Spring…when a young man’s fancy turns to…


I am moving slowly this morning. It is almost noon and I am still drinking coffee and sitting on the couch. Falling off the deck the other day has left me sore and in some places, still in pain, which gives me a good excuse for doing nothing. Unfortunately, I also feel extremely guilty about it.  Mike is doing the morning feeding and told me we lost one turkey chick last night, perhaps the one that looked like he had a broken leg when he arrived. Pip and the Painted Ladies are out munching on some hay, the little calves lay napping in their stall, the birds are chattering, the grass in the yard is so deep a green it has a bluish tinge to it, and the daffodils, paper whites, forsythia and even a few dandelions are in full bloom. Spring has arrived, even if our last frost date is not until May 15.

Now is the time for Spring cleaning both inside the house and outside on the farm. Like all things, the amount that needs to be done can feel overwhelming and an injury or illness makes it feel all the more so. Over the winter we laid hard rock maple flooring in the house and just yesterday finished the baseboard mouldings. The new island and butler’s pantry need to be stained and ‘finished’ with moulding, bead board, and decorative posts and feet. A new sink that I found for a steal should arrive tomorrow, ready for installation with our new high arch kitchen faucet. New countertops would be wonderful, but are not in the budget at the present time, although I would LOVE a marble top for the island for pastry and bread making. I guess I will settle for the little slab of carrera I got with ‘green stamps’ years ago.

The good thing about ‘redoing’ the house, is that it gets deeper cleaned as you go. New floors, once swept for sawdust are pretty-much clean floors that only need a quick wipe with a mop. Moving the furniture to lay the floors means dusting and vacuuming under and behind them. New cabinets give places to put things that previously sat out waiting to be used and also collecting dust. So while I still need to climb a ladder to remove cobwebs from ourt 18 foot ceilings and to dust the ceiling fan that hangs from it, Spring cleaning today is less daunting than it would have appeared a few months ago. Outside, on the other hand…

Certainly the stalls for the calves have to be cleaned at least on a weekly basis, but the building needs a good washing with pine tar soap to keep things a little less bacteria-ridden and stinky. The construction debris, boxes, and old doors from the house construction lay in a pile in the yard waiting for hauling to the local land fill or storage for reuse elsewhere on the farm. The kennel fencing needs to be moved to where the turkeys will make their home when they are old enough to be out of the brooder. And then there is mowing, bush hogging, tree trimming, flower planting, walkway construction, driveway gravel, and all the chores on Mike’s already long to do list…get the picture?

Ah, but Spring is here! and my coffee and this couch are suiting me just fine.

hillside in Spring 2012

About cattlebaroness

I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA in History, nearing completion of a Master of Arts in American history. Born and raised first on military bases around the world, then in Orange County, CA, I moved to Kentucky when my children were small. I now live on a small family farm and am learning about farm life, planting and our newest addition to the landscape--cattle. Until a month or two ago, all I knew about 'cows' were that they came in brown, black and white and that some are raised for milk and others for meat. I am a quick study out of necessity.
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2 Responses to Spring…when a young man’s fancy turns to…

  1. Your home sounds amazing!

    Enjoy your healing time while it lasts. Your list of things to do is so long, this may be your last chance to rest for a while 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better soon.

    • Ah, thank you. I’ve enjoyed reading about your aquaponic farm too. We discussed that for our greenhouse using a 250 gallon tank and growing salad greens for market. We opted not to do it at the present time and are concentrating on learning about cattle. Besides, you can pet a cow! 😀

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