Monday, April 20, 2009


I love spring and all that it brings.

This weekend we were busy preparing the yard for summer. Jack did a lot of raking and even hauled a load or two of manure out to the pasture from the barn.

S and I tore the chicken coop door apart and rebuilt it. The girl is such a card. Half way through the project as I was struggling with the drill and a screw she says "Bob at Ace Hardware guaranteed this would work." in a deep voice. I had to stop because I was laughing so hard.

The door is now hung and operational again. I had been using a piece of plywood propped against the door to help keep it shut. Now it just needs a fresh coat of paint.

The mares are in full heat this week. It makes me think of Emmett, for it was just a little over a year ago that he was born. We still miss him, but life goes on and we enjoy what we have.

Speaking of what we have, we have 19 very healthy calves on the ground this year. Not only are they healthy, but we have just one cow that hasn't calved yet. Jack says it is due to a new supplement he started using last fall. We bought more just this last week. The cows had fuller coats over the winter and a much higher conception rate since we began using it.

My girls are busy with school, band, prom etc. S started a basketball league in a local town, and N is busy prepping for AP exams. Sadly that puts horseback riding on the back burner. N said it will be mid-May before she sees herself free to ride. S and I will start without her.

Today I am grateful for the color green and all the promise it brings in the spring.

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