Today is a simple post. I don’t have anything really tugging at me to write. And it is such a wonderful day. It is a very nice, warm day with temperatures in the 70s in NE Oklahoma. We have had a reprieve from the bitter cold of the past several weeks. It is time to start thinking about getting ready for Spring. We will still have more winter, no doubt. In fact, we can have some of our worst of the winter weather in March. If our daughter in law from the Portland, Oregon area doesn’t visit it may not be too bad. On just about every visit they have made here there is always very unusual weather. One March while visiting we had about a foot of snow, and there was thunder and lightning at the same time. Very unusual! Lol. Amy you are welcome any time. Just kidding.
Winter is the time when there is typically not a lot of outside work to be done around here. I feed the cattle, which doesn’t take a lot of time, and I take care of the hens. That’s pretty much it after Christmas. But right now there are some things that I need to start doing.
We have been in a drought for the past 2 years. I am watering my shrubs, and bushes, and younger trees today. Even in the winter they need proper moisture as the root system is still growing. I planted an orchard of fruit and nut trees a few years ago and must nurture them a while longer. Even the honey bees are out today looking for some nectar. This is the time of year when they start working on days over 50 degrees. The first plants of the season for them are dandelions. It’s also a good time to prune everything but roses. Roses are pruned in mid March.
We had a couple of ice storms earlier in the season which broke quite a few branches that are now laying in my hayfield. I will take my tractor with the front end loader and move them into my big brush pile. I always keep my brush and pile it up for the rabbits. This is great protection for them from the predators. Coyotes are pretty plentiful, but rabbits have made a comeback the last few years.
I also have a couple of new bluebird houses to put up. It’s time to clean the old nest out as well from the older boxes. They should start arriving to nest within the next 3-4 weeks. I love to watch the bluebirds. They are so beautiful. Bluebirds had just about disappeared until a few years ago. Their natural habitat is dwindling. The numbers are coming back up since people have begun installing bluebird houses. They really work quite well and it is enjoyable to watch them. I also have a purple Martin hotel, but they won’t arrive until about the first week in May usually.
The Lord has given us so many simple things to enjoy. It’s all a part of His wonderful creation. Like Adam in the garden of Eden, we can all be caretakers of the little areas of our part of the world. And while we are doing it we can worship Him, and thank Him for it. Let’s be thankful to Him for even the little things of life.