Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over three years since I updated this blog. I’m full of new determination, however, so I’m hopeful that this time I’ll actually keep the thing going. I closed out my godaddy website, so I really need to keep an active presence out there somehow. Maybe this will be it. Hope springs eternal, and all that…
Anyway, we just recently moved from our well established homestead in Monument, to a new place in Avondale, CO.
It’s 3500 feet lower in elevation, so winters will be much milder. I’m thankful for that because I’m old. Or getting there, anyway. Six foot snow drifts were no big deal 10 years ago, but trudging through them six months of the year at this point in time is painful. So, here we are, avoiding harsh winters and baking in the 104 degree heat, and loving every minute of it.
What we aren’t loving are the grasshoppers and mosquitos. (Yes, those are grasshoppers all over my porch)…
They have invaded our yard; they’ve invaded our pasture, and worst of all, they’ve invaded our garden. All thoughts of “organic gardening” went out the window with the arrival of the first five thousand. Even chemical bug spray and powders aren’t keeping them away now. My strawberries disappeared in one fell swoop. My peppers are nearly eaten down to stubs, and the little buggers even ate my onions. Who knew grasshoppers liked onions? They’re in the tomatoes and green beans and squash, now, too. I hate them. Rumor has it this plague of Biblical proportions is unusual around here. Please, God, let this be true. They swarm around my legs and try to hop down my shirt every time I step foot outside. It’s a challenge to get to the barn every day without squealing like a girl.
Oh, and the snakes. Yikes. There are lots of them, but so far none of them we’ve found are poisonous. I did find a five foot long bull snake curled up in my chicken’s nest boxes a few weeks ago.
It stared me in the eye and swallowed an egg before I could even blink. I’m sad to say, he wasn’t long for this world. Bull snakes are good, and I know they keep rattlers away, but snakes are not welcome in my chicken coop, no matter how “good” they are. We’ve seen several more in the barn and pasture since then, but as long as they don’t steal from me, they can live a long, happy life with us and do whatever it is they do that’s so beneficial and whatnot.
I’ve got lots more to share and no time to share it, so I’ll post this for now and hopefully provide more updates in a few hours. Or tomorrow. Tomorrow would be good. Have a blessed Sunday! I hope you’re as happy to see me back here as I am to be here!