Following the warm spell many good souls were planting their tomatoes and peppers and awoke this morning at 20F witnessing shriveled up dead plants. I suspect that the first rule in Spring gardening is understanding the weather and plant when it is going to stay warm. I do not plant outside the greenhouse before 15 […]
The shortsighted media has neglected EBOLA, generally suggesting it is no longer a threat. Currently there are now 10,000 deaths and perhaps 20,000 people stricken with this miserable deadly disease. The actual numbers are still unknown as the tribal belief systems that have existed for thousands of years dictate privacy in handling the departed. Such […]
I have seen the temperature-not wind chill, drop to –26F in 1983. This was a cold winter; I do not remember the wind chill factor, as I was too busy keeping us warm. There are some interesting facts concerning keeping warm. I want to address warmth for the younger readers; a wood stove ensconces older […]
During my youth Medical Doctors made house calls. There was a responsibility of the householder to provide the Medical Doctor with general medical supplies. This usually, from my 1940’s experience, consisted of a closet shelf filled with items such as scorched sheeting for bandages. The scorching killed bacteria and the sheeting was placed in paper […]
I needed something to relax me instead of tranquilizers. I thought to go sit in the solar greenhouse and contemplate new projects instead of using its original intended projected design as a seed starter and herbal repository I thought to double up and use vacant space to grow vegetables and more winter fare than basic […]
From time to time I write about protecting your self and family in cold weather assuming you are in a modern house and have all the conveniences. However, here in the mountains, it is colder and many people with children are living in old houses, or trailers that are poor protection from the expected bitter […]
Everybody seems to be hacking, coughing, and otherwise miserable with bronchitis irritation. The pharmacy’s shelves are loaded with nostrums, remedies, and snake oil cure-alls. Nothing works. You cannot sleep and there is no kissing among loved ones fearing a big spasm coming up from the chest. It is plain misery.