We have emerged from the polar vortex!
And I am happy about that.
Boy am I happy about that!
Weather sure has been challenging humans across North America this month.
I feel for those caught up in patterns that they don’t normally deal with.
It’s easy for those of us with cold experience to sit back and say shitty things (please don’t do that, ‘kay?) but the fact is, even we get slammed with hard-to-deal-with weather.
So before you make some joke about Texas or any of the southern States dealing with cold and snow and no power and frozen pipes, remember, “there but for the grace of God go I…”
We just came out of -50*c weather…imagine if we’d lost power!
I can’t even.
So just try to remember to be kind.
That’s it.
Don’t be shitty and be kind.

Today, as I type this, we’re at -13*c.
After the past 2 weeks that positively t-shirt weather.
And I’m thankful for it.
So are the horses, the hens, the turkeys and the ducks…oh and the cats.
It was so bad there for awhile we were feeding jar after jar after jar of wet food to them, just so they had enough.
Normally a 1/2 pint is a good supplement to their kibble.
They went through a case of 12 in 2 days!
But, food keeps furnaces stoked, and wet food helps keep kitties hydrated.
So I feed ’em.
But it also means we’re running low on homemade cat food, so Hubby went and bought a few big cans to have on hand, just in case.
And come fall, I’ll just do a few extra jars, bigger jars, to make sure everyone has enough.

Meat birds are ordered.
I added an extra 25 meat chickens, so we’ll be getting 75 chickens and 10 turkey poults.
So. Many. Birds.
Though chicken math means it’s really not more than 12.
And I’m thinking I might fire up the incubators this weekend.
If I start this weekend, I can get 2 full hatches in before the one hatch that needs to coincide with the arrival of the meat birds.
I ain’t downsizing the amount of birbs I hatch, let me tell ya!!
Hatching out as many as I possibly can.

Hubby brought home the first bag of potting soil yesterday.
And a pouch of fava bean seeds.
I’ve never grown fava beans before, so I had to read up on them.
Turns out the entire plant is edible, so yay for that!
And with today’s trip to the post office, I’ll have the seeds I need to get the garden going as soon as I can.
It’s gonna be a lot of beans, tomatoes, carrots, peas and beets this year.
Stuff we eat a lot of, stuff I can a lot of for winter.
As excited as I am to get growing, I’m tired just thinking about the work too.

Ooooh, I told y’all I was pondering extra apple and saskatoons?
Yup, those are ordered too.
The Food Forest is expanding!
And for the last few nights, I’ve having vivid Dreams about cutting hay.
Oh, I can’t *wait* to get scythe in hand and cut hay again!

But for now, I’m just thankful for the warmer weather, that we made it through the coldest snap we’ve had in a very long time, and that Spring is coming.

Our 3 chubby monkeys, who are doing so well this year…even with record breaking cold!

Sharing with Brian’s Home for Thankful Thursday.

6 thoughts on “Finally!

  1. Sandee says:

    I’m so happy for you. I know it’s been very cold. You’ve done what needed doing. You rock.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. β™₯

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  2. Brian says:

    We are sure glad to hear that y’all are okay and that the polar vortex might give up vortexing! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  3. skyepony says:

    Good to see your lot make it thru the cold. Had a foal born this week. In FL here is it plenty warm & rained a lot so there was more mud to deal with than wold have liked but couldn’t complain..couldn’t help thinking of all the foals and calves that came out to brave that cold.

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  4. WoW! You are going to be one busy lady! You are AWESOME! Have a marvellously Happy Day!

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  5. Re-Farmer says:

    Yeah, we might make some light hearted jokes about Texas and their “cold”, but it is a deadly serious situation for them. Their infrastructure just isn’t designed around cold like it has to be in much of Canada, for starters. Especially housing. It makes it so much harder to cope. We don’t think twice about things like triple pane windows. I remember my shock when we moved to a house in Richmond, BC, and it had single pane windows. I didn’t know those even existed anymore. That house got incredibly cold, and simply would not heat up, in just a modest cold snap.

    I love reading about your plans for the upcoming year! I look forward to hearing more about the chickens. πŸ™‚

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