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Apparently we DID break the world record, several times over!


They say official confirmation won't come for a couple of weeks, but I think there is enough of a buffer there to absorb any error. The old record was something like 40,000 trees. One team on this jaunt broke that by itself. ;) The total of all teams this try came out to something like 200,000 trees! I only planted 68 (and that was hard in that soil, believe me!) but they say every little bit counts. :)

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My busy week ended with a neat experience

So I was heading home Friday when, on my way out of my timber sale, I spotted some guys I knew from the Game Commission. Seems they were out trapping bears and there was one in a trap on the same road I was on. They let me, my intern and our technician (three women foresters working together - not a common event in such a male dominated profession!) watch while they tagged and vetted a very sheepish looking bear. Here are some photos - I hope you like them! I put them in as thumbnails to keep this post from being as image heavy as the last one. Just click the image to be taken to my photobucket page. I'm afraid my previous post I posted from my phone and there aren't too many controls on that app so the pictures in it were HUGE. Eeek!Thumbnails to follow...Collapse )
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Breaking a world record for planting trees.

Today, at 1, we and the folks from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative are trying to break a world record for the most trees planted in one hour.  We're one of 30 crews across the US and Canada who are trying to break this record.  We'll each get 50 trees and need to get them in the ground before the hour is over.  It's doable, though the soil up here at this old strip mine in Moshannon State Forest is hard as a rock!  Might take a bit of elbow grease to get them all in the ground by the time limit.  Wish me luck!

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Edit: Final tally- 45 planters - 3957!</p>

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Got my fan installed...

My little greenhouse is getting more and more like a real greenhouse these days!  I put insulation and heat in it over the winter and now I've installed this nifty little fan!  And yes, there was ZERO male help involved in this production!

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This is so surreal; murder in a very small town

This is just blowing my mind. http://wnep.com/2015/04/11/husband-taken-into-custody-in-missing-woman-case/

This is the town I work in. They found her in a state forest picnic area that I have to drive through almost every day. I know these places intimately. I just can't even...

From her house to the store is no more than a 3 block walk along the main street that I drive every workday. She supposedly 'disappeared' around 6 in the evening, and these days that's while it's still light out. We were on standby (I'm one of the district's search and rescue personnel) in case they wanted to search the woods, but the searches were mainly along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. I do have my scuba license, but those are jobs for younger folk than me!

The really freaky thing is we all knew the victim and murderer (alleged) to some degree because it is a really small town - seriously, there can't be more than 4000 people living there. Everyone had a theory. I was pretty sure she was dead, but you never expect someone you know, no matter how slightly, to be a murderer. It wasn't that he was an upstanding citizen - he'd been in trouble for stealing in the past, so I'd heard - but this is a way bigger deal.

I just can't wrap my head around this.
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All Systems Are Go!

For all intents and purposes, the greenhouse is now done! Yeah!

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She’s up!

I took Monday off so that I could finish getting the panels in. They went together remarkably easily and now I am in the process of caulking the joints to make them water/airtight. It’s a LOVELY little thing.

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Another day, more progress.

Just a quick note to show today's progress. Unfortunately, I found one small piece is missing (which I thought we had when I opened the box!) so I might have to hold off finishing things for a bit. Meanwhile, I'm going to reexamine what parts are left to make sure I didn't misplace something else important. Eeek!
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Coming along...

Well, I got a couple of nice things under the tree, hubby got me a stand for my tablet so I can watch it hands free.  It's the ultimate in couch potato luxury!  Daughter got me a throw with my delicious Tomoe from Kamisama Hajimemashita on it.  Yum!

But the best present I got was the day off the state gave me to  work on the greenhouse!  I got the solar panels on their little platform over the railing off the porch and today I bought the wood to finish up the raised platform for my greenhouse.  Got the platform insulated,  sealed in plastic and then decked.

It was a very pretty thing when finished.  The platform matches what's on the deck already and looks lots better than the OSB I was considering for a top.  I also got to try out the nail gun my husband got a few years ago and never used.  It made nailing the deck go MUCH quicker.

After a little confusion over the way the greenhouse frame went together, I finally figured it out and was off and running!  Time caught me up so I'm not quite done, but I'm very pleased with the progress so far. 

We're supposed to have just as nice weather tomorrow so I'm hoping to get much further along with the structure.  So far, I've been able to do it all myself, but the directions suggest getting two assistants to get the roof beams up.  Good thing I have two kids.  ;) 

Hope your Holiday was just as satisfying!

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Christmas came early!

I haven't posted in a while because nothing interesting has been happening lately, but this past weekend I got my Christmas early.

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