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Christmas Eve [Dec. 24th, 2011|12:46 pm]
[Current Mood |awake]

Merry Christmas to those who observe;  Season's Best to those who don't. 

I'll be singing at two Christmas Eve services (and rejoicing in the presence of a brass quartet--always a delight to have them with us) and then we'll come home and fall into bed.  I have to quit working on the book now, and work instead on the music we'll be singing, to make sure I really am confident on the various tricky bits.  One of the anthems is by Britten, which ensures tricky bits, but the others also have tricky bits. 

Meanwhile it has turned cold and wet.   Well, cold for us, that is.   It's supposed to "nearly-freeze" or  freeze tonight.   We have a fog/rain/mist mix at the moment, shifting between light rain (once it was sleet) and mist, mostly.  


[User Picture]From: muaddim
2011-12-24 06:51 pm (UTC)
Season's Best to You too !!!
BTW,here as well,rain started to fall,but fortunately/unfortunately there's no snow,so we cherish every drop of rain ...
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-12-24 07:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not hoping for snow, that's for sure. We, too, treasure every drop of rain and I'm hoping the backyard tanks finish filling up. We have rainwater collection tanks on every corner of the house, on the barn, on the carport. Would love to figure out how to put in more storage capacity since our rain comes in lumps (usually) and seldom (commonly). At present we can water the horses and keep the house water feature going with rainwater, but don't have enough to keep the vegetable garden going or the trees without using city water, an increasingly scarce resource.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-12-25 03:25 pm (UTC)
It's more a matter of fitting in more storage tanks: yesterday, for instance, we had water running down the sides of several of the big tanks, because they're full. One of the largest collection areas we have (one side of the carport roof and the "shed roof" that extends from it on that side--we store hay under there) is so low at the low end that the big tanks won't fit under it, so we use a smaller tank--inefficient but so far we haven't had the energy to dig a hole and sink big tanks in several feet. Also, for the lower tanks (our ground slopes some) we then need an electric pump to get the water up to where we use it.

Ideally, we'd have solar power to run such a pump. Presently we use solar powered pumps for the wildlife waterers, but the supply water is a gravity feed off the collection tanks--the larger of those pumps has just four feet of lift: it moves a small amount of water about 15 feet horizontally and 2 feet vertically. [10 feet horizontally = 1 foot vertically.] It has one small solar panel. Larger pumps need more power, so that means either using line power or putting in a much larger solar system.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2011-12-24 08:09 pm (UTC)
I hope you and your family enjoy the christmas weekend, and have a happy and safe holiday season. :]
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-12-25 03:27 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kristine_smith
2011-12-25 01:56 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas to you, Richard, and Michael!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-12-25 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kris. The same to you, Gaby, and King.
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