March 17, 2018 and we have a huge thunder and lightning show around 8:30 last night. We were sitting in the living room watching TV and I saw the flash and heard the boom immediately and it just about rolled us out of our recliners!!! I jumped up fast and ran to the computer to unplug everything, hoping it wasn’t too late. In the past I’ve had three computers, phones and phone jacks burnt up by lighting rolling through our phone lines.
It’s a beautiful sunny morning on the farm today!! Chilly but gorgeous!
It’s so hard to believe how green everything is. We expecting more winter weather on Wednesday and hoping all of those spring calves come before or after this weather gets here. Hubby is out feeding now and checking the fences to make sure the lightning did not hit the fence chargers. It does that a lot around here when we have these storms. When we know the storms are close and coming our way we unplug the chargers.
This little gal was the first of the year born on March 4th. She can run like the wind and keeps her mama in a tither all the time.
But for this Sunday we will enjoy and feel blessed to have such a glorious day! Yes, there’s lots of mud but we will take the rain soaking up our fields, pastures and garden for now.
I think I’ll cook up some fresh trout, pinto beans and fried potatoes for our dinner tonight which will top of the spring day!
Father’s Day at Caldwell Farms was blessed with glorious weather and our kids and granddaughter with us.
Dad/Papa at his best
I fixed him a big breakfast of his favorite pancakes, maple syrup and sausages and then presented him with my gifts for being a wonderful Dad. I got him a honey extractor, double strainer and honey de-capper.
Honey extractor makes for staining honey straight from the frames.
We pop the frames that hold the uncapped honeycomb inside the basket of the extractor, put the lid on and turn the handle which spins the honey out of the comb. The comb can be re-used several times.
Our oldest, Shawn, spent the day with us.
Shawn knows how much his Dad enjoys going to Cracker Barrell and gifted his Dad with a gift certificate. We like to go there for breakfast every couple of months.
Heather and Victoria enjoyed the sunshine “together” after Heather spent the morning teddering hay. Victoria loves sitting on mom at any occasion!!
Heather gifted her Dad with some new bibs, gloves and a new box of honeycomb. I think once our hay is off the ground and rolled we’ll be taking care of business with the beehives.
We truly had a wonderful day with my kids and our friends and it seemed to fly by but I guess that’s because we were having fun!! The day was full of stories, laughter, getting to know each other and friendship.
For lunch, I fixed a vegie tray, fruit bowl and a small cheese tray. I made homemade chicken salad, teriyaki chicken wings, and fried morels for the main course. Of course, the day wouldn’t have been right with a big batch of homemade dinner rolls and loaf of homemade bread. I made a cocoanut dream cake which was my first attempt at the recipe and it was so moist and good but I dread what it may do to my weight-loss. I made a cherry crunch tart, also a new recipe, but I wasn’t real thrilled with it so that recipe is coming out of the box!!
Cocoanut dream cake for Mother’s Day 2014.
One of my guests brought some homemade cheese pastries that were so good and we had tea, lemonade and a new drink I’m using, called marguerita ade. It is so sweet-tart and really quenches your thirst on a hot day!
Family, friends, and fabulous food, what more could you ask for.
Mother’s Day was a whirlwind of activity. My son and daughter came early and spent the entire day with us. I also had friends from the office join us for lunch and we visited the babies, picked asparagus, walked a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The day started for me at 6:00 a.m. and everyone was gone by 5:30. Then, hubby Sassy and I enjoyed some quiet time.
Heather and Shawn bought me beautiful cards and a push mower for the yard which I’ve wanted for two years and was going to buy in June. It’s part of my new weightloss program.
New toy from my daughter.
Mother’s Day card from my daughter.
Mother’s Day card from my son.
Eddie made me a beautiful hanging flower table out of a old wagon wheel and bought flowers to go on it. He had to have the kids help him hang it in the yard while I was preparing lunch for our other guests. I absolutely love it and never thought for a minute he would re-purpose something like this. I may be rubbing off on him! 😉
Antique saw blade will be inserted in the center of the table.
Antique wagon wheel re-purposed into a hanging flower table.
Not only did he build the table for me but he loaded it with plants that I’ll repot as soon as the cold snap passes this weekend. He also went to the woods and brought me this beautiful bouquet of trillium. The blossoms are so delicate and elegant, don’t you think?
Trillium from the woods behind the house.
They adorned our kitchen table where I served our guest and my family their lunch. We’re going to try to transplant some to my shaded flower gardens later this week or next. Hopefully with all the shade they’ll think they’re in the woods and thrive. He also got me a beautiful card and all of my cards made me cry!! I am so loved.
Hubby’s card for my day!!
To top the day, one of our gielbiev cows delivered a calf which was perfect for Mother’s Day.
I hope your Mother’s Day was as wonderful as mine.
This is the blog for our little farm in Skagit county. Here we have Shetland sheep and Nigerian Dwarf goats. In addition we have donkeys, llamas, cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, and peafowl. The blog describes the weekly activities here.