Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Bank, Bald Eagle, Geese, Grow Lights, Dead Mice
This morning we woke up to snow flurries. It wasn’t much but it was cold and very windy. The temperature was 27 degrees but with a 20 mph wind it felt like 10 degrees.

Saturday is out P-day and our first stop was at the bank to cash a check. While we were there I noticed a display of antique banking machines and tools like ten key adding machines and change dispensers. Our teller gave us a tour. I liked these old machines because I actually used to use some of them way back when. 
On our way to go shopping we drove the river road again. And, as usual we saw some beautiful Bald Eagles close up. Today we only saw four Eagles on our drive toward Keokuk, Iowa. Each week for the past month we’ve seen about half as many Bald Eagles as the week before. A month ago we saw about 45 or 50, the next week we only saw 24. The next week we saw a dozen and today there were only four.
We also saw geese during our drive. The sky was full of geese for mile after mile flying north as we drove. There were thousands of them. It was a beautiful scene.
We went shopping at the Ace Hardware store in Keokuk for items to set up “grow lights” in our sunroom which is really our enclosed back porch. I bought some light weight chain the hang the lights with and a light timer.
After shopping I went to work on the grow lights and everything went together perfectly. The whole project turned out very well. We already have Coleus plants we will take cuttings from plus Richard Hancock said he will give us a bunch of left over seedlings because there are too many of some varieties.
They can all grow and mature under the grow lights and be ready for transplanting in our garden on May 15th.
Back in the house I went looking in the cellar of the “Haas House” were we live for 2X4’s, bricks, or anything I could use to set up the plant tables in the sunroom. I didn’t find much but I did find 4 dead mice back in the furthest south east corner on the dirt floor. Back in December we were experiencing the distinct odor of a dead animal. We never found what caused the stink until today.

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