Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring is springing! Possibly.

Yes, the signs are here. If you look around you can actually see them! Stitch had to go and assist the Easter Bunny or be the one inside the unbelievably hot and sweaty bunny suit. She opted to assist.
The runestone has become completely open to the world and is ready to predict the future with it's ancient Viking encryptions. As soon as I carve some on it.
I decided to take a quick walk down to the barn and a hike in the woods wherever the snow wasn't too deep. The neighborhood coyote was hanging around the arena when I opened the barn door. He looked at me as if I had just come out of hibernation.
The girls were sure they could smell grass growing under the snow. They didn't care about the coyote.
I turned into the woods and walked down to the creek which I could actually hear! Real running water after months of silence.
Then I saw it. Actual green plant growth! See? Right there in the middle!

Even the little woodland creatures are getting out for a little stroll in the forest. It looks like the mink that was at the bird feeder a while back.
I walked out of the woods and back to the barn to witness the last of the snow coming off the roof. At least until the next snowfall which should happen by next weekend. Hey, at least it will be gone for a few days.
The first pussy willows are starting to open. They should be in full, um, pussification in a day or two.
The Cooker went camping and ice fishing for the weekend up by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, but had to use sleds as the water has a hard crust on it of about two feet in thickness. They actually had a fresh Lake Trout dinner one night and stayed warm in the tent. It will be about a month before we can think about using an actual canoe for such an excursion. Here Old Reliable waits patiently for that day.
What's it like where you are?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Daylight saving

Saving is generally a good thing. Saving time is usually okay unless it causes stress as increased efficiency adds to everyone's work load. Frankly, arbitrarily resetting everyone's clock ahead or back an hour twice a year seems like a bureaucratic waste of time and something that was thought up just to see if anyone is paying attention.
I was finally getting used to the time the way it was and now they want me to adjust it ahead an hour. Or is it back? No, it's ahead when they do it in spring.

Now that I don't need to turn on lights when I feed the horses in the morning and only need them in the evening they want me to change it so I DO need them in the morning again, but not in the evening. Really? What's the point? Someone must be saving something somewhere, but it sure isn't me. I have to adjust the animals feeding time to match the clock as I still have to be at work at the new version of 8AM. It's different than the old 8AM by an hour, but still has the same name. If I didn't have to work I don't think I would bother.

By the time everyone gets used to the NEW time they change it back sometime in the fall. Why can't they just leave it alone? It screws up travelers, many of whom may use Greenwich Mean Time just to stay in tune with the rest of the planet.

Some folks think we lose an hour of sleep by turning the clock ahead. No way I'M going to lose any! I'll nap my way to sleep equilibrium, so if you see me looking at the back of my eyelids, do not disturb. Or I will turn on you. 

For all you friends of The Bard I wish you a happy Ides of March! With musical accompaniment.
Beware the Ides of March with the O'Jays performing Back Stabbers.