Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hope springs eternal

Yesterday my seeds arrived in the mail, just exactly at the time I needed to start some of them in the mini-greenhouses.  I won't start tomatoes and peppers yet, but I have some cabbage and cauliflower seeds that can be started right now.  This is an immense boost to my spirits.  
Cliff took the day off yesterday.  He has only four months left to work, and four weeks of vacation time coming:  Obviously, he can pretty much take a day off any time he pleases.  He sowed clover seeds on the pasture while there's still a little snow on, changed oil in at least one of the tractors, and in general, puttered around the farm and the shop all day, coming inside only to eat dinner at 1 P.M.  I fried the last bag of catfish that was left in the freezer, figuring our fisherman neighbor will be fishing again in a month or so.  In spite of the fact that I occasionally fry something we shouldn't be eating, Cliff has lost exactly twenty pounds, and he's not done losing.  I'm still at this phase of losing one pound, gaining two, losing two pounds, gaining one; you get the picture.  I've lost fourteen pounds all told, but I don't think any more excess weight is going to budge until I can get outside working in the garden.  As I've said before, as long as I can hold my own, I'm ahead, this time of year.  


My dog, Iris, tends to have a doggy odor about her most of the time, but I usually just put up with it because I know it isn't good to bathe a dog too often.  Yesterday, though, she spent a lot of time outside, and now that our snow is turning to mud, she was a very dirty doggie by the day's end; so I gave her a bath.  Trouble is, she'll be getting this dirty every day, now that the temperatures have moderated and snow is turning to mud; I suppose from here on, I'll simply be hosing her off like I did last summer when she kept diving in the filthy little pond chasing frogs.  It's rather cool for that, but if she's going to be in the house, I have no other choice.
        
I've been reading a lot of library books lately, thanks to my Nook.  Funny thing is, once in awhile a library book seems to disappear during the process of moving it from my computer to the Nook.  Other times, the book shows up just fine.  I'm sure it's something I'm doing wrong, I just don't know what, since it works most of the time.  One thing about it, it costs me nothing.  The book just disappears from my computer (and the Nook) after two weeks.  Still, I'd like to figure out this mystery of what happens to some of the books.  
The more electronic gadgets I have, the more mystery I seem to have in my life.  

10 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It looks like you are going to be busy getting your planting done. I remember the days of mud and dogs and it did seem unending. There were times we'd put some straw down in the muddiest places. That would help for awhile. But we live in the city so that makes a difference too. Hope your Tuesday is a terrific one!

Hollie said...

I bet the seeds arriving was the highlight of your day! I can't wait to see them going!

I need to give Mattie a bath today also!

Congrats to Cliff! I know it must be wonderful to see retirement ahead. Oh the thought of not having to work & being able to do or not to do whatever you choose!

Margaret said...

Spring is coming!! I will probably be asking you some questions about the library book reading, although now that I'm leaning toward a Netbook, I don't know if I can do the library. I'll have to see.

Anonymous said...

I did go down to B & N and ask them some questions. They helped with some of it but when it came to the Overdrive system the libraries use they told me to call the library. My daughter talked to someone in Warrensburg about it but I need to get the number again.

Mo Rage said...

You might go to google (or some site) and type in your question about why books disappear on your Kindle. You may find the answer there, quickly and easily.

patsy said...

i went to wal-mart and HAD to go in the garden center. I bought seeds. I don't think I will be able to garden but had hopes that one of my 2 sons that grow things might use them. Hope spring eternal.

Sheila said...

I haven't checked out any books from the library yet, but I know you only have 14 days to read a lent book. It may be the same for library books. Hope this helps, Sheila

madcobug said...

The library here only lets each book stay out 12 days then it disappears. You can download the same book again if it has not been promised out. You can check out 10 books at a time but I don't read that fast LOL. That may be happening to you.

Forty Pound Sack said...

I am so anxious for spring! Our garden centers haven't started stocking seeds yet but I think they will soon. It's finally getting melty outside, though. I'll take whatever I can get!

Nita said...

Just wondering if you've ever checked out Baker Seeds..rareseeds.com They are near Spfd so just a bike ride away. They have a monthly festival with free camping from what I understand. Lots of plants, seeds, music..seems right up your alley. lol Their catalog is beautiful. I know, sounds funny for a seed catalog but it really is nice!