Today is the first day of a new year and it was a lovely day! Chris went back-country skiing with a friend today and Shrek and I had a wonderful long walk at Red Canyon Park. I’m fortunate that I have so many amazing places near by the farm where I can take a walk each day. These places are within 5-15 minutes of my home, so I consider them part of the best back yard a person could have!
As we were leaving to come home from our walk, we passed a big flock of wild turkeys.
Yesterday found me walking at the Arkansas river and these ducks seemed to be embracing the warm sunshine of the day. An early morning walk was a good way to close the 2016 year.
Some friends of ours have a teepee in their back yard. I think that is wonderful!
In our farm front yard the pinon jays have been arriving each morning waiting for their meal of dried corn. They are such a raccus bunch and noisy besides. We love having them visit every day in the winter. They don’t visit during the spring and summer months.
We arrived home from a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska the day after Christmas. It was very nice to spend the holiday with our family, which is huge, and we so enjoyed all the young kids. It was an exciting and noisy holiday and we had a blast!
When we got home, Lizz had filled every inch of available bench and floor space in the two greenhouses that we have been heating, and she was forced to resort to putting flats of cuttings on carts until I got back home and could figure out a space plan. Well, there wasn’t any help for it…it was time to start filling the next heated greenhouse with plants, which I did, and now we’re ready to begin moving into the next heated greenhouse a week from tomorrow weather permitting. It may be winter outdoors, but in our greenhouses it’s already spring.
Tomorrow I begin a full-on work schedule, which will continue until mid-June. For me, that means no more days off until June, and the days will be full and getting fuller as the spring progresses. Our farm crew (excluding Lizz who works year round) will begin to return to work for the 2017 season on the 9th of January. It’s time to narrow our focus and stay mindful….the busy season for us has begun.
Remember that very ugly and obnoxious wallpaper in my kitchen that I have been trying to remove for nearly a year’s time?! Well, it is finally gone!!!!! I painted the walls to look like old world plaster and Chris replaced the trim with wonderful pine trim. Curtains are up, pictures are up, and the kitchen feels pretty nice now. I still have to paint the bathroom in the next coming weeks. The rest of the house will get its fresh coat of paint in summer once the busy season is past and things are again calm.
So, whatever is in your backyard (or at least nearby), go out and enjoy it. Welcome the new year with joy and the pleasure of knowing that life is a special gift and one we only get to enjoy for a while. Don’t waste any time. Make the most of the simple pleasures it brings. Life is precious!
Happy New Year!