I am on the border of zones 6-7, so I go by the colder one to play it safe.
Yesterday I looked at Walmart for heating pads, had to ask where they were; the least expensive was $12.50. So I didn't buy one. My friend says they're about $5 at Goodwill, when they have one.
I am not into Goodwill like my friend is who goes there all the time and because she does it consistently and has a whole system down (kind of like my couponing), she finds wonderful things her house is full of that do NOT look like they came from Goodwill. It's great because anytime I'm looking for something specific, I put it on "her Goodwill list for me" and she loves finding them, and I pay her back. Which is neat because she gets the thrill of the hunt & find, and I get free shopping service that saves me money! She used to do animal rescue, will still rescue baby birds that fell out of a nest, etc. So she has two heating pads for rescue work, both came from Goodwill she told me, so I gave her the heads up I needed one for seedlings and she put it on the hunter's list for me, and meanwhile she is loaning me one of her two heating pads for seedlings.
I love Emerson's quote:
The earth laughs in flowers.
The red buds and the pink blossom trees that look like tissue crepe paper burst into bloom this week. Tulips are starting to come on.
Dogwoods are probably next up . . . I always thought this emoticon looked like a pink dogwood blossom . . .
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