The Year It Was Weird


This has been such a strange year. After the worst flood this state has seen in many, many decades (or more, they called it the Thousand Year Flood), we’ve had NO rain. I guess we got it all at once. The creeks are bone dry, and even the springs aren’t doing much. There’s a lot of bucket-filling to keep the animals in water. And the temperatures–in late September!–are still in the 90s, which is unseasonably hot for this area when fall is normally a lovely time. This year it’s just plain sweaty hot. I wonder what it all means for this winter. Last winter was a hard winter with some of the greatest snowfalls here in years. Will a harsh winter followed by a flood then months of hot, dry weather lead into a milder than normal winter? I can but hope….

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Here’s a tree fall that I can’t complain about. A limb broke off a dead tree and fell, then bent, right off the big stockpile of wrapped hay bales! Which will actually just benefit the effort of keeping the tarps down.

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    This gate was so nice and perfect before a tree fell on it.

    Wired up, it still works, though!

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    Moon Pie, looking pleasantly plump, with Gingersnap at her side.

    Glory Bee, also with basketballs in her belly.

    I believe the girls are bred!

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    Milk cows!

    They never–and I mean NEVER–say no to a milkin’!

    (That’s Glory Bee, with Moon Pie–her two-and-a-half-year-old previous calf–sucking from behind and her current calf, Pumpkin, sucking from the side. With Moon Pie’s own calf, Gingersnap, lazing in front of the scene!)

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    I’m sure I’ve mentioned at some point in the past that I don’t like pigs.

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