It has been wild the last couple of days here at Casa de Chaos! A 6.5 earthquake hit about 120 miles from my place the other day and I had no idea what had happened. All I heard was a very loud bang/boom noise and my flat screen TV was wobbling a little bit. I though for a moment that the big elm tree in my yard had hit my neighbor’s house or a large branch had hit my roof. I did not know that some earthquakes have a booming sound that accompanies the quake.
The tree is fine for the moment but I called up Tucker’s Timbers my local wood supplier to have them come and cut down that old elm. It’s been a good tree but she is dying and splitting through the trunk. The tree roots are starting to come through the lawn and not holding the tree strong with a deep root system. I want to keep the stump and make a flower planting area in the middle of the stump and leave a border area of wood for something like a patio table/bar for sitting around this summer. Perhaps add a large shade umbrella to help with the loss of that big shade tree.
It is Spring time in Idaho and we got some of that pellet/”corn” snow today. It is over 43 degrees F. so the snow can’t stick but it adds to my feeling of a long winter if not a cold winter for SW Idaho. We have had snowfall every month this 2019/2020 winter going back to Sept. of 2019! Thank goodness it was not a cold winter.
I have trying to start plants indoors using some older seeds and it does not seem to be working out well. I’m new at doing this and my spot could use a heat mat to maintain a consistent warm temperature. I bought a lot of new seeds to try in another starting box this week. I have time as the frost date here is about May 10th. That will give the older starts more time to grow and the new plant startsshould be ready to plant in about 6 weeks.
I have some root crops to plant next week in two of the raised beds. One bed will get covered with frost cloth and the other bed in clear poly sheeting like a mini-green house. That should give me a good idea what bed works best for early cool weather crops.
Last but not least I took a couple of n95 masks over to a few neighbors that were at home. I explained how to sanitize them in a low heat oven of at least 167 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Now that I can safely and easily sanitize my masks for the Wu-Flu/Covid 19 virus. I can safely share out a few masks with my neighbors.
I’m don’t have enough masks to give away to first responders. I do have a few masks to share with my local network of people that may have missed getting masks in January. I think everyone must start wearing masks of some sort even a bandana and sunglasses will protect you and the people around you better than nothing. Canyon county now has community spread infections and this flu spreads even if you don’t feel sick. So that means you assume everyone is infected including yourself. Allergy season is starting and you can have both allergies and the flu. Without a mask you are potentially spreading those tiny flu virus particles with every sniffle, sneeze and cough!
I gave myself a rule: If I go out in public, I have to wear my mask and glasses/goggles. Wearing a N95 mask is annoying and bit unpleasant, so it is very easy for me to find a reason not to go out in the public or shopping unless I must get something I need like seeds for the garden. Goodness knows I have plenty of jobs that need to get done inside and outside of my house that I don’t need to wear a mask!