Tag Archive for Pennsylvania

Altered Habitat – One Man’s Theory About Lyme Disease

Pennsylvania Hardwood Sapplings

 Today’s post is a guest post from my husband, Richard Grossman When Granny wrote about my Lyme disease, she added the byline “it was only a matter of time.” She was wholly correct. We live in an area of Pennsylvania where Lyme is becoming endemic. I spend as much time in the woods as my…

Hand Pumps – Deep Well or Shallow Well

Hand Pump

Pictured above is a hand pump that is located in a schoolyard near New Wilmington,Pennsylvania. It’s attached to a well and is used to pump water. This particular hand pump is a deep well pump. Technically, a deep well is considered to be a well that is deeper than about 100′. A shallow well is…

Dropping Seismic Testing Equipement By Helicopter

Dropping Seismic Equipement By Helicopter

For the past couple of days low flying helicopters have been dropping bundles and packages of seismic testing equipment in my woods, fields and pastures. The seismic testing is being done to map the Marcellus and Utica shale formations for possible deep horizontal wells that will hopefully produce shale gas.  The packages and bundles are…

Explosive Charges Have Been Set For 3-D Seismic Testing

Explosive Equipement For Siesmic Testing

The other day a very polite and professional crew from DAS set the explosive charges for 3-D seismic testing on my farm. Wires, cables and geophones still have to be placed. I expect blasting will commence shortly. Blasting will not be done too close to my house, well or outbuildings. Markers are in place everywhere…

3-D Seismic Testing

3-D Seismic Equipement & Cables

I’m living right smack in the midst of the Pennsylvania shale gas boom. It’s one of the reasons I may be moving and relocating – but more about that another time. In my neck of the woods most landowner’s have leased their farms and properties to Shell. Local farmers have signed 5 year leases and…

Dark Sky Country Pennsylvania

Dark Sky Country Pennsylvania

I’ve spent the last 10 days or so actively searching the northern plateau of the Allegheny mountains looking for a suitable new home. So far no luck. Frankly I’m discouraged. The last 3 places I looked at were little more than very expensive hunting and fishing camps. In my search for a new homestead location…

Pennsylvania Groundhog’s Day

Dead Groundhog

About 7 years ago a female groundhog moved into the area between my house and my mother-in-law’s house. She had babies. And after that the groundhog population around my hay fields, farmyard, outbuildings, gardens and orchard began to spiral out of control. By the summer of 2011 the damage to my 110 year-old concord grape…

A Few Pennsylvania German Superstitions

Hex Sign

Depending upon how you count them, my husband and I are the 4th or 5th continuous generation of his family to live in our house. His family is an old Pennsylvania German family (sometimes referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch) and is one of the original families to settle the western Pennsylvania frontier. My husband’s early…