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2/29/20 4:55 P

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A cold but mostly sunny day here. Made a big pot of broccoli cheese soup which is yummy! Tastes and looks a lot like Panera's. This is a recipe to save!

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2/28/20 4:55 P

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Frustrating day at work. A key member of the team called out sick. Some tasks will need to wait until Monday, as there weren't enough hands on deck. My tasks were slow getting started as needed maintenance and quality control needed doing and/or repeating. Things did fall into place finally and I completed what I needed to, but not without a bit of stress emoticon At least it is Friday and a payday to boot. I'm looking foreward to my Yoga class that starts in about a half hour. I always feel so mellow and zen at the end!

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2/28/20 3:14 P

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It is a partly sun day here with some wind. I spent my morning out in my driveway trying to clean up the mess my plow guy left after plowing yesterday's slush. Of course it was frozen solid and took a lot of work just cleaning up the biggest clumps that made my driveway difficult to navigate. I think if we have any more storms like yesterday, I will request that only the bank left by town snowplow be plowed. Areas of the driveway that weren't plowed only had three or so inches which was frozen enough to drive on without breaking through. Hopefully the sun will be warm enough even with these lower temperatures to melt the ice that is left.

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2/28/20 1:13 P

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I had to plow this morning, hard to tell how much snow we got with all the drifts! We have sort of hazy partly cloudy today but not warm, the wind had a chill in it, supposed to be in single numbers tonight.

Kind of eyeing those ewes wondering if any others are going to lamb soon, usually there is not a big space between them, makes it easier if there isnít!

I worked on the gates between the sheep pens this morning, taking off the broken hinges, putting extra support in them and getting the new bigger hinges on. One is done the other one I am mulling over, barns shift and it seems like the gate is much tighter then before, the gates shift from closing off each pen or closing off my walkway to the feeders and the alleyway. So they need to bolt at either position. The closing off the pens is the one that needs the most strength, the ewes tend to get feisty when they are lambing, so last year one stood on one side bashing that gate and one on the other side bashing the other gate with 4 feet between them. Sigh! The gates are 2x4 with those thick wire panels in the middle, plus a cross piece in the center, think their heads would hurt after a while! I added an extra bold on the bottom to hold them tighter, not sure if that will be a plus or minus, maybe they will get better leverage to bash it!



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2/27/20 9:15 P

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Living within 25 miles of the southern Maine coast meant we only had rain and wind with this storm. Nothing plowable here. It cleared up by 2 PM and we went out and knocked off a half dozen errands.

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2/27/20 1:59 P

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A miserable day here with heavy wet snow. It is not accumulating too fast, but we do have a plowable amount. Hopefully it will stop soon.

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2/27/20 1:18 P

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Pretty miserable day out there today, had to be in millinocket at 10 for car inspection, they were busy and it took 45 minutes, plus they handed me someone elseís keys when I left lol, maybe I should have looked at the other one, maybe it was in better shape then mine!

Surprisingly there are a lot of egg customers out there today, along with the snow and wind!


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2/25/20 6:04 P

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Warm enough, but cloudy and dreary. It was a longer than ususal commute home because there was a car on fire at mile 53 on the norhtbound turnpike. At least I made it home safely.

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2/25/20 12:03 P

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Another warm day here, and although it was supposed to b cloudy for most of the day, the sun is trying to shine. I am so looking forward to spring, but I guess we have another storm on Thursday that is supposed to be mostly snow here.

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2/24/20 5:49 P

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50 degrees on the way home from work tonite. Sunny as well. A day to treasure for sure!

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2/24/20 11:43 A

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Those pies sound good. I used to love custard baked without a crust, but haven't had it for sooooo long. I should make myself some soon, it would be relatively healthy compared to a lot of things I could be eating.

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2/22/20 6:39 P

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Love the little lambs. Hope they are doing well. Here it was in the mid 40s today. Spent most of the morning baking pies for the Church Supper tonite. I did a coconut custard, an apple and a cherry. I made too much custard so I baked it off in some ramekins and we had it for desert for tonite. Yummy!

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2/22/20 2:16 P

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Barb, those lambs are adorable. I can imagine it is a little hard to keep them warm with the sub-zero mornings, but I am sure you are an old hand at taking care of lambs. It was below zero to start the day here, but this afternoon we have melting temperatures and it is absolutely a beautiful sunny day.

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2/21/20 8:10 P

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Good evening team:

Barb: The baby lambs are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

It is going to be 50 degrees here tomorrow.

