Cure the Late Winter Blues

By: BriarCraft , 8:40 PM GMT on February 25, 2014

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For many folks, this winter has been long and brutal. Lately, I have seen several blog titles and comments about the Winter Blues. Whether or not your winter has been brutal, many of us get Spring Fever about this time every year. A reliable cure for the Winter Blues or Spring Fever is to grow something.

The sight of seeds sprouting and green growing things on a windowsill brings a bit of early spring indoors where you can enjoy it, regardless of the weather. If you grow sprouts, micro greens, veggies, or herbs, you have the added fun and benefit of harvesting your crop and eating it.

SPROUTS
These are the easiest and quickest edible you can grow. Growing your own sprouts offers a lot more variety than you can find in the grocery store. You don't even need soil or a sunny windowsill to grow these. A glass jar with a lid will do, or you can purchase seed sprouting kits.

Sprouts are rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, beneficial enzymes and more. They have been called the "most enzyme rich food on the planet".

The best source I have found for bulk organic sprouting seeds is GrowOrganic.com




Windowsill or no, if you have a window that faces south or west and a TV tray or other small table, you can have a window garden. If you also have a patio or porch that gets midday sun, so much the better. It doesn't take much to get started.

small pots or a planter box

bag of all-purpose potting soil

seeds or plants

fertilizer


Whether you use old cottage cheese tubs or a fancy planter box, make sure there are holes in the bottom to allow drainage. Since there will be drainage, there needs to be a place for that drainage to go. Many flower pots and planter boxes come with their own drainage tray or dish. If you are using cottage cheese tubs, find a margarine tub or plastic plate to catch excess water.

You can purchase small herb plants or lettuce seeds at your local nursery or DIY center, along with the potting soil and fertilizer. Usually, by late winter, seeds will be available locally. Or you might like:
Territorial Seed
GrowOrganic
Johnny's Selected Seeds

Two factors will affect your choice of what to grow. The size of your pots or planter box will determine the size of the plants. The season, and therefore, the amount of daylight will determine the type of plants.

from HarvestToTable.com:
Cool-weather crops such as leaf crops and root crops are a good choice for the autumn and winter indoor garden; these crops naturally require less bright light. Warm-weather crops, fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers, require longer days to ripen, so planting these in spring and summer makes sense.

MICRO GREENS
This video shows you better than I can say.

I have never sterilized the soil as the video suggests, but it would be a good idea if you don't trust the source of the soil. You don't want weed seeds or sewage sludge in your micro greens!

HERBS
Parsley, Basil, Thyme, Oregano do well in smallish pots. Rosemary and Sage will need larger pots as they mature, or simply replace them when they get too big.
In heated homes during the winter, mist around the plants frequently, as dry air can lead to brown leaf tips and spider mites.
Fertilize once a month. If a little is good, a lot is not better! Herbs have the best flavor if you do not overfeed them.
Give plants a quarter turn weekly to expose all sides to the sun.
Snip off fresh herbs as needed, using sharp kitchen shears. Notice that many herb plants will send out multiple branches wherever you snip.



VEGETABLES
You can get a head start on your summer container garden by planting tomato and pepper seeds now. Start them in small pots, following the directions on the seed packet.
Later, as they get bigger, you will need to transplant them to larger pots or into the ground.
Tie loosely to a stake to support the plant as it grows taller.

Or why not grow your own Baby Carrots?


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68. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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67. BriarCraft
10:27 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
BFH: Even though starlings are considered an invasive species here, wouldn't it be great to see a murmuration for real, just once?

Sandi: Yes, mine is a Forest Flame,as well.
Even if you don't intentionally splash puddles, if you enjoy crunching autumn leaves, you haven't grown up, either! May we never get so old that we don't enjoy being silly once in awhile.

PSP: Rain is back tonight, but this is the third gorgeous spring day in a row. We had fog this morning and Tuesday, clear and frosty yesterday morning. It has been sunny today since the fog burned off, but I am watching clouds moving in from the west and they will cover the sun before long.

Tuesday afternoon was a productive yardening time. Wednesday, DH and I stopped to fetch my parents and the four of us enjoyed the afternoon at the Oregon Zoo. Today, I have been fussing with the new and "improved" email that ToledoTel has foisted off on its customers. I won't go into all tedious and frustrating detail; suffice it to say that, though our email addresses remain the same, they are going to the deep, dark Google data mine. Setup was a bear and then I discovered I had lost access to my YouTube account in the process. After much fuss and bother, I did manage to recover my YouTube content.

