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!!

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