Work, work, work. . . continued

Two weeks later the greenhouse is full of plants growing faster than I can repot.  The asparagus is coming in really good now and we’ve planted our onions and cabbage with hopes of planting the potatoes this weekend.  The berry vines and apple trees have been pruned.  I fear I may run out of area for all the plants in the greenhouse but I have lots of friends waiting for sharing in our wealth. 

Hubby has hauled in two truck loads of firewood and has it stacked ready to split and move to the woodhouse. We only used about five loads this past winter and the winter was mild.  The woodhouse is still about 1/3 full but we have to prepare for what could always be a long cold winter though we always hope it won’t be.  On the farm you always have to prepared for the worst case scenario and that means bringing in at least six more loads to fill the woodhouse and four more for stashing in the barn for easy access in the event of  heavy snows and we can’t get to the woodland.

We have two calves left to join the rest of the herd and we currently have thirty one running around in the fields.   I “set” two hens in the last ten days.  One has twelve eggs under her and the other has nine and the first hatch will be around the 9th of May and the second will hatch around the 24th of May.  The henhouse is due a good cleaning and fresh bedding in the nesting area and fresh sawdust under the roosting area.  

We’ve finished the renovations to the cattle working pen and it should be a lot more user-friendly for the humans and the cattle.  We plan to work them next weekend which will entail eartags, worming, baby vaccinations, banding and then turning out on the fresh spring pastures.  All of the major fencing that HAD to be done is complete with more to be completed in the fall.

Spring cleaning has begun with the major cleaning to be done in two weeks when I’m on vacation and the wood stoves have been cleaned out for the heating season.  I can’t wait to get them all cleaned up and polished for next winter.  We seem to always be preparing for another season.  I’ve been hoarding the items I need to make my homemade cleaning products and I’ve made lists of everything to be done while I’m off.  Preliminary cleaning has begun to help with the big clean up which includes cleaning out closets, cleaning the appliances and cleaning up the yard and preparing for the greenhouse wealth.  I need to start on sewing the new curtains I’ve planned for three of the rooms in the house.  I also have a few new decorating ideas which entails some crafting to do quickly.

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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