3 Feb 2019 12:26 am
ursulas_alcove: 19th century engraving of a woman using a drop spindle (Default)
It was a strange sort of day. Bright and sunny. They say Punxatawny Phil did not see his shadow. They start festivities at the crack of dawn. I don't know how Phil could ever see his shadow. The sun doesn't clear the mountains until 9:30 am. Which raised another question. In Ireland, they celebrate Imbolc on February 1st. But in America, we celebrate on the 2nd. So which day do you use to figure out when spring happens? A friend posted a nice summary of the ancient myth. The goddess slumbers all winter. She awakes on Imbolc or St. Brigit's Day. If it's sunny, she gets up and collects more firewood, so spring is later because she can stay inside (asleep) longer. If it's cloudy, she rolls over and goes back to sleep but her firewood runs out and spring is earlier. It's a nice way to remember the myth. This is important (if you believe the myth) because it snowed like the dickens on the first but was sunny and clear on the 2nd. Hmmm.

Front Yard Garden

I started looking for organic apple trees. I want a dwarf with a 10' diameter span. Chronographia wants a honeycrisp. I was looking at an Arkansas Black. Although they keep a long time, they are unremarkable taste-wise. I like tart apples but no one else does. It was so sunny today, I thought I'd go out and mark the locations in the garden where I want to put everything. Nope. Not yet. The ground is still frozen. Sticks won't go into the ground. I'll have to wait for Monday. (I work all weekend.) An apple tree should have been planted back in December. If I can get a hole dug, I may order one yet. Around here April is still the best planting time, but California is on a different growing schedule. I'll have to check other nurseries.

Onions are on my mind.

We started a few trays of seedlings today. One tray got 40 American Flag Leeks and another got Alpine Strawberries. I'm hoping something comes up. I used coconut core plugs. Not sure I like them. The leeks got put into soil blocks. I had to stretch my potting mix with worm castings. I sterilized them first in the oven.

I haven't dared look to see what the polar vortex did to my low tunnels. Cover needs to come off tomorrow because of the warmup into the 50s. We'll see what I find.


2 Feb 2013 05:01 pm
ursulas_alcove: Robin of the hood woodcut (Rock On!)
I didn't see any ground hogs today. It was overcast, which supposedly means an early spring. It was bitter cold this morning. If I was Punxsutawney Phil, I'd've fought tooth and claw to stay inside. So rather than going to the festivities up the road in Punxsutawney, we're heading to The Hollywood to go see Ground Hogs Day with Bill Murray.

So many theaters are going dark because movies are going digital. A digital projector, just one projector, costs $75,000. So if you have 12 theaters in one complex, you need 12 projectors. It's a mighty costly proposition. Banks aren't lending money for very small businesses. So dark and torn down for these cinemas is the current trend. After March, everything will be digital. No other kind of movie will be available. Our favorite theater has been struggling just to buy one projector. The Hollywood, located in Dormont, PA, is a volunteer-run theater. They show genre type flicks like Rocky Horror Picture Show. This weekend, they are showing Ground Hogs Day. This week they got a big boost. Out of the blue, Ed Asner is going to match funds for anyone donating. So please donate what you can!

Also they're showing Clue at midnight.

Dinner was a fabulous meal of pastitsio. A warm meal on a cold night


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