Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Never Enough Time

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

13.6° here on the mountain, still dark but windless for a change. Received a couple more inches of snow last night for a total of 5" over the past couple days. Dark clouds pass quickly through the eastern sky but overhead it is clear with a faint blue color which is positive. The weather lady says we may see some sun before this turns back to some type of precipitation. Not a good day for the sugar makers.

I made it half a mile down the road with Karl the Wonder Dog last night but this morning he settled for an abbreviated walk and that didn't bother me either. I have Fred the plumber appearing about 7:30 to fix an overdue problem with the water tank; then I have a long list of errands that have to be done today. Our oil furnace is a System 2000, an excellent furnace that is super energy efficient. It has a short burn time and in less than two minutes can heat/reheat all the domestic water you could want. The water is stored in what appears to be an old fashioned electric heater except that it too is well insulated and it is for storage only--no electric involved. I think this tank is about four years old and the intake port is rusted. It's one of those "guaranteed for life" things that drive me nuts. They don't last for life and have to be replaced every few years it seems. Although the product is guaranteed, the labor is a different story and Fred and I will be talking about that soon. Although I am retired, there's less time now than there was when I worked two jobs and as such I don't like doing the same thing over. Some follow "There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over." If you know me, you know that I do not subscribe to that .

In the time remaining between now and final snow melt, I have tons of things to finish up. There are still a few shovels and hoes to sharpen, a new spark plug for the Honda weed/brush cutter, grease on all the fittings for both tractors, and a pile of new signs to print on Avery labels and get onto the Parker-Davis signs we use to mark the rows of the field grown daylilies. When the important things are done I like to spend a little time walking around in flea markets and antique shops looking for older garden items, urns and flower pots. That might just happen today.

Up top is an armillary that came from Gail's father. It reminds us of him and it looks nice in the garden on a granite post I had my granite worker neighbor cut for the purpose. Little objects like this look nice in the garden. They are becoming more and more difficult to find at markets so if you find something you like, don't belabor the price, buy it when you see it.

Writing from the mountain above Peacham Pond where the the birds are reminding me the feeders are about empty.

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