goodbye winter, almost

Winter has lost her grip. Though the temperatures drop below freezing almost every night, the days are warm-ish and (kinda) balmy. At least for northwest Montana. Of course when the snow melts fast, it leaves a lot of water behind. Plus, we had extremely cold temperatures in December before the snow fell. So I’m sure …

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 …

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 …

A little cheese with that whine?

Ok so I KNOW it’s February. And I KNOW it’s still winter. And I KNOW this won’t last forever. But oh, my aching heart. I. Am. Sick. Of. White. It’s foggy so even the air is white. I am suffering from monochromaticitis*. And I’ve got it bad. We are experiencing some melt as evidenced by …

It’s snowing again. It’s not entirely snow. It’s kind of a snow/ rain mix. The cows have slowed their eating. With the milder temperatures, they are back into their usual eating patterns~ about a bale a day each instead of almost two bales a day per cow. We even have a whole week of above …

Bits and pieces

Just a few odds and ends today. The weather has been really nice~ cold at night but mild and sunny during the day. We’ve also had a bit of freezing fog which makes for interesting diamond deposits on fencing and trees and cow whiskers. Rachael and I took Rhett to the Flathead Spay and Neuter …

Freedom!

The weather has been almost mild. So we let the teenaged chicks loose with the older hens yesterday. There was a lot of flapping and running about in the coop floor. And a lot of chuckling from the observing humans. These pictures make the chicks look huge. I guess they are pretty big. They are …

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 …

The poop on scoop

I think the boys are trying to tell me something. I haven’t been to the barn for a couple of days. So I have to kind of figure out what’s going on behind the scenes by looking at their pictures. Before I broke my ankle, I tried to clean the barn area on a daily …

Digging out

We have a 40% chance of more snow today but I don’t think that’s going to happen. The skies are partly cloudy and are wispy and filmy. They don’t look at all filled with water. But of course, that could change. We are also under an avalanche warning. I don’t think that warning will affect …