Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring has sprung - a leak!

Do you remember learning "April showers bring May flowers" when you were a child?
We've had an awful lot of rain the past 24 hours. The ground at back of the house is still covered with several feet of ice. The rain coming off the house is leaking in the opening in the foundation where the oil line comes through, leaving a wee puddle in front of the furnace. We have this problem almost every spring. In fact, we've tried everything under the sun to plug up that opening, to no avail. Oh well, the puddle is manageable. The rain is REALLY taking the snow down too!
Several of my friends and family have posted photos of snowdrops and crocus popping up in their yards. I have lots of bulbs planted here and there around my place, but they are still buried under a lot of snow. But the good news is, there is bare ground showing along the horse fence. There is LOTS of mud where the plow had cleared the snow over the winter. The first robins appeared yesterday and seem to be finding lots of food. I've been entertained by a crow in my compost heap. He/she seems to sort things into piles before eating something. It flings teabags around like frisby!

I saw the pain specialist and started the steroid treatments on my wonky knee yesterday. She made a few suggestions which I intent to follow up on. I really don't want to have joint replacement surgery until there are no other options. It was nice to have freezing in my leg for a few hours and therefore, pain free. Once it wore off the ache was unbelieveable. I felt like I'd been stabbed in the leg with a rusty ice pick. I had a rough night. The discomfort has worn off quite a bit, so hopefully I can get a short walk in this afternoon.

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  1. We got a good amount of the rain too, which wore away at more of the snow.

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  2. Surprised to hear you still have snow. Hope it disappears fast now.

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    1. Oh my goodness, the snow is still several feet deep in spots of the yard where the sun doesn't get at it. There is a 12 foot snowbank where the snow slid off the roof of the small barn!

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  3. We had major leaking through our foundation blocks one year, so now springtime thawing makes me anxious. I hope your leak remains manageable. I was just watching a video on youtube about the healing qualities of boiled onion skins for pain in joints and all sorts of things. Who knew?
    Wendy

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    1. I use onion skins to dye yarn now and again. Doesn't seem to have helped the arthritis in my hands though.

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