Cold Spring = Slow Growing

Life on the farm is slogging along. We are three weeks behind schedule. Meaning the weather has been so cold that the grass and alfalfa aren’t growing well. That means we will be cutting hay three weeks later than usual and we will be lucky, unless the summer turns around and stays warm, to get three cuttings of hay.

Several of my plants that require warmth and sunshine haven’t even put on leaves. They look as sparse and grim as they did during the winter. The peonies are leafy and have buds but have yet to bloom. I have a nice garden box, hubby and I built during the winter to plant my garden in, but it’s so cold, I think I’ll wait until after my trip in two weeks and hope the fall is warm enough to allow everything to mature to be harvested.

Our grandson who likes to ride my mare, Patty, took her to a branding last weekend. He is a novice roper, but he and Patty managed to rope one calf and they both looked like they knew what they were doing.

Grandson and Patty keeping the rope tight.

As soon as I get caught up on blog posts (mine and a couple of group blogs I’m on) and get Double Down finished, I plan to start riding my gelding Jan every other day. Right now, it takes less time to go for my 3-4 mile walk a day than it would be to catch, saddle, ride, and unsaddle him. I need that extra time to get writing things done.

We lost our little dog, Tink, earlier this year and while my hubby said we couldn’t get another lap dog until one of the larger dogs is gone, he has sure been clingy with his sister’s little apple head chihuahua. LOL I would like a little dog, but I also want to wait. It is easier to travel with smaller dogs and one a piece. We took a few trips with the three dogs and it was not as relaxing. Harlie is lovable, but she is big and I swear she sheds every single hair she has every day and they grow back over night! I have never swept up so much hair from a dog before. I will miss her on my walks when she’s gone, but dang, I won’t miss her hair!

I’ll be heading out on a research trip in a couple weeks. I hope to get some good info for a book and to share with you on this blog later on. For now, send us some warm weather if you are having too much.