Tulip update~ Way back in the fall, I planted several (SEVERAL, MULTIPLE, LOTS!!!) crates of tulips. And then they froze on the front porch. And then I cried. Then the boys helped me move the crates to the garage. And we waited to see how they would thaw~ squishy bulbs = dead bulbs= no tulips. …

Winter continues to surprise us with fairly mild temperatures and NO wind! Even the snow load has slowed. I’m not really sure what’s in store but I like what we are having now. More “nice” weather please!   The weekend before I took the pigs to their new digs, I was checking on them through the …

We’ve had a reprieve from the deep cold. AND a bit of sunshine! We were treated to blue skies yesterday! It was glorious! I’m not sure how long it’s been since we’ve seen blue.  It gave me a clear morning to deliver the last of the pigs to their new destination.  The cows are doing …

Right now on the farm…..

….it’s 7 o’clock in the morning and still dark. It won’t be light for another hour or so. There’s a cup of coffee steaming on the desk next to me and a cat in my lap (achooo!). The house is still quiet and Christmas music is playing in the living room. We (translation: “I-make-the-kids”) listen …

Digging out from a snowstorm is always a chore.  Luckily we have a friend who has a snow plowing business and he comes out to clear out our driveway after big dumps like this one. But the snow around the house is usually shoveled out by hand. Not fun but necessary. Just like weeding the garden. …

We had a huge storm that started Thursday afternoon gaining power until peaking last night. 28 mph northeastern winds and biting cold changed our landscape from a winter wonderland to a weird moonscape.  The wind can do interesting things to snow.  The power is awesome. And sometimes it’s kind of scary. I don’t think I’ve …

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. …

Christmas is in the air. The older children should be home from hither and yon soon (college and some place overseas which shall remain nameless). Time to prepare for the big onslaught! I can’t wait for all to be home!!!! Ok~ wreath making first. I LOVE to make our wreaths au naturel and all wild …

Thanksgiving is probably my most favorite holiday. I have amazing memories of Thanksgiving with my family of origin (that sounds so sterile, clinical: family of origin. How can such a title describe my wonderful little mother (she’s little now. She used to look me square in the eye when I was a teenager) and bigger-than-life …

One more bulb post~ maybe! Our wonderful neighbor has allowed me to use her greenhouse! This is the neighbor with the big red barn where our sweet cows live in the winter. It is red too. She laughed when I asked if she was using the little red greenhouse this winter. Then she looked at …