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Tastes Like Spring

Jan
30

Temperatures climbed close to 70 here yesterday. The breeze was warm and the sun felt hot when the clouds cleared. I love it when I have men here working in this kind of weather. They get sweaty and sometimes they take off their shirts.
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In this kind of weather, the whole world feels frisky and full of hope. Everything is possible, even catching that last chicken.
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Grass wants to grow.
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Existing gardens stretch and whisper of work.
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Gardens-to-come dream of being built.
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New trees want to bud.
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Lovers pine.
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Dogs relax their guard.
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Sheep dot.
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Goats lumber heavy with babies.
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The farm tastes like spring, full and rich, yet under the bright, clearing sky, men still don’t take off their shirts. As if they are the only ones who did not get the memo.
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I guess you can’t have everything!

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Surprise Drop Hole

Jan
29

Feels like spring here today–I’ve got the heat off and the windows open!

Meanwhile, back in the barn, whenever Adam is here, he moves 20 bales or so of hay down from the loft to keep it handy near the hay feeder in the back of the barn.
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When the hay was loaded into the barn last summer and fall, it was all in before that hay feeder was built and the idea arose that getting hay down through a drop hole would be handy. Adam was going to cut one as soon as enough hay was fed out to get to the right spot. Well, what do you know but he looked up in the barn yesterday and realized there was a piece of plywood nailed down over a drop hole that was already there!
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He took the plywood cover off it and now I have my drop hole!
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Perfect!

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