Real winter is awesome… usually. This year, however, it’s a bit harder to swallow than usual. In the past, lots of snow and cold temps meant moonlight snowshoes, weekends of cross country skiing, tiring out the dogs a little easier than usual. Living so much closer to our favourite ski and snowshoe destination in Bridgetown, I was looking forward to real winter this year too, but I have to admit, it’s starting to drag.
I though winter would be a little slower this year. No rushing home after work to feed critters in the dark. A little bit of downtime while the ground and the meat birds are frozen. Silly me. There were stalls to reconfigure, smokers and maple syrup boilers to build, barns to repair, projects in our fixer-upper home to tackle, and then the preparation for spring. Seeds started the beginning of February, maple taps in place and ready to drip, maple bottles to source, eggs in the incubator, goats giving birth, chicken tractors to build, ducks arriving on the weekend, an orchard to prune, making soap to sell at the Kentville Market, ordering promotional materials, working on developing a mobile phone app, and blowing snow out of the drive way time and time and time again. Oh, and fighting a mother of a cold complete with all its energy-draining powers.. Let’s NOT forget that.
An hour closer to Bridgetown and we haven’t made it there even once this winter for a snowshoe or ski. It makes trudging through knee-deep snowdrifts with hay bales and water buckets feel like just a little bit more of a workout. And a drag.
But spring is on the way. The seeds are germinating. The baby goats are cute. It’s a lot of work, but it’s all going according to plan. These seem like little things, but they’re the things that make me want to get up and do it all over again. Even if that means blowing the driveway again, too. Anyway, real winters mean early springs. Right?
Right. Well… at least the seeds are germinating. It’s the little things that get you through. Those, and home brewing.
Better add more of that to my list.