We had a dry week this week. As can happen in the winter, the warmer it gets during the day, the colder the nights. Generally, we don't get our first warm days, after Halloween, until February. I guess that a week before Feb. is close enough.
It was 70's-high 80's for up to an hour-90 minutes during most days this week, then plummeted so that by 3 Pacific (4 my time.) or so, we had lost 10-20 degrees. Within' an hour it was cold. These nights have been in the 20's, and we're supposed to have even lower temperatures this weekend/next week. The predictions have been 24-26, but I've been comparing our temperatures to the predicted ones all week, and we have been several degrees less than predictions. I'm not looking forward to being in the low 20's or even teens. Maybe they will turn out to be wrong?
We've had no rain this week, and I don't see any coming right up.
One good thing that happened, is that my phone began working spontaneously yesterday - hooray! I don't know if they switched lines from in the office, or what.
As soon as it began working, we started making phone calls to 'fix' problems with bills and such that we couldn't address with the phone out. We had to make Dh his new appt., deal with our organic certification co., and a couple of other people. We weren't sure how long the phone would last, so jumped on them as soon as we could!
It was nice to be back in touch with Ds, too. We usually discuss all types of things, but haven't been able to. Tonight I will call Thyri, since she and I have missed a couple of weeks of talking.
I've enjoyed the sunshine, since through the storms there wasn't any. I don't want it to get really hot, but I have liked having it, hearing the birds singing, and so forth.
We are supposed to go through some new things that were brought up from the house a couple of weeks ago. If Ds doesn't come over to do anything tomorrow, then we will. If not, then that will be project coming up next week.
There are frogs still here, but only one or two at a time, so much more manageable.
We've been talking about plantings outside this week. We still want permanent places for the 3 trees that have sat here the past few years. A pear, an Asian pear, and an apple, I believe.
Then, we want to dig and bring up other plants. My daffodils, some of my domestic bulbs, some of the wild bulbs that not only have pretty, if somewhat small flowers, but create a bright green patch of foliage from winter through spring, my wild rose - which has gotten very large over the years, and others.
Dh can't wait to landscape up here, but I want most plants in planters, which I would like him to build and fill with soil. What I'd like to avoid is breaking up the compaction that we managed when working up here originally.
When I grew up, we had planting 'areas' that were already there when we moved in, and that my father increased and improved. It works fine. You can create flower beds, areas for trees, and so forth.
But, there are a lot of cute moths and little creepy crawlies here. Aka, pests. So, we want to get monitering boxes and balls, and then use tanglefoot, and things at the base of the trees, to prevent any plantings from being overwhelmed.
Krypto barked on and off all night. Something was definitely out there. At one point, at 3 or 4 A.M., he began to howl mournfully. What is that, the 5th time that he's ever done that? It's a cool howl, but it makes my hair stand up at the same time, because I know that it's something serious and bad. An animal attacking other animals, someone screaming outside of our hearing range, etc. This lasted longer than any other time.
There have been a couple more earthquakes north of me, but we didn't feel them.
And, I will say it again: The warehouse has been a blessing. Yes, there are cheap, fun treats now and then, but that's not the most important thing, it turns out.
Apparently, they've chosen to stock some 'regular' items so that people can make it a one stop shopping trip - which is smart. You can get bread, milk, a few vegetables, and even chicken there. So, things like eggs and milk are not cheaper, but you can always get them there.
Also, they carry some 'alternative' items - aka items that Ds can eat.
The chicken, which does sell out fast, also includes the type that I eat. And, while not dirt cheap, it's still a couple of dollars less than what I pay for it at the supermarket, which is great for us, and Ds.
Anyway, I'm still thrilled with it, and can appreciate our savings on whatever the deals du jour are. Whether it's beans and waffles for Ds, or celery and chicken for us.
Which reminds me to tell the 'waffle story.' Normally, waffles wouldn't be a big deal until... One day a couple of weeks ago, ddil was having a waffle that Thyri can't eat. It was frozen. So, she went into the other room with it, and gave Thyri something else, maybe a bowl of cereal?
Anyway, all was quiet so she went back to see if Thyri had finished, and found her there quiet crying. Sobbing. Apparently, she hadn't gotten a waffle. So, when Ds was going to get ddil another box of waffles, he decided that it would be a bad idea after that.
Looking around, though, we found alternative blueberry waffles and Thyri can eat, and got them. So, that's why the waffles mattered. I felt bad, we all did, about the incident. That's completely unlike her, and has never happened before. So, yeah, hooray for the warehouse for carrying alternative (in this case dairy-free etc.) items at a good price. Sheesh!
Well, that's all from this neck of the woods. How was your week?
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