Sunday, February 22, 2009

Signs of Spring?

This morning I sat in the living room, curled up on the couch in front of the wood fire, sipping on my tea. Karol looked out the window and said, "It's SNOWING!". For true, we had some flurries this morning. It has been cold, Papa John has to go out and break the ice in the water buckets every morning. I am not quite ready for spring, planning one more ski day this coming week, so we need it to stay cold for a while longer. Regardless of the cold, we spend most of our weekends out of doors, and I have the cherry red cheeks to prove it! I am keeping the moisturizer producers in business. John wears long underwear and overalls and flannel. We always have a humidifier running in the house, and I have my automatic plant waterers that Andy got me for Christmas that keep the English Ivy and the Airplane plants alive.

Can I say it again? I love it here.

Today, as we were playing around with the new dump shovel tractor implement I noticed some interesting things on our property. There are numerous and many dumping areas, where people have dumped metal, trash, etc., and we periodically spend time cleaning and removing this old trash. I noticed there are a ton of springs! Maybe old mattresses? Machinery? who knows? But as cold as it's been, signs of SPRING it's not!

A New Implement for the Tractor

Papa John is always on the lookout for implements for his tractors. He now has a box scrape, a carryall , a boom pole, a plow, a finishing mower, and as of today, a dump shovel attachment! It looks like this may end up to be a favorite, because he can now move dirt, mulch, manure, etc, etc. quickly and easily.

Sunday Afternoon

Another lazy Sunday afternoon on the farm. Goats spend the day munching. We still have a bunch of Christmas trees. After the holidays Papa John hitched up the trailer and hit some neighborhoods where people were putting out their Christmas trees. We figure why let them end up in a dump somewhere or get chipped into mulch when our goats have no forage in the winter? Funny critters -- they will not eat off the ground. So we end up going out and rolling the trees every couple of days and that seems to fool them. Between the trees and the hay that we've put up, daily grain rations stay about the same, regardless of the season. The only thing we do differently is that goats that are on milking rotation get a dairy feed instead of the medicated type. Here we see the Goat Whisperer confering with some of his kids