Winter solstice isn’t until December 21st, but as far as I’m concerned, Mother Nature is communicating loud and clear that winter is here. Saturday and Sunday snow fell and left a nice thick blanket over everything on the farm.
Last Saturday Dan and I made every attempt to “button up” things on the farm and get it all winterized. I’m so glad we did! In one day we were able to get water heaters set up for the goats and chickens, so the water doesn’t freeze, put a fence around our raspberries, clean out sections of the grove from the ice storm two years ago, and other odds and ends that just needed to get done. It was a great feeling.
I have continued to nurse our sick goat and he is mending well, but we have been questioning whether or not he will be a reliable “lover” to our 20 females. So I’ve been on the hunt for a male Boer goat, and I found one on Craig’s List. Dan visited the owner last week, and after hearing about his fertile history, decided he was going to be our new patriarch. I can’t wait to pick him up! If all goes as planned, we’ll have some kids next spring. Yeah!!
The turkeys have braved the snow and now often hang out in the run down pig building for cover from the cold.
They have some kind of obsession with my green snow boots. The minute I step outside they are trying to…..well, I don’t know what they’re trying to do! That’s the mystery. Are the green boots to be mated? Insects to be eaten? Green eggs and ham? The two toms especially are quite aggressive in trying to make forward attempts at my green boots following me around in zig zag patterns, determining whether they can “get” them. Dan and I find this hilarious.
Saturday we celebrated Thanksgiving with my parents since they will head to Louisiana to visit my sister and her new baby over the holiday. Arriving home, we discovered a crate of apples inside the door from the orchard down the road. I called to see what was up, and we’ve agreed to do a trade: apples for pies. So I’ll be furnishing them with some apple and pumpkin pies for the holidays in exchange for fresh apples.
On the cusp of the holiday season, I’m glad to say life is finally slow again. I love it! I’ve started a new job two nights a week at a local upscale restaurant, but it still gives me plenty of time to catch up on some homemade cooking and projects around the house, like organizing my canning recipes for next year by season, painting the kitchen, researching gardening plans, trouble shooting creative lighting for the kitchen, and hosting parties.
In The Little House on the Prairie series, Laura talks about winter being the season of music with Pa, as he dusts off his fiddle, being forced to remain indoors from the cold. I’ve also dusted off my piano, and begun to practice regularly along with teaching lessons. It’s on unusual for Dan to walk in and hear Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire or Jingle Bells. Dan loves Christmas music and would be content to listen to it all year.
This time of year is also when we go over our business plan and re-group for next year. We’ll get our Seed Savers catalog in the mail soon, and I’ve been assembling and making appointments with various people to move forward on setting up a bee hive next spring, locate materials for launching my goat’s milk product line of soaps and lotions, and researching share prices for a CSA. Planning is like dreaming. The possibilities are endless!
I’ve got homemade chicken noodle soup simmering on the stove with goliath-sized egg noodles. Apparently I didn’t roll them out thin enough, but they still taste wonderful! The snow outside makes me want to eat hot soup with crusty bread, and drink hot chocolate! How about you?
That’s our week on the farm!