tease of the seasons

I lost a month somewhere.  Yes…It has been a month since the last post.

Spring came for a few days, teased us and slunk away guiltily……

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We have had snow………..

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Family visits……………………

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Sledding cousins…….

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Cold cows………..

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Dreams of spring……………..

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We miss you spring.

welcome winter

The first snow of the year seems early….

Sad remains of the forgotten sunflowers overlook the cows while they eat.

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A  blanket of snow on the roof of the high tunnel hushes and shades the garden.

 

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The lettuce, cabbage and brocoli are toughing it out.

 

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Little Mae braves the frigid air.

 

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Oh, winter….how nice to see you.  How long will you be staying?

fall walks

One of most enjoyable parts of fall weather for me is the opportunity to walk. Walk without humidity, chiggers, bugs, flies etc.

One minute we putting on our coats and stocking caps…..

 

The next minute we are back in our t-shirts exploring the pond and playing in the sand……

 

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Off to the state park swing set we go……

 

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All the while taking in the fall beauty all around us…..

 

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Newly sprouted turnips……..

 

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Splashing in those muddy puddles…..

 

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Hanging out with those heifers…..

 

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Fall is the season that could give just about anyone the farming fever……………

It is getting a little hot in here….

I promise to not make this into another weather post, but I have to start by pointing out a few things that we all know already…

1.   WINTER HAS BEEN CRAZY COLD, SNOWY, ICY AND WINDY.

2.   BURNING BRUSHPILES ON A CRAZY WINDY DAY IS NOT ADVISED.

Both statements are obvious, I know.  That being said, our neighbor missed the boat on prescribed burning.

This was the view from our porch a couple of weeks ago.

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250 ac Burn – Feb 2014

Apparently, the brushpiles our neighbor went off and left unsupervised set 250 acres a blaze. In the big scheme of things, 250 acres is not a huge fire, but it can seem that way when you are looking out your front porch at it and the wind is pushing it in your direction.

Flames were well above the tree canopy and air support was called in. Our highway was shut down and volunteer, state and federal fire divisions did their thing. A little bull dozer work and it was in control within a few hours but not actually out until the following day.

It got hairy enough to discuss the possible exit plan for the cattle. The only problem is that there wasn’t a way to vacate the farm with livestock in tow.

Even though I am well versed in fire safety and prescribed burns, it is still a helpless feeling to know that we couldn’t really do much if a wildfire did cross our fenceline.

Where did you go, Spring?

So, the birds are chirping, easter lilies sprouting and Spring is in the air…..

Well, somewhere it must be but not here.

This is the time of year when our high tunnel should be starting up. We should be counting down the days to the end of hay feeding. The warming days should be teasing us and getting us itchy for the summer heat on our backs.

I keep scanning these pictures for a hint of Spring but it just leaves me cold…..

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Instead we have wind damage on the high tunnel. Nothing major but something to be dealt with. We have had some incredibly strong and cold wind this winter.

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The high tunnel structure has done very well with all that winter has thrown our way.  It was just the plastic on the doors that was ripped away and needs attention.

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Back at the casa, veggie seed has been started.  Plants will be ready to go in 6 weeks.  Lets hope that mother nature is ready by then.

Yesterday I got busy in the basement and planted 5 varieties of tomatoes, one variety of grape tomatoes and cucumbers.  288 plants in all.

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Even though it may not feel like winter will ever end, the basement at least smells a little bit like spring.

Winter Weather Recap

So the weather has been a little crazy. I am sure you have heard since the media hasn’t stop talking about something called the polar vortex. Not really sure that I understand the concept of what a polar vortex is…. but to me it seems like winter. Granted we haven’t really experienced a winter in a few years. I think we have just all gotten a little soft about the cold. This is coming from the girl who stayed cooped up with Mae during the really cold snaps so don’t take my words to heart. Papa and Eddie fought the extreme cold (-12) and foot of snow.

Here is how the view looked from the inside. It was too damn cold to get out and get a picture.

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Here is shot of the snow drifting outside Mae Mae’s window. Ok, maybe is was pretty bad after all……

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When my office finally opened after the first snow, this is what the highways looked like that first morning headed to work.

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What do you do on a snow day???? Well you play dress up! That is Mae Mae’s baby monitor in her hand. She is taking your picture with it and saying “CHEESE”. Can you hear her?

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You watch all the snow action from your own window with the seat designed just for you.

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And when you come down with pinkeye and the flu, you cuddle up in the chair and eat your favorite….NOONALS. That is noodles for the rest of us.

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We piled the wood in the furnace, chased each other around the house, watched a little Netflix (or “eeeevie” for TV as it is called in our house), played with the baby dolls, puzzles, and whatever else we could find to do……

Got a wild hair on one of those snow days that I was off work and switched bedrooms with Mae.  Little Bit and I got all the furniture and such moved by ourselves in a few hours.  She was a great little helper as she hauled toys and whatever else she could get her hands on.  The larger bedroom will give her much more room to spread out those toys, prep for sharing a room with another baby one day and keep her much warmer.  The room she was in, is over the walkout basement portion of the house and is terribly hard to keep warm.  And I could never get the layout in Mae’s old room to flow well.  Problem is solved.  Extra bonus is that even though both rooms are a generous size, the smaller one that we are now in is much cozier.

Well, that about rounds out our bad weather update for January. How did you survive the vortex?

Almost a successful sledding trip…..

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This is how it got started.  Got Mae Mae settled in on the sled in her new muck boots.

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Started to pull…..We are about 2 minutes into the fun at this point.

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She is loving everything about this. Even the 19 degree temp isn’t slowing her down.

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And here is where the pictures stop.  Mae tipped to the side and fell face first in the snow.  Poor thing had so many clothes on she just stuck there and couldn’t move.  I snatched her up and tried to brush off as much snow as I could.  That is when the screaming started.  She was so cold and shook up that we headed straight for the house to defrost…..

Hmm… so to recap……..It took twice as long to get her dressed for the snow than the time spent actually sledding!  Maybe next time.

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