Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Around The Homestead

With 80 plusF degree weather and spring not even here yet makes me wonder what we will have to deal with this summer. Usually winters are spent doing inside projects, dreaming over seed catalogs, catching up on reading, and just enjoying relaxing by the fire. This winter has been so mild I have been outside doing spring projects. You would think with them done I could rest and wait for summer... nope. Summer temps arrived and doesn't look like it will be leaving anytime soon. The seedlings in the greenhouse are almost ready to be planted in the gardens. The flowers are blooming and the trees have leafs opening up on them. Dogwoods are getting ready to bloom and birds are building nests. I so miss not having a winter. I also am not a fan of daylight savings time. Why would I want to get up at dark just to have a extra hour of daylight at night? Rather have regular time all the time and have that daylight in the morning so I can rest in the evening and not feel guilty about wasting daylight.

My daughter Megan, her children, a friends 4 yr old, a friend of Megan's and her daughter as well as a friend of her sons went camping last week. They went camping in Cherokee, NC where they had frost every morning when they came out of their tents. The campground did have a indoor pool that they enjoyed but most of the time they spent outside in the cold weather. They played outdoor chess, rode pedal cars, cooked over open fire and did a little fishing. Grandson Quintin caught a 17lb trout and won a fishing contest there. He won $50 so know he was one happy camper.

Quintin cleaned and cooked some of the trout he caught. Wish I had been there for supper!

Still checking goat "butts" as have one due any day and one due in April. Olivia is doing fantastic and back with the other goats. Lil Vicki is growing and still spoiled rotten. She is not afraid of anything. She goes right up to the dogs and climbs on them, licks their nose, or just cuddles up with them. They love her too and let her do anything she wants and just sit there.

Incubators are up and running. Hopefully we will have lots of baby chicks in a few weeks. The baby bunnies are growing and getting more adorable everyday. Can't wait till Easter weekend so they can have new homes. Tinker and Bella aren't showing much but sure act like tired pregnant doggies. They have gotten picky on what they will eat now and turn their nose up at food they use to love. Glad they will have their puppies before the heat of the summer.

Things around the homestead are still busy as usual. Can't seem to catch up but sure am blessed to wake up and enjoy each day no matter what the chores. Love having all the animals meeting me at their gates even if they are just wanting food. Hope you are having lots of blessings in your days!

12 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

glad to hear your goats are doing great! spring / early summer has arrived!

Mike said...

I wonder what happened to that winter weather. (big grin) toothless as it is.

goatpod2 said...

It was 71 degrees here today and tomorrow it will be 72 and Thursday will be 74.

Amy

Maple Lane said...

This weather is unreal!!! I enjoyed reading about your days there and seeing Q with his prize fish! Don't you know that was a tasty supper? Hope you have a restful evening, Peggy.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Peggy, Congrats to your grandson... Bet that trout tasted GREAT too... He'll love having that money in his pocket....

We were in West VA on Friday --and it was 35 degrees up there that day with a brisk wind blowing --which made it feel like 25... Thought I would FREEZE...

Glad your goats are doing well. Sounds like there are many more buns in the oven...

YES-- it's warm here also.. Don't know what the summer will bring us... Yipes.
Hugs,
Betsy

WeldrBrat said...

Awww... I wanna dog that cuddles with babies! That's just awesome!

amelia said...

I know what you mean about winter, I'd hate to be without it.

Glad all your fuzzy and furry babies are doing well. Do you have plans for the puppies?

Rain said...

Sounds like NOT a camping trip for me!! Have a great week Peggy with all your animals!!~~Rain

PEA said...

I think Mother Nature has gone crazy with her weather this year! lol I can't even imagine temps in the 80's in March!! Last week we had a ton of snow and frigid temperatures...this week we've had above normal temperatures and the snow is almost all melted. That doesn't usually start happening until April. The temps are in the high 50's, low 60's, so that is also unusual for us for this time of year.

Glad to hear all the animals are doing well:-) Love ya sis xoxo

Jo said...

I found you!!! I lost you for a little while and then got busy with life and put all thing blogging aside for about a year. When I came back so much had changed and so many of my favorite bloggers were no longer around. Many I guess have gone the way of Facebook. I have been searching high and low for you and am just thrilled beyond words that you are still here. I have always loved reading about all of the activity at Hidden Haven. Hapy St. Paddy's Day to you and yours Peggy.

Rachel said...

Glad you and the critters are doing well Peggy! This weather has been crazy with no real winter to speak of here. Of course we may get some cold weather yet, who knows!!

Terry and Linda said...

We are experiencing a winter/spring storm right now which is good. I'm hoping the moisture will mellow out all the char from our two fires.

Linda
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