Summer begins

The celebration is over. And the most wonderful family has returned back to their lives in Texas. It’s time to strip the beds, wash the dishes (again) and set things to order. Summer has begun. The piglets are watching for me instead of running from me. I’m sure it’s the creamy Maisy milk that has …

High wind today

The wind is just screaming out of the west. Yesterday the temperatures were way up into the 80’s~ quite unusual for this time of year. And today the temperatures are expected to only reach the high 60’s. I guess that’s why the wind is so high. The animals are completely unconcerned. Pigs are still sleeping. Cows …

It’s been an amazing several days of highs in the 60’s and 70’s and lows in the 40’s! We have a few stubborn low spots that still have actively standing water (can water “actively stand”?)~ our driveway and the southwest pasture. But most of our standing water has evaporated.   The fields are greening up …

We’ve been busy here on the farm. But I don’t have a lot to show for all our busyness. The teenage chickens are getting so big it’s hard to tell apart them from the mature hens. Little by little the weather is warming. We still have freezing temperatures at night. And the breeze has a …

Drying out

We are drying up. We still have standing water in lots of places. But the water is definitely receding. The strong sunshine and mild breezes out of the west help a lot.   Here’s our driveway just 4 days ago.     Here we are this morning. Still wet but not too bad. And look …

It’s dark and chilly. 40 degrees. We have more rain in the forecast. And it’s a little early yet, 0700, but it’s spring break so the kids are still asleep. The coffee, of course, is made and I’ve already had a couple of cups. A quick peek outside reveals no animal movement. Chickens are still …

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 another dreary day

With the weather turning cold and blustery, I am turning inward~ toward my home. Home is always food. And loving people. Or I should say: people I am loving.   I’m also starting my garden in the basement. It’s early but I don’t care. Of course in a couple of months I’ll be frustrated trying …

It rained all day. Rained. Then snowed. Then rained again. This kind of weather pattern really reminds me of spring. But I don’t think winter is over. February is the cruelest month. She warms up and blows warm southern breezes across our pastures and lures me into thinking that we might have an early spring. …