Speaking of the sun, it's been severely lacking the past week, not only because the extended length of darkness, but because we've had overcast skies for what seems like forever. On the few occasions the sun did manage to peek through the clouds, I practically grabbed Rhiannon and pulled her outside or to the window to "look at the SUN!". I didn't realize how long it had been cloudy until a few days ago when the sun did come out (for like three and a half minutes) and I was like, Whoa! What the heck is that?!
Of course, even though the sun is coming back, we're just heading into the coldest part of the year. I've only had to chop ice out of the stock tanks two or three times and the temps at night haven't been lower than the mid to upper 20's. That hasn't stopped me from keeping the wood stove chocked full of wood though.
With "sun" on the brain, I've also been itching to get the yearly onslaught of seed catalogs. Not that I need any more seeds, but it's just so nice to flip through the pages and see green stuff. Last year's garden (or lack thereof) was a bust. I'm hoping to get a jump start on things this year, although I probably won't start much indoors. I've never had much luck with seed-starting and honestly, the only benefit I really get from them is having an early harvest of "special" plants that you can't get at the nurseries around here. What usually happens is that I'll plant sixty-four cells of one kind of vegetable and then won't get around to planting them, then they get all leggy and do poorly once I do manage to get them in some dirt. There are plenty of people in the area that grow and sell heirloom starts that I'll probably buy early plants from them. I've had better luck just sticking seeds in the ground once it the weather starts warming up and my fall gardens have always produced better anyhow. That is if I can keep the damned chickens out of the area.
Fencing. That's what I really need to focus on. I didn't want to go outright hillbilly on it, but I may just pound in some t-posts and put chicken wire around the raised beds. In my sometimes overactive and overzealous mental plannings, I had envisioned a wattle or picket fence around the beds, but that has yet to come to fruition. I believe it was about this time last year I talked about doing it. Yep...still on the To-Do list.
But hey, I've got a second more daylight tomorrow to accomplish some things! Things like fencing, kidding pens, sheltered hay feeders and goat huts. And two hundred fifty three other projects.
Guess I'd better get my bum in gear.....daylight's a burn'in.