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Riding Life!
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Daffodils are showing around here!  daffodils2008 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 isgenerator 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 $propane generator 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 DSCN0665 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 exercycle 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


T said...

Im right there with you - soooo ready for Spring! This has been, hands down, the roughest winter I've ever experienced.

KathyB. said...

I totally understand the irritation with cranked tools, they make me cranky! Plus, they cause me pain, real pain.

WE usually have at least one spell a winter where we are without electricity for hours or days and our wood stove has seen us through the worst. We have not purchased a generator yet, maybe someday. However, if someone gave us a generator it would be used.

Happy spring and looking forward to tales of your road trip!

Anonymous said...

Hello C, Just a note, you might want to get a quote on the installation of the auto generator by an electrician. The cost of installation just might be equal to the cost of the generator itself.

Vee said...

Do generators go on sale after the season or they always in season? Have fun this weekend. Sounds like a great little getaway.

Pondside said...

I can't say that I'm looking forward to the day as much as you are - it will be a long one, with too many meetings and too much endless debate - but at the end of the day there's .....home. And that, I can anticipate with pleasure.
We have a generator that needs cranking too - I have never been able to get it cranked.

Protege said...

Oh, what a lovely post!
I am so glad to hear your daffodils are in bloom. Ours are barely visible. We cal them actually "Easter Lilies" and so I will be happy if they indeed do bloom for Easter this year.;)
I think you are so correct about looking into buying (perhaps) a new generator now; I bet they will have some great ones on sale.;)
Thankfully the power never goes in Denmark. The infrastructure is just different.

And thank you so much for the mention and link.;)) Yes indeed, this year the winter was unusual even here, the fact that the ocean froze is not a very common one in Southern Scandinavia.;)

Enjoy your weekend trip with V, it will be fun to hear all about the new dog.;)


joolzmac said...

We're just heading into Autumn here and I love, love, love it. The cool mornings and early evenings tell me that winter is on the way. We don't get snow here but we have wet, windy winters. Temps get down to about 8C (46.4F) and up to about 18C (64.4F) give or take a few degrees. I much prefer the winter because you can get warm but in summer it is harder to get cool. And let me tell you, at nearly 46, my inner core temp is getting hotter all the time!!
Have a good one,

Cheers - Joolz

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Sounds like you are good and ready for spring! Can't wait to see the dog that is being adopted! Have a great weekend, blessings,Kathleen

Arkansas Women Bloggers said...

So ready for Srping, I hate cold toes. Just found you again when looking for Arkansas bloggers - check out arkansaswomenblogers.blogspot.com
The Park Wife

Leslie said...

I am hoping for warmer weather too. We do not experience the type of winter that you do, so it is hard for me to complain but having to turn on the heater every day is getting old. It is supposed to get warmer here later this week, Yay!

Great news about V getting a new dog and I am happy to hear that MIL is working on getting her strength back. Take care!

Callie said...

Glad to hear that Spring has shown up for a visit at your place. We have an old generator we never hardly use. Well, I don't use it. Give me machines with push buttons! Would be neat if we could find a good used push button operated one. Hope you have a good day!

Sandra said...

What a nice little view of what's going on with you, C. Have fun on your road trip with V this weekend.

We'll be meeting Gunny in St. Louis on Saturday to pick up Nikki and Jay for a week with us (spring break). But any time I think about travel and Tulsa, I fondly remember our get-together last October when we were on our way there.

Remember, our door is always open if you and V ever want to make a road trip to Indiana! :)

Love to you and V. Sandra

Jody Blue said...

A tractor AND bushhog...very impressive!

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