Friday, April 5, 2013

a broken record...

Not much going here.
I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but it is extremely hard to do anything outside with all that snow. And it keeps coming. Had another few centimetres of snow last night and today.We have had snow on the ground since the first week of October. Winter just seems to be hanging on. I know that I am getting antsy about getting outside. Waiting for the buds to start appearing on the poplar trees. Waiting on the first robin to make their spring debut. Geese. Swans. The first blade of green grass. Anything spring-ish!

Last year, I never had a garden. And I miss it. 
I started tomatoes, peppers, and herbs at the previous place, prior to us moving. I just planted them in the  perennial garden that was here. 
I plant by the moon. I have done it for so long, I don't really know why I do it. But I do. This weekend I will start a few seeds that jive with the moon phase. 

My late father use to tell me stories when I was a child, how his father would only butcher on a waxing moon. Dad said the bacon would 'spit' less.  Keeping that in mind, I try to do butchering by the moon too. Whether we are butchering lambs, and pigs ourselves or when we take them to the butcher shop. I try to make sure it coincides with the appropriate moon phase.

There is something that is so simple, timeless, and natural by doing things with Mother Earth's natural rhythms. 

The boys went to their first farm auction of the season yesterday.
There was a round baler there, that Frank was real interested in. As the time honoured  tradition goes,  prior to any auction, is the question 'How much do you think it will go for?'
I stayed home. Somehow, I really wasn't in the mood, for putting long underwear back on. It. Is. April! Enough of the long johns!! 

They went back today and brought home the baler. 



Some how it seems wrong to be buying a baler, with all that snow on the ground!!

We went to the accountant this morning. She has all the paper work for 2011 tax year. I am glad that task is done for this year. 
But I am already three months behind on this year's books.

 My order came today.




When we use to live near Drayton Valley, there was a store there I really loved. Nutter's. I liked buying some of my baking supplies there. A lot of it was bulk. But since moving up north, my choices are nil to none. I did find a store online. Vanilla Food Company. I like them. If any of you have found other online Canadian shops, please share. 


And since I can not do any gardening until JULY! I have been busy baking.




What else can a girl do?






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Monday, April 1, 2013

Patiently waiting...

With the warmer temperatures that we have been getting ( 4 above is better than a kick in the pants. But the wind can bugger off! Brrr!) The roof on the garage dried enough for the boys to put the tin on the roof that we bought last Thursday.

One more project crossed off the list!



Under all this snow, is my garden.


Believe it!


I really don't think it is EVER going to MELT!




Hawkeye has claimed the doghouse for his own. Although he will quickly out-grow this one. A new dwelling for him, has been added to the list.

Hawkeye trying to make friends with one of the kittens.


Over the weekend, Madeline managed to find a new home for two of the barn kittens.




The Missus passed away yesterday morning. I have no idea how old she was. She is one of the ewes that Mr. Walker gave me two years ago. She was so tame!



Frank Jr. bought me a bouquet of  tulips. But Madeline kind of squished them in the grocery bag!




Ike has injured himself. Again! Madeline has been cleaning his chest wound. He is such a big kid! Have no idea how he did it. The paddock that they are in, has no barb wire fencing!

Ike joined our family last August. He is coming four years old. He is a purebred registered thoroughbred. He ran four races. And he lost all four races. He placed seventh. He was very content to hang back and take his time. Greg, his previous owner, knew enough that Ike would not amount to a racer. I can't remember how Greg and Madeline found each other. But someone had to open her mouth (I am reluctantly putting my hand in the air) and informed Greg that one day Madeline would like to have a rescue place for horses.

 Later this month, Greg is giving Madeline two more horses. 

See why I should have stayed silent!

She is just paying for the transfer of the registration. One of the mares is Ike's mama. Both mares will becoming bred. I hope they don't slip their foals. We never have had a foal on the farm before! 

It is okay that she is getting these mares. Well. Let me clarify. I am ok that she is getting the mares. However. The husband. Is. Not.

But like everything else. The idea will grow on him!





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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter






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