And Life Goes On
Hello Members and Friends,
Can't believe that just over a week ago I woke up and looked out the window to 2 inches of new snow. Didn't last long with temperatures in the 50's, which are very welcome. Just made everything muddy again but it dried up in a day. I've been able to turn off the heaters and lights in the green houses most of the time now which saves a big expense. Been doing some shopping lately for misc. farm supplies. Is it because I'm getting old or have prices really went up a lot lately? Sure seems like it!
Can't ignore all the news about CV-19 lately. Still not too bad locally but state wide very worrisome. Hope your all doing okay. We have a son who is an RN along with his wife in Seattle area where they are dealing with the virus battle directly. They have two children. A week ago they all came down with colds and were really worried, us too! Thankfully after a week they're all okay and back to work. His hospital only does respiratory care right now and has seen the worst of it here in WA. I'm hoping it passes us by soon. All we can do is take one day at a time doing our best to stay healthy and helping others do the same!
Yesterday when feeding the cows I looked out at a cow that stayed away all by herself. After awhile she moved a little and I saw a little black bump beside her. Yep she had a brand new calf. A cute little girl. Took a picture today as she is up and moving around on her second day and does fine nursing. Her mother has always done well so I plan to keep her around.
About ready to mix a large load of hog feed next week. Got the old mixer-grinder back together and running again. My oldest grandson Bryan is laid off temporarily by the panic so he's been helping me out.
I had to reschedule the livestock processing with another processor, Smokey Ridge Meats at Chewelah. I'll be taking a load of cattle there on April 13th and another with lambs and hogs a week later. Sales have been good lately with some items in short supply because of the processing delay.
We've been seeing a lot of deer, coyotes, and rock chucks lately along with some White Tail rabbits, so spring must be here. Our new stock dog Happy goes crazy every time she see's them! She's also started digging for gophers when she gets a chance. I weaned some piglets the other day and put them in a new pen. With the sow separated she manages to jump over the pen wall to get to them. Of coarse the piglets get panicky running away from her and around in circles with no place to hide. I just left her alone in there for awhile and when I came back she had them cornered and just stood there looking at them. A couple came forward to check her out and she started licking their small snouts so I left them happily together a while longer.
Nearly every day now SO is busy in the garden area planting more seeds in the hot house and in containers. She's also transplanting into the other green houses and the unheated hoop houses now. Just today she completely planted one with starts of tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peas, and spinach. There'll be more goodies coming soon.
All seems to be going well. Everyone showed up, with most early. Did are best to keep our distance and sterilize all the coolers for the next round. Some of the storage veggies getting a little old so we upgraded them with some outsourced organic veggies from the coast. The cooler inventory is increasing. Outside soil drying so we'll be planting more root crops soon. Hope everyone I skipped before got the extra steak package. Let's take a look at what we plan to bring this week:
Micro Greens Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard, Baby Red Cabbage Leaves, Salad Onion, Small Leeks, Daikon Greens, Herb - Lemon, Carrots, Squash, Potatoes, Beets, Bulb Onion, and Eggs.
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Roasts, Steak Cutlets, Ham Hocks, Pork Roast, Spare Ribs, Sausage
Wishing you all stay well. See you soon!
Gary & So