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Here in Ohio it is presently 9 degrees with a hi of 21. At least we got a break in the snow for now and I am seeing a hi of 34 for Thursday. :shock: Don't own one but snowblowers are very common here and if you don't have one or a good neighbor that does, you better have a shovel. Better days are coming and we'll be out gardening soon complaining about the heat and rain :wink:
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On the rare occasions when we do get enough snow, the streets and sidewalks are full of cross-country skiers, kicksleds, and you even see a few dogsledders out mushing. Snow sports are very popular here.

When there isn't any snow, the dogsledders and their teams practice in the sand dunes, over on the coast, and the x-country skiers use skis with wheels. :)
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You didn't mention snowmobiles... Aren't they still popular in the northern areas? I lived in North Dakota, and deep in winter, my fenced backyard, was often driven on by folks on snowmobiles. I just knew someone would hit a soft spot and go down and get into the fence... but they never did.
It warmed to 31*f here today, and it is melting... not like it would if warmer, but the sun is pumping out some heat, and still able to melt.
That will freeze and make the highway treacherous tonight and in the morning... I hate... winter, snow, ice, cold...
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Oh, yes, I'm sure they are out in the rural areas. I live in a city, though, and I don't think snowmobiles would be considered an acceptable means of travel here. :)
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Gixx, snow cover acts as an insulating blanket to what's underneath. If there's enough, it breaks the freeze/thaw cycle that heaves plants out of the ground and can protect crowns from frost kill or dieback. Insufficient cover leaves plants vulnerable.

A properly made snow shelter keeps the inside temp right around 30F (I think) but will insulate from colder temps outside.

I agree, manure is best left to shovels, of any size, including backhoes.
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We finally got over a three day freeze. Now are temps are about to steadily climb again. 100's here we come!
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Just got the drive and sidewalk done, and the roof raked, and we get another two inches. Since the last time I used the snowblower I spent a half an hour untangling a (bleeped) garbage bag from the axle, I used the shovels, but didn't get to the roof this time. I know this sounds like a Monday Moanin', but it's already Tuesday so missed my window. I'm sure my body will remind me tomorrow I shoulda used the snowblower. But you people and your posts about manure blowers, bilge blowers, etc., at least kept my mind on a pleasant distraction. :)
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In one of Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books, she talks about Pa -- or maybe it was Armanzo's Father -- plowing an early (i.e. ground still not frozen) snow cover under the soil for the good nutrients the snow brings down from the air. I guess that was in the days before air pollution....

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I always loved the "Little House" show. Michael Landon seemed like a truly decent man. I saw him and Melissa Gilbert in an interview years back. Landon said that when she was a child Melissa was so buck toothed she could eat an apple through a picket fence. He had a way with words.

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Intermittent showers, 53º. :)
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I use to watch LHOTP even read some of the books back in the day. Boy that is showing our age. Ask kids today about Little House .... and they will have no idea what you are talking about.

By the way it's actually gonna be in the 40's today and tomorrow. Finally out of the extreme freeze.

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Absolutely pouring rain! Temps in the mid-50s, though.

Got totally drenched running into Starbuck's with my friend this morning. Good thing my parka is virtually waterproof! :lol:
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Did you get any UCG? :wink: 8)
We could use some of that rain around here.... No significant precipitation since NYE, AND continuous sub-freezing temp = ground is freeze-dried. The sun is making fun of the possible snow flurries forecast for this PM. I'm a bit worried about my I. opaca I planted in the fall. I might have to wrap a burlap winter jacket around it (but the ground is too frozen to stake the edges down.... Maybe I can do it after tomorrow when we're supposed to have highs in the 40's for a few days.)

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Do you guys ever wonder why nobody from the south retires to the north? We've had 3 weeks of the coldest weather I can remember and our ground still isn't frozen. :shock:

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Nah, Charlie, we'd have to listen to you all whining about how cold it is (<50F), how much dark we have in the winter, too much snow (>2"), etc., etc. Sigh. Leave us to our smugness up here. We can pretend to be jealous. :P
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Our frosty, frozen, bone-chilled smugness :cry:

Pretend, my heinie :P

Still, I like having real seasons. Where I live they balance out just about right (or at least they HAD been; seems winter is shortening on either end but making up for it in the middle) :shock:

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Hey, I want to move to AK, remember? OK, so once I've had my fill of northern lights and drunken excuses for "entertainment", I'd rent a couple of rooms in HI until spring breakup, but so what?
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Here in Ohio it is white as the eye can see. We got hit with another storm over the course of the past 3 days. Due to the strong winds we had there are 3-5 foot drifts in places. I have had just about enough of this weather. I look at my starters indoors and am really getting really excited and anxious to plant then I look outside and get depressed. :(
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The last few days and the next week or so we're looking at 40's. Now that's what I'm talking about. Still has aways to go but alot of that white stuff is starting to melt. I can actually see some green now. :)
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Well it's the morning of our CT movie premiere of "A Chemical Reaction" which I have been organizing for months, and it's 40 already (at 8:30 AM) and expected to go to 60. Of course. The first really spring like day after an ugly little winter, and I am asking people to sit in a theatre. :roll:

I hope SOMEBODY shows up...

