It’s Thankful Thursday once again.
Sometimes it is… (hard to be thankful)…sometimes I come up empty…I know I haven’t posted much lately…I keep meaning to explain that…(maybe next time)
After struggling through a month of somewhat unexplained lamb losses and all the frustration and double-guessing that goes along with that, it was time to take the first batch of lambs to the processor. When the Boss and I picked out the biggest lambs, it was evident that one of our bottle babies was indeed the second largest lamb in the flock. If you missed it, you need to read this. Bottle babies are not known for their vim and vigor. The fact that “Baab Evans” even made it is some sort of testament to the fact that we are indeed good shepherds. I know now that I made some mistakes…learned some stuff the hard way this season…but, no one can say that I don’t give this my very best. Yes, I’ll put this one in the “win” column. To say I was thankful to get that load of lambs delivered was an understatement. Two weeks and we will have lamb for sale at the Market…that thought also makes me (and our customers) thankful.
It is somewhat of an understatement to say that the weather has been unusual this year. As of June 12, we have had 27 inches of snow and over 19 inches of rain. We have already surpassed the average snowfall, most of it coming in late March, and we still have the late part of the year to take into consideration. Generally by this point of the year, we are in earnest prayer for rain, while our haymaking neighbors are praying for one more day of dry sunshine. This year no one is talking about the “d” of drought, and there is a LOT of hay in the county that is either still standing (and FAR too mature) or lying on the ground, getting “washed” with every passing thunderstorm.
The haymakers are not alone in their weather woes. The wet and the cold played havoc on our planting schedule, and made the Boss fearful for his garlic crop. okay, he says fearful is too strong a word…I should say…concerned… So, the Boss was concerned for the garlic crop, but we couldn’t catch a break to get it out of the ground. Because like everything else around here, the garlic job meant that a number of other things had to be done first. …and it seemed every time we got started…it would rain…again.
(read this) we were both grateful to find that the majority of the bulbs were tight and good-sized. After a couple of weeks curing time, we will have garlic for sale once more.
…and when you can have strawberries for dessert…well, you just have to be THANKFUL!
Hope you’re having a good day, too!