Monday, April 22, 2013

Dear Mother Nature!

Oh, what a blamed uncertain thing
   This pesky weather is;
It blew and snew and then it thew,
   And now, by jing, it’s friz.
                  Charles Dudley Warner


I’m not sure if you remember me it’s me Buttons you know the farm girl with the cool Pink Cadillac Boots? I know you know what you are doing and I would never normally judge your decision making or give you any advice as to interfere with that, just as you would not think of interfering with my judgement on things I have to do on the farm but…..

It is Friday and My Hero had to go out of town for business for the day, it was early in the morning when I hugged him goodbye and told him to be careful and I would see him tonight, all very normal but here is the kicker. He happened to mention that the temperature was going to drop dramatically again tonight after the fairly warm day we had enjoyed yesterday something I must admit I was looking forward to seeing more of. He mentioned but I already knew that there was no wood left in the basement to feed our hungry woodstove. I assured him that it was not a problem and that I would bring in enough to get us through the night and tomorrow as we were going to an auction sale early Saturday morning and I wanted to keep it simple for him, if he happened to come home in the dark. He worries about the cold and my Fibro, they do not get along, I promised I would take my time and to not worry. Off he went.


 I drank a couple of cups of coffee while waiting for that the sun to come up. I ran downstairs and pulled on my Stylin’ Black Coveralls and My Pink Cadillac Boots and a pair of gloves and headed out to the barnyard. I noticed that the only mode of transportation sitting in front of the drive shed which was now being used as a woodshed was the Backhoe so I climbed in and started it up. I had to maneuver it out and around the tractors and then turn it around first. I think I have mentioned this before that I detest the “shake rattle and roll” of this machine but knew I would finish quickly. I turned it around and drove to the front of the woodshed and dropped the bucket, this is when I noticed it was almost empty. It had been piled to the roof before this winter that does not end; I must admit I was shocked. I knew you have provided us with a cold and I must say long winter but I had no idea that it had really been that long. I loaded the bucket of the Backhoe and backed up and drove to the house and unloaded it one piece at a time into the basement. OK Mother Nature this is where you come in….


Not to complain and don’t get me wrong I have really appreciated the abundant moisture that we have received all winter and especially the excellent snowfall for snowshoeing and replenishing the land after that terrible drought of last summer. I do truly appreciate the heavy rains filling the ponds and starting the grass so the cows will soon have lots to eat. They do grow weary of eating dry hay which I must say is as abundant around here as that empty woodshed. I was just wondering if the warmth would be coming and staying anytime soon, we do not require much even the small amount +10c  (I want to point out the + sign just in case) would be helpful. The cows would then be able to eat green grass and we would be able to fill that woodshed again and not worry about using the wood piled outside that is supposed to be for next winter.

If you are not too busy I know you know what you are doing and I do look forward to all the hay we will be baling this year but if you do not mind just a few degrees would help. I am pretty sure My Hero is growing weary and may need a little rest before the busy season. Thank you.


Yours sincerely Buttons

ps. I may have to use your name as an excuse for not checking that fence at the back of the farm yet….. I hope you don’t mind.

Later


49 comments:

  1. We have had two nights below freezing too...where is spring?

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  2. If only Mother Nature would cooperate with us! I hope it warms up for you soon. Every year is different, that's for sure!

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  3. I hope she responds in the kindest of ways.

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  4. Every day, I'm wondering... "is this the last day/night the stove will burn?" Not yet!

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  5. I love that little poem and yes Yes YES the weather has been so frustrating. We sat outside for coffee twice last week and fnished off the week with a freakin' blizzard. I think maybe Mother Nature may be developing Alzheimers.

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  6. I'd send you some warmth if we had it, my friend. We had 12" Thursday/Friday with 8" more of snow expected today! Ugh!

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  7. spring has to arrive there eventually right?! hang in there!

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  8. We have been keeping nervous watch over both the wood pile and the hay mow as well! The horses are getting antsy and impatient to be out on the pasture but the grass needs some more time to get established.
    Come on spring!

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  9. It is still very chilly here too. I am waiting for spring.

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  10. I so feel your post. Hay, wood, and everything else!!
    Winter needs to get a move on 😄

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  11. Charles Dudley Warner sure go it right about this Spring! Koo Koo weather I say. We are gals with tenacity despite weather,hardships and ailments but I'll tell but even the tenacious get weary at times . Here's hoping warm weather finds you soon and that your Hero gets a deserved relaxing little break before the busy season. Hugs and warm wishes
    Willow

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  12. I would love to work a trade with you that would be win/win: a couple of our dry, hot weeks for a couple of your moisture laden, cool ones!

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  13. i like your emphasis on the plus sign. :)

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  14. I sure hope the weather warms up so you can fill the woodshed again without using next winters supply.

