And it's now the season of easy living.
We had a very cold December and January, followed by a warmish February, then a normalish March and April, and finally, a chilly, damp May.
Calving is all but done. We like to have 80 percent of the cows calved out in the first six weeks, and we did that and more this year. It was a very good calving season. It was a lot of hard work, mostly because of the weather.
That dampish, coolish March-May period really slowed the arrival of the season of easy living. I was finally able to turn my furnace off last week, and Sunday was the first night I was able to leave the windows open overnight. Ahhhhh. Finally.
|Carpenter, Honey, and Sweat bees.|
|They appear to be drunk on the sweetness of spring nectar.|
|The roses bloomed two weeks late this year.|
But first, it's time to garden. Ah, gardening! What a way to waste money! I'd hate it if it wasn't so enjoyable.
This year (over the last two days, actually) I built some raised garden plots out of railroad ties...
|You can never have too many railroad ties.|
|A well loved and trusty gardening tool.|
|Work in progress.|
|Peppers and tomaters.|
|And melons and squash.|
So hard physical work, stinging sweat, aching muscles and joints. Part of the joy of spring. Love the smell of creosote in the sunshine, love the stinging tingle it gives when ground into sweating pores. That's livin'!
And of course the dogs help out. They know when I need to take a break and play ball.
|Hey human! Quit larking about and get on with the serious stuff!|
|Almost done (and other lies).|
|You can't have too many bobcats, either.|
|Almost done (really).|
|A little dihydrogen monooxide...|