January 2010


 We do appreciate the rain  that we get.  It ensures that the water table is ready for the spring planting season for the farmers of green things.   But too much makes the fields mushy and unworkable.  I’m ready to say ENOUGH!   Here is a picture of what the cattle have to deal with after so much rain. 

It’s a bit messy to slog around in, but they managed.   Poor Angie is just about to have that baby.  We’d really like to see it born when it’s not real cold and rainy.  I’m sure that the baby will be okay even if it’s rainy, but this is our first and it would be great if it was a pleasant experience for all of us.  

Our Portly Lady – Angie.  Doesn’t she look like she’s about to pop?   We have her segregated from the rest now.  It should only be a few weeks.  

   DH was busy, since it was sunny, getting and restocking a load of hay for the ladies.  He found some not far from us and the bales are bigger than what we have gotten in the past. 

  BUT it rained and rained again on Sunday night!  Now we have ponds and swamps which we have not seen before.  

                                                            This was worse earlier in the morning; not fun to drive through.   Driving out the driveway was a challenge this morning on the way to the office.  By the time I got to the end of the driveway my brakes were wet.  It scared me at the end of the road trying to stop.  Traffic is not very forgiving and there is a blind curve.   I had to pump hard on the brakes!  But now I know to do that before getting out on the road.

When I got home I wandered around to get pictures before the sun started going down.  (I got home a little early today)

                                                  The birds enjoyed splashing around in the water and catching the early bugs.  Yes those are robins and it is January!  I have wondered if they winter here in the Carolinas.  

                                                 More ponding.  This is the front pasture.  if it had frozen we could have had an ice skating party!  Just kidding. . .  We hope that the water subsides before any freezing takes place.

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Boy oh boy….It’s just amazing how global warming is affecting the South. why I was out feeding DHs animals this about 9 this morning and by the time I finished my hands up to the second knuckle were so cold I was in pain and starting to lose feeling in them.  I must say that I feel badly for the cattle we have.  But they seem to do better than I do our there!  Even in DHs Carhart long johns and shirt, thermal work gloves and several layers up top I was not happy being out in it.

Anyway, the rest of the day I’ve been vacuuming and removing the last christmas items from the house.  I’ve decided to leave the snowmen out since it is still winter after all!   Actually a few of us at the office at trying to “channel” a snow event that might bring the bright cheerful white stuff to our area.   Of course we don’t want it to stay very long just long enough to give us a day off to make soup and exercise all day on the Wii! 

    Perhaps I’ll see you later in the week. . . thanks for checking in with us on the farm!

  And may you find joy in living each day in spite of national and world events.   Joy can be found in many daily activities.   I hope that more blogging will be one of mine this year.    We shall see.

We do expect to be blessing with lots of little babies this year.  If we are not mistaken six of our ladies are expecting to deliver before summer.   February will be our first!  Our Angelina is going to be our first mama. 

Santa brought us a Wii so maybe we’ll be bowling every other night this winter. .. DH has challenged me almost every day since we plugged it in!  That is amazing since he usually wants to rest  once he comes in from  feeding the ladies or doing other chores.   The problem is that he was a good bowler when he was in the Army, so he is so much better at it than I am.  And he wants to slide all over the family room to get a spare!  He’s really funny to watch. 

Well got to get ready for work.  Bills don’t go away because there is a new year. . . . Have a great one!