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Wish I were there. :( :wink:

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Finally a break, going to higher than seasonal average for a few days. Will visit mid and upper sixties to low 70's over the next three days. The tomato plants are already outside this morning, soaking up some sunshine. The older plants are large, in three gallon containers, and have blooms, but the color and thickness is not what it was last year. Also, am having some trouble with aphids as the plants have stayed in the warm, humid greenhouse far too much.
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We are scheduled for a week of 60's by day, and above freezing nights... yeah!

Lots to get done, before winter returns, or spring rains arrive!
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We've been having sunny/partly cloudy days and rainy nights for about the past week. Daytime temperatures have been in the high 50s/low 60s, with nights in the mid 40s. Gorgeous weather! :D

There's a cold front on the way, though, destined to hit us tonight and produce snow in the mountains down to the 1000' mark. Happily, I'm below that level! :lol:
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Evening of the big premiere, and the fact that I was able to coax a hundred and four people indoors to watch a movie about pesticides still astounds me; it was GORGEOUS out today, really wonderful, and still they came. Even got Rep. Roy, co-chair of the House Environmental Committee! Long story short, guess who's appearing at a hearing at the Statehouse tomorrow?

Mr. Helpful Goes to Hartford... 8)

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The HG all dressed up with a suit coat and tie and EVERYTHING??!! :o This we gotta see--send pictures. Somebody quick, follow him around with a camera! Do you even own a suit? I suppose all your ties are supporting plants or something...

(Ducking for cover now...heh, heh, heh!)
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Cold front moving in, snow expected in some areas. Got to provide a little more coverage for some plants. We seem to have a false spring every February and I get the itch to plant, then of course, I kick myself when I have to go protect everything, arrgh.
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Frost predicted for tonight. The weather advisory says to cover all tender plants. :!:
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Oh yeah, done that. Covered what's in the veggie garden, roses are pretty much on their own, sigh. Only ten days til our supposed last frost date, let's hope for the best.
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Not to bad we had a storm the other night and I thought my house would blow away and land in OZ.
We got some hail and it has bee cool. Some cars coming down Wildcat Mt. road had snow on them so the snow level is low for this time of year. With a low snow level Mt. Hood is getting snowed on so I am going skiing saturday. Down here it looks all green. In the spring it is so cool to come from Mt. Hood where it is all white and winter like and come down to my home where it is all green. Mt. hood has year round skiing up high on it.
It should get sunny this week end, I hope.

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After a long rain and some big storms it was dry enough today to go out and mow the lawns. For a big part of the day the sun was out and out was heaven just the right day for out doors. My wife’s dad who just turned 91 lives with us and one of the ridding mowers has an automatic transmission that you can control the speed with a shifter handle so he can use that one. Forest loves to get out and mow the lawn, it helps me and he just enjoys doing it. We worked a few hours and got quite a bit done today so it will not take too much to finish tomorrow.

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Dry and pushing 100 for the last week and foreseeable future.

We beat a thunderstorm last night bringing the boat in. We ended up docking in what we later found out was a 60 mph wind. It was exhilarating.

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We are dry!
We keep getting just enough rain to keep the humidity up!
I am still having to water the garden.
So, it is hot and humid here, plus very dry! I know humid and dry? Well, it is! The soil is moist on the surface only.
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Beautiful day! Sunny and going to be 70º. :)
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Brrrr! It's only 51º outside! I'm freezing! I'm gonna have to put on a sweater, I guess. And just yesterday, it seemed as if summer was almost here! :(
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Kisal we made records for the coldest day. It is raining once more!

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Well, no wonder my hands feel like icicles! :lol:

Maybe I'll give in and turn the heat back on. :roll:

Raining here, too. :>
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Same as yesterday -- HOT and MUGGY. Sauna. Just standing around leaves you sticky. Teasing hints of moisture, plenty of it, in the air, but none coming down to the ground.

I was going to do something not strenuous or hot today -- like setting up in the shade and uppotting, but there is no relief being in the shade.

Stop hogging all the rain over there! :x The rain we had the other day was just enough to recover, not enough to sustain. I really need to water but I keep hoping I won't have to... :?

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Ha-ha! I'm sure everyone in the PNW would be delighted to share some of the rain, if you guys would send just a bit of warmth our way! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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It is 86 degrees and raining.
A nice slow soaking rain. Good sized raindrops, but one of those pleasant rains that you really enjoy. Not dark, not windy, I don't hear any thunder anywhere, just a lovely shower!
Finally! Maybe I won't have to water today!
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