.......you have to collect eggs several times a day so they don't break from freezing.
.....the driveway and pathways to the barn would be better navigated with ice skates.
.....it takes an hour and a half to do a chore that would normally take 30 minutes because you have to dress the kids in snowpants, boots, hats, gloves, jackets and scarves. Then they have to pee.
.....you think 20 degrees feels great.
.....you have to walk out to the well house (behind the barn) at night to make sure the heater is kicking on so the pump wont' freeze
......your nose hairs freeze as soon as you walk outside.
...you start to curse the paint can because paint won't dry under fifty degrees.
....you start to take frostbite warnings seriously.
....you really dread the wood rack emptying in the back room
....your kids forget there is hay in the hayloft to play on because they haven't been to the barn in so long. Then they remember and want to go to the hayloft to play. Then are told they can't because it's too cold.
...the kids start telling you what they want you to plant this season on a daily basis
...you start wishing the chickens really would stop laying...just for a bit...when the days get short.
...you wish the only work to be done is in a heated space...but that never happens.
...you procrastinate cleaning up after the ice storm.
....you hope your equipment starts in the spring...so you can actually clean up after said ice storm.
...your handsaw is all the way back in North Dakota so you use a bow saw instead (NOT a good tool to use as a substitute for a handsaw)
....Dylan starts pacing because he's inside too long (dangerous situation...)
...you start to fantasize about green grass.
.....snowmobiles start to seem like a great idea for farm work.
....you hope for snow to "clean things up a bit".
....you realize white barn cats really aren't that white. (yes, I actually did say white barn cats...i know...it wasn't planned).
.....you start to look at the wood pile and hope that it is enough and promise you will cut more next year. Even though it's always enough.
....getting wood into the house is an athletic adventure due to the snow...mud...ice.
....kids LOVE that the farm is covered in ice...and skate on all of it...constantly. and fall...a lot. which makes above said chores take even longer.
.....looking at seed catalogs is better than watching TV.
....the (southern) dog doesn't want to go outside because his feet get cold...and he whines...and wants to go in.
....you begin to wonder what all is going to surface on the yard once the snow melts.
....mowing sounds like a really fun time.
.....you start to get really tired of frozen green beans.
....you have dreams of fresh tomatoes...and watermelon.
....shoveling snow is kind of fun because it gets you outside and (usually) keeps you warm enough to stand it.
....you hear Harmony complain constantly of how cold it is (ha!).
----Harmony.........with Dylan contributing a few too :) (thank you JT for the blog suggestion!!)
Anticipation and farming are synonymous……..
Farming is all about anticipation……..this tends to keep the seasonal blues at bay because there is always something around the bend to anticipate. The dead of winter (December, January and half of February) is a time for preparation…..building infrastructure needed for the coming year (this year it is the seed starting room in the barn and the farm store…..more to come on those projects). But without the anticipation of more exciting things to come, those building projects can become monotonous…….so, what is on the horizon?
Upon moving to Maine….one of the most exciting things, from my standpoint, is tapping maples. This will be the sixth state (Louisiana, Wisconsin, New York, Kentucky, Pennsylvania came prior) that we get to try our hand at maple syrup and I can hardly wait….!!!!! Luckily, 47 Daisies has a fair amount of mature maples (sugar, red, Norway and box elder……and yes, we will tap all of these species!!) scattered around the property. The only limitation on number of taps this year will be the availability of buckets. Currently we own 23 maple collection buckets and so 23 taps will go in. Most of those will be hung on sugar maples, but the taste test from the different syrups made from the other species will be fun. Our taps will go in late February and remain in place throughout March and into April. Let’s hope the weather conditions cooperate for some great sap runs!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )