Daffodils are showing around here! I am just about to convince myself that winter is over. ‘Bout time. For this Southern girl whose blood gets thinner each year, this winter seemed coooooooold! I think of my friend at life through reflections when she wrote about the ocean shore near her home freezing! Brrrrr! Could I survive that kind of winter? Oh, probably.
We only lost power once this winter, which is a good thing, and then for only about eight hours. Husband left me with a small gasoline generator but I cannot get it started. I think something is wrong with it, and even when it is in good condition, it must be cranked, and I’m not a good cranker! I loathe dealing with the weed eater with its crank cord. I don’t mind the actually weedeating but the stopping to add line and then the re-cranking gets on my last nerve. Besides, even when that generator works, it won’t power the well pump, just the house lights, heat and refrigerator which, still, is something.
Son and I were in The Home Depot this weekend, and boy did I eye those big automatic generators! They looked about like the one in this picture. The two I looked at were $1900 and $ 2800. I am trying to justify that on a credit card (would have to be—not that much cash!) and keep telling myself that we survived with the outage pretty well with our trusty fireplace. And I’m good so long as it’s just a matter of hours and not days without energy. But I harken back to the several years ago (2000, maybe??) when we went six days!!! without power. We had our little generator then, and it still felt like we were roughing it.
It just occurred to me…so like C to be talking generators when here we are at the end of winter! You’d think I’d learn to plan ahead! Maybe that’s what I’m doing: planning ahead for next winter. Yeah, that’s it!
Anyway, I’m chomping at the bit to get out and work on the place, putting my little tractor back to work. Amazing that this time last year I was still approaching that tractor with trepidation. This year, I’m actually looking forward to the bushhog! Progress!
We have a work day lined up with son and his friend this weekend. We’ll be working on stump removal and clean up of limbs and such that fell through the winter and one of my favorite things: the burn pile! Hope to have pictures for you then.
Saturday is taken up with a road trip!! V and I are traveling to the next state to pick up a dog she is adopting! We are excited to be hitting the road together and about the new addition to V’s family. She has needed a new little terrier since her beloved Wendy passed on. Maybe we’ll have interesting road trip pictures from that trip!
MIL is doing the exercycle to build her muscles up for the spring and summer. Her hip has healed nicely, but she clearly has lost some strength which affects her confidence in walking. So we moved my stationary bike up there (it was collecting dust here, anyway), and she is diligently getting herself into shape to be outside putzing in the good weather. She’s driving herself now, but still feels a bit confined. But we know that Spring brings opportunity for more “action” in her life!
And, so, that’s the early-morning report from Stickhorse Cowgirl C! Thank you for tuning in. Hope you are looking forward to the day as eagerly as am I! C