January is defined as the first month of the year and the first of seven months with 31 days. Janus is the Roman mythology God of beginnings and transitions. The Latin word for January is ianuarius and means door. January is thought of as the door to a new year.
January found me taking an on-line art class with Jodi Shaw of White Owl Wings. The class is still available and Jodi has a One Day Courageously Creative Facebook group where we have been sharing our projects. I know Jodi would love to have you join on this character building and creative journey.
Last week we did a project that focused on writing notes to our beloveds. We made cards or tags with meaningful words on them to give those who enrich our lives.
Friday was Lesson #8: and our last class. I’m still working on my final project and will share it with you next week. Colossians 3:12-13 is the Bible verse I chose to focus my project around.
The collage below is my “sticks and stones” project. It reads: Thou wilt make known to Me the path of life; In Thy presence is fullness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11
January’s weather was mild. We only had a few days of wind and/or extreme cold weather. Since we work outside caring for our livestock everyday, we feel blessed when we get to work in beautiful weather.
The month rounded out with a big thaw. We had several nights when it barely froze and the majority of the snow has melted. J to advantage of the thaw and cleaned around the calf bunks and one of the cattle lots. I’m guessing this mud issue won’t last long as it can still get really cold on the northern prairie.
January brought a couple of cattle working days. We bangs vaccinated heifers towards the middle of the month and ran the bred heifers through the chute for a pre-calving shot last week.
We kicked of the new year celebrating with friends and we celebrated another friends’ birthday by having his family over for ribs on the green egg. Towards the end of the month our good friends from back east came to stay with us a for a couple of days. It’s fun to catch up with those we hold close to our hearts.
I hope the 2016 chapter in your book has started out well. I hope that the first pages called “January” have been full of blessings, positive changes and adventure. May February find you continuing on a path you have chosen to take.
Tapped at my door today.
And said, “Put on your winter wraps,
And come outdoors to play.”
Is always full of fun;
Until the set of sun.
Will stay a month with me
And we will have such jolly times –
Just come along and see.”
– Winifred C. Marshall, January