Stand aside, groundhog.

I just realized a much more reliable predictor that spring is here; winter is gone. Both the woodbox by the fireplace, the kindling supply, and firewood storage outside the utility door are stuffed with fireplace-ready logs. The woodpile is in healthy shape as well. Being this prepared for cold surely must preclude its arrival. Well, that, and it is really nice outside. Blue sky, lovely sunshine, upper 40-degree temperatures, mud replacing much of the snow covering, insects on the move,… Read moreStand aside, groundhog.

kudos to Snowblowers Direct

We had some snow to deal with this morning. Less than what I faced numerous times in Grangeville, Idaho, and certainly less than many parts of the country, but an unusually large amount for this part of the world. A) The Darby Library has an unbroken record of opening as scheduled regardless of weather. B) Missy and Mom were signed up to set the library up and open by 11:00 AM. A + B means we had to have the… Read morekudos to Snowblowers Direct

minus 18

It is probably my fault. Yesterday some great friends helped me blow insulation into our attic. I still have not personally visited the attic, but it doesn’t take a certified HVAC engineer to ascertain the need. I observe the snow melting off our roof, the prodigious icicles hanging from the eves and the 90%-efficient gas central heater’s inability to heat this house without the woodstove’s help and know our ceiling insulation is way below adequate. While a licensed HVAC contractor… Read moreminus 18

earned my keep

We had some snow to deal with this morning. Less than what I faced numerous times in Grangeville, Idaho, and certainly less than many parts of the country, but an unusually large amount for this part of the world. A) The Darby Library has an unbroken record of opening as scheduled regardless of weather. B) Missy and Mom were signed up to set the library up and open by 11:00 AM. A + B means we had to have the… Read moreearned my keep

Is Long Hair Making Us More Intuitive?

 Back in the old days and the ancient times, many cultures embraced people with long hair, because they believed that long hair was a sign of strength and spiritual maturity. The Native Americans and the Chinese are just a few examples of the many cultures that value long hair, which was why the men and women of these cultures back then rarely cut their hair. Even though back then many cultures believed that having long hair was beneficial to the… Read moreIs Long Hair Making Us More Intuitive?

wild painkiller

In slang terms, this really is WILD! A weed right under our noses that is so useful it ought to be outlawed. I hate to say that for a couple of reasons, but I do suggest that you get some seed to work with before your protectors take it away. I post it here to help insure its availability, but all the links are from the source article at Before It’s News.com. You might want to go there to see… Read morewild painkiller

dam breaks

Lots of deep cold, plenty of snow, followed by some warm, throw in some precipitation and you have a recipe for ice dams breaking. That, of course includes the possibility of flooding. We are coming up on that exact situation during the next week. Last month I recorded the first event like that I have witnessed in several winters here. Amazingly I was inspired to take a short video clip of The Bitterroot freezing over in our front yard on… Read moredam breaks

surveying the East Fork

Not because the world has some screaming need I am fulfilling, but merely because I want to… I slipped on my 14″ dairyman boots to walk across a river varying in depth from 10″ – 18″. If your math skills are average or better, you will correctly guess those boots were quite full of water in short order. During last year’s low tide, in my first iteration, I staggered out with rattle cans and tape measure in a backpack to… Read moresurveying the East Fork

dam this morning

As you know, I’ve been paying attention the the river outside my front window. This morning a log caught on the bridge support downstream. Knowing this could rather rapidly escalate into a major dam, backup and flood for us lowlanders, I called the highway department. They were out within hours. I expected response, but was quite pleasantly surprised by its rapidity. Chatting with the crew chief, we discover the essence to them: A dam on the support exerts tremendous pressure… Read moredam this morning

Bitterroot flooding this week

FLOOD WARNING Warning Issue Date: 845 AM MDT SUN MAY 25 2014 Warning Expiration: 130 PM MST MON MAY 26 2014 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MISSOULA HAS EXTENDED THE * FLOOD WARNING FOR THE BITTERROOT RIVER NEAR MISSOULA… IN NORTHERN RAVALLI COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MONTANA AND SOUTHERN MISSOULA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MONTANA… * UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. * AT 7:45 AM SUNDAY THE STAGE WAS 10.8 FEET. MINOR FLOOD STAGE IS 11.0 FEET. * THE FORECAST IS THE… Read moreBitterroot flooding this week