Truth be told, I work alot harder during the winter months than in the spring/summer/fall. The horses and goats require hay and grain, the barn gets used more, so there is more mucking that needs to be done, and even the birds need extra feed to keep weight and warmth on. Pack on the extra cooking, cleaning, visiting, Church activities, and shopping that the Holiday season brings, and you can imagine how busy I've been this past 6 weeks. I cannot complain though, we have had alot of fun with family, friends, and the animals this year. I cooked a big dinner at Thanksgiving, and it was a great success. Getting together for the Christmas parade was a bit stressful at first, but it ended well. The weather did not cooperate like we would have wanted, but we survived and had a great experience! Shopping for Christmas was left to the last minute, however getting together with family and friends for lunches, dinners, and shopping during the weeks leading up to the Big Day proved to be time better spent! Even the shopping wasn't as bad as I had anticipated it might be this year! And of course, our Christmas play at church was such a blessing too! Many of our gifts were hand and homemade this year and included jellies, butters, candies, and leather crafts, so most of my time at home was spent in the kitchen. When things got too stressful, I headed to the barn to cuddle and play with the baby goat kids with K-Love on the barn radio, and it helped to remind me of the important things this Season stands for.
With Christmas being over now, it's on to the next big event on the farm ~ Kidding Season! We are expecting the first kids of 2013 to start coming in the beginning of February, and we will be having them through April this year! Also, I have officially begun my Winter Break from Consulting, which will pick back up again in April, 2013. Most of the winter will be spent here on the farm Homeschooling, crafting, and taking care of the animals.
Well, that is about it from here on the Farm for now, so until next time ~ Stay warm, drive safe, and as always... keep your horses with blankets from letting the rest of your herd out...
God bless from Rural America! ~Mel!