Solar power energy, sadly lacking. Sunshine for greenhouse growing, near to non-existent. Ice on all outdoor surfaces covered with water, good fer nuthin'!
Along with our grayness this winter, we've had higher than normal temperatures. Wouldn't you think we who choose to live up here near the tundra would be happy about that?
Temperatures above freezing this time of year mean lots of melting. You might think that would indicate the snow will disappear earlier than usual and green grass and warm garden soil are just around the corner. Nope. What it means is ice. And more ice.
No one is too happy about the thawing going on at the moment. We all know freezing weather is most likely getting ready to descend upon us once again which means all this melting will soon be hard ice rather than the slippery, sloppy liquid we're presently sloshing around in.
For the past week or so we've had rain/sleet/freezing drizzle with a small amount of snow thrown into the mix. We still have March, and most likely a good part of April, to get through with temps cold enough for real snowfall. (Did you know, on the average, we get the most inches of our snow in the month of March? No wonder spring doesn't come early up here.)
There is still plenty of cold weather to come in the next
On the up side, and there always is an up side if we choose to focus on it, this weather is perfectly fine for inside projects. (And also an intelligent choice rather than literally risky life and limb by being outside on the treacherous ice any more than necessary.)
Take for instance:
Reading -- I'm actually finishing books before
they're due back at the library.
Knitting -- Eighth (!) pair of socks nearly
Garage Cleaning -- Husband's current task
and, boy howdy, is he making good progress.
Plans for New Grow Houses and Poultry
Pens -- Again, mainly Papa Pea's endeavors,
but I get to put in my two cents' worth.
Sorting Through (way too many) Books
in My Quilt Room -- Twelve (oh, the fortitude
I'm exhibiting) are slated to go to
the library for their annual book sale.
Baking Bread -- Still at it, today
it's a new recipe for good ol' white bread.
Preparing and Eating Those Meals That Taste
the Best This Time of Year --
Today it's pork chops, homemade
sauerkraut, scalloped potatoes,
fresh frozen Brussels sprouts from the
garden and gingerbread with
whipped cream for dessert.
Ordering Some Things I've Been
Agonizing and Debating About For-EVAH --
Hubby's unspoken opinion: "Oh, fer
criminy sakes, just DO it and be
done with it!"
Taking a Snooze on the Couch -
Tried that the other day and felt AWFUL
when I got up. The body (or at least mine)
is not meant to sleep during daylight hours.
Still, there might be more energy and enthusiasm for the above listed inside projects (and who knows how many more) if some bright sunshine could be seen through the windows. We sure wouldn't complain about that.