New blog in the works...
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66. PugetSoundPost
2:18 PM GMT on March 12, 2014
Hi Briar! Sounds like our yards are similar. Low spots still have puddles standing in them, even though we haven't had rain for a couple days. Looks like more is coming!! Our March total is 4.85", so we sound similar to you. But, you are right, spring is arriving and is it is a nice sight to see! It won't be long and some cherry blossoms on early trees around here are going to be fully blooming. It sure is a beautiful morning - clear (but only 35 degrees!) and promises to be a lovely, sunny day. I imagine you have a lot of soggy yard work you can find to do on a day like today! Have fun splashing!
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65. sandiquiz
9:00 AM GMT on March 12, 2014
I am glad I inspired you - and you have more beginning to 'glower' than you thought! lol

Looks like your pieris is the same as mine...Forest Flame?

I don't like splashing in water, never have, probably because I dislike getting wet! But give me a walkway through a wood, bestrewn with crunchy leaves of every hue, and I am in seventh heaven!



BFH - I have actually been to the Somerset Levels to see the Starling murmuration. It is an awesome experience
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64. BFH
2:47 AM GMT on March 12, 2014
This is, dare I say, "amazing". Starlings settling in for the night.

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63. BriarCraft
11:25 PM GMT on March 11, 2014
Today is the 2nd day of spring here. (The first was on February 28.) I just came in from applying the last dose of copper spray to the orchard, as the buds are starting to swell and the Asian pear's buds are starting to open. After this, I will switch to organic orchard spray to combat aphids. Until this winter, I have only sprayed dormant and copper sprays once and done. And my orchard has been struggling. This year, because of classes at Tsugawa Nursery, I have a whole regimen of spraying to do all year long. We'll see if it makes a difference.

It may look and feel like spring today, but I not only had to put on my ankle-high bog boots to do the spraying, I had to roll up the cuffs of my jeans. There's a lot of standing water hiding in the grass. Often, I didn't see it until I put my foot down and it went splash. Not squish. Splash. Okay, I'll 'fess up. Once, when there was a particularly juicy splash, I picked up my foot and put it back down with more authority. I haven't lost my touch. I splashed water in an 8-foot semi-circle.
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62. calpoppy
10:29 PM GMT on March 11, 2014
My fav the bleeding hearts! Love their foliage.

Doing a landscape design last year, the couple wanted to take out this huge beautiful forsythia out. We did it but under duress!!!!
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61. BriarCraft
11:58 PM GMT on March 10, 2014
WW: You want WU to enforce bedtime? Can you imagine all the frustrated night owls who would jump and holler? I'm with you, though. It would be a whole lot easier to convince myself to go to bed if WU wasn't right there waiting for me.


Sandi inspired me with her garden collage, so I took advantage of a break in the rain to go out and get my feet wet.


Clockwise from upper left: Pieris, Bleeding Heart, Forsythia, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, Daffodil, rhubarb, Primrose
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60. WeatherWise
11:12 PM GMT on March 10, 2014
Hi Briarcraft! I am sure it will be tough making that early appointment. It is just tough making myself go to bed. Going to try to do better - would be easier if they shut WU down after 10! Hahaha! Can't believe it is 7:00 pm already as daylight outside. I need to get busy and eat dinner! Wow! And Wheel of Fortune is already on! They should move all tv shows with the sun! Okay! Have a great evening before I think of something else silly! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
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59. BriarCraft
8:13 PM GMT on March 10, 2014
Sandi: I like your arrangement for nesting materials better than what I have been doing. I will have to go rummaging in my storage areas to see what can be found similar to what you've got. DH and I both have the tendency not to throw things away if they might possibly have some use in them yet, so I'm sure there's something suitable.

I am envious of all the lovely spring colors you have. The sampling you put in that collage has so much variety, while I see only one unopened daffodil bud so far and it's beginning to look like the crocus won't even bother trying this year.

Bug: Allergies attack your sinuses, but go after my eyes. I take a zyrtec daily, as well as antihistimine Alaway eyedrops once or twice every day, as recommended by my optometrist. My eyes can literally drive me crazy, and "Crazy is only a short ways from here", so I don't need anything driving me.

