north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 12:10 PM GMT on January 04, 2012

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05:40, 24F, calm. woke up shivering beneath 3 blankets and a comforter with a cat at my feet. realized the electric was off.. the electric heater was cold. got up, made a fire, and was thankful that I have a gas cooking stove. oatmeal..
electric came on at 6:50. still 24F. pump's working! going out to see about the water pipes..
house seems to be o.k. crows calling..
08:00, 28F, calm. heavy frost. out of 10 outside spigots, 8 are frozen. called work said I wouldn't be in. let rams out. broke ice on all buckets. got 2 eggs. hay to everyone.
10:00, 34F. north breeze. all but 2 spigots are working. watering camellias and bromeliads. all tender plants - bananas, elephant ears, salvia - are toast. too late to go to work. they're trawling out on the Sound.. I'm reading the NYTimes book reviews in front of the fireplace. they're getting paid. I'm not. hoping the other 2 spigots will cut on soon. thankful that no pipes are broken, so far..
all spigots working by noon with no broken pipes.
afternoon temps got up to 46F with a north breeze and sun. and cold. went to the cow town for feed and groceries and gas. cows all the way to town were loafing in the sun and chewing their cud. the rye fields are getting low. not much else to eat now except hay.
16:00 43F, unloaded feed and fed stock. got another egg. songbirds were busy all day around the feeders. put more fire wood in front.
20:00, 34F, cold and clear. waxing gibbous moon tracking behind jupiter now and venus is high enough in the sky by dark so that I can see her through the trees. going out on the water tomorrow so going to bed early. upper 20's is tonight's prediction. did not drip spigots so hoping it's on track. tomorrow I get to see more ducks! they remind me of the ducks that used to come into the salt creek behind our house in the low country when I was a child.

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2. marsHen
2:04 AM GMT on January 05, 2012
lucky you! more frost here tonight.
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1. Skyepony (Mod)
4:18 PM GMT on January 04, 2012
Good luck with the pipes. Got lucky here, the freeze was over before midnight.
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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.