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While taking the dogs out this morning I stopped short at the back door and realized that it had snowed over night. Not just a little dusting either. The white stuff covered the ground and despite the sun shining, it was so cold outside that it felt like winter all over again.
Snow in April, only in Michigan. This is so crazy and it feels like it’s never going to get warm. Of course, I had to put on boots and a heavy coat, while my poor dogs were waiting (with legs crossed) to go outside and do their business. They were patient and ignored my string of not good words said with disgust of the snow and cold.
My iris, daffodils and other spring plants were bending with the snow and I felt so sorry for the fat little robins that had arrived shivering with the cold. Okay, I didn’t see the robins shivering, but I was so everyone had to be cold. It’s the rule here. Mom is cold, everyone is.
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Never having heard of energy audit services, I thought I’d look into it after my daughter had told me she and her husband were going to save money on utility bills by using this type of service. Everyone could use some help to save money and with my home being old and rather drafty, our bills were very high this winter. If we run the AC, it’s going to be about the same. I don’t need those kind of bills.
I was also told about federal grants for home improvement. To me this would be something I’m definitely interested in. Any help for home improvement and weather proofing is more than welcome in this household.
With a home energy audit, we would be told how to cut down on our heating and cooling bills and I’m sure from what my daughter has said, that these are professionals who are helping to improve the home and also help us conserve as much energy as possible. They can give us information about how to go about getting the grants for home improvement also and that in the long run would really help.
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Yesterday as I was looking at the receding water in the back yard, and in my mind mapping out where my next garden idea was going to be started, I saw some birds digging for worms in the semi mushy lawn. All of a sudden, a few robin hopped by the door. These are the first robin I’ve seen this year, and they were a welcome sight.
Now, I may be the only person I know who thinks like this, except perhaps my quirky friend Lindsay, but I swear that birds have a line of communication that tells one another where the good chubby worms are. Within about ten minutes of seeing three robin, a bunch came. It was an awesome sight to see, for sure.
I’m not going to get too excited yet though because yes, tomorrow is indeed the first day of Spring, but up here that doesn’t mean too much, considering our strange weather. We’ve had snow in the middle of April. But still, seeing the robin out back and now hopping all over the front yard, it does cheer one up, and also sort of breaks the cabin fevers in a way, with hope that the warm weather is coming soon.
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Today and yesterday, the temperatures reached 58 and 60 degrees and I’ll confess that I dug out my flip flops to wear when I walked out to the road to the mail box. My feet and toes felt so good, I kicked off my flip flops and walked barefoot back to the house. I actually got a few thumbs up and honks while at the mail box. I guess though, bare feet look kind of out of place with a heavy Carhartt jacket. But still, it felt great going without shoes and socks in the muddy grass. Unfortunately, it’s supposed to snow again in the few days to come.
While on my way back to the house, I noted that along side of our drive and in some of the yard I have to pick up a lot of trash that has blown onto the property. Usually I try and keep it picked up, but it was under the snow, and now that the snow has melted it looks dreadful. With Spring beginning in less than two weeks, I’m already making my lists for heavy garbage bags, a couple new rakes and other odds and ends I’ll use for the clean up.
After walking barefoot today, it made me have a sudden surge of more spring housecleaning. I’m also not putting my flip flops back in storage. At least not this pair. I’ll keep them out and handy in case the forecasts are wrong!
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Two days ago, we got hit with one heck of a major ice, snow and rainy sleet storm. We even had thunder and lightening and sometimes it reminded me of the calm before the big cyclone, becasue it would get really still outside, everything would stop, including the wind and then a next bigger wave of nasty weather would hit.
I was home alone when the built up ice on the power lines made the power go out. We have a small generator, enough to light a few lights and run the appliances, but I have no clue how to prime it or turn it on for that matter. It is powered by gasoline, and even if I did know how to do all this, I can lay ten bucks that there is no fuel in the can. I should start taking charge of this stuff and no doubt will after this last storm. I’ll get a hold of my friend Lindsay since she is up on the survival (her own way) stuff.
I however did quite well alone with the two dogs not helping me at all. LOL! At least I saved one of the old cradle type telephones to plug into the house phone line. I guess it’s not run on electricity. At times like that, I’m glad I’m somewhat of a tidy pack rat. My daughter called and asked if I needed anything. One reply…heat just in case the power was out for a few days like during our last ice storm. Then her phone went out, before we could talk anymore.
About 45 minutes after I sort of talked to my daughter, my son in law came to my house with a really awesome heater, fuel and a bunch of scented candles that I KNOW I got for my daughter as a Christmas gift. It was so sweet of her. The next day when we talked, I thanked her for taking care of me, and her reply was, “You’ve always taken care of me Mama, I’m glad I could take care of you.” When she came over yesterday, I gave her the candles back, since I didn’t have to use them. I had lamp oil and my own supply of candles, but it made my heart happy that I raised such a caring daughter.
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