Little House on the Prairie Days

Brrrr!  Mother Nature is MAD!

This has had to have been some of the craziest weather that we’ve had in a long, long time.  According to the National Weather Service, we haven’t had temperatures this cold in over a century.  Ugh.  I am not a cold weather person.  Which I find hilarious because up until we moved here, we were looking at moving to Michigan or South Dakota!  Not quite sure what I was thinking.  Oh, I remember.  That was right after summer when I swore I couldn’t handle the heat anymore.  Some day I’ll look back at all this and laugh.  But not until spring arrives, at the earliest.

Bundled UP for cold weather

 

 

 

It’s difficult to laugh when you’re wearing numerous layers of clothing.  Two pairs of socks, jeans, Carhart bibs (padded), sweater, another sweater, heavy jacket, FOUR hats, giant scarf, and two pairs of gloves.  And I’m still chilly.  Those ducks better appreciate this!

 

 

 

The other night we had an unusual weather phenomenon occur.  Frigid temps rose to about 40 degrees.  Then around 3 in the morning, the wind blew like crazy, rain came, and temps dropped to 20 degrees within minutes.  I thought for sure we were in Kansas.  In the morning, the fields were littered with these:

Snow Rollers

Snow Rollers!

It looked like giants were out bowling all night with snowballs!  I guess these only happen during certain conditions – kind of like the perfect snow ball storm.

The next day brought us more winter surprises.  NOT the good kind.  I crawled out of bed around 5 a.m. to a freezing house.  The furnace went out!  Luckily we have a wood burner that we use as our main heat source.  Love, love, love that thing!

We started about our day as usual.  Suddenly, everything went dark.  NO POWER!!!!  After a brief moment of panic I became quite excited.  No balancing the checkbook, no washing the dishes, no laundry, no vacuuming, no computer work.  Just quiet.  I could sit on the couch wrapped in a toasty blanket and read.  ALL DAY LONG!  I was ecstatic!!!

Thinking ahead, I put on a big pot of beans.  I would use the wood stove just like they did in the old times!  I filled my pan with beans, chopped some onions and garlic, and added enough water to cover all the beans and then some.  At least we’d have a warm dinner.

Dried beans cooking on wood stove

 

Aaaah.  I love being unplugged.

But just as I was getting ready to get settled in with a book… the gosh darn power came back on!!!  NO!  NO!  Nooooooooo!

So much for that.  Now I felt guilty even thinking about putting chores off.  I lost my greatest excuse ever.  Bummer.  But at least dinner was cooking and the house smelled warm and inviting all day.

Is it selfish of me to hope for another snow day with no power?  If only I could be Laura Ingalls just for a day… everything seemed just a little simpler back then.  No, not easy.  Just simple.

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It’s gonna be a great year….!

Okay, now that I’ve finally come out of hibernation… !  Not really.  Wish I could say that was true, but I’ve actually been very busy.  The good kind of busy.  The kind of busy that lets you know that you’re alive and good things will come of it.  I recently re-entered the work force after a dozen years of being stay-at-home mom.  Part-time, but it still gets me out of the house and feeling like I’m a real person again.  Yay!  So I’ve been working on finding my footing, trying to balance all the things I did before with working a “real” job.  I’m sooo not going there today!

Is it too late to talk about New Years Resolutions and such?  Nope.  This is my blog and I can talk about whatever I want to.  It’s all about me.  Me, Me, Me!!!  If you don’t like it, don’t read it!

Ha! Ha! HA! (my version of an evil laugh)  Where are my minions?!

Ahem!  Now, that I’ve had my little fit…

This year is going to be a great year.  Really!  We are in for a lot of changes.  Good changes.  When we first moved here we weren’t really sure what we were doing and not sure of the path that we were on.  We had a good idea of where we wanted to be.  A year and a half later, we get it.  Really get it.  We moved here taking things as they came along and not planning too far ahead.  We’d had a few setbacks and were a little gun-shy.   We leased this farm for 2 years (which seemed like ages back then!) and were hoping to buy it and make it our home.  We were meant to take a different route.  By September we will have to move again.  I really, really hate moving!  But that’s okay.  Because we are going to find our forever farm.  None of us can imagine life without animals, a large garden, or any of the things a farm has.  Farming is what we were meant to do.  Now that we know this, we know what to do.  Kind of… the path to getting there might be a little tricky, but that’s okay.  Life is an adventure and if you’re bored, you’re not really living.  So, our time has become consumed with researching how to make a living off of a farm.  Todd would love to be able to be a stay-at-home farmer.  Someday.  Both of the kids want to have farms when they grow up (which isn’t far off).  And I want to have my goats, ducks, geese, chickens, and fresh garden goodies.  They say the best job is to get paid doing what you love.  So this year we make it happen!

So that’s kind of the direction that this blog will lean to.  The path to becoming farmers.  But that will still include things like lots of recipes (I hear farmers are really great cooks!), crafty projects like making soap, knitting, quilting (still working on my first quilt Grammy!), health tidbits (one of the reasons we want to grow our own food is to avoid GMO’s and all the bad things they fill up our food with these days – your body only functions as good as the fuel that you put into it), special diet recipes (gluten free, sugar free, corn free, soy free), animal care, and the list goes on.  I love learning and I can’t narrow this blog down to just one topic.  And I certainly don’t have the time to write more than one blog!  So this is just about life as an up and coming farmer.  The good and the bad.  Hopefully more good than bad!

From time to time I’ll pass on the blogging to one of the others (Todd, Nik, or Lexie) and let them tell you things from their perspective.  That should be interesting!!!  I’m really really really going to try to post on a more consistent basis – maybe once or twice a week.  Crud.  Just by posting that it makes me have to do it.  Don’t want to be that person who says one thing and does another.  Must be responsible and reliable!  Set a good example!

Thank you for letting me vent, preach, or whatever you want to call it!  I am stoked, excited, anxious, and all kinds of other adjectives for this year and what it will bring to our family.  And if you want, I’d like to invite you to come along.  Farmers are big on community.  That’s another reason to farm, meeting all kinds of great people with similar interests and cares.  I’ll try to keep the rants to a minimum but I’m making no promises.  I am what I am and that’s all I can be.  Was it Popeye that said that?

Mom&Lexie

Here’s to a fantabulous 2014 and a having a sense of humor!  A little humor is necessary to get through the struggles of life.  That’s a word of wisdom from someone who used to take life waaay too seriously!