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January 05, 2014

snowy day

poor Azalea bush covered in snow



craft room

herbs ready to be used in salves, balms and teas

There is a theme for this weekend and that is "cold".  It started last week, with temp's barely above zero and then, the end of the week left us with lows in the negative digits and high's right around zero.  It's been cold. Cold and snowy.  The snow blower is getting good use this year.

Friday, J decided to shut down the pellet stove and vacuum it out.  It's been running all week long without a good cleaning and he decided it couldn't wait any longer.  Oliver is not a fan of the very noisy shop vac and when it started out he took his anger out on Jack.  Jack loves any form of attention and was very excited at Oliver pouncing on him and barking at him.  All the excitement provoked Emerson who, despite being tired, decided it was time to run.  The three of them ran from the room the pellet stove is in into the kitchen where I was doing dishes, three wide, then they were headed for the dining room.  Hmmmm..... the doorway will only allow for two wide but no one backed off.  "Pow!" was the noise I heard when Jack ran right into the wall.  He didn't even slow down for the impact.  Nope - he was so excited that his big brothers were playing with him that he took one for the team.

Oliver and Emerson stood in the dining room perplexed.  They had somehow lost Jack.  Jack was picking himself up, shaking off the pain of his head ramming into the wall, and now walking, rather than running, into the dining room.  The fun was over.

Sunday the fun truly was over.  Our furnace went out.  Thank goodness for the pellet stove, however, a few of our rooms are a tad chilly.  It's an old house and definitely not energy efficient.  I just can't see paying for an emergency call when we have the pellet stove so I've convinced J to wait until Monday.  He tried all morning to figure it out but is stumped.

We were supposed to receive rain and then a rain/snow/sleet mix but so far, knock-on-wood, we haven't seen any of it.  I'll be very happy to have it pass us by.

I've been receiving my seed catalogs in the mail for the last 3 weeks and planning the Spring garden.  Don't they make you want to buy one of everything?  I might try my hand at growing beans used as dried beans this year and maybe fava's too.  I'm going to use the flower beds in addition to the garden, to plant some of the veggies.  I'm hoping this will help avoid some of the pests.  Since I've dealt with squash bugs in the past, all the squash might just be moved to the front yard.  I want to try a nice big patch of corn, in hopes of it not being destroyed by windstorms this year, so moving the squash will make room for that.

The Oatmeal Bread in the oven is just about done which means I must go make dinner.

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend!!

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