The first meteor shower of 2012 begins tonight but the best viewing is after midnight/pre-dawn tomorrow morning. The Quadrantid Meteor Shower is supposed to peak about 2:30 tonight and is supposed to be one of this year’s best. Science Daily has another report.
I’m planning on having hot chocolate and my heavy boots and coat ready with sweaters on the dogs. Guess I’ll find out how they like being awakened in the wee hours for something I want to do!
The Joy of Quiet – what farmers have known all along is now being touted as the new, best, biggest, brightest and folks are paying huge
$$$ for the privilege of silence. There are people going to the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur who are paying more than $2,000 a night to not have a television, i-net or radio in their rooms. Heck, they can just come here and I’d only charge them $2K even and make sure they had farm chores to do mornings and evenings. They could really commune with nature!
There are also Internet Rescue Camps…I kid you not!…for those who are addicted to computers. Is it just me or is anyone else wondering why people don’t have a life anymore?
Additionally, in the above referenced article, the author says s/he has friends who buy some kind of software which enables them to disable their i-net connections. HELLLLOOOO! My computer has an off button but, then again, perhaps I am special, just like Dave always told me, eh? -smile- I don’t know how to text, can’t take pictures with my cell phone and don’t have a tablet…at least not one that doesn’t use a number two pencil.
OTOH, I’ve either been without telephone service or intermittent service since Christmas Day, but when I call Verizon to tell them about it, they speak to me…Angel, are you listening…and I don’t think she’s one of the heavenly realm…tells me, “Well, I don’t know why you’re calling, my computer shows you have service.” Yes, dear, however, it’s intermittent…do you know what that big word means, Angel? It means spotty, sometimes, not all the time, infrequently and, sometimes, Not At All. Fortunately, or so time will tell, a supervisor Heather listened to me and said she’d give me a $25 one time credit and I wouldn’t pay for the days I’ve been without service.
Tie that in with the electricity that’s been off and it’s been Really Quiet here on the farm. That is, if I don’t count the wind which has been Really Harsh. You know, I can stand the cold as well as the silence and, in fact, love both, but the wind is something else. It’s determined to suck the warmth out of everything living and last night the temps in my bedroom were 45F above zero. I’m not sure what the wind chill was and don’t really want to know. I do know it was a four dog night but it is every night around here -smile-.
In an attempt to muddle my way through this Wife to Widow journey, I am starting a new blog to help other people do some things that will make the paperwork, etc. just a tad easier. Someone asked me if I’d make it pertinent to men as well as women. Anyone, wives, husbands, singles can glean the information but, statistically speaking, it’s the husband who dies first and the wife left. So, the new blog is written from my, the wife’s, point of view. However, trust me when I tell you this: Everyone can benefit from what I’ve learned and, I’m hoping, others will chime in with their experiences.
The new blog address is WifetoWidow; please grab the button on the top left of my Thistle Cove Farm blog and spread the word. As EBB so beautifully said