• Quick update

    Not a whole lot going on right now.  Or rather, what is going on I’m better off not talking about in public till its settled…..lets just say that attempting to screw with my career cause you have issues with women in power is a really bad idea.

    Anyway, to top off my lovely New Year I’ve just found out that the one and only antiperspirant that I’ve found that I can wear reliably without breaking out into a rash has been discontinued.  Their clear gel version is still availible, so I may have to give it a try.  I’m not a fan of the gel antiperspirants, but its better than breaking out in a massive rash on a regular basis….

    I have some very happy pepper seedlings:

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    And Shadow is definitely becoming more comfortable in our house:

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    though we’re still trying to convince him that Arty isn’t really devil spawn.

     

    The birds have been clearing the feeders almost as fast as I fill them, hard to blame them, its been a hard winter:

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    Turns out they’ve had help with the feeders though:

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    we’ve not had much of a squirrel problem the last few years, but I’m pretty sure I recognize that particular one from last year…..Apollo was also very happy to “scare off” an opossum the other night.  I think it was  me flipping on the lights that really made it decide to leave the feeders, but Apollo’s sure that it was responding to him barking at it.

    The deer have been back, though I don’t have time right now to upload those photos, I’ll do it later.  They’re looking skinnier, not sure if they’re just shedding their winter coats, or if this winter is finally taking its toll.



  • Your computer laugh for the day

    So I’ve had a new computer for a few months. We finally decided to pull apart my old computer and pull out the hard drive (to see what we could get off it) and swap the wireless card from the old computer to the new (I mostly use wired, but wireless has come in handy on occasion).

    So we get everything installed.

    And my husband plugs back in all the various cables into the computer for me.

    Including the HDMI cable that’s connected to the TV that we’d used as a 2nd monitor (to play games on) on my old computer. I’d not actually gotten around to setting up the duel monitor set up on the new computer yet, wasn’t a high priority. Remember this bit of information. Its important.

    So we turn on the computer, and it boots, and it shows the desktop background image…..and doesn’t load the desktop. wtf?

    Power down, power up into safe mode. Safe mode loads fine.

    Ok, power off, unplug the wireless card, try again. It loads the desktop image and not the desktop.

    Power off, unplug the old hard drive, try again. It loads the desktop image and not the desktop.

    Power off. Think for a minute, plug back in the old hard drive, force computer to boot off it. It loads fine, no drivers for anything, but it loads fine.

    Power off, reset it to load from the new hard drive, it loads the desktop image and not the desktop.

    Reboot into safe mode, restore from a 3 day old restore point. Rebooting loads the desktop image and not the desktop.

    Run Startup Repair….you get the idea. By this time we’re both swearing.

    Unplug all the cables, start unplugging and replugging the video card, the hard drives……

    And a light bulb goes off. I tell my husband, when you plug everything back in don’t plug in the HDMI cable to the TV. And he looks at me….

    Sure enough, plug back in everything, except that HDMI cable. Desktop loads fine.

    Its defaulting that “extra monitor” as the default monitor, instead of my regular one. Turning the TV input to the 2ndary HDMI cable shows my desktop when its plugged into my computer.

    *sigh*

    (yes, I know how to fix that, its ok)

    (the old hard drive has passed every scan I’ve thrown at it, so still no idea why the old computer died, but hey, I have a spare hard-drive now!)



  • Common Spring!

    Monday and Tuesday the weather was absolutely gorgeous.  No jacket required lovely.  Snow was melting everywhere.

    Yesterday, Wednesday I woke up to rain that was rapidly turning to snow.

    By the time we snow-blowed the driveway, about 5pm, we were pushing a foot of wet nasty heavy snow.  The kind that gives people heart attacks trying to shovel it.

    I haven’t checked the official snow-fall totals yet, but I’m betting for a solid foot here at least.

    Right now my thermometer says its 8 degrees outside.

    I want my garden!



  • aww fuck

    I would very greatly appreciate everyone’s good will, well wishes, healing prayers, and healing vibes sent toward a friend of mine who I’ve never met in person. She’s the owner of a lovely Tibetan Mastiff bitch, and over the last couple years has become a wonderful friend.

