happy new year

Happy New Year! I’m still allowed to say that, right? I can’t believe January is almost over. And furthermore, I have not posted on here in a very long time. I am planning to change that and try to post more regularly. I’m shooting for twice a month for the whole year – that’s 24 posts. That shouldn’t be too hard, right? Right.

We are in the thick of winter around here. We’ve had fresh snow every week since winter started, and we even got a blizzard a few days ago. Right now I can’t get out of the driveway, but I have been promised that it will be shoveled for me this evening. Perhaps we should invest in a snow blower for next year. Some of the drifts in the yard are a couple of feet high!

Even with crazy snow and wind, I love Colorado in the winter. After the snow clouds roll away, the sun comes out and casts everything in a dazzling glow. The trees wear snow like frosting. Walking through the woods feels like being in Narnia; it is magical and slightly eerie.

We are getting ready to take our pig in for processing. We got a hampshire piglet last summer and have been raising her for meat ever since. This is the first time I have ever tried my hand at this and it has been a great experience. We bought the pig at 40 lbs, and she is now around 300 lbs, and ready to be delivered to the processor. It is a little bittersweet – my husband has grown quite fond of her, and she is rather cute and pretty smart. However, this has activated a certain amount of respect for where our pork comes from that otherwise would have lain dormant, had we continued to only buy our meat at the grocery store. I feel connected to my food in a new way, and to the lengthy and sobering process of raising an animal and caring for it and feeding it well so that it can, in turn, feed us well.

One of my goals for this year is to go on 20 family hikes. Our first one was to Castlewood Canyon State Park. It is a beautiful place, with a deep canyon, an old dam, a waterfall, and lots of scenic hiking. This was our second time visiting this park, and each time, I have left wanting to come back and explore some more. We did a 4 mile hike along the creek bottom. Everything was covered in a blanket of snow. We threw snowballs, ate snow, and goofed off as we hiked. I was attacked with snow several times and later found a handful of snow leftover in my coat pocket. We found a side trail that went over a little bridge and up a small mountain. There were only a handful of people there, probably because of the snow. It was a lovely afternoon.

I am beginning to plan out my garden for this spring. When I say “beginning” I mean that I have ordered a catalog from Botanical Interests. Ha. But there is plenty of time. I probably won’t start my seeds indoors until April, since we can’t plant outside safely until after Mother’s Day. I am also perusing chicken catalogs and tossing around the idea of getting a baby lamb or goat. We shall see. I will somehow have to organize my animals this year to coincide with several trips we are planning on taking. I will need to find someone to come and care for the animals while we are gone.

I hope your year is off to a great start!

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