activity except for the garlic and some of the garlic is growing in my garage WITHOUT soil so they will probably do well anywhere.

    Birds are complaining so I guess I better get out here again.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 3:42 PM
  • When do you suppose we need to set out hummingbird feeders for the early arrivals?

    -- Posted by haybar on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 3:59 PM
  • Whew, it looks nice out there but I decided against feeding the birds in shirtsleeves real quick.

    I always find it interesting when I find a pocket of of melted snow out in the middle of nowhere. I have a spot near the bird feeder's post that has not frozen during any of our cold-snaps.

    There is nothing out there that I know but a 3" diameter spot stays melted. I may mark it and dig down later this year to see if I see something. Maybe a crack in the rock at the top of a cave?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 4:07 PM
  • I will probably put one out this coming week haybar. While I know that sounds crazy, I don't want my travelers to die in this cold from lack of energy.

    Conventional wisdom says that the ones who actually nest with us do not arrive until mid-Summer. I can't imagine where these early guys are going, not what thy feed on, but......

    I know they usually pop up looking for my feeders way before I expect them and then I feel guilty, so I would rather have one up a few weeks early, just in case.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 4:13 PM
  • Here is a post from Vicky our wildlife expert. She says mid-April. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/52182

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 4:17 PM
  • #18...Big, fat one........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Mar 6, 2015, at 7:12 PM
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