    She was just diagnosed this week with stage III Small Cell lung cancer, and has been admitted to the hospital for an “infection”, type unstated, but it appears to involve her lungs. She expects to be in the hospital till Sunday, and starts chemo on Monday.

    Did I mention that 2014 is not the New Year I wanted and I’m demanding a refund and a new New Year?



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    In theory it shouldn’t affect you all, especially if you’ve commented here before.

    However if you discover you are having trouble commenting, or that your comment isn’t showing up on the blog in a reasonable period of time please send me an email, the email address is under the “About Me” tab at the top.  

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  • Dehydrated foods bleg

    Ok, so I’ve been working on putting together a variety of home “mixes” and “instant” style soups etc for us to use when we want to.  For some of the trial stuff I just bought which-ever dehydrated products were easiest to buy.  But we’re getting to the point of actually using quite a bit of it, so I”m looking at buying in larger quantities.  Not TONS, but more than a quart jar too.

    So, can someone suggest a company that they’ve had good luck with that sells (among other things) dehydrated (or freezedried) broccoli, diced potatos, other “soup or stew” type vegi’s, powdered sour cream and milk, etc?

     

    (edit: eventually I hope to be able to dehydrate my own for this, but right now thats not happening!)



  • Gardening start updates

    The little greenhouse I set up back in January now has 3 sets of Christmas lights in it, and its maintaining about 10 degrees above air temp, despite having little to no sun to warm it.

    The lack of sun on the greenhouse worries me a bit.  Shoulda remembered that this is upstate NY and we get, like, no sun here.  *sigh* I’m now researching grow lights to go inside them.

    One tray’s worth of seeds have sprouted and are going strong.

    The other tray sprouted one seed.

    I’m not sure what the difference is, BUT, the “good” tray IS 2ft higher than the other, and apon wielding a thermometer I discovered that the water in the bottom of the higher tray is 5degrees warmer than the bottom tray.  So, I re-did the insulation under that heat mat (the bottom one was looking sketchy), and swapped the trays, to see if that makes a difference.  Oh, and replanted those pots…..I also picked up two more heat mats, we’ll see, but this way I have backups, just in case.



  • The deer are here to stay

    Since I put out the trail cameras, half the point was to watch the deer, and the deer have been elusive, a few here and there, but not regularly.

    But they appear to have discovered my fruit trees and the feed block, and are here to stay now!

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    After that visit, which appears to be the big guy from the last post and some friends, I moved the camera and feed block closer to the big apple tree behind them.

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    It appears to be two groups of deer, the 2nd group contains less fat and more obviously pregnant deer.

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    They’re spending so much time infront of the camera that the batteries keep dying on me!

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    I did have a laugh though, its not just the deer enjoying the feed block.

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  • What kind of deer is this?

    Had a bit of a surprise when I checked the trail cameras this morning.  They sure don’t look like the White-Tails I’m used to!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     Edit:  I have a vote for BIG mature White-tail buck who’s dropped his antlers a little early, if thats correct then thats one of the biggest bucks I’ve seen on camera here…..



  • Heirloom apples?

    I’ve mentioned before that we have a few apple trees in the back.  I’m not sure if some of them are still going to be alive come spring, they were looking kinda poorly last year.  Regardless Husband and I had been seriously considering expanding our little orchard.  We both REALLY enjoy home-made applesauce made with Granny Smith apples, however after doing some research it looks like Granny Smiths aren’t likely to do well here.  We’re technically USDA zone 5b, but I’ve learned the hard way that I really need plants that are hardy to zone 4 if I want them to thrive here…..

    I recently ran across the site for Fedco Trees, based in Maine.  Their list of heirloom apple varieties is HUGE!  I’ve never heard of most of these apples.  And best of all, all of them are hardy to zone 4 if not colder!  And so now I have this list of heirloom varieties I’d REALLY like to get ahold of to try….

    Anyone know where I can find someone growing a Spice Sweet Apple tree?