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Crazy Weather

30 May

I tell you, the last month or so of weather has been crazy.  We were in a moderate drought.  I think I mentioned that we were finally getting some rain.

Astra, Myson, Bambi and Ava in front wishing they didn’t have to go through the mud last Saturday.

We actually had eight days in a row with rain.  Some were just sprinkles, but we had over two inches of rain throughout that time. It was enough to make a lot of mud.

Litha trying not to walk in mud

But it didn’t even change our standing on the drought monitor.  We’re still in moderate drought; although it is better for some parts of the state.  I was hoping we’d be upgraded to just “abnormally dry”.

Then we got hot.  We spent the first part of last week in the low eighties with horrible humidity.  I will say, it makes the grass and weeds grow.  I can’t even keep up.

Where I lost the magnolia tree is just out of control.

Then there was more rain. Sometime in there, my soybeans got planted because they are coming up quite nicely.

soybeans

My garden is coming to life, but I can’t get in there to take care of weeds.

That is one big garden. All those weeds calling my name…

tomatoes, peppers, cabbages, and lots of weeds

zucchini

potato

onion

sweet corn (you can get more in a crooked row)

The first rain also let me see who was visiting my garden.  It was dried up and hard to see by the time I got took my pictures, but there was a raccoon clipping the corner of the garden.  Then there were coyote and deer tracks as well.

colored corn in a coyote paw print

The deer sank deep!

My asparagus took off with the rains.

asparagus

In fact, some of it might have gotten ahead of me and gone to seed.

asparagus

The end of the week saw much cooler weather.  You can’t see Friday’s high temperature of 50°F, but it was a record low high for this date.  Seriously, it’s the end of May.  It’s Memorial Day weekend.  We are not supposed to have a frost advisory. Luckily, I think everything is okay.

But look at the end of the forecast–back up to almost ninety!  That’s crazy!

And an update since I wrote the post yesterday.  This morning, I managed to get the whole garden cultivated and the yard around it mowed (after the picture was taken).  One more yard to go this weekend (and we’ll see if I actually get any more weeding done in the garden.

But I’m Grateful

15 Feb

I’m done whining.  I can also share what I am grateful for as we are getting closer to seeing more normal temperatures.

Maybeline

I still have just a couple days of hay left from 2019.  I still have plenty of hay in the barn to get me through the winter.

old hay front left; new hay in the back and loft

While it’s normal for animals to lose weight when it’s this cold, I’m not seeing too much of that in the goats.  All the extra grain and hay they’re getting is keeping them going.

Chunky Freddie full of energy

In fact, Antigone has even gained a bit of weight. Granted, I am bringing her in the garage to eat without anyone else chasing her away, but I have the facilities to do that.

Antigone

She has been good about wearing her coat.

Astra, Antigone, and Xerxes

I’ve shut the door to the buck room at night, and it warms up overnight to the point that my water spigot (which always freezes) thaws.  They do have the best room on the farm.

My water setup outside (even though I have to replace heaters and drop cords) has been pretty good.  I don’t have to worry about getting them water.  That is huge!

And, even though she’s much cuter in warm weather when she bounces on me the whole time I’m doing chores, Purl is my sweet little girl.  She makes me laugh.

Purl

I did manage to get Aurora to follow me into the greenhouse.  I can’t get a coat on her. I can’t get a halter on her to lead her to the garage.  I only hope it’s enough.

Flora, Aurora, and Litha

I did move a couple more old goats to the garage (and put Dolly over there from the greenhouse).  I left my car in there.  Hopefully, they don’t jump on it.

Bambi, Antigone, Dolly (the blur by my car), and Flower

So, I guess I’ll quit whining, keep feeding them like crazy and hope we all make it through.

I’m Whining Now

14 Feb

With the Arctic blast continuing, all I’ve got is some thoughts on the cold with cell phone pictures because it’s too much work to take the good camera out in this stuff.  This may be all you get all week.

So cold even the geese are inside. (Cinnamon, Athena, Gidget, Hera, Joy, Zinnia, and Margarita)

It’s not even pretty.  The skies are white.

The little snow we get each day is enough to drift my walking paths shut and hide the food pans because of the winds.

You can barely see the one in the back

I swear it seems like I have to stop and buy food every day because they are going through so much in this cold.

I am past due for giving everyone their copper, but I can’t figure out how to manage peanut butter in gloves.

Most of the eggs I gather are frozen solid with straw stuck to them by the time I get home from work and gather them.

While I’m whining, I hate the doors in my garage.  They are cheap pieces of junk.  I will never have another door from Menards installed on my property ever.

Tying or blocking is the only way to keep it shut. I’ll look at it when it’s warmer out.

I’m worried about Aurora. She’s dropping weight with this extended cold. I tried catching her and leading her to the garage where I could keep her warmer and feed her extra, but I couldn’t get it done.  I’ll keep trying.

Aurora basking

And I lost my Nugget.

I’m worried he won’t be the last.