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  15. Oh, Buttons, I wish I could send you some of our warmth! We've had some days in the 80s, though today is chilly and will probably only get in the 60s. Hope the warmth moves into your place very soon!

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  16. It's almost here, I am sure!!! Don't worry! I can feel the warm weather in my bones :)

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  17. well, it hasnt visited me yet either... i think in order to tempt it to visit im going to put out some cookies or something outside...in the 5 inches of snow we got last night.

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  18. I've been thinking that I need to write a letter like that myself! It froze overnight again-and here it is almost May! At this rate, we won't have much of a garden this year. Hugs, B! xx

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  19. Even though its earth day I think we should change it to "hug a holstein" day... in our hearts, not literally... ;p

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  20. Sitting here worrying about summer fires on this dry land, I am so happy you got all that moisture. Mother Nature was kind to you and your cows.

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  21. May warmth and new growth come quickly to your farm.

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  22. Sending some warmth your way! -it just has to turn soon.

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  23. You are at least still on speaking terms with Mother nature... I am miffed at her. Have a GREAT week B!

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  24. Mother Nature has really been volatile the past few years! Mood swings I suppose :)

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  25. It sure has been a weird winter/spring. I like winter well enough, but sure am ready for a little more warmth. Best of luck - I'm hoping Mother Nature answers back in a positive way!

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  26. B,

    Like you, I appreciate the moisture. I'm so looking forward to spring rolling in, giving us the opportunity to plant and harvest our food.

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  27. Way to go, taking care of yourself! It is a weird spring I must say.

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  28. Mother Nature is indeed being a wee bit tricky this year. We have had a lot of cold weather here - not as cold as you though. Here's hoping it gets warmer and drier real soon.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my post. :))

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  29. Still dealing with winter? Say it ain't so! Bet you are ready to put those pink Cadillac boots away for a while.

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  30. Oh! I hope warmer weather comes your way soon! I am amazed by the fact that you know how to operate a backhoe! You go, girl!!! :)

    Hugs

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  31. Most Excellent!
    Yeppers, Weather has been expressive.

    love & love,
    -g-

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  32. Mother Nature let us down here in Perth with constant HOT HOT months. It has cooled down at last although still going to be about 85F on Thursday although that should mean it will be fine for the Anzac Day march and all the dawn services (at least here in WA).
    I do MN does the right thing for you soon and brings much needed warmth.

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  33. Oh Mother Nature sure is confused!! Today, here, for the second day in a row we have sunshine and no rain!! Hope you are seeing some sunny skys!

    Oh and you can totally blame me for not getting around to look at fence :)

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  34. Ooh, I remember you had a drought last summer..but come on spring for you :) Hugs M xoxox

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  35. I have turned the furnace off and opened a couple of windows today, but I sure wish it would warm up just a tad, too...

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  36. Oh hasn't it been cold? I know that our cold isn't anything like yours, but still it's cold. Brrrrr..

    Will your wood last until it warms up?

    Jen

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  37. hehe....like a letter to santa!! love you b, you always tell a great story!!

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  38. I got a good chuckle from this, Buttons. We are all more or less in your place--hungry for warmth and sun. Later we will probably be longing for less of those same things!
    I'm glad you got your wood into the house. A fire in the stove is much better than having the house as cold as it is outside, even when we hope for the outside to be warm enough that a fire isn't needed.
    Blessings!

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  39. Your perspective is always so unique. ;)

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  40. It's the winter that doesn't want to quit! I'm amazed at your wood pile.

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  41. Wow! Buttons, your writing has gained you quite a following. Still, I'd like to add my two bits to the long list of comments.

    My hubby would sure love one of those backhoes to drive around and do chores. Nevermind we only own a quarter acre of land. And I'm right there with you on wishing for a little warmth from Mother Nature. Enough cold ALREADY!

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  42. If she ever decides to pay me a visit, I'll put a good word in for you. : )

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  43. I am over the moon impressed at your wood pile...WOW! Spring is here, some days and some days not. Hope it comes for keeps and soon...for both of us.

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  44. Feeding the wood stove is a continual chore, isn't it? We have almost freezing temps here tonight after a lovely warn day hovering near 70 degrees. I almost lost my sense in gardening today, what was I thinking putting out freshly potted flowers in planters to only have to bring them in again. It must be the blazingly clear sunshine went straight to my head...I'd better wear a hat tomorrow to keep my common sense & hope in check.

    I hope your home is warm, you're feeling no pain, and the weather warms up for you today.( one can hope ! )

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  45. I sure hope she was listening to you Buttons! I can't believe how this winter keeps lingering for ya'll up north!

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  46. I hope the weather improves soon!

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  47. that is a mighty big woodpile considering the time of year. :)

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