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 …

Happy 4th!

Maisy’s is giving about 2-2.5 gallons of milk as well as nursing Phil so I am down to milking once a day. Phil has full access to Maisy all day then gets to sleep in a little bachelor pad at night on his own. Maisy is allowed a little momma time through the night where …

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 …

Rain makes us slow down

It’s raining. Thank goodness….. The yard, the pastures, the garden always seem to explode after a nice soaking rain. But I didn’t have everything planted in the garden yet. We knew it was coming so the morning was a blur of activity. Phil was a perfect gentleman, waiting his turn to momma. 2 gallons later …

Barely missed the bullet

It was 34 degrees on my front porch this morning! 34! That’s only 2 degrees from freezing! Ohmygoodness!!!! I have hundreds of veggies and flower starts in the garden. And I have many, many starts on the porch waiting to be planted. If it had gotten any colder, I would have lost it all. Again. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …