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 …

Haying the pastures

It’s mid- July. It’s hot with no rain in sight. It’s time for hay! Our wonderful neighbors to the south have lots of tall, stout, mountain horses that are used to hunt in the backcountry during the fall. So they have big winter hay needs. And they have haying equipment. We just have one fat …

Long wonderful days

It’s 10:22 pm right now and I just came in from the garden. There’s still a bit of light left in the night sky but the mosquitoes ran me out. I was planting green beans. “Provider’ to be exact. Living on the 48th latitude has it’s perks this time of year. One being that it …

Milking

Milking is going well. Maisy’s colostrum cleared in a couple of days and now we have pure milk. And pure cream. In some ways it feels like there was never a break. 2 gallons in the morning and 2 in the evening. We’re rich! Phil is ok with sharing the bounty. But Maggie is having a …

Welcome Phil

I was working in the garden a couple of days ago when I noticed the neighbor’s horse acting strangely. That horse is a kind of animal alarm for me. I can see him through almost all of my north facing windows where I can’t always see my own animals quite as easily. For instance, sometimes …

Today in two parts….

This morning started off chilly and overcast. So I planned an office day: filing, writing reports, filling out applications for farming grants. You know. Office stuff. And, if I got all that done, I was going to trip down the stairs (well, not really trip down the stairs. That’s just a figure of speech. Remember …

Return to business at last

And so we return from an unexpected internet interruption~ a 5 day interruption. But that’s what we love about living on the bald naked prairie, out in the middle of nowhere, out where the prairies meet the mountains, where the wind swept pastures blow sweetly~ spotty internet service. No matter. The only action we’ve had lately …

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 …

Ice sheen

The snow has let up for the time being. And all that is left is the cold, the breeze and a bit of sunshine. Even though it is still below freezing, the sun has touched the drifts so that the snow hills look like big dollops of melting whipped cream. The pig palace has a …