It was an 'inside' day here on the farm. A late spring blizzard kept us inside in front of the fire, focusing on school work, office work, and computer work. The weather forecasters predicted the storm exactly as it played out. We were prepared thanks to their warning. We have probably recieved about 6", though drifts in the yard and paddocks are up to 4', which means the upper driveway has 6' drifts which Zane will blade tomorrow. No getting out until after that, which is just fine with us. We all needed to sleep in and hang out. Tonight we'll watch a movie in our master bedroom suite 'theatre', complete w/ popcorn and a roaring fire. Madison has bugged me about it all day, and why not? The beauty of homeschooling in the middle of nowhere is your schedule is your own. If the 4 hours of school is done, why not take a break from the usual routine?
Yesterday we all worked like hard-laborers from 9am to 7pm getting ready for the storm. Eddie and Destiny cleaned manure out of cow corrals as it is so much easier to move when it is dry and lightweight. The alleyway compost pile that we had emptied onto the kitchen gardens last week, is once again a mountain, and will now age for a few months with the new stockpile.
The little guys cleaned out the 4 dog pens, and reshuffled the wood boxes into a new pile which we tarped over, taking 4 good boxes of logs into the house for the upstairs and downstairs fireplaces. We have enjoyed that wood all day!
I raked clear, then planted three small contiguous pens between the driveway and north yard, for a new conservation tree area. The weed barrier fabric was a bit tricky to unroll and staple down with the strong wind that blew all day, but I was determined to plant another 50 trees before the snowfall. Destiny joined me mid-afternoon after her manure hauling, and bless her heart, planted trees while I dug holes. The north yard now has a triple row of trees planted - sand cherry, rocky mountain juniper, and lilacs. I told Madison that in 10 years, just in time for her high school graduation party, the trees will be huge and beautiful!
Zane continued to cut and pre-drill the mounting holes for the greenhouse replacement panels. He was trying to get them up this week, but today put a glitch in the schedule. As long as the wind isn't blowing tomorrow he'll be ready to put the roof and wall panels on. We plan to have an aquaculture/poultry barn set-up in there by mid-summer. He'll install a small door on the south so the pountry can be let out to graze in the grass/tree row to the south and west of the greenhouse.
Cary has been working on building our new digester toilets - 4 total, in an addition that will eventually provide a solarium to the west of the house off the living room. There is no foundation to this structure - it is built like a pole-barn, so we don't have to have permits and inspections. It will also include a deck which we have always wanted. Facing west, it will have window walls to the north and west to block the strong winds that blow here much of the year. The 4 toilet rooms will be used by our guests that come for homesteading events, and also serve as a back-up to the 2 house bathrooms. He worked on the computer today revising the plans slightly, and will get back to construction tomorrow. Thankfully, he made a trip to town yesterday for more lumber just ahead of the storm.
As for me, I blogged and updated a few things on our websites, in between homeschool teaching and cooking. I had purchased a case of asparagus for a great price from our last Bountiful Baskets order. I cut and blanched and packaged and froze it all so we'll have lots of asparagus into fall. It is seasonal now, so was glad to get it and process it - 24 1# bundles! We enjoyed 'from scratch' cream of asparagus soup for lunch with cheese toast; it hit the spot on the cold day. Only 13 degrees Farenheit for the high today; yesterday it was 70! Praise the Lord our electricity stayed on, and all the livestock were doing well, according to the feeders - I was inside staying warm while they did their chores!
Every day is different on the farm - from the weather to the tasks at hand. It is a great life for those who enjoy adventure and no two days of life being the same. That would be us!
FYI - that is NOT our house above, but that was our weather today! It was warmer to stay in and use a 'stock' photo, than to go outside and take one....