We’ve had a skunk living under the chicken coop for a number of months. We would see him/ her periodically running about the farm and often smell him/ her. Every so often we would notice missing eggs and find empty eggshells in the nesting boxes. But otherwise, he/ she was more of a potential nuisance. …

It’s been a quiet autumn. The weather has warmed up and the snow has melted a little. I am SOOOO glad. It’s psychologically disturbing to have snow so early. The chickens are definitely finished laying eggs until spring. I miss the egg glut already. Phil is growing in waves: he thickens up, then he gets taller. …

27 on the front porch

27 on the front porch this morning. I covered the porch plants and just a few small beds of calendula in the main field garden. I’ll venture out later to see how everything fared. I have to give up on the outside plants pretty soon. I’m just not quite ready yet. 🙂 In the meantime, …

A slow change

Farm life continues on in it’s wonderful, slow, often predictable plodding. The weather has taken a shift. We are experiencing a cold, misty rain every couple of days and the trees in the mountains are starting to show color. But yesterday was dry and clear, so I moved the cows to our pastures. We have …

Just another summer day…..

Tim scooped up all the kids and the dogs and went fishing. Therefore, I have the whole house to myself for just a couple of hours. Being an extrovert, I’m usually happiest with lots of noise and commotion and business in the house. But this unexpected quiet is nice. A quick trip to the garden …

home again

My beloved comes home today! He’s had a long trip away from us because of work. He is gone for work often but this trip was extra long. So his homecoming will be extra sweet! The farm continues to move at breakneck speed into fall. Summer always seems too short. I remember when we lived …

We are so busy. I feel like I’m chasing my tail. Working in the garden. Milking. Mowing the lawn. Inside work. Outside work. Fun. Fun. Fun! The light is changing ever so slightly and there is a tiny nip in the air in the mornings. But it’s enough of a change that I’m freaking out a …

This is the weirdest place I have ever lived…..

….weather wise, that is. As you know (because I have been whining about it non- stop) the weather has been unusually warm. We haven’t had any rain since the middle of June. It seems all of eastern Montana is on fire. But out of the blue~ we get a little cool front. This is the forecast …

All is well on the northwestern front

It’s been a fairly coolish summer so far, much to my pleasure. But we are expecting a heat wave starting Wednesday with highs in the 90’s. Though I’m from Texas, I’m a big baby in the heat anymore. It IS a dry heat. But 95 is still 95.  We try and start our day’s chores …

Windy but cooler today

Windy today but the temperatures are much cooler. I had to wear a sweatshirt to milk this morning. The cooler temps are welcome. It was kind of hot for the end of May/ beginning of June at almost 90. The flies are discouraged by the cooler weather and the breeze. No flies and lush grass, …