Winter solstice

Winter solstice

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Beavers Moon

        Thursday night was the full moon, however we were covered with clouds and a cold drizzly rain that had some snow in it. So, we didn't get to see the Beaver Moon the first night. The Farmers Almanac says it is called the Beavers Moon because the beaver is in full stride by November getting ready for winter. Also it is when trappers would set their traps to catch the beaver, so that they would have plenty of furs for the winter. We have a few beavers around here but not too many set traps any more. Last night was a crystal clear night and as I made my way to the barn to shut up the chickens, I could see the hill to the east was glowing as the moon rose behind it. Each tree was outlined by it. The stars were out in full force and I could see Orion to the south. When I opened the barn door, I could hear Luke nicker to me through the dark. I shut the chickens up and hurried back to the warmth of the house.  By the time we turned off the lights and headed to bed, the moon was up enough to shine through the windows of the farm house. It made patterns on the old wooden floors in each of the rooms. I had to go back out on the porch and take a peek at it. I remember as a little girl, my grandpa would go out each night and look at the stars and the moon. I would go with him and he would tell me the names of the constellations. It was always a nice quiet time with him and I learned to love the night sky from him. Last night as I gazed up at that huge full moon, I  know that my grandpa is up there too, with the Maker of that moon. I hurried back inside and snuggled under a down comforter. That Beaver Moon was stretched out on the bed and lit the room up like daylight. It kinda made me feel like my grandpa was shining down on me. Hope you are enjoying the full moon where ever you are.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Luke

      We have a new member in our family and his name is Luke. He is a 6 month old Halflinger. Yes, he is named after Luke in the Bible because Tim and Emilee were reading in Luke shortly before we got him. I had been pondering on many different horse names and had several in mind. However, Emilee took one look at him and promptly said, "His name is Luke". So, Luke it is. He has been here for two weeks now and he is well settled in. He has the sweet, gentle nature that Halflingers are noted for. He had never had grain before but it only took a few evening of watching everyone else eat their grain and he has figured it out. He now thinks grain is the most wonderful thing in the world and as soon as he hears the screen door slam on the back porch, he starts to whinny and carry on. All day long... Years ago Tim and I had several head of horses and the girls always had horses but we had sold our last one over 7 years ago. We both missed having a horse on the farm. So we decided to start back small. One that we can work as well as ride. I had forgotten how nice it is to bury your nose in a horses mane. I love the smell of a horse and I love to kiss their noses.  (Those of you who are horse lovers know what I am talking about.) You know the old saying, "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man" I agree whole heartedly. I am very glad that we have Luke and I hope he stays with us for many years to come.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Beautiful Sunshine

       The Lord has truly blessed us with some unbelievable days lately. Does it feel like November?? It sure does at 5:00 am! This morning it was 17 degrees when I did the milking. But the sun has been shining brightly and the days have been warmimg up to the 60 or 70s. The whole farm was white with frost this morning but as soon as the sun makes it over the hill, it starts to melt that old frost away. The animals stand broadside to the sun on these frosty mornings. You can see the steam start to rise from them as the sun warms them too. The chickens head for the manure pile at first light. Imagine burying your cold toes in that toasty warm pile, plus there's lots of worms too. It's the best of all worlds.
       We are enjoying our newest member of the family. We have had our halflinger colt, Luke, for over a week now and he has settled in quickly. He has gotten used to having chickens, guineas, piggies, cats, dogs and baby goats all around his feet. He is so calm and sweet tempered. We just love him. Tim trimmed his feet yesterday afternoon for the first time. He stood really well, considering it was his first go at it. I can't wait to hitch him up and have him pull us around. Of course, that will be quite a while yet.
       The buck is out and the girls have all settled down. I think everyone got bred and we should be having babies in March. This is much later than usual for us but I hope it is warmer than January. Squeak and Grunt are growing like little pigs should. They go out to pasture with all the goats and it is so funny to see them on the hill, rooting around. Tim has hauled all kinds of manure on the garden and sometime this week, he will turn it over with the plows to open the ground for winter.
       I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful time of year where ever you are. And I hope the sun is shining for you too.