WW: Cute, and appropriate, graphic! I managed to get up at the right clock time this morning, but two hours later, I had trouble keeping my eyes open. I have a 9:00 (which is really 8:00) appointment in Centralia tomorrow and that means I'm really going to have to pry myself out of bed early.
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58. WeatherWise
10:09 PM GMT on March 09, 2014
Daylight Savings Time - SO not ready for it. In the mornings, it is not so nice. Afternoons will be good after my bodyclock adjusts!

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57. palmettobug53
2:18 PM GMT on March 09, 2014
SPRING FEVER TIME!

Potting soil, new pots, seeds, bedding plants and Erbs, Herb!

Oh, I've got it bad. I'm just itching to get my hands dirty but I'll need to watch it. I never had a problem with spring time allergies until about 10 years ago. It was a minor inconvenience, at first. Last year, was the worst ever. Several trips to the doctor and not one, not two but 4 Z packs for sinus infections.

I started dosing myself daily with local honey last summer. I'll be finding out soon if that helps. Along with the saline nasal lavages, zyrtec and my flunisolide nasal spray.

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56. sandiquiz
9:59 AM GMT on March 09, 2014
You asked about the flowers in my garden.....so I went out to investigate with the camera.
You can see the results in my blog #55 :-)
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55. sandiquiz
7:16 AM GMT on March 08, 2014
I do put nesting material out, similar to your dryer lint. I use an old bird feeder which I pack with lint and tie down, then they pull out what they want.

This shot is from last year. I thought I was helping yesyerday, but the bluetit thought otherwise! lol

Bluetit 2 018
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54. BriarCraft
1:29 AM GMT on March 08, 2014
Ylee: You and DH are birds of a feather. Your W suggestion sounds like something he would come up with. And it is definitely flicker nesting season.

Sandi: Love that collage. I especially chuckled over #2 where she is tugging so hard. And that is a very nice house!

Actually, providing nesting material is a good idea. I provide some short pieces of frayed burlap or twine and also some nice dryer lint. Put your offering in a shallow box or bowl somewhere near a bird feeder, but sheltered from wind and rain. Some birds ignore it and others seem thrilled with the offering.

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53. sandiquiz
8:42 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
I thought you might like to see this collage I made of the bluetit and the new nesting box.

I thought I might help by adding a little warm nesting material to the box. Well, obviously the bluetit thought it was second rate, and removed it all!

I was sure they hadn't started lining the nest, or if they had,I hadn't seen them, but I now wonder if they had, and my nesting material was 'in the way'!!

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52. Ylee
1:48 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
Must be flicker season; Bogon had a picture of one on his blog, too! No flickers here as of yet, although I do have a red-bellied woodpecker amok on the feeders!

If you do go to Walla Walla, find a phonebook(or use an app on your phone if you have one), and see if there's anyone with the initials W.W. Then, call that number, and ask "Is this Wendy Williams, from Walla Walla, Washington?" :' )
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51. BriarCraft
10:33 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
Sandi: There are some days that simply feel cold and clammy no matter the temperature or extra sweaters. And you are right that there is no better cure for it than baking.

When you find yourself outliving others your age or younger, it does tend to make your appreciate life and not take it for granted, doesn't it. I am a firm believer in "living" life every chance I get. I follow a good example in my parents who took time off from work, even losing the occasional job to travel the world when they were in their 40s and 50s and young enough to enjoy themselves. They were usually the youngest on the tour and had their good judgment confirmed when elderly travelers fell ill or broke hips in third world countries.

I hope your upcoming reunion will be every bit as enjoyable as my photo shoot. And who's kidding who? You will take your camera. And you will find more than one photo op along the way.

PSP: I have not spent much time at all in SE Washington. I have been to the Yakima area a few times, never to the Tri-Cities or Walla Walla.

GG: SE Washington is way different than anyplace in western Washington or Oregon. It is semi-desert, colder in the winter and hotter in the summer than here. It is really fun to drive 4 hours and be in a whole other world.

Poppy: You remind me of the first time I saw a moose. I was driving at the time. I put the car in neutral and jammed on the parking brake and leaped out of the car, camera in hand. Turns out, I didn't actually get the parking brake set and the car started drifting backwards, with DH in the passenger seat and me not more than 30 feet from a gigantic moose, totally oblivious to anything else. So I do "get it" when you talk about hopping out of the car before it stops. I don't think there is any cure for that. Hopefully, those around you will make sure you don't get hurt.



