Filed under: bees | Tags: bees, cleansing flight, december, sunny, swarming, winter
Happy New Years. I have a lot to catch up on with the blog. Alas, it’s been a busy time, and then I got a new computer. So, I’m a bit behind.
We went through a big cold snap. It was nice to have a white christmas, and to see that the chicken heater lamps work, but it’s also nice for a warm up. The chickens ran around outside, the goats had fun, and we all watched the ice rink melt.
The best part though, was this…
The bees came out!! Whew. It was a amazing to see them. They seemed a bit confused, they were all swarming all over the place. But they are alive, and there are lots of them. I checked the honey stores earlier before it really warmed up, and they seem to both have lots there. So that’s good.
Filed under: chickens, pittsburgh, restaurants | Tags: bagel, breakfast spot, latte, pittsburgh
The dude and i used to love to go out for breakfast. And there’s lots of good greasy spoons out there. We’d go to Jo-Jo’s, Pamela’s, in town, the Cole Cafe up in the north.
But then we got the chickens, and i just felt bad knowing that i was eating, no doubt, cheapie caged non-organic eggs. poor birds. And then, pancakes, well those are good sometimes, but not without real maple syrup. And what diner place serves that? Sigh. So alas, we’re left with no real regular options for a city breakfast out on the town.
Or are we…?
Aha….a good coffee place and a good bagel. Hey that’d work!
Our current fav is to head over to Lawrenceville to Cafe Voluto. It’s a nice place and they make a fine latte. Dude likes to get some brewed special thing or other, but I’m not really into that. No, I like the big cup of goodness where they make a design in the foam. for the bagels, well Pittsburgh is not great in this department. But the bagel factory is ok. So we do that. Presto, city breakfast. Yum!
Filed under: farm, goats | Tags: christmas, evergreen, saanen, wreath, yum
Hard to believe a year has passed and we’re back in C-O-L-D weather. The animals are not too happy about it. I’m too cold myself to go out and snap some pics of the unhappy bunch, so here’s a look at last year. Sydney was so small!
I do need to get out there and make them a new wreath to munch on. But maybe when it warms up a tad!
This photo was taken on Dec. 30, 2009. Last year before Christmas we had temps in the 40s! Today it’s 12 with a windchill below zero. Yikes!
Filed under: pittsburgh, utilities | Tags: air pollution, air quality, coal plant, pittsburgh, post gazette
Interesting series in the post-gazette about neighborhood disease clusters–areas of the region where diseases like lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease seem to be higher than expected.
They created a cool map that shows where the big polluters are located. The city itself seems to have higher than expected numbers for all the categories, and the river valleys are particularly bad (due to location of power plants, but also wind current things involved too I think). I remember how dirty the sills would get in Lawrenceville, and the amount of gunky coal dust that came out when I was replastering a bedroom. You really do have to clean things ALL the time. And the layer of sooty stuff just comes right back. Gross. You can’t really imagine what it was like when the city was steel town.
Based on this map, it’s a good thing we didn’t stay in the city. Our particular neighborhood shows up BELOW national averages on everything. Is that because our area has more higher income folks living in it? Or what?