Because we went from this...
... to this:
I know, I know, I'm not allowed to feel sorry for myself, but damn! It's cold!
We are thrilled to be back home (some members of the family more thrilled than others) and to get back into our homesteading-in-winter routine.
Our dog Raka was beside herself with joy when we came back home at 2 in the morning. She didn't know which one of us five to lick and cover in dog slobber first. Poor thing, she has never been without us in her whole year of life, and having us gone so long must have been quite stressful for her - despite the wonderful housesitters who took care of our place and all the animals.
The kids are
messing with doting on her.
The goats, ducks and chickens are fine. The goats look fluffed up and more pregnant, the ducks seem pretty pissed off at all the snow, and the chickens are hunkered down nice and snug.
Doing chores in the morning takes some muscle, since I have to trudge through deep snow and schlepp warm water in buckets, for their royal highnesses. They produce for us, we spoil them.
With our sun-kissed bodies shivering and fussing, I turn my attention to providing warm, home made food for my family. There's nothing better than eating food that we grew months ago, and then cook it in the cozy kitchen.
We made sausage (our pork and goat meat) before we left for Maui, and I still have lots of sauerkraut and potatoes stored up in the root cellar, so there's a bunch of meals right there!
And how can you go wrong with bread fresh out of the oven? I teach how to make this bread in my online fermentation workshop, by the way, and if you want to get into the course for 10 percent off, go to the website and enter this code: valentine2017.
This morning, I took Raka for a walk, which couldn't really be called "walk" because I was either sliding on pure ice (aka our driveway and 1-mile long forest service access road) or stomping through 1-foot deep snow.
After being outside for 15 minutes, I was sweating with the effort.
It's so pretty. Branches are deeply bowed with heavy snow, bald eagles perch on tall evergreen trees and then fly off when they see me, mosses and ferns wear fancy white caps.
What's happening at your place? Are you snowed in? Is spring showing up? Please tell me that spring will come!
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