All the critters on the Knucklehead Ranch are frisky and ready for spring.
I think we’ve reached the end of the wood stove season here in Southern Utah. It is an exciting time for me, as I have a lot of outside projects that have been waiting for winter to come to a close.
During the past two weeks, the fellas at Red Mountain Repair have been working on my garage. So exciting to be getting the Fabral Siding on the outside of the garage. Building the garage has been a multi-year project. I’ll be so relieved to get the outside covered and protected from the elements.
Once the outside is completed, I can work at my leisure to finish the inside of the building. The building has a second story that will include a small apartment type room for my family or friends to stay in when they visit.
I have four new barn kitties. I went out to feed the animals the other morning and there were four tiny kittens in a nest of straw. There are two black and brown, one calico, and one orange kitty. The momma cat is a calico who is very skittish. Last year in the spring she had three kittens. I took pictures of them and after a few weeks, she moved them and I never got to see them again. This time around, I am not bothering her or the kittens.
The goats are getting ready to shed their winter coats. I am trying to wean them off the alfalfa hay and make them eat grass and weeds. Goats can be stubborn sometimes. They don’t really want to eat the weeds. I will try to fence off more parts of the yard this year so they can eat weeds around the house. They all need their [easyazon_link identifier=”B003M6V5LC” locale=”US” tag=”ajreeves512-20″]hooves trimmed[/easyazon_link]. I’ll get around to that chore sometime.
My chickens, Rhode Island Reds are laying about four eggs a day. I have one chicken that is pecking the eggs open if I wait too long to collect the eggs. I placed some [easyazon_link identifier=”B00NTO637I” locale=”US” tag=”ajreeves512-20″]wooden eggs[/easyazon_link] in the nest and that has helped keep the eggs from getting ruined. I usually have plenty of eggs during the spring, summer, and fall.
My neighbor has a tiller on his tractor and he will be over soon to till up my garden area. I am excited to plant a [easyazon_link identifier=”B01537K6FS” locale=”US” tag=”ajreeves512-20″]salsa garden[/easyazon_link] and grow pumpkins again this year. I hope to have watermelons, cantaloupes, and sweet potatoes. I have planted lettuce, green beans, cucumbers, potatoes and peppers in the past.
I don’t really appreciate lettuce as food, so I am not going to plant it this year. Here in Cedar City, we have a short growing season. Usually planting after Memorial Day and growing into mid-October. I will also plant some herbs to harvest and dry this year.
I continue to sew and craft as often as I can. I would like to start taking my crafts to some of Cedar City’s festivals. I have never sold any of my crafts at a public event, so it should be a fun challenge. Have you visited the Craftsy website? A great resource for all things crafty.
I hope that spring has sprung for you folks. Fall is really my favorite time of year, but spring
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