January - three of my four goats kidded at the end of December, so in January I spent a lot of time watching the kids grow, caring for them, and milking.
February - the rear axle on the truck broke, so we were truck-less for several weeks. We had three snowstorms. (I know that those of you who live in colder climates are laughing at me, but in Oklahoma, 4-5 inches of snow is a big deal.)
March - the plum trees began blooming. Each year I've made note of the date the plums began blooming. Even in the depths of our southern winter, I can look forward to the trees blooming in March. I resolved that I would have a "real" garden this year, and I started the vegetable seeds in the kitchen. The hens began laying again.
April - I spent the month enjoying the spring flowers, foraging spring greens, planting the garden, and I made a really good beef brisket.
May - Ziva kidded with a single buckling. What a marvelous mom she turned out to be. I started a container herb garden.
June - Hubby arranged for some men to come get the metal from the barn to be recycled. We held our annual family mini-reunion, a too-short but wonderful weekend.
July - our granddaughter's annual visit. While she was here we visited Braum's family farm in Tuttle, OK, were drenched in a rainstorm, rode the horses, brought Scooter home, and picked blackberries. We started buying our winter's supply of hay. Grasshoppers ate the tops of my onion plants. Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary.
August - we were swimming in tomatoes. August is National Goat Cheese Month, so I made cheese.
September - Scooter went to work with me in the office at the county fair. We bought more hay. At the end of the month, I gave up on the vegetable garden, but the herb garden kept going. Two of the horses were missing one morning.
October - hubby had shoulder surgery. Our second grandson was born. I added a new buckling to my herd - and I just realized I haven't told you about him yet! I moved Phantom in with the does for March kids, and I let the horses into the hayfield for the fall/winter.
November - our first frost was November first, just a day later than the "average." I stopped milking Ziva, a little earlier than I usually do, so that I could travel to meet our newest grandson. We bought two feeder pigs, Rosie, and a pair of Muscovy ducks.
December - most of the month was dark and dreary, with little sunshine and a lot of misty, drizzly weather. The potted herbs are doing well in the windowsill, and the broken-and-repotted aloe vera plant has sprouted some babies. Winter is for slowing down, for working inside, for relaxing a bit from the hard physical labor outside.
Another year is gone, a new year is ahead and we look forward with hope, knowing that the Lord will direct our paths.
"But one thing I do:
Forgetting what is behind
and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which
God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Phil. 3:13-14 NIV
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