I love reading all about Maine on this team. I remember the first time I moved to Maine. We owned a house in Yarmouth and part of it was built from a chicken coop. The pipes would freeze underneath the kitchen quite often. When I sat in the living room the curtains would blow around because the windows weren't snug enough.

We didn't have a wood stove but we did have a claw foot tub. We lived on a hill and had some interesting views. One side of the property had a row of lilac bushes. I love lilacs and wish I had some here. I almost forgot, the foundation was messed up and our basement used to flood all the time. We had a sump pump but it couldn't keep up with the water. We eventually moved to a nicer home in Scarborough.

I hope everyone has a good evening and a good weekend.

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2/21/20 5:40 P

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Moly had her lambs this morning, twin rams, one black and one white. They were chilled particularly the second born, I wrapped him up in a towel and put him in front of the pellet stove for a while. Her colostrum is very thick and the little tykes were having a hard time getting it out, so I gave them colostrum from the freezer just to get them unchilled and going. The black lambs are always difficult to photograph, kind of black blobs!



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2/21/20 5:26 P

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-7 in lovely downtown New Gloucester this morning as I pulled out of the driveway at 05:45. At least it made it up to 27 in Portland as I drove home. I'm hoping for a nice weekend.......

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2/21/20 11:27 A

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Another sub-zero start for the day. I am thankful that my husband made sure the pipe in this house were well insulated right after we bought it. Haven't had frozen pipes since. That is one class thing for me to cope with alone.

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2/21/20 7:25 A

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I like winters like this, early 80ís were similar, when we get cold for a week at a time like last year it just gets progressively harder just to keep things unfrozen. Last year my kitchen pipes froze dozens of times dripping or not, yesterday was the first time they froze this year. I have to get things defrosted in the barn regularly or no water down there, just bumping the heat up twice a day works if it is only a couple of days, but when it goes on for a week it is much harder. Everyone keeps saying this is a easy winter but I suspect that most of them donít work outside as much as I do, it started way too early with the cold, snow that stayed in October is a bummer, there have been recent years that the cows ate big bales up back until December, when they are in the barn in October that is two more months of much harder labor and costs. The snowfall this year is at record breaking amounts, but because of the defrost we had it is not as not as noticeable. I just noticed it is -10 out right now, forecast is never right!

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2/20/20 9:12 P

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And the deniers of Global Warming say the weather changes have nothing to do with the activities of humans !!!

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2/20/20 11:10 A

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I think one of The notable things about this winter is how fast our temps are changing from comfortably warm to bone freezing cold. At least it doesn't stay extremely cold for long.

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2/20/20 9:31 A

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Wow sure dips down to cold quick, high today is only supposed to be 7, and tonight below 0. The wind was bad yesterday, I glanced at my weather station and noticed 22 mph winds, sure makes it colder with wind. Going to be a cold day on the hill in millinocket!


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2/19/20 5:46 P

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Successful day today. Saying my prayers for a successful surgery for a pal this afternoon. I haven't heard anything and won't for a while as I am not directly related to her. Day off work tomorrow! WooHoo!

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2/19/20 1:33 P

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It is very windy here and getting colder. Got my snowblowing done with most of the snow blowing back on me. Had to change into dry pants when I got back in since the snow that I was covered with melted once I was back inside.

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2/19/20 10:55 A

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It never got too warm yesterday so it was all fluffy snow, didnít start until almost 4pm here, supposed to be cold again tonight and tomorrow, the daytime high tomorrow is 7 and below 0 tonight and tomorrow night. It is good that the extreme cold nights are scattered, several days in a row make chores a nightmare. It was -18 the other day and hardly anything was frozen but it was warm the day before and not much wind.

I need to get the plowing done before it gets too cold!



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Barb from Maine!

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2/18/20 6:48 P

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Wet, sloppy snow on the roads out of Portland as the temperature at the coast was 32. Once I got further inland, the temp dropped to 22 and the snow was fluffier and drier so the driving was much easier. Glad to make it home safely even though it took about 30 minutes longer than ususal. I'm crawling into my hole and pulling it in after me!

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2/18/20 12:24 P

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Started snowing here at about 11:00 this morning. I am sure those who like winter sports will like it, but I would prefer not having to shovel!

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2/17/20 7:53 P

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Temperature was 38 according to my car on my trip home from work. Hard to believe it's gonna snow again tomorrow afternoon!

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2/17/20 3:28 P

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The temperatures continue to be like a roller coaster ride here. Up and down, but fortunately the sub-zero temperatures are not lasting long this winter. We are above freezing here today and things are melting.