Guess who I saw out the window earlier this afternoon? A female flicker! Maybe the very same one that has been excavating the pine shavings out of the flicker house.


Once again, this shot was taken at full zoom through a window and it was pouring rain at the time.

You don't usually see a flicker poking in the mud like a robin, looking for grubs, but that is exactly what she was doing.
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50. calpoppy
9:47 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
Looks to be a fun trip! Any crane would be great to see!

I saw a few Roseate Spoonbills in Florida! Saw my first one on a golf course and told my son to stop. Had the door open before he stopped, I was excited, LOL! Did the same thing on Kodiak when I saw my first Kodiak bear, door open before truck stopped. Now my son and dil tell me if I see anything please stay in the car until it is fully stopped, LOL!
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49. GardenGrrl
4:43 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
Oh you are going to have so much fun! Sandhill Cranes are really cool. I saw some in Florida when I went to visit my sister. They were on a golf course and at a truck stop of all places.

You have such a beautiful area for birding and scenery. Spring is usually amazing here due to wildflowers. The drought has made it tough for them. I will, however, watch the wildflower reports and perhaps do an impromptu road trip should they miraculously bloom in abundance this year.

Can't wait to hear about your trip.
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48. PugetSoundPost
2:28 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
Hi Briar, still raining here! Quite a wet start to the month! How's your rice growing?? lol! The most outdoor work I've done in months is to sweep the deck and porch!

I'm glad you are going to SE Washington! Have you spent much time in that region before? I can't recall what you have said. Anyway, very different from the west side. I'm also glad you are going to Palouse Falls. It is a great place to visit and a lot of interesting photo ops. Hope some water is running! And the sandhill cranes should be great fun. We saw some next to the road last spring down in SE Oregon, not super close but also not too far away. Quite a sight to see! After just seeing our typical bird feeder/yard birds for so long, seeing something big and different like those are really grabs your attention.
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47. sandiquiz
11:13 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
The weekend you are away on your photo-shoot, I will be away too. Not at a photo-shoot, although photos might be taken, but at a 40th reunion of the choir I used to sing with. It will be great to see old friends again. The last time saw many of them was 15 years ago when they held a 25th reunion!

I do know several will not be there as they have gone to sing with the "heavenly" choir since the last reunion. It makes you think of your own mortality when you realise folk younger than you are no longer around!
So time to get out and live every minute to its fullest!

Think I might make some soup, it is cold in the house. Not because the heating is broken, but the internal ambient temperature is higher than the setting I have for the thermostat. Trouble is, it feels cold, even though it is telling me it isn't! I might have to "boost" it a little, to get the house warm... for my senses rather than the electronic thermostat. That's the problem at this time of the year, the in between time. Do you override the heat or go and put on a thicker jacket and some gloves! Ah, I can't type with gloves on! lol
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46. BriarCraft
6:04 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
WTS: Maybe you can get your DW (Dear Wife) to recall which of the river-front parks in the tri-cities area are recommended. I want to check out Howard Amon park because I read about it in a novel awhile back. Besides as many NWRs as I can get to, I also plan to visit Palouse Falls.

WW: Those are some really great shots of the sandhill cranes. I very much hope to see a pair doing their spring mating dance. There are supposed to be 25 mating pairs in the area. That would sure be something, especially since I've never been closer than a quarter mile.

Data: No wind here. If there were, I'm pretty sure some trees would fall. My seasonal pond, Lake Boda, is as big as I've seen it and there is standing water all around. March is definitely coming in like a lion in the Pacific NW.
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45. DataPilot
4:20 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
Your impending trip to the refuges near Kennewick sounds like great fun. I'm looking forward to you posting more bird pics!

We're absolutely getting inundated down here in the Eugene area today. There's plenty of wind, too, which made the drive home from work tonight, uh, interesting. It's probably a good thing that it was so dry earlier in the water year, or we'd be flooding by now. As it is, we're just good and soggy.
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44. WeatherWise
3:56 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
Your workshop sounded great - I get a couple of newsletters via email about what to do this month but an actual workshp to bring it off of the page and get questions answered would be much better.

I can't wait until your trip either! I am looking forward to hearing about it and viewing your photos. I saw my first sandhill crane this fall in FL.




There was a pair of them and I only saw them one day during my two weeks there.

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43. WatchinTheSky
3:47 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
Ok, back!
I think you 'hit' on it - "Physics wants equilibrium" It's entropy, windshields are higher order objects. The universe wants them to be sand!!

