We woke this morning to a rain/snow/sleet/hail mixture coming down outside. The temp quickly warmed a few degrees, and all moisture falling turned to rain which continued all through the day. Nothing torrential but just a fine, steady drizzle that definitely left your outerwear wet and drippy when you came in. It's true that because of our lack of snowfall this winter we can use the moisture, and the rain will help bring the frost out of the ground. So it certainly wasn't an all bad thing.
But there was no way we wanted to try wood working today. Besides the fact that we'd quickly be wet and miserable, it's not safe work because of slippery footing, equipment and the wood itself. So we decided to make today our "Sunday" --- day off/catch-up day --- and then tomorrow will be our "Saturday." (That should sufficiently throw me off for the whole coming week.)
The weather forecast (if we can believe it) says tomorrow will be partly cloudy with temperatures up into the low 40s. No precipitation called for so it looks like it will be a good wood working day, and that's what we'll plan on.
One of the things I took time to do today was to figure out just what garden seeds I need to start indoors this spring. I know I made a big proclamation that I was going to let the soil rest and not garden this year (mainly because of our desire to really push on getting the house done) but given our country's current economic woes and related uncertainties, I feel one of the most important things I can do is to insure that this fall our freezers and pantry shelves are stocked with the highest quality of organic foods possible. And those foods will come, to a large extent, from my garden.
But I am going to pare my planting down a bit from normal. I'll stick with the very basics (which will make for a plenty big enough garden anyway) and eliminate some extras that I always put in or experiment with.
I'll not start any annual flowers as I usually do. If I can't buy them from the local greenhouse (waaah!), I'll do without this year.
Okay, I've still got a couple more hours tonight to do with as I wish, so I'll sign off for now.
Preparedness ~ Weeding and no rain
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