Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mother Earth News

Received my latest issue of MEN the other day and of course I read it from cover to cover in the bathtub. (my favorite "library") I am glad to see that the magazine has gone back to it's roots because for some years in the 90's it really got lost in the "yuppie" movement to the point that I stopped subscribing or ever reading it. I would like to know when it went back to it's old ways so I could catch up on those issues. If any of my readers knows, please let me know in the comments section here on my blog. TIA!

How I would love to be able to incorporate some of the alternative energy sources subscribed to in MEN. The best I can do is open the blinds in my sons south facing window on a sunny day in winter and get some passive heat into our mostly East/West facing home. Better than nothing, though, as I am able to keep 3/4 of the mobile home warm that way here in southern Alabama. Our electric bills in this all-electric home are terrible in the winter, running about 300.00 in December and January so far. I hope and pray that February is not a cold month.

The sun is trying to peak out today and it will be a big help since it is only in the 50's. Unfortunately, it is not burning off the overcast sky like I hoped. It is now 10:11 AM and still mostly cloudy.

The days are now over thirty minutes longer than they were a month ago and that makes me thrilled. I look for this every winter because I know that the sun is higher in the sky and that causes everything to start waking up here in the deep south. My poor Forsythia bush by the dock is blooming it's head off and has been for the past week. It's in a protective spot where it enjoys a micro-climate position. I also have a Chinese Fan Palm tree and tropical Bambusa in that spot but neither can stay evergreen throughout the winter. They do come back in late spring but will never be at their best because of the die back every year.

This is it for today so later gator!

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