Post by simplynaturalfarm on Nov 19, 2019 20:18:05 GMT -5
I love it!!!
My kids said we'd never get a break if we lived further south. I told them out work would be spread out more rather than 5 frantic months and they said no way. We'd find work.
I've been enjoying the sun setting earlier this year and heading to house about 7 to enjoy house, listening to kids read, think about food for next day and so on. We've marked so much off our list last week it has been wonderful. I even looked at stuff yesterday and thought of it's buried under snow, I'll clean it up in four-5 months lol.
We have friends that moved from cold Manitoba to Grand Canary islands in July - they sold everything they and their kids owned and decided to live simply and travel to warmth for s year. They blog about their experiences and last month they were tired of tourists, constant sun, no change in season, missed wood stoves, friends to visit all winter long, and they are moving back after Christmas. They stopped checking forcast months ago because it is always clear and sunny. But they miss everything including the rest they get with winter.
And I told girls winter gives us our excuse to do things like making moccasins, knit, play games, read books etc and get new ideas for next year.
But do you know how awful i am thinking "one month and see catalogues will be out." only 3 months and I can start my tomatoes!!!" Lol
Something we've noticed is we always get more sleep - we are looking at clock 8-9 pm to see if it's bedtime
Post by sdmilkmaid on Nov 19, 2019 22:10:52 GMT -5
Around the fall equinox, DH always says it's time to start thinking about hibernation! Rachel
Me, my Hubby, and four Littles one horse - Cappy A burgeoning goat herd 35+ British White and Angus mama cows, and several bulls My milk cows: Faith, Chick and Freckles Heifers coming up - Dolly Dixie RIP
That was beautiful, but obviously not written by someone who had ever spent a winter in the Dakotas. Or central Canada. I do like the going to bed earlier part, though. But I hate the blizzards. I could enjoy the snow, and even the cold, but combined with wind, it doesn't seem so gentle and kind anymore. Especially if it takes out the electricity so that we don't have lights, heat, or water. Sometimes I feel like Mother Nature is attacking us with intent to kill, and it scares me. So mostly I'm stressed all winter.
However, if I'm not TOO stressed, and I have the time, I like to celebrate the Solstice the old way. I light all the candles I have and make a wonderful grazing feast (grazing as in nibbling all day, LOL!), and when the sun goes down and we come inside after tucking all the critters safely in bed with their dinners, I remember that tomorrow will be a bit longer, and the next day a little longer than that, and that soon spring will be here and the "green children" will pop their heads up and life will become productive again.
It's just such a long wait... I wish I were a bear, and could just sleep through the whole dang thing!
I've reread this periodically and thought quite a bit about it. I think it does portray several benefits of seasonality (if that is the right word). And aspects that are often lost in typical lifestyles -to our detriment. It is really good to remember these and embrace them to some degree. That "to some degree" is the part that has caused me to reread and chew on it so much - I have a pretty severe case of seasonal affective disorder. If I don't make a point of not withdrawing too much between October and January then I end up in really bad shape by the end of January. But, then, I don't know how much of this need to not cocoon too much is because I'm already very untypical - I opted out of most of frenzy many years ago and love seasonality of activities - even indoor activities like knitting and sewing in winter but not summer. I think most (if not all) good things are better in moderation; maybe I'm just far enough along the opposite side of the pendulum to need to not go further.
I think it is very worthwhile to consider. The illustration is really cool!
I love this little essay. If only I could find a way to quit my job but keep my paychecks coming while I hibernate!
Nancy McPherson Married to Bruce Some sheep: California Reds, Suffolk/Texel cross, Navajo Churros Lotsa chickens 3 dogs: 1 Border Collie (Howie) and 1 Collie/Kelpie cross (Jamie), and 1 LGD (Pullo) 2 cows: Delilah (Jersey) and Whoopie f/k/a Ivy (Dutch Belted) 1 Supreme Ruler of the Universe: TinkerBelle (She's a cat, of course!) 1 Supreme Ruler of the Universe in training: Lady Bugalugs (R.I.P. Dinger 2007-2018, beloved gentleman-dog; Kizzy 2003-2019)
I love the picture. Spinning and knitting (and books, always) help me "chill out" throughout the winter.
I was just in Phoenix and a relative noted that they have the same thing - but in summer. You go inside and "chill out" in the A.C. sipping tea and reading books (quote from her). I think that's fun.
Yes. That is us in texas from July 15 to September 15. Yard is dead. Garden is dead. Hopefully no one is calving or needing to be bred. It used to be the time we RV-ed to Colorado and hid for at least 4 weeks.
6 Cows: Sophie - HoJo, Elvira - Angus/HoJo, Aggie - 3/4 angus, CiCi - purebred red/black angus, Cinco, red sim/angus, Totsy, Aggie’s 7/8 Red Angus, everyone preg or nursing RIP Abbey (Elvira's dam). You are missed.... RIP Georgia, Border CollieXCorgie, Trudy - GSD, Maltese/poodle Kaydee. 2 cats, Koi pond, flock of colorful opinionated chickens, a HUGE garden, 2 grown kids, 3 grandchildren, and us, 2 retired happy people working harder than ever. nowornever-debbie.blogspot.com/
Debbie Lincoln I was thinking about this when I got done milking today. I milk outside and it was cloudy and cold most of today. When I went to milk the sun was shining. When I finished milking I sat there and put my head on Fancy's side feeling her belly rise and fall with every breath in and out that she took moving my head in a slow rhythm that could have lulled me to sleep. Between her warmth and the sun's warming rays I was in my Zen mode. I often think I should give up milking during the winter months, then I have days like today that just totally recharge my batteries. Winter is my slow time and today I enjoyed it.
Just when I think I know everything about cows, my girls let me know that I don't know anything!
I love it. I always look forward to winter as the traditional time to slow down. The reality is that it becomes steady work just to keep things unfrozen, working, shoveled, clean, and cleared for travel. The reality is that weather to often takes the place of time to reflect. No television here. But I want my comfort food, time to think on farm investments (spending) and don't for god's sake take away my glass of wine.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
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