A Taste of Spring

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It’s here!  Springtime!

Well, sort of…

We may not have all the flowers and blossoms and greenery that come with springtime, but it’s certainly on its way!  We got a small taste of it yesterday.

It’s kinda strange to think that less than a week ago, we were totally covered in snow.

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Say what you will about the fog, but it sure does make for some pretty scenery!

As a matter of fact it was just last Sunday that I was walking to church in a mild snowstorm — which, let me tell you, was AWESOME!  It’s about 2.5 miles from our house to the chapel, and most of that is dirt road (which isn’t maintained or plowed during the winter), so I had about 45 minutes of quiet time to prepare myself for worship.  It really was a great experience.

Let me just take a second to paint the picture for you:

Everything was quiet and serene, a perfectly beautiful winter morning…  The sun was still hiding behind the eastern mountain range, and the snow was falling lightly as I dropped down into the creek bottoms.  I was close enough to the creek that I could just start to hear it murmuring when I glanced off to my right — and not 15 yards from the road, huddled underneath an old hoary willow, was a doe and her nearly-newborn fawn.  I did my best not to startle them; and it paid off.  They just watched me as I walked on by.

Such a fun morning!

Although I do dearly love the quiet restfulness of winter, I always find myself looking forward to springtime; and yesterday just seemed to whet my appetite…

First of all, we started the morning off right with a big ol’ stack of sourdough pancakes for breakfast — and how could the day be anything but awesome, with a breakfast like that?!

I love me some sourdough pancakes!

Shortly after breakfast, we headed over to Lindsey’s parents’ house to help clean out their chicken coop.  Nothin’ says “winter’s over” like shoveling out 3 or 4 months worth of chicken poo!

Once that was finished, I came home and worked on building a portable chicken coop, in hopes of using it to raise up a new batch of chicks this year.  I’ll let you know how it goes later on…  I don’t know why (maybe it’s the ubiquitous marshmallow “Peeps”), but for some reason, chicks always make me think of springtime.

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The “Mini-Coop” — and our farm cats, Hobo & Lil’ Miss T.

I spent pretty much the whole afternoon outside, working on the mini-coop (I guess you could call me a “Mini Cooper” 😉 ) — although I did take a 45 minute break to go for a walk with my wife, my dog, and our bundled-up little monkey.

It just does you good to spend an afternoon out in the sunshine!

Anyway, I came in for dinner shortly after the sun went down, because it tends to cool off pretty quick around here.

I ended the evening by planting the first installment of our garden  — onions, bell peppers, Anaheim peppers, cabbage, and celery — and if that doesn’t mean springtime has arrived, I don’t know what does!

Lots of projects.

Lots of work.

Lots of good food and fun!

I’ll do my best to keep you updated on it all…

 

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