I'm surprised there haven't been
any bills introduced in the Montana
Legislature to mandate that February have at least 30 days
That makes at least as much sense as some of the other things
being proposed. And, I suppose we're similarly better off leaving
well enough alone. No one ever seems to rave about the weather
in February around here, although yesterday we came close...
In fact Kim declared it the First Day of Spring!
She even started some seeds. Personally, I'm going to wait
at least a month or so, although I do have some winter wheat
and camelina already in, & hopefully ready to take off when
the glacier melts. It'll be interesting to see, especially the
camelina. It came up fairly decent last fall, which is a death
sentence, according to the experts. The experience of some farmers
runs contrary, per usual though, so we'll see...
The learning curve on this oilseed stuff just
doesn't let up! We "cold-pressed" (moreso than usual)
some camelina back during the brief balmy spell just prior to
the more recent ice age. In fact we're kinda pleased with our
improvised pre-warming system for the seed, that gets it up
to summertime temps at least, 70 to 80 degrees F. Plus we learned
a few more tricks about running the press. I've compared it
to playing the violin, which might not even be exaggerating!
Plus we now have a functional induction foil sealing
system for the oil bottles, which means the shipping folks can
juggle them to their heart's content, and we can ship them around
the country with impunity!
Except that's not quite the right word. We're
going to be sending sample/sales info packets for BiOmega3
all over, and I think eager anticipation more accurately describes
That photo was from yesterday. Actually got out
for a change, just for a late-afternoon skinny ski venture here
on the west slope of the Bridgers. I'd been thinking about breaking
out the Alpine Touring gear, for a venture up to my private
ski resort, the one with quite minimal avalanche exposure.
Yesterday I was kind of surprised, though. I thought I was in
at least sorta halfways decent shape, but hiking all the way
up Pyramid Peak would have been out of the question.
Oil pressing (at least with our current set-up)
involves near-constant motion, plus wrestling all kinds of heavy
stuff around, but it seems to be a different set of muscles
than backcountry skiing. I still want to make it up there this
winter, so maybe I better make time for at least a couple more
of these preliminary ventures first.
Let's see, what else happened in February...?
A fair number of meetings, for one thing. Among
others, a "population objective" subcommittee meeting
of the Madison Elk Working Group. Which I think we were all
tickled with, since we decided not to arrive at an
objective! But came up with reasonable hunting regulation suggestions
to propose anyway.
And then we brought our eminently common-sense,
win/win bison bill to the Legislature yet again, except
the third time wasn't the charm. Tsk...
But maybe we can get it done in the recently formed
Working Group for the bison situation. In fact if you click
on that link, and then on the newscast video, a few seconds
in the camera sticks momentarily on this redhead guy that I'm
told looks a lot like me. Good thing I got a haircut a while
The moderator for this group, Ginny Tribe is a
expert at this, and if anyone can pull it off, it's her. She
did an outstanding job with the Madison Elk Working Group, and
has generally been successful at this sort of thing. Let's hope...
Plus, since the month of February is shorter than
normal, I believe I shall decree that this column can be also!
Luckily I don't have to get that through the legislature.