Here on Brier Patch Farm we have had a stretch of freezing weather. The temps here have barely been above -10 degrees F. Most days have had a windchill of -40, so we have been inside more than we would like, and fighting to have the cars start.
With the cold comes new chores, the furnace needs tended more often, the animals all got extra bedding, and some extra grain daily. We lost a guinea and one quail due to the cold. But as I am watering the animals in the -18 morning I can't help thinking that We are almost done. It is January 1st today. We have three months till March. Now in Minnesota January tense to be the coldest month of the year, and March tense to be the snowiest. But spring is coming, in three months I can start to look forward to some days getting above 30 instead of heat waves of 0. 😃
With the new year comes looking at the plans for a new year. I am not talking about the losing weight, and other normal resolutions that are usually abandoned a week later. Don't get me wrong I still have some weight that I want to lose. But I want to plan for the Brier Patch. I am looking at the goats wondering if the extra fat is just for winter or if there will be some kids this summer. Making plans in case this is another kid less summer. I am also looking forward to my quail starting to lay so I can start hatching some. Maybe even get enough for selling and/or butchering.
I am also looking at the new catalogs. I want to get some new chickens sense mine are all over two years. Sense I haven't had many people wanting eggs last year I am planing on having a rooster so I can hatch out my own. I just need to figure out what breed I want.
I am also looking in my seed catalog and thinking. I need to figure out where my left over seeds and the ones I saved last year are. I know I got them in the basement but where? It is still filled with some things I haven't unpacked.
There are also plans for the farm, we need to plan on where we are headed and how we will get there. Along with what needs to be done. We are planning new fences and fixing of old. along with wanting to one day replace our old barn to one that will meet the farms needs.
How about you? Do you have any thoughts on what you want your year to bring?