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Snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain, and plain OLD rain.
Posted on Feb 20, 2019 6:47 PM

The above is today's weather. Bleh! Not much of any of it, but so damn annoying! The weekend, though, brings promise. High 40's to almost 50. I sure do hope the wind chills are done. We had a few -20's awhile back, but none since. More snow to come? Depends. SNOW is still tricky up here in the mountains. We got hammered last March with Spring snowstorms. Gotta hope for the best.

I had bought some clearance tulip bulbs back in mid-November with the intention of trying to force them for late winter/early spring bloom indoors. I had never tried it before, but figured, what the heck! I potted them up to their shoulders in potting mix in 2 small pots and then put them inside a solid blue tote with a blue lid. (NOT SEE THROUGH). Well, they chilled for about 11 weeks (in our unheated attached garage) and I took them out into the warmth a little less than a week ago. The little buggers are growing like crazy! Hopefully, I should have flowers in a few weeks!

Since I was bored today, I decided to do a bit of winter sowing. I prepped three empty water jugs (only had 3) and planted Lupine, hollyhock, and butterfly weed seeds from the stash that I had stored in the fridge. Being "cold tolerant", they shouldn't mind the chill at all. I have also have seeds for columbine, foxglove, and alyssum (also cold tolerant) that I can also plant now ... as soon as I get a few more water/milk jugs.

Our cat, Patch, has been getting into SOMETHING this past week. He's part feral (indoor/outdoor) and has been coming home ... FILTHY! His fur is coated with something that sort of looks like ... SOOT. Our theory is ... he's been rolling around in discarded chimney ashes that someone must have dumped in the woods nearby. Trying to clean Patch up has been challenging. First, I wipe him down with a dry, large towel to try and get most of the "dust" off first. Then, it's a hand towel doused with water mixed with BLUE DAWN dish detergent. He does put up with it, but he really HATES it when I get to his paws. CATS ... Ya gotta love 'em though!

Oh, here's a pic of my tulips!

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Wacky Weather Continues And Sunny & Blue
Posted on Feb 10, 2019 12:34 PM

Still having crazy weather. Temp right now is 24, but feels like 17. Not really terrible outside. It's not windy which helps. Snow, ice, sleet, and whatever else Mother Nature feels like throwing at us will be the norm for the next few days. It is SO NICE though to see the ground without any snow cover right now.

Nothing is peeking out of the ground - WAY TOO EARLY YET. At least I have my amaryllis and whatnot to keep me happy inside. I might do a bit of winter sowing. I wish I had kept the stash of old water/milk jugs I was keeping in the garage. I threw them out awhile ago. For now, I only have a few to work with.

Off the subject, but do any of you have parakeets as pets? I have to say something about my birds - I love them, but they are more work than I ever thought birds would be! I have 2 parakeets - Sunny & Blue - and they make such a mess! Correction - it is NOT Sunny that makes a mess. My hubby found Sunny on a cold day in early May perched on a branch behind our house almost 3 years ago now. She was shivering. He brought her inside, we put her in a box, wrapped some warm towels around her, and she slowly perked up. The next day we bought a cage and some birdseed. She turned out to be a friendly, happy little bird.

About a year and a half later, we thought she could use some company, so we went to Pet Smart and bought Blue - who was just a baby. Well, it didn't take long for them to become friends, and they are good company for each other - BUT - Blue STILL won't let us hold him or pet him. He will sometimes be fresh to Sunny, too - but she gives it right back to him! And HE'S the one that makes the cage a MESS! He's always flapping his wings, trying to open the cage door, knocking things down. Now, let me tell you they don't lack attention. They have toys, we talk to them a lot, and when we are not around we leave YouTube on with videos of parakeets singing,chirping, playing, etc. Sometimes, we will take Sunny out of the cage and she's perfectly happy to perch on a windowsill or on a shoulder. BLUE is still crazy!

Anyway, I have heard from people that have Parrots, that they are even crazier! What if my hubby had found a Parrot in the woods? lol

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Weather Is Like Predicting Powerball Numbers
Posted on Jan 28, 2019 6:07 PM

Weather - snow, rain, wind, heat, humidity, ice etc.
Rain - Build an Ark?
Wind - Wizard of Oz
Heat- The sidewalk is melting
Humidity - I AM MELTING
Ice- NEW Glaciers in PA are back

I want to keep track of our crazy weather!
March 2018 brought the Poconos a snowstorm every weekend for a month! Gee ... what's gonna happen this year 2019?
Well, tomorrow and Wednesday promises to be snowy with 4-8 inches {or more} of the white stuff -- and - cold as frigid as 30 below with the windchill on Thursday & Friday. Oh, lucky us. Bleh!

I'll just hibernate for awhile I guess ....

Oh, below is one weekend in March 2018

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Ice Fishing on a cold Sunday afternoon
Posted on Jan 13, 2019 2:03 PM

Cold today but not windy. Had some light snow last night ... about 2 inches or so. Since it was sunny, hubby and I decided to take a ride up to Tobyhanna Lake - about 15 minutes from our house. Took some photos of some brave souls that had decided to try a little ice fishing.
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Somehow, I really don't see the point in this. If I want fish, I will go to Red Lobster. lol

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Crazy Weather - Ice Storm
Posted on Dec 20, 2018 8:12 PM

Recently we have had cold temps and snow. Two nights ago we had a snow and ice mix. Snow and ice is not a great combination ... but it can be so beautiful !
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Hope you enjoy the photos!

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