It was a week of the white stuff - again! I always say that February is the hardest month of the year, because you think winter should start to lose its hold, and you are disappointed over and over again!
Wednesday morning had us looking forward to highs only 3 degrees above 0 and lows with windchills closer to 25 below. Can I get a big ol' group hug? Cuz that's the best idea I have to get everyone's temperature back up. Yikes, that was cold!
But winter isn't all cold and blustery, it's beautiful too. I took a tour this morning and thought I would share what winter looks like on the 444Farm during the winter.
First stop is the Soap Shop with it's dormant log garden and iced over bird bath. The bird bath will melt now that the sun burns a bit brighter in February.
Ok...get ready...this is how we get thru Winter in South Dakota. It's that bright ol' sun that promises better things to come. (p.s. not a real deer!)
The main order of business are chores. There are horses to feed. Their corral backs up to the slough (pond) and its barrenness has its own kind of beautiful in the winter. Lately, there has been an owl hanging close by in the trees. That probably means there's an over-abundance of rabbits closeby.
And of course, there are goat chores to do. From left to right - there's JoJo with her baby bump. She's going to kid in about a month. Then there's Bessie, see the curls on her neck! She has the softest fur and I have put my wish in for some baby goats with curls too. The black-headed boy in the back is our billy. He's always lurking in the background and monitoring all the women. Soon, we will put him in the pen next door while we kid.
With kidding on the horizon, we need to vaccinate them tomorrow and that will protect both them and their kids once they're born. (And that means soon I get to overwhelm you with adorable baby goat pics!) They have a nice shed to sleep in and their pen faces south so they get to warm themselves in the sun often while staying tucked away from the wind.
I had to include this, because I am a little overwhelmed everytime I think about what this means. We live on the farm that my grandparents settled probably around 1921 when they were first married. The middle section (under the peak) was their first home! This was where they lived while their house was being built and where their first child was born. Can you imagine? I don't know what they had for doors and windows as later with its additions it became the first "3 Stall garage" on the farm. But I can imagine that it was frightfully cold at times!
Tour is done, it's time for supper. DH is cooking up chicken on the grill. You'll notice the short sleeves. It did warm up to over 20 degrees today! Downright balmy!
Wrap yourself up in warm fuzzy thoughts these week - along with a pair of wool socks!