Sunday, March 15, 2015

What a Difference!

What a difference a couple of weeks makes!  On the March 1st, this is what the Hoosier County Homestead looked like:

A beautiful view, but enough already!
Our beds are 12" tall and can't be seen in this pic

Snow, Snow, Everywhere...

It's hard to tell, but those pictures were taken during what turned out to be our last winter snowstorm.  Our nights were more often than not below 0F and we felt good if the daytime times broke out of the teens.

And then we fast forward just a couple of weeks to yesterday March 15th.
Almost there!

Still some snow on the open ground

And today, after another 50 degree day:

The area to the left is shaded some even though the trees have no leaves and takes a bit longer to clear
All clear except the fence lines where it tends to pile up in drifts

Folks - I think we are close enough to say "Winter has left the building!" and I , for one, am glad to see it go.  Were they capable communicators, I think I could get an "Amen" from another set of residents:

Around the bird feeders is a a favorite forage area, much to the dismay of the wild bird ground feeders
Our ladies are not too proud to help themselves to the black oil sunflower seed that goes into the bird feeders

De and I have gotten our list of seeds and plants together and are looking forward to getting some of the early crops in.  We still have heavy frosts every morning, and the garden is mud on the top and still frozen just beneath, but we are getting close and are definitely getting the 'itch' get out and get busy!  This is our year for fruit trees and some more berries, so we've been doing our research on those.  I'll do a post explaining what goes where soon.

Finally, as a side note, I've been a little slow on posting due something of an "energy shortage".  The cough that put me in the hospital 6 weeks ago is coming back and I've had to be a bit selective on where my energy goes.  I see the specialist on Thursday and am hoping to avoid another "extended stay vacation" in the 'Broken Bone Bed and Breakfast'.  If I have to go back, I'll be in a hospital that is 40 or 50 miles from home rather than 20.  I'll keep you all posted on that too.

I'm really enjoying seeing everyone's posts on how they are getting the spring tasks underway, and will be sharing mine as the days go forward.

Col. 1:9-12,



  1. Isn't it like night and day difference when the snow goes? Ours has been melting steadily but we still have more than you do. Plus, we are holding our breath wondering if we will get the usual (one or two) March blizzards that like to try to smack us back two steps. Oh, well. Whatever will be, will be.

    Hoping you don't have to go for a recuperative stay away from home again. Saying a little prayer for your complete return to health, Mark.

  2. What a difference indeed! And what a relief. Your chickens look extremely happy with the situation!

    Do take care Mark. All winter long it seems like there's so little to do and then spring hits and BAM, there aren't enough hours in the day! It's so easy to overdo.

  3. Hope your health issues get resolved. This is definately not the time of year for that---there's work to be done!!
    Best of luck

  4. Mama Pea - We are loving the warming weather here. Everybody's spirits are up.

    Leigh - They are definitely happy birds. It's good to see them able to act like chickens again.

    All - Thanks for the well wished. I see the Specialist tomorrow and am praying he get things back on a proper track.