Category: The Weather

It has been so freezin’ cold this year.  I didn’t mind the cold until this last blast. Now I am officially breaking up with winter.  You know it is cold when the cattle have frostbite on their ears after several bouts of single digit weather and below zero wind chills. The cats (we have Sophie added to our growing family) stick their noses out the doors and quickly back up into the hallway, then back up farther into the dining room and run for the shelf on the west side of the window where it is warmer.  The up and down of this gets old as many of you ALL across the United Stated of America know.

SIlly Sophie is teasing Tygger because he is outside and she isn't

SIlly Sophie is teasing Tygger because he is outside and she isn’t


We have been blessed where the electricity has had brief bouts of off and on.  Several years ago after a week without electricity, my hubby finally invested in a generator for the house.  YES!!!!!!  Many friends have been overloaded with the ice, snow and loss of electricity.  I know this has been hard and my heart goes out to you and yours.

I am debating if I am getting the winter SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder) this year where I have not been sensitive or felt this in previous years.  Or it could just be a case of winter frustration? I looked at several sites to find more information on this.  I know it exists since my mother and one of my daughters can struggle with this throughout the winter.  Attached is a website for those who are struggling with some of the blahs of the season.

I enjoyed these helpful tips and I hope you will take the time to read it and see if you will have some success.  For those who do not struggle with this, don’t chide one who does, “Just be happy!”  or  “Get over it” .  This does not work and you will only bring on more frustration to those who struggle with this. Love ’em, hug ’em, and if the words fly, let it fly over your head, brush it off your shoulders and don’t take it personally.  This too shall pass.

On a lighter note.  I am looking forward to Spring.  When I think of spring I think of the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers when the clan sings of spring.  I love the old movies.  Back to real life,  hoping the lovely, warmer weather, which is not a guarantee it will not snow, freeze or spit sleet and ice in our direction, will come soon.  Last year with the late freeze in May, I was subjected to not gleaning any mulberries, peaches, plums, cherries, wild apricots, pears or nectarines, of which is was royally upsetting to me.  The only consolation to the desolation of my fruit trees was the fact I had blackberries ( mine and the “neighbors”) and a few apples.  The neighbor’s blackberry bush is another story to be told.  Of these I quickly made into delicious jams, blackberry cobbler, apple butter and my famous grapple jam.  My mouth is watering with the thought of actually having a crop this year without the freeze or perchance the destructive flies.  THAT is the only good thing which can come out of the hard freeze this year, other than killing off most of the ticks.  This too would be delightful:  dirty lil blood suckers.  When trying to do  somewhat organic or more healthy, the grasshoppers and flies can quickly decimate a crop.  Hence the begging for chickens.  They would be fat and sassy chickens if I had them last year.  Maybe this year……

What could be better than a hot cup of tea or coffee, a croissant and fresh jam

What could be better than a hot cup of tea or coffee, a croissant and fresh jam

Here are some photos of the fruit, jams and items to make your mouth watering for the fresh taste of jam.  Hooray for Spring!  Hooray for blooming trees and the potential of the growing season.

Beautiful Red crabapples

Beautiful Red crabapple   Perfect for jams, and hot spiced pepper jellies!

Labeling Jams of multiple kinds

Finally  getting the labels on for the various type of jams

Homemade jam and jelly, what could be better

Homemade jam and jelly

Our Romeo Rent-a-Bull

Our Romeo Rent-a-Bull

The majestic Bull to breed our cows and heifers. Usually called Rabby by me, Rent-A-Bull… He loves them up and gives them a head to tail bath when he is wooing them. Sweet boy Learning every day more about cattle/bulls/calves. I think the thick neck is ugly but I guess it is a good thing to look for. We will have him around for 3 months or however long it takes to breed our girls. Our younger girls (we have three of them) are in another location because they are too young to breed. But they have company with our steer Runt.


Kansas, as many say, wait five minutes and it will change.  And change it does, it became hotter and more humid.  More so without the air conditioning.  This is day 13 without the air conditioner.  I do believe I would not be able to live in the pioneer days without it after having this heat  and wearing long dresses.  I think that I would be able to endure it more if I had not had a heat stroke my first year of college in Kansas City, Missouri in 1980.  Oh dear, now I am dating myself.  The clouds have been teasing, deceiving, tempting rain and then doesn’t give what it looked like it was promising.

But for those who don’t understand what the heat or sunstroke, when there is the overheating, you end up burning out the thermostat of your hypothalamus.  ( Your medical learning from this nurse).  Thus you cannot sweat, you cannot release the heat and you overheat.  Sometimes no amount of water, or cooling off will help except with a freezer rice bag.  (I will post on how to make these under a different category, but they are lifesavers in our home and with many uses).

But I have come up with a short term a/c, all thanks to my stepson, who placed it on facebook for me.  It cooled it enough to keep me happy!  Crude but it worked!  Just needed a bigger cooler and a smaller fan.  The lil red fan wasn’t enough to push the air throughImage

But as I think about this heat, the “suffering” I feel I am enduring, and my strength stripped. I also think about if it is hot here, how much hotter will it be to endure hell for eternity?   Being sunburned several times, the severe pain and having second and a few spots of third degree does not compare to what the Word says about hell. Jesus spoke only of one thing more than hell, which was about money. The Word says it is where the flames, the pain and the worm dies not.  But to be eternity without the presence of Christ would be hell.  I would not wish that on my worst enemy.  A category on faith will give you the way to keeping from hell, but more importantly, the wonderful ability to spend eternity with Christ in heaven.  That I would wish for anyone.  So if you say, “you are wrong, there is no hell”, I would respond with a godly man, Curt Lehman’s words, “If you are right, and I am wrong, I don’t lose anything.  Just turn to dust or come back as something else.  But if I am right and you are wrong, you have everything to lose.”

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