Sunday, March 24, 2013

Road Conditions variable and changing

Leetonia Rd going out of Leetonia South

Icy Area
The road is about half mud half packed snow and ice. I actually saw 4 snowmobilers on Leetonia Road, Saturday. I think they were doing a lot of damage to their sleds running on these road conditions. We are supposed to get 1-3 inches of snow tomorrow, whoppi! The only good news is it will start melting toward the end of next week as we are heading into a warm up. You have to be prepared for just about all kinds of road conditions right now. Hopefully, by the end of next week I will have better news on the roads. The weather was nice and sunny today, which always makes me feel a lot better. There is something about the sun that takes away the sting of more bad weather to come. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Wood Prediction according to the porch

Firewood on left front porch

Firewood on right front porch
In the 11 years we have lived up here we have never used more firewood than the front and back porch can hold. As of today these couple stacks of firewood are all that is left on either porch. This year's firewood use has been different as it is continuing to be as cold in March as it was in February. Last year it was unseasonably warm this month getting into the 60's and 70's and we ended up with firewood left on the porch. I have noticed that for every 30 degrees drop in temperature we use an additional cart full of  firewood. So when it is 65 we use basically none, when it is 35 we use 1 cart full, 5 degrees 2 cart fulls, 25 below 3 cart fulls. So with the temperatures ranging from single digits to 25 we are using twice as much wood this month as normal.
Now I may have totally confused you as to my point. But we are due for a fast warm up if the wood on the front porch is to last. So I am sticking my neck out here and saying the probability of a quick warm-up is definitely in our favor due to the porch prediction. We can go through the rest of March this way, but April will need to see some 50 plus weather to balance out the use of firewood. 
Now for those of you worried we will freeze once the porch is gone, have no fear, we have other wood stacked away from the house. However, the wood miser is very jealous of the pile and will not easily use it. We do like the wood to be gone during summer month that is stacked close to house due to the bugs in wood affecting our house and just the moisture of having the wood stacked against wood siding isn't good for it. I will let you all know if the porch predicts the end of the heating season accurately this hasn't failed us yet, so I am hopeful. Let the heavy coat and boot days end, the mountain girls are ready for Spring. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Where did Spring Go?

The sun is up this morning but the temperature is 9 degrees, not a very good showing for the second day of Spring. We haven't been able to break the cycle of repeated small amounts of snow each week so many of the roads on North sides of mountain and in higher elevation are still covered in snow and ice. We got about three inches two days ago followed by freezing rain giving the snow a crunchy top. During times the temperatures or sun get the road above freezing it quickly turns to slippery mud gathering on your tires and wheel wells thickly then freezing at night so that moving your tires can be a challenge the next day.
At this point everyone is ready for some real Spring that lasts. The contrast between this year and last where we hardly had a winter is making this one seem very long indeed.
At least today the sun is out giving us hope that it will warm up quickly and take the single digit temperature away. I haven't been down the road towards the Cedar Run direction in a while so I am not sure how bad it is. I am hoping to make a trip down that way in the next week if things improve. Trout season is just around the corner so whoever is in charge of Spring needs to start waking up. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


It isn't often that I get political here but most of you who read this blog do it because you love the forest of Leetonia. It seems there is always something threatening the natural state of the forest, but I have to say this new way is very concerning to me. It is about GMO trees and how they can change the way our forest looks and works. If you have time you should all watch A Silent Forest. It is a 45 minute commitment but worth the time to understand this issue. I never realized how much a genetically engineered tree could change our forest, even if they aren't planted here. The pollen drift from trees planted in Michigan could infect our trees and completely change the plant and animal life for the worse.
What would our forest be like if it no longer produced anything animals could eat and it literally became toxic to the earth it was rooted in? What if every time the wind blew most of the trees fell and they were constantly eaten by bugs who had muted to be resistant to them? These are a few of the questions the film presents and helps you to understand the health risk to humans and animals these foreign organisms represent.
Many of you know the feeling of walking through the forest and breathing in fresh air and feeling a sense of calm and peace. I hope this never ends and I feel it is my duty to educate myself and others to any dangers posing a threat to this peace. I would like to say enjoy the movie, but it is hard to watch. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wild weather

We are back and forth from snow to mud to slush and any combination of those you can think about. If you are thinking of driving up on unplowed roads be ready for anything. We are all getting anxious to see the end of snow and some colors other than white and gray.

I received this email request from Adam Garber about drilling in Loyalstock State Forest. If you have any desire to preserve the natural state of our forests consider making your voice heard.

Subject: Tell Gov. Corbett: Don't frack Loyalsock state Forest


I signed a petition to Richard Allan, Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Governor Tom Corbett which says:

"Loyalsock state forest is the heart of Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains Region, and provides thousands of visitors amazing hiking, canoeing and camping experiences.  Please keep gas drilling out of Loyalsock State Forest."

Will you sign this petition? Click here: NO GAS DRILLING