That trip sounds like an amazing photo op, good luck - have fun!! Mrs WTS grew up in Kennewick!

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42. WatchinTheSky
12:39 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
A quick flyby, back later to read ;)
This reminded me of your wood ducks, this from US Dept. of Interior

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41. BriarCraft
10:01 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
Okay, motel reservations made for March 28 in Kennewick, where the Snake River flows into the Columbia. Sandhill cranes and night herons, here I come! There are 8 refuges in the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge system, plus numerous city, county, and state parks. Lot's to explore!
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40. BriarCraft
9:50 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
New windshield in place and I managed to get home without incident. DH drove to Longview this morning also without any rock chips. No more bad juju! Burn some sage. Do a little dance. We've had enough things break/quit/malfunction last year and this. Nature seeks balance. Physics wants equilibrium. Time for good luck to balance out the bad.

WW: The nursery class was "What to do in the garden this month", with timely reminders and tips for local yards and gardens.

Data: Thanks! I do occasionally enjoy being able to say "No, I made that." And I definitely enjoy shopping in such men's toy stores as Woodcraft or Rockler. I tend not to mess with car repairs or plumbing, and I would never risk letting the magic smoke out of electrical wiring. But let me loose around wood or plain old dirt and that's another thing.

Actually, I don't carry my camera around very much, but every once in awhile I do go on photo shoots, and sometimes I get lucky and spot something through a window and quick grab my camera. With pine shavings on the ground around the flicker house tree, I will find a time when it's not raining and wait with my camera, hiding behind some bushes. I do want to know if a flicker has set up housekeeping or something else.

GG: Third level of windshield hell? So that's what it was! And this was the third windshield in less than a year.

Sandi: I did nothing wrong, but I still feel guilty that a big corporation is going to make a worker pay for the warranty part.
"I have read this sentence twice and still I don't understand it!
How can an employee be made to pay for a faulty part? Even if he fitted it incorrectly, it surely was their responsibility to ensure he was correctly trained before going out to deal with the frames... and if he fitted it correctly, then it still came off, it must have been faulty - ergo - their fault, not his!!"


Thank you! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that was wrongwrongwrong. I'm afraid it is just more of the capitalism-run-amock-and-down-with-labor-unions that began when Reagan was president and has only gotten worse since then. If the Safelite employees were unionized, they could stand up to the big corporation and have some rights and protections. Okay, I feel better now. I'll step down off my soap box.

PSP: The only snow I saw here was on TV. I am not aware of any white stuff south of Tacoma. But we did just finish up the 7th wettest February on record. No wonder there is 2 inches of water in my garden plot.

Ylee: Apparently Nature has decided that you get bright red birds, while west of the Rockies, we get orange birds.

BFH: Yes, the frogs are definitely in full chorus. And apparently visiting each other's ponds and puddles. The other night, DH came home after dark and said it was impossible to avoid running over several, as they were all over the road.
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39. BFH
7:21 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
There must have been a soaking rain, overnight. This morning, earthworms were "everywhere", on the surface of my graveled areas.

Surely spring has come. The frogs are in full chorus and the Gerridae have returned to the major puddles.
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38. Ylee
5:28 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
The varied thrush is a pretty bird! Don't see orange birds very often here!

Good luck at Safelite!
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37. PugetSoundPost
3:18 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Wow, what a story about your windshield woes! Glad you are okay and hopefully it is taken care of and settled. It is always a bummer when even a small hit occurs and leaves a small problem on the window.

Did you get any snow recently? We had some snow showers on Saturday, but nothing stuck. Now just a lot of rain. Looks like we are making up time from all of those dry months, when it should have been raining. We have standing water in the beds in the yard. I imagine you have your lake! So, nothing is happening outdoors for me yet. The birds are still super busy at the feeders, giving me work to keep up with them. Love your "new" varied thrush! I will keep an eye out to see if any show up here.

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36. sandiquiz
11:42 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
I did nothing wrong, but I still feel guilty that a big corporation is going to make a worker pay for the warranty part.
I have read this sentence twice and still I don't understand it!
How can an employee be made to pay for a faulty part? Even if he fitted it incorrectly, it surely was their responsibility to ensure he was correctly trained before going out to deal with the frames... and if he fitted it correctly, then it still came off, it must have been faulty - ergo - their fault, not his!!

Anyway - how did you get on with part number 3? Hope it is fitted correctly and remains intact!

