Tag Archives: cold

2015_Day 56: Spring can start anytime now

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My poor lettuce! How can it be expected to grow when the temperatures have been struggling to reach the mid-30s during the day earlier this week, not to mention hitting the high 20s/low 30s at night? Continue reading

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2015_Day 52: Not giving up on lettuce yet

On the left is lettuce Feb. 14, after it was thinned. On the right, the lettuce this morning.

On the left is lettuce Feb. 14, after it was thinned. On the right, the lettuce this morning.

I know it’s only been a week since I thinned my lettuce containers, but if I didn’t know any better, I’d say some of it is going backwards. Continue reading

2015_Day 11: Lettuce, flowers made it through hard freeze

2015/01/img_1415-0.jpgI’m happy to report that both the lettuce and my matthiolas made it through the last few nights of really cold weather. I’ve been covering them at night for the last week or so (one night, it got down to 18), and on Friday and Saturday I kept them covered all day, as well. I was able to move the lettuce onto the covered patio, but not before the tarp was coated in ice on Saturday. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem any worse for wear, although it’s certainly not growing. Continue reading

2015_Day 8: Hutch refinishing slow-going but (hopefully) worth it

I can't wait to get this farmhouse style hutch refinished and back into my house.

I can’t wait to get this farmhouse style hutch refinished and back into my house.

The cold has put the kibosh on my newest DIY project – refinishing an old farmhouse-type kitchen hutch we got from the in-laws. I started stripping it about three weeks ago, but haven’t been able to get very far because the Citristrip stripper requires the temperature to be at least 65 degrees. This morning’s temperature in our garage wasn’t even 50! Continue reading

2015_Day 7: Wild and windy day in Texas

door snakeThere are a number of things I didn’t bring from Wisconsin because I didn’t think I’d have much use for them in Texas. Snow shovels. Game them to family in Wisconsin. Snow boots. Gave ’em to Goodwill. Door/window draft snakes? Ditto. But as you can hear in the video below (or at http://tinyurl.com/pf9xol8), I should have kept the door snakes. Seems you don’t have to have an old house to have a drafty one. Continue reading

2015_Day 5: Hey Mom, I’m not cold. Get over it.

FrozenIt was 27 degrees this morning (wind chill temperature was 21) when daughter left the house to walk to the bus stop. Do you think she had a coat on?

“Mom, I’ve got a sweatshirt in my bag if I get cold,” she said. “I’ll be fine.”

So tell me again, why exactly is it that teens won’t wear coats? Continue reading