Well, here's a non-picture for you! Looks a bit different than the view of the same raised beds I showed in my last post, doesn't it? We had snow two days ago, and it was just enough to totally cover our raised beds for the first time this year.
Yep, Mother Nature gave us a mini-blizzard this past Wednesday. Only about 3-5" (hard to tell because of drifting) of snowfall but it came down all day accompanied by high winds which made for some very interesting conditions. For about one hour in the afternoon, the snow turned to rain. The temp was at 29°, but none the less, we had rain. Then it turned to snow again so you can imagine the icy mess that made on every surface outside.
All in all, we continue to have a very mild winter. We may get a couple more inches of snow today, they say, but the temperature of 21° at mid-morning makes it not uncomfortable for being outside doing what needs to be done.
We're still shaking our heads (but with a happy grin on our faces) at how little wood we've burned for heating so far this season. Here we are at the end of January and we're only a smidge more than halfway through our smallest wood cache. Can't complain about that one bit.
A big pan of Swiss Steak is simmering on the stove this morning, Papa Pea is off to get a resupply of fresh, raw milk from the farm and as soon as I'm done here, I plan to sit at the kitchen table and get serious about crop layout for the raised beds and field garden. If I don't have my plan in place by planting time, I waste too much time deciding what to plant where when I could be actively doing the planting.
But first, I have to bottle up the latest batch of kombucha, pay a couple of bills, order some new Christmas CDs which we decided were definitely needed as we played all the old, old ones (over and over) this past holiday season, put a couple of batches throw rugs through the washer, get some soup defrosting for lunch, finish the first mitten of a new pair for the twins, put the last couple rounds on the latest rag rug I have in progress, and fill both inside wood boxes.
HAHAHHOHOHOHEEHEEHAHA! I am so unrealistic when I make my lists for the day.
I live with my husband on a small homestead in Northeastern Minnesota. Our daughter (Beyond the Fork in the Road) currently lives in a small cabin in the woods not too far from us.
Our place is located outside a small tourist town and a two and a half hour's drive from the nearest big city. Trips to the city are infrequent, well-planned, and exhausting!
We currently raise chickens and have hives of honey bees. Raising some of our meat and most of our fruits and vegetables is a priority for us; so, along with our birds for meat and eggs, we have fruit trees, berry patches and a huge vegetable garden.
Quilting is my passion, and I could happily spend each day in my quilt studio if I weren't happily spending each day out in the garden. Good thing we have winters up here; Mother Nature helps keep my life balanced.
Home and Household Manager (Highly-Skilled Domestic Engineer)
Wife of Retired School Teacher (I Really Enjoy Having Him Home)
Mother of Grown Child (I Am So Proud of Her)
Fanatic Gardener (So Many Seeds, So Little Summer)