The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. ~William Arthur Ward
At the risk of sounding pessimistic, I will say that last week was a windy one. The wind blew with force everyday. The direction of the wind changed throughout the week, the temperatures dropped and we had a few light short lasting flurries. Currently, our temperatures are more normal for this time of year. If the wind wouldn’t have blown it could have been a beautiful week with blue sunny skies and big puffy clouds.
The optimist in me is hopeful. When I check heifers at 8 o’clock pm then again at 4 or 5 o’clock am and the wind has died to a breeze and the stars are shinning, I know the wind will not last forever. We had a gorgeous weekend and the weatherman says less wind this week.
As for the realist, I bundle up in layers while doing chores and J and I have been laying low after chores. Between the wind and dry conditions we don’t want to start a fire. I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen and feel caught up on skirt work, for now. I’ve also been doing a little extra reading.
Due do the wind and dirt I didn’t get many pictures taken last week. The top two photos are of those pesky yearlings. They seem to be experts at finding weak spots in the fences. They are shedding and rubbing like crazy.
When I snapped pictures of #6 last weekend I got a few shots that I like. When one has a willing subject, one must take full advantage.
Below are the same flowers that J got me a few weeks ago. Again, I took several pictures and decided to use them as needed.
What have I been up to in the kitchen, you wonder? Chicken Enchiladas, Buttermilk Waffles, Potato Salad, Ice Cream, Caramel Rolls, Chocolate Pudding, Banana Nut Bread, (my current favorite), and Spiced Apple Dessert (for J’s Township Meeting this afternoon). I have a nice stash accumulated in the freezer for the crazy month of calving ahead of us.
On the bookshelf, I finished Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold. It’s a World War II Story with the main characters being two brothers that serve in the SS. I’ve never read a World War II account from the side of an SS officer like this one. It is not for the faint of heart.
The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen was my free March Kindle book from Amazon Prime. Again, not a book for the faint of heart. This book leaves a trail of crumbs for you to think on, then skips back in time explaining how and why the family is in the situation they currently live in. Even in the family’s dire circumstances several characters fulfill the Grandmother’s words “There’s no creature more amazing than one that can make it’s own light.” I really like that thought!
I’ve also been working my way through Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are, by Shauna Niequist. Shauna shared this about the book on her September 4, 2014 Blog Post:”Each page begins with a verse from the Bible, then one short passage–an idea, a thought, a story, and ends with either a question or a prayer. There are 365, one for every day, keeping you company, inviting you into the abundant life God offers us, for a moment each day, all year long.” For where I am at in life, this book was excellent.
A couple of weeks ago Rebecca Christman, Outreach Director at Ag United for South Dakota and author of The Farmer’s Daughter blog asked me to do a guest blog post. Here is the link to the guest blog post! Thank You Rebecca for the opportunity to be a guest at the Farmer’s Daughter Blog.
Happy Spring and I hope you have a wonderful week.