A Cabin in the Snowy Woods


| 1/18/2018 9:59:00 AM



The Texas Pioneer Woman 

We have been snowed in for two days now! Schools have been closed, as well as many businesses. It may be a normal winter for people up North, but we are in east Texas! Come to think of it, our whole winter so far has been fairly frigid.

Cold weather on our farm is both good and bad. It is good for the fruit trees. It helps them to set fruit for the spring. It is also good to help cut down on our pest problems. Living in the woods of east Texas comes with a whole lot of summer insects such as mosquitoes, June bugs, stinkbugs, and a whole bunch of other pests that just make a terrible nuisance of themselves. This cold weather helps us keep those numbers under control.

I reckon one of the best things about cold weather is that it offers more time to sit and contemplate. With less chores to do in the winter, we have more time to plan what has got to be done through the upcoming year. We are planning what fruit trees need to be added to the orchard, what vines need to be replaced in the vineyard, and what herbs and vegetables need to be planted this spring. We have also had spare time to start a good couple of books, mainly books about farming.

One of the so called “bad” things about cold weather is that sometimes there is no avoiding it. There are daily chores that involve being outside in the cold, such as collecting firewood and feeding livestock. Also a cold snap signals the time to slaughter animals to fill the freezer.



We have been laying on the feed to keep the livestock warm through this frigid time. Thank goodness our cow numbers are low to help us save on how much hay we are having to go through. Our cow numbers are lower because last week we sold two yearlings at the livestock auction and butchered one to fill the freezer for the year.

Jannette
1/26/2018 10:29:48 PM

Thank you Nebraska Dave for all of your warm thoughts. It is great to be back! I envy your winter hibernation, but it will soon be spring and we’ll be in the garden pulling weeds!


Jannette
1/26/2018 10:29:44 PM

Thank you Nebraska Dave for all of your warm thoughts. It is great to be back! I envy your winter hibernation, but it will be spring before long and we will be in the garden.


NebraskaDave
1/22/2018 11:12:04 AM

Texas Pioneer Woman, wow, it's been along time since I've seen you here on GRIT blogs. I hope and pray all has been well with you. Winter time is always a tough time for animals and caring for animals. I remember those days during my growing up days having to brave the weather to get to barn to milk those 13 cows, feed the pigs, and care for the watering of all the animals. Those days are long gone for me and now I am content to garden during the summer months and hibernate during the Winter. I am really glad to hear from you again and hope that you will continue to give updates on your homesteading journey. Have a great Texas Winter day. Stay warm. Nebraska Dave