Following on from the post from Bug about the rock "thrown" at their car.... it occasionally happens here. The 'vandals' drop rocks off the footbridges onto passing cars. In the news a few months ago a woman passenger was killed by the rock that fell through the window and hit her on the head. It was also reported that the culprits were caught on camera. (We do have lots of CCTV cameras around the country.) They were only 12 years old!!
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35. GardenGrrl
11:03 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
SCORE! New bird and a pretty one.

Glad you made it through the 3rd level of windshield hell unscathed. Perhaps burn a little sage over it?
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34. DataPilot
4:50 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
Briarcraft, I am impressed by your nesting shelves and bird feeders. You are a talented woodworker! You remind me of my best friend's mother back when I was in high school. She did beautiful woodwork (including fancy bird houses), but people always just assumed that her husband was the craftsman. Every time someone complimented him on "his" work, he made sure to tell them that his wife was the household handy-person.

My friend's Mom also fixed and maintained the family cars. And she re-did all the plumbing in their house herself. She was a middle-aged lady with five kids, but nothing made her happier than dirty fingernails and a big box of tools.

Speaking of fixing cars, I'm so sorry to hear about your windshield woes. I'm just glad that no one was hurt. Years ago, I too, was riding in a car when the windshield was shattered by a rock. The windshield stayed intact, but it was a scary incident nonetheless.

I'm glad you were able to catch a photo of a varied thrush. We see them every once in a while, but not often. Perhaps they're migrating when we see them? We're blessed with nearby wetlands, so we do get a lot of visitor birds "just passing through" that I'd love to photograph, but I never seem to have a camera when I need it. You must carry a camera around with you a lot.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that, like you, my friend's Mom also loved to photograph birds.
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33. WeatherWise
1:33 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
WOW! YOur windsheild experience must have been quite scary! Must have been a large rock to actually break it. I got a chip on my last car before my present just by meeting a tractor trailer on a two lane country road. So was this a class you did not tell us about? What class did you take this time? We have snow in VA and quite COLD temps for overnight! Have a great evening! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
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32. BriarCraft
9:15 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
Thanks, Skye and Ylee. The story Bug tells is scary and explains why some pedestrian overpasses have cyclone fencing.

Would you believe I never even saw the rock that hit my windshield? I definitely heard it. And saw the result. Do you suppose Safelite might consider a quantity discount? Regardless, I am going to the Olympia Safelite shop tomorrow, rather than possibly having to face the home installer whose paycheck just got docked for that $126 dollar piece of molding. I know. I did nothing wrong, but I still feel guilty that a big corporation is going to make a worker pay for the warranty part.

Sandi: A shield for the windshield. What a concept! My old Hyundai Elantra's windshield is a rock magnet, I swear. It had no less than 6 chips (all properly epoxy-filled) before it decided it didn't like the snow. I do hope windshield #3 will last until we decide to trade in the car.

WTS: So how did you get Theia to stop mid-air for you to take her picture? Just kidding, but those are some great action shots.

I spotted a new (to me, not the world) bird this morning. It was misting at the time and I "shot" it at full zoom through a window, so the photo isn't a clear as I would like, but it is clear enough to show you what I saw.

Varied Thrush


ADD: I just went out to check on things in the greenhouse and saw a whole bunch of pine shavings in the grass around the tree where the flicker house is mounted. Somebody has at least been checking it out.
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31. WatchinTheSky
5:25 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
Let's hope the cracked windshield phase is past!! Someone was killed down here a year or two ago by a jerk (to keep this PG) who dropped a brick off an overpass. (ref to bug's comment) Even 'kicked up' debris from vehicles can be nasty.

To lighten the mood a bit - Theia loves playing 'baseball' with Mrs WTS! The balls are tightly wadded gum wrappers.




Leapin' Lizards - I mean Kitty!
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30. palmettobug53
3:31 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Good grief! What a run of bad luck. I think you DO need a windshield guard. That, or visit your local voodoo practitioner or Granny woman and find out who has put a curse on you and/or your car and do something to counter it.

Joking aside, you're very lucky you didn't get hit with flying glass.

Or wreck the car. That sudden loss of visibility is extremely dangerous. I know; I was in the car one night with Hubby, his brother and my then-SIL years and years ago coming back from visiting my MIL. We'd gotten back into town and were just starting up on an overpass, when a brick or large rock hit the windshield. Instant freak out! Thank heavens my then-SIL managed to keep control of the wheel. All we could see was cracked glass.

