So I'm sitting here on my butt recovering from surgery. I'm feeling fine by the way, but I have strict orders not to lift anything over ten pounds for six weeks. This is frustrating for me because I've got things I want to do around the house, and nobody is home to help me, because M and B are at work. I did get B to remove all the pollen laden furniture off the front porch this morning so I could hose everything down. Now I have a clean porch, but all my furniture is sitting in the side yard because B didn't have time to put it back before he had to leave for work. I'm finding myself sitting here looking at things and wondering, "is that less than ten pounds, can I lift it, move it, clean it, paint it?" This is going to be a long six weeks.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
One of my favorite scents of Spring is lilacs. They remind me of the Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY when I was little, and our neighbor, Mrs. Fuller's backyard that had a wall of lilacs and you could smell them all over. These lilacs are on my daily walk with the dog. Every morning I stop to smell them. You need to smell them as much as possible while they're in fresh bloom, because when they start to fade, the stink is unbelievable! :-)
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Today I went on a field trip with students in our Environmental Studies department. We took them to see an old grist mill and a new wind turbine. We also got to see an old windmill that was used to pump water. It was part of a greater Earth Day / week festivities in our area. It was interesting to see various types of windmills that ground wheat for flour, pumped water for livestock, and generated electricity for a community college. The old grist mill had cloth sails, but they could not be put on because the winds were around 15-20 miles per hour and that was too strong. The winds had to be between 5-10 m.p.h. Who knew? The water pumping windmill would operate regardless of the wind speed. The modern wind turbine had to have winds over 3 m.p.h. but not more than 80.