A pleasant Sunday morning to all...
Spring is here.. it's been at least 60* for the last week+, it was 76 yesterday forcast to bump 80* tomorrow and Tuesday.
The Maple trees and Brandford Pear trees are budding out.
I just pray that we don't get a hard frost and kill the buds and therefore the fruit industry.. Lots of apples, cherries, etc grown in Michigan.
I had help yesterday, so we were able to get about 2/3 of the 23 tons of 'new' coal pushed, shoveled and raked into the coal storage building.
I was able to fill the building up into the bottom of the roof trusses. With another helper today, most of the coal should be under the roof soon.
The AA is running on it's timer. 2minutes per hour.. and an ocassional 10 minute run to make heat for hot water. I'll see how long I want to
burn coal this year.. the UAE coal I'm burning seems to want to burn right to the walls of the firepot.. so as long as I'm not seeing a lot of
unburnt coal.. I'll keep burning.
I filled the hopper 10 days ago, and it still is 1/2 full.. not much of a burn rate with these warm temps.. I think the bedroom calls for heat
maybe once a night.. the main part of the house doesn't seem to call for heat at all.. I wonder if anyone makes a thermostat with a 'memory',
that you could see when and how long the calls for heat were over the last say, 2-3 days.. that'd be interesting info.
I don't understand why there are good and bad 'sugaring' seasons? Is it just a crap-shoot to tap the trees at the right time? Why wouldn't
you just tap them early and check the buckets regularly? when the sap flows, it's sugar time?? Do the trees heal around the taps and not flow?
So I guess the true maple syrup will go up in price now?
I'm looking at the morning sun shining through the glass patio doors, and the 'Nose Prints' from LOKI.. those nose prints are almost at door knob
height.. damn, he's a tall dog !!
Oh, Freddy, treat the 8N with respect.. you can hurt them if you try yanking stumps or other silly nonsense. I managed to mess up the transmission
in my 8N by overworking it.. I dug a30x40 basement with mine, using a 3pt dump scoop..
Have a great Sunday everyone.