Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hope of Spring





 
 
 
 
The weather has been warm and sunny.  Nice and warm days for starting seeds, pulling weeds and mowing the lawn.  The garden calls loudly during these pretend spring days of February.  I have to always remind myself that we tend to get snows in March and that I shouldn't plant too much in the garden.  But dreams of growing things and aesthetically pleasing outdoor designs still fill my head.  Of course, my dreams for the garden never are completely fulfilled because it's hard work and the elements don't always work in my favor.  But I love the dreaming all the same.  That bud of hope that bursts in my heart is still beautiful even if it never does get to open all the way.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sunny January

We had very low rainfall for January, only a couple of inches.   February is trying to make up for it and right now it is bucketing outside my window.  Hence, why I'm taking the time to blog something.  I'll miss looking back at the end of the year if I don't post something.  Anything.  Even if it is poorly done.

Blogging is a great way of storing memories for us, and the older we get the more important that is!  We like looking back over previous years and being  flooded by them.  Often the photos or words have hidden memories attached that are just for us.  We try to encode them in the posts,  like spies. 

Here is a selfie taken just north of us on January 1st and it is loaded with memories for us. 


Our beaches are often empty of people and this year instead of going off on a tropical vacation, we've decided  to  have mini getaways each month.  So far, our beaches, seem to be our chosen location.  They are a beachcombers delight with miles of hiking on the sand or on trails along the headlands,  accommodations in hotels or camping,  microbreweries  and wine tasting.   Perfect. 

On the last day of January we headed to the beach again and participated in the Trinidad to Clam Beach Run.  It has been a very, very, long time since we've done fun runs and I've never done one with so many people.  It was a blast and we might be hooked on a new activity. 

We also journeyed to visit all our grandkids this month.  Poppa and I had to take the Vegas grandsons  hiking in Red Rock.   Our oldest, at 3,  is already able to hike a few miles with no complaints.  Future Hiker of America.

The twins are doing super and here is a photo of me and Liam... or is it Maddox?  You've seen one you've seen them both.  They are absolutely identical.  So cool.  They are super social too and adore watching and laughing at their 20 month old brother Zane.
 
Here are all 3 of them watching the super bowl commercials.  Zane loves cars!
 

Back on the ranch we had our first daffodils bloom and munched on tasty greens from the garden while perusing seed catalogs for our summer bounty. 

I got  kisses from my all time favorite little heifer, Sassy

I've always wanted a riding cow and here I'm desensitizing my prospect to my weight.  First of January I turned the 3 orphans out with the herd and they are all doing well.  Like any empty nester though,  I am doing less than well.  I miss my babies, but it is best for them to learn how to be cows with cows, not me.   Luckily their herd circles past my house at least once a week and I get my cuddles in with my favorite little gal. 

We butchered a couple hogs this month for some neighbors and are planning on getting 3 more butchered in a USDA facility this month for the store and farmers market sales.  The hogs are free roaming and can go anywhere they like, but they often like to loaf in the barn.  They are a bit lazy.  I have begun closing up their feeder, so they have to forage more. They were just eating to much of our profit with that expensive organic grain. 
 

The horses are happy running free, but they always run on over when we show up to check on them.  It is such a mild winter, so far, that they haven't required any supplementation. 

The cattle haven't really needed much supplementation either, but we try and feed them once a week so that they don't forget us, and to make sure everybody is ok.  It makes life on the ranch so easy when the cows come when we holler.  This is Harley  and an unnamed cow.  It is shocking, I know.  She's the all black one.  Any suggestions?
 

This cow, Lanai Moo, was named by a reader from Hawaii. 

Eric and Jo's amazing lab, Spice, had puppies in December and we sure enjoyed all the puppies antics.   The kids have sold most of the litter, but if you are interested in getting very well bred hunting dogs, they have 3 little boys left. Spice hunts upland birds, water fowl, and also tracks blood trails of wounded animals, and last but certainly not least,  she also opens the fridge and retrieves beer for HER humans. 
This buck cracked me up.  Instead of running away when he saw me,  he peed.  So, deer do pee in the woods.  Of course, so do I.  It's only natural.