The horses watched Garrison go by. They think we're nuts.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Here's some more from this afternoon. I'm not going back out today if I can help it; my feet are frozen! The horses needed more water in their stall, so I did get to test out my freeze preparations for the faucet down there. It worked great. The faucet is on the ground, because that's where I cut it off when it froze during the last freeze. So I covered the end with a bundle of hay, then with a plastic layer, then with an old curtain and weighed it down with rocks. The whole assembly came off in one big frozen piece, but the water was not frozen. I had hung the hose so that no water would stay in it to freeze and become plugged, because in the past, even if I had water down there, the hose would be frozen and useless. That worked well, too. Here's a short video I took. I am not sure how to load this, but we'll see if it works. If it doesn't work, you'll just have to see how hard it's snowing by looking at the pictures ;) It was deep enough to go over the top of my shoes now. That's pretty deep for us! I'd guess about 5 or 6 inches now.
It's really snowing hard now, but soooo cold outside it's hard to stay out for long. I don't know if it's actually cold in degrees, but the snow is moist and the humidity is high, which makes it more uncomfortable. It's pretty, though. The horses have icicles on them, even.
The great winter storm of 2010 hasn't been too bad so far. The rain started freezing as it fell yesterday afternoon, resulting in the icicles in the pictures, but soon after it turned to sleet and that's mainly what precipitation we've gotten all night.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Contact: Dr. Brian Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 450-3178 M-F,
Organization: Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!)
Date: For immediate distribution
Headline: CAAH! Will co-sponsor Seed Swaps in Seven Arkansas Communities
Got Whippoorwills? Razorbacks? Red Rippers? Pencil Cob? Hickory King? Greasebacks? Turkey Craws? Want some? Come to an Old-Timey Ozark Seed Swap!
Grow Your Own Revolution:
CAAH! will Co-sponsor Seed Swaps in Seven Arkansas Communities
CAAH! Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage
“One for the cut worm, one for the crow, one to share, and one to grow”
Spring is just around the corner and so are our seed swaps! In addition to the 3rd Annual Ozark Seed Swap at the Ozark Folk Center State Park and the 2nd Annual Faulkner County Seed Swap at the Faulkner County Library, CAAH! has collaborated with organizations all over the state to establish new Seed Swaps in five additional communities: El Dorado, Fayetteville, Jasper, Russellville, and Searcy. Arkansas farmers and gardeners have a legacy of heirloom seeds that are in danger of being lost, and the sharing of these heirloom seeds will encourage their production for posterity. Last year’s swaps were a huge success with hundreds of gardeners in attendance and a remarkable number of heirloom varieties exchanging hands. We invite you to bring some seeds and stories to swap with other Ozark seed savers and yarn spinners. If you do not have any seeds to swap but want to get started, attend a swap or two and mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help; if you would like, you may bring envelopes, plant cuttings or garden implements to share... We can conserve the heritage of Arkansas while we share good stories, beautify our yards, and of course, get free seeds. Refreshments and music (a pickin’-please bring an instrument if you would like to join in!) will be provided. No charge for admission.
