Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things.
March came in like a lion and the lion is roaring. The wind is howling, the temperature has fallen 15 degrees since 6:45 a.m. and will fall into the teens tonight, for a total of more than 35ºf. We have a very cold weekend and week ahead with 5 to 8 inches of snow predicted for Monday.
We were supposed to go to Waynesboro to pick up 16 young chicks on Monday. Fortunately, they called today and said the chicks have all arrived and are healthy and can be picked up tomorrow instead. Making a 2 + hour drive each way in snow is not appealing, plus it could result in a school closure or at least early release which would be difficult to deal with if we are on the road. Instead, we will do our usual Saturday morning breakfast out, Farmers Market run, and take off to get the babies. Because it is to be so cold, the chicks will have to be in the house somewhere instead of the brooder box in the garage. Keeping them indoors requires a secure enough box that daughter’s cats and all of the dogs can’t get to them. It also means that the grands need a daily reminder that they are babies and are not to be handled at will. Chicks and chickens are dirty and I don’t like brooding them in the house, but with nights in the teens, the garage will just be too cold even with the Brinsea mother table in their box.
A couple of weeks ago, my laptop began to sound like a rocket about to take off each time it was opened for use, and the battery hasn’t held a charge for months. With a can of compressed air, the fan was cleaned out and with the help of Amazon, a factory battery was purchased. For about 24 hours, it seemed like everything was going to be good, then day before yesterday, when it was opened to use it, it was kaput. It wouldn’t turn on, black screen, no sounds. Hoping that perhaps the new battery was faulty, the old one was reinstalled, and everything plugged in, but no go. The 4 year old laptop was not going to come on. The techie guy says that HPs that were originally loaded with Windows 7 or 8 and upgraded to 10 seemed to be dying at phenomenal rates. The motherboard is dead, same thing happened to daughter’s right before Christmas. That left me without a computer and my tablet doesn’t like the blog or my square up shop. That sent us out to find a reasonably priced replacement. We got me an Acer Spin 1. It has a touchscreen, can be used as a tablet or laptop, and best of all was inexpensive. It may not last forever, but the laptops seem to have a 2-4 year lifespan. I had some folks recommend Mac books, but I had a very bad experience with an apple phone and just couldn’t go that route. It is small enough to travel with, has a full sized keyboard, so I am set. It seems that laptops come with a one month trial of Microsoft Office, but unlike the past, when you bought the program, it was good for the life of the computer, now it is an annual subscription. What a racket!
The garden box purchased earlier this week was set yesterday. The larger sized one came with 6 extra boards so that it could be set up three boards high, but 2 is high enough. If one more 4 x 4 box is purchased, with the extra boards, it can be made as a 4 x 8 box using the extra boards. It is too cold to plant even the onion sets for the next week, so garden will just have to wait. It is almost time to start the pepper seed in the house. In a couple more weeks, the tomatoes as well. We aim for the second week of May for putting the plants in the ground. Another month we can plant the peas. The anticipation makes the wait hard, but we are always rewarded with the garden goodies later.
Maybe, the header will represent Monday, but we hope not. Five of the past 8 years, there has been measurable snow in March.