January 2021

Even with a pandemic our lives didn’t change a lot from any other year. We limited our trips off the farm, had doctor appointment over the phone, kept in touch with family and friends via mail, email and Facebook and at times my blog. I really don’t know who even reads it but I do enjoy keeping up with myself through my blog. If anyone has questions or suggestions for topics related to farming let me know and I will address with the knowledge that I may have.

On the farm in January, we trim fruit trees and we have plenty of them. We prune the grapevines and berry vines. We prepare for maple sugaring by cleaning the spouts, buckets, holding tank, and cooking pans.

Sugar house pans and firepit.

We opened up several roads in the back of the property. Eddie worked on it several days before I was able to help but it made such a big difference cleaning out the trees and brush that had the road covered block our way.

This road was covered with down trees from a windstorm. It took three weeks to complete the entire clearing.

There one chore I have monthly and that’s to clean out the chicken house and nesting boxes. It’s really hard on the back and legs to let it go more than a month when you have 30+ chickens. With only five hens and a rooster at the moment it could wait but I like tidying everything up for my girls and keeping fresh hay or leaves in their nesting boxes. I can’t stand dirty eggs!!!

Clean eggs!

Usually right after deer season and through March you can find us most any day in the woods cutting firewood for the following winter season and we had some help this year from a friend. The woodhouse is “almost” full and there’s a stack we’re using now in the area where we split the wood when we haul it in.

We lost our honeybees during the winter but thankfully a wild swarm came into the hive. They worked hard all through the spring and we got one super and four more frames in the middle of summer. Unfortunately Eddie checked on them a few weeks ago on a warm day and they’re all dead again. I wish the scientists would find out what the problem is so we could build several colonies.

The rest of the month found me inside sewing, reading, and going through seed catalogs. I wore them out going through them every night.

At the end of the month, 30th and 31st, we got a heavy snow!!

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.

6 thoughts on “January 2021”

  1. You sound busy as ever with your life on the farm. Good to see all that wood to keep you warm too. We have had more trees falling, well they seem to split and half come down. Mostly very old chestnuts but one mimosa near the house. A bit too near. So yes lots of work to clean up before all the growing. Wishing you a happy 2022 and hope we can all meet up woth friends and family more.

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    1. We’ve started cutting for winter 2022-23 now and it’s a continuous cycle. We have huge maple trees around our house to keep us cool in the summer but I’m always a bit fearful in the winter and during hurricane season that they may come down.
      Wishing you and yours a very healthy and happy New Year!
      Warmest regards, Rita

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  2. As you know, I love reading about everything you do on the farm. When I think of all those people who get bored easily or who always need to be entertained, I can think of you! Do you have any sewing projects on the go during the winter? That’s something I haven’t done for awhile. Maybe it’s time to pick a new project!

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    1. I just moved my sewing room to another room which is larger, and it is finally organized. I’ve made Declan three pair of PJ bottoms and am planning to make each one of the kids and grandkids a new quilt in 2022. Declan’s will be first since I haven’t done one for him yet but have all of the fabric for all five to be made.

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        1. My old sewing room got so cluttered and I’m trying my hand at weaving now and that took up even more room. The real reason I moved is because the room needs a major renovation. The plaster or whatever it is keeps cracking and now falling giving me a mess to clean way too often for a room that wasn’t being used enough!!!

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