Dear Jill, LOL JK Love, Mother Nature
Mother Nature hasn’t made up her mind here at the ranch. Winter, spring, winter, spring? Just when it seems like winter is finally loosening its grip, another icy blast moves into the area. The past two days have brought encouraging signs. The first was a large flock of geese migrating over our house. The second? … More Sure Signs of Spring?
Things work a little differently when prepping for a storm out in the country … More Winter Storm Preparations – Ranch Style
We spent a lot of time last night bringing the cows home from their winter corn stalks and getting hay bales set out for them. Why? Because of winter storm “Kayla”, which was predicted to bring 8-12″ of snow along with 40 mph winds to our little corner of the world. Livestock can handle harsh weather … More Blizzard February 2, 2016
It has been a busy summer on the ranch. So busy, that I have not had time to sit down and write for a while. Three sons means that June is consumed with T-ball and baseball games. Except for that one week it rained…. The ball field in our little town is located in a low-lying … More Flood Cleanup At the Ball Field – More Than Just Getting Ready For a Game
I have written in the past about extreme gardening in the Great Plains. Between wind, drought, and more wind, I have often wondered if I should seek some type of therapy. I have gotten used to a gradually-warming climate (welcomed it even). One side effect of climate change is the uptick in extreme events. We have … More May 18. Frost Advisory. Unhappy Gardener.
Crazy weather is nothing new for those of us that grew up or live on the Great Plains. I have written about tornadoes and temperature shifts on this blog. This summer has gotten off to a rather inauspicious start as northeast Nebraska has made national headlines for multiple tornadoes–one leveling a majority of the town of … More Close Encounters Of the Tornado Kind
How far can the Nebraska wind blow an 11 foot tall, bright yellow, 3000 gallon capacity, 400 lb plastic tank? Read on to find out…. It has been windy around here lately. Like, 40-mph-sustained-winds, take-down-the- basketball-hoop, look-at-the-semi-truck-tipped-over-in-the-ditch kind of windy. We are used to wind (remember our tornado experience a couple years ago…) so we … More A Wild Tank Chase
Weatherman adjusts his specs Tells us about the “polar vortex” Hope he soon lifts this hex Damn, it is cold Cattle water is solidly froze They push on it with their nose For a new heater the rancher goes Damn, it is cold Cannot stay inside Animals must be spied Water, feed, care supplied Especially … More Damn, It Is Cold
In our June, 2013 trip to Ireland, I was amazed by the plants growing absolutely everywhere. Look below to see what I mean…. This picture was taken on one of the streets of South Dublin in late June. In Nebraska, this flower would have been baked out of existence by heat and lack of moisture … More Hardy Irish Plants, Photo Friday Dec 13, 2013