It’s been a while. Sorry. Found myself dumbstruck by the horrifying events in Japan. Before that sank in, pun fully intended, video after video of house-carrying waves seeping into my dreams, a special birthday occurred. Today, my daughter and granddaughter sat on their futon, watching CNN, well the baby wasn’t really watching. Continuing video from Japan, ongoing disaster, now the workers at the nuke plants who are literally working to exhaustion, not allowing themselves time to grieve over their own losses. The report then segued to end on a hopeful note, with some newborn Japanese babies filling the screen. Rays of hope.
Winter’s icy grip is slowly letting go. The snow is receding but still very much with us, and it would be a mistake to put away the snowblower and shovels. The cold nights and above-freezing days make the maple sap run, and they’ve been boiling steadily at the college. They do a nice job of incorporating a few study disciplines into the process, and the syrup is wonderful, of course. The business majors market it, the graphic design students design labels for the bottles, and the environmental studies majors learn about the history and impact of maple production and maintenance of the ‘sugar bush‘.
Regardless of the cold, it is officially spring, and the plant table does have some plants started. The onion seeds didn’t germinate so well this year. We’ve learned that the hard purple onions really store a lot better than the yellow ones. We still have some in the root cellar.
I invested in a new garden tool. Invested I say because it was almost $200. It’s a human-powered tool called a “broadfork“. There are several models and sizes available from Johnny’s Selected Seeds of Maine. It arrived in two shipments and assembled easily. I can’t wait to try it out, but the soil is still frozen, and will be muddy as it leaves the frozen state. I chose the 20-inch wide model with 9 tines. It’s marketed as a harvesting tool, but I’m hoping it will work to till up our nice, mature, garden beds with much more speed than the standard turning fork I’ve used for years. We’ll see.
As you may know, I make a living in the IT realm. I call myself a “desktop technology specialist”. Which means I help people use computers and also spend a fair amount of time setting up computers for people to use. Just telling you that so that the next image makes some sense. If you’ve been keeping your computer up to date, then you’ve hopefully upgraded your web browsers. I have done and have been noticing how similar the 3 most popular Windows browsers look. Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, and Google Chrome 10 are all 3 very nice, clean looking, and fast browsers. Try them all, even if you already have a favorite. It’s interesting how much the software designers and developers influence each other, and we all benefit from good software design.