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Posts Tagged ‘weather’

Mini Homestead Happenings for 5/18/2011

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on May 18, 2011

Germinating seedling

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There has been so much rain as of late! Rarely do we have a great weather day, and I am usually at the library working on articles and blogs when we do. I did manage to take Mothers’ Day off, and my daughter and I went hiking so I could photograph the beauty of nature. I got some good shots.

 All of this rain means that I have not started seeds yet. I should have done this inside last month, but my cats will only eat the seedlings. I had planned to start them on the porch, but haven’t had a nice day when I am not working. Everything will get into the ground, though. Have no doubt.

My mother is saving milk jugs for me, and they will be used as mini greenhouses to go over seedlings once they start if the need be. It is still so chilly here due to all of the rainy weather. If I don’t need them this year, then I will use the jugs next spring.



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Mini Homestead Happenings for 3/30/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on March 30, 2009

We have been having some more spring-like weather, with temperatures actually hitting the 40’s. I love it! I can’t wait to begin my gardens.

My friend is moving and won’t be able to garden, so she gave me a bunch of seeds and planters. Yay!

Zowie had her gynecologist appointment. Keep in mind that this is a new person, and that she had seen the other one for a year. This is our second opinion. Her new gynecologist is Pamela Gilmore.

Pamela listened to our concerns and does not feel that Zowie actually has Endometriosis, which is what Lois has been telling us for a year that Zowie has. As a matter-of-fact, she does not think that Zowie’s problem is exclusively female related.

Pamela agreed to do the lacroscopic surgery, which neither Zowie’s doctor no Lois wanted to do. Pamela says that, if we don’t do the surgery, every time we take her to a doctor or specialist, they will say that Zowie has Endometriosis or a burst cyst. This practice is far too common when people don’t want to take the time to find out what is wrong, or when they have exhausted their knowledge base, I guess.

The surgery will tell us for sure, one way or the other, if Zowie has the Endometriosis, which Pamela does not think is the case. The problem is that this is the only way to know for sure whether or not she has it. If not, we start over from scratch to find out what the problem is.

A whole year has been wasted already, and I would like to know what is going on with her before she moves away for college.

My stepfather, Lloyd, also will be having surgery. A back problem with a disk. The man can hardly move at all, and cannot work at all.

Well, I gotta go for now.

Hope you are all doing well.


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 1/17/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 17, 2009

It is 6* here in Maine today, according to the AOL weather station. It is a cold one, but I did get my two mile walk in today. I also checked the mail. Now I am updating blogs.
I have checked the candle and oil supplies for the lamps. We are all set in case we lose power this winter. We will be able to see at night, at any rate, even if it is cold.
Zowie has mid-terms for the two classes that she is taking next week, so she will be studying for those until then.
Monday is my last day of babysitting full-time, at least for a while. April will likely be better hours, if I don’t find a job elsewhere by then. I am starting up a book rewiew and editing business. Hopefully it goes well. I realize that it takes time to start a business, and I am happy to work on it.
Pennie over at the Empty Nest blog had an post that is of interest to all of us on her blog on January 8th. It refers to medical identity theft, and tells us the basic events regarding her 6 year old granddaughter. You can read the blog here:
I thought that this was important enough to pass along to everyone. I couldn’t afford to pay off medical debts placed upon me in this way, and I don’t think that anyone else could either.

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 1/16/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 16, 2009

We have had a nice visit with Skye, and she is leaving us this morning to move into her new home. She will only be living about an hour away this time, which will be nice. We will actually be able to visit her sometimes.

Zowie is going to Katie’s today to watch the Battlestar marathon, and will be spending the night there. The first episode of the new season is tonight.

Battlestar is a big deal with them. There are about 9+ people there watching it, and they make lots of food and such. They have a great time.

I am looking into starting a book review, proofreading and minor editing business.

Two mornings in a row I woke up and it was freezing in here. I always turn the heat down t 55* before going to bed, but that was not working for me on these two mornings.

So, last night, the weather was calling for an even colder night. -12*. So, I decided to only turn the heat down to 60* last night.

At around 6:00 this morning Zowie came down into my room and said, “Mom, it’s like -30* this morning, I don’t want to go to my class. It’s too cold to walk to the bus stop.” So, I told her that she didn’t have to go. I was not really fully awake yet.

I stayed in bed until 7:30, not even wanting to peek my head out from beneath the blankets. When I finally did, I could tell that turning the heat down to only 60* last night did me no good at all. I should have just left it alone.

So, at 7:30 this morning the temperature was only -21*.  Now, at 8:00 Am, it is only -19*.

So, sometimes, you just have to turn the heat up. It is on 72* here right now, and that is a rarity. It usually is only turned up to 63-65* during the day.


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