Sunday, February 12, 2017

Actual Planting will soon Begin 

The famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, came out of his burrow or should I say was dragged out of his burrow and saw his shadow.  Legend has it that if he sees his shadow, then there is six more weeks of Winter left.  Well, Nebraska is about 1200 miles away from where he lives.  That area of the country is getting Winter by the foot of snow.  Here the weather is mild.  It's like 50s and 60s mild.  It is about 20 to 30 degrees above what the normal temperature should be.  

There's a lot of speculation about global climate change.  My own opinion is that climate has been changing for thousands of years.  It's definitely much warmer than when the glacier during the ice age covered most of North America.  The real issue becomes how much is being caused by mankind.  That's a question that will be a topic of discussion for many years to come.

I've been staying busy during the off season.  Hauling is always on the schedule for some one that has a truck.  It's one of the reasons I bought one.  I just like helping people with small projects.  This little truck of mine has hauled more furniture, rocks, sand, compost, mulch, concrete blocks, and tree brush than any other truck that I know.  My Ranger Rick as I call him has been to Las Vegas twice, Canada fishing twice, South Carolina, Texas (Gulf of Mexico) twice, Louisiana, and Many trips to Kansas for gardening shows.  He's 215,000 miles old and still running strong.  Born in 2004, he's covered a lot of territory and still has a lot more to cover.  He, Big Bertha (my chainsaw), and I have been a force to be reckoned with.  Together the dynamic three some has cleaned up a lot of tree carnage from storms.  This year I expect Ranger Rick and I will continue to haul garden and home project materials in a never ending attempt to beautify the world around us.  

I'm down to only one dripping faucet from all the plumbing issues.  I will eventually get around to it or as the Texans say, "I'm fixing to work on it."  I'm sure glad that part of the year's projects are over.

I'll be sliding into gardening real soon and things will be very busy.  I'll try to keep up better with blogging.  I'm even toying with the prospect of videotaping some of my escapades.

What projects do you have in mind for 2017?

Nebraska Dave

Urban Farmer


  1. Hi David--can't believe how warm you've been. Hope that lasts for another couple of weeks as I always go to mid-Nebraska for the spring migrations.
    Sounds like you've kept busy over winter. Looking forward to seeing your gardens again this year. Best of luck with all of that

  2. So nice to have a truck around. You certainly get a lot of use out of yours. Glad to hear you're catching up on the plumbing projects. With all our water conservation here, we attack drips right away. It is amazing how much water you save stopping those. My hubby is always on drip patrol. I'm always turning off things using power unnecessarily, and we both recycle everything so we're doing our part to not waste resources. We have projects going all the time. Need to finish scraping our family room floor so we can finish that project and have some areas of the front garden we want to change. Need more time! Have a great day.