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A Cold Lazy Day

| 1/16/2013 8:30:22 AM

Squrrel vs catTwelve degrees this morning in my little spot in Kansas.  It is the first true week of winter we’ve had this year, and still very little snow or rain.  The forecast is for warm days and no moisture for the next 14 days.  No wonder people say all Kansas farmers do is talk about the weather!  

This is the time of year the traditional farmer kicks back and waits for the crops to come up.  My family men fed and watered cattle and other stock, took the opportunity to tear down a tractor or two, and in the afternoon, stoked udrinking catp the wood stove, stretched out in the Lazy Boy and took a bit of a nap.

Not a bad life, this country life.  As for me, I’m trying to get some water and food out for the urban wildlife.  The birds are not as plentiful this year – being smart sort of fellers, they are migrating around looking for more water than the Midwest has to offer.  Nevertheless, we are seeing a few hardy souls.

My household critters and I are just enjoying the days.  The cats help me keep watch for things needing to be done and if a little rain should fall, we’ll be seeing the birds again soon.  In the meantime, I’ll just keep the tradition, light the gas fireplace and read my new seed catalogs.  A girl has to dream.

1/17/2013 3:36:34 PM

Joan, winter is a time kick back and dream about the coming spring activities. We have had only one snow of eight inches in December right before Christmas. Nothing since then has me concerned about the coming growing season. If spring rains don't make up for some of the moisture loss, the growing season for the farmers will be in jeopardy. There's already talk of not allowing farmers to irrigate their crops this year. If that indeed happens, it will be a very bad year for crops in Nebraska. I haven't spent much time outside either. I'm mostly working on inside projects that will keep me busy until it time to fire up the seed starting station. I'm entering uncharted territory for me this year. I've never tried to start broccoli before and folks have told me that it's a bit difficult to get a nice healthy nursery looking plant. I'll give it a try and if it don't work out, I'll buy the plants. That's always been the backup plan. Have a great relaxing winter day.

Chuck Mallory
1/17/2013 1:46:28 PM

You're not the only one drooling over seed catalogs these days! I think you explained why I haven't seen as many birds as I expected in northern Illinois. Even my can't-be-defeated-by-squirrels bird feeder was lonely--until, of course, the squirrels did defeat it and got the seed. It only makes sense that people would "go dormant" in winter. We are all meant to blossom and spring forth in the warm weather, then lay back and rest when it's cold.

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