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2/16/20 7:43 P

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I get motivation from the lengthening days. I really appreciate the extra nearly two extra hours of sunshine today!

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2/16/20 10:52 A

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There was a south wind last night, I always know because the buoy bell on the porch rings in a south wind, hoping it was warming up I looked at the weather station, but on 10 degrees. Must take a while for the warmer temps to get way up here! But it is 25 degrees now, yay! I see we are going to be up and down in the next couple weeks in temp to finish February out.



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2/15/20 12:53 P

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Cheer up gang, warmer weather is a comin'!

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2/15/20 11:18 A

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This morning was much colder then yesterday, it was already -14 when I went to bed last night, burr!

Barb from Maine!

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2/15/20 11:09 A

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Brrrr! It was -16 when I got up this morning. The dog and I didn't stay out any longer than necessary. Need to bring in firewood but I have been procrastinating. The house is nice and warm!

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2/14/20 8:46 P

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14 above as I drove into Portland this morning. Not only that, there was a good breeze blowing. DH and I did the biweekly grocery shopping when I got home this evening as the forecast for tomorrow's temperature is -5 and I have to go into work in the early afternoon. This way, I can putter around for the morning without having to leave the house before noon. Stay warm all.

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2/14/20 9:23 A

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It kind of petered out I guess, we were supposed to get 4-8Ē but it wasnít supposed to start until after 5. I was in Millinocket selling eggs and it snowed occasionally total accumulation was less then 2Ē. But isnít it cold this morning burr, -14 here, my helper called to see if I wanted the barn open where it was so cold, he lives across town and it was -22 there. My farm has always been in a small microclimate of its own thank goodness!

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2/13/20 11:39 A

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Woke up to light snow this morning, but it is almost noon and we have gotten very little accumulating on the grown. I guess I need to watch the weather this noon to see what is going one with this storm that was supposed to give us between 3 and 6 inches in this area.

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I love reading about you and your farm, Goldenrod. Thanks again

On my way to my new normal.


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Guess we got all the snow the other day, no rain at all. I had an eye appointment and didnít plow on Monday so I ended up getting up early to plow. After getting it done I dumped a whole bag of rock salt on the driveway. It was warm enough so that the ice melted down to bare driveway in a lot of places, which is good because the guy that is helping me can never get his car out of my driveway. Today there was a lot more melting going on.

The cows were really excited to go out this morning, guess they could feel the warmer temps. After cleaning up the cows the helper got the side pen mostly done, there were a couple frozen places and resumed working on the second sheep pen. It is so good to be getting this done. I spent some time fussing over Apache, combing out her tail and trimming her mane, she just loves being fussed over. You would think combing out a tail wouldnít be something she likes, but she stands stock still while I do it and pokes me if I stop!

I did miscellaneous things, filled the tractor with fuel, then the downstairs heater, threw down hay, did some cleaning in the kitchen and meal prep for supper. I need to do some sitting for my knee, so I take my sit breaks by doing my time deleting emails. I started last weekend trying to get control of my emails, there were almost 11,000 of them. Now I am down to 7000. There is stuff I need to keep in all that mess so I do have to go through them, but the spam is getting really obnoxious, probably about 100 or more a day. I have been marking them as spam so they will be filtered out, something I havenít done for a long time!

I have been spending time with EQ8 designing quilt blocks. I am thinking about having seasonal quilted hangings and have been getting ideas for them. It has been a while since I played with Electric Quilt, I really wasnít seeing very good which made it not much fun, but most of it is coming back quickly. I may do a couple of their online lessons so I can see the difference between EQ7 and EQ8 upgrade, then it sticks in my mind.

Tomorrow is egg selling day!

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2/12/20 10:49 A

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A beautiful day here with tons on sunshine and warm temperatures. Snow tomorrow and then cold for the weekend. Strange winter!

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2/11/20 8:45 P

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Hubby and I did some errands today to prepare for the forcasted COLD weather coming this weekend. We've replenished out salt/sand supply from the town supply, bought ice melt and fed the birds. Tomorrow is MINE for sewing.

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2/11/20 7:15 P

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Good evening team:

I have my snow boots out by the door along with my rock salt. I still haven't used either item. I just like to be prepared.

It is supposed to get cold on Friday. I love hearing about Maine. I went to the Augusta civic center many years ago to see Johnny Cash.

I love Portland and miss going to DiMillos. It was such a treat to dine there.

I hope you all stay warm and safe.

