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Hay You
March 4, 2015, 10:34 pm
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Little bull munching hay

Little bull munching hay

March 4, 2015

I have a couple young bulls that are looking for direction. It will all work out soon…because I will be steering them.

Messy work today. The ice and snow melt has made things here quite slippery. I walk on snow where I can. When I can’t I usually look as if I am trying to fly. My arms flail in circles while my feet run in place, usually in several directions 😮 I will say , that so far I have regained my feet and not fallen.

Why is it, now that I’m older, every time I slip and fall on my butt I have to bounce the back of my head off the ice too? You’d think the shattering of your elbows would be enough to hold a guy up, but nope! As soon as you see the tops of your feet up over your head, go ahead and say  “ouch”, because its coming!

The snow has melted some but plenty remains. The temperature will dip to the single digits again tonight and not get much above that tomorrow. So, another day in the deep freeze will prolong winter once again. It is looking better in the next week or so… I think all of us are ready.

 



Ready for Summer
January 21, 2015, 3:07 pm
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Max chills on a hot day

Max chills on a hot day

January 21, 2015

This has been a pretty “open” winter. There has not been too much snow to deal with. The cold is brutal when it comes, but it too has been tolerable. I guess I am spoiled this winter, but I’m still ready for the green grass and warm breezes of summer. Or perhaps I’m just hoping to miss the “mud season”!

Maple syrup season is less than a month away, as long as, Old Man Winter cooperates! We are mostly ready. There is a big job of clean up, even though everything was cleaned up at the end of last year. It helps me get excited as I slop around with hot water and cleaning soap. I get it all clean, but I do make a wet mess. I don’t know if its a guy thing or a Ralph thing, but I get, as wet as, the maple pans.

I found out last year to wait for a day above freezing to do all my clean up. Once I splashed water all over everything in sight, including the cement floor, I realized that ice would be a problem. I discovered this fact as my feet went way over my head and I found myself half under the maple arch with what was left of a bucket of water soaking my coat.

I will say that a half frozen fat man doesn’t crawl out from under a maple syrup pan arch quickly. He also will find it necessary to roll over onto his stomach in the wet gravel to get to his knees. The next problem he will encounter is banging his head on the cold, hard, steel arch that holds the syrup pans. Finally, soaking wet, freezing, covered in frozen gravel, with an aching head, he decides to wait for a warmer day!

So, my clean up job waits for a couple of days off from work and a little warmer temperature on the thermometer. In the meantime, I will search the seed catalogs, prepare for the upcoming maple season and think about the hot days of summer…..when I am longing for the cold quiet days of January!