We think it was kids throwing stuff up at cars just as they started up the overpass but the police, of course, couldn't find anyone. They were long gone.
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29. sandiquiz
12:43 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Oh, No!!
I am so sorry, but as others have said - glad you weren't hurt:)

I told you to break that match!

I think you need to get into your workshop and design and make one of these... a wind-shield guard!



I suggest you tell them that the glass they used in the repair was substandard!!
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28. Ylee
5:52 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
At least the glass didn't hit you in the face! Safelite's going to be sending you Christmas cards, at this rate! :' )
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27. Skyepony (Mod)
1:22 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
...knocking a half-inch piece onto the car seat.

Maybe all our luck saved you from worse. Glad you are okay.
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26. BriarCraft
12:02 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
Thanks for the rabbits and hares, Ylee, Sandi, Prose, and Skye. Unfortunately, they failed to bring me good luck today. Let me tell you a story.

WW: According to the Audubon Birdhouse Book, it is common for robins not to reuse their nests. In nature, they typically use an evergreen tree for the first nest and a deciduous tree for the second nest. Even if you promptly removed the first nest, that same robin would make her second nest elsewhere.



On February 6, when it snowed, the Hyundai's windshield cracked all the way across. On February 10, we had a new windshield installed in the Hyundai. On February 18, a piece of molding along the left side of the windshield flew off while DH was on the freeway. Yesterday, February 28, Safelite replaced the molding for free. Great! The windshield is finally fixed.

This morning, on my way to yet another gardening class in Woodland, a rather large rock hit the windshield, knocking a half-inch piece onto the car seat and creating a spider web of cracks all across the windshield.

I am not normally one to use foul language, but the air turned blue around me when that happened. Guess what I get to tend to next week?
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25. WatchinTheSky
7:29 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Ylee, "I got this email from you earlier today:
They thought Chapter 1 was pretty awesome." That's sounds a lot like the 'comments' I occasionally get on my Oriole blog that lives on blogger.com. Just a phishing attempt by people to get traffic on their site or collect info. The messages are overly vague and often nonsensical! 'They' indeed!

Pretty cool nest platforms, BC. Maybe if I put up a couple away from our patio cover, the finches would not try to take over there!
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24. Skyepony (Mod)
6:09 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

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23. palmettobug53
5:58 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
White Rabbits, Briar!

Love the nesting shelves. There's no place to hang something like that on the house; narrow eaves and brick veneer.

I could possibly try one on the shed. I have had a wren house out there for 3 years, with no takers. The spiders like it but they're not particularily interesting to watch.
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22. Proserpina
2:38 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
 photo 20140226_0244March_zps5700a85a.jpg

March brings breezes loud and shrill,
stirs the dancing daffodil.
-Sarah Coleridge

HAPPY MONTH OF MARCH BC!
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21. WeatherWise
2:15 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Hi BraiarCraft. I like your nesting shelves. That is so neat. I bet the robins might give them a try. Just about every year they nest on my gutter that is under the roof overhang. If all of your plans make, you are going to have a very active yard this spring and summer. Often robins change nest after babies fledge. They will have first nest on my gutter and their second nest over on my neighbor's gutter instead of using the same nest. I don't know exactly what makes them pick the exact spot they choose. I will try to post photos of them on the gutters. It is a cold overcast Saturday 28 degree F morn here but with a promise of perhaps in forties here in the Sat wordy forecast on wunderground but in the numbers forecast says 56 so go figure which it will be. 56 would really be nice. Have a great day!
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20. sandiquiz
6:41 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS
A very happy, 'out in the garden' month :-)

Love Ylee's March hares!!
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19. BriarCraft
6:16 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Ylee: Something strange going on at WordPress methinks. I did not send you an email, not is that the comment I left. I just went back to look and now it doesn't look like I left any comment. As best as I can remember, here's what I said:

Two thoughts come to mind. One, be strong and do what's right even if it isn't easy. And two, disfunctional families are so sad. They teach and license people in order to drive, why not do the same in order to become a parent? I'm curious to see where you take this story. Looking forward to Chapter 2.

Love your Three March Hares. That's one of those optical delusions that I see what's there only until I start looking more closely. Cool!
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18. Ylee
6:02 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Briar, this month, instead of three white rabbits, I give you three March hares! :' )

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