February was the       February was the dryest/warmest  February in decades …. almost NO  SNOW.  Then, the other day, we awoke to a blustery day with anywhere from an inch to 7 inches.  I had only an inch. It’s fast melting.

       We’ve  had such early spring-like weather that most places are getting sold out of TOMATO seeds.  I wasn’t able to get the yellow tomato seeds, but, did get some ROMA’s & some yellow pear tomatoes.   Now, I have to get busy & start them.

     This is the first winter that, in addition to my little deer herd, I acquired a large flock of wild turkeys.   The wildlife group gave me some bags of corn.  Crystal Falls has a “new” feed store to make it easier (& cheaper) to get corn.  I hope to be tapering off … I don’t put corn out after the new grass is available … don’t want to attract the BEAR!

       I did can up nearly 50 pints of MAPLE SYRUP.   It wasn’t a really ideal season this year…. &  I only tapped some of the trees …. because I didn’t know how my body would take the job.   I just finished six weeks of therapy on my knee …. & my back has been really bad for several months.   The other day, I pulled some of the taps …. then decided not to pull the rest when the snow/wind came.   It’s going to warm up, tho.   These trees are on a steep hillside, with huge piles of ROCKS to climb over. 




      My Mom, back in Texas, gave us a scare.  Her doctor sent her to the hospital there to monitor her dosage of meds … then, would only release her to a nursing home.   She’s in her 90’s.  It is hard  getting used to not being able to talk on the phone with her.   I hate to rack up time on my sister’s cell phone …. when she’s visiting.  For the past 10/15 years I had called her daily… then for many years before that, called her several times a week.  I really miss that.  I know that she’s losing her memory; without the daily calls … she’s going to forget who I am.  Her eyes have gone so bad that letters probably won’t do any good ,  either.



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