Allie


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2/11/20 2:07 P

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There has been a bit of snow here but it has not accumulated so far. I don't think we are supposed to get a significant amount this far inland, but I guess the coast could get more. I have done enough moving snow in the past days, and since I had a chiropractor appointment this morning, I don't need any more. I would like to let everything stay as it is for a few days.

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I am and have been since January, in Florida. I keep track of your weather and the ice in southern Maine has made me glad to be here. I never anticipated spending months in Florida but I am glad I do. My son and his family will join us next week, school vacation, for a week. He has planned our Disney days.

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It snowed on an off all day here, I didnít plow but will have to this morning since I have an eye appointment today.

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It was snowing a bit here as I left the house at 5:40am but it had turned into rain by the time I made it to work. More snow forecast for the morning. UGH! On my day off, even.

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Much warmer here today. We got about 4 inches of snow overnight, and I have been out snowblowing around my vehicle and my walks. The snow is quite sticky and would be perfect for snowmen, but after the snowblowing I think I will pass.

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-7 here this morning as I left for work. It was all the way up to 0 by the time I got to Portland. Thank goodness it made it up to 27 by the time I left to head home. YEAH!

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Extremely cold here, too. Beautiful cat, Barb. Love her color.

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It is pretty frosty out there, just barely got above 0 finally. I need to plow but guess I will wait for a while, plowing in an open tractor in this weather is pretty cold work!

Picture of Blueberry Muffin, hard to get good pictures of her blue eyes! This is from October on my raised bed.



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Definitely a frosty day here. Lots of popping last night from my deck as it shifted from the cold. I have to run to Topsham to get some groceries and I am dreading going out.

Spent last night at the Augusta Civic center watching the state cheering championships. We knew going in that the chances of winning were slim as the team was down two team members; one to illness, one from a concussion she got at the last competition. To their credit, they stayed strong, reworked their routine and gave it their best.

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Getting quite cold here. At least I have gotten all the snow/ice from the last two day's storms cleaned up and my vehicle is cleared off. I ended up blowing as much snow on myself as I did onto the bank because of the way the wind blows here. Wish I could blow the snow in a different direction, but that isn't possible.

Hope your hen is good at keeping her new chicks warm, Barb. Not the best time for new babies.

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Mostly snow up here, some hail for a brief time early. Yesterday school and lots of businesses closed all for the 2-4Ē of light snow we got.

I am not too bad at remembering bags in the grocery store, but am going to have to think about it for other stores like walmart, tractor supply, Loweís and Home Depot. I have quite a few bags that stay in the car, but a trip to Bangor May take a lot more if every store needs them! I tend to go to Walmart about once a month to stock up on cat food, bird food, and cleaning supplies up in Houlton, then hit grain store, Mardens and groceries all in one day, so maybe a dozen bags might not be enough!

One of the little bantam hens came out with a surprise batch of chicks last night, and I thought I was doing quite well snatching bantam eggs as they were laid, but seems like at least one hen has to try to raise a brood in the winter. This hen is taking motherhood to the extreme, attacking anything that gets close to her chicks, they donít usually attack other hens like that, and she had a full blown battle going on with one of the roosters that was trying to get away as quickly as possible. She has 11 chicks right now, she might be a better mother if she stayed with the chicks instead of running off to attack, we will see!


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It is. slowly changing to snow here, but it is still very slippery! Be safe everyone!

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Hoping everybody that has to go out today returns home safely.

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Trying to catch up here and just remembered that I hadn't gotten to the February posts here. I think I am mostly caught up.

As to the plastic bag ban that will take effect soon, I have been using cloth reusable bags for quite some time now. I keep my bags in my vehicle (between the front seats) and am quite good at remembering to take them into the store with me.

It is snowing here today and is supposed to continue into tomorrow with some freezing rain/sleet Not sure I want more winter storms as I was enjoying the spring like weather.

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Good afternoon team:

Barb: Thanks for explaining about the plastic bags. I don't relish the idea of paying for bags at the grocery store. I agree. I think the stores are getting the better end of this.

I see you retired in 2016. It sounds like you still have a lot to do. Many years ago I dated a man from New Hampshire and he lived with his Mother on a farm. I would visit his farm and I was amazed at how hard they all had to work. My Aunt owned a dairy farm in Pa. and I would visit her too. It was so nice getting away from the city.

I hope you all have a good day.

