My Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

| 8/13/2020 4:32:00 PM

sheep in green grass 

I appreciate living in an area that has all four seasons, five if you count “mud” as a season! I know that I will have months of sunshine and rain, making the green grass for the beasties to eat, and there will be enough of that grass for me to fill the barn with hay for those months of cold and (usually) snow. It may get stinkin’ hot and humid for four months or so, but there are trees and shelters for shade, with plenty of water to keep the troughs full. It’s comforting to know that the overall cycle will continue even when the details change.

However, I’m not above saying that I have favorites. Autumn tops the list, followed by Spring, then Winter, and Summer at the rear of the pack. Mud season comes in even “laster” than Summer. I should have something nice to say about Mud Season, but I’ll need to think on that one for a bit!

Summer has the most glaring negatives for me – heat, humidity, and biting insects being the big three. On the plus side, Summer also means fresh garden vegetables, baseball, filling the barn with hay, all the animals out on pastures and growing like the weeds in my garden, and our “farmer vacation” at the fair. It’s not a go-stay-somewhere vacation, but during fair week, we do the morning chores, head to the fair for a few hours, come home to take a nap, do the evening chores, and usually head back to the fair for the evening. And that’s as close to a vacation as it gets around here, although we will be missing the fair this year. And did I mention baseball?!

Winter is surprisingly more tolerable for me, due to the lack of humidity. Of course, the brutal cold temperatures we sometimes get make working outside nearly impossible, but (hopefully) all of the major outdoor projects have already been finished. If not, well, it can usually wait. The beasties are snug in their barns with as much hay as they can eat, and we can work on the indoor projects that took a back seat when the weather was warm. Plus, it gets dark around 3pm (ok, maybe a bit later than that!), so there’s not much daylight to work outside even when it’s a nicer day. It’s a good time to plan.

winter snow and fence

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