no more hiding

I’ve been dreading this post. But it’s time to give an update. We’ve lost all the piglets. (It makes me teary to even write that sentence.) If you remember from the Saturday post, Willow piled up a great amount of hay for her house. But instead of burrowing deep into the hay for her delivery …

Getting ready

Willow worked on her house all day today. Moving the hay just so. Picking great mouthfuls and placing the hay in special spots that only she could determine was right. She stopped just long enough to eat. Then worked some more. Then with a great heave, she lowered her magnificent self deep into the hay. …

SO done with the snow

I’m in a funk. It’s snowing again and we have another storm heading this way. The newest storm has the potential to dump 4-9 more inches of snow on us. Sometimes I wonder if we are stuck in the “Twilight Zone”, experiencing winter forever. I’m just being a baby. The days ARE getting longer. And …

Not spring yet

We are definitely back in the eggs business. The hens have been performing marvelously. I have contacted a handful of families to give them the good news. Everyone is happy. Fresh eggs are a spring tonic. Even if the weather hasn’t decided it’s really spring. Willow loves eggs and she is due with her big …

Skunk!

We have a skunk in the chicken coop.   The boys saw the thing bouncing around inside the coop when they got home from baseball last night. I didn’t see it, but I smelt (is it “smelt”? or “smelled”?) it. This is not good news. Skunks can eat lots of eggs and small teenaged chickens. Plus, …

Just a quiet day in paradise

Today started calmly enough. Up at dawn, breakfast, animal chores, off for the school drop- off, snowing.  Meet the most wonderful “hay guy” who was delivering hay to our sweet cows. Quiet. Predictable. Then as I sat down at the computer to pay some bills, the phone rang~ our cows are out. WHAT!? The cows …

just a bit of sun

As you can tell from the weather report below, we are expecting more snow. It was snowing when we first got up and got the morning chores finished. But on the way home from the school drop, the sun came out to kiss our little valley. Just for a minute. I snagged a couple of …

It snowed about 2-3 more inches through the night. But we woke to almost clear skies this morning! It feels warmer when the sun shines though it’s only 18 degrees. I am now able to hobble around in my highly stylish orthopedic boot~ sans crutches! Yippee! (Hold your horses, ladies! You too, can own one …

A front out of the east

We had another front blow into our valley while we were at church. Lots of snow and winds right out of the east. No one is impressed. I took a bit of video looking toward the north where the big red barn and our sweet Maisy and Maggie are snuggled. If you turn up the sound …

basement garden

I started several “flats” of tomatoes and peppers and a couple of different flowers seeds yesterday. I’m doing a little experiment this year: peat pots vs. the “usual way” I plant seeds. I’ve read that several home gardeners/ small farmers use peat pots to start their plantlings. Supposedly the pots decrease transplanting shock. Last year was …