Seed Swaps will be held at the following locations and times:
February 13th 12-3pm
Ozark Folk Center, Administration Building
1032 Park Ave Mountain View, AR 72560
Contact: Tina Marie Wilcox 870-269-3851
Fayetteville Public Library
401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville AR 72701
Contact: Katy Deaton, email@example.com
February 20th 1-4 pm
Barton (El Dorado) Public Library
200 East 5th St., El Dorado AR
Contact: Nancy Arn 870-863-5447
February 27th 10 am-1pm
ASU- Beebe, Farms Classrooms
1000 West Iowa St., Beebe AR
Contact: Sherri Sanders 501-268-5394 SSanders@uaex.edu
March 6th 10am-5pm
Newton County Library, Community Room
Contact: D’Coda firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer (870)446-2983
March 13th 1pm-4pm
Faulkner County Library
1900 Tyler St., Conway AR 72032
Contact: Amy Campbell 706-248-2597 or email@example.com
March 27th 10 am-1 pm
Pope County Fair Grounds, old Entertainment Building
1602 SR 124 Russellville AR 72802
Contact: Crystal Bowne 479-567-5707 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Now in its third year CAAH! Seed Swaps are sponsored by CAAH!, The University of Central Arkansas Department of Sociology, and the Ozark Folk Center State Park along with interested farmers and gardeners across Arkansas. The seed swaps would not be possible without the donation of facilities in each city and the hard work of our student and AmeriCorps volunteers. CAAH! is a project dedicated to preserving agricultural folkways. Through this project agricultural tradition is spread by saving seeds in a central seed bank and giving them to gardeners throughout Arkansas along with the stories and meaning that have become a part of their essence. The results of the this project are the collection of information on endangered seeds, promotion of a seed sharing resource, and the rejuvenation of traditional Ozark seed swaps and passing on of seeds (as is being encouraged by the University of Georgia's Southern Seed Legacy). For more information on the CAAH! project, our website address is: http://www.arkansasagro.wordpress.com
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Youngest was skunked while I was out. It seems he caught a skunk in his trap and there was no other way to get it out other than up close. And in the end, even that didn't work, so the skunk had to be shot, unfortunately. Zack said he thought Garrison's eyes were watering because he was sad over having to kill the skunk, when he came back to the house on the 4-wheeler, but he quickly realized it was more from overwhelming stink than tears.
We've had dogs get skunked but this was the first one of the kids to be on the recieving end. He showered in tomato sauce. That helped, but not completely. He sprayed so much cologne on himself and the house that I can't tell which odor is assaulting my sinuses more. This is funny and I thought I'd share it after the laughter subsided enough to type coherently. It's the same kid who wanted to see why the paint cans have instructions not to puncture... the smell is easier to deal with than the head and face full of yellow spray paint was.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Bobbie Sue better watch out or she might float off on a chunk like a polar bear.
The ice is melting underneath and the water is flowing past. These ruts are so deep the car would get stuck if it went in.
There's still a little ice on the driveway, too. Got some pictures of the ruts today. Its the ruts that are giving the car trouble, since they're so deep. Those pics are in the next post.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Upstairs seems to be all dried now with no evidence of water anywhere. Whew.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
It feels good to be home after camping out at work all week. Good to see my kids!
Right now it's 7*F and getting colder by the hour. Will likely be at or below 0*F tomorrow morning. Brrrr!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I've been camping at work. The road is still too snowy/packed for my truck to get out if I did make it up Snotgrass hill (there's debate over whether the name is 'snotgrass' or 'snodgrass' no one really seems to know). But if the jeep isn't done, I will get home this weekend anyway. I'll just park at the bottom of the hill and get someone on the other end to come pick me up - either one of the neighbors or Garrison on the 4-wheeler. If we do the 4-wheeler, though, we'll be popsicles by the time we get back to the house unless he remembers to bring a big blanket to wrap in on the way there and back. That might work.
Monday, January 04, 2010
Tried the car this morning. Driving it was not as exciting in the snow as the truck was, so I was hopeful that with the car I'd be able to get to work this morning. Just to be safe, I parked downhill from the house, in the event Nature wanted me to learn sailing over the ravine in small car on the way down said hill this morning. Made it down to the car on foot this morning without busting my chops once. I was proud of that, since yesterday's hike up to the house after parking it there was a little more eventful. It gave me hope for more success. Car made it out the driveway just fine. Also made it halfway up the original problem hill just fine. But did you know, that lightweight front-wheel drive cars can slide bacwards even faster downhill than heavy rear-wheel trucks? Almost like skiing, in fact.
Turned car around, almost on purpose. Pointed back toward house. Made it to first hill right past the gate and lovely car would not make it up. Parked car and proceeded to walk the half mile back to the house. It was a beautiful morning this morning, and if I weren't so miffed at being thwarted at every turn and hill, I would have enjoyed it a little more.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
- Fun in the Snow
- Forgot my favorite picture
- 4 o'clock and still snowing
- Ice and Sleet, and a little Snow too
- Seed Swap
- Country Life and Boys
- Glaciers are almost gone.
- Glaciers in the Driveway
- Frozen Drains
- Whoo-hoo! Home at last
- Camping at Work
- Nature Humor
- More Pics
- Another picture
- First Snow
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