Beau January 14th, 2010
My goodness the days are flying by. The snow on the pond was beautiful yesterday with the shadows of the trees. And there were many animal tracks near the pond’s edge, with a few tracks heading out across the ice. The mysteries of the night…
Yesterday we enjoyed almost fifty degree weather finally, and the snow has almost finished melting. Gave me a chance to catch up on splitting wood, running a few engines and chasing the mice out of the barn. These are the remaining oak and hickory rounds from trees cut up in summer. They don’t look like it, but the wood should be fairly dry and will provide enough heat to get us through winter. I didn’t expect to use so much so quickly this season.
That subzero weather last week really did a number on a few things, not the least of which is my 16 year old truck. Seems the clutch fluid must have moisture in it because the clutch froze in place and I couldn’t drive it. Maybe ice on the cables… anyway I’ll top it off today and since we’ll see 40+ F degree weather again I’m hoping it works normally. One morning we awoke to a beautiful scene of ice crystals on the trees and shrubs. I love how the light shimmers through the branches.
I am worried about the bees however… I didn’t see them flying around yesterday which I would have expected. Usually after an extended cold period they will be out and about briefly with temperatures above 40 degrees F. It wasn’t warm that long yesterday however, so maybe they’re still clustered up? I won’t open the hive unless it’s warm for a few days in a row, and we’ve still got freezing night temps. From now through March is the difficult time of year for the bees when they really depend on stored honey. When it’s super cold they go through those stores faster… and you can’t really feed them until it warms up a little. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Driving home at dusk the other day, the sunlight glowed beneath the clouds.
Our wintery landscape seems so far from the events taking place around the world, such as earthquakes and unrest. Wish I could do more to help from so far away. In a couple years when the boy is older I may be able to… for now our thoughts, prayers and donations can help in some way.
Did you know you can use the American Red Cross’ TEXT2HELP program to donate from your cellphone here in the U.S.? For specific Haiti-related donations, you can text HAITI to the number 90999 and it will donate $10 to the Red Cross to help with earthquake relief efforts.
Update: There’s many other organizations to help with Haiti disaster assistance, and other charitable efforts of course. Here’s a few more links to share:
• The International Committee of the Red Cross
• International Medical Corps
• Catholic Relief Services
• Save the Children
• Direct Relief International
• World Food Programme
• World Vision
• International Relief Teams
• Yéle Haiti
• Operation USA
• World Concern
• UNICEF USA
• Mercy Corps
• Operation Blessing International
• Operation USA
• Doctors Without Borders
• Medical Teams International
• The Salvation Army
• American Red Cross