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The new ban on single use plastic bags will take place April 22 2020, it includes all retail stores. Stores can supply recyclable paper bags for a minimum charge of 5 cents each, note that is a minimum charge, it may be higher depending on the store, or recyclable plastic bags, also for the same charge. It seems to me that the ones benefiting from this law are going to be the stores, no more buying bags and get to charge for bags, lots of people will forget bags or stop to get something quick without their bags. I have a lot of the IGA green bags, but often I put meat or something that may leak in a plastic bag. The recyclable plastic bags you will have to pay for have to be able to be reused 75 times, plastic bags are not easy to clean up after your meat leaks all over them. Funny that plastic bags were supposed to cure all these ills and instead made a bigger mess and deprived generations of kids book covers for their school books!

Sandy, sorry about your ankle, heal quick!

The clean up guy came again today and got a whole sheep pen cleaned out, he will be here tomorrow too, I am dithering about having him start the other pen or do the first pen on the other side. It was nice for me to get stuff done too, put a new wire floor in the chicken pen watering area, and installed a gate latch on the chicken pen door. Then I did inside stuff, dishes, got supper ready to pop in the oven, made lamb hot pot, nice winter meal, and went up and bred a couple of cows for the neighbor.





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Good late evening team:

Hikersan: I hope your ankle heals quickly. It must be difficult not being as mobile as you would like. I have been having trouble with my COPD to. I will be glad when Spring comes. That is usually when I feel better.

I use plastic bags for everything. I used to work in a plastic factory and I understand the need to do away with plastic as much as possible. At the time it offered me a good job and enabled me to make a decent living.

I guess I will have to get more creative buying groceries. I will try to remember to ask for paper bags instead. My cat Storm loves to play with the bags so they will get a second use.

I hope everyone sleeps well and has a good week.

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How nice to hear from so many folks. Thanks for the hat admiration. I just learned how to make a cable, so I am working on an Irish hiking scarf now, I will try to post picture when I have more done.

The feed sack bags sound nice. I would love to see them! I have been transitioning over to reusable bags and have gotten fairly used to it, but every now and then I forget to bring in bags or go in for one item and end up with more!

Looks like some success stories happening here, increasing time for exercise! Keep up the good work!

My ankle is a bit better today, so I hope to be walking soon! I would like to lose 5 pounds this month. That might be a bit too much of a goal, but I will let you know how it goes.

Have a great week!

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I feel really great-so great in fact-that I was able to donate a double red cell blood donation for the American Red Cross. The blood supply is very low and to be able to donate two units of red cells felt wonderful. They can take two units of red cells because they give you back all the other components. Consider donation if you are able!

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Happy February all. Moved up to 40 minute work outs this month (January was 30). I have a treadmill and exercise bike. I alternate between the two because Iím working towards being able to bike the 12 mile Champion the Cure Challenge route in August. My bike has a program that lets me set a custom route, and it will adjust resistance automatically. So Iím practicing that route. Iím at about 7 miles in 40 minutes.

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Like the hat Sandy, colors are fantastic! for some reason I am knitting a hat right now too, from revelry too! It is a copycat CC hat like one I got from Mardens and like how it fits. I donít like hats that constantly try to slide up and off and most you buy are like that.

I started a shopping bag project made from feed bags of which I seem to have an endless supply, since we will all need lots of bags in a couple of months. The worst thing will be Walmart, I never know how many bags to bring into the store with me! And now there wonít be a backup. I am also going to miss plastic bags, I use them for everything from collecting veggies or fruit, picking dandelions, or throwing my knitting in, to lining small trash cans. Wonder if we will need to take bags in for take out Chinese?





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I do love you knitted hat. Well done. The colors are great.

On my way to my new normal.


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good morning every one have a great month

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Oh my! That happened so quickly! Thank you for getting the new topic up

I was hoping that this month was going to show some real improvement with my PT, but as of today, I am still fighting with ups and downs of cold/COPD flare up, and as of this afternoon I managed to sprain/strain something in my foot, on the outside, just below my ankle. It is swollen and painful to walk on. I did not fall or injure it that I am aware of, so I think just a rest and time will take care of it, but no walks were had today! The good news is that it is early in the month, still plenty of time to get to fabulous!

I have received a lot of compliments on my sockhead slouch hat that I finished last weekend. The free pattern is on Ravelry. I liked one a co-worked made and decided to try my own. While I am not new to knitting, I stick to simple items, and I lack the skill to correct most of my mistakes, so I have to be really careful not to make any! lol



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Into February already! It is nice when winter months go fast!

My goal for February is to continue organizing my house, a little at a time is working so that is the way it will be! The last few days I filled a couple of bags with clothing to go to clothing store here in town, two big bags will be gone!

What are your plans for February?

Barb from Maine!

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