Monday, March 07, 2011

Spring things

I'm going to milk the cow this morning; at least, I'm going to try.  Since Clyde has been running at his mother's side for about three months, taking all her milk, she may not "give it down" for me.  We'll see what happens.  The weather turned so severe this winter, and Bonnie cut back on production (she only has two working quarters now, remember), that I decided it wasn't worth my time going out in the cold for the small amount of milk I was getting.  

Clyde doesn't seem to have lacked for food this winter.  
I happened to find some lovely alfalfa-brome hay on Craigslist yesterday for four dollars per bale, about fifteen miles from home.  We went and picked up twenty-five bales just for Bonnie.  Spring is on its way and people are clearing last year's hay out of their barns.  

I spied this crocus blooming all alone in the flower bed in front of the house.  I was looking for signs of life from daffodils, but this is all I found.  

The garlic I planted last fall is up and growing, in spite of freezing nights.  

Cliff and I are past the worst part of whatever we had that laid us low.  I've decided it's sleeping sickness, because every time either of us sat down in a chair, we'd fall asleep.  Even though other symptoms are gone (except the cough, of course), I'm still sleeping a LOT, and doing it very soundly, too.  At one point in the night I started waking up, very irritated that somebody wouldn't stop disturbing my sleep with their coughing.  Once I was completely awake, I realized I was the one coughing.    
I need to find some seed potatoes someplace; St. Patrick's Day approaches.  


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It seems I have the sleeping sickness all winter. March 15th is coming though and from there on I start coming out of my hibernation mode. Glad you are feeling better. We are snow covered here so no spring blooms

Lindie said...

So nice to see anything blooming! I guess I need to check my garlic to see if it's up!

Margaret said...

Blooming things make me happy!! I mowed both lawns yesterday and need to fertilize. Our crocuses are coming up too. Yay for spring!!

Cliff said...

seed potatoes go in the ground in nebraska, according to the old timers, on good Friday.
If you wanted to put them in on st pattys day you'd usually need some dynamite.

Michaele said...

You are having an earlier spring than us. The garlic looks great! Glad you're feeling better and ready to take on the milking again also.

Rachel said...

Glad you two are feeling better. That stuff this year is bad from everyone I've talked to that has had it.

Daffodils are blooming all over the place here. I always mean to plant some garlic, but the one time I tried it, it didn't do any good. Maybe I set it out at the wrong time of the year. I should try it again since I love garlic!

I liked your Day of Peace post too!! It's easy to be negative at times, and when I catch myself being that way I try to stop and do as you suggested; just pray for them instead.

Mo Rage said...

that crocus is sure welcome and beautiful, isn't it? thank goodness. everything else right now seems to be stuck on grey or brown. ugh. waiting for sun tomorrow.