Damn you OLD MAN WINTER.
Yesterday I wore little deck shoes. Today the winter cleats might just make another appearance. And if you have winter tires aren’t you glad they are still on your vehicle.
We find that this month is much more unsettled than that of March past. The old line, “we need the moisture” has never been so true. I do understand that some areas are like a giant sponge and they have enough moisture – but generally it has been dry. The extra snow should make a positive impact.
What about our farm & ranch friends who’s cattle are not holding back on giving birth to the 2018 crop of calves. It’s a rather big job to care for a herd of cows, some birthing their first calf this spring. It used to be that some breeders had calves very early to get all the weight gain they could. Now, I’m not so sure who wants to be out in the cold of January & February. But even March can throw some wacky stuff a cattleman’s way.
The water lines freezing, cleaning rock hard manure away from barn doors and then there’s the water bowl. Cold and windy late winter months are just no fun! Farm chores have a sneaky way of getting away from you, if you aren’t always thinking a few days ahead.
I remember our dad laying out a week of activities. During dinner or supper there was a set plan of what needed to be done. Whether or not his “outside” voice was to motivate us to helping or he was just stating the facts THERE IS WORK TO BE DONE, the reality was, Dad was the guy, the best man for the job. My brother was his helper and go to guy. I know he learned a lot from E.P., the rest of us did other tasks that in my mind were B.O.R.I.N.G!
These changes in seasons make me think of growing up on the farm. Daylight stretching into the evening meant you could test turning the lights off while having supper. Preparing for holidays like Easter, crocus picking and if there was cold and snow, bringing the random calf in to keep it alive.
Weather like this makes you appreciate the warmth of spring, the smell of the earth and the renewal of life. This snow won’t last.