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Snow and Cold!

January 6, 2017

Today our executive board of County 76 reminded me of the postal service — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.  In spite of waking up to snow and closed offices, our board from Fayetteville to El Dorado met today for 2 hours to conduct our board meeting–but we met via zoom. zoom-session-jan6-17-1 zoom-session-jan6-17-2  You don’t need fancy technology to participate. If you have a computer with a built-in camera you are set, but you can also buy a small one like you see sitting on top of my computer which has the camera and a built-in microphone to use with your desk top or laptop computer to participate with video and audio but even calling in with a rotary phone allows you to listen to the meeting.  A few of our board used their cell phones or laptops to log in and everyone could share the screen when I showed the agenda and the budgets.  It was pretty amazing how well it worked.  You are talking to “old timers” who are used to face-to-face meetings, but I think we all found this to be a pleasant experience and we were done in record time. The only thing we didn’t get to do together was eat a meal.  We will be exploring using this option for committee meetings and even for folks from around the state to participate in our quarterly meetings which are held at the state office.  There is so much technology out there, we need to take advantage of it.  Instead of saying I can’t do this, say let’s give it a go!  It was much easier than we expected with no one helping us at the state office!

Don’t forget that we have changed the date for the January quarterly meeting of County 76  to January 18 at 10 a.m. at the state extension office. We aren’t ready for zoom participation at this meeting but we will be ready in April.  If you want to join us, please email to let us know.  All active MG members in good standing are welcome to join.

I spent the afternoon writing columns and working on Powerpoint, along with a little cleaning out.  Why I continue to buy more books is amazing since I have so many. I have a few boxes slated for the library for their used book sales.  I also had a roaring fire and a pot full of soup.  It was a good day to stay inside.

The weatherman got the forecast pretty close today. We didn’t get a full inch of snow but the roads were covered and many businesses and schools were closed.  I woke up at 3 a.m. and saw the snow had started and it was still coming down when I got up this morning.  snow-jan-1 snow-jan-2For once NW Arkansas was spared but the central and western edges got it.  The temperatures are really low for us in Arkansas and it is statewide. cold  Look at the single digits in the northern half but no one is above 14 degrees statewide.  That could take its toll on some plants depending on how long it lasts.  Avoid much activity around frozen plants.  If you have to get out and about be aware that roads may have some black ice through mid-morning tomorrow.  Once the plants defrost check them for damage, but don’t do anything about pruning them. Winter is just on the horizon and we have a couple of months to go.  I am glad I covered the vegetable plants!

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