Monday, February 28, 2011

Radishes Are Peeking Out Of The Dirt

A few of the radishes are sprouted up. I'm hoping for more to come on up. But at least we have some spring veggies growing in the garden again. The new cycle of growth has begun.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's That Time Of Year......

Or at least I hope it is. Time to garden! I've planted some radishes, carrots and beets. I had the radish and carrot seed but we had to look three different places before we could find beet seeds.

Our county co-op didn't have any of the beet seed....Go figure. William finally found some at Lowes. He bought three packages so if the ones I planted this afternoon don't come up at least I have more seed to replant. :)

We bred our white rabbit this afternoon also. We bred her once (or thought she was bred) but no babies. If she doesn't produce this time I think we'll be looking for another buck.

I've put the brown (Cocoa) in with the buck a time or two but she's not interested in being a "momma" even though she was pregnant when we got her.

We weren't sure when the kits were due and she had them while we were gone to our family reunion and she killed them all. Bad Momma!!!! I'd like to breed her again since I know she's fertile just to be sure the buck is.

It has gotten warm enough here for the kits to survive if born around the last of March. We're almost out of rabbit in our freezer. One more package and that's it.

I'm getting an order together to order more "Easter Egger" chickens, some ducks and a couple of geese. Maybe a few turkeys and some guineas.

William has never wanted the guineas but I think I've talked him into making a chicken tractor for them and putting them out under the pine trees and let them feast on the ticks that are so rampant under those trees. Maybe, I've talked him into it. I'll just have to wait and see.

It would be so good to have some more animals other than chickens and rabbits. Geese for the garden, ducks for my enjoyment and their eggs, guineas for tick control and turkeys for the freezer or canning. Sounds good to me.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Yellow Is The Color Of Hope....

that spring really is just around the corner.

Finally, the daffodils have begun to bloom. Even though the grass is still brown and the leaves haven't started budding on the trees. The daffodil blossoms bring a surge of hope that spring is coming.

The daytime temperatures have been in the mid seventies for the last few days with night time temps in the middle fifties and today it is forecast that we should reach eighty degrees. Perfect weather but WAIT!!!!!!!!!! Wednesday night the temps are supposed to drop into the thirties again.

Oh's wonderful while it lasts.

I wish you all sunshine, daffodils blooming, warm temperatures and hope!!!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Today There's Blue Skies Over My Head....

but this is what we woke up to last Thursday morning (February 9th).
This amount of snow may not look like much to some of you northern people but believe me....It's a lot for our East Central Mississippi area.
While getting snow in this area puts a kink into everything....driving, work, school and most everything does add a lot of moisture to our drought ridden soil. For that I am thankful.
I'm still looking for spring. Everyone around here is thinking the snow last Wednesday night and Thursday morning is our last real cold....I'm just smiling and thinking....."NOT!" There's still plenty of time for a couple more snows to fall and maybe more.
I remember about twenty-five years ago the ground was covered with snow on April 6th. It's a long time until April 6th. So we shall see just what the weather has in store for this little town in East Central Mississippi.
I've learned this winter to "roll with the flow". What will be...will be. There's nothing we can do about the weather.
Even though I'm not crazy about snow it did get the children a day off school (the teachers had to go in but later ....Poor William), put moisture into the soil and it was pretty to look at.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

If Variety Is The Spice Of Life.....

People living in Mississippi live a very "Spicy" life....Weatherwise anyway. Since last Saturday we have had one day that the temps were in the mid seventies and beautiful sunshine, three days of clouds and temps in the sixties, one day of thunderstorms and heavy rain, one day of sleet that covered the ground, another day of cold, freezing rain and today we have a sprinkling of snow.

Here we can pretend we live anywhere in the world from the tropics to the Artic!!!

That's wintertime in Mississippi.

Now summertime is another story...Living here in summer is like living in a sauna located in the Sahara Desert!!!!! Hot and Humid.

Even so, I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather live. Variety is a good thing. I reckon it has to be since there's nothing I can do about the weather. :)